Elegy For a Country’s Seasons

“The weather has changed, is changing, and with it so many seemingly small things—quite apart from train tracks and houses, livelihoods and actual lives—are being lost…Every country has its own version of this local sadness.” [The New York Review of Books]


Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say

“The stark language marked a departure from the last IPCC report in 2007 when the picture on food crops was more mixed…”This is no longer a picture about poor farmers in some regions being hit by climate change. This is a picture about global agriculture being hit – US, Russia, and Australia – with global implications for food prices.” [The Guardian]


Delayed by Stubborn Winter, Spring’s Colors Are Ready to Burst

“This spring we might have a little bit of everything blooming at the same time,” said Kristin M. Schleiter, associate vice president of outdoor gardens and a senior curator at the New York Botanical Garden. “It’s possible we’ll have daffodils and tulips overlapping. It could be an extraordinary year.” [The New York Times]


Renewable energy Production Tax Credit passes critical test as Senate Finance Committee sends tax extenders bill to floor

“The renewable energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit were included today with bipartisan support, as the U.S. Senate Finance Committee reported out a tax extenders package whose swift passage is critically important to the continued growth of the U.S. wind energy industry.” [American Wind Energy Association Media Center]


We’re Citibiking to Work, Not Play

“New Yorkers are using Citi Bike as a key part of their commute, not just for touristy joyrides, according to new data released by the bikeshare system and analyzed by NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation.” [WNYC]


Parks Need More Money to Repair Sandy Damage

“New York City parks are still in dire need of repair due to damage from Superstorm Sandy…preliminary budget hearing revealed. Sandy damage to parks was worth $800 million, inundating more than 5,700 acres of land in the Parks system and 430 Parks sites…” [NY City Lens]


Sierra Club critical of plan to restart Danskammer power plant

“When the plant was operating before, it had a lot of problems with air pollution — things like sulfur dioxide, which causes asthma attacks, and nitrous oxide. We want to make sure this plant does not burn coal and does not continue to pollute the air of communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley.” [The Daily Freeman]


The Huge Correlation between Median Income and Recycling in NYC

“The map shows that the relatively affluent district of Brooklyn 06 leads the pack on percent of all garbage that is recycled, coming in at 30%, (Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Red Hook, South Slope).  The lowest rate was 8%, seen in Bronx 01, (Mott Haven, Port Morris and Melrose).” [I Quant NY]


City Completes $24 Million Upgrade of Water and Sewer Systems on the South Shore of Staten Island

“The completion of this project is good news for the South Shore, particularly for those streets that flooded with even the slightest bit of rain,” said Borough President James Oddo. “And it should serve as a reminder about just how critical our Bluebelts are and how, at every opportunity, we should create, embrace and enhance our Bluebelt system.” [NYC Department of Environmental Protection Press Release]


Congress to EPA: Investigate and Address Water Contamination From Fracking

“For the first time, members of Congress today called upon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to “investigate and address the water contamination” in Dimock, PA, in Parker County, TX, and in Pavillion, WY. In all three communities, the EPA has previously withdrawn investigations into water contamination…” [Eco Watch]


After Sandy, feds explore artificial islands

“A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery.” [The Daily Journal]


New Flood Barrier System Protects Entire 55 Water Street Building from Flooding

“The new flood barrier protection system…is designed to protect against an eight-foot flood line, higher than 7-1/2 foot flood line recommended by FEMA to protect against storm surges for the next hundred years.” [AzoBuild]


De Blasio Appoints His Sandy Recovery Team

“Bill Goldstein will serve as senior adviser for recovery, resiliency and infrastructure, Amy Peterson will be the new director of the Housing Recovery Office and Daniel Zarrilli will lead the new Office of Recovery and Resiliency.” [The New York Observer]


And coming to NYC’s Pier 94 on April 26th and 27th, the 2014 Green Festival, sponsored by Green America and Global Exchange.