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Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Buidling a Risk Management Response

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The New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) was convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in August 2008 as part of PlaNYC, the City's long-term sustainability plan. The NPCC consists of scientists who study climate change and its impact, as well as legal, insurance, and risk management experts. This Annals volume presents the NPCC report, including New York City–specific climate change projections, tools to help entities identify climate vulnerabilities and develop adaptation strategies, and recommendations on how to foster an effective climate resilience program.

Chapter 4 explores challenges of adaptation in major urban infrastructure sectors, such as transportation, drawing on experiences of other metropolitan areas. It also discusses the role of the private sector in adaptation.

Chapter 5 examines current environmental laws and regulations pertinent to New York City to determine their applicability to climate change adaptation efforts. Legal frameworks that govern infrastructure are described as well. The topic areas covered include land use and zoning, environmental impact statements, energy, transportation, water, and communications.

Chapter 6 presents the role of the insurance industry in terms of climate change adaptation.

Chapter 7 provides a discussion of climate change indicators and monitoring to support the goals of the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.

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Publication Date: May 2010