City Councilmembers and advocates announced a plan today to slap a 10 cent charge on all plastic and paper carry-out bags at grocery and retail stores across New York City.
Customers would be required to bring their own bags or pay the fee, which stores would get to pocket, according to the proposed legislation, unveiled this afternoon at City Hall.
“I would like to say I am,” said the actress Cheryl Hines when asked if she was as big an environmentalist as her Curb Your Enthusiasm character. “I’m learning.”
Ms. Hines was walking the carpet at an Upper East Side screening of The Last Mountain, a new documentary prominently featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as Read More
Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg announced the merger of their environmental groups, launching a partnership both men say could jump start environmental initiatives throughout the United States, and possibly, the world.
“What we want to do, by merging our efforts here,” said Clinton, standing inside Gracie Mansion next to Bloomberg, “is to hammer home the Read More
The New York League of Conservation Voters is sending 20,000 mailers to homes in the Buffalo-area knocking a key Democratic state Senator for blocking stricter environmental legislation up in Albany.
The senator, Bill Stachowski, is facing a primary challenge from a number of would-be senators, and if he wins he would face a strong Republican, Read More
Last month, the Mother Nature Network Web site released a list of the “10 Greenest Cities in America,” which included Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Berkeley, Cambridge (Mass.), Eugene (Ore.), Oakland, Boston and San Franscisco. It did not include New York.
Reflecting on this list on the Huffington Post, Dennis Markatos, the Read More
I have been talking a lot to my students about the job market many of them will face this May. Believe it or not, this is mostly a good news story. One of my jobs at Columbia University is to direct and teach in the environmental policy programs at the School of International and Public Read More
Climate change "poses real and significant risks" to New York City, according to a new report released today by the mayor's office; it says sea levels could rise "41 to 55 inches by the 2080s."
Bloomberg announced the findings this morning at a (smelly!) water treatment plant in the Rockaways.
"Planning for climate Read More
ALBANY—As people from all manner of ideological and interest-group affiliation lobby not to have their funding slashed under a darkening fiscal cloud, parks advocates are arguing for $100 million to improve and bulk up parks infrastructure around the state.
"The state parks system plays a vital role in our economic engine," said Tim Sweeney, the Read More
ALBANY—Billed as an environmental measure, efforts to require a deposit for juice and water containers never got very far. Now, it's being put forward, somewhat controversially, as an untapped revenue stream in a tight fiscal circumstance.
One nickel at a time.
Budget officials say those nickels would add up to $25 million this year, and Read More