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Today's Environmental News in New York

Rochester group to join climate march.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-09 10:00
Early on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21 - very early - people will filter into a parking lot in Pittsford and board a bus. Their intended destination? A future that's a little less overheated than it otherwise would be.

New York City’s overheated subways.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:00
We just believe that there are many more immediate issues facing the MTA. Not because there aren’t threats from nature. But because many of the dire predictions about climate change — like Gore’s about the polar ice — have proved unreliable.

N.Y. has power over rail transport of oil.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-09-06 10:00
Every energy choice has its risks and problems. But the risks of continuing reliance on fossil fuels — ever more difficult to access, hazardous to process and transport, and harmful to use — have become unacceptable.

Gillibrand seeks federal ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-09-06 10:00
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls herself a recovered user of personal care products that contain plastic microbeads. The senator said so Friday in Buffalo as she urged a federal ban on the tiny plastics that are often added to facial cleaners, soaps, cosmetics and toothpaste.

State fine for incinerator.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:00
The owner of the state's only commercial hazardous waste incinerator was hit with a nearly $30,000 state fine for several environmental violations, including a pungent chemical release last summer from their Route 32 plant.

Still too early to say OK to fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-09-05 10:00
We find ourselves in no rush to join North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania and other states that have to deal with fracking's uncertain effects on health, the economy and the environment.

Massive global rally to be held Sept. 21.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
The People's Climate March will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis. To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, including non-government organizations, labor unions, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations.

Fracking views separate candidates for governor.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout said Wednesday she would ban gas drilling because it threatens the environment. Republican Rob Astorino would promote it to boost jobs. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, after three years of consideration, hasn't made up his mind.

Colombia gold mining: Nation shuts down another illegal mine.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
Colombian authorities shut down an illegal gold mine which was operating as a marble processing plant in Palermo, and have arrested a 27-year-old man on charges of environmental pollution, according to La Nacion.

Climate change and disaster recovery: the soul of our work together.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
Like Katrina, Sandy was amplified by the changing climate: warmer oceans, jet stream weakening, and a wetter atmosphere. Climate change is here. And we, the people of this planet, with brains and hearts to creatively deal with this climate crisis turn the other way.

Wetter, cooler summer meant lower levels of blue-green algae in Allegheny Reservoir.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
A cooler, wetter summer may be part of the reason for lower concentrations of blue-green algae blooms in the Allegheny Reservoir in New York and just south of the line into Pennsylvania.

E-cigarettes could be gateway to hard drugs, study finds.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00
Nicotine – whether it comes from a traditional or electronic cigarette – could be a gateway drug to marijuana and cocaine, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

N.Y. attorney General warns of climate change risk.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-03 10:00
New York needs to do more to prepare for ongoing man-made climate change, according to a report issued Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Cuomo announces state grant to study shoreline protection for Great Kills Harbor.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-03 10:00
A $300,000 state grant has been awarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to evaluate a shore protection system and maximize the marine habitat at Great Kills Harbor, which sustained a heavy hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Schumer urges feds to pay up for Seaford new water treatment plant.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-09-03 10:00
The federal government should keep its pledge to pay for a new treatment plant in Seaford that purifies water impacted by contamination from the former Northrop Grumman aviation manufacturing site, Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.

Changing climate makes NYC stormwater management harder, health risks higher.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-02 10:00
Scientists predict New York City will steadily become wetter, subject to more frequent and intense rainfall - and thus, more overloaded sewers and water-related health risks.

Pesticides in Midwest watersheds could be in New York water.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-09-02 10:00
Studies done by the state Department of Environmental Conservation between 2002 and 2007 showed about 45 percent of wells tested throughout New York had detectable pesticide levels.

The evidence is in, so ban fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-01 10:00
If anyone in New York was still buying the utopian vision being sold by the oil and gas industry regarding fracking — free energy! new jobs! no risk! — a flood of recent news should end the delusion once and for all.

E-cigarette smoke contains elevated levels of harmful metals.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-09-01 10:00
Overall, the secondhand smoke generated by electronic cigarettes is less toxic that that from traditional cigarettes, but still releases chemicals into the air that are a health concern, says new research out of the University of Southern California.

Traditionally-crafted paper boats head to New York City for talks about environment’s future.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-31 10:00
A flotilla of paper boats began a three-week journey down the Hudson River Saturday, leaving from Troy’s marina. The boats are bound for New York City, where they will join in the Peoples’ Climate March on Sept. 21.
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