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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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Since 1998, RochesterEnvironment.com has been an ongoing experiment to completely inform one community [Rochester, NY] of all its environmental Newslinks, Events, Daily Updates, Resources, Environmental Education, regional Climate Change, and Environmental Issues. Green Apps, and more...    * Please read this carefully, it's not the usual Yada Yada

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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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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.

 

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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

COP21 Paris isn’t the end of anything, whether it is successful or fails miserably         

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

While Rochester worries that our gasoline prices may not drop nearly as low as nearby communities, we should be mindful of the particular teapot in which this gas price-tempest is occurring. Our addiction to fossil fuel is wreaking bloody havoc on our climate. (And, if you noticed the 1,000 point drop at the stock market this week, our addiction will increasing cause mayhem on our finances and investments too. See: “Oil means turmoil as world’s markets nosedive”.) Accordingly, the backdrop for our local obsession for more fossil fuel burning is a world burning up. A world that is desperately trying to bring down greenhouse gas levels before the window of opportunity closes under the framework of the COP21 Paris 2015.  

(COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. (WHAT IS COP21/CMP11?)

Instead of obsessing over artificially low gasoline prices, Rochester should be more engaged with this worldwide movement towards a more sustainable world. There are few hopeful signs, but here’s one. Next month, we hope to see a debate between local candidates on green jobs for green energy:  

 Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 | Click here to register! Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and League of Women Voters are excited to bring climate change into the conversation at area elections, as we cosponsor a Candidate Forum on green jobs and a sustainable economy. Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 will be an opportunity for those running for public office within Monroe County to present their vision on a greening economy. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM at the Harley School, 1981 Clover Street (from Rochester People's Climate Coalition.)

 However, there should also be debates and media attention on how our local candidates will lead on adapting to Climate Change. We will have to adapt to the consequences of Climate Change in our region, and the buck stops at our leaders’ offices. When our waters rise and overwhelm our waste water systems, our leaders will be held accountable (just as officials were blamed recently when a sewage spill closed Honolulu's Waikiki Beach). When a climate disaster like Hurricane Katrina strikes again, our leaders won’t be able to use the perfect-storm excuse, where many catastrophes are triggered at once. This is because the invocation of Murphy’s Law will be more likely to accompany more weather-related disruptions as Climate Change gets worse. Our leaders must make sure we adapt, and we must make sure they connect the dots so we aren’t overwhelmed when the shit hits the fan. 

We are hard-wired to adapt—even climate deniers. When a fire gets too close, we quickly back away. The tragedy of Climate Change is that we have to start backing away from a fire that is coming much slower than our senses have evolved to detect. That’s why we must plan now, not when the next climate disaster leaves our leaders groping for excuses and us without a future.  more...

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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:

  • SolarCity seeking suppliers Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Bob Duffy is encouraging Rochester-area businesses to check into opportunities for suppliers of SolarCity, the solar-panel maker expected to open in 2016 in Buffalo. SolarCity is looking for suppliers for gases, chemicals, aluminum, copper, extrusion, stamping, anodizing, solar glass, junction boxes, tapes, pastes, labels, logistics, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, compressed dry air, professional services, and more. (June 24, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]

  • Irondequoit development project goes green A major development project in Irondequoit is focused on going green. The Market at I-Square is now complete with a rooftop garden. The garden is just one part of the project's goal to be eco-friendly. "It's a sustainable measure to eliminate storm water runoff from reaching Lake Ontario which is the goal for everyone in Irondequoit," Owner Mike Nolan said. Whatever water isn't absorbed by the garden is filtered through the tiling and even the sidewalk outside into a tank underground. The water is then re-used for irrigation and landscaping. (May 29, 2015) WHAM [more on Green Business in our area]

  • EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.”  (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our area]

  • You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”

Event Highlight

  Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11

    

 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015 

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

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...    

