Should We Cease to Build in Harm's Way
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New York's Governor Cuomo says the lesson of Superstorm Sandy is the vulnerability of coastal development to climate change. Instead of rebuilding damaged properties, he wants to buy them up and restore their natural condition. Will homeowners and developers go along? What about developments in the Carolinas, Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlands of the Pacific Ocean? Also, a meteor crashes to the Earth in Russia's Ural Mountains, and mixed reviews for Tesla's electric car.
Banner image: Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, taken during a search and rescue mission on October 30, 2012. Photo by New Jersey National Guard/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen
Meteor Crashes to the Earth in Russia's Ural Mountains ()
Today a huge asteroid is passing close to Earth without incident, but a smaller one streaked across the sky over Russia, creating an ongoing shock wave, causing extensive damage and injuring 980 people before crashing into the City of Chekyabinsk in the Ural Mountains.
- Will Englund: Washington Post
- Jonathan McDowell: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, @planet4589
Is It Time to Retreat from the Sea? ()
Forget spending billions in tax dollars to rebuild coastal developments destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. New York's Governor Cuomo says he has a better idea. Buy up vulnerable properties, restore the beaches to their natural condition, and enjoy a publicly owned resource until the inevitable happens again. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office doesn't go that far, but it is warning that climate change is one of the highest risks to financial stability. Are the beaches the first place to prepare for the consequences of climate change? Where will it happen next?
- Thomas Kaplan: New York Times, @thomaskaplan
- Joseph Tirone: Oakwood Beach Buyout Committee
- Joe Adabbo: New York State Senate
- Robert Young: Western Carolina University
- Marlowe and Company Marlowe: Marlowe and Company, @howardhdm
Tesla Motors Fights a Very Bad Review ()
After months of "best car" awards and glowing reviews of the Tesla Model S luxury electric car, the New York Times' John Broder published a dissenting opinion. Tesla CEO Elon Musk then accused Broder of deliberate fabrications and trying to stall the car out on purpose. Technology writer Will Oremus has been following the dispute with potential impact on the future of a much-hyped industry for Slate.com.
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