Updated Daily 8/03/2015 RochesterEnvironment.com
Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."
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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time. How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.
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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology. Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules. Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.
The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves? Bookmark This Site
All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013) The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk? Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan
Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award
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by Frank J. Regan
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Global Warming is halfway to hell. At 1 C we are only a few decades from the hell of a 2C world we have unleashed. Not only do we have to stop the further rise in greenhouse gases, we have to adapt to the consequences of what we’ve already put into the system.
Global warming halfway to UN’s 2C limit – New Scientist All but one of the main surface temperature monitors has recorded a 1C rise since pre-industrial times, analysis shows Countries have agreed to try and limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. Beyond that threshold, scientists project escalating sea level rise and ever more intense and volatile weather. We might have already reached the halfway mark, according to analysis commissioned by the New Scientist. Four out of the five major surface temperature records are set to pass the 1C point this year, researchers found, measured from the 1850-1899 average. (July 30, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
However, if 1.5C above pre-industrial averages is a more realistic safe figure than 2C, then we are at least two thirds of our way to hell. Of course, thinking we can add any more greenhouse gases to our atmosphere than we already have since pre-industrial times may be extreme hubris; we may have long ago entered the gates of hell.
Hell, in the secular sense, is when life on Earth becomes too hot for human civilization to handle. At least this is what was politically decided back in 1997 at the Kyoto Protocol. However, many scientists, including Dr. James Hansen (who spoke here in Rochester just before Earth Day this year about the danger of setting 2C as the limit we can tolerate) think that catastrophic sea level rise and other challenges will be baked in long before we reach 2C.
At the COP21 Paris Climate Conference in December, it’s going to be the dickens just to get 190+ countries to agree on what they’ve agreed to, let alone readjusting down what our upper limit should be for greenhouse gas emissions. That science is telling us the relentless temperature rise continues regardless of humanity’s social, political, and economic past failures to address the mother of all problems bodes ill for our species and all the others we are dragging down with us.
Somewhere around the middle of this century we will hit 2C even if we stamp on the brakes because we’ve already scorched in a century and a half of these long-lasting gases into our atmosphere. COP21 is attempting to let the temperature go no higher. But if we are being honest with ourselves, in order to actually achieve 2C we’d have to have stopped all our greenhouse gas emissions a while ago. It’s more likely we are heading to 4C or beyond, which will create an unthinkable future for our children.
What’s very frustrating about passing these critical benchmarks (even though the experts are still trying to figure out exactly what are safe levels of greenhouse gas concentrations and temperatures) is that Americans know better. We should know the grim details just as well as (perhaps better than) most countries around the world. more...
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Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area. As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.
Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:
SolarCity seeking suppliers Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Bob Duffy is encouraging Rochester-area businesses to check into opportunities for suppliers of SolarCity, the solar-panel maker expected to open in 2016 in Buffalo. SolarCity is looking for suppliers for gases, chemicals, aluminum, copper, extrusion, stamping, anodizing, solar glass, junction boxes, tapes, pastes, labels, logistics, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, compressed dry air, professional services, and more. (June 24, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]
Irondequoit development project goes green A major development project in Irondequoit is focused on going green. The Market at I-Square is now complete with a rooftop garden. The garden is just one part of the project's goal to be eco-friendly. "It's a sustainable measure to eliminate storm water runoff from reaching Lake Ontario which is the goal for everyone in Irondequoit," Owner Mike Nolan said. Whatever water isn't absorbed by the garden is filtered through the tiling and even the sidewalk outside into a tank underground. The water is then re-used for irrigation and landscaping. (May 29, 2015) WHAM [more on Green Business in our area]
EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.” (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our area]
You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”
France from 30 November to 11 December 2015
“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”
Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .
This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history. And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens. Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too. In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:
- Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
- When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
- When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle.
- Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
- Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
- Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
- Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
- Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment. Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
- Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
- Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly. Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.
Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- August 11 - 14, 2015- /
Conservation Program/PO Box 113/ Victor, NY 14564
- Ganondagan Conservation Camp August 11 - 14, 2015 The Ganondagan Conservation Program is designed to help students interested in environmental science explore multiple areas in the field. Hands on experience using field techniques that would not be available to most students until reaching college. Presentations from prominent members of the environmental field and working with camp counselors who are current college students with environmental majors will further explorations by participating students. Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites. Students in grades 7th - 12th contemplating a major in the environmental sciences will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors.
