BP Scales Back Climate Targets as Profits More Than Double.

Oil and gas giant After posting record annual profits of $27.7 billion last year, BP has revised its aim to stop producing fossil fuels by 2030. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, gas prices skyrocketed, boosting the company’s profits.

According to The Guardian, BP now intends to boost its oil and gas production over the next seven years. other energy firms experiencing windfalls.

Despite the fact that many are still having trouble paying their energy bills, Shell announced $40 billion in profits last week, according to BBC News. There are calls for an increased windfall tax on businesses.

According to Paul Nowak, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, millions of people struggle to heat their homes and put food on the table while BP is laughing all the way to the bank.

BP CEO Bernard Looney had the plan to move the company away from oil and gas and towards renewable energy sources, but the company has since announced it will increase its annual budget for both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources by $1 billion each, focusing more on the development of hydrogen and biofuels, according to Reuters.

BP’s current plan to cut oil production is less aggressive than its prior one, with a 25 percent reduction from 2019 levels as opposed to a 40 percent reduction.

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Plans by the company to cut consumer gasoline emissions from 35 to 40 percent to 20 to 30 percent have also decreased. It continues to aim for net zero by 2050.

BP’s energy transition operations, such as renewable energy and charging stations for electric vehicles, already account for around 30% of its budget, up from 3% in 2019.

You cannot claim to be in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change if the majority of your investments are still linked to fossil fuels, and you even intend to increase those investments, said Mark van Baal, founder of activist shareholder group Follow This, as quoted by Reuters.

According to Looney, it wouldn’t be shocking if BP’s UK tax bill exceeded $3 billion this year because the corporation paid $3.60 for every $4.80 in North Sea revenues, according to The Guardian.

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According to Looney, who was quoted by The Guardian, “we’ve either paid all the money we’ve made in the North Sea away in taxes or put it back into Britain over the last three years.”

BP said that it would be increasing the quarterly dividend payout by 10% and repurchasing $2.75 billion of its own shares in order to distribute more of its profits to its shareholders. In 2022, BP paid its shareholders more than $14 billion.

3.4 Million Adults in U.S. Were Displaced by Extreme Weather Last Year: Census Bureau Survey.

According to a recent U.S. poll, 3.4 million persons (1.4% of the adult population) in the country were forced to leave their homes because of severe weather events in 2022. Census Bureau data shows.

These conclusions, which were drawn from the 68,500 replies to the Bureau’s Jan. 4-16 Household Pulse Survey, are significantly higher than estimates from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre, which states that from 2008 to 2021, an average of 800,000 Americans were displaced annually, including the 1.7 million who, according to the Center, were uprooted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.

Hurricanes caused about half of the people relocated in 2022 to be compelled to abandon their homes. While 40% of individuals who were evacuated went back to their homes within a week, 12% stayed away for longer than six months, and 16% never did. The percentage of disabled persons who are permanently relocated by disasters is much higher.

According to the Census survey, low-income households (those making under $25,000 annually) were compelled to leave their homes twice as frequently as the general public, and 4% of LGBT persons were compelled to leave their homes, compared to 1.2% of cisgender, straight people.

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According to E&E News:

According to data from the Census Bureau, there were disaster-related evictions in every state in 2022, including 29 states where there were no big disasters involving FEMA.

Nearly 370,000 persons in Louisiana—11 percent of the state’s adult population—were displaced by a disaster in 2022. That is by far the greatest rate of any state, considerably exceeding Florida, which came in second with 5% of adults being moved.

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Despite significant damage from Hurricanes Laura in 2020 and Ida in 2021, Louisiana did not face a severe disaster in 2022. Hurricane Ian, one of the most damaging storms in American history, struck Florida in 2022.

The Longest Dam in Switzerland Now Has Nearly 5,000 Solar Panels.

The newest municipal government in the United States to outlaw plastic shopping bags is Baltimore County.

The “Bring Your Own Bag Act” was approved by the Baltimore County Council on Monday by a vote of five to two, following the lead of the City of Baltimore, which enacted a plastic bag ban in 2019.

According to CBS Baltimore, Baltimore County Second District Councilman Izzy Patoka said, “Plastic bags have been a menace to our environment for many, many years and we’re going to address that issue.”

Local environmental organizations, such as Maryland PIRG, backed the legislation because of the harm that plastic bags do to the Baltimore ecosystem. According to Maryland PIRG, there are issues with each method of bag disposal.

