Author: Kate Lisa

Advocates and lawmakers rallied in eight cities Wednesday to unveil legislation and invest billions of dollars for the state to meet its legally required reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint under the Climate Act. They’re pushing for lawmakers to prioritize several bills in NY Renews’ Climate, Jobs and Justice Package to help the state transition to a green economy, protect air and water, create jobs and more to satisfy its climate goals. “The CLCPA that passed has very aggressive goals for New York state, but the funding for those changes and the staggering crisis our state is facing due to…

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New Yorkers largely agreed on at least one thing this Election Day and overwhelmingly voted to pass the Environmental Bond Act. The state will borrow $4.2 billion in bonds for clean-energy projects to upgrade water infrastructure, reduce the risk of floods and preserve parks, open space and more. Voters passed the Clean Air, Clean Water and Green Jobs Bond Act — the only statewide ballot proposal this election — with more than 59% of the vote, or a two-to-one margin, according to the state Board of Elections. Those numbers will continue to rise as ballots are finalized in the coming days. “The champagne bottles are still…

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is allowing Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc., a crypto mining and power plant facility on Seneca Lake, an additional 3 1/2 months to install wire screens to the lake’s organisms. The state had given the company five years to complete the work, but the department modified the plant’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit last week three days before it expired. “We are exploring every legal, potential recourse available to us,” Seneca Lake Guardian Vice President Yvonne Taylor said. Greenidge was required to install the infrastructure to protect the fish from the plant’s water intake pipes. Activists want Greenidge Generation to cease production…

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a one-year contract with San Francisco-based tech company Aclima to get a detailed mapping of air pollutants in disadvantaged communities that have higher emissions of nitrogen dioxide, methane gas and other toxins. “If you are a community that’s in proximity to a major source of emissions, whether a stationary source like a facility or freeway corridor with a lot of trucks, you’re going to experience disproportionately higher levels of pollution and as a result, have disproportionately higher chances of negative health outcomes,” said Davida Herzl, Aclima’s CEO and co-founder. New York’s mobile air monitoring initiative started…

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