- August 11, 2015 - 5:30 – 7:30
pm 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street
- Solar Assembly 5:30 – 7:30 pm For East Ave. neighbors Pathstone Corporation 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street Light refreshments will be served. Solarize The Flower City SE Solar. Simple. Together. You’re invited to a neighborhood Solar Assembly! Pathstone will start the evening off with a Home Energy Improvement Workshop followed by ROCSPOT with a brief presentation about the Solarize campaign. You’ll meet the participating installers, leaving plenty of time for you to ask questions. This is a great chance to learn how effective and affordable solar power is today! Space is limited! Register today at www.solarizeflowercity.com See flyer.
- August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman
Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.
- New Soil Health Seminar Center at 2015 Empire Farm Days Seneca Falls, NY. The New York State Interagency Working Group for Soil Health will host two speakers and a panel of farmers daily starting at 9:30am at the new Soil Health Seminar Center at Lot 922 at Empire Farm Days, August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. The trio of 45-minute sessions will cover a variety of soil health practices including cover cropping, reduced tillage, and nutrient management. --from Cornell Field Crop news
- August 23 at 11:15
AM | First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South, room
- “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere
- Wednesday, September 23, 2015
(7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two
- Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24). Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.
- Thursday Evening October 1st,
2015, 5:30-8:30pm La Luna Banquet Center at High
Falls, 60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY
- The Center for Environmental Initiatives 41st Annual Community Salute to the Environment Thursday Evening October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls, 60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY Please plan to join us for this unique event as we Celebrate the Genesee River Valley with Exhibitors, Dinner, Awards and Networking Visit our web site for Sponsorship and Donor opportunities www.geneseeriverwatch.org
- 30 November to 11 December 2015
| Paris, France
- Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015 “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”
Genessee RiverWatch Initiative Working to restore the waters of the Genesee, improve access, increase use and encourage economic development that benefits from and contributes to the water quality of our region.
ACTION highlightClimate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here:
Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':
New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.
ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.
ACTION: Due Date: July 31, 2015
- Make public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31. Attend meeting in Rochester, Wednesday, July 15, Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 | Meeting will start at 7:00 PM DEC Accepting Public Comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations Public Can Now Enroll For NY-Alert to Receive Notice of Sewage Discharges Four Public Information Sessions to Be Held The public is invited to submit comments on regulations to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31 and can now sign up for NY-Alert to receive notice of sewage discharges, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will hold four public information sessions to provide background on the regulations. "The Sewage Right to Know Law is a critical tool for protecting public health by requiring municipalities to report sewage discharges," said Commissioner Joe Martens. "In developing the NY-Alert notifications for sewer discharges, DEC strived to find a way to provide New Yorkers with free and easy access to this information while minimizing the burden to municipalities. With the NY-Alert system in place, information can now be provided to residents in a timely manner." (June 3, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
- From a friend: Learn more about saving 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat in Henrietta: Save Beckwith Park "There is a group of neighbors working hard to save 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat. In view of the Pope's recent encyclical, we are mystified that the Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling it for development. We were able to have a wetlands surveyor look at arial photos of the land and he identified two likely areas of wetland on the property. In addition there is a waterway that runs through the property that is marked on the DEC classified water bodies map. Trees present include quite a few cherry, many slippery elm maple, some maple, a few large oaks, many large ash and even walnut. It’s a wonderfully overgrown home to fox, deer, skunk, raccoon, bats, woodchucks, turkey, ducks and a host of other wildlife. One neighbor has even seen a bobcat there! We saw fox cubs once. They looked like little fur-balls rolling around playing like puppies while the mama fox stood nearby. There are thickets, meadows, and even a wild blackberry patch. A recent bird watch walk through the property found 41 species of birds which are listed here: We are looking to get more public awareness of the situation and will appreciate any help you might be able to give! There is more information on our newly developed website: www.SaveBeckwithPark.org
ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
- Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
ACTION: Due Date,
- Do this! DEMAND WORLD LEADERS SIGN A STRONG AGREEMENT AT THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER. TAKE CLIMATE ACTION NOW Climate change threatens our lives and livelihoods. As the world’s leaders prepare to gather for the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December, now is the moment for the world to speak as one: A strong emissions reductions agreement is the key to our collective prosperity, and well-being for all. --from The Climate Reality Project
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Sign the petition to Get Exploding Oil Trains Off the Tracks: http://explosive-crude-by-rail.org/
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science | Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers. Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered. These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
- ACTION: Due Date NOW!
- Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverage. As tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
- ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture. This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces. Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders. Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo, The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet. Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers. We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past. Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
- ACTION: Due Date Now!
- Considering signing a petition or donating to help this cause to reject Inergy Midstream‘s (now Crestwood) proposal to store Liquefied Petroleum Gas and expand natural gas storage at facilities on the shore of Seneca Lake in Reading, NY. More at Gas Free Seneca Even folks in the Rochester area should care about the health of our Finger Lakes. Airman-turned-activist arrested for 'civil disobedience'
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them? "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session. WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Due Date: NOW!
- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
ACTION: Due Date:
- Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation. The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to sign up today! "
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- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
Due Date: NOW!
- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: firstname.lastname@example.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
- ACTION: Due Date NOW!
- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
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- Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 8/03/2015 - Be interesting to see the “legislative and political backlash as dozens of states, major corporations and industry groups prepare to file lawsuits challenging…” Obama’s final climate change regulations. This isn’t a just a crazy political backlash between one party against another. This is an attempt for the fossil fuel forces to fight for their survival at the cost of ours. This battle that will be watched around the world because the forces within our country to block all attempts for the US to come to grips with our energy use in a time of Climate Change are the very forces that are blocking humanity’s attempts to have a sustainable future. I know, Americans will hear nothing but good politicians vs. bad--President Obama vs. those against his measures for Climate Change regulations. But it’s not that simple. President Obama took a long time to start fighting for our climate and he is still allowing drilling in the Arctic. Our focus should be on protecting and preserving our climate during Climate Change, not by viewing this existential problem through the view of politics, our economy, or even our social norms. We are in new territory, but we do know what is causing the problem—accelerated, manmade greenhouse gas emissions. We need to view Climate Change as the mother of all problems and search for solutions that don’t already bake in the very forces (our way of life, corporate power, our present economy, our wacky political system) that caused this crisis. Obama to Unveil Tougher Environmental Plan With His Legacy in Mind (August 2, 2015) New York Times
- 8/03/2015 - Maybe there’s hope, not all states and corporations are going to fight EPA’s attempt to have sustainable energy. 365 Companies and Investors Announce Support for EPA’s Clean Power Plan (July 31, 2015) Ceres
- 8/03/2015 - Not everyone thinks Climate Change is a far-off crisis that can be put on the backburner, your kids for example. We didn’t promise our kids a rose garden, but we did promise them a future. And they want it. These teens are suing Oregon to force action on climate change Frustrated by the slow pace of progress on climate change policy, an Oregon-based environmental group is using a novel legal strategy called "atmospheric trust litigation" to try to force governments to take action. And the movement is being led those who have a high stake in the welfare of future generations -- students. (April 18, 2015) PBS News Hour
- 8/03/2014 - Greenpeace activists preventing an oil ship from going under Portland Bridge and slowing down Shell’s attempt to drill in the Arctic is a powerful story about Planet caring. Drilling in the Arctic for more freaking fossil fuels is unacceptable, where there’s a 75% chance of an oil spill. Would you fly on a plane that had a 75% of crashing? Tell President Obama: Reject Arctic drilling! | Police Remove Greenpeace Activists from Portland Bridge After They Forced Shell Ship Back to Port In Portland, Oregon, law enforcement officers have removed Greenpeace activists who spent 40 hours suspended from the St. Johns Bridge in order to block an icebreaking ship commissioned by oil giant Shell from leaving for the Arctic. Hundreds of activists have been gathering on the bridge and in kayaks since Tuesday night in efforts to stop Shell’s plans to drill in the remote Chukchi Sea. Early Thursday morning, the suspended Greenpeace activists successfully forced Shell’s ship to turn back to port in a showdown that grabbed international headlines. Joining us to discuss the action is Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA. (July 31, 2015) Democracy Now!
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- 8/01/2015 - But one of the problems with digging in the past to see the future of Climate Change is that our manmade Climate Change is unprecedented. Of course, we must ferret out information from past climate changes to get an idea of what’s to come, but the information we gather is likely to be of only limited use. We are in new territory. There has never been 7 billion people with their infrastructures to protect. Climate Change is being caused by a single species (us) that has never occurred before—which is to say we can solve this manmade Climate Change if we get our act together. Historically we have used the lessons and information we gained from the past to give us hope when things seem bleak. But there is little in the past that will help us adapt to a future that is quickly warming beyond our control, and part of the problem is that it is a warming that is occurring too slowly for the public appreciate the dangers we must plan for. Digging deep into the past to see the future of climate change (July 30, 2015) The Conversation