Recycling them tangles up machinery, incineration adds to air pollution, and landfilling them runs the risk of leaking and adding to water pollution. However, if they are not disposed of properly, they may blow into the surrounding area and pollute rivers, especially Chesapeake Bay.

Julian Jones, the chairman of the Baltimore County Council and a Democrat from District 4, said, “We’ve always had this issue on our radar. Numerous environmental organizations have lobbied us to ban plastic bags from the beginning of time.

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Three council members, including Patoka, introduced the bill. It wasn’t without controversy, though. WBAL TV continued that only after multiple revisions was it ultimately approved. These comprised:

Farmers’ markets will also not be required to charge for bags, according to CBS Baltimore.

Jones was one of the two council members who voted against the prohibition. Todd Crandell, a councilman from District 7, was the other, and he thought it was an example of government overreach.

According to Crandell, who has served on the council for more than eight years, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a piece of legislation that was more complicated, as WBAL TV reported.

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In fact, it was so complicated that it required ten modifications to try to get it right, and all we’re going to do is impose a tax on Baltimore County’s consumers.

However, because the stores are not required to pay the fee to the county, supporters made it clear that it was not a tax, according to CBS Baltimore. The purpose of the fee is to incentivize individuals to carry their own reusable bags.

Plastic Shopping Bags Are Prohibited in Baltimore County.

The newest municipal government in the United States to outlaw plastic shopping bags is Baltimore County.

The “Bring Your Own Bag Act” was approved by the Baltimore County Council on Monday by a vote of five to two, following the lead of the City of Baltimore, which enacted a plastic bag ban in 2019.

According to CBS Baltimore, Baltimore County Second District Councilman Izzy Patoka said, “Plastic bags have been a menace to our environment for many, many years and we’re going to address that issue.”

Local environmental organizations, such as Maryland PIRG, backed the legislation because of the harm that plastic bags do to the Baltimore ecosystem. According to Maryland PIRG, there are issues with each method of bag disposal.

Recycling them tangles up machinery, incineration adds to air pollution, and landfilling them runs the risk of leaking and adding to water pollution. However, if they are not disposed of properly, they may blow into the surrounding area and pollute rivers, especially Chesapeake Bay.

Julian Jones, the chairman of the Baltimore County Council and a Democrat from District 4, said, “We’ve always had this issue on our radar. Numerous environmental organizations have lobbied us to ban plastic bags from the beginning of time.

Three council members, including Patoka, introduced the bill. It wasn’t without controversy, though. WBAL TV continued that only after multiple revisions was it ultimately approved. These comprised:

  1. Reducing the fee for requesting a paper bag at a store from 10 to five cents.
  2. Exempting most small businesses.
  3. Adding a 90-day grace period.

Farmers’ markets will also not be required to charge for bags, according to CBS Baltimore.

Jones was one of the two council members who voted against the prohibition. Todd Crandell, a councilman from District 7, was the other, and he thought it was an example of government overreach.

According to Crandell, who has served on the council for more than eight years, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a piece of legislation that was more complicated, as WBAL TV reported. In fact, it was so complicated that it required ten modifications to try to get it right, and all we’re going to do is impose a tax on Baltimore County’s consumers.

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However, because the stores are not required to pay the fee to the county, supporters made it clear that it was not a tax, according to CBS Baltimore. The purpose of the fee is to incentivize individuals to carry their own reusable bags.

The new prohibition was met with mixed reactions from Baltimore citizens.

According to CBS Baltimore, Baltimore County resident Keith DeFontes stated, “I think that’s absurd.” “I believe that the county should allow people to be themselves. Keep out of their personal matters and, in general, let them use plastic if they so choose.

Others, though, believed that reducing plastic usage was worthwhile.

Before the bill was passed, community member Brandon Jackson told WBAL TV, “I feel like just using paper bags or any alternative is definitely better than using plastic bags because it’s already just destroying the environment.”

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Now, on November 1st of this upcoming year, the new law will come into force. After a delay brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Baltimore ban entered into force in October of 2021, which is around two years later. A five-cent fee per bag is also required by the city ban, but one cent of that fee must be given back to the government.

The National Council of State Legislatures reports that eight states in the United States have outlawed plastic bags. However, there are much more city and county governments that have enacted bans. You can see all bag legislation within your or any state at Banthebag.com.

