For much of the last decade, Klaus Jacob warned of New York’s vulnerability to severe flooding in a major storm. Rising seas and more extreme weather from a warming climate could cripple the New York region, he told anyone willing to listen. As Hurricane Sandy approached, New York magazine called Jacob, a research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the ‘Cassandra’ of New York City Subway Flooding. A day later, Jacob was proven right—and was himself swamped by the storm.
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