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Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."


Rochester, NY was one of the hosts of the World Canal Conference on September 19, 2010.

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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.  We Don't Get It!

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. "

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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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Rochester area NewsLinks.

NewsLinks: Get the most important environmental news of the day and monitor your environment daily.  Also: Get Newslinks since 1998… Unlike other news, environmental news often takes time to reach our attention. Follow potential problems and catch them before they're catastrophes.

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

My hope is that you will read these stories and connect them to the world we now live in, one that is warming because of Climate Change.  Then pass these stories to those you are connected to and have them spread the word.  Mainstream media is either unwilling or incapable of reporting responsibly and adequately on a world that is warming, which is why many still don’t understand the vast changes we must make to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. 

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News Highlight

Climate Change occurring in Rochester too; we should act like it                                                                                                 

by Frank J. Regan


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This week President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, where he highlighted the importance of addressing Climate Change right now. His message was unambiguous. Climate Change poses an immediate threat and we should act in a way that is equal to the threat.  

“2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.  Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does:  14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.  I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act.  Well, I’m not a scientist, either.  But you know what, I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and at NOAA, and at our major universities.  And the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe.  The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security.  We should act like it.” (President Obama, State of the Union 2015, January 20, 2015)

(Watch ABC’s short video version of the above transcript State of the Union 2015: Obama Wants Climate Change Addressed as Security Risk)  

Rochester, NY (and every other community on Earth for that matter) should be addressing Climate Change on a level and speed that corresponds to the threat. As reported in this week’s local news, Rochester, NY is starting to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast, but it’s a start.

Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory The City of Rochester will hire a consultant to help it put together a Climate Action Plan — a step that an official says builds on other projects and programs helping to make Rochester a more sustainable and, therefore, more desirable city. "You want to be in a community that's somewhat progressive in sustainability areas. People like that," says Anne Spaulding, the city's energy and sustainability manager. "It's a place where people kind of like to live and like to be." The plan will essentially be a blueprint that will include goals, actions, and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city, she says. The city will accept proposals from interested consultants until January 30. (January 21, 2015 Rochester City Newspaper)

It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change using the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership on an issue posing an immediate threat; this is hedging your bets politically.

Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts. Number one on its to-do climate action list should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even in the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER), a fantastic effort which constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector), ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned.

You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about. You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so they will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year.   more...

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive

Green Business.

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:

  • 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.”

  • NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank. They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency. The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. (October 23, 2014) North Country Public Radio [more on Green Business in our area]
  • Rochester company awarded funding to develop solar technology A Rochester company has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards solar energy development, according to officials. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office says Intrinsiq Materials Incorporated, a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, has been awarded $450,000. (October 22, 2014) WHEC [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

  Fast Forward Film Festival




Submission deadline is February 27, 2015. Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org"  

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Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives 

Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.

Its Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment.

As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness.

An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015.

Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org

Please spread the word! Send the links around.    

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

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.  

 

Green Events.

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...    

January 2015

  • Monday, January 26, 2015: Doors open at 7:00pm.   7:15-8:15pm | downstairs at First Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Road (on the north side of Rt. 441), just east of Five Mile Line Road and the firehouse.  Park and enter at the east end in the rear of the building.
    • Concerned about Water Quality in our region? Find out more: "You are cordially invited to attend an FMCE/GLC special presentation in Penfield on Monday, January 26, 2015: Doors open at 7:00pm.   7:15-8:15pm  -  "Plastic Microbeads in the Great Lakes" Presented by Jennifer Nalbone, Environmental Scientist at the NYS Attorney General's Office in Buffalo. The presentation will provide the scientific foundation underlying proposed State legislation to prohibit the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads, with time for Q&A.   You may optionally stay for: 8:15pm - 9:15pm Discussion of Other Current Issues & FMCE Decisions   Location: The meeting will be held downstairs at First Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Road (on the north side of Rt. 441), just east of Five Mile Line Road and the firehouse.  Park and enter at the east end in the rear of the building.   Hosted by FMCE and GLC The Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists http://fmce.org/ and the Great Lakes Committee of the Rochester Regional Group of Sierra Club"

February 2015

  • Monday, February 2, 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry (Garden Entrance), Buffalo For a printable flier, click here.
    • We don’t have to be saddled with bad fossil fuel Energy options in New York State that warm up the planet and endanger our environment. There are models of better energy systems. Check this out: "TALK: Energy Democracy! What can We Learn from Germany? Sierra Club ~ Niagara Group Climate and Clean Energy Writers will feature a presentation from: Aaron Bartley Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo Energy Democracy!   What can we learn from Germany?  Aaron recently traveled to Germany and witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy. Let's hear what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY!    Monday, February 2, 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry (Garden Entrance), Buffalo For a printable flier, click here. "
  • Feb. 4 at 7PM  | Wood Library, 134 N. Main St. in Canandaigua.
  • Wed. Feb. 4, 7 PM | 3 Washington St, Methodist Church, Bath, NY
    • On Wed., Feb. 4, at 7 pm, the Bath Peace and Justice Group will sponsor a screening and discussion of Comfort Zone, a film about responses to climate change by three residents of upstate NY. The film and discussion will be held in the Centenary United Methodist Church, 3 W Washington St in Bath. The event will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Call 607-569-3564 for more information. (For further information on the film, see http://comfortzoneproject.com/.)
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m. University of Rochester Medical Center Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304)
    • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network will present: “Partnerships for Change: Pursuing a Renewed Vision for Protecting Children's Environmental Health  Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:00-5:00 p.m. University of Rochester Medical Center Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1-304)   Nsedu Obot Witherspoon is the Executive Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect children from environmental health hazards. CEHN is dedicated to addressing health disparities among our most vulnerable populations.  In October 2014, CEHN convened a Wingspread Conference to create a renewed blueprint for protecting children's environmental health through research, education, and policy change.  Ms. Witherspoon’s talk will describe CEHN’s efforts to implement this vision through changes in local, state, and federal policies and the contributions of scientists, public health and health care professionals, community leaders, and policy makers.  Ms. Witherspoon has held leadership positions on a number of national boards including the USEPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, the American Public Health Association, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and, currently, the Institute of Medicine.  She was the 2014 recipient of the William R. Reilly Award in Environmental Leadership, from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. This talk is free and open to the public.  Contact Valerie_Garrison@urmc.rochester.edu with any questions.
  • February 13th & 14th,
    • Mark your calendars for no more fossil fuels: February 13th & 14th, Global Divestment Day "The fossil fuel divestment movement has built up some serious momentum in 2014, and next year we're not slowing down. In fact, this February we're pulling together something really exciting: On February 13th & 14th, we’re calling for the first ever Global Divestment Day, and we want you to be part of it. Right now, as climate negotiators from around the world meet in Lima -- exactly one year before a new global climate deal must be signed in Paris -- we face a pivotal moment in our movement’s response to the climate crisis. We know that world leaders won’t act in accordance with the urgency of the crisis as long as the fossil fuel industry holds the balance of power. That’s why the growing divestment movement is directly challenging the social license of these rogue corporations that continue to profit at the expense of people and planet -- and that's why we need as many people and institutions as possible to stand with us. Click here to RSVP on Facebook:"
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00-8:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall 2300 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY 14618
    • Citizen Science for Air Quality: Community-Academic Partnerships to Address Industrial and Hydrofracking Emissions in Ohio On Wednesday, February 25th, Dr Haynes will present an overview of research conducted by a team of community members and academic scientists in eastern Ohio. This event is free and open to the public. This talk will provide an overview of research conducted by a team of community members and academic scientists in eastern Ohio. Residents partnered with University of Cincinnati researchers to address concerns about manganese exposure from a ferromanganese refinery. The research partnership expanded to include potential exposures from the rapidly growing oil and gas industry. Residents and scientists are using simple wristbands to measure exposure to airborne chemicals. Dr. Haynes will discuss how the partnership started, community engagement in the research, expansion to include other environmental exposures, and novel approaches to air quality monitoring. Sponsored by the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core. If you have any questions about this event, please contact: valerie_garrison@urmc.rochester.edu 
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY.

