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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

If there were one American industry that would be particularly worried about climate change it would have to be insurance, right?

From Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to the Northeast to the protracted drought that hit the Midwest Corn Belt, natural catastrophes across the United States pounded insurers last year, generating $35 billion in privately insured property losses, $11 billion more than the average over the last decade.

Monday, May 13, 2013

It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm).

Monday, May 13, 2013

One-third of common land animals could see dramatic losses this century because of climate change, scientists predict.

More than half of plants could be hit the same way as habitats become unsuitable for numerous species.

The collapse of ecosystems would have major economic impacts on agriculture, air quality, clean water access, and tourism.

Global temperatures are set to rise 4C above preindustrial levels by 2100 if nothing is done to stem greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Over the last couple weeks, scientists and environmentalists have been keeping a particularly close eye on the Hawaii-based monitoring station that tracks how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere, as the count tiptoed closer to a record-smashing 400 parts per million. Thursday, we finally got there: The daily mean concentration was higher than at any time in human history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Friday.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Forecast for New York (November, 2006)

New York’s climate, and the climate of the planet as a whole, has been warming over the past century. Scientists predict that average temperatures in the Northeast by the end of the century could be as much as 9.8º F warmer in winter and 10.6º F warmer in summer. As a result, public health, infrastructure and coastal property, agriculture and water supply are threatened. Projected increases in the number of very hot days in our cities threaten the most vulnerable among us—the elderly, children and the sick.

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