Today's Environmental News in New York
New Yorkers breathed a collective sigh of relief as they got the news the Cuomo administration would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But what will it mean for the state's energy sector?
While it will be illegal under state recycling law to throw out computers, televisions and other electronic devices starting Jan. 1, the state is still trying to figure out what to do about a glut of obsolete and toxic glass picture tubes, items that currently have no recycling value.
You won’t be able to throw out old computers, televisions or video game consoles in the trash anymore in New York state once a new e-waste law is goes into effect Jan. 1.
The battle under way over the underground storage of propane in the Finger Lakes wine country is playing out as a small-scale version of New York State’s hydrofracking standoff. The stakes are too high to rush to a decision.
During the the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, more than 70,000 volunteers from 2,400-plus locations across the country note sightings of specific birds with the data collected and submitted to Audubon through regional coordinators for research on bird life and environmental conditions.
Lake George officials need to acknowledge they have a problem. Their sewer plant is old and not functioning properly. Too many nitrates are flowing into the lake. Until that problem is addressed, they should avoid allowing new developments that could make it worse.
Our state is staggering under heavy taxes, living off of one-time windfalls from Wall Street settlements and pinning its hopes for an economic resurgence on casino gambling. Could fracking have been a game-changer? We'll never know.
Wouldn't you know it — the biggest local environmental story of the year breaks just days before the year's end, making the award for Biggest Environmental Story of the Year Award a no-brainer: Governor Cuomo bans fracking in New York state.
When electronic cigarettes debuted in the U.S. market in 2006, the battery-powered nicotine vaporizers were touted as a less dangerous option for smokers.
In a world too often guided by greed, the last week’s announcement by the Cuomo administration that it will prohibit hydrofracking is a welcome one.
Last week the Cuomo administration finally said no to fracking for natural gas. Hopefully, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will now embrace the goal of 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030.
If a mining company wants to get off the hook for its legal responsibility to protect an aquifer that faces imminent ruin, should New York officials allow it for a price?
In certain places in New York, Wednesday’s news of the state’s ban on fracking inspired public celebration.
Companies that use palm oil are under more pressure to make their supply chains more environmentally sustainable, from customers, from environmental groups, and increasingly, from investors — which is where public pension funds come in.
New York State put up the Cuomo Wall last week to keep the natural gas boom from spilling over into the Southern Tier.
First-ever federal rules on waste coal ash from power plants will continue to allow ash, which contains mercury and other toxic heavy metals, to be used to make cement, as has been done for years at the Lafarge North America cement plant.
President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to get serious about climate change. He’s proposed to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The coal industry and conservative politicians say new carbon rules will kill King Coal, and they warn that without it, severe weather events, like last year’s polar vortex, could leave people in the cold and dark.
The future of lake trout in Adirondack waters is uncertain, and scientists are beginning to understand why.
The biggest penalty in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties was $20,630, levied on Orangetown's Sewer Department by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency for effluent violations.
One day after the Cuomo administration clamped a ban on horizontal shale gas drilling in New York, Dave Andersen of Norwich declared he is going to close down the water-testing service he has operated for 24 years.
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