March 2015

  • March 6th and 7th | Cinemapolis, Ithaca's Art Theatre on the Commons  120 East Green Street Ithaca, NY 14850 
    • Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium​ The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is based on a simple idea:  the use of native plants should remain an integral part of sustainable landscapes. We see many fields adapting rapidly to goals of sustainability, but horticulture in Central NY has been slow to embrace native plants,  which have been standard landscape tools in many other parts of the country for decades.  In Central NY, quality information on native plants remains elusive, with marketing standing in for ecology or substance.​ ​ ​The Symposium offers alternative ideas, knowledge and perspective presented by experts and professionals​ from our region and beyond.  It is for landscape architects, designers, educators, Master Gardeners, government employees, homeowners, gardeners, naturalists and anyone else eager to learn more about this growing movement.​ ​ Heading into our 7th year of INLS, we look forward to seeing you at this stimulating, enjoyable gathering.  Please use the menu tabs above to navigate our site.
  • {due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, our Genesee River Basin Summit 2015 (which was scheduled to be held 3/13/15 at the Mt. Morris Dam and Conference Center) will be rescheduled to another location at a later date. We are currently looking at a University setting and possibly the first week of May. We will get back to everyone as soon as we have a date/location confirmed. We WILL be holding a 2015 Summit.] Friday March 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Mt. Morris Dam Visitor's Center, 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris, NY 14510 (585) 658-4790
    • Genesee River Basin Summit Mt. Morris Dam Visitor's Center  Friday March 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Agenda includes: 2014 Summit Recap Soil Health Panel Trees for Tribs Tile Drain DEC's 9-Element Plan Genesee River Basin Data Streambank Stabilization Nutrient Recovery Panel from The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
  • Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015,
    • Greentopia I FILM is now open for submissions of non-fiction features, shorts, and children’s films *The deadline to submit is December 22, 2014.  In its fourth year, innovative documentary film festival, Greentopia | FILM, brings inspiring and award-winning non-fiction films and events to Rochester area moviegoers. Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015, Greentopia | FILM has become known for its lively cross-pollination of art, ideas, community engagement and fun. Greentopia I FILM "Greentopia | FILM believes in our community and in showcasing the positive changes, projects and people that are often not covered in more mainstream news and media channels. Through the incredible generosity of local film makers, Greentopia | FILM has been able to produce 3 short documentaries a year for the past 2 years. In 2014, we received funding from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to actually commission the films, offering a $1,000 stipend and festival film passes to each of the 3 selected film makers. All Community Supported Films (CSFs) tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We look for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice. Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals. " Greentopia
  • March 22, 2015,  from 2 to 3:30 | Pittsford Library, 24 State Street Pittsford, NY 14534  
    • March 22, the Sierra Transition Group is holding a book discussion on Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" - a hard-hitting, no-nonsense look at what WE need to do NOW to prevent extreme climate disruption, and system collapse. Come to the Pittsford Library from 2 to 3:30 pm to hear a presentation and participate in enlightened discussion afterwards.

April 2015

  • Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18, 2015.
    • Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • April 17, 2015 "The Links" E. Syracuse, New York
  • What we are hearing: World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015, Tuesday April 21st, 2015. If it's anywhere near Rochester, NY, you could have the privilege of hearing former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at our local Sierra Club's annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College. Various other events at other local venues will be included that day, and also Monday April 20th. See his TED talk here: https://lnkd.in/dgSc2Uq . More details to come as I learn more.

 

Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

 

ACTION highlight

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':

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.  

Green Action.

