• News from NY DEC

    Things We Like An interesting blog post from Florida Light & Power provides an easy-to-follow breakdown of how holiday lights affect your energy cost. Using LED lights in your holiday display makes it safer, sturdier, longer-lasting and easier to install – not to mention, it will use 80-90% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving money […]

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  • France Leads World in Ending Food Waste

    by Joe McCarthy Because of its strict zero food waste policies, sustainable agricultural practices, and the healthy eating habits of its people, France has retained the top spot in the Food Sustainability Index, a study of 34 countries by The Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation. The index examines […]

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  • Animal-feed crops for US meat habits are destroying planet

    Intensive and industrial animal farming also results in less nutritious food, it reveals, highlighting that six intensively reared chickens today have the same amount of omega-3 as found in just one chicken in the 1970s. The study entitled Appetite for Destruction launches on Thursday at the 2017 Extinction and Livestock Conference in London, in conjunction […]

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  • Short Film: The Albatrosses of Midway

    On Midway, one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris Jordan and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our […]

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  • Hudson River Estuary Committee: Volunteer Opportunities Available

    Did you know? -100s of types of fish, birds, and plants depend on habitats in the waters of the lower Hudson River Estuary? -As we speak, billionaire developers are urging public officials to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on construction in the lower Hudson River, which threatens this unique and limited marine habitat […]

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  • Insectageddon: Mass Insect Extinction

    Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention. This is not […]

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  • Just Two Penguin Chicks Survive Devastating Antarctic Breeding Season

    Thousands of Adélie penguin chicks in Terre Adélie, Antarctica died of starvation at the start of 2017 due to unusually thick sea ice that forced their parents to travel an extra 100 kilometers (62 miles) to find food, according to French scientists. The colony of over 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins suffered a “catastrophic breeding […]

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  • DEC Announces Winners of 14th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

    State Recognizes New York Organizations and Municipalities as Innovation and Sustainability Leaders New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently recognized seven organizations for their state-of-the-art programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability at the 14th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards celebration, held at Union […]

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  • Create a Regenerative Agriculture Movement

    The most important, although as of yet little known, new paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is regenerative agriculture, or rather regenerative food, farming and land use. Regeneration practices, scaled up globally on billions of acres of farmland, pasture, and forest, have the potential to not only mitigate, but actually reverse […]

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  • Close to 400K Gallons of Oil Spill In Gulf of Mexico

    Last week, a pipe owned by offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Company, LLC spilled up to 393,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, reminding many observers of the Deepwater Horizon explosion seven years ago that spewed approximately 210 million gallons of crude into familiar territory. Now, a report from Bloomberg suggests […]

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