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New York Bans Fracking

On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling. 

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.

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Report | Environment New York

Driving Cleaner

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. 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. Electric vehicles could prevent more than 1,758,000 million metric tons of climate-changing carbon pollution annually in New York by 2025. That’s the equivalent of saving more than 197,817,000 gallons of gasoline per year, or eliminating tailpipe pollution from 370,000 of today’s cars and trucks.

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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.

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy

Toxic Chemicals Found in New York Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industrial facilities dumped more than 5,303,190 lbs of toxic chemicals into New York Waterways in 2012 alone. 

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Report | Environment New York

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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