Six Crucial Questions Facing Coastal Development

According to metereologists we may be heading for a new era of severe Atlantic storms. Coastal communities face six crucial questions.
September 26, 2005, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Meteorologists argue that we have begun a new era of Atlantic storms pumped up by hot gulf waters, a cycle that oscillates in decades...can we possibly be ready for what is to follow?... As a consequence, parts of New Orleans and stretches of the Mississippi coast are nearly uninhabited...

Encouraged by federal flood insurance, islands whose very existence is ephemeral have been lined with vacation homes. Low-lying urban neighborhoods with their asphalt toes resting in swamps have been built below levees too fragile to hold...Marshes that once absorbed storms have been allowed to die off and sink, leaving stretches of open water that can be flung shoreward by storm surges...he nation's refineries have been concentrated in the threatened hurricane belt. Gas-guzzlers and rising prices are beating into the heads of drivers the nature of the laws of supply and demand...

Here is a look at six crucial questions we face..."

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Published on Monday, September 26, 2005 in The New York Times
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