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November 30, 2020

Another Subway Slowdown

The scheduled 2020 delivery of an initial batch of test cars from a $1.4 billion MTA purchase of 535 subway cars is not expected to begin arriving until early 2021. Hope it's not a COD deal

Paris: Bike Theft Epidemic

Let's hope there's a cure for the bike theft epidemic sweeping Paris

Needed Now: Smarter Streetscapes

COVID's lesson for a safe, healthy, vibrant NYC
; re-think, re-do street life + mobility resources

Fannie, Freddie Face Fierce Climate Risks

The trillion dollar federal mortgage-backing giants FANNIE MAE + FREDDIE MAC could take an enormous hit, big enough to knock the economy into a tailspin, if the climate crisis ravages their housing portfolios

New Delhi: Bad Air Days, Every Day

What explains the chronically poisonous air of New Delhi?

A Holiday Lagniappe

For your urban, built-environment browsing pleasure

November 28, 2020

GOP: Government For Pollution

"For more than a decade, the GOP has stood alone among major right-of-center parties in industrialized democracies worldwide in its refusal to endorse climate science. But during the Trump era, the party’s rhetorical emphasis shifted. The major Republican point of agreement is now to insist on fossil-fuel use as an inherent good." Jonathan Chait

Arizona: Where Green Is Blue And Red

Believe it or not, Arizona's net-zero carbon pollution plan is something Democrats + Republicans have agreed on

PV's And Pollinators

Is there a greenwashing risk in the buzz about solar-power friendly pollinator installations?

Curb Any And All Enthusiasm

November 27, 2020

More Offshore Wind For NYC

The NYC Council hears testimony about plans for a Rockaway offshore wind project - the visionary becomes the expected

November 26, 2020

Applying Appliance Standards

November 25, 2020

Let Us Hope

"Rise up and save us, Mr. Biden. Not in the vague tomorrow, but today."

November 24, 2020

The Persistence Of Big Coal

Basin Electric persists in burning coal to create the electricity it sells to community co-ops in the midwest, even those that want power alternatives

John Kerry: US Climate Envoy

President-elect Biden names John Kerry as his special climate envoy + gives him a seat on the National Security Council

The Arctic: Nothing To Be Thankful For

November 20, 2020

Starchitect to NYC: Get Rid Of Street Parking

A master of designing space, world class architect David Rockwell, sketches out streets that replace parked cars with myriad better urban uses + amenities

Rising On Madison Avenue

Designed with COVID safety + climate consciousness a new office building will emerge from the cocoon of the 20th Century MetLife Building at One Madison Avenue (scroll way down in article)

Climate Science 201: Hurricanes

Scientists delve into identifying climate links to the record-shattering number of hurricanes in 2020

Self-Guided, Green Infrastructure Walking Tour

Put on your mask, use this map, take an Open House NY walking tour

America Now - Poles Apart

A Little Climate Preparedness Can Go A Long Way

Helping businesses to identify climate risks can improve both their physical + financial security

November 19, 2020

Zoning Resilience

Think zoning is a bore? Then take a look at proposed zoning standards, a big first step to keep coastal NYC safe in an era of rising flood risks

Congestion Pricing Prognosis

Despite the promise of cleaner air, better traffic conditions + lots of revenue for NYC, the federal chokehold on congestion pricing isn't likely to be released any time soon

November 18, 2020

Making The Building Grade

Now, just like restaurants' health grades, NYC buildings must publicly display their energy performance letter grade

MoMA: Greening Architectural Design

Will MoMA make sustainability in architecture an A-List item with its new Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built + the Natural Environment

Red, Blue And Green

The boom in solar + wind power make a mush of the usual blue state/red state divides

New Alliances

Tesla, Uber + several electric utilities team up to advance their common interest in boosting the EV industry

November 17, 2020

Give A Hoot

Barry, the Central Park owl, is an A-List celebrity in an A-List urban green place

The 'Mean Red' Blues

Holly Golightly called her worst moods the "mean reds", so what to call Paul Krugman's dire column about what US COVID reaction foreshadows about climate action?

November 16, 2020

EU: Big Offshore Wind Plans

The European Commission targets offshore wind power capacity growth of 250% by 2050, calls goal "feasible"

Spain: Home Power Plant

A new solar + battery storage tandem claims it can make Spanish homes function as virtual power plants

Help Wanted: Press Secretary

Evergreen Action seeks a press secretary to help advance the fight to put bold climate action at the top of America's agenda

Congestion Pricing Foes Regroup

Despite grave threats to mass transit budgets, local foes of congestion pricing are rising again

November 14, 2020

Trending: Beyond 'Sustainable' Fashion 1.0

Loose talk about sustainable fashion is SO over

November 13, 2020

Climate Crisis: All Hands On The Biden Deck

"Decisions made in the first 100 days will directly impact progress on climate action in the first two years of the first term. Moreover, they will be critical early signals of climate’s importance to domestic + international constituencies". Climate 21 Project

Once Upon A Time...

