There could be a lot more than lawn chairs out of place after the next big storm.Photo: Downtown Traveler Cross-posted from Climate Central. New York City dodged a bullet with Irene, but big trouble passed more closely than most people think. If the storm surge had pushed New York Harbor about one inch higher, it could have been enough to overcome some of Lower Manhattan's outer defenses and flood the subway system, FDR Drive, PATH, and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, if history is a guide. At 8:42 a.m. on Sunday morning, close to the peak of an unusually tall high tide, …
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Ben Strauss is Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives at Climate Central, a nonprofit science and media organization. He is also a founding board member of Grist -- the popular and irreverent environmental website! -- and helped launch the Environmental Leadership Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.