November 23, 2015
By Thomas Storck
October’s Green Careers meet-up featured three sustainability leaders whose careers ranged from medicine to equipment manufacturing to government. Each professional, who spoke at this year’s NESEA Building Energy NYC conference shared inspiring information about their work and career histories, and weighed in on career advice for those who want to pursue sustainability careers.
Photo credit: Samantha Yost
November 14, 2015
By Gemma Raye
Photos by Pamela Berns
With the upcoming climate talks in Paris, many of us are thinking globally about how world leaders will work to halt the damage that’s been done to a fragile planet that is now in serious danger. As New Yorkers, we also think locally as we continue to ponder the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. We know that such extreme weather events can easily disrupt life as we know it, and wonder what effects climate change will continue to have on our city.
Over 3,700 scientists from 130 countries who form the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently concluded that climate change is indeed affecting the Planet and all the communities that inhabit it. We know we need to drastically change the way we produce and use energy to ameliorate the effects of climate change, but many New Yorkers may not realize the extent to which climate change is bound to make an impact on their daily lives. These are just a few of the changes we can expect to occur if we do not put a stop to climate change:
Higher temperatures: The US Climate Network estimates that the temperature in the City will rise by around 5ºF by 2100 and by the 2080s, the temperature could jump to almost 9ºF. In addition to material damage, New Yorkers would have to live through five to seven heat waves yearly (compared to two currently) and the number of soaring hot days (over 90º) could double. (more…)