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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making climate change a top priority. He recently announced that plans are in the works for a third NYC Panel on Climate Change, serving as proof of his and the city’s commitment to the issue.

The upcoming event will make good on One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City, a series of eco-conscious goals and initiatives set out by the City in April. Some of the panel’s targets include working towards a more informed city and excellency in climate science.

NPCC3 will build on previous reports, increase city-wide sustainability and examine climate risks on a neighborhood scale. Another aim of the panel will be to increase the efficiency of resiliency plans so that the region will be able to bounce back quickly in the wake of unexpected, detrimental events like Hurricane Sandy.

“The NPCC’s distinguished panel of scientists over the years has given New York City the best data and analysis for the City to plan for a future with unmitigated climate change, particularly as we look at the 520 miles of coast along our city,” Nilda Mesa, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability said.

“We’ve pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions citywide 80 percent by 2050; the Panel’s work underscores just how important our efforts are.”

Panel members include engineers, health professionals, disaster preparedness experts, public planners, and geologists. The City vows to be a global leader in the fight against climate change, and the third panel is a step in the right direction.

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