September

  • 7 PM, September 10th (Doors open at 6:30) | Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
    • Off and On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris What: On/Off:The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 When: 7 PM, September 10th (Doors open at 6:30) Who: Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Eddie Bautista, Cynthia Ong,  and many more   Tickets: Sliding scale, pay what you can here.   
  • Saturday, September 12  10-12 am  Webster Park, at the intersection of Lake and Holt Roads
    • "Fungi in Webster Park"  Saturday, September 12  10-12 am  Webster Park, at the intersection of Lake and Holt Roads   Join mushroom expert Dave Wolf on a walk to find both common and unusual fungi in the park.  You will be amazed to see how many interesting mushrooms are hiding in plain sight!  Bring a hand lens, if you have one, so you can better see the identifying characteristics of each type of fungi.  Remember that the outlet bridge is still closed in September, so east -bound participants will need to come across the Bay Bridge and go north on Holt Rd. to reach Lake Rd. For more info, call 482-2640. from the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club http://www.bancny.org/
  • Tuesday, September 15 5:00 pm in Goergen 109, Center for Energy & Environment University of Rochester  
    • Health Consequences of Shale Gas Development: What Do We Know? The general public are welcomed to attend both the seminar and the reception that will follow. The benefits and costs of resource extraction are currently being hotly debated in the case of shale gas development (commonly known as “fracking”). The policy debate around drilling activity is very polarized between the employment, income and community benefits and the environmental health concerns related to drilling operations. An assessment by The Wall Street Journal estimated that over 15 million Americans live within 1 mile of an oil or gas well drilled since 2000 in 11 states. This talk will provide an overview of recent studies addressing potential environmental contamination (e.g. air, water) and the sparse studies to date on any human health impacts. "
  • Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street
    • Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015.  It is critical that those running for public office within Monroe County address what they will do to help our region adapt to Climate Change. Our local leaders are those who frame our region’s response to the consequences of Climate Change in our area. Be there at the forum, ask the candidates how they will lead on Climate Change? Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 | Click here to register! Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and League of Women Voters are excited to bring climate change into the conversation at area elections, as we cosponsor a Candidate Forum on green jobs and a sustainable economy. Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 will be an opportunity for those running for public office within Monroe County to present their vision on a greening economy.   Watch this page for updates as we confirm the Monroe County candidates in attendance. This event, moderated by Dr. Susan Spencer, President and Founder of ROCSPOT, presents a unique opportunity for voters to learn how their candidates’ platform relates to climate change solutions.  The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street --from Rochester People's Climate Coalition.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two UR locations)
    • Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24).  Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.
  • September 24 at 4:00pm | (Niagara Square ) Buffalo Place - 671 Main Street - Buffalo, NY 14203
    • Rise Up for Climate Justice! Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 GETTING TO PARIS AND A SANE CLIMATE AGREEMENT Mobilizing Western New York for Climate and Economic Justice  (September – December 2015)  Rise Up for Climate Justice JOIN US  Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 at 4:00pm  The day Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress Vigil/Fast during Paris Talks, Nov. 30 – Dec 11, 2015  As President Obama said, “Climate Change is not a problem for another generation.”  It's our crisis and we must take action. Unless we act, we will be the generation that failed  all future children of the Earth. WE CALL ON THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS OF ALL NATIONS TO SIGN AND ENFORCE A UNIVERSAL, LEGALLY-BINDING AGREEMENT  TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORT A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Before the end of 2015, the people of the world will know if our leaders will take action on the most critical issue of human civilization – climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will determine the future for life on   Planet Earth, our common home.  As people of the earth and as citizens of the United States,  We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE. We will make our voices heard in Washington. "A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." -- Pope Francis We gather together, as different segments of our society, for a common, sane, just and compassionate form of human life on earth. For more information and opportunities to participate/volunteer as organizations or individuals,  visit the Sierra Club website: www.NiagaraSierraClub.com 
  • September 24, 2015 | Washington DC
    • People’s Rally for Climate Justice - Moral Action on Climate - MAC On September 24, Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress, and we will gather in support of his call for urgent action to address the climate crisis and create a new future of economic equality, social justice, and environmental equity.  Join us in Washington DC or plan events where you are, and post them here! READ the People’s Climate Covenant: A Formula for U.S. Leadership at the Paris Climate (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  • During the week of September 21-25,
    • Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice - MAC During the week of September 21-25, thousands of people will come together - in Washington DC and across the country - joining with Pope Francis to underscore the moral aspect of the climate crisis, and to call America to heed its moral duty to act for climate justice. MAC Website: moralactiononclimate.org/ (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  •  Sunday, September 27, Two showings at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM  | Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
    • “PlantPure Nation” is coming to Rochester! This film follows in the steps of “Forks Over Knives” and sets out to make the transition to a plant-based diet into a national movement! There is a modest ticket charge for this film; please remember that profits go to the PlantPure Nation foundation, which, among other things, uses its Jumpstart program to introduce 10-days of plant-based meals to underserved and low-income community members. Tickets are on sale NOW.   At both showings of the film, there will be complimentary vegan snacks provided by The Red Fern or Vive Bistro and Bakery.   “PlantPure Nation”   Two showings at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM  Sunday, September 27 Rochester Academy of Medicine 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610 $7 per person, 12 & under $3   Parking in lot at rear of building  Additional street parking nearby   4:00 PM showing will be signed for the hearing-impaired   FREE Vegan refreshments before show  Q&A with local physicians after show   Purchase tickets at plantpurenation.com  Tickets will also be available at the door Read PlantPure Nation Coming To Rochester!

October

  • Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY
    • On-line Registration Available | The Center for Environmental Initiatives 41st Annual Community Salute to the Environment Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm at High Falls, La Luna Banquet Center 60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY   Please plan to join us for this unique event as we Celebrate the Genesee River Valley   with Exhibitors, Dinner, Awards and Networking Our "Celebration of the Genesee River Valley" will provide a fun, interactive and fast paced event featuring networking, buffet dinner, brief awards ceremony and door prize drawing for those who complete their passage through the Genesee Valley.  Your "tour" of the Genesee will be guided by local experts and exhibits of the River's Beauty and Adventure, its People and History, the State of the River, Water Protections, Agricultural Best Management Practices and Citizen Groups Working to Restore the River.    Invited exhibitors include the City of Rochester, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Seneca Park Zoo, Western NY Crop Management Association, Allegany County Tourism and Genesee River Wilds.  We hope you will join us! Register on-line at www.geneseeriverwatch.org
  • October 14, 2015
    • Will Rochester continue to try and sit out Climate Change? Event PeoplesClimate.org coming up, will Rochester be there? “Join us in a national day of action around the United States on October 14, 2015.” About five hundred folks from the Rochester region made their way to the People’s Climate March in New York City last September to get our leaders to take action on Climate Change. On the day before Earth Day this year, over 800 folks came to see Dr. Hansen speak on how quickly Climate Change is happening. Now, before the historic climate summit in Paris this Nov/Dec, with local attention to this worldwide crisis almost completely quiet, will Rochester step up to the plate and make our voices heard in October—that our leaders, including our local leaders take action on Climate Change? Find out about PeoplesClimate.org. Plan to join, get your organization to lead a march, something. Create an action; Join an action. October 14, 2015.

