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You may breathe New York air without any hesitation, but would you eat it? That’s what the folks behind the smog cart, an installation at the New Museum’s Ideas City festival, wanted people to consider when they doled out smog-infused meringue cookies to people on Saturday. The project was meant to increase awareness about the […]

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CityLab reports on a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that finds that New York is the world’s most resource-greedy city with a metropolitan area of more than 10 million people. The study, led by the University of Toronto’s Christopher Kennedy, looked at how 27 “megacities” consume resources and generate […]

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In honor of Earth Day, the La Guardia and Wagner Archives have released a 1980s-era water conservation ad sponsored by former Mayor Ed Koch when the city was in the middle of one of its worst droughts of the century. (What other time could a slogan like “Keep New York wet” catch on?). The cheesy […]

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, a champion of progressive values with an agenda that embraces environmentally friendly initiatives, has been leading a double life: one in which he wastes fuel and pollutes the air with reckless abandon. The Brooklyn Paper reports that de Blasio travels 11 miles to work out at his favorite gym, the Park […]

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According to a new study, New York is fucked in the near future, along with Baltimore, Houston and Miami. Like other coastal metropolitan areas, urban expansion is making the city more susceptible to flooding. Regardless of climate change, the chances of a deluge will increase, say researchers at Texas A&M University: “Urban areas exposed to […]

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Eco Experts wants you to go green, so the organization’s fine staff made an infographic to keep you informed about how likely you are to be destroyed by climate change. Using data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-Gain) Index, this helpful map explains the likelihood of surviving climate change for every country in the world. How does the […]

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Whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would be built to transport oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries and distribution centers in Texas and Illinois, is seen by many environmentalists as a definitive benchmark of whether the US is going to get serious about addressing climate change. Approval […]

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Mayor Bill De Blasio is expected to follow through today on the long-in-the-works ban of plastic foam containers. After a year of trying to prove that plastic foam containers are biodegradable, industry lobbyists have apparently lost to science. The initiative to ban foam takeout containers began two years ago when Mayor Mike Bloomberg put forth the proposal […]

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Throughout his reelection campaign, Governor Cuomo was tiptoeing on eggshells with foam shoes concerning a number of political issues. At one point, he was soooo worried about saying something wrong that he refused to debate. Now that’s he’s firmly installed in Albany for another four years, the governor’s ready to say things again. Well, his […]

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A scientist wants locals in Greenpoint to wear air-pollution detectors around their necks to create a real-time picture of all the various toxins floating around the neighborhood, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Michael Heimbinder is the founder of HabitatMap, “which builds tools for community organizing around environmental issues.” His current creation is called the Air […]

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