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: January 21st 2015
    • [Dear Buffalo & Rochester Bus Riders,   We've just gotten word that Governor Cuomo has delayed his State of the State address from January 7th to January 21st, following the death of his father Mario Cuomo. The rally/party has been rescheduled for that day as well. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you're able to stick with us on this new date. Thank you for your patience.] Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy  Don’t sit this one out, sit on a bus to Albany on Jan. 7th:  NEW YORK HAS BANNED FRACKING!  On January 7th in Albany, New York, we will come together to celebrate an incredible victory for science, public health, the environment, and our movement, and will give thanks to Governor Cuomo and speak to the importance of this decision for the whole nation and the opportunities ahead for renewable energy! What: Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy! See Event on Facebook.
  • ACTION: Due Date: February 13-16
    • Help monitor changes in our environment with one of the best monitors ever—birds.  Join the Great Backyard Bird Count February 13-16, 2015 The Great Backyard Bird Count "Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 13-16, 2015.You can count from any location, anywhere in the world! If you’re new to the count, first register online then enter your checklist. If you have already participated in another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login. "
  • ACTION: Due date: February 27, 2015
    • Got short film abilities and want to message importance of our environment?   Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • SIGN THE PETITION: Voice your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world. The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests. (December 30, 2014) Senator Bernie Sanders
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Got thoughts on how our local transportation infrastructure should adapt to Climate Change—more flooding and heat? Consider filling out this latest survey by our local transportation authority on transportation in our future with Climate Change in mind.   "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) conducted an initial survey in Summer/Fall 2014 on transportation opportunities and issues facing the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and received a significant amount of input. Thank you!   A second survey is now being conducted that will provide GTC with additional information on preferred transportation alternatives. Please take a few minutes and complete LRTP 2040 Survey #2. "
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs 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
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    • Support cleaning up the Genesee River. CEI has entered the Genesee RiverWatch into the Ready to Roc video contest. You can support our efforts and help us win by going to this page and voting for our video.  Learn more about the Genesee RiverWatch here.
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    • No Ginna Bailout “Ginna, Looking for a Handout”  “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
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    • Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan:  A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables.  If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
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    • Say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take home message: “Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP.” SAY NO TO CORPORATE POWER GRABS - REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TO: GOVERNMENTS OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CHILE, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PERU, THE USA AND VIETNAM The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab
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    • 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 (with your friends and group)  
    • What if in the Rochester, NY area we channeled this idea of the street librarian to educate locals on Climate Change.  So, we put together materials and get a neat bike (see photo) made so we casually ride around all the neighborhoods of Rochester and answer anyone’s questions about Climate Change in our area, hand out literature, engage the public at the very street level in a very low carbon emissions footprint way on this worldwide crisis. This wouldn’t be a charity project at all. This would be a crucial link in the Climate Change issue that is missing in the Rochester area—outreach.  If we hope to have a chance that the public will support the long-term actions we must make to upgrade and refit our infrastructure (transportation, telecommunications, water, etc.) we are going to need the public to understand an support these efforts year after year, elections after elections.  This outreach program would be inexpensive, effective, and probably a lot of freaking fun. Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon (October 9, 2014) New York Times
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    • Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must. Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey  and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
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    • 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) 
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    • 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!
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    • 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 montezuma@audubon.org 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
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    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
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    • 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: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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    • 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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    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
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    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
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    • Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather?  Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

 

