Today’s Solutions: May 29, 2024

New York Governor protects tra

New York Governor protects transgender youth’s right to transition-related care

New York Governor Kathy Hochul took an important step toward preserving the rights of transgender adolescents on Sunday, June 25th, by signing legislation to protect their access to transition-related medical treatment. The new law not only prevents New York courts from enforcing regulations from Read More...

Sponge City

Making spongier and more climate-resilient cities

We decided to revamp a story about a wonderful solution, with a few updates.  The world’s cities and population centers are overwhelmingly located near water. This makes good sense since water is essential for living, and throughout history, people have built their settlements where water is Read More...

Gov. Kathy Hochul makes announcement

New NY bill raises age to buy and own semi-automatic rifles

In the wake of multiple mass shootings, there’s been a lot of serious discussion concerning who should have access to guns. Earlier this month, New York’s legislature decided to ban anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing or possessing a semi-automatic rifle.  What is a semi-automatic Read More...

Pod of Mellon head whales resting on surface.

What tiny water samples teach us about huge creatures

Environmental DNA (eDNA) has been a recent gold mine in research. We recently reported on how eDNA was captured from the air in a world first and how scientists were able to use this technique to distinguish zoo animals from it. This incredible tool can help ecologists study animal behavior and Read More...

Doctors discussing treatment for a brain aneurysm.

A new approach to treating brain aneurysms

A brain aneurysm is defined as a weakness in a blood vessel. This area then becomes susceptible to filling with blood and creating a dome, just like a balloon. Causing increased pressure in the brain and loss of oxygen to the surrounding cells, leading to sometimes deadly outcomes. A wide-necked Read More...

The Apollonia

One ambitious crew is bringing carbon-neutral shipping to the Hudson River

Many conscious consumers choose to limit their online shopping to reduce their personal footprint, but entrepreneur Sam Merrett is taking sustainable commerce to a new level. After purchasing a 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat on Craigslist in 2015, he launched a “clean shipping” venture which Read More...

New York aims to ban the sale

New York aims to ban the sale of all gas-powered vehicles by 2035

We wrote recently about New York City’s plan to create an expansive electrical vehicle (EV) charging network as part of an initiative to slash the city’s carbon emissions. New York is also taking another significant step towards this goal by banning the sale of all gas-powered vehicles in the Read More...

Three ways we can repurpose cl

Three ways we can repurpose closed department stores

40 percent of US department stores have closed their doors in the past five years, but the question remains: what do we do with these huge spaces? Many will be demolished, but some communities are turning defunct big-box stores into repurposed useful spaces. Library  Department stores and Read More...

Labor Day: A brief history of

Labor Day: A brief history of the holiday

Today, the US celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September to commemorate the social and economic achievements of American workers, but did you know it had been a federal holiday since 1894? That’s just 24 years after Independence Day and Christmas became federal holidays. Back before Read More...

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Goats provide natural and effective brush management in New York park

If you’re visiting New York City this summer and head to Riverside Park, you may witness more than just other walkers and picnic-eaters. You may in fact see a whole herd of goats. The park has introduced its second annual weed-slaying goat grazing initiative, and the animals made their way to the Read More...