- 8/01/2015 - Pernicious pests that cause disease and discomfort are moving towards our region because of Climate Change. What are the plans? For some time we have known that with a warmer climate our region will experience more mosquitoes that will carry more diseases like West Nile Virus, more ticks that will carry Lyme disease, cause poison ivy to be more poisonous, and allow more invasive species like red fire ants to disrupt our region. But we rarely see our local media or our public officials (who will have to deal with this) connect the dots between Climate Change and these growing threats to our region. The public should start pressing their leaders and the media to prioritize these issues so that we can deal with this issues before they overwhelm us. The arrival of the ash borer, which can survive longer further north because of Climate Change, and is now decimating our ash trees, is a case where all we can do now is slow down the loss of our ash trees. It’s too late to prevent our ash trees from being overwhelmed by the ash borer. Many folks still think all this bad news about Climate Change is being focused on by folks like me just to depress them. Quite the contrary, the connecting the dots with Climate Change and its consequences is about preparing the public in a time frame that will matter—not when it’s too late. What Warming Means for 4 of Summer’s Worst Pests (July 30, 2015) Climate Central
- 8/01/2015 - Making it so “two qualified railroad workers must set the handbrakes” as the solution to Bomb Trains is “absurdly little and inexplicably late”. US sets new brake rule for oil trains, two years after Lac-Megantic Over two years after a runaway freight train derailed, exploded and destroyed much of the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47, the Obama administration has issued new rules governing breaking procedures for tanker cars carrying volatile cargo. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said Wednesday that two qualified railroad workers must set the handbrakes and check other safety equipment on cars carrying dangerous liquids, like crude oil or ethanol, when trains over 20-cars long are left unattended. (July 30, 2015) Aljazeera
- 8/01/2015 - As Climate Change challenges more ecosystems than we can deal with we may have to pick and choose which ecosystem to focus on saving. Our ideas of sustainability will have to change to accommodate a quickly warming planet, which means we will have to make critical regions resilient instead of thinking every region can be made so. Resilience: A New Conservation Strategy for a Warming World (July13, 2015) Yale Environment 360
- 7/31/2015 - Is the local reintroduction the Lake Sturgeon missing the Climate Change connection? Getting the sturgeon to thrive in the Genesee River and Great Lakes may, in the short term, be an indicator of clean water. But in the long term, do sturgeons really have a chance? Are we asking this question locally because it certainly doesn’t come up in local reporting? Check this out from the National Wildlife Federation: “Climate change is expected to further threaten this fish as rising water temperatures greatly decrease the quality and quantity of spawning and nursery habitats. Climatic variability could also disrupt the timing of sturgeon reproduction and length of optimal fish growth periods as environmental cues shift and warming waters affect stream ecological processes and ecosystem health. Lake sturgeon are also vulnerable to changes in water levels and increased runoff associated with extreme weather and climate change.” National Wildlife Federation. Go Green: Lake Sturgeon (July 30, 2015) RochesterHomePage
- 7/31/2015 - It’s the end of July 2015; do you know where your country is on pledges to the UN to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? Paris 2015: Tracking country climate pledges (July 29, 2015) The Carbon Brief
- 7/31/2015 - In the U.S. it appears, our minds are made up on Climate Change; don’t bother us with facts. We are so in trouble on addressing Climate Change when more information only leads to more entrenchment on climate denial. Education increases belief in climate change — everywhere except in the U.S. (July 29, 2015) Grist
- 7/31/2015 - “Global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security interests over the foreseeable future” which is why we cannot vote a climate denier into office. Planning for ‘threat-multipliers’ requires that your leader understand that Climate Change is happening. Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat' For the first time, the U.S. Department of Defense has detailed what it views as its greatest challenges related to climate change. (July 30, 2015) Mashable
- 7/31/2015 - Spring coming earlier would be fine except many animals and plants aren’t ready—and they won’t be for centuries. With evolution, if you’re timing is off that’s a death sentence if you don’t have some quick way to adapt. Before the Time of Global Warming, Data Shows Spring Sprung Later Records of the flowering of plants, the arrival of migrating birds, and the onset of frog mating calls show spring is arriving as much as 14 days sooner. If actions do indeed speak louder than words, plants and animals are telling us in no uncertain terms that human-caused climate change is changing their lives—with potentially dire consequences for the ecosystem. (July 29, 2015) Inside Climate News
- 7/30/2015 - One of the things that has puzzled me for some time is the attitude of the public on infrastructure repair and Climate Change. In other words, even though adapting our infrastructures—water, waste water, natural gas, transportation, and telecommunications—is already baked into our state and national climate adaptation plans, at the local level we cannot even keep up with normal repairs to these systems. We are still in ‘swat-every-fly’ mode, which is to say we discover problems with our aged infrastructure and desperately search for ways to fund them, because the public doesn’t want to hear about getting their taxes raised to take care of these very old and outdated systems, which is to say that any politician who threatens to raise taxes to do this will not get elected. My point: We cannot even take care of our existing infrastructure, let alone adapt them under the threat of Climate Change—which could quickly overwhelm all of them at once with extreme weather, flooding, heat waves, etc. I know, infrastructure talk is dull potatoes—until you lose your electricity, your phones, your roads, your gas supplies, and your ability to drink clean water. We are so not addressing Climate Change at the local level where it really matters. Understanding this issue is critical in understanding why we cannot put climate deniers into public office—they will refuse to see the overarching problem of Climate Change and continue to sway every fly—until we are overwhelmed. Syracuse gets $10 million to help with infrastructure repairs The city of Syracuse hopes to use a $10 million infusion from a New York State Assembly fund for infrastructure as a springboard to even more cash to help repair the crumbling waterlines and sewer pipes that dog the city. (July 24, 2015) Innovation Trail
