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Public News Service - NY: Environment

Green roofs lower heating and cooling costs by increasing a building's energy efficiency. (victor217/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – Some building owners in New York City now have added incentive to create a green space on their roof. A green-roof tax abatement has been available in the city for several years, but few owners have taken advantage of it. In an effort to change that, a new state law tripled the tax

Extreme weather due to climate change can exacerbate pollution runoff and toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – A coalition of more than 160 local, state and national environmental groups is asking every presidential candidate how he or she will address threats to drinking water supplies for more than 30 million people. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition has released a presidentia

The oyster populations from Maine to Florida has shrunk to less than 10% of its historic size. (nulovetoyo/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – The efforts to restore shellfish to New York Harbor and Long Island have made real progress, but there's still a long way to go. Long before New York City was The Big Apple, it was known as The Big Oyster. New York Harbor once had more than 200,000 acres of oyster reefs and Long

The bill requires New York to get 70% of its power from renewable sources by 2030. (Kovalenko I/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – New York is set to become a global leader in the efforts to fight climate change. With enactment of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Empire State will be on track to set the most ambitious legislative mandate for carbon reductions in the world. The plan c

Investment in clean energy and energy efficiency is predicted to create thousands of good-paying jobs in New York State. (somchaikhun/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the legislative session drawing to a close, a bill that would write New York State's ambitious clean energy and climate goals into law has gained critical support. The Climate and Community Protection Act has already passed the state Assembly several times. And now, with

For small towns, the EPA does not require testing drinking water for emerging contaminants. (Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

ALBANY, N.Y. – Many drinking-water sources in New York state are not tested for a variety of dangerous chemicals, but a new bill in the State Assembly could remedy that. Every few years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency publishes a list of emerging contaminants - chemicals determin

New York may be closing its coal-fired power plants, but smog and acid rain still drift in from plants in the Midwest. (laborec425/AdobeStock)

NEW YORK – The last of New York state's coal-fired power plants will be phased out by the end of next year. On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Conservation adopted final regulations requiring all power plants to meet strict new CO2 emissions standards. The new standards will effect

The New York Offshore Wind Master Plan estimates that building 2,400 MW of offshore wind-power production would create about 5,000 jobs. (Kruwt/AdobeStock)

NEW YORK – New York's push for offshore wind power is getting a boost from labor unions. The Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Long Island Federation of Labor joined this week with nearly 30 environmental, business and labor groups to support the

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