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Feds Launch a Second Civil Rights Investigation Into Brooklyn Gas Pipeline

Now the U.S. Department of Transportation is probing whether the state broke discrimination laws by approving National Grid’s North Brooklyn Pipeline. Meanwhile, the EPA is already examining allegations of environmental racism.

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De Blasio Promises Queens Residents Displaced by Ida a New Shelter Closer to Home

After THE CITY revealed that evacuees were set to be moved from a Kennedy Airport hotel to Brooklyn, City Hall reversed course. Meanwhile, the mayor vowed to help storm-battered New Yorkers get back home or to find permanent new housing.

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Green Electricity Could Juice Efforts to Cut NYC Buildings’ Carbon Cloud: Study

If a state law to zap carbon from the power grid is followed, most office building owners wouldn’t have to do much to meet city-mandated emissions standards, an NYU report found. That could help alleviate real estate industry gripes about Local Law 97’s costs.

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Queens Families Displaced By Ida Told to Pack Up and Move to Brooklyn From JFK Hotel

Families are preparing to leave more than two months after record rainfall wrecked their homes and relocate a borough away as Thanksgiving nears, thanks to an order by the city.

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FDR Drive Tear-Down and Manhattan Land Extension Eyed in Downtown Flood Plan

In a new proposal to be released this week, the city is looking to build into the East River by up to 188 feet — and possibly remove a mile-long portion of the elevated FDR Drive.

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First NYC Tree Canopy Study Shows Growth as Storms and Budget Cuts Threaten Gains

The South Bronx boasts more tree cover than a decade ago. Canarsie has less. How do we know? The Nature Conservancy analyzed tree cover in New York using laser technology as the climate crisis changes the cityscape.

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Bill to Require All-Electric Buildings in New York State Gets a Jump-Start

As Biden speaks at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow and VP Harris touts Build Back Better in Queens, local politicians juice a measure that would make New York the first state to go all-electric on new construction.

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Cuomo Sandy-Recovery Program Strands Volunteers and Their Neighborhood Flood Protection Projects

With $750 million from the federal government, in 2013 Albany asked New Yorkers to decide how to protect their communities from future storms. Planning participants say their projects have stalled.

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Governors Island Climate Research Hub Hopefuls Include Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Mayor

Dan Doctoroff, the former development czar responsible for Hudson Yards and other megaprojects, is among 37 individuals and groups who delivered 12 different proposals for ideas to anchor a New York Harbor climate center.

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Hochul Pulls Plug On Queens Gas-Fueled Electrical Power Plant Overhaul

The new governor’s Department of Environmental Conservation nixed plans for a fossil fuel-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria touted as a blackout backup. The move marked a blow to some energy companies while boosting the greenhouse gas fight.

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City Eyes New Push to Buy Out Flood-Prone Houses as Climate Change Hits Home

The de Blasio administration wants Congress to fund a voluntary buyout program modeled on efforts launched after Superstorm Sandy, which hit nine years ago this week. The devastation wrought Sept. 1 by Ida has spurred calls to re-up the "managed retreat" strategy.

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Feds Open Probe into Brooklyn Fossil Fuel Plans Amid Environmental Racism Accusations

The EPA will examine the state’s role in overlooking the under-construction North Brooklyn pipeline when considering potential environmental impacts of an upgraded liquefied natural gas hub in Greenpoint.

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Ida Devastation Spurs Call for a New ‘Build it Back’ Program for Flooding Victims

Queens BP Donovan Richards pleads with de Blasio to "step up" as swamped homeowners deal with slow and small aid. He’s pushing for a version of the Sandy-inspired program to repair — and possibly elevate — flooded homes.

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Flood Insurance Hikes Haunt Homeowners Still Recovering From Ida and Henri

A revamp of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program aiming for fairness will have most New Yorkers paying more, an analysis by THE CITY finds. Ideas are flowing for how to help households pay.

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Staten Island Sewer Project Stuck in the Drain for 24 Years as Climate Change Ups Stakes

The deadly havoc wreaked by remnants of Hurricane Ida last month showed the weaknesses of the city’s ancient sewer system as climate change brings punishing rains. One project, beset by two decades of delays, underscores the city’s massive challenge.

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Landmark NYC Climate Change Hazard Plan Bill Set for Approval After Ida ‘Wake-up Call’

City Hall would be required to create a citywide climate adaptation plan to evaluate threats that include sea-level rise and possible wildfire — as well as extreme heat, wind and rain. The measure would go beyond the post-Sandy focus on storm surge.

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What the Five Ballot Proposal Questions Mean for New Yorkers this November

The handful of ballot proposals being decided on Nov. 2 touch on the future of political representation in Albany, environmental rights for citizens, making it easier to vote and how New York’s civil court functions.

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Permanent Disaster Relief Fund Eyed for Undocumented New Yorkers in Ida’s Wake

Gov. Kathy Hochul and top legislative leaders say they aren’t ruling out instituting a pool of financial assistance for immigrants shut out of federal disaster relief, as climate change toll grows.

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Ida Aid Coming for Undocumented Immigrants Via Newly Launched New York Fund

Hochul comes to Queens Monday to announce $27 million in cash assistance for flooding victims excluded from FEMA help — including many still rebuilding their homes just blocks from where the governor will speak.

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Hochul Shows Shades of Green, Offering Hope She’ll Kill Queens Fossil Fuel Plant

The governor threw her support behind the creation of two electricity transmission lines that would bring clean energy into the city. That suggests to environmentalists that she’ll kill plans for a gas-powered "peaker" plant in Astoria. But Hochul’s not saying...