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Rebuild or Retreat

Posted: October 26, 2017

As climate change impacts rising sea levels and extreme weather events, coastal communities around the globe are threatened. Five years since Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey’s shorelines offer a case study on the difficult realities of a warming world. What does the future hold as sea levels rise and how should communities respond? Some residents want to continue rebuilding homes and businesses along the coast. And others say it’s time to stop investing in flood-prone areas. Who’s right? Should they Rebuild or Retreat?

NewsHour Weekend: Five Years Since Sandy

Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy decimated the East Coast, killing at least 60 people and causing an estimated $70 billion in property damage. It’s forced residents in Sea Bright, New Jersey to decide whether to support pricey taxpayer projects to protect vulnerable property or encourage property owners to take federal buy-outs. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Stephanie Sy reports.

Rebuild or Retreat: The Hardware Store

Sea Bright, New Jersey business owner Frank Bain lost everything in his hardware store in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. The local community came together to help. See how Bain’s Hardware is doing 5 years later.

Rebuild or Retreat: The Ice Cream Shop

Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy destroyed Brian McMullin’s Sea Bright, New Jersey, ice cream shop. Now he worries about the next storm. Is his community more prepared now than they were in 2012?

PERIL & PROMISE
THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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