Carbon Capture at A Texas Lng Plant Has Been Called “Greenwash” and “a Band-Aid on A Bullet Hole.”.

Community groups claim that the proposed Rio Grande LNG export facility at Port Isabel, Texas, would pollute the area’s community and ecology, harm the region’s shrimp farming and tourism sectors, and worsen climate change.

Yes, this is a poor neighborhood. According to Dina Nuez of Vecinos portal bienestar de la Comunidad Costera, “We’re not saying we don’t need jobs” (VBCC). But we don’t need work that compromises the environment and, ultimately, community health.

Local activists like Sierra Club Gulf Coast campaign representative Bekah Hinojosa dismiss the company’s assertions that it would trap the facility’s carbon pollution as little more than “trying to put a Band-Aid on a bullet hole.”

Only 6 to 7% of the facility’s total climate pollution, or as much as 163 million tonnes annually, would be addressed by the proposals to capture the facility’s carbon emissions (about as much as 44 coal plants, or more than 35 million cars).

Polly Hemming, a carbon market expert with the Australia Institute, claimed that CCS was always a greenwash for the extraction of oil and gas. Carbon credits for CCS in the production of oil and gas are additional greenwashing.

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Only 30 commercial CCS projects are now operational worldwide due to technical and financial challenges, many of which are utilized to increase oil extraction by reinjecting CO2 into wells. According to the industry-supported Global CCS Institute, these current facilities have a capacity of 43 million tonnes of CO2 per year, or 0.1% of total emissions worldwide.

However, interest in CCS has increased as pressure on oil and gas firms to lessen their climate effect has increased. According to the Global CCS Institute, the total annual CO2 capacity of commercial CCS projects that are in the planning phases increased by 44% in September over the same month last year to 244 million tonnes.

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According to a count by a non-profit climate news serviceDeSmog, at least 15 global LNG export or upstream gas projects that are now underway or in the planning stages have declared plans to incorporate CCS. Among these are five projects in Louisiana and Texas being proposed by NextDecade, G2 Net-Zero LNG, Venture Global, Sempra Energy, and French powerhouse TotalEnergies.

New Air Pollution Hotspots in The Uk May Be Caused by Wood Stoves.

Although a wood stove’s crackle and glow can be soothing, the pollution it creates is quite alarming. High levels of chemicals are released into the environment when the wood is burned, causing specific pollution hotspots.

Many of the dangerous compounds found in tobacco smoke are released by burning wood, even in newer certified wood stoves, and it’s possible that the smoke is even more toxic, according to Doctors and Scientists Against Wood Smoke Pollution.

According to studies, wood smoke pollution raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, dementia, and cancer.

According to Gary Fuller of the Imperial College London School of Public Health, wood burning has significantly increased in the more affluent urban areas of the UK, as reported by The Guardian.

Since busy roads are known to be key hotspots for fine particulate matter and are also where most of the pollutants from diesel vehicles are concentrated, the monitoring of air pollution in the UK now focuses on these areas.

Fuller argued that by focusing on these more established sources of pollution, scientists might be omitting wood stoves’ more recent hotspots.

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 According to Fuller, there is fear that we are developing new hotspots for air pollution, especially in more affluent places where residents do not consider their surroundings to be contaminated.

Because wood is a natural fuel, people believe that wood smoke is safe. People must realize that the wood smoke that permeates their neighborhood is just as damaging as the air pollution brought on by industry or vehicles.

According to The Daily Telegraph, environmental groups have cautioned that UK homes may be using their wood stoves in violation of the country’s air pollution regulations without realizing it.

In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs conducted a survey and found that 50% of homeowners in pollution hotspots are unaware that their fireplaces are subject to rules.

If a household violates the pollution limits in smoke control regions, the local council has the authority to charge them anywhere from $210 to $360.

According to Client Earth Campaigns and Policy Manager, Clean Air, Andrea Lee, who was quoted in The Telegraph, “Harsher enforcement of on-the-spot penalties means people could be penalized without realizing they’re doing anything wrong.” As a result, the government needs to increase education.

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According to The Guardian, Fuller has sent researchers out with backpacks to investigate the air pollution caused by wood stoves in various parts of London. In a recent study in North London, walkers carrying backpacks tracked solid fuel pollution sources.

