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Unformatted text preview: And one t he stat e would n 't approv e , wh i ch- c o s t t h e cit y a on e- t im e fed e r a l gra n t w o r t h $35 4 mill i on. Co mbi n ed w i th shar p b ud ge t c u t b a ck s, th a t le a v e s th e trans i t a uthor i ty wi t h a $ I.2 b i ll i o n d efi- c it. Wit h out a heal th y s ubwa y system , N ew Yo r k will be h ar d-pr ess ed to grow , g r e e n o r o t herw i s e. M' V e have to a ssume that ( tran s i tl will eventu a ll y be funded , · s a y s Ag a rwalla. " O t he rwise w e ' d ha ve to p lan fo r c it ywi d e sh r in kage . " N ew Y o rk 's t r a n s i t s tr u gg l es ar e a r e- mind er th at e v e n the bi gges t ci ty i n t h e U . s . c an' t fu l ly co n tr ol i t s envi ronm e nt al de s tiny. T hat 's tr ue for c l imat e ch a nge to o; even if Ne w York m ee t s its l a udable CO 2- r educti o n go a l s , tha t alone wi l l do li t t l e to stop glob a l warming. B ut the c it y is en s u ring th at it w i l l be r ead y for a wa rmer w o r ld . T h e Bl oombe rg a dmi n i s- tr a t i o n be g an by c rea ti n g a h ome g r own v e r s i o n of t h e U .N . I n t erg ov ern men t a l P a n e l on Cl im ate C h a n ge . T hos e scie n- tists r e po r ted that by t h e end o f the ce n- tur y, annual mean te mperat u r es in N e w Y or k Cit y co uld inc r ease 7. 5 ° F ( r3. 6° C), with sea le ve l s rising a s mu c h as 55 in . ( I o t O em), dep e n d i n g on h ow fast polar i c e melts . " Coastal flo od s w il l be ve r y pow- erf ul a n d very damagin g," s a y s C ynthi a Ro s e n zwei g , a NA SA r e se a r c h er a nd c o- c h a ir of t h e Ne w Yo rk c l i m a t e p an e l. Th e p anel ' s p redi ctions w i l l f u el t h e work of New Y o rk's C l imate Ch an ge Ad · aptation Ta s k F o rce- a g r o up of ci t y, s tate an d fed e ra l agen c i es t h a t c ontr o l vu l ne r a- bl e i n fr as t r uctu r e. T houg h t h e ad a pta t i on p l a n s are in th e ir ea rl y s t a ge s, th e ma yor ' s o ffi ce is a lr e a d y be g i n ning t o p r epare the m ost vulne r able n e ighbo r ho o d s . T hat p ut s New Yo rk well ah ead of an y ot her major me tr o p oli s- and ce r ta i nl y t h e F ed er a l G ov e r nm e n t- in t a k i n g a d e a d r e ck o ni n g of t h e ri sks o f global w ar mi n g . " T h ey'v e b e e n qu i t e bra ve in p utt i ng t h is out th e r e, " s a y s Mar c i a Bys tr y n , pr es id ent o f th e New Y ork Leag u e o f C o n se r v at io n Vote r s . " T h i s is a model p l a n ." Bloomberg, th e gre e n bi l lio naire , won't b e mayor f o r ev er. ( Pr esuma b ly.) T h at means Pl a NYC , wh i ch runs to 20 3 , w i ll h a v e t o r e m a in rel e v a n t l o n g a f t e r i t s p o l it i ca l p atr o n is go ne . Bu t P l aN YC i s built to la s t , e v en du ring a r e cess i o n , be- c a u se i t e nc o mp a sses fa r mor e t h a n j u s t f e el-good g r e ene ry. Ag arw al l a , w h o h a s s t ud ied w h y P hi ladelph ia d eclined c om- p are d with N e w York in th e 20th cent u r y , belie ves s ustainabilit y will be the key t o ur ban success in the 21st c e n t ury. "\V e did n't develo p this plan o ut of a de s ir e t o be g r ee n ,~ h e s a ys. " Th i s i s c ru ci a l f or i t s ec on o mi c a n d en viro nmen t al fut ure. M _...
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