November

  • November 29th
    • Join the GLOBAL People’s Climate March - AVAAZ (means "voice") On November 29th, hours before world leaders meet at the Paris climate summit, we will create a Global Climate March, taking to the streets across thousands of cities to demand a safe future and planet powered by 100% clean energy. Save the date - November 29 - for the Global Climate March! - Host an event - Volunteer - Attend Register at this Website (Listing thanks to Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo.)
  • 30 November to 11 December 2015 | Paris, France
    • Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015  “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

December

  • December 4th 2015 |  Le Trianon, Paris FR
    • “Pathway to Paris” and 350.org Announce Concert with Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, and more Pathway to Paris is an initiative in partnership with 350.org that brings together musicians, artists, activists, academics, politicians and innovators to participate in a series of events and dialogues to help raise consciousness around the urgency of climate action and the importance of establishing an ambitious, global, legally binding agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. Co-founded by musician-activist-organizers Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, Pathway to Paris kicked off with an intimate evening of music and speakers at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City in September 2014, with a series of similar events unfolding in New York and Montreal over the ensuing year. The final Pathway to Paris concert will take place December 4th 2015 in Paris and will include the musicians and speakers listed below (among others still to be announced): PATHWAY TO PARIS December 4th 2015 Le Trianon, Paris FR BILL MCKIBBEN   •   NAOMI KLEIN   •   VANDANA SHIVA • PATTI SMITH   •   THOM YORKE   •   FLEA   •   DHANI HARRISON •  TENZIN CHOEGYAL  •  JESSE PARIS SMITH   •   REBECCA FOON Doors: 18:30   Show: 19:30 Ticket go on sale September 2015

 

Genessee RiverWatch Initiative Working to restore the waters of the Genesee, improve access, increase use and encourage economic development that benefits from and contributes to the water quality of our region.

 

 

ACTION 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: October 14, 2015
    • Will Rochester continue to try and sit out Climate Change? Event PeoplesClimate.org coming up, will Rochester be there? “Join us in a national day of action around the United States on October 14, 2015.” About five hundred folks from the Rochester region made their way to the People’s Climate March in New York City last September to get our leaders to take action on Climate Change. On the day before Earth Day this year, over 800 folks came to see Dr. Hansen speak on how quickly Climate Change is happening. Now, before the historic climate summit in Paris this Nov/Dec, with local attention to this worldwide crisis almost completely quiet, will Rochester step up to the plate and make our voices heard in October—that our leaders, including our local leaders take action on Climate Change? Find out about PeoplesClimate.org. Plan to join, get your organization to lead a march, something. Create an action; Join an action. October 14, 2015.

