When I first started working on climate change a decade ago, we spoke in terms of distant forecasts and long-range impacts. Now we simply look out the window to see what climate change can do to our communities.
When we consider the great tasks in front of us, we easily freeze not knowing where to start, because we can not be sure that we will see the end of our work. Rabbi Tarfon reminds us that engaging in the task is most important.
Some of us might think that a combination of our individual personalities, perseverance and good old American individualism can rescue us in times of trouble. Healing from trauma requires a community, a culture that's behind you.
As the city shapes its future post-Sandy, can it also become a role model for how a community of leaders and citizens can work together to solve complex and potentially volatile public problems?
It might help Brooks and his fellow Gulf Coast hypocrites sleep better if they believe that's what Congress approved, but that dog don't hunt. People who live in coastal areas do protect themselves. It's called buying flood insurance.
Disaster relief and reconstruction is a central element of the fundamental, irreducible responsibility of government: security. If we are to live in a civilized community, we need to figure out a way to fund, develop and maintain enhanced disaster response capacity.
Many homeowners were strained by mortgages that were underwater prior to the storm, and their properties have now depreciated to the point of having no market value at all. They have no choice but to try to rebuild, but how can they take on more debt?
I mean, seriously, Hurricane Sandy was a monumental national disaster of epic proportions -- and I'm not even exaggerating. How small, petty, mean-spirited, hurtful and inhuman do you have to be to not want to do everything you can to help?
Americans believe their government should help when necessary. When the task is too big for a couple of Joes to achieve, Americans want their government to step up. Republicans just don't get this.
The failure of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to pass the full $60 billion Sandy Disaster Aid bill this past week was a miserable way to ...
The energy systems a 21st century megacity needs can't be 20th century retreads. They won't be reliable, they can't be secured and they won't be efficient. Recovering from Superstorm Sandy's insurgent devastation means a fundamental rethinking of these relics.
It was a good year in primetime for everybody but CNN. On an annual basis, MSNBC was up 16 percent, Fox News was up 9 percent while CNN was down 2 percent.
So, Occupy is off to a good start for 2013. Heading into its second year of existence, it has a tailwind of good will and solid evidence of steadfast members who both lead and follow as called upon.
Add the Violence Against Women Act and a Hurricane Sandy relief bill to the list of things that remain a low priority for Congress. There is obvious...
It appears the U.S. -- Earth's second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter -- has treated this year's extreme weather (most notably Hurricane Sandy) as a wake-up call.
With the New Year, we all hope to put the global financial crisis behind us. We also need to do more to secure our future. Beyond our current economi...