People all over the world and in Boston shared their appreciation for the planet Monday while marking Earth Day 2019. From politicians to astronauts to celebrities, it's the time of year when people urge one another to take better care of the earth. Forty years ago, Boston Harbor was one of the dirtiest waterways in the country because of decades of raw sewage seepage. But now, it's one of the cleanest but there are new pollutants to worry about. "The harbor was a big sewer pipe and the city itself was built with its back to the water because it smelled, it was ugly, it was awful," said Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Executive Director Fred Laskey. An extremist group had threatened bombings
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — On Earth Day, bans on plastic items are in the spotlight in New York, with Long Island leading the way. Bags, straws, stirrers, Styrofoam, even intentionally releasing balloons have all been targeted by lawmakers to reduce plastic usage. “Happy Earth Day to everyone,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said Monday. “Suffolk County has been leading the state, and in many cases the nation, when it comes to environmental protection.” Suffolk will become the first county in New York state to restrict the use of straws, which will soon be available by request only. Legislation will be signed to prohibit the use of polystyrene, known as Styrofoam, CBS2's Jennifer
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – We all know the Yankees' pinstripes are dark blue, nut now the team is going green. The Bombers are teaming up with the United Nations to become the first professional sports team to hire an environmental adviser to monitor the sustainability of their stadium. Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is a native New Yorker who is an environmental science expert. His primary focuses will be on energy use, waste management, water conservation, and food services. “To use this particular platform of the Yankees, one of the most visible organizations on the planet, to try to help protect life on earth, it's a very powerful moment,” said Hershkowitz. The Yankees say new LED stadium lights use
While out on a routine hike, one man in Southern California came across what he believed to be a puppy that was abandoned. However the cute little ball of fur wasn't quite what he thought it was. After spotting the pup, the hiker picked it up, took it home and gave a call to the local Humane Society. When wildlife officers showed up to the house, they quickly examined the animal. “Our Humane Officers recently received a call about an abandoned puppy in a canyon in Tierrasanta. To their surprise, the little creature was actually a coyote pup!” explained the San Diego Humane Society, in a Facebook post. “The officers took the adorable pup to Project Wildlife for care before being transferred
MENLO PARK (KPIX 5) — A group of local activists has once again called attention to a cluster of redwood trees in Menlo Park, holding an Earth Day protest Monday as a last-ditch effort to try to block the plan to cut them down. The activists have filed an appeal with the City of Menlo Park, to protest a permit that would allow the removal of seven 80-foot tall redwoods at Menlo Park Office Center at 1000 El Camino Real. The trees are nearly 40 years old. “I'm feeling positive and hopeful. I'm feeling hopeful,” said environmental activist Judy Rocchio, who hopes to raise awareness ahead of the May 7 city council meeting where the appeal faces a final vote before the council. “I feel like if we
The purpose of Earth Day on April 22 is to help raise awareness surrounding environmental issues and demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 2019, the event is observed by more than a billion people in 192 countries worldwide. Here's how Saskatchewan celebrated. Driving clean One way some in Saskatchewan are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions is by driving electric vehicles. “[There are] about 200-300 electric vehicles in Saskatchewan,” said Jason Cruickshank, the lead organizer for the Saskatchewan Electric Vehicle Club said. “In Saskatoon, we have a little bit of a better number. We have about 100 electric vehicles as of December, and we are seeing more come on the roads all
Austin Energy announced April 18 that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Nacogdoches Generating Facility from Southern Power for $460 million. The 115-megawatt facility, located in Sacul, Texas, is fueled with waste wood. Southern Power began commercial operations at the facility in 2012. According to Southern Power, the plant currently serves electricity needs in Austin, Texas, under a long-term power purchase agreement with Austin Energy. Austin Energy said the purchase will allow it to avoid approximately $275 million in additional costs over the remaining term of the agreement. “Acquiring the biomass plant relieves our obligation to make escalating capacity payments to a third party
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor has signed a bill requiring electricity companies to have 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the measure Monday while joined by a crowd of Democrat and Republican state lawmakers. Sisolak describes the bill as "tremendously important" and says "people support renewable energy." The clean energy standard under the legislation will be gradually ramped up to the 50 percent mark over a matter of years. Lawmakers in the Assembly roundly approved the measure last week and the legislation passed the state Senate with a unanimous vote.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30 percent. In announcing his Green New Deal on Monday, the democratic mayor says all-glass facade skyscrapers are "incredibly inefficient" because so much energy escapes through the glass. De Blasio says the bill would require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted to meet new stricter carbon-emissions guidelines.
Residents are calling the flooding in Lanark the worst they've seen since April 1998. "It's never been this high," said Joe Vantrlborgh. "It's the worst I've seen it." At least six roads are underwater, including one of the main roads in, South Street. "It just kept going and going," said Vantrlborgh. "We've already pulled two cars out." Homeowner Cheryl Shepherd can only sit and watch as gushing floodwaters raced through her house near the Clyde River. "Am I going to worry? No.," said Shepherd. "The water is stronger than I am." This isn't the first time Shepherd's home was hit by flooding. Her home was inundated 1998's drastic flooding, but she says this year is more extreme. "Slightly worse,"
The developers of a new offshore wind farm said Monday that they're investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the industry in the state. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said it was fitting that the funding from Danish-based Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource was announced during a statehouse event on Earth Day, to cement Rhode Island's position as a leader in offshore wind. The University of Rhode Island will receive $3 million for offshore wind education and research. The Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the state's labor department will use $1.5 million to train people for jobs in the field and support related businesses. Raimondo said she wants to ensure that Rhode Island residents
The city of Oakland and Neste announce that waste feedstock from the city is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city's fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from restaurants and other businesses in the Oakland metropolitan area and convert it to fuel the city's fleet. By making waste more valuable and supporting jobs that collect and treat it, this concept helps the local economy in the city while the cleaner-burning Neste MY Renewable Diesel improves the lives of its residents by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the city's fleet. “Oakland is a proud leader
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a court decision regarding White Bear Lake's fluctuating water levels. Monday's decision — split 2-1 by a panel of three appellate judges — is a victory for the Department of Natural Resources and local municipalities and a loss for property owners and residents who believe the state has hurt the lake by allowing too much water to be pumped out of the ground. In 2017, following a trial, Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan ruled in favor of the property owners in a sweeping decision that said the DNR had shirked its duty to protect groundwater, put a freeze on new groundwater pumping permits within five miles of the lake, raised the specter of future water restrictions, and seemed to set a path toward many communities switching to surface water, probably via the Mississippi River.
For a rainy day, Clover Point in Victoria was unusually crowed on Easter Monday as the Surfrider Foundation along with dozens of volunteers held their annual pop-up clean-up. The event was held over the noon hour, when around 65 people flooded the beach collecting everything from discarded cigarette butts to micro plastics and even a big plastic industrial drum. Chris-Ann Lake of the Victoria Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation estimated that the small army of dedicated volunteers would collect a couple hundred pounds of garbage. "You have to look beyond what you see," said Lake. "Of course what we see every day is beautiful and gorgeous but you take two steps and you look down and you might