The state has made $350 million available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.
$350 million is now available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for New York municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality.
State lawmakers are expected to pass a landmark law on the last day of session that will make New York a national leader in combating climate change — giving it the most ambitious climate goals in the U.S. at a time when most experts agree that even that will not be enough to avoid certain impending consequences of human-caused climate change.
Juliana vs. United States alleges that the U.S. government has violated the rights of 21 young Americans by permitting — and in many cases, subsidizing — the continued use of fossil fuels that cause climate change.
Juliana is the first lawsuit to argue that there's a constitutional right to a safe and livable climate. Experts say it's an ambitious and unprecedented tactic, and many were surprised that the case has made it this far.
Just as scientists are starting to understand the life forms and landscape of the ocean, they are also coming to grips with the threat of mass extinctions, speakers said at a marine biodiversity forum last week.
The forum, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, featured French scientific leaders and their American counterparts from the San Diego area. They addressed the marine issues raised in an international report on global biodiversity released earlier this month, arguing that conservation is just as important as stabilizing the climate.
According to the report, 30 percent of reef-forming corals are threatened, 33 percent of fisheries are over-fished, 33 percent of marine mammals are threatened, and 55 percent of the ocean is subject to industrial fishing.
That has profound implications for coastal communities such as San Diego, which depend on the ocean for food, tourism, recreation and biotechnology.
With only 16 legislating days left in the session, Congressional Democrats are trying to find a way forward on meaningful climate action. But even if they manage to pass any of the number of bills currently sitting in committee, there's no guarantee the governor will sign them into law. Cuomo, one of 24 governors who has committed his state to upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, has also indicated that he's not interested in passing any more environmental legislation in this session. Meanwhile, critical thresholds continue their portentous advance.
State lawmakers came back to Albany this week and passed major legislation to protect New York’s natural resources, including an agreement to consider a constitutional amendment that would guarantee a New Yorker’s right to clean air and water. Seven bills — including legislation to protect clean water, threatened species and childrens' health — passed both legislative chambers on April 30, while six others — including legislation to regulate lead in jewelry, promote solar and save birds — still await approval in the Assembly.
From a ban on plastic bags to funding the Environmental Protection Fund and addressing the state's water infrastructure needs, state environmental advocates say New York did okay, but not great, when negotiating the most recent budget.
The world is losing monarch butterflies at a startling rate, as logging, herbicides and other human activities destroy natural habitats. But the biggest threat yet has only recently come into focus. Climate change, with its extreme storms, prolonged droughts and warming temperatures, is poised to eradicate the Central Mexico forest that serves as the butterfly's winter refuge. To save the butterflies, local farmer Francisco Ramirez Cruz and a group of scientists are trying to move the entire forest 1,000 feet up a mountain.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Green Real Deal on Wednesday, a competing resolution to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, a sign the ambitious plan to combat climate change championed by the Democratic freshman has convinced some in the Republican Caucus of the need for a conservative counterproposal.
"History will judge harshly my colleagues who deny the science of climate change, and similarly those Democrats who would use climate change as an excuse to regulate the American experience out of existence," Gaetz said at a news conference outside the Capitol.