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Environment New York Report Examines Climate Change Through a Generational Perspective

Young adults in New York are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than their predecessors did in the 1970’s, according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

The analysis, Dangerous Inheritance: The Hotter, More Extreme Climate that We’re Passing Down to America’s Young, examines changes in temperature, storm intensity and sea level rise through the eyes of five different generations. New Yorkers of today are experiencing 19 percent more precipitation than Baby Boomers experienced in the 1970s. And the Millennial Generation entered adulthood during the hottest ten-year period in the last 100 years.

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York City Among Regions Solar Leaders

New York City ranks 9th for total solar panels in the nation, and 1st in the Mid-Atlantic and New England Regions according to Environment New York Research and Policy Center’s new analysis, Shining Cities: Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America. The solar stature of the city is owed largely to the clear commitment of the city’s leaders, as well as Governor-Cuomo’s successful NY-SUN Initiative, advocates said today. 

“New York City is a star when it comes to solar power,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “We hope state leaders and other New York cities will follow this shining example.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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New York’s Biggest Polluters Spending Over 3 Million Dollars to Pollute Politics

The owner of Anheuser-Busch Inc. spent $3,640,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment New York. The enormous spending came after Anheuser-Busch Inc. dumped 1,396,149 pounds of toxic chemicals into New York’s waterways in 2012. 

Environment New York released its “Polluting Politics” report shortly after the introduction of a House bill to block the EPA’s clean water rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in New York and across the country.

“As it turns out, the same companies that are polluting our rivers with toxic chemicals are also polluting our politics with their spending,” observed Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Polluting Politics

Year after year, polls show that more Americans are concerned with the pollution and quality of our waterways more than any other environmental issue. And after toxins in Lake Erie left 400,000 Toledo, OH residents unable to drink the water coming out of their taps last August, the need to protect our waterways is clear and present.

Despite Progress, Pollution Remains

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