Given that people typically firewood in the evening when others are more likely to be exposed, Fuller claimed that the pollution from wood-burning stoves was probably hurting more people.

On chilly winter nights when their neighbors are home, people burn wood. According to Fuller, who was quoted in The Guardian, air pollution can settle over a region, exposing more people than those who are exposed to traffic pollution from congested roads.

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According to Clean Air in London, the UK’s Climate Change Committee has urged for the gradual phase-out of domestic wood fires.

We as a society decided that no one should be forced to inhale secondhand cigarette smoke. Given what we now know, it is time to extend this attitude to wood smoke, said the Doctors and Scientists Against Wood Smoke Pollution on their website.

According to The Eia, 54% of New Electric-Generating Capacity in The Us Will Be Solar in 2023.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, solar energy will account for 54% of all new electric-producing capacity in the U.S. by 2023.

According to the EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, which is how developers and power plant operators inform the agency about upcoming projects, developers plan to add 54.5 gigawatts of new utility-scale electric-generating capacity to the nation’s power grid this year, the majority of it being solar.

Following a recent reduction of 23% from 2022 compared to 2021, developers have around 29.1 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power planned for 2023. Solar energy-producing capacity had been increasing since 2010, but a dip last year was caused by supply chain difficulties and the epidemic.

According to the EIA, a significant portion of the electric-generating capacity for 2023 that will come from solar projects may be delayed projects from 2022.

According to EIA, if all of these projects are completed in time for 2023, this year will see the largest increase in utility-scale solar capacity in a single year. 13.4 gigawatts of utility-scale solar capacity added in 2021 currently hold the record.

Texas will have 7.7 gigawatts of additional solar capacity, with California coming in second with 4.2 gigawatts.

With 17% of projects planned for the year, battery storage represents the second-highest percentage of new utility-scale electric-generating capacity in the U.S. for 2023, after solar. The nation’s existing 8.8 gigawatts of battery storage power generating capacity will be increased by 9.4 gigawatts, according to developers.

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According to EIA, battery storage systems are being installed more frequently with wind and solar power installations. Due to their sporadic nature, wind and solar power only generate electricity when the wind or sun is present.

Batteries can store extra power produced by solar and wind sources for later use. In 2023, we predict that Texas and California, two states with large solar and wind potential, will account for 71% of the new battery storage capacity.

7.5 gigawatts of natural gas, with the two largest projects slated for Ohio and Illinois, 6.0 gigawatts of wind power, mostly slated for Texas, and 2.2 gigawatts of nuclear energy are some other utility-scale electric-generating capacity projects.

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Two new nuclear reactors have been constructed in the United States for the first time in more than 30 years, and they are anticipated to go online this year after a protracted delay of several years.

Only one offshore wind project, the South Fork Wind Plant off the coast of New York, is anticipated to start up operations this year, according to an EIA study from 2023.

Single-Use Plastic Production Surged in 2021, Despite Growing Awareness of Environmental Impact.

Single-use plastics pose a risk to the environment and human health, and there have been increased efforts to regulate them in recent years as a result of growing public awareness of this risk.

Despite this, 139 million metric tonnes of single-use plastics were manufactured in 2021, a record high. According to the second-ever Plastic Waste Maker’s Index from the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation, that is six million metric tonnes more than in 2019.

Dr. Andrew Forrest, chairman of the Minderoo Foundation, stated in a statement releasing the report’s results that there will be more plastic, trash, and pollution. These figures from the second iteration of the Plastic Waste Makers Index are disturbing, but they are the findings.

The petrochemical sector is engaging in the highest level of greenwashing by claiming otherwise. We require a completely different strategy that stops the creation of additional plastic.

According to CNN, the amount of plastic produced per person on Earth has increased by approximately 2.2 pounds since the Minderoo Foundation published its inaugural index in 2019.

The report made a point of stating that virgin materials derived from fossil fuels, as opposed to recycled plastics, constituted the great bulk of that plastic. The rise between the two studies was caused by virgin plastics 15 times more than it was by recycled materials.

The Minderoo Foundation continued to emphasize in its second report how the plastic pollution catastrophe is a significant aspect of the climate crisis. The UK would have released 460 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2021 if the single-use plastic lifecycle were a nation.

According to the report’s authors, the waste situation is getting worse as the industry’s shift away from its reliance on fossil fuels has made little headway. This has serious implications for the climate and net zero goals.