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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
  • 1/26/2015 - Because the Steelhead is a cold water fish, why didn’t public broadcasting include Climate Change in fish’s future? When NPR gutted its climate journalist team, their reasoning was that now Climate Change would be baked into all their articles. Clearly, not. Cold water fish, like the Steelhead and other fish in the Great Lakes, are going to be profoundly affected by Climate Change. Read this short encapsulation “Global Warming and the Great Lakes” by the National Wildlife Federation that says, “Disappearing Cold-Water Fish Species - Scientists projected changes to the distribution of fish species under a 2xCO2 climate scenario at 209 locations in the contiguous United States.” The fish in deep water Great Lakes won’t be affected as soon as fish in shallower lakes, but the Great Lakes waters will be warming up. “Lack Of Vitamin B” in Steehead doesn’t quite cover the threats to fish in the Great Lakes and our public broadcasting news should be reporting about our wildlife through the lens of Climate Change—as they promised when they gutted their climate reporting teams. Lack Of Vitamin B Threatens Steelheads  (January 26, 2015) WXXI News
  • 1/26/2015 - ACTION: CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? Recruiting people to come to the REV hearings on 1/29 Want to be sure that NYS Moves to Renewable Energy and that it is Affordable? Want more control over our energy future? Raise your voice at the NYS Upcoming Hearing on REFORMING THE ENERGY VISION (REV) Thursday, January 29 at downtown Erie County Public Library, Lafayette Square Information sessions at 3:00 and 6:00 and Public Comment at 4:00 and 7:00  Want to learn more before the Public Hearing?  Come to a Sierra Club/PUSH session on Saturday, January 24 at 4:30 at the offices of PUSH 271 Grant Street, Buffalo Help make phone calls to advise people of the Hearing Monday, January 26 at 7:00 on Grant Street For more information, see  niagarasierraclub.com
  • 1/26/2015 - I know, we should be happy India and USA are even talking on Climate Change and Congress is clearly deaf, but no, 2C no future. There will be a lot of wheeling and dealing and promises before COP21 Paris Climate Conference, but regardless of all the negotiations and good intentions, if all end in a treaty that doesn’t bring GHGs down, we are screwed.  We must keep our eyes on the prize. The prize is a sustainable future—not our comfort zones. U.S. And India Announce ‘Cooperation’ On Climate Change  (January 25, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 1/26/2015 - I know, President Obama doesn’t ‘own’ the Arctic. But if he did maybe he could “seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands” also. The fact that the Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth and is now ‘available’ for oil exploitation (drilling and exploration) and year-round shipping should make proof positive that Climate Change is occurring. The refrigerator of our planet is turning into our furnace in just our lifetimes. The need to not screw up this pristine part of our planet with oil spills, which would be almost impossible to contain and fix, is critical. Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska wildlife refuge  (January 25, 2015) CBS News
  • 1/26/2015 - New York banned Fracking, but still might have a major methane problem. Have we checked our gas lines? Take Rochester for example: When is the last time we checked our gas lines and what percent of our gas (methane) is leaking into our atmosphere? We should know. Considering how potent methane is (many times better as a greenhouse gas in the short term than Carbon Dioxide) we ought to be on top of this. Here’s a sample: “Urban areas and their aging natural gas pipes and valves are also responsible for a lot of methane emissions, which is about 35 times as potent as a greenhouse gas over the span of 100 years and makes up about 10 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in terms of CO2 equivalents.” Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City  (January 22, 2015) Climate Central
  • 1/25/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter January 25, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 1/24/2015 - In Cuomo’s State of the State, he mentions green jobs but not Climate Change. That’s not leading on Climate Change. And he promised he would: We will lead on climate change New York must press ahead with urgency to equip itself for the new age of extreme weather.” (November 15, 2012, Daily News)
  • 1/24/2015 - Imagine where New York State would be now if we had obsessed about Solar Power instead of Fracking for the last six years. At least now, with a Fracking ban in our state, we should put the energy and media attention on real solutions to addressing Climate Change.  We should be getting folks jobs with a renewable energy and bringing attention to the relationship to energy use and the worldwide crisis of Climate Change. Climate Change is happening in Rochester too.  Let’s start acting like it. From a town dump to a solar array in Williamson (January 23, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 1/24/2015 - Historically, relief from heat waves and warmer weather would be cooler nights. With Climate Change not so much. Cold Nights Are Decreasing Across the U.S. It’s easy to think of global warming as something that happens at a steady pace everywhere. But that’s not the full story. It’s true that the global average temperature has been rising overall since modern record-keeping began, and it’s true that 2014 was the hottest year on record, but the rise hasn’t been perfectly steady. Each year isn’t always warmer than the one before, and some places — the Arctic, for example — have warmed faster than others. (January 23, 2015) Climate Central
  • 1/24/2015 - What if the solutions to Climate Change don’t exist within the present financial zeitgeist—the financial system that caused the problem in the first place? Will we continue to press market-based solutions regardless? Climate deniers are not the only problem. In Your Wildest Schemes The free market won’t stop climate change, but its failure is inspiring the people who will The Nib
  • 1/24/2015 - There wouldn’t be a ‘battle for pollution’ if we lived sustainably. Pollution is a result of treating our environment as an externality. We will be continually battling our life support system until we start to treat our life support system as our life support system. Of course, with Climate Change we can battle against our environment only for so long because we won’t even be able to move away. China's smoggy capital to close 300 companies in battle on pollution Beijing plans to shut 300 companies this year to help reduce choking air pollution in the Chinese capital, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. (January 23, 2015) Reuters
  • 1/23/2015 - There are connections between what you eat, your health, and the health of our environment. Learn more: Connections: Considering A More Plant-Based Diet We're post-holidays, and everyone is joining gyms... and some people are doing "juice cleansing." A discussion of what the science says about that, and we'll talk about how to build a permanent eating regimen that is more plant-based. Panel in studio: Dr. Vicky Hsiao, UR Medicine endocrinologist Rachel Reeves, UR Medicine dieticians Damaris Pinedo, owner of Just Juice 4 Life Dr. Ted Barnett, co-coordinator of the Rochester Area Vegan Society (January 20, 2015) Connections [more on Food and our Environment in our area] 
  • 1/23/2015 - Invasive species, faucet snails, that are toxic to ducks found near Rochester, NY—among other places of course. Survey finds invasive snail in Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River that could threaten waterfowl  (January 19, 2015) Watertown Daily Times
  • 1/23/2015 - This is a great tragedy and our efforts to address Climate Change are going to be hindered greatly. What were voters thinking? Like not taking action on Climate Change, we are going to pay dearly for putting climate deniers into political office, especially offices that are instrumental in orchestration our attempts to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. As if Climate Change isn’t tough enough.  Good grief.   New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax  (January 22, 2015) Climate Progress
  • 1/22/2015 - Important EVENT: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. New York state has newly banned fracking due to its known hazards and risks. But New Yorkers are still at risk from hazardous gas facilities and pipelines, pollution, food chain contamination and other problems of the fracking boom. Ithaca-based non-profit, The Bioscience Resource Project, is hosting Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake. Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will provide an overview of post-ban fracking threats to New York state. --from Bioscience Resource Project
