by on May 28, 2018
An unidentified nation is violating the Montreal Protocol and emitting one of the worst, most destructive aerosols on Earth. When the research was published in Nature on May 16, it was like a bomb dropped. A greenhouse gas is billowing into the atmosphere from a source somewhere in East Asia that no one can identify at a rate scientists have never before seen, and it’s ignited a scientific dash to get to the bottom of it. All countries are supposed to comply with the rules laid out in ...
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by on May 11, 2018
Cutting red tape is a high priority, but the execution hasn’t always led to results. One year ago, the Trump administration’s deregulatory push was in full swing. The administration was preparing a proposed rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation, and to delay and repeal the restriction of methane emissions from oil and gas extraction on public lands. Surely these well-publicized deregulatory initiatives which the Trump administration has made a big show of ta...
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by on April 28, 2018
Signs hung up in front of a vacant lot in Weeksville, Brooklyn, in 2014 by members of 596 Acres, an organization that maps vacant lots in New York City and advocates for community stewardship of th at land. Vacant lots dot lower-income neighborhoods across the country. In many cities, urban growers have planted in those lots, repurposing abandoned city land into gardens with farmers markets and healthy food. But cities often still register such plots as "vacant," which allows them to b...
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by on April 28, 2018
Protesters holding “Levi’s are made from coal” banner and posters illustrating Levi’s impact on the environment. Protestors convened in front of the Levi Strauss & Co.’s store in Times Square this week to raise awareness in a unique way. They took off their pants. The “Too Dirty to Wear” campaign claims that the fashion industry is complicit in exacerbating air pollution Activists with the international environmental organization Stand.earth removed their jeans as part of an ...
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by on April 28, 2018
Green City Force received a second "Community Progress Makers" grant from the Citi Foundation. A Bed-Stuy-based nonprofit that builds urban farms in New York City public housing complexes won a second $500,000 grant to support its work. Green City Force is one of 12 organizations in the city and 40 nationwide selected to second round of the Citi Foundation's "Community Progress Makers" grants on Thursday. The grants, totaling $20 million, fund operations and provide technical support f...
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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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