MSNBC on Queens after the hurricane Ben Mayer reports from the secluded neighborhood of Breezy Point, situated on the Rockaway Peninsula of Queens, which suffered from extensive flooding and numerous fires that razed over 100 homes when Hurricane Sandy made landfall six months ago: "A gaping hole remains where 125 homes burned down. Driving along other roads, there is spot after spot where homes, badly damaged in wind and storm surge, have been leveled and only sand remains. ... Laura’s parents, who have been living in Manhattan, do not know when or if they can afford to rebuild. They estimate they have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Far greater is the loss of personal mementos, and the blow to a community that prides itself on not just being close, but familial."
The Atlantic on the true impact of fossil fuels Responding to Charles Mann's recent cover story for The Atlantic, Michael A. Levi argues against the idea that decreasing amounts of fossil fuels will delay or neutralize the threat of climate change. "A shortage of fossil fuels isn't going to save us from dangerous climate change," Levi says. "And plans that depend on one or another technological breakthrough are far too risky to bet our future on. We need to move forward with gas, using it to edge aside coal, even as we push ahead on a host of zero-carbon opportunities. That's the best way to maximize the odds that we'll ultimately be able to deal effectively with climate change."