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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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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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New York on Track to Pass Environmental Rights Ballot Proposal as Voting Changes Get Shot Down

Voters appear to have enshrined environmental rights in the state Constitution. But early results show they may have nixed making it easier to vote and changing the redistricting process. Meanwhile, a measure to expand Civil Court cases seemed headed for an OK.

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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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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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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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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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Lights Out Feared for NYC New Community Solar Projects as State Credits Fade

Bringing solar energy to the city is already a challenge. It’s about to get even harder with tens of millions of dollars in incentives for city-friendly solar projects about a month away from drying up, clean energy advocates say.

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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...

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Mayor’s Map Showed Most of Ida’s Victims Lived Where Rainfall Was Riskiest

Locations flagged in May match spots where basement apartment-dwellers drowned in flash floods Wednesday night. De Blasio says he’s accelerating alerts in advance of heavy rains.

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Ida-Deluged NYC Drainage System All But Forgotten in Climate Battle

Recent projects have expanded sewer capacity in some neighborhoods. But antiquated storm pipes leave the city vulnerable to the new normal of massive rain storms. "We need to rainproof New York City," one expert said.

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Historic Deadly Rains Put Spotlight on City’s Lack of Preparation

The record-breaking deluge that pummeled the city overnight Wednesday revealed weaknesses in the city’s infrastructure and planning following the second historic weather event in less than two weeks.

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Brooklyn Residents File Civil Rights Complaint Seeking to Pause Gas Pipeline

Grassroots groups announce petition to federal agencies demanding review they say state failed to give to National Grid project running from Brownsville to Greenpoint.

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Judge Temporarily Freezes Plan to Truck Frigid Liquid Natural Gas to Brooklyn

National Grid is fighting a construction stop-work order aimed at its plan to alter its Greenpoint hub to deal with the combustible gas, kept at a cool minus-260 degrees. Activists sued, charging the set-up could unleash multiple environmental hazards.

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Red Hook Thrown into Parks Space Race as More Fields Close for Environmental Overhaul

Work has dragged on for nearly a decade in a Brooklyn neighborhood still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The city Parks Department recently shuttered a local track, basketball courts, soccer fields and more for 18 months.

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When Climate Change Comes Knocking at Your Door, It’s Best to Be Prepared

What would you do if you got caught in a flash flood? Events this summer in New York City and around the world have offered new stark — and wet — reminders that the global environmental crisis could land in your backyard at any minute.

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Researchers Find Signs of COVID-19 Mutations in NYC Sewage, Pointing to Possible Dog and Rat Infections

Scientists studying coronavirus in local wastewater say that city environmental officials initially had "zero willingness to help explore this potential public health risk." Officials stress that the findings are preliminary.