- 7/30/2015 - This call not to panic, this is not an invasion (of Asian Carp into Great Lakes) is not comforting. “…federal official cautioned this is not an invasion. “No one should panic. I’m not panicking”. When the invasive species, the Asian Carp, does get entrenched into our Great Lakes ecosystem (as the Zebra Mussel and others) most certainly have, will we be pleased with our reactions to the warnings that this species might dramatically transform the largest fresh water system in the world? Could we have done more, given that we were given a heads up for many years—as the Asian Carp was making its way up the Mississippi River? 2 Asian carp found in ponds near Toronto waterfront Conservation officers catch two male grass carp, seen as a serious threat to the Great Lakes, in Tommy Thompson Park. (July 28, 2015) The Star [more on Invasive Species
- 7/30/2014 - Important newsletter that includes events on addressing Climate Change locally from our friends over at Pachamama Rochester August Newsletter
- 7/29/2015 - Are Bomb Trains sufficiently insured to cover losses when they explode in our communities? Doesn’t look good. “One of the concerns of a crude oil train derailment is the risk of the oil catching on fire, especially in a highly populated area, Mr. Millar said. “Most citizens have no idea of the risk imposed on them or that railroads do not carry the amount of insurance necessary to cover a catastrophe in a highly populated area,” he said.” Oil train insurance minimums in question A little more than two years have passed since an unattended runaway train from the now-bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Co. derailed and crashed, spilling oil that caught fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killing 47 people. (July 28, 2015) Business Insurance
- 7/29/2015 - Global Warming is halfway to hell. However, if 1.5C is a more realistic figure than 2C we are ¾ on our way to hell. Of course, thinking we can add any more greenhouse gases to our atmosphere than we already have since pre-industrial times may be extreme hubris and we’ve long ago entered the gates of hell. Global warming halfway to UN’s 2C limit – New Scientist All but one of the main surface temperature monitors has recorded a 1C rise since pre-industrial times, analysis shows Countries have agreed to try and limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. (July 30, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 7/29/2015 - From our friends over at the Fast Forward Film Festival: "As you know, this festival is about Rochester’s environmental voice and our first year was this past April. We had great success and the community reaction was very positive! We are now planning this second year, to take place Earth Week in April of 2016, and have made some changes to improve the festival. One of those changes is the call for films earlier than last year. This year, we are OPENING for film submissions beginning AUGUST 10, 2015 - FEBRUARY 8, 2016. Films can be uploaded via our website at fastforwardroc.org. They are to to be 5 min. short films. More information can be found on the website. "
- 7/29/2015 - An oil spill in the Arctic is going to be horrific and maybe uncleanupable. A Bad Call on Shell The Obama administration inched a little closer to disaster yesterday when it issued almost-but-not-quite final approval to Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. (July 23, 2015) Sierra Club
- 7/29/2015 - This connection between Climate Change, ticks, you, and Lyme disease (and many other infectious unpleasantries) is the new normal. This is just one of the consequences of our addiction to fossil fuels—making live easier and opportunistic for vector-driven diseases. In the Rochester region our media never connects the dots between the rise in Lyme disease cases and Climate Change, but there you are. Tick populations booming due to climate change Ticks are spreading further north in the US and Canada with the potential to transmit diseases to dogs and humans, reports Earth Island Journal (July 28, 2015) The Guardian
- 7/29/2015 - But instead of undercutting the New York State Fracking ban and drilling for more fossil fuels (with propane forgodsakes) we could be providing jobs and in helping “economic development to the state's poorest region” with renewable energy that doesn’t warm the planet even more. Propane fracking proposal could sidestep state ban A proposal to use gelled propane instead of water in fracking has led to a rare bit of agreement between some environmental groups in New York and the natural gas industry: They agree it could be exempt from the state's current fracking ban. (July 28, 2015) Capital New York
