In this week's Newsletter: Planning for the worst/hoping for the best during National Preparedness Month, rapid sea level rise is bad news for NYC, tips for hurricane season and much more!
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September Is National Preparedness Month

The official end of summer is just days away, and the kids will go back to school in exactly one week. Whatever happened to summer? Ever had the feeling you've been cheated?!

Along with the end of summer and the beginning of the school year, September is also hurricane season in the Atlantic ocean, and so it seems kind of fitting that it is National Preparedness Month as well.

The main purpose of NPM is to encourage people to make plans and stock up on vital supplies (like fresh clean water) in case a disaster or storm event should cut off power or damage water systems for one week to ten days.

While that may not be easy to do in a small NYC apartment- seven to ten days of water is quite a bit- having a family communications plan and a basic emergency kit and go bag is a very smart idea.

Volunteers are also being sought for emergency preparedness training. For more information on how to stay safe during an emergency, as well as a schedule of volunteer trainings this month, please visit the Governor's website here. For tips on how to successfully weather a hurricane (see what the title writers at the Observer did there?), check out this article from the NY Observer.

Sea Levels Are Rising, Especially in New York City

You might not think that space would be the best vantage point for measuring sea level rise, but you would be wrong. As this video from NASA's Jason-3 project shows, melting Arctic ice and rising water temperatures have increased the volume of the oceans and caused sea levels to rise across most of the Earth, although in some places sea water is cooling and shrinking in volume. 

In New York, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), the sea level has risen at least a foot since 1900. Between 2009 and 2010, the level north of New York City rose an unprecedented 5 inches, according to an article in Nature Communications.

Electricity Generation Costs Are Falling Worldwide, Thanks to Renewables

Ad now for some good news: The cost of generating electricity is falling all over the world, thanks to the rise of renewables, and solar PV in particular. And further, a new report from the International Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency confirms that we have reached a global tipping point where renewable power generation is as cheap or cheaper than power generated by new fossil fuel powered plants.

It seems as if this day has been coming, slowly closer, for a long, long time. Once upon a time, we dreamed of the day when the installed price of home solar would be competitive with coal. The idea of renewable plants themselves becoming competitive wasn't really on the radar.

But now all that's changing. You can read more about the IEA/NEA report on the Global Energy World website here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Solar One Family Day: Catch & Release Fishing with Lower East Side Ecology Center
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 9am-11am, free

Walk-Up Paddling at Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 1-4pm, free

Other Events

Central Park Moonlight Ride
Central Park, Columbus Circle entrance at 59th Street, Manhattan, 10-11:55pm, free

Bronx Green-Up Harvest Festival
Rainbow Garden of Life and Health, corner of East 157th Street & Melrose Avenue, Bronx, 1-4pm, free

Columbia University M.S. in Sustainability Management Online Information Session
Online, 12-1pm, free

NYSERDA Combined Heat & Power Expo
The TimesCenter , 242 West 41st Street bet 7th & 8th Aves, Manhattan, 10am-3pm, free

350NYC - Sustainable Solutions Working Group Meeting
New York Society for Ethical Culture, Room 508, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

Sustainable Design Forum: Honey Tasting & Beekeeping Workshop
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, 63 Flushing Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, 4-6pm, $40 members/$50 non-members
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