Climate Change

About Our Climate Change Work: New York is a leader in implementing policies to reduce global warming pollution. Environmental Advocates of New York has worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to implement policies that reduce climate pollution and adapt to our already changing climate. Our work with former Governor Pataki lead to his proposal to other Northeastern states to undergo a regional effort to reduce climate pollution from power plants, which eventually became the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In addition, thanks in parts to our efforts, former Governor Paterson implemented a state goal to reduce climate pollution by 80% by the year 2050 and develop a climate action plan.

But in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, the state must do more. Environmental Advocates promotes policies that reduce the state’s share of climate pollution to meet this goal.

How did the issue of climate change become so polarizing? Documented scientific evidence of decades of rising temperatures – with 12 of the hottest years on record occurring in the last 15 years, stronger and more intense storms, severe flooding and prolonged drought seem to be having little to no impact on American public opinion.

The state’s Public Service Commission has a very important decision to make regarding the future of two failing coal fired power plants in Dunkirk and Cayuga.

Superstorm Sandy exposed the vulnerabilities of the state’s power grid, knocking out electricity for weeks and damaging millions of dollars’ worth of utility infrastructure. The event exposed the fragility of our outdated transmission and distribution system and rallied calls for investments to modernize the grid in order to withstand future extreme weather events.

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently unveiled a ten-year climate resiliency action plan for New York City

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Part of creating a sustainable future is reducing food loss and waste at the home level. This simple infographic makes the issue very clear

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A jellyfish surge in the Mediterranean is threatening the environment and tourists

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Speaking at Ocean Week in DC, panelists said that rising sea levels and stronger stormswill continue to threaten us through the end of this century

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A design firm wants to build skyscrapers out of wood, and claims to be able to slash the carbon footprint of these tall buildings by up to 75%

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New research published in the journal PLOS measures human dependence upon ecosystem services

Monday, May 20, 2013

Humanity has a second chance to stop dangerous climate change. Temperature data from the last decade offers an unexpected opportunity to stay below the agreed international target of 2 °C of global warming.


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