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Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - NY: Waste Reduction/Recycling

By 2050, experts estimate, there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish. (Richard Carey/Adobe Stock)

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The bill banning single-use plastic bags statewide has been signed into law. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held an Earth Day news conference in Kingston, home port of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to announce the signing to reporters and environmental groups. Every year, N

In 2016, New Yorkers recycled more than 5 billion beverage containers. (pxhere)

NEW YORK — Environmental groups are hoping to get an expanded bottle deposit law passed with the state budget. The budget is due next Monday, April 1, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators still are negotiating over several outstanding issues. More than 50 organizations have signed a l

Non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags are a threat to wildlife and the environment. (RitaE/pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget includes measures to combat litter, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and protect the environment. On Sunday, the governor's office announced that his 2019 Executive Budget will include a proposal to ban all single-use plastic bags. According

Every year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters ocean waters. (byrev/pixabay)

NEW YORK – The 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup is coming up this weekend, part of a global effort to keep trash out of the oceans. It's the world's largest annual ocean volunteer event. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste alone flow into the oceans, and p

Environmentalists say investing in renewables would save ratepayers money. (Windtech/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Renewables yes, nuclear no, that's the message environmentalists want the Public Service Commission to hear. The public comment period on a proposed Clean Energy Standard ends on June 6. Jessica Azulay, program director with the Alliance for a Green Economy, supports only part of

A solar panel factory is being built by the restored Buffalo River. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/Flickr)

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A broad coalition of business and conservation groups is asking presidential candidates to make restoration of the Great Lakes a priority. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people, and 1.5-million jobs. Jordan Lubetkin, communications director for the Healing O

The proposed pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway from Albany to New Jersey. (Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Cuomo administration says the Department of Environmental Conservation will co-lead the environmental review of a pipeline proposed for the Hudson Valley. The pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway, and the Thruway Authority had been handling the review alone. The gov

The plant was proposed for Haverstraw, N.Y., 3.5 miles from the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station.  (Alexisrael/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission to turn down a proposed water desalination plant in Rockland County is being called an important victory for the public good, but some feel it came only after a fight that could have been avoided had the water system not been run by a

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