Environment

Coney Island's United Community Church (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Helping Houses of Worship, Two Years Post-Sandy

Brooklyn, Environment, Religion October 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Post-Sandy recovery has eluded houses of worship, because federal dollars can’t be allocated to them. Now there’s a call to get banks to help, Brooklyn Brief reports.

A “compassionate release life.” (Photo via Open City)

Making Good on Buddhist ‘Mercy Releases’

Asian, Environment, New York October 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Animal groups are working with Buddhist leaders and temples to perform more humane “mercy releases,” a practice in which animals held captive are set free. Releasing them in NYC parks and waterways, however, has led to unintended, and often deadly, consequences, finds a piece in Open City.

Stericycle’s Port Morris medical waste transfer facility has drawn harsh rebukes from residents, activists and public officials. (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Mott Haven Herald)

Bronx Residents Want Medical Waste Facility Out

Bronx, Environment October 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Bronx residents and local officials want Stericycle, which operates a medical waste transfer facility, out of Port Morris, Mott Haven Herald reports.

With grandson Denzel, Chico Boyer checks his hives. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Brooklyn Couple to Promote Beekeeping in Haiti

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Environment, Food October 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

A Brooklyn couple’s love for beekeeping has led to the idea of promoting it in Haiti, where it could generate income for the unemployed youth, reports Caribbean Life.

Moses Walton (Photo by Emrys Eller via Gotham Gazette)

Do You Feel Safer Since Sandy?

Brooklyn, Environment, Manhattan October 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Reporters from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, climate news site AdaptNY, and NY Environment Report went to two neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy two years ago, and early reports are in Gotham Gazette.

Far Rockaway boardwalk, six weeks after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by cgc76, Creative Commons license)

FEMA Dollars for Rockaway: More Than Budgeted by City?

Environment, In the News, Politics, Queens September 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

The Wave reports that NYC officials are grappling with the news that FEMA will award more money to rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk than the city budgeted.

Indigenous Communities Lead the Climate March

Indigenous Communities Lead the Climate March

Communities, Environment, Featured Posts September 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Indigenous community representatives spoke of the special meaning the event held for them.

A participant of the African American Parade. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Thousands Show up at African American Parade

African American, Environment, Manhattan September 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

For marchers at the African American Day Parade, social justice concerns ranked higher than climate change on the community’s agenda, reports Brooklyn Brief.

South Bronx Marches for Climate Change

South Bronx Marches for Climate Change

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts September 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Tired of being the “junk yard” of the city, residents say they want “green jobs.”

Jewish activists preparing signs for the “People’s Climate March,” which will be held September 21 in New York City. (Photo courtesy of Romemu, via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Jewish Groups Mobilize for NYC Climate March

Environment, Jewish, New York September 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

From the national BBYO Jewish youth movement to the Park Slope Moishe House, nearly 100 Jewish groups have joined the list of sponsors for the September 21 People’s Climate March, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Over 6,000 people died in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November 2013. (Photo via The FilAm)

Climate Crisis Hits Close to Home for Filipinos

Environment, In the News, Southeast Asian September 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Filipino Americans are being urged to join the People’s Climate March in NY, with the anniversary of last year’s typhoon approaching and given the vulnerability of the Philippines to climate change, reports The FilAm.

Would WIFI help? A scene at Far Rockaway following Hurrican Sandy's onslaught in November 2012 (Photo by larryosan, Creative Commons license)

Preserving Wi-Fi in a Disaster

Environment, Queens, Technology, Youth August 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

A mesh network with a series of routers may be installed in Far Rockaway to preserve Wi-Fi in a disaster and thereby keep community members connected, The Wave reports.

Wilma Serrano (Photo by Roger Miller via Downtown Express)

Helping the Vulnerable When Disaster Strikes

Brooklyn, Environment, Health, New York, Seniors August 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

With hurricane season approaching, a new study and an event in Red Hook aim to help people be better prepared when disaster strikes, articles in Downtown Express and Brooklyn Brief report.

(Photo by Mathilde Hamel)

Young Artists in Queens

High schoolers pursue their dreams with help from the Queens Council on the Arts.

(Photo via Greenpoint Gazette)

Composting Trash in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Environment, Food July 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Greenpoint Gazette reports that North Brooklyn will be the site of a pilot project to process food waste with new equipment.