New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced he will ban the construction of any new homes in parts of the East Village, including Manhattan’s Brooklyn Bridge, the Upper East Side, and parts of Lower Manhattan.
“These areas have become known for their vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events,” he said.
“We can’t ignore the threat they pose to our city, and we’re taking decisive action to protect our public health and the environment.”
“New Yorkers deserve a place to call home,” he added.
The mayor made the announcement on Thursday as part of a broader effort to combat climate change.
The city will now prohibit all new construction within its jurisdiction, and any buildings constructed on vacant land within 10 years of the date of the order will be subject to a 15-day notice period.
Buildings constructed before April 2019 will remain open, and buildings built after that date will be allowed to remain open.
The move comes after a New York Times report that found that the city had built up a backlog of more than 5 million building permits, and that it was unable to find enough qualified builders to meet the demand.
The paper said that the shortage of new construction permits is forcing the city to re-evaluate the status of projects like the Lower Manhattan Bridge, which was under construction before the 2015 hurricane.
New York is among several U.S. cities to have introduced measures to curb climate change, including by increasing the amount of solar power on rooftops and mandating greater use of energy efficiency measures.
New Yorkers also face increasing challenges as the city continues to lose ground to other cities as a major producer of greenhouse gases and a growing number of Americans are moving away from its traditional manufacturing base.
De Blasio is seeking re-election in November.
In his announcement, de Blasio said he was “deeply committed” to fighting climate change by 2030.
“New York City has an urgent need to become a global leader on climate change,” he wrote.
“This will be a pivotal moment for our city.
We must not let our children and future generations be left behind.
The City is already home to over 1 million climate refugees.
New York’s move to ban new construction in its most polluted area comes as other cities around the world are moving to limit construction. “
It’s time to build a city that will protect the future and our future generations.”
New York’s move to ban new construction in its most polluted area comes as other cities around the world are moving to limit construction.
Last week, Canada banned all new residential construction in the city’s suburbs, and China’s capital city, Beijing, banned new residential building.
In December, Australia announced that it will require all new homes to be built on privately owned land, but the government said that all new developments in the country would be allowed if they were approved by local councils.
New Zealand and Singapore also banned new construction.
The U.K., which is one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, has said it would build a large carbon-free building programme in 2021.
The European Union is also planning to phase out all new building in its European regions by 2023, while Brazil, which is a leading producer of CO2, plans to phase it out by 2030 and Canada by 2035.
The Times reported that the order comes after the mayor announced plans to launch a “biofuel” initiative aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.
The new plan will involve expanding the supply of renewable energy, building new solar farms, and installing biofuels on buildings.
De Blasio’s plan to ban construction in New York has also drawn criticism from local environmental groups, which say it is a direct attack on New Yorkers’ climate-resilience rights.
“The Mayor’s move will be disastrous for New Yorkers who will be left with a legacy of expensive, costly, and dangerous climate policies,” said Chris Coates, climate policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
“As the mayor makes his decision to end the city as a climate-safe city, he should focus on protecting our health and environment instead of destroying our climate.”