Climate Change

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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.

9/22/14 Panel

Sep 22, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Climate Events
Obama @ UN
Older Voters
Moscow March
White House Arrest
Captain Citrus

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  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.

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Three years after Tropical Storm Irene tore through New York,  one upstate county has completed restoration efforts.

Irene destroyed many Greene County communities - affecting several roads and bridges. Now county officials say all repair and rebuild projects as a result of the storm have been finished.

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.

Aftermath: Albany Flood

Aug 6, 2014
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Fast moving waters across roadways caused numerous accidents and stranded vehicles as powerful thunderstorms passed over the Capital Region Tuesday evening.

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  Scientists say extreme weather and climate change are current crises – not issues down the road.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that anti-intellectualism among leaders is harming the country.

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The University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics has issued a first-of-its-kind report on the impact of climate change on the state.

Stephen Gottlieb: An Oasis Of Sanity

Jun 5, 2014

This station is an oasis of sanity in a suicidal world.

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.

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to limit carbon emissions on Monday.

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