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Here’s what NYC is going to do about climate change

The city released a climate plan for Mayor de Blasio's executive order this summer pledging to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Earlier this summer, when President Donald Trump announced the United States would leave the Paris Agreement on climate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would continue to adhere to the rules of the agreement. He even signed an executive order promising it.

This week the city explained how it would do that, releasing a 34-page plan called 1.5C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement.

A brief explanation of the city's 1.5C plan. (Screenshot)

A brief explanation of the city’s 1.5C plan. (Screenshot)

The plan calls for the city to:

  • Have single-stream recycling by 2020.
  • Expand the organics collection effort by making more places for residents to dump their food scraps or by expanding curbside pickup of organic waste, which will be turned into compost or energy. (These are the brown and tan plastic boxes the city’s been doling out to apartments over the last year.)
  • Implement new energy codes for buildings in 2019, with the idea of reducing energy inefficiency.
  • Continue implementation of select bus service.
  • Attempt to implement a new tax to pay for subway improvements.
  • Add 10 miles of protected bike lanes.
  • Expand infrastructure for electric vehicles.
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