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Greg Hanscom

Underwater cities

Greg Hanscom is a senior editor at Grist. He tweets about cities, bikes, transportation, policy, and sustainability at @ghanscom.


The not-quite-perfect storm: Miami dodged the bullet last time, but can its luck hold out?

When Hurricane Andrew struck Southeast Florida in 1992, it only skirted Miami -- but it still did massive damage. The next one will likely be much, much worse


Sink tank: In Miami, climate scientists ask, “How deep, how soon?”

We know the seas are rising, the question is how fast -- and how quickly will our coastal cities have to adapt?


Miami vise: Rising seas put the squeeze on a sun-drenched beach town

In Miami Beach, high tides regularly flood streets with knee-deep seawater. The growing crisis, and the city’s response, hold lessons for seaside cities everywhere.


Postcard from the edge: Urban conundrums on the front lines of climate change

In a warming world, cities will adapt or die. Grist's newest blog, Underwater cities, will take a hard look at what adaptation means.


Saving the city from climate change, one house at a time

New York City’s chief urban designer struggles to protect his house from future floods, and gets a taste of just how unprepared we really are.


The caveman dilemma: Why we take such lousy care of ourselves and our planet

Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman says we're ill-adapted for the world we've made for ourselves.


This is what it will look like when the Big One hits New York City

Hurricane Sandy was just a taste of what's to come. Now you can get a look at the full meal deal, thanks to a super cool new mapping tool.


Nature vs. nature: Is “green infrastructure” the best defense against climate disasters?

A year after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, some scientists argue that restoring reefs and marshes can protect us next time. Engineers say that's a bunch of baloney.


NYC hurricane expert: “Sandy wasn’t the Big One”

Professor Nicholas K. Coch spent decades warning officials that a hurricane could slam into New York City. Superstorm Sandy proved him right -- but it could have been much worse, he says.