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After a near-miss with Sandy, more preparations are needed

Despite causing damage throughout southern New England, Hurricane Sandy saved the bulk of its destruction for New Jersey and New York. Many homes, roads, subway tracks, and power lines could not survive the rush of water. Massachusetts may not be so lucky next time.

It may just be a matter of time before the dual consequences of rising sea levels from the melting ice cap and massive “surges” from powerful storms wreak havoc on Boston, a city that was built on land-fills. The devastation in New York and New Jersey should refocus Massachusetts policy makers on the regulations, public investments, and adaptation measures necessary for protection in an era of climate change.

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