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Yes In My Backyard

How accessory dwelling units could address the affordable housing crisis in New York.

Economy
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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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Health

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.

Economy

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.

Opinion

Why the Town of Copake Opposes Shepherd’s Run

Opinion

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?

Opinion

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?

Education

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

Why Going Back to School Feels Like Surrendering Shelter

Tensions over masks and vaccines have complicated the return of in-person learning.

Education

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?

Opinion

White Supremacists, Antifascists Trade Reprisals in Newburgh

Recent incidents of politically motivated vandalism suggest an ongoing struggle.

Social Justice

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.

Economy

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.

Health

Rural Dignity Starts at the Root

Opinion

‘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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment
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