14 states pen brief supporting EPA climate rule

“Fourteen states and the District of Columbia are backing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a lawsuit against the administration’s landmark climate rule on pollution from power plants…The 14 EPA-friendly states, including, New York, California, Delaware, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island, however, say they “support the EPA’s authority to complete its ongoing rule making to limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fueled power plants, the largest source of those emissions.” [The Hill]

10 Arrested as ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ Protests Continue

“This protest marks the fourth week of the “We Are Seneca Lake” campaign to stop the major expansion project at the methane gas storage facility…on the west side of Seneca Lake. Thirty-five people have been arrested so far during this campaign, including Dwain Wilder who just finished serving eight days in jail after refusing to pay his fine. Today’s protest included a number of participants of the Great March for Climate Action who recently finished a 3,000-mile walk from Los Angeles to Washington, DC.” [EcoWatch]

New York Plants Curbside Gardens to Soak Up Storm-Water Runoff

“In what officials have billed as one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the United States, New York City has, with little fanfare, embarked on a roughly 20-year, $2.4 billion project intended to protect local waterways, relying in large measure on “curbside gardens” that capture and retain storm-water runoff.” [The New York Times]

The end of beaches? Why the world’s shorelines are in serious trouble

“We can have our beachfront properties — our Miami high-rises, our Hamptons mansions, our Jersey boardwalks — or we can have our beaches. But…we can’t have both. The beaches themselves can withstand extreme weather, of course. But it’s our attempts to hold them in place, through techno-fixes like seawalls and beach replenishment, that ironically enough will end up destroying them.” [Salon]

NYPA continues to upgrade transmission, study micro-grids post-Sandy 

“Two years after Hurricane Sandy…the New York Power Authority said it is continuing to upgrade and refurbish its transmission facilities and performing micro-grid feasibility studies to ensure infrastructure remains resilient in future storms…[these] studies are focused on applying energy resilience measures at New York City Housing Authority Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, Stony Brook University Research and Development Park on Long Island and Empire State Plaza in Albany.” [Public Power Daily]

Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer Announce FEMA Commitment of at Least $1.6 Billion to Repair and Protect Sandy-Damaged Public Hospitals

“The allocation—the second largest FEMA award ever and the largest award under FEMA’s 428 program— will advance the City’s comprehensive, five-borough resiliency plan and fund improvements at four New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) facilities: Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan, and Coler Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island.” [Office of the Mayor]