News Release | Environment New York

The Long Island Sound and other waterways key to summer fun

More than 52 million people each year visit waterways like the Long Island Sound and Niagara Falls, according to a new Summer Fun Index by Environment New York. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to a close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for more than 55 percent of the state’s rivers and streams.

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New Report: Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% in 2013

New York's progress on solar has helped fuel a tripling of solar energy nationwide between 2011 and 2013. In 2013, solar capacity in New York grew from 175 MW to 250 MW. 

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State Actions Needed To Seize The Golden Opportunity Of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power

Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast which have been reviewed by the federal government – enough to power over five million homes – are ready for offshore wind development according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power contains a new analysis showing how strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to New York right when we need it most - bringing down energy costs and cutting pollution. 

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy

New Report: Electric Cars Are Putting the Brakes on Pollution

More than 220,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment New York Research and Policy Center. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.

News Release | Friends of the Earth and Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Bee Killing Pesticides Found in 51% 'Bee Friendly' labeled Plants

Bees and other pollinators, essential for the two-thirds of the food crops humans eat every day, are in decline in countries around the world.  36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers--such as Lowes, Home Debot, and Walmart--- in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides -- a key contributor to recent bee declines. Some of the flowers contained neonic levels high enough to kill bees outright assuming comparable concentrations are present in the flowers' pollen and nectar.