Hurricane Sandy

Flooding From Climate Change Caused $8 Billion In Superstorm Sandy Damage

Human-caused climate change was responsible for $8 billion of the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, new research published Tuesday in Nature found. The additional flooding attributed to melting glaciers and ice sheets affected an additional 71,000 people, and just the climate-caused damage on its own would have been the fourth-most expensive weather-related … [continued]

Solar Decathlon: NY City Tech Tackles Major Storm Housing (Video)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. The team from New York City College of Technology (City Tech) started with a concept to provide a uniquely New York solution to emergency housing after catastrophic storms for its US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 competition house. Its DURA Home—an acronym for Diverse, Urban, Resilient, and Adaptable—is designed to be brought … [continued]

Stevens Solar Decathlon SURE HOUSE is Superstorm Ready (Video)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. The student team from Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) says the SURE HOUSE — their contest entry for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 — is not only a student design project; after being built, it will be rigorously tested, extensively toured, and finally lived in. And this isn’t their first solar-powered … [continued]

New Climate Measure Restricts Floodplain Development

President Barack Obama has just taken unprecedented actions to help coastal communities resist severe impacts of climate change. Anywhere that taxpayer dollars are used to build or protect floodplain development of buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, agencies must now consider current and future flooding risks to alterations and new housing, … [continued]

A Power Backup Solution For The Achilles Heel Of Grid-Tie Solar

Working in the solar industry, I’ve noticed that the number of people calling who are interested in installing solar-electric (photovoltaic) systems increases substantially after a natural disaster. It’s very understandable considering that after Hurricane Sandy, for example, 8.1 million homes lost power in 17 different states as far west as Michigan, and for … [continued]