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Bald eagles are returning to New Jersey

Monday, January 30, 2023

Their numbers have risen to 250 nesting pairs, according to the NJ Bald Eagle Project Report.


New York bans beauty products containing mercury, a neurotoxin long used in cosmetics

Thursday, January 26, 2023

New York has become the third state to ban the distribution or sale of cosmetics and personal products that contain mercury.


Major climate bill revived by NY legislators to charge Big Oil for greenhouse gas pollution

Friday, January 20, 2023

The bill aims to bring in a total of $75 billion over a 25-year period.


New York Harbor School charts expansion as it teaches next generation of ocean stewards

Monday, January 16, 2023

Now in its 20th year of operation, the Harbor School prepares teenagers for green and sustainable jobs in the maritime sector – from scientific research to underwater welding.


Long Island City residents raise environmental concerns with proposed ferry landing relocation

Tuesday, January 03, 2023

A plan to demolish and relocate the ferry dock at Hunters Point South Park is drawing the ire of Queens residents who say it would release toxic pollution and block waterfront views.


Why coyotes aren't leaving New York City anytime soon

Thursday, December 22, 2022

According to Gotham Coyote Project, the furry canids are adapting to human food, changing their family habits and swimming through the East River.


Wastewater can predict COVID-19 surges, but NYC’s data remains elusive

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Nearly three years into the city’s wastewater surveillance program, NYC has neither a local dashboard nor a clear strategy for how testing results are used.


NYC health commish on surviving the tripledemic of RSV, flu and COVID-19

Monday, December 12, 2022

New York City health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan offers advice for facing and treating the tripledemic.


EPA begins monitoring Brooklyn's newest Superfund site for potentially toxic fumes

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

The full health risks of the Meeker Avenue Plume remain unclear as studies remain ongoing.


EPA delays cleanup of Brooklyn’s toxic Newtown Creek Superfund site until 2032

Monday, December 05, 2022

The Newtown Creek is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation, fouled by more than a century of sewage overflows, oil spills and industrial waste.


What forced psychiatric hospitalization is like in New York City, as Mayor Adams pushes for more

Friday, December 02, 2022

The practice has long been in place for people considered threatening, and some in the mental health community say it often fails to leave patients better off.


NJ is suing Big Oil for causing the climate crisis. What would it take to win?

Monday, November 21, 2022

New Jersey follows nearly two dozen other jurisdictions with similar lawsuits. But none of these cases have been resolved yet, and fossil fuel companies are pushing back.


A Long Island village is prepping for months without internet. Is NYC ready, too?

Monday, November 21, 2022

The village of Lynbrook recently released an 11-page plan detailing how the government and essential services could run without broadband.


The Brooklyn barber whose home has become a haven for Venezuelan migrants

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

For years, a Bushwick barber has helped Venezuelan immigrants. With the recent influx of asylum-seekers, his assistance is more crucial than ever.


The legacy of 'Sandy cough' and why mold is still a major problem after storms

Thursday, October 20, 2022

NYC faces more frequent intense storms, are we better prepared to fight off mold? Experts say yes, sort of, pointing to recent changes to the law and better awareness among homeowners.


NYC has almost eliminated monkeypox. An NYU biology prof on what the city needs to reach zero

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

As New York City gains control over the monkeypox outbreak, advocates are warning that vulnerable groups still remain at risk.


‘Hard to walk away:’ What Staten Island’s retreat from flood zones can teach NYC homeowners

Thursday, October 13, 2022

After Sandy, more than 500 Staten Islanders took state buyouts rather than stay and rebuild. Their stories carry lessons for city homeowners still threatened by rising sea levels.


A decade after Sandy, volunteer historians restore a Queens neighborhood's lost memories

Thursday, October 06, 2022

The Breezy Point Historical Society was created from the storm’s wreckage to preserve photos, newspapers, and even a long-lost film of Jackie Robinson.

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NYC women more likely than men to develop Long COVID: City Council Hearing

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Health experts testified that women are more likely than men to face debilitating Long COVID symptoms that push them out of the workforce.


Army Corps proposes $52 billion storm surge barriers for New York-New Jersey waterways

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The 14-year construction project would dramatically reshape New York City’s waterfront and be one of the largest infrastructure projects in the area's history.