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Today's Environmental News in New York

Gov. Cuomo bets against fracking.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:00
More and more Democrats around the country — Democrats — are saying yes to fracking. But in New York, the top Dem, Gov. Cuomo, is instead doubling down on casinos, even as they’re starting to fold elsewhere. Doesn’t he see the disconnect?

Plastic bag ban being considered for East End of Long Island.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-14 10:00
East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst met last week to discuss a ban on thin plastic bags within the East End towns.

New York town of Wheatfield amends biosolids law.

Environmental Health News: New York - Wed, 2014-08-13 10:00
The town board unanimously approved three technical amendments to a recently enacted ban on the controversial use of biosolid fertilizers during a meeting Monday.

DEC begins soil sampling at Roy-Hart campus.

Environmental Health News: New York - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:00
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation began taking soil samples Monday on the campus of Royalton-Hartland Central School, to try to determine the extent of arsenic contamination in areas not previously excavated.

Greenpeace petitions Lego partnership with Shell, says oil company doesn't listen to global warming signs.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:00
The toy company Lego is under fire from environmental group Greenpeace for a line of toy cars that feature Shell oil company. Greenpeace has collected over 750,000 signatures on a petition asking Lego to dissolve ties to Shell because of their destructive drilling in the melting Arctic.

How the EPA ignores the public and science.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:00
The Environmental Protection Agency ignored both public opinion and science in writing its new economy-slamming regulations restricting carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.

Health advocates urge mold testing urged for Sandy-damaged homes.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:00
Long Island health advocates are urging residents to test their homes for mold, nearly two years after they may have been damaged by superstorm Sandy.

GMO or no? Should labels be required on food with genetically modified ingredients?

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:00
Did that cereal you just spooned into your mouth contain corn that was tweaked in a lab to have bug-killing bacteria? Or was it made with soybeans that have had their DNA changed so the plant can be doused with pesticide? In most cases, it's impossible to tell.

GMO or no? Should labels be required on food with genetically modified ingredients?

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:00
The right to know whether the food you eat contains GMOs -- genetically modified organisms -- is at the center of a multi-million dollar national fight between the food industry and consumer rights advocates.

When to grow GMOs: How two farms made vastly different choices.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:00
The vegetables that grow at Early Morning Farm in Genoa look the same as the vegetables that grow 85 miles away in fields at Long Acre Agriculture. But how they are grown and the kinds of seeds the farmers use are worlds apart.

A guide to GMOs: What's the difference between GMO and organic.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:00
GMO, non-GMO, organic, natural. What's the difference? Here's a quick guide:

Environment, climate change important to minority voters.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:00
Environmental issues and climate change are important to people of color. Minority voters understand that a negative change in the environment threatens their way of life. And they believe that finding solutions to those threats would benefit them economically, creating new industries and generating well-paying jobs.

The grass is greener.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sun, 2014-08-10 10:00
An environmental group in Brattleboro, Vt., is pooling the pee of volunteers and giving it to a farmer who in turn puts the pee on his hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. The effort is called “pee-cycling.”

Half-dozen beaches closed along Chautauqua Lake due to toxic algae.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-08-09 10:00
A half-dozen beaches along Chautauqua Lake were closed Friday because of contamination with suspected toxic algae, according to the Chautauqua County Health Department.

Toxic rust tide hits Long Island's east end at height of summer tourist season.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-08-09 10:00
Just when you thought that it was safe to go in the water, a danger is lurking off of Long Island’s east end, and it’s the worst that anyone has seen in years.

New York can learn from Pennsylvania's fracking problems.

Environmental Health News: New York - Sat, 2014-08-09 10:00
Pennsylvania's problems in regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing provide important lessons for New York as it considers whether the controversial drilling method can be used in the state.

Solar capacity in New York grew 30% in 2013.

Environmental Health News: New York - Fri, 2014-08-08 10:00
Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report Tuesday showing strong solar growth across the nation. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy.

Gas industry official tries to challenge fracking ban.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:00
The trustee for a defunct oil-and-gas company is attempting a last-ditch effort to revive a lawsuit challenging hydraulic fracturing bans by local governments in New York.

DEC holds public hearing on renewal of hazardous waste permit.

Environmental Health News: New York - Thu, 2014-08-07 10:00
Harriet Katz lives within a mile of the Norlite plant, which utilizes a mixture of industrial solvents and oils from pharmaceutical manufacturers, petroleum refinement facilities, and hazardous waste treatment companies. She said that she had concerns about the air quality around the plant.

New York wants to help you buy a high efficiency wood furnace.

Environmental Health News: New York - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:00
Governor Cuomo has announced a $27 million initiative to encourage more people to trade in their old wood furnace and buy a new highly efficient one.
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