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Extinction Rebellion and The Climate Mobilization were instrumental in getting this unanimous declaration of the NYC City Council on June 26: "Resolved, The City Council declares a climate emergency and calls for an immediate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate."

Meanwhile, regarding the state's climate legislation, the Climate and Community Protection Act, passed the state Assembly, targeting carbon-free electricity by 2040 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. Details

Naomi Klein's new book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal will be out in September but you can catch up with her thinking on the subject here.

CityLab examines the new report on environmental justice from the The New School Tishman Environment and Design Center.

Plans for NYC's storm-surge barrier raise environmental concerns

NYC's Open Innovation Call: The City of New York is looking for new and innovative ideas, technologies, and approaches to reducing the negative impacts of urban air pollution and the heat island effect. The proposed solutions can approach the challenge from a mitigation perspective or from an adaptation perspective. Deadline is July 15. Details [Photo: Jeroen den Otter]

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