  • ACTION: Due Date: Check specific events time and places
    • COP21 Paris Talks must not fail: Check out National and Global Climate Actions leading up to Paris Talks – and be a part of one. National and Global Climate Actions leading up to Paris Talks The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) will be held in Paris, France from November 30 to December 11, 2015. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and global agreement on climate from all the nations of the world.  In anticipation of the Paris Conference and in the face of environmental impacts fueled by continuously rising global temperatures, people across nations and around the world are mobilizing and calling on government leaders to take bold action to reduce global warming pollution in order to stabilize the climate. NATIONAL & GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTIONS: Important Dates - Events - Organizers August 29 -  Commemoration of 10 years since Hurricane Katrina - PCM September 24 - People’s Rally for Climate Justice - MAC  October 14 - National Day of Action - PCM November 29 - Global Climate March - AVAAZ December 4 - Pathway to Paris: Concert & Speakers - Pathway2Paris and 350.org (August 3, 2015) Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo
      • JOIN THE GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCH Last year our community helped create the biggest climate mobilisation in history at the People’s Climate March. Now, on November 29th -- hours before leaders arrive at the Paris climate summit -- it’s time to go even bigger! Click to say "I’m in" for this year’s People’s Climate March” -- and Avaaz will get in touch by phone or email with updates on how to get involved in your city! –from “Avaaz—meaning "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.”
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
  • ACTION:  Due Date: Now!
    • New York needs to transition to renewable energy (like Wind Power) now:  "New York has been slow out of the gate when it comes to opportunities like offshore wind. We can change that. Few states have the potential to be a national and global clean energy and climate leader like New York.  And right now, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments on how to structure a new Large Scale Renewable Energy Program – and Environmental Advocates is urging the PSC to act on three critical fronts: Establish enforcement mechanisms to hold the state and utilities accountable for supplying 50 percent of our energy from clean renewables by 2030. Make the state’s Large Scale Renewables Program statewide (currently Long Island is excluded from the Renewable Portfolio Standard). Add offshore wind power to New York’s energy mix.  You can urge them to prioritize these initiatives, too!     Despite our state being home to some of the most attractive and productive wind farm locations in the nation, this plentiful source of renewable energy remains completely untapped. With Rhode Island constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and Europe utilizing this same renewable energy source on a large scale, New York can step up and become a global clean energy leader.     Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to ensure 50 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. That means dramatically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and building a clean, green energy economy with offshore wind and other sources of renewable energy.    Take Action Today! " (from Environmental Advocates of New York)
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • From a friend: Learn more about saving 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat in Henrietta: Save Beckwith Park "There is a group of neighbors working hard to save 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat. In view of the Pope's recent encyclical, we are mystified that the Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling it for development. We were able to have a wetlands surveyor look at arial photos of the land and he identified two likely areas of wetland on the property. In addition there is a waterway that runs through the property that is marked on the DEC classified water bodies map. Trees present include quite a few cherry, many slippery elm maple, some maple, a few large oaks, many large ash and even walnut. It’s a wonderfully overgrown home to fox, deer, skunk, raccoon, bats, woodchucks, turkey, ducks and a host of other wildlife. One neighbor has even seen a bobcat there! We saw fox cubs once. They looked like little fur-balls rolling around playing like puppies while the mama fox stood nearby. There are thickets, meadows, and even a wild blackberry patch. A recent bird watch walk through the property found 41 species of birds which are listed here:  We are looking to get more public awareness of the situation and will appreciate any help you might be able to give! There is more information on our newly developed website: www.SaveBeckwithPark.org
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    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
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    • Do this! DEMAND WORLD LEADERS SIGN A STRONG AGREEMENT AT THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER. TAKE CLIMATE ACTION NOW Climate change threatens our lives and livelihoods. As the world’s leaders prepare to gather for the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December, now is the moment for the world to speak as one: A strong emissions reductions agreement is the key to our collective prosperity, and well-being for all. --from The Climate Reality Project
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    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
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    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
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    • 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...
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    • 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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    • 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. 
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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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    • 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.org 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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  • 9/03/2015 - From our friends over at PACHAMAMA OF GREATER ROCHESTER The Pachamama Alliance September 2015 Newsletter "Building a critical mass of committed global citizens… to create a human presence on the planet that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just.” 
  • 9/03/2015 - Communities like Rochester could be more bicycle friendly (and safe) if biking were augmented through the lens of Climate Change. If increasing active transportation (walking and bicycling) were understood by the public as one of the very realistic ways to address Climate Change (by reducing greenhouse gas emissions), then more attention and public monies would be used for communicating bicycle safety and pedestrian safety—and this would still be far cheaper than trying to increase other modes of transportation. Painting more bike lane signs on more of our road should go hand-in-hand with a massive education program to show drivers and bicyclist how to bike safely on our roads—continually. And, if we were serious, there should be wide-spread teaching programs for those who want to bike as transportation. As transportation chair of the Rochester Sierra Club and the Rochester Biking Club we did this with the county several years ago and it was very popular. By connecting the dots with active transportation being an integral part of our transportation system and our local attempts to address Climate Change our community would truly be a bicycle friendly community—instead of hoping an increase in biking will magically transform everyone’s attitude to share the road. Here in Rochester we are missing a valuable component of education in our attempt to make Rochester a bicycle friendly community. See: bikeRochester by the City of Rochester, NY. Bicycling-Related Injuries And Hospitalizations On The Rise In US More Americans are reaching for bicycles for quick workouts or to replace cars for daily commutes, an encouraging sign for public health -- and the environment.  (September 1, 2015) International Business Times