  • 1/22/2015 - Shouldn’t we also be asking whether our waste water treatment plants can filter out pharmaceuticals?  Are prescription drugs harming Great Lakes fish?  (January 20, 2015) WKAR [more on Water Quality
  • 1/22/2015 - Rochesterians say ‘thanks Cuomo for banning Fracking,’ ‘no big gas storage at Seneca Lake’ and ‘Renewable energy, please’ Rochester Residents Travel to Albany to Thank Governor For Fracking Ban Rochester residents treked to the state capital today, all to thank Governor Cuomo for his new ban on fracking.   (January 21, 2015) RochesterHomePage.net
  • 1/22/2015 - Honoring Martin Luther King Day by channeling his message to protest for fundamental rights, like clean water at Seneca Lake. 20 Arrested at Crestwood Midstream Gate in MLK Day Blockade   (January 19, 2015) We Are Seneca Lake
  • 1/22/2015 - A critical part of the celebrants’ s message to Governor Cuomo is not only ‘thanks for not Fracking NY,’ but a push for renewable energy. Fracking should never have been allowed to hijack our state’s energy options in a time of Climate Change. Now that Cuomo has banned Fracking, let him push for energy options—wind and solar—that will produce many jobs and reduce our state’s carbon footprint as the world moves away from fossil fuel energy. Fracking critics to celebrate, not protest Cuomo's State of the State (January 21, 2015) LoHud The Journal News
  • 1/22/2015 - If we truly recognize the threats to the pristine Arctic “posed by climate change and increased oil and gas exploration and shipping as the ice recedes” we’d stop them. Citing climate, Obama issues Arctic executive order   '(January 21, 2015) USA Today
  • 1/22/2015 - US Congress beginning to wake from its slumber on Climate Change, but it’s not fully awake. If you don’t get the cause and effect of this Climate Change, you’ll only be swatting at every fly, every extreme weather event, every effect, and never address the cause. Until Congress connects the dots of cause and effect, they’ll spend most of their efforts thwarting the rest of us from addressing Climate Change. 'Climate change is real and not a hoax,' Senate overwhelmingly decidesThe U.S. Senate has made it official: Climate change is not a hoax. (January 21, 2015) Los Angeles Times
  • 1/22/2015 - Is plastic even in our meat? “… ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials…” Good grief. Recall Notification Report: Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Class III Recall   J & G Foods, Inc., a Sutton, MA establishment, is recalling approximately 33,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. (January 14, 2015) U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) [more on Food in our area]
  • 1/21/2015 - The City of Rochester, NY starts to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast but it’s a start. It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change with the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership; this is hedging your bets politically. Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts. Number one on the Climate Action Plan should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER) which is fantastic effort and constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector) ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned. You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about. You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so that will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year. Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory  (January 21, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 1/21/2015 - We cannot let climate deniers off with dismissive slogans. Follow the Presidents lead on addressing climate denial.  Climate Change is complicated and it’s science and because it’s the mother of all problems, it cannot be dismissed by intelligent people by folks with a political and ideological agenda that will bring our environment to its knees. It’s our life support system, stupid. Obama Touts Climate Action, Mocks The ‘I’m Not A Scientist’ Caucus  (January 20, 2015) Climate Progress
  • 1/21/2015 - This may be the hallmark of 2015: “The political clash over climate change.” In what way can politics trump physics? Denying our environment (life support system) must be factored in our dietary considerations is unsustainable—which is to say crazy. Latest climate change battle may center on food pyramid  (January 18, 2015) LA Times
  • 1/21/2015 - With most New York State voters now “pleased Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to ban hydraulic fracturing”, we’ve come a long way. Poll: Voters support NY fracking ban  (January 20, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 1/20/2015 - Tragic we aren’t heeding IPCC’s message on Climate Change, even more so when their figures may be greatly underestimating the problem. IPCC: misguided yardstick understates climate crisis (winter edition of Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter newsletter)
  • 1/20/2015 - “… 2014 was officially the hottest year since records began” Another benchmark to be ignored, scoffed at, and ridiculed? It is amazing, no it’s fantastic, that we’ve so politicalized Climate Change that one wonders what feature of physics we’ll pooh-pooh at next… gravity? Heat Wave, or a Heat Tsunami? 2014 Set the Record Ten of the hottest years ever have occurred in the past 18 years. Scientists say the trend is 'driven by greenhouse gases.' The year 2014 was officially the hottest year since records began,federal scientists announced on Friday, part of a long-term warming trend driven by the burning of fossil fuels. Ten of the warmest years ever have occurred since 1997. Global ocean and land temperatures, which have been calculated since 1880, measured 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average temperature in 2014, and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial averages. December also marked the 358th consecutive month—nearly 30 years—of above-average global temperatures (January 16, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 1/19/2015 - Governor Cuomo is not a weather expert; he’s the governor and he’s responsible for leading on Climate Change.  Predicting flooding (code for Climate Change) is crucial as is being able to predict all the consequences of Climate Change in our region so the state and local governments can prepare (adapt) to what’s coming. A bigger, better, and smarter weather forecasting system means we’ll be able to monitor the changes that come with Climate Change. Advanced weather detection system: New York NOW (January 16, 2015) Innovation Trail
  • 1/19/2015 - We don’t have to be saddled with bad fossil fuel Energy options in New York State that warm up the planet and endanger our environment. There are models of better energy systems. Check this out: "TALK: Energy Democracy! What can We Learn from Germany? Sierra Club ~ Niagara Group Climate and Clean Energy Writers will feature a presentation from: Aaron Bartley Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo Energy Democracy!   What can we learn from Germany?  Aaron recently traveled to Germany and witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy. Let's hear what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY!    Monday, February 2, 6:00-7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry (Garden Entrance), Buffalo For a printable flier, click here. "
  • 1/19/2015 - Concerned about Water Quality in our region? Find out more: "You are cordially invited to attend an FMCE/GLC special presentation in Penfield on Monday, January 26, 2015: Doors open at 7:00pm.   7:15-8:15pm  -  "Plastic Microbeads in the Great Lakes" Presented by Jennifer Nalbone, Environmental Scientist at the NYS Attorney General's Office in Buffalo. The presentation will provide the scientific foundation underlying proposed State legislation to prohibit the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads, with time for Q&A.   You may optionally stay for: 8:15pm - 9:15pm Discussion of Other Current Issues & FMCE Decisions   Location: The meeting will be held downstairs at First Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Road (on the north side of Rt. 441), just east of Five Mile Line Road and the firehouse.  Park and enter at the east end in the rear of the building.   Hosted by FMCE and GLC The Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists http://fmce.org/ and the Great Lakes Committee of the Rochester Regional Group of Sierra Club"
  • 1/19/2015 - What if our kids just took the grownups to court for screwing up their future? And won? Teens Take Politicians To Court Over Climate Change  (January 17, 2015) The Huffington Post
