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Bronx Fire Highlights How Energy-Efficiency Push Could Save Lives Beyond Climate Change

Newly mandated improvements to building energy efficiency in New York aren’t just ways to mitigate climate change and get off of fossil fuels, but could lead to immediate quality of life benefits for people living in affordable housing.

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New York’s 100-Year-Old Businesses Offer Lessons in Survival

These savvy centenarians have anchored communities and weathered crises from the Great Depression to COVID. Can they withstand further uncertainty?

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Bird Law Spells Lights Out for City-Owned Buildings in Bid to Save Feathered Friends

Up to 230,000 birds die annually in collisions, both drawn and confused by lights across the five boroughs. Avian advocates are already pushing the incoming City Council to extend the new bird- and electricity-saving rules to privately owned buildings.

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Environment: Trends to Watch for the Future of NYC

The air keeps getting cleaner — but early progress on greenhouse gas reductions has stalled in recent years.

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In Sweeping ‘State of the State,’ Hochul Sets Stage for Governor Campaign

From transit linking Brooklyn and Queens to incentives to keep health care workers on the job to green-building overhauls, speech highlights roads to recovery.

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City Employees Call for Remote-Work Option as Omicron Spreads

Only workers who aren’t fully vaccinated are notified of positive cases in their office. Municipal staffers say safety hazards and double standards abound.

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More COVID Testing Needed for New York’s Youngest Kids, Parents Plead

Elected officials slammed Mayor de Blasio Tuesday for closing 20 city-run sites before the Omicron surge and called on him to quickly increase testing capacity — especially for youngsters under 4. Meanwhile, the mayoral inauguration ceremony was postponed.

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New York City Banned Gas in New Buildings. Here’s What You Need to Know

A measure passed Wednesday by the City Council makes New York the biggest city in the country to turn from gas to electric. So when does the law go into effect? Will electric bills go up? What about rents? Good questions — we’ve got some answers.

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Amazon, FedEx and UPS Deliver New NYC Warehouses, Bringing a Package of Environmental Challenges

Warehouses and "last-mile" facilities are popping up with little regulation. A new city plan calls for more use of waterways, bike deliveries and other measures to cut truck traffic. But increased pollution concerns are fueling criticism against a new wave of "environmental racism."

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Hurricane Ida Recovery Aid is Too Little, Too Late, New York Storm Victims Say

Renters and homeowners slammed by the deadly storm face different obstacles and seek varying types of relief. But their shared experiences — including living in fear of the next storm — underscore a housing crisis exacerbated by climate change.