  • 9/03/2015 - Smart businesses realize that addressing Climate Change is smart business. Dozens of Companies Support California’s Climate Change Bills  (August 30, 2015) Environmental News Service (ENS)
  • 9/02/2015 - This is pretty cool: Rochester, NY has joined the Climate Smart Communities - Compact of Mayors Challenge. Learn more: “The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resilience to climate change. President Obama has challenged all mayors to commit to a climate action and has set a goal of at least 100 U.S. cities signing onto the compact by the end of November. Two New York cities – New York City and Climate Smart Community Rochester – have already signed on.” For more information on the Compact of Mayors. | Climate Smart Communities - Compact of Mayors Challenge (September 1, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • 9/02/2015 - Our local leaders and our media who are preparing us for winter should be mindful of the big picture: Climate Change. A warming Arctic is affecting the jet streams, which is sometimes sending Arctic cold at points (like our Northeast) lower than usual. Our winters won’t necessarily be getting colder; they will be getting wackier. How do we plan properly for our winters? Because of the last two winters, where the winters were harsh, should we be buying lots of snow removal equipment and hiring lots of folks for that? Or will this winter shift back to the warmer winters we have been experiencing for the last couple of decades—where Lake Ontario was losing 88% of its ice cover? We could swing from much warmer winters with much more flooding and zigzagging frosts, or massive lake-effect snows that cripple our transportation systems. And everything in between. Our leaders and our media need to see our winters through a larger lens than year-to-year. They need to bring Climate Change into their projections to adequately inform and prepare the public for dramatically different winters than we have ever experienced before. If we continue the way we are going (ignoring Climate Change) we are going to be constantly playing catchup on winter preparations—until we cannot afford it anymore. Yes, a Warmer Arctic Means Cold Winters Elsewhere. Here's How. Rising Arctic temps are changing the jet stream, drawing cold air further south, showing climate change can drive extreme weather in unexpected ways.  (August 31, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 9/02/2015 - Climate Change is warming Alaska twice as fast as the lower 48. The wildfires are opening up the permafrost to melting and burning and the projections are Kafkaesque. Watch this five minute video of a warming world. Alaska’s wildfires create disastrous loop of climate change Alaska is warming at twice the rate of southern latitudes, priming its forests to burn and create even more warming President Obama arrived in Alaska Monday to meet with foreign ministers from Arctic nations to discuss climate change, and to speak with Alaskans who are already being affected by a climate that is heating up twice as fast as lower latitudes. (September 1, 2015) Aljazeera
  • 9/01/2015 - If the great state of Hawaii “Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables” so can New York. Hawaii’s Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables An unlikely partnership between Hawaii’s local government and the US military makes the island a leader in energy policy. At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell. His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent renewables by 2045.  (August 26, 2015) The Nation
  • 9/01/2015 - New York State 100% renewable energy by 2030 | It can be done. Read study: “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight” More: Campaign for 100% Clean Energy "Join the Campaign for 100% Green Energy in NYS by 2030 New York needs to commit to 100% green renewable energy by 2030. New York needs to invest in energy conservation, energy reduction, wind, solar and geothermal (e.g., heat pumps) not oil, gas, coal, fossil fuel infrastructure, or nukes. The first step is for the Governor to issue an executive order to have 100% clean energy in NY by 2030 (or have the legislature pass a law). The state energy master plan and Renewable Portfolio standard (RPS) should incorporate this goal, with clear targets and timelines. The biggest obstacles to going to 100% clean energy are political and economic power, not energy technology. Fossil fuel companies wish to maintain their profits and market share, as does Wall Street. Solving climate change requires energy democracy, changing the political and economic system that promotes unsustainable development and energy use. We need democratic control over the energy system, including public ownership. " from Green Education and Legal Fund
  • 9/01/2015 - With the growing algae problem, this makes sense: “You don’t need to be adding phosphorus where it’s not needed,” Testing farm soil can help in algae fight  (August 31, 2015) The Columbus Dispatch
  • 9/01/2015 - Until now there seemed to be other pressing things to attend to other than Climate Change. That dangerous illusion is over. COP21 Paris must not fail. UN Said to Summon Leaders to Closed-Door Climate Change Meeting Frustrated by slow progress in global climate talks, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to invite around 40 world leaders including President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a closed-door meeting next month.  (August 29, 2015) Bloomberg Business
  • 9/01/2015 - Because “Decomposition and other soil processes are estimated to account for nearly 30% of all naturally-produced CO2 emissions…” we ought to get it right. We are still have a lot to learn about how soil around the world is going to be affected by Climate Change and that’s critical information we have to have before we can assume that know the full consequences of a rapidly warming world. Decomposition is not a natural process we can duplicate with technology. Soil health is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood aspects of Climate Change. We dismiss soil at our peril. Climate models may misjudge soils' carbon emissions How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.   (August 29, 2015) Climate News Network
  • 8/31/2015 - This sewage overflow issue is not unique to the Buffalo region; it’s a problem all around the Great Lakes. Fixing this problem will take a lot of money (as the article below explains) and the public doesn’t want to hear about it and our government officials worry that they don’t have the money to address this issue. But adapting to Climate Change locally, where there will be a lot more heavy rainfall events which will create a lot more sewer overflow events all around the Great Lakes, is an opportunity for our leaders to lead on Climate Change by explaining the problem and gathering support for the monies that are and will be needed. This problem is not going away by not thinking about it.  It is one of the consequences of Climate Change in our region and we need our media to connect the dots. A call for action on sewer overflows The federal Environmental Protection Agency gave Buffalo 20 years to curb its sewer overflows into Scajaquada Creek and other waterways flowing through the city. That’s not fast enough, said Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, whose district includes Cazenovia Creek, which, like the Scajaquda, he says is badly polluted by sewer overflows. The lack of urgency among local, state and federal authorities has him frustrated. Therefore, he’s invited the responsible parties to a public meeting next month in an attempt to bring transparency to a problem that’s tainted local waterways for a century. (August 27, 2015) Investigative Post
