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. 

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Bad Oil Export Vote in the House

"Lifting the oil export ban would be a blessing for the oil companies but a curse for the climate and our health.”                                                                                             —Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

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Governor Cuomo, Joined By Vice Pres. Gore, Announces New Actions to Fight Climate Change

Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new commitment to lead the fight against global warming. Joined by former Vice President Gore at Columbia University, Governor Cuomo signed the “Under 2 MOU,” an agreement between states, provinces and cities across the world to take action to prevent the worst impacts of global warming.

By signing the agreement, Governor Cuomo reaffirmed his intention to slash New York’s emissions of the pollution that drives global warming. The announcement also builds momentum toward coordinated world action at the international climate talks happening this December in Paris 

To deliver on the “Under 2 MOU” pledge, New York will have to reduce its pollution by more than 80 percent below 1990 levels by mid-century.

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

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power.

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Report: NY ranks 9th in total solar energy generation nationally

NEW YORK, NY. New York ranked 9th nationwide for total solar power capacity and 15th for per capita solar generation through 2014, according to a new report [link] by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many New Yorkers. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment New York Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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