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EcoPolitics Daily: Offering an environmental angle on New York's political scene.


New York State Fracking Ban Becomes Official

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.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Statewide | Read More >

Cuomo Releases New York State Energy Plan

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-26 15:03.
New energy plan will need clean energy sources.New energy plan will need clean energy sources.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.
NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,Statewide | Read More >

Southern Pine Beetles on the Move

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.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Open Space,Long Island | Read More >

Roosevelt Island to be Home of World's Tallest Passive House

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-19 13:36.

Tram to Roosevelt Island.Tram to Roosevelt Island.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. 


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,New York City | Read More >

Where Have All of the Bees Gone?

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-19 13:01.
Where have the bees gone?Where have the bees gone?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.
NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Statewide | Read More >

A Brief History of Water Quality Issues on Long Island, and How We Can Address Them

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-12 15:11.
Excess nitrogen can lead to fish die-offs.Excess nitrogen can lead to fish die-offs.

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.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Water,Long Island | Read More >

Wall Street Looks to Green Bonds to Promote Environmental Projects

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.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,New York City | Read More >

NYC to Expand Organics Collection Pilot Program

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-05 12:44.
A ccording to a report released by the city’s sanitation department on Monday, June 1, DSNY has made incremental but promising progress in its organics collection pilot program.
NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Solid Waste,New York City | Read More >

Proposal to Boost Renewable Energy in NY

Submitted by Susan Torres on Fri, 2015-06-05 12:32.

Renewable energy in New York.Renewable energy in New York.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.

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Energy,Statewide | Read More >

Suffolk County Becomes Third in New York to Pass a Toxic-Free Toys Bill

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.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Public Health,Suffolk | Read More >
 

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