EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-26 15:03.The science is crystal clear: in order to head off the worst effects of climate change, the U.S. needs to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Several trail-blazing states have taken up the lead to meet that target in recent years, including New York.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-26 13:51.Recently, the forests of the Northeast have been battling with a new and formidable pest that looks surprisingly similar to a chocolate sprinkle. The southern pine beetle, native to the southeastern United States, has been expanding up the Eastern Seaboard in recent years infesting pine trees along the way. Changes in climate are the likely cause of this migration.
The southern pine beetle enters the tree through crevices in the bark and then creates tunnels in the tissue just beneath the bark. This disrupts the flow of nutrients, killing the tree in typically 2-4 months.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-19 13:36.
Bigger doesn't need to mean more energy. An apartment tower coming to Roosevelt Island proves that as it is set to be the tallest passive-house high-rise in the world.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-19 13:01.Honeybees have been getting a lot of attention in recent months for their concerning population decline. The collapse of bee populations around the country has created intense apprehension about the future of foods grown with the help of pollination.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-12 15:11.
Nitrogen pollution in the waters of Long Island is a huge issue. Excess nitrogen in the water can lead to shellfish loss, fish kills, brown tides and harmful algal blooms, wetlands destruction, habitat loss, and poor recreational conditions for residents. Thankfully, progress is now underway to address many of these issues.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-12 13:26.
Wall Street has a massive appetite for green bonds right now. In fact, investors are snapping them up at the fastest pace on record with more than $16 billion having been issued this year already. New York City can tap into this energy too. A proposal being pushed by New York City Comptroller Scott M.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-05 12:32.
Earlier this week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released an exciting proposal to increase renewable energy projects throughout the state. Renewable energy sources currently provide only about 11 percent of the energy used in New York.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Wed, 2015-06-03 03:00.
On Tuesday, June 2nd Suffolk County passed the Toxic-Free Toys Act unanimously. The bill will prohibit the sale of children's toys that contain unsafe levels of six hazardous chemicals: antimony, arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, lead, and mercury. This is a huge victory for children and parents in Suffolk County.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-05-22 14:34.
Microbeads have been getting a lot of attention lately. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called for more regulation on the tiny plastic beads found in many face soaps, toothpastes, body washes, and other cosmetic products. A proposed bill in the New York Assembly would phase out their use as well. But the best proof that this issue is gaining traction is that it was recently featured on Buzzfeed.
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