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RGGI Program Review Stakeholder Meeting

On Tuesday, nine northeastern states held a regional meeting to gather input on possible improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program designed to reduce global warming pollution from power plants.

Heather Leibowitz, the Director of Environment New York issued the following statement:

“Global warming is a serious threat to our civilization. 2014 was the hottest year on record, globally. People across the country are feeling the effects, from droughts and wildfires, to more extreme storms, to increased flooding linked to sea level rise. Practically every citizen of a RGGI state lives in a county that was affected by a weather-related disaster in the last 5 years.

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Interactive map shows local impacts of weather-related disasters in New York

Over 19 million New Yorkers live in counties recently affected by weather-related disasters, according to a new interactive map using data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts. 

“We used to think of climate change as a problem that would happen someday, somewhere,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “But as this map helps demonstrate, global warming is happening now, and it’s already hitting close to home.”

News Release | Environment New York

Pres. Obama rejects Keystone XL, helps seal climate legacy

New York, NY -- In a widely anticipated decision, today President Obama rejected construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to transport tar sands from Canada across the United States. Climate activists had fought for years against the project, which State Department officials estimated would produce 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution each year – the equivalent of 5.7 million cars. 

News Release | Environment New York

275+ groups to Obama: keep leading on offshore wind

Offshore wind for New York is closer to reality than it’s ever been before, said environmentalists, public health advocates, and faith leaders today. The groups joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his officials, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast.