NY Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

NY Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

As tiny as they are, those plastic microbeads you find in your face and body washes are polluting New York waters in a significant way. Used as exfoliating abrasives in beauty products, the beads are a major threat to the state’s aquatic life and food supply.

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Old Fulton Fish Market Safe for Now as Howard Hughes Seaport Tower Put on Hold

Old Fulton Fish Market Safe for Now as Howard Hughes Seaport Tower Put on Hold

After an internet petition campaign voicing strong opposition to the razing of Lower Manhattan’s old Fulton Fish Market building to make way for a 50-story tower, it seems like the market may be safe, if only temporarily. The Tribeca Trib reports that

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After Decades of Construction, Mayor Bloomberg Opens NYC Water Tunnel No. 3 Underneath Manhattan

After Decades of Construction, Mayor Bloomberg Opens NYC Water Tunnel No. 3 Underneath Manhattan

Did you know that construction on a massive water tunnel has been going on beneath the city since 1969? Mayor Bloomberg announced the completion of the Manhattan portion of the 60-mile-long New York City Water Tunnel No. 3 project last week. The new

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Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Say what you want about iconoclast NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but no one can accuse him of being soft when it comes to the environment. The three-term billionaire technocrat scored numerous environmental victories during his 12 year tenure; from launching

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NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

Most New Yorkers have heard of the Spectra natural gas pipeline and the dangers it poses – but until recently, it’s felt like a vague, far-off worry that may or may not happen. Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth, as the pipeline (also referred

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New Study Shows How New York Could Be Powered by Sun, Water and Wind Power by 2050

New Study Shows How New York Could Be Powered by Sun, Water and Wind Power by 2050

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Despite the current controversy about hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York, a group of scientists from Stanford believe that even a city as large as the Big Apple could be powered by alternative means by the year 2050.

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Mayor Bloomberg Slams Coal Industry at Energy Innovation Summit, Calls for Cleaner Alternatives

Mayor Bloomberg Slams Coal Industry at Energy Innovation Summit, Calls for Cleaner Alternatives

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made some bold statements against the coal industry during this week’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy Energy Innovation Summit, according to a report from The Hill. Bloomberg, a promoter of natural gas and its lower

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Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address, entitled “New York Rising”, earlier this afternoon. As expected, some of the main points the governor touched upon included plans to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, how we can proactively prepare for further extreme weather events and tightening up New York State’s assault-weapon ban. Read on for a summary of Gov. Cuomo’s agenda for the year, which also includes an aggressive move towards innovation, clean tech and green initiatives.

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PHOTOS: Occupy Sandy Film Premier Projected Over East Village Mobil Gas Station

PHOTOS: Occupy Sandy Film Premier Projected Over East Village Mobil Gas Station

The 20-minute film featured interviews with residents, volunteers and activists at Occupy Sandy headquarters and in some of New York’s worst affected disaster sites – the Rockaways in Queens and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. The film’s director, Josh Fox,

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Did Climate Change Increase the Severity of Hurricane Sandy?

Did Climate Change Increase the Severity of Hurricane Sandy?

During the endless news cycle of the election year, climate change appeared to be an afterthought in the American consciousness. The issue has been conspicuously absent in the run-up to the presidential election; it wasn’t so much as discussed during four

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Occupy the Pipeline Protest Successfully Halts Spectra Construction

Occupy the Pipeline Protest Successfully Halts Spectra Construction

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered on Monday as part of a nationwide opposition to the Spectra pipeline and successfully halted construction for the day. Vigils, protests and lectures have taken place at the Spectra site in the West Village for weeks as concerns

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Senate Passes Brooklyn Queens Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

Senate Passes Brooklyn Queens Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

The bill proposing a natural gas pipeline extension through the New York area that passed through the House of Representatives earlier this year has just been approved by the Senate. The Bloomberg administration gave a statement saying that the pipeline that

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Occupy Wallstreet Takes on an Eco-Slant with Storm Wall Street

Occupy Wallstreet Takes on an Eco-Slant with Storm Wall Street

NYC’s financial district is currently experiencing year 2 of Occupy Wall Street and this time, protesters have added ecological and environmental concerns to their agenda. In addition to the fight against financial fatcats, occupiers organized a Storm Wall

