Energy & Environment


A contractor closes a valve at a fracking facility in Claysville, P.A. Recent studies on the impact of fracking on human health have offered mixed results, but two Congressmembers have asked the EPA to examine the most recent report out of Colorado. AP/Keith Srakocic
John Farley  |  February 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
Two court rulings upheld local bans on hydraulic fracking in New York State. MetroFocus looks at which towns might be next in the ongoing judicial battle.
Stephen Ritz, who teaches in the South Bronx, has transformed the lives of his students with the "edible wall" of produce he built in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Green Bronx Machine.
Stephen Ritz  |  February 16, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
A South Bronx high school teacher explains how building an "edible wall" of produce transformed his students from "super-sized and under-credited" to healthy graduates.VIDEO
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Erin Barker  |  January 31, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
From tales of unearthing environmental scandal to participating in a medical study gone too far, the science-based stories spun in the creative collective The Story Collider are seriously weird -- but true.
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John Farley  |  January 30, 2012 2:59 PM | Comments
What are five religious leaders in Flushing, Queens -- perhaps the most theologically diverse neighborhood in America -- thinking, preaching and teaching about climate change?VIDEO
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John Farley  |  January 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 26 Comments
Mario Batali has joined a coalition of chefs and restaurateurs united against hydraulic fracking, which they say could make New York's restaurants less tasty -- and less safe.
A chipper makes a Christmas tree into mulch, giving it a second life. Flickr/Flatbush Gardener.
Georgia Kral  |  December 26, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Don't throw that Christmas tree to the curb -- recycle it! Check out your Tri-State options for tree recycling, including New York City's 16th annual MulchFest.VIDEO
Dandelion, highlighted by Future Green Studio, on Third Avenue. While dandelions are commonly derided as an invasive species, the weed has many properties that make it useful for city dwellers. Photo courtesy of Future Green Studio.
David Seiter for Urban Omnibus  |  December 9, 2011 10:58 AM | Comments
Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. The environmental benefits of these “weeds” go widely unrecognized when, in fact, this often invisible urban ecology can offer a fresh perspective on how cities perform.
Erik Baard, along with a coalition of green groups, planted 50 endangered apple trees on Randall's Island on Wednesday. Baard has
Erik Baard  |  December 8, 2011 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Did you know that all the varieties of apples on our store shelves can be traced back to Kazakhstan? Take a bite out of the history of the Big Apple's apples.
Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 28 before a public hearing on whether to allow drilling in New York. Members of the opposition group included politicians, lawyers, scientists and residents. MetroFocus/John Farley.
John Farley  |  November 30, 2011 6:03 PM | 6 Comments
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was -- by an extremely rough estimate -- about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
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Bekah Holloway for Eco Politics Daily  |  November 23, 2011 12:12 PM | Comments
A new climate change report predicts that more frequent severe weather patterns threaten the water supply and may flood transit systems and submerge a third of city streets.
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