The foundation tracked the top 20 petrochemical firms that produce new plastics from fresh fossil fuel feedstock and determined that they were accountable for more than 50% of the world’s single-use plastic trash in its first Plastic Waste Makers Index.

The ranking of businesses remained roughly the same in the current survey, with ExxonMobil in the top spot and Sinopec of China in second. Russia’s SIBUR and China’s Rongsheng Group, which were listed in the new report in positions 16 and 17, respectively, were the two new entrants.

The first Chinese corporation to join the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Sinopec informed Reuters in reaction to the news that it was developing biodegradable polymers.

However, the report’s authors noted that they had previously thought about whether any of the companies were making sincere efforts to switch from a linear production model based on new fossil fuel materials to a more circular, recycling-based approach and found that the companies gave circularity only lip service.

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The lack of higher circularity scores among more of the top 50 polymer producers, according to Index co-author Dominic Charles, was alarming to SBS.

While the analysis concluded that recycling might be a key factor in lowering the carbon footprint of plastics, mechanical recycling has the potential to reduce emissions by 50% when compared to the current practice of producing new polymers from fossil fuels.

Despite being the most often recycled plastic, just 13% of plastic beverage bottles are really manufactured from recycled resources.

The analysis comes as regulations against single-use plastics are being negotiated, including a global agreement through the UN Environment Assembly. But at the moment, these initiatives are also insufficient to stop the stream of plastic.

The report focuses on the three themes of reducing the production of plastics from fossil fuels, increasing the number of plastic products designed to be circular, and reducing plastic pollution in the environment.

It makes several recommendations for what policymakers, polymer producers, investors, and other companies in the plastics supply chain could do to change that.

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Specifically, Forrest advocated for a polymer premium on each new kilogram of plastic produced using fossil fuels. Other ideas included setting a 2030 deadline for single-use plastics to contain 20 percent recycled material and creating a fund to aid nations that are particularly overrun with plastic trash in managing cleanup and processing.

While Charles told SBS that “our research provides the evidence that legislators need to develop meaningful industry regulation on a global scale, it should also serve as a guide for businesses on the need for a higher level of transparency on their ambitions and actions related to plastics circularity.

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Hollywood is obviously determined to adapt The Last Of Us for television because it is widely recognized as one of the best narrative-driven videogames to be released in a long time. The Last of Us looks poised to adapt the iconic adventure of Joel and Ellie with creator Neil Druckmann in charge (at least in the first game).

For those who are unaware, the story is set in a world that has been devastated by a terrible fungal disease. Joel is charged with getting Ellie to the Fireflies, a radical group that believes Ellie holds the secret to their redemption.

Joel and Ellie are a pair united by the adversity of the world they live in, and they are forced to work together as a team. Will Joel, however, be able to deliver Ellie there unharmed?

If you’ve been following this one over the past few weeks, you might be interested in learning when the upcoming episode will air. So, stop wondering now!

Here is all the information you need to know about The Last of Us episode 5, including the air date, time, and location.

On the HBO channel and HBO Max, you may watch House of the Dragon. For viewers outside of the US, The Last Of Us will debut on Sky Atlantic in the UK, with the episode streaming live concurrently with the US premiere.

HBO Max will air The Last of Us Episode 5 on Friday, February 10 at around 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT). The most recent episode has been moved up to meet this Sunday’s Superbowl.

From the start, subtitles should be accessible as well. The program will premiere live on Sky Atlantic at 2 a.m. for viewers in the UK (GMT). After being broadcast, the show will then be made accessible via NowTV for many hours. Subtitles should be accessible by that time.

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At Roughly 58 Minutes, Episode 5 Is a Little Bit Longer than This Week’s Chapter.

Nine episodes of The Last Of Us Season 1 are planned. Originally, 10 were planned, however along the route, that number has been decreased to 9. In light of that, there will be four more episodes after this one.

With this particular episode concentrating on Joel and Ellie meeting Henry and Sam and attempting to neutralize the threat of Kathleen and her group, viewers can expect the tale to continue to evolve over time.

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There Is, in Fact. Below Is a Link to The Last of Us Season 1’s Trailer.

What do you anticipate seeing as the series continues? What has The Last of Us so far been your favorite scene? Let us know in the comments below!

The Review Geek originally published the post The Last Of Us Episode 5 Preview: Release Date, Time & Where To Watch.

