Jeff Goodellwrote for Rolling Stone about New York City's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change:
Almost every coastal city in the world is vulnerable to sea-level rise, but nowhere is there more at stake than in New York. In purely economic terms, the New York metropolitan area is responsible for almost 10 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and is the largest financial hub in the world. The city has a symbolic value that is hard to quantify, with 8.5 million people from all over the world who live there, and millions more who are connected to it by work or family or by their dreams to come here and make it big. "To deal with climate change, we need inspiration," says Henk Ovink, the special envoy for international water affairs for the Netherlands who was deeply involved in rebuilding New York after Sandy. "New York City is the heart of the developed world. If it does things right, it can radiate inspiration to other places."