NYC’s $10 Billion Climate Change Plan

Grind for March 18th, 2019
“What past is prologue.”

– William Shakespeare.

Taking Action

The Headline

NYC Mayor unveils $10 billion climate change plan

The Grind

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week unveiled his $10 billion proposal to save the city from rising sea levels.

“It will be one of the most complex environmental and engineering challenges our city has ever undertaken,” he wrote. “And it will, literally, alter the shape of the island of Manhattan.”

The proposal seeks to halt the damage of rising sea levels by adding 500 feet of landmass to the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan – a region that currently sits just 8 feet above sea level.

It also includes $500 million to build a series of barriers the city can deploy to protect against the powerful storms expected to smash into the East Coast as a result of global warming.

The Background

Mayor de Blasio’s plan comes amid global concerns that coastal cities could soon be underwater.

Particular areas of concern in the US include Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and South Carolina, with the most at-risk cities including:

— Miami Beach and Key West, FL

— Hoboken and Atlantic City, NJ

— Galveston and Brazosport, TX

— Hilton Head Island and Mount Pleasant, SC

Between 21% and 63% of the “livable land” in the above cities will be underwater by 2060; by 2100, those number increase to 53%-94%.

These figures come from a report published by the Massachusetts-based environmental watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists.

“Preparing for climate change has to be a national priority, backed by tens of billions in federal investment,” says de Blasio. “Lives are on the line.”


The Headline

Lawsuit suggests Johnson & Johnson baby powder contains asbestos

The Grind

A California woman was awarded $29 million this week after a jury agreed with her claim that Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop mesothelioma.

The lawsuit is one of more than 13,000 claiming J&J’s talc-based products caused health problems.

The Details

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium – a thin layer of tissue covering the majority of your internal organs.

Treatments are available, but there is no cure. The average life expectancy after symptoms appear is between 12 and 21 months.

The primary risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos – a mineral commonly used in brake pads, shingles, insulation, and flooring. Asbestos is located underground, in many cases near talc.

According to company documents unveiled last December, J&J executives have been worried for decades that its baby powder might contain asbestos.

In 2018, 22 plaintiffs were awarded a combined $4.7 billion after claiming J&J products gave them ovarian cancer.

J&J insists its products are safe and plans to appeal the latest ruling. “The jury verdicts are not medical, scientific, or regulatory conclusions about a product,” said the company in a statement.

“Research, clinical evidence, and nearly 40 years of studies by independent medical experts around the world continue to support the safety of talc.”

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