  • 1/19/2015 - One of the reasons why the public may not be hearing scientists on Climate Change: “…trouble understanding the provisionality of science” (Or, as is probably more likely, many folks simply just don’t want to hear about Climate Change, regardless.) What Scientists Really Do  "What’s depressing about these two cases is the misconception of science they reflect. Much of the public clearly does not know what to make of scientific research and has a poor understanding of how findings are reached, especially when it comes to assessing future risk. This seems to be true in all countries, but it is particularly striking in the United States, where so much of today’s scientific research originates. This paradox is worth exploring." (October 23, 2014) New York Review of Books
  • 1/19/2015 - We have until December at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris to get our act together, not the long arc of scientific history. The point of 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris whose “objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.” is that we have run out of time. The ‘wait and see’ approach, or the notion that reason and human exceptionalism is so baked into the system that everything will somehow ‘work out’ for us is…. Well, absurd. A Bad Day for Climate Change Deniers … and the Planet Three new studies offer new proof of how bad the earth's fever has gotten (January 16, 2016) Time
  • 1/19/2015 - Hitching your wagons to nuclear power has consequences as even Rochester is finding out: “Customers could be forced to foot the bill…”  Of course, if one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the nation had ‘other issues’ we would have to do more than just foot the bill. Why won’t we switch to renewable energy (wind, solar, battery back-up, micro grids, smart grids, conservation, and energy efficiency) instead of dangerous energy options and fossil fuels that warm up the planet?  We have good energy choices in New York State, why aren’t we making them? Choices that will provide a lot of jobs and allow us to keep our way of life in a warming world. Why are we continuing to do the same things with our energy options expecting different results? NY extends deadline on Ginna-RG&E contract; RG&E customers may need to pay more  Rochester Gas and Electric customers may soon have to pay more to keep the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant running.  (January 15, 2015) Irondequoit Post
  • 1/19/2015 - This is dreary as we aren’t even close to actually achieving 2C.  “The internationally agreed upper climate change limit of two degrees Celsius above the planetary temperature in pre-industrial times lies beyond the climate change boundary, the authors warn.” Earth’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Disrupted by Human Activities  (January 16, 2015) Environmental News Service
  • 1/17/2015 - Please raise your hand if you think storing methane, propane, and butane in unlined, depleted salt caverns that were never engineered to store anything, on the shores of Seneca Lake, is a good idea? I don’t see any hands. Go to http://gasfreeseneca.com/ and learn how to help stop this crazy fossil fuel storage boondoggle.  Finger Lakes Businesses Discuss Proposed Gas Facility FINGER LAKES, N.Y. -- A group of businesses within the Finger Lakes region came together Friday morning to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed construction of a gas facility in the heart of the Finger Lakes. More than 60 wineries and hundreds of businesses and organizations throughout the region will take part in the Department of Conservation's issues conference in February. They're asking the DEC to deny the permit for a Texas-based company to construct a liquified petroleum gas facility. The plans include turning depleted salt mines along the southern portion of Seneca Lake into major propane and butane storage and transport hub for the northeastern U.S. (January 17, 2015) Time Warner Cable News Rochester
  • 1/17/2015 - Today’s question boys and girls, Is Monroe County and Rochester updating water infrastructure for Climate Change? Ans: We don’t know; nobody has asked. Few adaption to Climate Change issues are more critical to the Rochester, NY region as “protect[ing] our drinking water sources and enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change by avoiding financial and water supply losses from leaking pipes and reducing pollution from sewer overflows and wastewater discharges.” So, has anyone (our local media) asked if our City and county are working on that and if they are, how about some of the details? Water Quality is a point at which even Rochester can no longer avoid Climate Change. EPA Launches Finance Center to Improve Community Water Infrastructure and Resiliency   (January 16, 2015) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [more on Water Quality
  • 1/17/2015 - As our climate warms we are going have to chew gum and save the oceans and stop Sixth Great Extinction at the same time. Our journey to develop our way of life has been very tough on our life support system. Now we have to solve many dire environmental issues that are all happening at the same time.  Getting overwhelmed and dismissive really won’t solve these problems in any concrete way. We have a tiger by the tail. Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says  (January 15, 2015) New York Times
  • 1/17/2015 - Excellent article: Instead of panicking about the collapse of honeybee populations, we should worry about “the Big Ratchet.” The big picture about our present-day agriculture is grim. Bee Colony Collapse Syndrome is part of a much more dire issue about food and our environment. “It is the latest and most extreme example of a cycle of technological innovation that has allowed humanity to thrive in the face of constant ecological crises.” We need to find out how to ratchet down our reliance on technology, pesticides, herbicides, irrigation, genetically modified seeds, and monocultures to feed more and more people or our next food crisis will be our last. Save the Honeybee, Sterilize the Earth . (January 5, 2015) Pacific Standard [more on Food and our Environment in our area]
  • 1/17/2015 - Climate Change: Scientists collecting data, it’s complicated and it’s comprehensive and “the world is hotter than ever.” From buckets to beehives: how scientists collect climate data  (January 17, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 1/16/2015 - ACTION: 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. 
  • 1/16/2015 - This is going to get old: “… treaty it will be under attack from Congressional Republicans who question the science behind climate change.” For the next year, it looks like a lot of our energy to address Climate Change before the crucial COP21 Paris Climate Conference will be spent fighting extreme ideology. Global Climate Fund on GOP's Budget Hit List  (January 14, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 1/15/2015 - Food does not magically appear at our tables: Food and environment and social justice are real and bound together. How we produce food and get food to our tables plays an enormous role in our existence, even if (especially) if all we do is run to the fast-food joint and order up a quick meal.  Food and Field Notes: The ‘Rising’ Food Movement For Widespread Issues of Social Justice  (January 1, 2015) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 1/15/2015 - Quietly, and with little fanfare, local media bakes Climate Change into environmental articles—as they should. If the public is not continually informed of the changes that Climate Change is having locally, they’re going to continue to think Climate Change is a political issue. We cannot possible plan for our future if our local reporters don’t consider Climate Change in the present and in the future.     “Shifts in precipitation patterns, brought on by climate change, also play a role in the erosion. Overall, the amount of precipitation that the Rochester area gets hasn't changed much, but more frequently it's coming in heavy bursts. And those downpours tend to be more intense than in the past. "On an observation basis, I think we've seen more what we call flashy storms, where the water rises very quickly within the creek, within the parks, more so than in the past," says Monroe County's Rinaldo.” Water power (January 14, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
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  • 1/15/2015 - There are still many unknown knowns and unknown unknowns on Climate Change science, but no doubt about moral connection. Scientist know that Climate Change is happening and the GHGs spikes since 1850’s are ours. They still don’t know how the energy that has been absorbed by the oceans will playout into our atmosphere and they don’t know much about how our soil will react to dramatic shifts in snow cover, flooding, freezing and unfreezing, and a sudden rise in heat.  But we all know that the manmade disturbance of Climate Change is a moral issue. This is a no-brainer. When our way of life causes a major disruption to our life support system that involves our responsibility to remedy this situation. Catholics unite for climate action as Pope urged to divest   (January 14, 2015) tcktcktc
