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NEW YORK CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the New York Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in New York: over 117,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in New York: over 9,100
  • Number of solar jobs in New York: over 9,700
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in New York: over 280,000
  • Number of solar businesses in New York: 858
  • Number of New Yorkers working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 68,000
  • Number of wind industry manufacturing facilities in New York: 12

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of New Yorkers who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat: nearly 570,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in New York from 2007-2016: 19
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in New York in 2018: 13
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in New York: over 800

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of New Yorkers that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 77%
  • Percentage of New Yorkers that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 61%
  • Percentage of New Yorkers worried about climate change: 70%
  • Percentage of New Yorkers who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 78%