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  City Hall Library Notes, August 2010


By Christine Bruzzese

Climate change, particularly global warming, presents long-term implications and challenges. Population, environment and infrastructure will be impacted. This article features some resources in the City Hall Library collection on climate change, global warming and environmental concerns.

Fire and Ice: How Garbage Incineration Contributes to Global Warming was published by the Comptroller's Office in 1992. This report examines the adverse effects of global warming and conventional methods of waste management on the New York City environment. Alternative solutions are presented such as recycling and composting. Recommendations for implementing cost-effective waste management plans are discussed.

PlaNYC: a Greener, Greater New York was presented by the Mayor's Office in 2007. The follow-up publications PlaNYC Progress Report appeared in 2008 and 2009. These publications present detailed plans for improving the infrastructure and natural environment of New York. Among the topics covered are land use, water quality and supply and creating a more efficient and safe energy network. Plans for reducing global warming gas emissions are presented along with recommendations for maintaining and upgrading air quality. The later publications discuss progress in implementing PlaNYC and add future plans and objectives.

The New York City Global Warming Survey was conducted by the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University and two other organizations. Results of a survey of 1000 adults living in New York City are presented in this survey. Participants were questioned about views on global warming, possible adverse events caused by global warming, support for PlaNYC and other initiatives and their own plans for conserving energy and the environment.

In May 2008, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Climate Change Program issued its first report. Assessment and Action Plan outlines the DEP's program for dealing with global warming, climate change and gas emissions. Various problems and strategies are discussed.

Vertical files on topics such as environment, water supply and pollution may also be useful to the researcher.

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