Jamaica Bay Symposium: A Reflection on Community Participation

Yesterday I attended a portion of day two of the symposium entitled “Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions.” This conference regarded Jamaica Bay embedded between the boroughs of Queens…

Another reason to dislike the Federal government shutdown– unreported oil spills

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An estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil has spilled in North Dakota– one of the biggest spills in recent years. Although a local farmer discovered the spill on September 29, the National Response Center, normally posting…

California’s fracking regulations: A sign of what’s to come?

While New Yorkers eagerly wait for the state to determine whether it will continue ┬áits fracking moratorium, other states, after years of capitulating to the natural gas industry, are finally taking steps to regulate the practice….

New York’s MGPs still wreaking havoc

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New York’s last manufactured gas plant (MGP) was closed in 1972. Yet, these MGPs do not want us New Yorkers to forget about them. Coal tar is still seeping out and finding its way to New…

Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Fire Water OH MY!

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Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Fire Water — Three Things the Petroleum Industry has brought us besides the obvious air and water pollution and, of course, climate change. Sinkholes In Bayou Corne, Louisiana a 25 acre wide and…

Alabama says, “stop helping raccoons!”

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I was all ready to post on one of my favorite topics, hydrofracking, but then I stumbled upon this article so hydrofracking will have to wait until next week. Before you read this post just look…

Center for Urban Environmental Reform Hosts Visiting Scholar Dr. Elif Colakoglu (UPDATED)

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This summer, CUNY School of Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) hosted visiting scholar Dr. Elif Colakoglu, whose work focuses on climate change in the context of sustainability and environmental security. At the end of…

A Comic Book Sparks Kids Toward Environmental Justice

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In my first blog post for The Nature of Cities, I wrote about environmental justice as a bridge between traditional environmentalism and an increasingly urban global population. I suggested that we had work to do to…

CUER Hosts Global Kids Human Rights Activist Project

On July 15, CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies conducted a workshop on environmental justice for the high school students involved in the 2013 Global Kids Summer Human Rights Activist Project. We spent two hours discussing environmental law,…

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CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies and Global Kids Director Evie Hantzopoulos