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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. 

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NY Storms Increase in Frequency and Severity

Weather is getting more extreme, a newly released analysis of precipitation across the United States from 1948 to 2011 found.

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Expert warns more extreme weather could risk life, property

More intense and more frequent rain and snowstorms — on the rise because of climate change, according to an environmental advocacy group — mean more property damage and a greater threat to human life.

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News Release | Environment New York

Groups Unite Behind Atlantic Offshore Wind Power

Today, more than 215 environmentalists, clean energy advocates, businesses, and local and state officials from up and down the Atlantic Coast united to call for bold action to accelerate the creation offshore wind power. The coalition released a letter to the Obama Administration in an effort to show strong support for efforts made to date and to urge continued action to develop offshore wind resources along the Atlantic.

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News Release | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

Extreme Downpours and Thunderstorms Up 64 Percent in New York

Less than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee created record flooding which devastated New York State, a new Environment New York report confirms that extreme rainstorms and hurricanes are happening 64 percent more frequently in New York since 1948. 

“As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours—especially in recent years as bigger storms have hit New York more often,” said Eric Whalen, Field Organizer for Environment New York.  “We need to pay attention to scientists’ warnings that this dangerous trend is linked to global warming, and do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today.”

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Report | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

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