- 7/29/2015 - But in Rochester, NY the stars are not aligning ahead of 'most important environmental summit in history'. We still have our heads in the ground. Hard to believe that our local media is still not covering the most important story of this generation, not to mention they are not connecting the dots between local leadership and addressing the local consequences of Climate Change here—Lyme disease, and more heavy rainfall events, one of which on June 2nd put 10 million gallons of sewage into the Genesee River. See: “New for your phone: Sewage pollution alerts More than 10 million gallons of raw sewage and storm water gushed into the Genesee River early in the morning on June 2, the result of hours of rain that taxed Rochester's sewers. But there was no public announcement, and very few people knew the discharge had occurred. Next time, it might be different — because now, there's an instant-message system that can let people know their local waterway's been fouled. Aging or undersized sewer systems dump billions of gallons into the state's lakes, bays and creeks every year. (July 5, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle The 'stars are aligning' ahead of 'most important environmental summit in history', says UN climate change chief The most important environmental meeting in history is on course to decisively tackle climate change as an “unstoppable and irreversible” momentum builds to “green the planet”, the United Nations climate change chief has told The Independent. Christiana Figueres says she is confident that December’s UN summit in Paris – regarded as the most important so far – will deliver its ambitious target to agree on action drastic enough to limit global warming to 2C. Beyond this level, the consequences of climate change become increasingly devastating. (July 17, 2015) The Independent
- 7/29/2015 - A major oil spill in the Arctic would wake up the world and its leaders to stop drilling. But should it have to come to that? Do we really have to carry our addiction to more fossil fuels to the brink of disaster and beyond the point of no return before we do the right thing? Greenpeace activists block Shell’s Arctic-bound vessel Twenty-six Greenpeace activists have blocked Shell’s Arctic icebreaking vessel, the MSV Fennica, as it attempted to leave Portland, Oregon on its way to meet the company’s drilling fleet in the Arctic. (July 29, 2015) tcktcktck
- 7/28/2015 - 97.7% of United States citizens have at least heard of ‘Climate Change’. So, we cannot play stupid on this worldwide crisis. Global survey: Where in the world is most and least aware of climate change? Analysis of a global survey finds that more than a third of the world's adults have never heard of climate change. (July 27, 2015) The Carbon Brief
- 7/28/2015 - Something new for our officials to plan for in Climate Change: Compound Flooding. Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk (July 27, 2015) Climate Central
- 7/27/2015 - Humanity has known about Global Warming for some time now; when did we know it and what did we know? But more importantly, what will we do about it? Check out this short video: Climate Change: A Brief History of Global Warming
- 7/25/2015 - I do not know what to do with nuclear waste, but I do know that burying it near the Great Lakes is insane. You gotta ask yourself: Why would anyone build something that produces a waste that cannot be disposed of? Documentary searches for hope in nuclear waste (July 24, 2015) Great Lakes Echo
- 7/25/2015 - One of the problems with addressing Urban Sprawl is that Nature doesn’t have much clout in our present economic system. That is to say, when a community that is already over developed to the hilt, like Henrietta, leaving even a little 12.8 acre patch of wilderness can’t complete in paying taxes as a development project can. Somehow we need to adjust our tax system so that leaving the critical patches of wilderness, where Nature gets to do its thing (like providing invaluable ecosystem stuff) and educating our youth about the biological underpinnings of our existence, is as valuable to our present economic and tax structuring as the few remaining patches of untouched Nature are. Henrietta, as many other places, has areas that have already been developed and abandoned, so there is no need to tear up virgin land. Why can’t we create a system where it is more profitable for everyone to clean up and reuse existing developed areas (especially Brownfields) for more development before we even think of touching these micro parks like Beckwith Park? Why do neighborhoods have to prove the worth of Nature and fight for its survival because our present economic structure rewards more destruction and less reuse of compromised land? Micro parks like Beckwith Park within our communities provide innumerable benefits—wildlife corridors, cooling shade instead of the ‘heat island’ effect of asphalt, psychological benefits, water absorption instead of more runoff, and much much more—but that presently doesn’t fill the public coffers like another development project. We need to change so that places like Beckwith Park are appreciated as the valuable components of our existence that they are. If you’ve fought against development projects like this in your neighborhood, you might want to help out these folks save this valuable land. Meet the Community, Join the Effort. Come to the brainstorming meetings! The next meeting is Aug 7th at 7p.m. Please RSVP . Children welcome. Henrietta Neighbors Fighting Proposed Development In a sea of suburbs, Henrietta is not usually the place you think of when it comes to a tranquil spot to take in the sights and sounds of nature. But a little plot of land on the town's west side is one of those few places. (July 23, 2015) RochesterHomePage
- 7/25/2015 - Keeping back Climate Change from compromising our infrastructures is going to be expensive and problematic and unavoidable and unlikely to be solved by putting our dams, levees, coastal hurricane barriers, flood gates, and flood walls under private ownership. Which is to say the real consequences of Climate Change must be addressed by our public officials who must be planning for a warmer world or we will be overwhelmed by it. Which is to say, if we put any more climate deniers into office we are in deeper trouble than we already are. GAO Report Sees Climate Risks to Army Corps Projects Thousands of dams, levees, hurricane barriers and flood walls built across the country by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be at risk from extreme weather and sea level rise driven by climate change, but the Army Corps has only just begun to assess how vulnerable they are and suffers from a lack of funding, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. (July 24, 2015) Climate Central