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PHOTOS: Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Launch “Artists Against Fracking” Group

PHOTOS: Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon Launch “Artists Against Fracking” Group

At the conference, Sean explained that New York governor Andrew Cuomo has the choice to decide whether to allow shale gas drilling and hydrofracking in New York State. Artistsagainstfracking.com, he announced, has an easy-to-use writing template which will

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New York Anticipated to Allow Fracking Despite Dangers and Public Outcry

New York Anticipated to Allow Fracking Despite Dangers and Public Outcry

New York is in line to approve state-wide Hydraulic Fracking (the practice of using toxic chemicals and a gas drill to extract hard-to-reach natural resources found within the Earth).

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The Incredible Hulk Throws His Green Weight Behind the New York Solar Jobs Act

The Incredible Hulk Throws His Green Weight Behind the New York Solar Jobs Act

Everyone knows that The Incredible Hulk is green, but did you know that he supports green jobs in New York too? Mark Ruffalo, the actor who plays the brawny superhero recently threw his weight behind solar power by encouraging the New York state legislature

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The New York-New Jersey Spectra Pipeline Gets the Green Light

The New York-New Jersey Spectra Pipeline Gets the Green Light

The Spectra Pipeline, which will bring natural gas to new areas around New York and New Jersey, has been given the green light. Also called the NJ-NY Expansion Project, it was finally approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and received with

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Google-Backed Offshore Wind Power Transmission Line Moves Forward on East Coast

Google-Backed Offshore Wind Power Transmission Line Moves Forward on East Coast

A proposal backed by Google for a wind power transmission line stretching from Virginia to New Jersey cleared a major regulatory hurdle on Monday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that the Atlantic Wind Connection could move forward because

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New York Landowners Assert Their Rights to Natural Gas Fracking

New York Landowners Assert Their Rights to Natural Gas Fracking

Yesterday, a group named the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York held an event at the state capitol in Albany to present a “Declaration of Rights” to drill for natural gas on their land. Joined by Republican state senators who are against the state’s

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Help Create a More Sustainable Food System at the Brooklyn Food Conference on May 12

Help Create a More Sustainable Food System at the Brooklyn Food Conference on May 12

On Saturday, May 12th, the Brooklyn Food Coalition, a grass-roots community based organization that works on creating a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn, will be hosting its annual Brooklyn Food Conference. First hosted in 2009, the humble and

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Propane Fracking Method Could Avoid New York Gas Drilling Ban

Propane Fracking Method Could Avoid New York Gas Drilling Ban

New plans to extract natural gas and oil from shale could bypass New York’s hydraulic fracturing moratorium. The waterless fracking method uses propane instead of the conventional method that pumps a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground.

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FERC Endorses Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed For New York City & New Jersey

FERC Endorses Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed For New York City & New Jersey

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has endorsed the proposal for a natural gas pipeline that will stretch through New York City and New Jersey and hook into Con Edison’s system. The proposal, which has faced opposition in

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Artist Josephine Meckseper Questions Modern Consumption With Two Massive Oil Pumps in Midtown Manhattan

Artist Josephine Meckseper Questions Modern Consumption With Two Massive Oil Pumps in Midtown Manhattan

Meckseper’s initial inspiration came from a trip to Electra, a now desolate town that was once famous for being the oil capital of Texas. The huge mid 20th century oil pumps provide the base from which the scale models are designed. As an artist known for

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New York Town Wins the Legal Right to Ban Hydrofracking for Natural Gas

New York Town Wins the Legal Right to Ban Hydrofracking for Natural Gas

This week the town of Dryden, New York won a court case giving it the right to ban hydrofracking for natural gas within its borders. The case is a major victory for fracking opponents nationwide, and here’s how it all went down: The Marcellus Shale, the largest

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Standing 45 feet high, the Long Island Green Dome is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world. Taking nearly 4 years to build, it features 16 specially designed high solar heat gain windows and vents that not only warm the interior but can be filtered

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