The real marathon in New York City is about water
This weekend I watched the New York City Marathon. Great event, but with immediate safety risks, very well managed by the NYC police. Compliments! Of course this is not the only challenge in NYC. With Sandy still on our mind, climate change is the longer-term risk where exposure will not be for 2 hours but for at least 20 years, assuming that NYC will rapidly cope with this challenge in the next decades. The longer political leaders wait, the more expensive adaptation will become and the danger to citizens and the economy will increase. This is certainly true for the USA that faced a couple of billion-dollar extreme weather events this year and more importantly: many people lost their life.
In our research we performed six City Blueprint analyses of different cities in the USA. We also performed a detailed governance capacity analysis of NYC. We made a comparison between these six US cities and ten cities in Europe. Our results are published in: Feingold, D, Koop S, Van Leeuwen K (2017) The City Blueprint Approach: Urban Water Management and Governance in Cities in the U.S. Environmental Management DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0952-y.
Conclusion: Transatlantic dialogue and US-EU collaboration remains essential, and not only on Cities, Water and Climate Change.
Further information and the link to the publication is available here