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President's Message Print E-mail
Steve Kaufman
Steve Kaufman, P.E.
On April 13, 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its third in a series of exhaustive studies documenting the existence of this phenomenon and determining its potential global impacts and timeline for their occurrence, entitled "Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change." These reports represent the work of over 200 scientists of various disciplines from throughout the world collaborating, documenting and verifying current and historical data to create a clear, unbiased assessment of climate change.

As summarized in a recent New York Times article, the results do not appear to be reassuring. The panel establishes a global average temperature threshold 3.6 °F that if exceeded will assure significant effects upon sea level, climate and ecosystems throughout the world. Further, the current pace at which this is occurring ensures that the threshold will be reached within about 20 years.

Surprisingly, however, in a country where, according to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 46% of the population holds to the Bible's interpretation of Creation as fact, there is a great deal of consensus surrounding the issue of climate change. In the April 2014 issue of Scientific American, a synthesis of 21 surveys encompassing almost 20,000 people in 46 states, found ample agreement about global warming and what to do about it. As broken down by states, here are some of the findings:
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Met Section 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation Print E-mail
The Met Section recognized individual and project award winners, inducted new officers, and recognized its outgoing officers at its 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation, which was held on June 19, 2014 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, Queens.
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YMF Tours the Catskills/Delaware Ultraviolet Facility Print E-mail
2014-06-12_del-cat_uv_site_tour2.jpg The $1.5B CAT|DEL Ultraviolet (UV) Facility provides secondary disinfection for all NYC's drinking water. With a capacity of more than 2,000-million-gallons-per-day, the facility is the world's largest - more than three times the capacity of the next largest municipal UV treatment facility in the United States, which is currently under construction in Los Angeles.
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2014-2015 Met Section, LIB, LHVB, & YMF Election Results Print E-mail
Election Ballot The election of 2014-2015 officers for the Met Section Board of Directors, Long Island Branch, Lower Hudson Valley Branch, and Younger Member Forum has been completed. The results are summarized as follows:
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Air Transport Group Holds 17th Annual Conference Print E-mail
Left to right: Michael Lorczak, Met Section Air Transport Group Treasurer; Jack Buchsbaum, PANYNJ; Bill Fife, Met Section Air Transport Group Chair
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Section's Air Transportation Group held their 17th annual one-day conference at Vaughn College near LaGuardia Airport on April 9, 2014. The event was again co-hosted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It was a successful gathering of over 150 engineers, architects, airport operators, airline executives, governmental officials and industry suppliers meeting to exchange new ideas in a dynamic setting.
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Younger Member Perspective: Government Relations and Millennials Print E-mail
ASCE's New York State contingent attends a reception at the Cannon Caucus Room during the 2014 Legislative Fly-In.
By Peter S. Mancuso, P.E.

When generational theorists mention millennials, they describe a set of individuals identifiable by their indecision and pluralism. It is no secret that adults in their twenties and thirties identify less and less with any one culture, religion, and of course, political party. On top of that, fewer and fewer millennials trust that the government can actually achieve what it is meant to do. It is unsurprising, then, that ASCE younger members do not find themselves attracted to government relations.
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Met Section Establishes Local COPRI Chapter Print E-mail
Guy Buzzoni (left) with COPRI Met Section Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns (right) at the January 15th lecture.
On February 19, 2014, the Metropolitan Section signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to establish a new local chapter. The new chapter has elected officers and started off its activities with a series of lectures.
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