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Urban Fixes to Fight the Next Sandy

Unconventional ideas for climate-proofing New York City.

The interactive graphic below comes courtesy of Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration between The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Slate, and others, dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. Learn more at

Top image: A playground sits submerged under flood waters left from Hurricane Sandy at the Breezy Point section of the Queens. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

About the Authors

  • James West
    James West is the editor and producer of The Climate Desk, a collaboration among The Atlantic, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS. He is the author of Beijing Blur.
  • Tim McDonnell is a senior fellow on the Climate Desk, where he covers national energy policy.