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How cities like New York rebuild after a natural disaster




Water being pumped out of a building in Lower Manhattan October 31, 2012 in New York as the city begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
Water being pumped out of a building in Lower Manhattan October 31, 2012 in New York as the city begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
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For the East Coast, the challenge right now isn't just recovery, but rebuilding. For some, the Sandy superstorm presents a unique opportunity to reevaluate transportation systems, electrical and phone grids, and flood prevention measures.  

We'll talk with David Biello who writes about these issues as an associate editor for environment and energy at Scientific American.