by on April 6, 2018
The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster. Brock Long said his agency aims to make the island’s roads, homes, bridges and electrical grid as strong as possible but noted that the next hurricane season starts June 1. “We’re running out of time,” he said during a visit to Puerto Rico, adding t...
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by on March 22, 2018
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to make it easier for state and local governments to upgrade pipes and other water infrastructure.  Gillibrand, D-N.Y., outlined her proposal during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. She is sponsoring a bill, the Promoting Infrastructure and Protecting the Economy Act, that would create a new 10-year, $5 billion grant program to fund water infrastructure projects.  The pump house at the end of the peer at Emerson Park on Owasco Lake. The gr...
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by on March 9, 2018
Each day, over 4,000 people die from air pollution in China. This is especially bad in urban areas, like Beijing. Luckily there’s been some inventions that have tried to clean up the smog. The Chinese government is also getting involved, and they’ve tested a prototype smog-sucking chimney in the city of Xian, led by chemist Cao Junji. According to a study by Berkeley Earth, nearly 38 percent of the Chinese population breathes in air that wouldn’t be acceptable in the United States. Researcher...
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by on March 7, 2018
IF YOU MOVE to the San Francisco Bay Area, prepare to pay some of the most exorbitant home prices on the planet. Also, prepare for the fact that someday, your new home could be underwater—and not just financially. Sea level rise threatens to wipe out swaths of the Bay's densely populated coastlines, and a new study out today in Science Advances paints an even more dire scenario: The coastal land is also sinking, making a rising sea that much more precarious. Considering sea level rise alone, ...
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by on March 5, 2018
Building on methods they used to assess the impact of hurricanes such as Katrina, Gustav, and Rita on forests and tree mortality, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine. Battered by two intensely powerful storms with sustained wind gusts of more than 150 miles per hour last year – first by Hurricane Irma and then by...
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by on February 27, 2018
A German court has ruled in favor of allowing large cities to ban heavily polluting diesel cars. Tuesday's ruling came from the country's highest federal administrative court, and represented a blow to the automotive industry and the government of Angela Merkel, which opposes bans, Reuters reported. German states had appealed against bans imposed by courts in the cities of Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. The challenges, over poor air quality, had been launched by environmental group Deut...
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by on February 27, 2018
With more than one million deceased buried beneath its surface, Hart Island is home to the largest publicly funded cemetery on the planet. Hidden away on the northeastern edge of New York City on the Long Island Sound, it’s off-limits to the general public. Civil War veterans are buried there, and since the 1980s, it’s acted as a potter’s field, or a mass grave that serves as the final resting place for many of the city’s most disenfranchised citizens.  Photograph: Courtesy Melinda Hunt...
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by on February 22, 2018
Avaaz, which the Guardian calls "the globe's largest and most powerful online activist network", and which promotes citizen action on issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption, poverty, and toxics, has been hit with a 168-page court subpoena from Monsanto. In the subpoena, Monsanto "commands" Avaaz to hand over every private email, note, or record it has regarding Monsanto, including the names and email addresses of all of those who have signed Monsanto campaigns. These includ...
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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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