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‘Pretty surreal’: Climate change and warmer winters continue to harm Brooklyn

A torrential rainstorm on Sept. 29 flooded train stations, homes, and businesses.

Jan. 12, 2024 By Isabel Song Beer From flooded waterfronts to the hottest summer in documented history, Brooklynites are confronting the unmistakable signs that climate change is no longer a distant threat, but an eminent one. As the borough grapples with newly set climate records seemingly each year, residents are struggling to protect themselves and their communities. Climate change coupled with naturally occurring weather phenomena like El Niño and La Niña result in more dramatic weather events like the intense rain storms Brooklyn experienced this winter. Climate change affects typical weather patterns “Typically, we have these trends in the northern…
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Oil slicks and ‘black mayonnaise’: 45 years after historic oil spill, Newtown Creek is still recovering

newtown creek with bridge

Nov. 17, 2023 By Isabel Song Beer Newtown Creek is known among local residents and environmentalists as being one of the most polluted ecological sites in the continental U.S. The creek, runs for roughly 3.5 miles between Greenpoint and Long Island City, Queens,  is one of the heaviest-used commercial bodies of water in the country. Industrial refineries line the bank of the creek and are responsible for managing recycled waste, sewage and — in the case of the 110 acre National Grid facility — volatile liquefied natural gas.  It seems that since the dawn of industrialization in the region, the…
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