  • 1/15/2015 - Glad that the COP20 Lima talks didn’t fall apart (progress), but a half-ass COP21 Paris treaty will seal our fate. We’ve kicked the can down the road on taking real action to bring down greenhouse gas emissions that we’ve approach the wall—the point where the can can’t be kicked anymore: “We no longer have the luxury of leaving the fate of the climate to the vicissitudes of national politics and vagaries of economic conditions in the 196 disparate nations of the world.” At COP21 Paris we must have binding agreements that do the job. The Turbulent Lima Climate Talks: Voluntarism Won't Save the Climate  (January 13, 2014) TheWorldPost
  • 1/15/2015 - The glaciers melt. The seas rise. Time passes. COP21 Paris awaits us.  Sea level rise quickens more than thought in threat to coasts  (January 14, 2015) Reuters
  • 1/14/2015 - Posting a showing of Rochester’s own “Comfort Zone” by the Rochester Business Journal kinda gives Climate Change a local legitimacy. I was taken aback that the business community in Rochester is starting to take Climate Change into their hearts. Now, if we can only get the public to understand the existential nature of Climate Change. We must address Climate Change because if will affect everything—pubic heath, our transportation, food, water, waste, telecommunications infrastructures and, Oh yeah, our future—not to mention, as Pope Francis mentions, it is a major ethical issue. If we, who created much of this Climate Change in the developed nations, allow those who did not cause Climate Change in the developing nations to perish (we will follow shortly after), that would be immoral.  Harley to show documentary on climate change The Harley School will play host to a screening of the locally produced documentary “Comfort Zone”—a production focused on climate change—as part of The Commons Speakers Series. It will be shown Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The 67-minute long film was produced by Rochester natives David Danesh, Sean Donnelly and Kate Kressman-Kehoe. The filmmakers’ aim was to depict their journey to understand the scientific, economic and personal aspects of climate change. There will be a question-and-answer session with filmmakers following the screening. The showing is to be held at the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement in The Commons at 1981 Clover St. The event is free and open to the public. (January 13, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
  • 1/14/2015 - US leadership role in addressing Climate Change is crucial. COP21 Paris treaty cannot fail. There’s no Plan B. US keen on success of climate talk in Paris The United States is keen to work with India to help international community reach a landmark agreement to deal with climate change when the United Nations will hold a conference on the issue in Paris next December, American Secretary of State John Kerry said here on Monday.  (January 13, 2014) Deccan Herald
  • 1/14/2015 - So yeah, while I’m out in the freaking (really) cold trying to #NoKXL once again, I’m thinking Sen. Whitehouse’s characterization of GOP as “the political wing of the fossil fuel industry” is an apt description. President Obama, please reject the Keystone XL pipeline Once and For All.  Time to Wake Up: Let's Reject the Keystone Pipeline January 13,2015- In this week's "Time to Wake Up" speech, Sen. Whitehouse discusses his opposition to legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. -from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • 1/14/2015 - Several of us in Rochester, NY said #NoKXL not in anybody’s backyard! Obama reject KXL once and for all! And yeah, it was freaking cold out there, but lots of folks saw us. Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4. Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States Thousands of people rallied yesterday in all 50 states urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. At 158 events from Maine to Los Angeles, with many weathering frigid temperatures in the single digits, people chanted, sang songs, and held signs and banners calling on President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill if and when the bill passes the Senate. (January 14, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 1/13/2015 - Considering how our use of energy plays into Climate Change, Solar Power always makes financial sense. Energy sources that don’t put more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere are always a good deal, especially now that solar power is continually getting more efficient and cheaper. Our priorities should be on living sustainably during Climate Change, not continually bowing and scraping to the present fossil fuel zeitgeist. Monroe County considering solar-power project  (January 12, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 1/13/2015 - In truth, we are just starting to get our heads around plastics in the Great Lakes—both causes and implications. Because the Great Lakes is the greatest fresh water system in the world (where we get our drinking water) you’d think we launch a full throated investigation into the plastic threat to our Great Lakes, instead of just a few stories here and there by the investigations of a few scientists.  We are acting as if we just don’t want know everything about how our way of life intrudes on our life support system—even though it may kill us if we don’t know what’s going on so we can plan properly. Plastics in our water tend to attract and accumulate toxins in the water and not break down further. And our wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove this stuff. Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with plastic  (January 10, 2014) WHAM Rochester
  • 1/13/2015 - Not hard to understand the reasons why developing nations frustrated at climate commitments. They’re getting screwed. A treaty in COP21 Paris in December that doesn’t actually start to bring down global warming is merely something cooked up by developed nations to make themselves feel good and doesn’t stop the worldwide crisis of Climate Change. Climate change: Half-hearted commitments It doesn’t require rocket science to understand why countries settle for measures that may not address the problems for which they are intended in the first place  (January 13, 2015) LIVEMINT  |  HINDUSTAN TIMES  |  LIVEHINDUSTAN 
  • 1/13/2015 - New climate action group sweeping through Rochester, NY- brought to you by the folks who Make things happen, “Mothers Out Front”. "Mothers Out Front Drinks! If you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, or other woman who is concerned about global warming, don't miss the first Mothers Out Front Drinks event!  Mothers Out Front is an organization focused on building a movement of women who use their collective energy and voice to convince elected officials and business leaders to push for a swift and complete transition away from fossil fuels, to clean energy.  Founded in Massachusetts in 2012, Mothers Out Front officially moved into New York State in November 2014, starting here in Rochester.  On the third Friday of each month, Mothers Out Front members and newcomers will gather to eat, drink, and discuss local climate issues and corresponding opportunities for action.  No previous knowledge or experience necessary.  Feel free to bring your friends along.     What: Mothers Out Front Drinks When: Friday, January 16, from 5:15-6:15 Where: Trata at Culver Road Armory, second floor bar - 145 Culver Road, Rochester For more information contact Sue Hughes-Smith at suehughessmith@gmail.com   If you can't make it on Friday night, but would like to learn more about Mothers Out Front, contact Neely Kelley (neely.kelley@gmail.com) or Abigail McHugh-Grifa (abigailmchugh@hotmail.com). "
  • 1/13/2015 - Climate Change isn’t just a social movement, it is well… science, which is to say it you don’t act, your planet heats up regardless. Those who are not alarmed about the trajectory of Climate Change at present must be those who are not paying attention and ignorant of the dangers to our way of life the consequences of Climate Change present. But ignorance of the laws of Nature is no excuse. New Year’s Resolution: Jumpstart The Climate Change Conversation — Like The Pope  (January 9, 2015) Climate Progress
  • 1/13/2015 - With the present manmade Climate Change, it’s the unprecedented speed that makes it impossible for most plants and animals to adapt. This ‘speed’ tends to disrupt exquisitely timed relationships in Nature—ones that took hundreds of thousands of years to develop. It’s as if chaos were introduced into airline scheduling. Sure folks could still travel by air, but where would they be? Climate Change Messing with Mother Nature’s Timetable In nature, timing is everything. From the mass migration of monarch butterflies to the simultaneous seminal release of corals to the collective deaths of salmon and cicadas, many species stick to schedules so strict, their habits could be used to mark the seasons.  (January 10, 2015) Climate Central