- 7/24/2015 - The public is key in helping to keep our waters clean by making sure runoff doesn’t contain contaminants. And because heavy rainfall has increased in the Northeast by 71% since 1958 because of Climate Change, there will be more runoff. So this issue is something tangible where our local public can make a difference in our water quality. Go Green: H2O Heroes You've probably seen the ads or the billboards maybe even visited the website or Facebook page but do you know how to help the water in Lake Ontario? (July 23, 2015) RochesterHomePage
- 7/24/2015 - Just like we did with the People’s Climate March in September, the public needs to demonstrate to their leaders that our leaders must lead on Climate Change in Paris. Paris must not fail. COP21 Paris Climate Treaty in December may be humanity’s last chance to keep greenhouse gases to a sustainable level. My guess is that if Paris does fail and the countries of the world fail again to construct a meaningful treaty to bind all to a real solution to Climate Change, the world’s public will not go quiet away until the next climate conference. I suspect we’ll be in new territory where humanity will be aghast at itself for its inability to adapt to new conditions. Adaptability is a feature of our specie’s character that has made us the dominant species. Not only is human-caused rapid Climate Change new, but the very rapid realization by most of the world’s population that Climate Change is tangible and urgent is a startling new global zeitgeist that will change who we are. Like planning your future after you’ve found out you have cancer, your plans will be different. Will our inability to adapt to Climate Change, to change our attitudes about our way of living with our life support system, be our epitaph? Time passes. The week climate change diplomacy went into overdrive (July 23, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 7/24/2015 - Just because folks in the Rochester region are not focused on Climate Change doesn’t mean Climate Change isn’t getting worse. It’s physics. Global warming’s record-breaking trend continues Forget talk of a slowdown in global warming. Scientists say the climate is heading smartly in the opposite direction, with 2014 proving to be a record-breaking year. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the most respected sources of climate science, says that last year “the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet”. Some − including rising land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases − reached record highs. The authoritative report by the NOAA’s Centre for Weather and Climate at the National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI), published by the American Meterological Society, draws on contributions from 413 scientists in 58 countries to provide a detailed update on global climate indicators. “The variety of indicators shows us how our climate is changing, not just in temperature but from the depths of the oceans to the outer atmosphere,” says Thomas R. Karl, director of the NCEI. (July 22, 2015) Climate News Network
- 7/23/2015 - These publishing awards are a dangerous delusion. The awards merely reflect the Democrat and Chronicle’s desire to pander to their reader’s desire for more sports, more sensationalism, and more happy news about everything looking rosy for Rochester which all help increase the likelihood of folks buying more newspapers. But the world in 2015 is a world that is warming and many of the consequences of that warming are occurring in our Rochester region—like the increase in heavy flooding. There has been precious little in this newspaper about the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty coming up in November which could decide whether we can ever bring down greenhouse gas emissions to a sustainable level. When a major publication like the D&C continually puts sports and development stories on the front page, instead of the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, the public and our leaders feel no pressure to address this crisis locally. The world is talking about Climate Change and what it means to our future, but not the United States, which as a leader in the Second Industrial Revolution caused much of this present crisis. The greenhouse gases that have unnaturally warmed our planet so quickly are ours. Rochesterians are not talking about the most important issue of our age and the local media is one of the major reasons why. We elected a mayor last year and there was no public debate about how Climate Change in our region was to be address—and continual silence from the mayor’s office on Climate Change is the result. We are about to go into the race for Monroe County executive this fall and there is every indication that neither candidate will be pressed by the press on how they will lead on this crucial issue locally. So if the D&C only measures its ability to sell more newspapers by pandering to its readers, instead of stepping up to its responsibility to our region in a time of Climate Change, I’ll suspect they will continue to win awards for things that won’t matter much if we cannot adapt to a world 97% of scientist say is coming. The media, especially a major local media, like the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, needs to change and reevaluate its priorities in a time of Climate Change. D&C wins 6 New York News Publishers Association awards The Democrat and Chronicle Media Group won six first-place awards Wednesday night in the annual New York News Publishers Association contest. (July 23, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere We encourage you to screen the film with as many people as possible. Please contact us if you need help setting up or promoting a screening, or would like us to attend. Below are some tools and advice to help you have the most successful screening possible. You can also use this flyer to share information about the film with people who might want to collaborate on a screening.
