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Climate Local Now: Letter From Panama, Lessons for the East End

by Leonard Green I’m in Panama, where it’s hot and dry. It’s the dry season this time of year, so that’s normal. The enormous queue of ships backed up waiting to enter the canal, however, is not normal. There’s just not enough lake-fed water in the canal for normal operations. There was a 27 percent drop in rainfall during last year’s rainy season. That has certainly contributed to the problem.
An aerial view of the sandbagged beach in downtown Montauk after the recent storms |. East Hampton Town photo
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East Hampton Ready to Put All Its Coastal Resilience Options on the Table

Pictured Above: An aerial view of the sandbagged beach in downtown Montauk after the recent storms |. East Hampton Town photo East Hampton Town is requesting an amendment to the Army Corps of Engineers project slated to begin in downtown Montauk this winter to incorporate damage to its sandbagged beach there during three recent storms, as New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week that she is authorizing $3 million
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Climate Change Coastal Resilience East Hampton

Flooding Prompts New Urgency for East Hampton’s Coastal Resilience

Pictured Above: Low lying areas of East Hampton Town were inundated with water during three recent coastal storms. |. East Hampton Town photo, via Facebook The Town of East Hampton has been planning for more than a decade for how to weather the impact of sea level rise along its coastline, but this winter's flooding has the town realizing that the time has really come to put those plans into
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Southold Begins Mapping Flood Areas

Pictured Above: Shipyard Lane in East Marion during the flooding on January 10. | Daniel Maul photo As the East End faced a one-two punch of coastal flooding overnight Tuesday, Jan. 9 into Wednesday, Jan. 10 and again on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13, Southold Town staff began work on a new project to map areas of frequent flooding in anticipation of a new Coastal Resiliency Action Plan getting
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Climate Change Climate Local Now Column

Climate Local Now: A Good News Round-Up — Smile and Take Action

Ready for some January good news?  Some of our favorite sources are The Optimist Daily newsletter, and the “Good News” section of the weekly Climate Change Resources newsletter, offering free doses of positivity.   Health is Wealth The above is one of my mother’s favorite expressions. Another: The best things in life are free. She lived to 86, attributing her good health to finding reasons to smile. The Optimist Daily shares Sweden’s Säg hej! (say hello!) campaign, spreading warmth
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Southampton Approves Climate Action Plan

Pictured Above: At the end of Long Neck Boulevard in Flanders on Oct. 29, 2012, the day after Superstorm Sandy. The Southampton Town Board approved an ambitious Climate Action Plan in a contentious 3-2 vote Thursday evening, Dec. 21, setting the town up to be able to take advantage of a portion of $522 billion in federal aid for local climate change readiness. The vote came after two days of
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A Mixed Response to Southampton Climate Plan

Pictured Above: A warning sign from Dune Road in Hampton Bays. As billions of dollars in federal money from the Inflation Reduction Act begins to become available for local solutions to ween the country off of fossil fuels, proponents of Southampton Town's new Climate Action Plan urged the board at a Dec. 12 hearing to adopt it soon, while many in the community, particularly west of the Shinnecock Canal, believe
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With New Grant Funding, East Hampton To Kick Off Planning for a Resilient Montauk

East Hampton Town is expected next spring to kick off a project to begin the difficult work of building community consensus in Montauk around the best way to protect the hamlet from coastal vulnerability and support a resilient year-round community, with the help of a new $600,000 grant from New York State. The town has in the past outlined major plans for strategic retreat from the oceanfront in downtown Montauk,
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Climate Change Government Southampton

Southampton to Hold Dec. 12 Hearing on Climate Action Plan.

The Southampton Town Board will be accepting public comment on its Climate Action Plan at a Dec. 12 public hearing at 1 p.m. at town hall.  The plan, in the works since 2021, lays out a path for the town to follow to reach its ambitious goals of dramatically reducing the town’s carbon emissions, with the goal of the town being carbon neutral by the year 2040. The plan, drafted
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Climate Local Now: A Guide to Green Gifts for the Holidays

by Mary Morgan As the holiday season approaches, why not spark a smile from family and friends with something eco-friendly, showing you care about them, and the planet?  Call it cool, environmentally-conscious or low carbon, just go green!   My Green Gift Criteria What makes a green gift? I use three science-based criteria as my guide:  1. Eliminate waste and pollution.  That means choosing ingredients, materials and packaging with low or
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Climate Local Now: Walking Through Nature’s Miracles

By Leonard Green We live on an island in an age of rising seas and hotter and wetter weather. Earlier this season, there was a rare Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The consequences of accelerated climate change are here. And they are just beginning. Yet, on my daily walk down to Gardiner’s Bay, I am struck by how little we seem to value the natural systems that maintain a