  • 8/30/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter August 30, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 8/29/2015 - If you love your ash trees, the worst yet to come is Climate Change. Check out this graph from The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)) on the distribution of New York’s forests between 2070 and 2100. There will be almost no ash trees (or elm or cottonwood for that matter) because of Climate Chang in our region. [See graph] Also, in a recent study by Agricultural and Forest Meteorology An International Journal, “Effects of climate on emerald ash borer mortality and the potential for ash survival in North America” the emerald ash borer (EAB) is spreading more quickly because of Climate Chang in our region, “We found that between 1945 and 2012, while some Canadian locations experienced temperatures potentially cold enough to kill all EAB, very few locations in the United States experienced such temperatures”.  With ash trees and many other species in our region, we should probably focus on saving the species we can and learning how to adapt to the loss of those species we cannot save. We should be planning for Climate Change and connecting the dots between the consequences of Climate Change in our region in our media. Learn more about the impacts of Climate Change on our US forests by the EPA “Forests For ash trees, the worst is yet to come Amid summer’s lush greenery, groves of leafless trees are casting a wintertime pall over parts of Chili, Henrietta and Wheatland. That barren look is largely limited to those towns at present — but experts warn it will spread throughout Monroe County in the coming years as more and more clusters of trees infested by invasive ash borers begin to die. “Hopefully when people see the impact in those areas, that will give them an idea of what’s coming,” said Mark Gooding, a forester for the Department of Environmental Conservation in Avon, Livingston County. (August 29, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 8/29/2015 - Not sure how Sen. Kirk’s Great Lakes Clean Water Bill, S.1586 works, but the fact that billions of gallons of raw sewage are dumped into Great Lakes each year must stop. “An estimated 24 billion gallons of combined untreated sewage and storm water are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. This sewage contributes to hundreds of beach closure, threatens the source of drinking water for more than 30 million Americans, and endangers the environmental wellbeing of the Great Lakes ecosystem.” Coordinated Climate Change action efforts by states and provinces around the Great Lakes are probably the only way we can retrofit outdated waste systems. The Northeast is experiences more heavy rainfall events that our overwhelming our present waste systems and this will get worse. Trying to solve this Water Quality issue around the Great Lakes with ad hoc only local efforts are unlikely to solve this systemic problem with a changing climate and outdated approaches. Kirk's Great Lakes Clean Water Bill, S.1586, Introduced by Bipartisan, Bicameral Illinois Lawmakers Dold, Quigley, Lipinski Sponsor House Bill; 24 Billion Gallons of Raw Sewage, Storm Water Dumped Into Lakes every year U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), along with U.S. Representatives Robert Dold (R-Ill.-10), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.-5) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.-03) introduced the Great Lakes Water Protection Act (GLWPA), which would set a 2035 deadline to end sewage dumping in the Great Lakes, provide clean water for the next generation, and minimize the economic impact beach closures have on local communities every year. An estimated 24 billion gallons of combined untreated sewage and storm water are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. This sewage contributes to hundreds of beach closure, threatens the source of drinking water for more than 30 million Americans, and endangers the environmental wellbeing of the Great Lakes ecosystem. (July 17, 2015) U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
  • 8/28/2015 - ACTION: Our home environments can be healthy. Help get the word out. This from Elizabeth McDade, Program Manager Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 224-3125 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org "The newly revised Healthy Homes Guides have arrived and I need YOUR help to get this cubical emptied by Labor Day. HELP! If you need some resource guide books or can help distribute Healthy Homes, Healthy Families POSTERS, please contact Elizabeth McDade elizabethmcdade@flhsa.org  (585) 224-3125 Also, feel free to share this link to the Resource Guide book
  • 8/28/2015 - "Genesee RiverWatch is helping to get the word out about High Falls Pedestrian Access: The City of Rochester's public informational meeting for the High Falls Pedestrian Access Improvement Study has been set for Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the LaLuna Banquet Facility at 60 Brown's Race in the High Falls District.   The meeting will be an "open house" format with several stations that display project information and bridge design ideas.  Project consultants, LaBella Engineers and Trowbridge/Wolf/Michaels Landscape Architects, will be on hand along with city staff to answer questions and to solicit public input on the four options being considered for a new pedestrian bridge over the falls as well as other important pedestrian access issues into and through the High Falls District.  Details are posted at the City of Rochester web site."
  • 8/28/2015 - Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that a lack of leadership on Climate Change results in major loss of life, poor and inadequate planning, and the complete collapse of our all infrastructures at the moment of greatest stress. So when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attempts to hush Obama on connecting Climate Change and Hurricane Katrina, Jindal demonstrates the worse possible lesson from the Hurricane Katrina disaster—that we don’t learn from our misstates, that rather than change to address the worldwide crisis of Climate Change some ideologues will double down on their denial and make the possibility of another Hurricane Katrina much worse.  We need leaders on Climate Change who will prepared the public for a warming world, not climate deniers who are willing to sacrifice the future of their constituents for a view of the world that scientists have proven does not exist. Climate Change is not a “divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism”; it is reality, where leaders who believe in science are crucial. Jindal Writes Letter To Obama Telling Him Not To Talk About Climate During Katrina Anniversary Visit President Obama is heading to New Orleans Thursday to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But there’s one subject Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hopes the president won’t broach in his remarks to city residents: climate change. Jindal, who’s also running for president on the Republican ticket, sent a letter to Obama Wednesday urging the president not to mention climate change during his trip to Louisiana. (August 27, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 8/27/2015 - Craving for upstate to succeed from New York “Claiming a litany of lost liberty and economic opportunity” is pathetic. The official ban on Fracking in New York State was ruled for reasons of public health, which is to say a preponderance of evidence indicated that allowing Fracking in our state would be a threat to our public health and more. The whole point of having a government is to protect and preserve the rights of everyone under that government—based on the most objective, scientific, and reasonable arguments a democracy can muster. If every time a small group of people who believe they have an absolute right to do what they want with their property decide to break with their government, there would be an infinitely large group of nations of chaos. We are now in a time of global warming, where a critical Paris Summit in a few months will decide whether we as a people can keep greenhouse gases to a safe limit. New York State has stepped up to the plate to reduce greenhouse gases by banning Fracking and increasing renewable energy. Shouldn’t the rights of the majority to have a future prevail over the desires of those who want it all—regardless of the threat more fossil fuels will do have our life support system? It would be nice if the D&C would publish articles on the historic climate summit coming up soon in Paris and how New York’s and Rochester’s role plays out in all that; instead of continually pandering to the fossil fuel industry that won’t give up until they get it all.  