...There was children's playground in a Euro-style courtyard in Brooklyn

Geothermal Heating 101

Using geothermal heat to warm + cool buildings is much more straightforward than using geothermal heat to create electricity. Dig down

Defining 'Net Zero'

The climate crisis sprouts myriad technical terms. Here's help for the non-technical climate citizen on the meaning of 'net zero'

Georgia On My Mind


November 12, 2020

On The Electric Bus/Off The Electric Bus

With expressions of support for electric bus fleets from the Biden team, what's NYC been up to with its pilot electric bus program?

Fake Grass Roots

If you're a climate-damaging fossil fueler that can't find grass roots support, then make it up

November 11, 2020

Barcelona: Car Ban Blossoms

Help Wanted; Senior Climate Campaigner

Greenpeace USA is searching for a Senior Climate Campaigner/Project Lead

Making Room For Green Hotels

Transforming a 1960's office building into a 21st century net-zero energy hotel is underway in New Haven

Renewable Energy Gains Despite Fossil Fuel Losses

While the fossil fuel industry suffers steep losses, renewable energy that creates electricity will grow 7% in 2020

39 Steps Toward Climate Security

39 winnable proposals for a winnable Biden Administration climate strategy

November 10, 2020

Don't Move There

Why are Americans flocking to cities like Phoenix, Houston + Miami, places the climate crisis will make virtually uninhabitable?

The End Is Near...

... but before January 20, 2021, what environmental rules will Trump try to erase? The Midnight Watch Project will warn us

Quote Of The Day

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals + emperors so that, in glory + triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds." Carl Sagan. With thanks to

Now You Can Track NYC's Climate Progress

If what gets measured gets managed, the the Sabin Center NYC Environmental Law Tracker is a necessary tool for concerned citizens

India: Don't Inhale

Lessons Learned From Citizen Pollution Monitoring

Citizen monitoring can be a powerful tool for advancing environmental compliance at the local scale, but a deeper understanding of differences in water quality + air quality monitoring is needed

November 09, 2020

Congressional Winners

Contrary to the interpretations of some Democrats, in the 2020 Congressional race Green New Deal + Medicare for All supporters got re-elected not ousted from office

Biden Plan - Climate Action And Much More

BuildBackBetter November 8, 2020

Yes We Could, Now We're Doing It

Energy efficient + Passive House construction, from 24 unit apartment buildings to the giant NYCHA, NYC + other urban leaders are making climate friendly affordable housing a reality

November 08, 2020

Elections Have Consequences

The Biden-Harris climate action agenda

November 06, 2020

Climate Voters MIA

While record numbers of voters express concerns about the climate crisis, it's not a deciding issue for them, according to one recent exit poll

The Fire Next Time

California extends requirements for insurers to cover homes in fire-prone areas, but just for one more year

Global Eating Disorder

The world's food system + our eating habits must change in order to starve the climate crisis

Climate Attribution Data Base Launched

Climate attribution science, which makes connections between weird weather episodes + climate change causes, gets a new searchable data based at Columbia Law School's Sabin Center

Street Eats

Dining out doors could become a permanent feature of NYC, expect more changes than where to put your plate

November 05, 2020

Donald J. Trump State Park

In case you were wondering what the public gets to enjoy at the NY State Donald J. Trump Park + what kind of tax benefit Trump enjoys, now you'll know

November 03, 2020

Talking About All The Days After Election Day

Nope, We STILL Don’t Get to Give Up. Reposted from Hot Take

By Mary Annaïse Heglar

Back in January, when we got to go places and do things, I moderated a climate justice panel with impressive women of color to a very fancy crowd in downtown Manhattan. It was one of those events with wine and snacks and even lots of art. I could tell that lots of the ladies, and it was mostly ladies, in the crowd were those that “lunched” and “summered.” I even got a very fancy vintage dress out of the whole ordeal.

Anyway, it all fell apart when an old white man took advantage of the question and answer period to lecture us all on how everything we were doing about climate change was wrong (after admitting that he himself had done it all wrong for 30 years). That, somehow, led to a white woman responding to him to announce that unless Trump is removed from office, it was all hopeless and we might as well give up. While I agreed with her that removing Trump was of paramount importance, I reject the idea that “giving up” is ever an option. She stormed out and I moved the panel on.

I regret nothing.

I bring this story up now because it’s truer now that it’s ever been: we do not get to give up. No matter who wins which election. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. It might get harder, costlier, scarier. It doesn’t matter.

Regardless of who the next president is, the work is just getting started. Rest if you need to, but then roll up your sleeves. Do what you can and then go do something else. In between, take care of yourself and take care of each other. We’re in this and we’re in it together.

Last Words On Senate Races...

...and what they could mean for federal climate legislation

November 02, 2020

Getting To Yes On Recycling Li-ion Batteries

What are the lessons from recycling lead acid batteries that can be applied to crediting a robust market for recycling energy storage (Li-ion) batteries?

NYC Must Improve its Resilience To Natural Disasters And More

8 years after Superstorm Sandy, why is this kind of resilience reveille call still necessary?