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New York Declares New Superfund Site in Rensselaer County
The Route 203 site is tied to the toxic dumping ground known as the Dewey Loeffel Landfill, and could pose a threat to drinking water in Nassau.
Community Choice Aggregation Programs Flex Their Power
CCAs are confusing, acronym-laden, and embroiled in municipal government minutiae. They also might be the key to unlocking the power of local clean energy.
Fighting Hunger in the Hudson Valley, One App at a Time
The FeedHV app has diverted nearly 200 tons of food from the waste stream to food assistance programs across the region, with demand spiking during the pandemic.
Upstate Dairy Farms Are Facing an Uncertain Future
As the dairy industry looks west to commercial farms, small-scale farmers in the Northeast are faced with an ultimatum: go big or go home.
New York’s Political Climate Is Not Helping the Earth’s Climate
It’s hard to understand the convoluted terminology and policy associated with the state’s gas infrastructure. Here, members of the Sunrise Movement—a youth-led environmental and social advocacy organization—provide a breakdown of the issues.
How Language Is Shaping the Solar Energy Debate
Why are certain words weaponized in a passionate public argument like the one playing out over Shepherd’s Run in Copake?
SUNY New Paltz Black Studies Department Protests Sojourner Truth Statue on Campus
A new memorial to the historically significant abolitionist was set to be installed at the Sojourner Truth Library this fall. Why is it receiving pushback from faculty?
The Backyard Battle for New York’s Climate Future
A proposal to place large solar arrays in bucolic Copake has inflamed passions on both sides—and illuminated a challenge for the state in reaching its energy goals.
In Climate Week Actions, Hochul Shows Signs of Getting Real
New initiatives announced this week show promise that state leadership is getting serious about addressing the climate crisis. But the biggest actions are still down the road.
Why Going Back to School Feels Like Surrendering Shelter
Tensions over masks and vaccines have complicated the return of in-person learning.
The New York Build Public Renewables Act Should Have Passed This Session
Why didn’t this bill, which is arguably essential for getting the state on track for meeting its climate goals, pass this year?
White Supremacists, Antifascists Trade Reprisals in Newburgh
Recent incidents of politically motivated vandalism suggest an ongoing struggle.
Renters Looking for Relief Have Been Caught in Red Tape
When it comes to distributing federal rental relief funds, New York is playing catch up.
COVID-19 Is Not the Only Emerging Disease Worrying Scientists
Amid public health focus on the pandemic, vector-borne disease in the Northeast remains a persistent and evolving threat.
‘Worse Than Irene’: The Toxic Aftermath of a Storm in Rensselaer County
Historic flooding created a potential hazard from a nearby superfund site. It could be a sign of things to come.
7 Locals Tackling New York’s Toughest Climate Problems
From carbon sequestration and solar siting to sail freight and managed retreat, the hard work of climate solutions is well underway in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.
How an Ad Hoc Climate Coalition Is Working to Thwart a Power Plant in Newburgh
Danskammer Energy wants to replace its “peaker” gas-fired power plant with a new facility that will run 24/7. With a decision coming, environmentalists are reminding New York of its green commitments.