- 7/23/2015 - “rainstorm after rainstorm” is code for Climate Change in our region which has experienced a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. Check out “Heavy Downpours Increasing” from the nation’s latest National Climate Assessment report. If we really want to clean up our beaches and prevent them from the increasing likelihood of contamination from heavy rainfall, we are going to have to address this water quality issue through the lens of Climate Change. Which is to say our media and our local water authorities need to connect the dots between Climate Change and our beach closings so there will be more support from the public on the measures we need to take to accomplish this. Yes, there are many factors contributing to beach closing, but they are all made worse as our atmosphere warms and causes heavier rainfall events which will continually overwhelm our waste water infrastructures. After storms and dredging, Lake Ontario’s name is mud Complaints about Lake Ontario water quality have piled up this summer like waves on a stormy shore. (July 22, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 7/23/2015 - Pope’s message that local leaders, mayors (and county executives), play a crucial role in leading on Climate Change. Bold demonstrations by our local leaders to lead on Climate Change adaptations—like making renewable energy more prominent, connecting the dots between active transportation (walking and bicycling) and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and pushing our governor and President to do more to make the Paris Climate Treaty a success—would do much to convince the public that this clear and present danger needs to be addressed. Our local leaders should be speaking forthrightly to the press about how Rochester and Monroe County fit into the problem and solution to Climate Change. Time passes. At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight VATICAN CITY — About 60 mayors from around the world gathered here on Tuesday and pledged to combat global warming and help the poor deal with its effects, at a conference swiftly organized by the Vatican barely a month after Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment. (July 21, 2015) New York Times
- 7/23/2014 - ACTION: "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
- 7/23/2015 - It’s time for the key players to ante up for the Green Climate Fund or no one gets to play in a viable future. People and countries in great desperation because they are at the front of extreme weather and forced to consume the last of their valuable natural resources because the countries who created the Climate Change crisis won’t help redistribute the wealth caused by an unfair grab of the ecological commons does not a sustainable situation make. The Green Climate Fund is not a gift or a handout. It is in the best interest of the developed nations to make sure the many developing nations do not destroy their part of our global environment trying to stay alive. No country will be sustainable if all countries aren’t sustainable because the planet is one ecosystem. Climate Treaty's Finances on Shaky Ground This primer explains why faith is beginning to wane in the Green Climate Fund, designed to heal divisions between rich and poor nations. (July 20, 2015) Inside Climate News
- 7/21/2015 - “Excess rain” is code for Climate Change in our region which has experienced a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. Check out “Heavy Downpours Increasing” from the nation’s latest National Climate Assessment report. If we really want to clean up our beaches and prevent them from the increasing likelihood of contamination from heavy rainfall, we are going to have to address this water quality issue through the lens of Climate Change. Which is to say our media and our local water authorities need to connect the dots between Climate Change and our beach closings so there will be more support from the public on the measures we need to take to accomplish this. Yes, there are many factors contributing to beach closing, but they are all made worse as our atmosphere warms and causes heavier rainfall events which will continually overwhelm our waste water infrastructures. Community reacts to beach closures (July 20, 2015) WHAM Rochester
- 7/21/2015 - Which is to say, if you care about bees (and all that they do for us) cool it on the pesticides. The best solution would be to treat our entire environment (our life support system) as a preserve and curb the use of pesticides altogether—a feat which many of our friends in the organic farming movement (Like NOFA ) know all about. Preserves provide havens for stressed bees The Genesee Land Trust’s acquisition of woods and fields in Pultneyville won’t just preserve opportunities for people to enjoy the picturesque property. It also will preserve safe havens for wild bees — a move that aids not only the valuable insects but the nearby apple orchards they help pollinate. (July 20, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 7/21/2015 - I know, Rochester NY is mild at the moment and the deniers are thriving, but Climate Change is making much of the world burn. We in Rochester should show as much concern about the quick (very, very quick) warming of our planet as much of the rest of the world—even though it this particular moment we are not burning up. We should be planning and doing so publically for how for this worldwide crisis. Europe and Pacific Northwest face record heat For two weeks in late June and early July 2015, western Europe and the Pacific Northwest of North America endured record-setting heat and parched landscapes. (July 15, 2015) NASA - Global Climate Change
- 7/21/2015 - Too little being done to reach 2C even when 2C is too high. “2C limit is inadequate.” Find out what pledges what countries have submitted before the COP21 Paris Treaty: INDCs as communicated by Parties The Marshall Islands just submitted their pledges and just before that, Japan. Hansen: 2C warming will raise sea level several metres Scientists warn feedback effects will melt polar ice faster than thought, causing “highly dangerous” impacts this century (July 20, 2015) Responding To Climate Change (RTCC)