If you like hearing the loon’s call at the lake or spotting ducks, you could be out of luck in the near future. In a first-of-its-kind study, Audubon has released a comprehensive study of bird species throughout Alaska, Canada and the continental U.S. assessing fundamental climate needs for each species to survive. It found several iconic species at risk in New York.
New York is requiring state agencies to consider the increasing episodes of extreme weather in public works projects, industrial and commercial permits and issuing regulations. For New York, those calculations include rising sea levels, more flooding and more severe storms.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says Monday the law is intended to create more resilient infrastructure, noting "the new reality of extreme weather" has had painful consequences for New Yorkers.
Albany city officials held a meeting Tuesday night, hearing residents' concerns after recent flash flooding.
An August 5th storm dumped buckets of rain over a short timeframe, putting an unprecedented strain on infrastructure and flooding many low-lying and poor drainage areas of the city.
Residents in the 9th ward turned out at New Scotland Elementary School (formerly School 19) to air their flood grievances before Mayor Kathy Sheehan and water department representatives, who said they're working on the issues.
A telephone hotline has been set up for Albany residents impacted by Tuesday's flood.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that residents can call 2-1-1 for information about and referrals to assistance in the wake of the unprecedented storm. Working with United Way, the Red Cross, local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Mayor says she's making sure that citizens have access to assistance with temporary housing, food, clothing, clean-up and more.
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So many people refuse to let the reality of climate change seep into their comfortable thoughts. But sealing their minds against reality will not keep it at bay. Changes are coming, and the more we close our minds and eyes the more serious it will be. We and our children and grandchildren are the hostages to the foolishness of our generation. This has got to stop.