by on February 18, 2018
On Jan. 31., community leaders and Bronx neighbors met at the Scala Room in Leo Hall to discuss how to better manage the environmental problems that the greater Bronx community struggles with. The main issue was CSOs, a combined sewer overflow. “[A CSO] is the discharge from a combined sewer system that is caused by snowmelt or storm water runoff,” according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. CSO’s can affect water quality in the receiving river and can decrease the u...
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by on February 14, 2018
Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban farming provided citizens with food, at a time when resources were desperately scarce. In the decades that followed, parcels of land which had been given over to allotments and city farms were gradually taken up for urban development. But recently, there has been a renewed interest in urban farming – albeit for very different reasons than before. As part of a recent research proj...
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by on February 10, 2018
The pipeline industry is ramping up its campaign against activists. In Iowa, legislation backed by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, would criminalize peaceful protest. Former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon argues that “multiple acts of arson and vandalism against the pipeline in 2016 and 2017 provided the ostensible justification for this legislation, giving Energy Transfer Partners the cover it needed to push for a bill that has nothing to do with sabo...
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by on February 10, 2018
Patagonia is back at it — the outdoor gear company has launched a new digital platform connecting customers with local environmental organizations. The aim of the new platform, Patagonia Action Works, is to encourage Patagonia customers to learn more about local environmental issues and get involved with events, petitions, fundraising and volunteering in their area. “The biggest question I get from our community and customers is, ‘What can I do to save the planet?’” said Rose Marcario, Pr...
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by on February 2, 2018
Dive Brief: The Smart Cities Council has announced nine finalists for its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants: Albuquerque, NM; Aurora, IL; Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Fairfax County, VA; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Louisville-Jefferson County, KY and the state of Virginia. The grants are awarded to cities (or a state) the council views as ready to take action on their smart cities visions. The council expanded the standard program to award Puerto Rico with a special humanitarian...
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by on January 28, 2018
Dedicating a 31-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Rainshadow Community Charter High School, in Reno, Nevada.  Editor’s note: On Jan. 22, 2018, the Trump administration announced plans to impose punitive dutieson solar panels imported from abroad. This decision came in response to a complaint filed by two solar companies, but much of the industry opposes the action, which trade groups say will increase the cost of solar projects and depress demand. To illustrate what’s at stake, energy schola...
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by on January 27, 2018
Data from 2000 to 2015 let’s us reflect on what 2015 to 2030 will look like. This week, the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) released a report on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of each state between 2000 and 2015. The good news? CO2 emissions dropped in 41 states, with Maine taking home the prize for the greatest percentage decrease in emissions (by 25 percent). Ohio, meanwhile, showed the greatest absolute decrease, using 51.7 million fewer metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2015 than...
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by on January 8, 2018
The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The American Museum of Natural History has long been on the front lines of the climate change discussion, as its scientists study the potential damage and its educators try to alert new generations to the dangers of global warming. The depth of that mission is evident in the numerous exhibitions at this Manhattan museum, like the film “Wonders of the Arctic,” which is on view through March 2. “The polar bear has always been the symbo...
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by on January 1, 2018
Wind turbines near Whitewater, California. Ultimately, the work on climate change is done on the ground and is up to each of us. That is why America’s Pledge on climate is so important, as former U.S. President Barack Obama told city leaders in Chicago last week at the inaugural Global Covenant of Mayors North American Climate Summit. Policymakers from around the world met at the conference to look for ways to do more to tackle climate change, a drive we’re also seeing from states and busines...
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by on January 1, 2018
These four strategies can help cities foster environmentally friendly urban renewal while avoiding gentrification. The New York City High Line is a section of the New York Central Railroad, an elevated freight rail line, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. It was under threat of demolition until 1999, when the community-based organization Friends of the Highline began a campaign to preserve it. Today the Highline is an iconic urban green space that has inspired cities aro...
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by on January 1, 2018
Lower Manhattan and Battery Park area. Image via Climate Central On more than a few occasions, we’ve asked the question: what would New York City look like if sea levels drastically rose? In the past, these old maps — which depict a sea level rise of 20 feet and of 100 feet — helped us to imagine such a scenario. Now, a new map created by Climate Central, a nonprofit organization that analyzes and reports on climate science, takes the process of visualization to another level, showing wha...
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by on December 31, 2017
People walk through a frigid Manhattan on Dec. 28, 2017. The winter of 2017-18 has recently become a throwback to the winters of yore — the ones your parents told you about. You know, back when they had to walk uphill both ways to school in the blinding snow and 0-degree temperatures?  This time around, it's not just the severity of the cold that's getting to people. It's also the duration. The most reliable computer model projections show round after round of Arctic air moving from ...
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