Environment

One house was rebuilt, one propped up on stilts, and one given back to nature.
Mirroring the East Coast Resiliency Project but with less of a fight — so far — the Battery Park City Authority plans to guard the neighborhood from flooding by raising Wagner Park over 10 feet higher than it is now.
At the Brooklyn base of the Kosciuszko Bridge a gleaming new park attracts visitors from around the world. On the Queens side they have anger and frustration.
Those who flock to the sands of Bay 1 on Riis beach — including a historically Black and brown community of trans and queer sunbathers — fear tearing down a long-abandoned medical center that acted as a shield will ruin their “utopia.”
Many environmental and labor leaders pitch New York’s clean energy transition as a way to employ young and marginalized people — little consolation to workers in fossil-fuel industries worried about job loss.
Under New York’s sweeping climate law, certain neighborhoods are guaranteed to get attention and money if they qualify as disadvantaged. Find out how to check your block’s designation — and weigh in on the process.
It’ll take a small town’s supply of juice to fuel the hundreds of emissions-free coaches the MTA plans to add to its 5,800-strong fleet. Not to mention all the depots that will have to be modified and workers retrained.
Under a legislative proposal due for introduction next week, all New Yorkers would be required to separate their food scraps and set it on their curbs for pickup. The city’s Independent Budget Office estimates a citywide composting program could save $33 million annually — after five years.
A bill introduced Monday by Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes (D-Brooklyn) is looking to limit pollution from truck and van exhaust associated with local deliveries from online retailers like Amazon.
One line will bring down dam-generated electricity from Quebec, and another will feed the city with solar, wind and hydropower-created juice from Upstate. Without them, state and city climate targets were merely a pipe dream.
A low-lying neighborhood where most residents aren’t connected to the city’s sewer system is struggling to transform itself. But some experts question whether investments to keep people living in a fundamentally flood-prone area are wise.
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The city housing agency is looking to rezone sections of The Rockaways for its Resilient Edgemere Community Plan. But locals decry the prospect of bigger buildings, and renters.
Community solar subscribers are supposed to earn credits on their monthly electric bills from the energy generated from sun-powered projects, but for months, those credits haven’t been appearing.
The National Parks Service has put out requests for new operators at the former airstrip on Jamaica Bay as well as Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, hoping to attract a new clientele. The Aviator Sports complex could also get new management.
Creating more employment opportunities that also tackle climate change could be the way to a cleaner and more financially sound future for the city and many of its least privileged residents.
Twenty Bronx tenants will participate in a hot environmental experiment for the next six months.
The future of any leftover money is unclear but advocates and some lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a permanent relief fund for undocumented folks affected by disasters.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to make a decision next month on whether to allow National Grid to build more fossil-fuel infrastructure in Brooklyn. Opponents say New York’s greenhouse gas reduction law should close the case.
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.
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.
The air keeps getting cleaner — but early progress on greenhouse gas reductions has stalled in recent years.