Upstate secessionists make their case BINGHAMTON – Claiming a litany of lost liberty and economic opportunity, advocates of upstate secession called Wednesday for a permanent separation of upstate from downstate. The groups assembled for a news conference in downtown Binghamton had a list of grievances they said can be traced to a growing political and cultural divide whose only cure is a divorce from New York City. Those grievances include the state ban on hydraulic fracturing and the passage of the NY SAFE Act. (August 27, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 8/27/2015 - “Our oil addiction wreaks havoc on the climate.” And, on our finances and our investments. What wrong with this picture? Oil means turmoil as world’s markets nosedive | Oil prices have hit their lowest point in over six years, leaving global stock markets crashing and traders in a panic. Fears over China’s economic slowdown, combined with continued pumping for oil despite dropping demand, have caused the volatile commodity’s price to plunge yet again (August 25, 2015) tcktcktck
  • 8/27/2015 - Will cheap gas undermine our desire to take responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases just before COP21 Paris Summit? Just when a drug addict decides to quit, their drug seller drops the price. Local news heralds the drop in gasoline prices in Rochester and never connects the dots between fossil fuel use and Climate Change. Does the market define our morality? What if we decided to make gasoline account for its true cost? What if we stopped subsidizing the oil companies for billions of dollars each year? Time passes. The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution  (August 26, 2015) Mashable
  • 8/26/2015 - This is code for there is a connection between Climate Change and harmful algal blooms: “The U.S Environmental Protection Agency says a rising number of harmful algal blooms are happening in the United States and worldwide.” Read EPA paper: “Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms “The growing number of harmful algal blooms are another consequence of Climate Change in our region. We must plan for the new normal. Blue-green algae: An unwelcome bloom on Seneca Lake The first confirmed blue-green algae bloom on the lake is getting worse, according to an expert Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes, has its first official case of blue-green algae.  (August 26, 2015) Daily Messenger
  • 8/26/2015 - When sewage pours into beaches because waste systems are down or overwhelmed is where public officials will be held accountable for adapting to Climate Change in our region. This recent sewage scenario along Honolulu's Waikiki Beach demonstrates that when we haven’t prepared our infrastructures for extreme weather our public officials will be the ones to answer to the public. So when we vote for candidates during up-coming elections, we should we asking ourselves, do they understand the more heavy rainfall events are one of the most dramatic consequence of Climate Change in our region? And will they be preparing the public and our infrastructures for these challenges? Or, will we just want an apology when our trust in them proves unwarranted because they ignored Climate Change? Sewage spill closes Honolulu's Waikiki Beach through Wednesday Public health officials warned beachgoers to stay out of the water along Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach at least through Wednesday after a 500,000-gallon sewage spill triggered by heavy rain sent wastewater streaming over the tourist spot. The beachfront was closed to the public due to risk of infection after brown, fetid water spewed over the white-sand stretch of shore following a downpour that dumped 4 inches of rain in Honolulu between Sunday night and Monday morning. (August 26, 2015) Reuters
  • 8/25/2015 - If Rochester doesn’t create a major event for Sept. 24th world-wide climate rally, when the Pope talks to Congress, consider Buffalo. The world needs to rise up and let our leaders know that Paris climate treaty must not fail. Rochester should be a part of that, but if we cannot muster the will, let’s us shuffle off to Buffalo. Rise Up for Climate Justice! Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 GETTING TO PARIS AND A SANE CLIMATE AGREEMENT Mobilizing Western New York for Climate and Economic Justice  (September – December 2015)  Rise Up for Climate Justice JOIN US  Rally at Niagara Square on September 24 at 4:00pm  The day Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress Vigil/Fast during Paris Talks, Nov. 30 – Dec 11, 2015  As President Obama said, “Climate Change is not a problem for another generation.”  It's our crisis and we must take action. Unless we act, we will be the generation that failed  all future children of the Earth. WE CALL ON THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS OF ALL NATIONS TO SIGN AND ENFORCE A UNIVERSAL, LEGALLY-BINDING AGREEMENT  TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORT A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Before the end of 2015, the people of the world will know if our leaders will take action on the most critical issue of human civilization – climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will determine the future for life on   Planet Earth, our common home.  As people of the earth and as citizens of the United States,  We demand CLIMATE JUSTICE. We will make our voices heard in Washington. "A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." -- Pope Francis We gather together, as different segments of our society, for a common, sane, just and compassionate form of human life on earth. For more information and opportunities to participate/volunteer as organizations or individuals,  visit the Sierra Club website: www.NiagaraSierraClub.com
  • 8/25/2015 - Fighting recent wildfires highlight why it’s critical that we connect these conflagrations and Climate Change. If we continue to see extreme weather and the rage of wildfires going on as only ‘extreme’ events and not linked to Climate Change, we will run out of money and opportunities to adapt to them. We will put more firefighter’s lives on the line fighting fires to save homes that probably shouldn’t be rebuilt in a region that is going to continue to warm and burn again. The myopia stance, where we acknowledge extreme events that we must address, but refuse to see the big picture of a global warming, is like trying to put out a fire in your cellar when your whole neighborhood is burning. When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up  (August 24, 2015) The Guardian
  • 8/24/2014 - Where are we getting our electric power in New York State? Are we warming up the planet when we turn on the light, or not? "Coal: New York 2 percent; Natural Gas: New York 38 percent; Nuclear: New York 32 percent; Hydro: New York 19 percent; Wind: New York 4 percent; Oil: New York 3 percent;" Solar: New York ? (figures from “Where does your power come from? Great Lakes Echo
