NYSERDA launches website to track climate change impact

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced Friday the launch of what it is calling a “one-stop” online resource for how climate change could impact the state.

The website, called the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse, offers access to more than 1,000 maps, data sets and documents that show the possible impacts of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources and more, according to NYSERDA. NYSERDA says the website can be used to plan community and conservation efforts in the state.

“Governor [Andrew] Cuomo has made it a priority to prepare New York for climate change and increase the use of clean energy as we move forward,” said Richard Kauffman, New York state chairman of energy and finance. “The Clearinghouse provides information on how decision-makers can incorporate clean energy and resiliency strategies into their planning so we can meet the state’s Clean Energy Standard and, at the same time, better meet the challenges of climate change.”

The Clean Energy Standard refers to Cuomo’s mandate to use 50 percent renewable energy in the state by 2030. The NYSERDA site provides information on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and incorporate clean energy into future decisions.

The Climate Change Science Clearinghouse tool was developed with the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, Cornell University, SUNY-ESF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Ryan Deffenbaugh covers energy, education, food and beverage and the Sound Shore for the Westchester County Business Journal. He previously worked for Westchester Magazine and The Citizen daily newspaper (Auburn, N.Y.). He started with the Westchester County Business Journal in March 2016.

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