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.

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.

Climate of Change (July, 2010)

An ongoing state-wide recession, a stagnant upstate economy and an uncertain economic future are major issues facing New Yorkers today. But there is an increasing awareness in government, on Wall Street, and within the environmental community that opportunities for strengthening our state’s economy will flow from reducing the emissions that are responsible for global climate change.

Climate of Change: How Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strengthens New York Business

Friday, May 10, 2013

Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That's simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.

Friday, May 10, 2013

March was pretty cold this year, and you know what that means: Global warming is a hoax!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Brazil is at risk of scoring an economic own goal if it continues clearing Amazon forest for herding and soya production, according to a new study that has potential implications for global food security.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

In a nearly 17-minute speech on Wednesday evening, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) blasted an unnamed senator for saying God would protect the Earth from climate change.

“I was recently at a Senate hearing where I heard a member of our Senate community say, ‘God won’t allow us to ruin our planet,’” he remarked on the Senate floor. “Maybe that is why we do nothing.”

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hurricane Sandy and its destruction have largely moved out of the media headlines, replaced by more recent news events. But for New York and New Jersey residents still dealing with devastation in its wake, it remains fresh.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Six months after Hurricane Sandy rampaged through the tranquil seaside community of Breezy Point, 2,400 of the 2,800 homes remain unoccupied.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

The 23rd annual Earth Day Lobby Day took place last week in Albany, with close to 100 grassroots advocates in attendance hoping to convince legislators to support five policy issues they deem, "common-sense environmental Super Bills."

The policy issues discussed during the day of environmental advocacy would impose a two-year fracking moratorium, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, expand solar energy, protect children from harmful chemicals in their toys and reform campaign finance laws.


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