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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.

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Council Fast-Tracks Exceptions From Landmark Waste Equity Law, Enraging Queens Residents

Councilmember Daneek Miller sprints for votes on a bill sought by waste transfer companies to lift restrictions on how many tons of trash they can haul in, while the committee’s chair is out of the country. Neighbors of facilities are crying foul.

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Extreme Heat Sends New Yorkers to Emergency Rooms as Climate Toll Grows

The city is on pace to match 2018, when more than 700 people headed to the hospital due to hot weather, data shows. As the planet is warming, New York is feeling the heat: It recently placed as the nation’s third most intense "urban heat island."

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Plastic Bag Ban Violators Getting Away with Breaking Law as Enforcers Check Out

Over 300 complaints have yet to be tackled, data obtained by THE CITY shows, with only one store hit with a state violation since May 5. Environmental activists are calling on the Cuomo administration to do more.

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New York’s Plastic Bag Ban Yields No Fines for Grocers Six Months In

The state’s delivered 64 warnings — but no penalties — to supermarkets and other stores that flout the rules, records show. Some environmentalists say the pandemic’s no excuse for violators.

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Can the Mayoral Candidates Bring a Sea Change to NYC’s Climate Resilience Fight?

The next mayor will inherit the city with the pandemic rebound and the battle to protect New York from the next Superstorm Sandy inextricably tied. Here are some of the City Hall hopefuls’ ideas to safeguard the city.

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Dream of Connected NYC Greenway Re-Envisioned as Path to COVID Recovery

Fans of foot power are hoping President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan can help link the disjointed system of bike and footpaths across the five boroughs. The idea’s gained momentum amid the pandemic bike boom.

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Meet the Green Agitators Who Planted Seeds for Brooklyn’s Coming Wind Turbine Assembly Hub

Decades of activism by UPROSE and other environmental justice groups paid off when Gov. Cuomo announced last week that a Norwegian energy giant will revitalize a dormant Sunset Park port.

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Trash Transfer Station Slimdown for Overwhelmed Neighborhoods Get Appeals Court OK

Judges say City Council had a clean case to sharply reduce tons of garbage processed in the four districts dealing with most of the city’s commercial waste heaps.