From the Daily News:
The City Council voted Wednesday to order a city panel of climate scientists to come up with plans to deal with rising sea levels and extreme heat that could result from climate change.
The idea is to figure out ways to deal with — or ideally prevent — the kind of massive flooding that could leave chunks of a city of islands underwater during storms.
City officials — who say the sea level could rise by about 4 1/2 feet by the end of the century — have already begun to plan development projects with rising sea levels in mind.
The massive Willets Point development in Queens is being built at an elevated level to keep new buildings out of the floodplain, as is the new Sims Recycling Facility in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island were designed with higher shorelines and salt-resistant plants that can withstand occasional flooding, and flood gates were installed at the Tallman Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The city has also tweaked its zoning code to allow building owners to store electrical equipment on the roof, instead of in flood-prone basements.