Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

New York carbon tax proposal fizzles

The Assembly sponsor of the Climate and Community Investment Act says another year or so is needed to rally support.

New York City

How NYC can protect residents from extreme heat

Air conditioning is a lifeline, and it’s expensive. There are policies that can help.

Energy & Environment

Achieving New York’s climate goals will be massively challenging

From retrofitting buildings to finding land for renewable energy projects, the state is in for a few decades of really hard work.

Energy & Environment

Dust to dust

A bill would legalize “natural organic reduction” of human bodies.

Energy & Environment

Climate bill would tax carbon in New York

New legislation aims to raise billions of dollars to fund a “just transition” away from fossil fuels.

Interviews & Profiles

Pat Ryan’s got his own Green New Deal

The Ulster County executive discusses how “locality” is the differentiator in his plan for the environment and how local governments can confront climate change.

Energy & Environment

Mayoral hopefuls tout their green thumbs

The crowded field of candidates in New York City’s upcoming June primary discussed their plans for the environment in a new Earth Day video.

New York State

Gas plant in Newburgh tests limits of NY’s landmark climate law

Can the state meet its ambitious green energy goals if it permits an increased burning of fracked gas?

MTA

PATH and NYC’s subway air is unsurprisingly toxic

A new study has found that the city’s underground subway air quality is full of hazardous air particles that could cause asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

Energy & Environment

Climate activists celebrate Brooklyn wind turbine plant

Debate remains over whether it could coexist with Industry City rezoning.

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New York State

Why some upstate cities have high rates of lead poisoning

A soon-to-be-introduced bill could change that.

Thomas DiNapoli

DiNapoli opens up fossil fuel divestment

After years of opposition to fossil fuel divestment, the state comptroller will review and drop the pension fund’s investments in energy companies.

Energy & Environment

Cuomo pushes to weaken ban on toxic foam burning

The governor proposed chapter amendments allowing DEC to reinstate the practice, according to bill sponsors.

Energy & Environment

New report lays out state budget actions for climate change

Environmentalists and budget hawks target tax exemptions and reimbursements to local governments.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 pandemic could expedite climate change response

New York’s financial regulator has hired its first climate director.

Long Island

Newsday: State helped cover up toxic plume

A new investigation reveals how the government made a Long Island disaster worse.