  • 1/13/2015 - Of course, that is a problem when political climate deneirs “… overreaches or impedes the functioning of government.” Humans disagree, political parties disagree and that’s part of human nature. But when humanity disagrees about the workings of Nature itself, that another kettle of fish altogether. The extreme branch of the GOP has forced the entire party down a road that leads us all over a cliff. The test for the American people is whether they will let themselves be driven over this cliff like a herd of buffalos. With Keystone Bill GOP Targets Obama's Climate Agenda, but Will It Backfire? At least $700 million in campaign donations to the GOP from fossil fuel interests ensure that climate action will be a target in the new Congress.  (January 9, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 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.
  • 1/12/2015 - On the other hand, the NYS Fracking ban will have a tremendous effect on our environmental and public health, tourism, water quality, and the likelihood of more Fracking bans in other states and countries.  This sour grapes article and the charge of hypocrisy (“Without fracking, New York will remain a state that consumes great quantities of natural gas but produces very little) fails to see the big picture that wrestling away our energy infrastructure from the fossil fuel industry is going to be difficult and when we are finally able to do that and replace gas and oil and coal with wind and solar, we won’t have to have the cynical charge of hypocrisy leveled against us anymore. NY frack ban to have little impact on national supply  New York's recent decision to ban fracking is hardly seen as a big loss for the nation's production of natural gas.  (January 11, 2015) Daily Messenger
  • 1/12/2015 - A very inconvenient truth about doing nothing on Climate Change: We’ll have to continually cut our losses. Because the Sixth Great Extinction is also occurring at the same time as manmade driven Climate Change and because we are doing little to save species and help them adapt, we are passing points at which we will have to cut our losses and focus solely on those species we must have to survive. Each day we aren’t addressing Climate Change we are condemning species to extinction because our ability to handle all the consequences of Climate Change will be limited. We haven’t been planning. It’s survival of the most useful when protecting species Consensus is growing that we are steering towards a sixth mass extinction event. There are calls for increased efforts to stop the accelerating loss of plants and animals. But do we really need to protect all species from global extinction?  (January 11, 2015) The Conversation
  • 1/12/2015 - This should make you shutter: “Environmental considerations would play no part in shaping the new Dietary Guidelines.” Of course, the production of the food we eat has an enormous effect on the workings of our life support system—big really, really big, farming, agriculture, nutrients leaking into our water, land usage, Climate Change—so it’s mind blowing that this relationship between our environment and our Dietary Guideline is politically, therefore legally, discounted. This attitude needs to be revisited if we are to have a sustainable future.  A Lost Opportunity For Americans’ Health And The Environment Around the world, food production occupies more land than any other human activity (about 40 times the area of all cities and suburbs combined), uses more freshwater than anything else people do and is a major source of carbon pollution in the air and nitrogen pollution in the water.  So it should be obvious that the food choices we make in supermarkets, restaurants and in our homes have a big influence on the world around us. Making small changes in what we eat can have big environmental benefits. (January 9, 2015) Environmental Working Group
  • 1/12/2015 - Rolling back renewable energy mandates would make sense if you were terraforming Mars. Or if you had a craven disregard for Earth. The fossil fuel party seems hell bent on making a profit regardless of the consequences to our planet that is quickly warming from manmade burning of fossil fuels. GOP sets sights on Colorado energy mandates  (January 10, 2015) Post Independent
  • 1/12/2015 - As we now understand our air, as a worldwide commons, unregulated trash burning (of electronics plastics, etc.) is a major unknown of our Air Quality. Basically, if you burn it, you eventually breathe it, and it warms up the planet. And if you don’t monitor it, you don’t even know about a major factor in Air Quality and Climate Change. Environment: Scientists try to assess global health, climate impacts of unregulated trash burning ‘Air pollution across much of the globe is significantly underestimated because no one is tracking open-fire burning of trash’  (January 11, 2015) Summit County Citizen Voice
  • 1/10/2015 - ACTION: Got thoughts on how our local transportation infrastructure should adapt to Climate Change—more flooding and heat? Consider filling out this latest survey by our local transportation authority on transportation in our future with Climate Change in mind.   "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) conducted an initial survey in Summer/Fall 2014 on transportation opportunities and issues facing the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and received a significant amount of input. Thank you!   A second survey is now being conducted that will provide GTC with additional information on preferred transportation alternatives. Please take a few minutes and complete LRTP 2040 Survey #2. "
  • 1/10/2015 - Ignoring Climate Change because it’s too scary, too inconvenient, too boring, too controversial, are insane responses to this worldwide crisis. EPA chief on climate change: “The scary thing is doing nothing” (January 9, 2014) The Washington Post
  • 1/10/2015 - Of course, the best way to deal with invasive species is to stop them from invading. But what if you can’t? FLPRISM Update: Fighting The Curve  (January 1, 2015) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 1/10/2015 - Expanding on this great article a little, the fight to preserve our Western New York State environment should not simply be characterized as one industry vs. another.  As Roland Micklem (86), stated at the "We Are Seneca Lake Pre-Arraignment Press Conference at the Town of Reading Court, November 5, 2014", and I transcribe a portion: “…this action that we are doing is far more than trying to protect Seneca Lake. The actions we are taking now has cosmic implications. I look upon what we’re doing is the action to help save perhaps the only planet in the Milky Way galaxy that supports life. I want you to really think about that. This is much, much bigger than our local battle here to save Seneca Lake. Climate Change is now pretty well accepted by the world scientific establishment, and it seems like in this country is the only place in the world where there are still naysayers. And this is something that will sure do us in unless we take very strong and meaningful action. So if I’m going to jail, I look upon it as going to jail to save the planet….” That was a cold, cold evening listening to the speakers speak, but Roland’s talk warmed me up. We are all part of something very big going on at this time in history and we need to continually connect the dots. Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash  (January 7, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 1/10/2015 - One of the great unknowns on Climate Change is how our soil, critical to our environment, will react to changes in moisture. This new satellite from NASA (Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)) can help alleviate some of our blindness on how our way of life is affecting the planet. We need a lot more information about Climate Change, and much can come from technology.  A lot of vital information can come from citizen scientists, folks trained by experts to monitor and collect vital data on our changing environment, and help establish a baseline to measure against when things do change. Also, more about soil and Climate Change needs to be known, for example: how does soil that previously lay for long periods in the deep cold of winter under a blanket of snow adjust to less snow and more back and forth freezing because of whacky winter weather due to Climate Change? NASA Satellite Set to Get the Dirt on Soil Moisture A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch from California.  (January 8, 2015) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)