With the fracking debate in New York finally tucked away (for now, at least!), a range of other environmental issues are finally seeing the light. Here are just a few of the things we’ll be following in 2015.
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1.) How climate change is already transforming our state, who is being impacted, and what’s next.
2.) Measuring the toxicity of our environment—where are the hot spots, and what is being done (or should be done) to address them.
3.) NYC’s efforts to reduce solid waste, and expand recycling and composting.
4.) The increasing amount of oil shipments by rail through the state, along with more natural gas pipeline and infrastructure construction.
5.) The need for better data on air quality from individual New York City neighborhoods.
6.) Stormwater management and raw sewage releases into NYC’s waterways.
7.) The dramatic loss of farmland throughout New York — and the changes needed to make agriculture a profitable, long-term, and environmentally-friendly industry.
8.) How NYS and NYC plan to meet their carbon emissions reduction targets.
9.) The State’s plan to transform how utilities and the power grid function, and what this means for our renewable energy goals.
10.) The City’s effort to make our waste management system more equitable and less concentrated in a handful of neighborhoods—is it working?
11.) Funding for environmental protection- will the state’s lead environmental agency be able to replenish staffing levels and increase inspection and enforcement activities?
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