Why Must NYC Adapt to Climate Change Now?
Climate change is a present danger and New York City is not waiting to respond. For the past two decades, New York City has been a global leader in urban sustainability and resiliency. Adapting New York City to climate change requires a citywide and multi-generational effort that marshals all available resources. New York City is investing billions of dollars to implement hundreds of resiliency projects and sweeping policy changes with a multi-hazard and multi-layered approach to adapt to a changing climate.
Climate change is causing more extreme heat, extreme rainfall, coastal storm surge, and chronic tidal flooding. A changing climate is impacting New York City’s communities, vulnerable populations, public health, natural systems, critical infrastructure, buildings, and economy.