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The Climate Lab is our project dedicated to original reporting and analysis on how the climate crisis is changing the Hudson Valley and Catskills region, and the solutions that are helping us prepare for and adapt to that change. Our climate reporting is regionally focused, solutions-oriented, and independent. Click here if you’d like to support this work.

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Recent climate stories

A Green Firehouse for New Paltz, Despite the Odds

New Paltz's all-electric, solar-powered firehouse is one small step for a Hudson Valley community, one giant leap for New York's millions of dirty buildings.

Environment

Climate World Fractures Over an Extension Cord to Canada

State regulators just voted to greenlight a project that will cut New York City’s power emissions in half. But local environmentalists aren’t celebrating.

Environment

New York’s First-in-Nation Gas Ban ‘Officially Dead’—For Now

A proposal to ban fossil fuel heating in new buildings, touted by Governor Hochul, has been dropped during final budget negotiations.

Environment

The Future of Work Is Green

Climate action and the clean energy transition will bring a wave of new jobs to New York. Is the Hudson Valley workforce ready for them?

Economy

Hudson Valley Left Out of New York Climate Hearings

As a region, the Hudson Valley has more than its fair share of communities on the front lines of climate impact. Will their voices be heard on New York’s climate plan?

Environment

Electric Vehicles Can Address New York’s Gas Crisis

Opinion

New York State Has Identified Disadvantaged Communities

And it’s a big deal for climate justice.

Opinion

An Open Letter on Funding the Climate Act to Assembly Member Barrett

Opinion

New York’s Heat Pump Program Is Drying Up

A new program is successfully helping New York homeowners wean their homes off fossil fuels. So why is it being scaled back?

Environment

The Little Schooner That Might

Sail freight is desperately romantic. True believers think it could help solve the climate crisis. Is it a real solution?

Environment

Is This the Moment for Passive House Design in New York?

How an idealistic, 70s-era building trend may help the state transition away from fossil fuels.

Environment

New York’s Climate Action Wish List

State lawmakers are weighing a slew of climate-related bills in 2022. Here’s what climate advocates are pushing for.

Environment

Hochul’s Budget Charts a Middle Path on Climate

The $216 billion budget would ban gas in new construction, but otherwise offers few dramatic moves on climate. Advocates say it’s not enough.

Environment

Leading the Flock

New York State is poised for an agrivoltaics revolution. But to get there, we’re going to need a lot of collaboration between agriculture and energy—and a lot more sheep.

Environment

Fund the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Opinion

Failure of Build Back Better Casts Uncertainty over New York’s Climate Plans

Without significant federal funding, states are on their own to decarbonize their economies.

Environment

We Cannot Stop Climate Change With Laws Alone

When our trust and faith is placed in each other rather than the government, we gain more power than we may think possible.

Opinion

Climate Health Is Human Health

Making big progress on climate action will give us all longer and healthier lives—even if we don’t stop global warming.

Environment

In the Catskills, One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Business Model

As New York cracks down on climate change, green energy projects are encroaching on the state’s most rural landscapes.

Environment

An Open Letter on Climate to Antonio Delgado

Opinion