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The legacy of Robert Moses

Moses, in the totality of his reign as ‘Master Builder,’ “built 13 bridges, 416 miles of parkways, 658 playgrounds, and 150,000 housing units, spending $150 billion in today’s dollars” across the City of New York.

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Poisoning the well

by Abrahm Lustgarten, Dec. 11, 2012 Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer [...]

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Climate change aid fails to materialize

By John Vidal | The Guardian Wealthy countries have not only failed to provide cash to help poor people adapt to climate change, but much of what they have agreed to give so far has come out of existing aid budgets or in the form of loans that will need to be repaid, new research [...]

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Hundreds protest pipeline

By Reuters, via The Guardian Hundreds of people who say they worry oil that would be carried by the Keystone XL pipeline will accelerate climate change marched around the White House on Sunday, hoping to revive a movement credited with slowing down the permit process for the crude oil project. The protesters chanted “Hey, Obama! [...]

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Growing costs of natural disasters

Edward Tenner, The Atlantic As thousands of survivors of Superstorm Sandy still are unable to return to their homes and others remain without power, debate over public response is growing. Does the Federal flood insurance program need reform? Will a multibillion-dollar swinging gate, like one in Rotterdam, shield Manhattan at the cost of additional flooding [...]

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The green new deal

Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, climate change has caught the attention of many Americans. What’s your take? JS: The crisis of the moment and the question of the hour is whether this election will be the response that we need to the climate crisis. It took the storm of the century, an unprecedented storm, [...]

  What’s at Stake: Off the radar issues

If there are openings in the coming four years, the next President – through his nominations – will have the chance to influence the direction of the Court for decades to come.

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  What’s at stake?

This year’s PBS Election special, What’s at Stake, presents viewers with an up-to-the-minute review of this year’s top campaign issues and considers how the outcome of the election could impact voters’ lives. In the past few years the United States has suffered from unusual weather; from the worse drought in over sixty years to Tropical Storm [...]

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  After Sandy, picking up the pieces in Breezy Point

By James West, Tim McDonnell, and Brett Brownell | Tue Oct. 30, 2012 “I think we all can agree we’re seeing complete and utter devastation,” Brendan Gallagher says, standing in front of the charred remains of his childhood home. Just a short drive from New York City’s famous Rockaway beaches, Breezy Point, Queens, is a [...]

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Can Hurricane Sandy swing the election?

By Adam Serwer, Mother Jones | Oct. 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, which is barreling towards America’s East Coast, is epic in scale—according to the National Weather Service, the storm reaches from Florida to Connecticut. But public safety problems from flooding, power outages, and property damage aren’t the only way the massive storm could affect your life: [...]