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Good news turns to bad news. Late last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied the certificate needed by Valley Lateral Pipeline to proceed with their fracked gas line, arguing that there had been insufficient consideration of environmental impacts. On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission overruled New York State regulators. FERC's Chairman is Trump appointee (confirmed last month) Neil Chatterjee. If you want to know more about Chatterjee, the Energy and Policy Institute provides an overview. But fair warning: it's depressing as hell.

Today through Sunday, Climate Week NYC: dozens of events, panels, workshops and conferences on the threats to the planet, as well as many solutions. Multiple locations.

Arctic Imagination is an "international library initiative about the melting ice." Discussions will be led by activists and artists spanning five countries—Norway, Denmark, Greenland, the U.S. and Sweden—'brainstorming' about the future of the Arctic. At the NYPL on Thursday, September 21, 7-9pm, a conversation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and on December 5, also at the NYPL, a talk with Naomi Klein, whose 2015 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate is ever-more required reading.

Practical solutions for Protecting New York's Water Supply will be discussed (better water tank inspections, how cooling towers should be cleaned) tomorrow, September 19, 8am-10:30am, at New York Law School, presented by City & State and the Plumbing Foundation. Free but RSVP.

"With each year that passes, we're locking in an extension of this horrific, tragic moment in human history — a time period between when the effects of climate change become blindingly obvious and when we actually do something meaningful about it."
Eric Holthaus makes the case on Grist that "Harvey and Irma aren't natural disasters. They're climate change disasters."

Two books of note, out next month:

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell

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