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Today's Environmental News in New York

NYSERDA promoting program for high-efficiency wood burning heat systems.

As the home heating season approaches, the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, or NYSERDA, is pushing a program that offers incentives for heating homes with wood pellets and cordwood, and using the latest high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems.

Governor, take a look at fracking.

On the morning of Sept. 9, something unexpected happened: Gov. Andrew Cuomo answered a question related to fracking clearly and definitively, in front of cameras and reporters for the whole world to hear.

New data shows alarming nitrogen levels in Long Island’s waterways.

In a startling new study by Stony Brook scientists, more than two-thirds of the Island’s coastal waters this summer showed poor to lethal amounts of oxygen.

Hawkins says he will attack Cuomo's stance on hydrofracking during debate.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
The controversial issue of hydrofracking will come up in Wednesday night’s New York gubernatorial debate if Howie Hawkins has anything to do with it. Hawkins, of Syracuse, says he’s still the only candidate on the ballot who supports a ban on hydrofracking.

Enbridge oil pipeline project delayed by spill concerns.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
Citing water-safety concerns, the Canada National Energy Board denied the application for an oil pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Pipelines of Calgary that would carry crude oil across the watersheds of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River.

Environmental groups struggle for diversity.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-10-22 10:00
A study released in July found that though people of color account for more than one-third of the U.S. population, they have not broken what the study called "the green ceiling" in the mainstream environmental movement.

Wheatfield residents continue to sound off on biosolids issues.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:00
Town residents continued to take a hard stance on biosolids as town officials held a public hearing Monday night to discuss the procedure for reporting any biosolids accidents and defining what sort of leakage accident constitutes a "spill."

Red wines on the rise in New York.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:00
The credit for popular red wines — think Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, among others — often goes to California. But a combination of climate change, expertise in New York’s wine industry and awareness are beginning to change that.

North Country House candidates Woolf, Funiciello debate climate change issues.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:00
The two North Country congressional candidates who responded to a questionnaire on climate issues both believe steps need to be taken to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

EPA announces proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-18 10:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk to perform a soil and groundwater cleanup and reimburse the EPA for some past and future costs at the Superfund site in Saratoga Springs.

ROAR religious group in Hudson River region fights fracking in New York with Pope Francis' words.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-10-18 10:00
Celebrating and living into the beauty, wonder and awe of God's Creation – our planet and the life that inhabits it – is an integral part of the Catholic faith and relationship with God as it is in many world religions.

EPA leader: Act now on climate change.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
The U.S. must act now or pay later with regard to climate change, a federal environmental official says.

$6.5M deal to finish cleanup.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
National Grid would complete an estimated $6.5 million environmental cleanup of polluted soil and ground water at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation Superfund site on Excelsior Avenue under a proposed settlement announced Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legislature votes to revoke designation for New York crematory.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
The Erie County Legislature voted 7-4 Thursday to revoke a cemetery designation that had allowed Amigone Funeral Home to operate a controversial crematory in the Town of Tonawanda. Without that designation, the crematory can’t reopen.

The way to get off oil? Abstinence.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:00
It’s a common environmentalist trope that we’re addicted to oil. The analogy is simple: Our dependence on the stuff and the inability to kick it is similar to a junkie’s addiction to dope.

Smaller electric grid model may make subsidies obsolete.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-16 10:00
Shaun Chapman and others involved in the clean-tech sector are confident that the electric grid will run more efficiently under a model that relies on smaller electric generators placed all around the state rather than a model that relies on large, centrally located power plants.

Officials warn about lead dangers.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-10-16 10:00
The dirt about lead contamination: A handful of soil can bring a lifetime of hurt. That's especially true in Newburgh, where children are poisoned at a rate three times the state average, excluding New York City.

Opposition mounts to Pilgrim oil pipeline.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:00
A proposed pipeline to service Bakken crude oil shipments rolling by train into the Port of Albany faces growing opposition in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey, which would provide the oil with a route to refineries.

Dr. Margaret Smith on GMO foods.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:00
Genetic engineering means modifying the DNA of a crop - like corn, soy, or cotton - or moving genes between organisms that don’t usually breed. It’s the subject of a passionate debate.

New York City's 'worst landlord' lives in $1.2M mansion while tenants deal with rats, mold, lead paint among thousands of violations.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:00
Robin Shimoff owns 13 buildings and has amassed 3,352 violations through the end of August - earning her the shameful crown of the city’s worst slumlord.
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