The Management of Cloud Bursts Is Coming to New York City.

Over the past month, news of the torrential downpour that drenched California has poured in. There were difficult circumstances for Californians to deal with, and at least 22 people died.

A student scientist estimated that over 30 trillion gallons of water are totaled throughout the state. However, most of that water ran back out to sea in a state that was experiencing an unrelenting drought.

When 150mm, or about 6 inches, of rain dropped in only two hours in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2011, it was the heaviest rain to fall in a 24-hour period in more than 55 years, but it was a brief downpour.

The city started to develop a plan to manage the water from these types of short-burst intense rainfalls that are predicted to be more common occurrences not just in Copenhagen but across the globe as a result of the climate crisis, along with a study from 2021 noting that a significant increase in intense, slow-moving storms would happen in the future in Denmark and across Europe.

The outcome was the Cloudburst Masterplan, a multi-municipality strategy that will assist Copenhagen to manage the negative consequences of heavy rain.

According to Martin Zoffmann, Ramboll Water’s communication manager, the company that is assisting in the planning and implementation of the master plan, there are a total of more than 250 larger-scale projects spread out around the city.

The projects are connected in branches, and because of their multipurpose and environmentally friendly design, it offers protection and improves livability throughout the city.

As an illustration, consider Copenhagen’s St. Annae Square. Previously a field that was prone to flooding, this area has been modified so that the rainwater now empties into the port.

This has not only prevented the water from harming nearby buildings and accumulating in the main square where people congregate. New storm pipes and gutters were constructed, the area was reconfigured to resemble a bowl, and the surplus water now drains to the port.

In its designs, Ramboll employs so-called blue-green infrastructure. Blue-green infrastructure, or planning that takes into account both water and land, can be characterized as hydrological functions with urban nature, landscaping, and urban design.

And other cities at risk of flooding are taking notice. Another illustration? The NYC Department of Environmental Protection became interested in the Copenhagen Masterplan (DEP).

Even though Hurricane Sandy was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, it revealed how badly New York City managed water, especially during periods of heavy rain. The DEP made five trips to Denmark to investigate the project after learning about the Masterplan.

The two cities inked a cooperation agreement in 2015 with the goal of enhancing climate resilience in each city through knowledge and technical information exchange.

The need for some sort of heavy rain mitigation scheme became even more pressing in 2021 when Hurricane Ida slammed the New York region, dropping 10 inches of rain in just three hours—the precise definition of a cloudburst.

The city of Copenhagen’s attempts to integrate climate adaptation with urban redevelopment work most impressed Alan Cohn, executive director of Integrated Water Management at the NYC DEP, on a visit in 2022.

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In order to revive open space in communities, this entails combining various types of knowledge and resources and including cloudburst management into the procedure.

What ultimately resulted from this? Mayor of New York City Eric Adams announced a $400 million extension of the Cloudburst project in January of this year. It will focus on four flood-prone areas of the city:

East New York, Parkchester, Queens’ Corona and Kissena Park, and the Bronx’s Parkchester. In order to absorb, store, and move extra stormwater, grey and green infrastructure—which combines natural areas with pipelines, reservoirs, and treatment facilities—will be incorporated into the infrastructure projects.

In order to protect New Yorkers from heavy rains and make our city greener, expanding our cloudburst programs is essential, according to Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Executive Director Kizzy Charles-Guzman.

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Environmental justice communities urgently require green infrastructure initiatives, and the suggested solutions will increase and enhance access for bikers and pedestrians.

In Southeast Queens, two Cloudburst pilot projects are already active in New York. These initiatives support sewer and green infrastructure initiatives. A visualization of this Cloudburst installation in a sizable NYCHA courtyard was published in the NYC Green Infrastructure 2020 Annual Report:

This strategy and how the New York City Housing Authority has been driving the charge in cloudburst management projects are covered in full in an article published on Grist in October last year.

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As a result of this special collaboration between Copenhagen and New York City, projects to build climate resilience have been implemented in both cities and shared knowledge has been generated. The Copenhagen-based corporation Ramboll is collaborating with Miami, Singapore, and other cities to help mitigate flood damage.

While managing large bursts of water continues to be a priority, it is all a part of water management, and perhaps one day California, with its incredibly intricate water management systems, will be able to find a way to hold onto some of the water that is being lost back to the ocean while also lessening the devastation of flooding brought on by large amounts of liquid.

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