EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-30 14:22.
New York faces many threats to its water quality such as outdated wastewater infrastructure, insufficient stormwater treatment and retention facilities and inadequate end-of-pipe treatment technologies.
Fortunately, this summer, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is taking a major step toward protecting our water quality by implementing their Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-30 11:12.
On a sticky summer day, it is not unusual to see NYC stores keep their doors open to draw shoppers in with a cool blast of air. This is why New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs kicked off a “Shut the Front Door!” initiative on July 22. This initiative is attempting to educate businesses about being economical in their energy usage. On the 22nd, roughly 200 volunteers fanned out across the five boroughs to encourage businesses to shut their front doors.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-07-24 11:19.
After decades of urban decline, renewable energy is providing Buffalo with a bright future. New solar and wind projects - along with a $1 billion commitment of tax breaks and grants from Governor Andrew Cuomo - are helping revitalize the region.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-07-24 11:04.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-07-17 11:51.
On July 15th the New York City Council unanimously approved Costa Constantinides as the Chair of the Council on Environmental Protection Committee. We're excited to continue to work with Constantinides in his new role.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-07-17 10:55.
A recent article in Salon explores the current struggle occurring in Upstate New York between residents and big energy companies.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-09 11:17.
New Yorkers voted the Pure Waters Bond Act into effect in 1965 in order to improve the water quality of the Hudson Valley. New York’s clean water advocate Riverkeeper has been sampling and testing the water quality of the Hudson River Estuary and its watershed ever since. Riverkeeper’s 2015 “How’s the Water?” report includes analysis of over 6,000 water samples gathered since 2008.
Submitted by Susan Torres on Thu, 2015-07-02 11:09.
On June 29th, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced their decision to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the state of New York. This decision concludes almost seven years of extensively evaluating HVHF for environmental and public health concerns. Over this review period, the DEC has utilized a vast amount of resources such as scientific literature, public health experts, field visits, environmental authorities and more to make an informed decision.
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.
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