The Big (Green) Apple

New York City's pioneering PlaNYC plots a more crowded but eco-friendly metropolis

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A new aqueduct will connect to New York's pristine upstate water supplies and augment a century-old system.

As flat as a pool table and barely a mile wide at its narrowest, the Rockaway Peninsula — a tongue of land that sticks into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City's southeastern corner — is already vulnerable to storm surges and floods. Global warming, with its rising seas and harder rain, will only intensify those threats. That's what has Vincent Sapienza, the city's assistant commissioner for wastewater treatment, so worried. The Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes 25 million gal. (95,000 cu m) of sewage a day, sits next to the beach, and its pumps are below sea level. In...

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