Climate Change

Climate activists from near and from as far as Maine, Quebec and central Pennsylvania are converging on downtown Albany for a day of protests against fossil fuels.

Panelist Sana Mustafa took a train up from in Annandale-On-Hudson to participate in the discussion.
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A Syrian refugee was in Albany Thursday to take part in a panel discussion, "Facing the Global Immigration and Refugee Crisis," at The State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government. The event kicked off a celebration of immigrants and cultural diversity in the area.

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In many parts of the listening area, the storm of the century turned out to be a dud.  Now, people are wondering why weather forecasts were so off the mark across the Capital Region and down parts of the Hudson Valley.  

The city of Rensselaer has been designated as the host of one of six “strategic fuel reserves” by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

With memories of the recent trio of devastating storms — Irene, Lee and Sandy — and disruptions they caused still lingering, the Cuomo administration has unveiled plans to centralize sources of gasoline and diesel fuel for easy access to emergency responders.  The program is being administered by the state Energy Research and Development Authority with $10 million in funding from the state Power Authority.

A new study released today says a proposal by the Obama administration to reduce power plant emissions to combat climate change would also have benefits for people’s health.

A study from Harvard, Boston and Syracuse University scientists said there would be substantial health benefits if carbon emissions from power plants are reduced by the levels being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

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A U.S. government report released this week paints a dire picture when it comes to climate change, with New York and New England forecast to experience heat waves, heavy rain and coastal and river flooding. 

New York has made significant progress in storm recovery efforts - Democratic Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says they're ready if and when there's a "next storm" on the horizon. Republican New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez says many of his constituents are still reeling from the one-two punch of Irene and Lee - along with others in his district impacted by Sandy.

It's A Cruel Summer...

Jul 16, 2013
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Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany.  Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.

Hurricane Sandy is reigniting the debate over climate change and what actions, if any, Congress should take to cut emissions and transition to renewable fuels.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo re-initiated the climate change debate when he alluded to climate change during a briefing on Hurricane Sandy damage.