To fight climate change, New York goes Dutch

Amanpour

By Mick Krever, CNN

The Netherlands is a country that, in some sense, shouldn’t exist.

Thirty percent of the country is below sea level, and would sit under the ocean were it not for centuries of effort by the Dutch, battling the sea.

New York, ravaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, has taken note.

“I really have to stress this,” Henk Ovink, who is spearheading the effort to bring Dutch knowhow across the Atlantic, says: “Water is not a threat; it’s an asset. Especially for the Dutch.”

The Netherlands’ lessons could not come any sooner. Two separate groups of American scientists are now warning that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting, and nothing can be done to stop it. One section alone would increase sea levels four feet, NASA says.

And this after last week’s White House report, which said climate change is a clear and present danger…

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