  • 8/24/2015 - In the upcoming federal election, Canada will either be a positive force for addressing Climate Change or a negative one. Time passes. Canada’s carbon moment has arrived As Canadians prepare to vote in an upcoming federal election, it’s time to reassess the country’s economic prospects, once touted as the strong suit of Stephen Harper’s government. For almost a decade, Canadians have been told massive expansion of Alberta’s oil sands would be the engine of economic growth as the country rode a wave of soaring oil prices during the government’s early years. Some question the wisdom of building an economy on the foundation of a single resource. And the Prime Minister’s strategy of making Canada an oil-based energy superpower has led instead to a made-in-Canada recession, with a dramatic implosion in capital spending in the country’s oil patch. (August 18, 2015) The Globe and Mail
  • 8/24/2015 - Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015.  It is critical that those running for public office within Monroe County address what they will do to help our region adapt to Climate Change. Our local leaders are those who frame our region’s response to the consequences of Climate Change in our area. Be there at the forum, ask the candidates how they will lead on Climate Change? Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 | Click here to register! Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) and League of Women Voters are excited to bring climate change into the conversation at area elections, as we cosponsor a Candidate Forum on green jobs and a sustainable economy. Building an Economy for Climate Stability: Candidate Forum 2015 will be an opportunity for those running for public office within Monroe County to present their vision on a greening economy.   Watch this page for updates as we confirm the Monroe County candidates in attendance. This event, moderated by Dr. Susan Spencer, President and Founder of ROCSPOT, presents a unique opportunity for voters to learn how their candidates’ platform relates to climate change solutions.  The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 16 7:00-9:00 PM The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street --from Rochester People's Climate Coalition.
  • 8/24/2015 - Now Available, the June 2015 Rochester Sierra Club Newsletter. Check it out. Lots of local environmental info. --from the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club.
  • 8/24/2015 - A world where our forests are collapsing is not only a less beautiful world, it’s a world that no longer works. Forests are the lungs of our ecosystem and there are no artificial planet-sized lungs. The forests of the world are in serious trouble, scientists report The planet’s forests are vital to us all. For one thing, without them, global warming would be a lot worse.  (August 20, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 8/24/2015 - Will the Rochester region be one of those sacrifice zones where failure to anticipate potential problems with transporting highly flammable crude oil along aging railways results in deadly and d...?  Watch this four-minute video:  Risk on the Rails "America's rail network made new oil production possible, but government and industry alike missed potential problems and failed to fix them before a series of catastrophic derailments, including one that killed 47 people."  McClatchy DC
  • 8/24/2015 - How can keeping the movement of Bomb Trains secret from the public possibly help address the critical safety issues? How can this dangerous movement of volatile crude oil shipments through our communities be worth the likelihood of a great catastrophe, in which our emergency personnel can be quickly overwhelmed?  Maryland judge orders release of oil train reports  (August 17, 2015) McClatchy DC
  • 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.
  • 8/22/2015 - There are those who view every announcement of indicators that Climate Change is happenings as merely the rantings of alarmists. Despite all the research from scientist from all over the world, research that is challenged and reviewed by scientists all over the world, that proves there has been a dramatic increase in warming since the mid-1800’s, those who cannot and will not let go of their climate denial persist. They persist because Climate Change denial and Climate Silence (where those who understand the science and appreciate the consequences don’t speak up) is still fashionable in our country. (Climate denial isn’t so fashionable around the rest of the world.) This article (see below) about the very fast Climate Change changes happening to the boreal forests (one of the largest ecosystems on Earth) comes from Canada, where “because of restrictions placed on public servants during the federal election” is the result of courageous scientists still struggling to inform the public about what is happening and why planning for Climate Change is so important. If we are still so steeped in denial that we won’t recognize clear signals that the worldwide crisis is upon us, what do we tell our grandchildren when they ask why we refused to see the evidence of Climate Change and not do anything about? Evidence of Climate Change is pouring in from all over the world and the public must choose soon what they are going to believe: evidence of Climate Change, or the scorn from those who haven’t done their homework and continue to sew the dangerous delusion of doubt that will keep the rest of us from acting? Time passes. Boreal forest being driven to tipping point by climate change, study finds 'The changes could be very dramatic and very fast,' says one author of the study Climate change is forcing the boreal forest that covers much of northern Canada to a tipping point, concludes a newly published study. "The changes could be very dramatic and very fast," said Dmitry Schepaschenko of Austria's Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Schepaschenko was one of three authors who collaborated on a detailed review of current research on the boreal forest. Their conclusions were released Thursday in a special edition of the journal Science. (August 21, 2015) CBC News
  • 8/22/2015 - Climate Change is going to affect everything, even those intermittent streams which are an integral part of our wetlands. USGS Intermittent Streams Study Finds Correlation Between Climate, Flow Regime Of all the factors that influence a watershed’s health, intermittent streams might be the easiest to forget.  (August 21, 2015) Environmental Monitor
  • 8/22/2015 - The Arctic didn’t just up and shrink. We shrinked it and there will be dramatic changes to our weather and climate because of this. We should be planning from the local to the world level. Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Atlas to Reflect Shrinking Ice While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps. Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat climate change, President Obama on Monday referenced recent dramatic changes that National Geographic made to its atlas because of melting sea ice. "Shrinking ice caps forced National Geographic to make the biggest change in its atlas since the Soviet Union broke apart," Obama said during a speech at the White House. (Watch a video of his speech.) (August 3, 2015) National Geographic
  • 8/21/2015 - Considering that tax payers subsidies the fossil fuel industry with billions of dollars each year, a solar tax energy tax credit for an energy option that won’t jeopardize our future is small potatoes. As a matter of fact, the fossil fuel industry, which makes more money since money was invented, doesn’t need our money too. The solar power industry needs incentives to help create local jobs and put us on a sustainable energy path. Schumer calls for solar energy tax credit rule changes  (August 20, 2015) Innovation Trail
  • 8/21/2015 - New challenges to our water quality highlights why an ad hoc approach to Climate Change won’t work. This issue of “tiny synthetic micro-fibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish”, which comes after discovering mircobeads in our water that our water treatment plants cannot filter out, has a lot to do with our assumption that we understand our water quality problems and we understand what we need to do about Climate Change. We don’t really. We don’t really have a handle on the enormous consequences of Climate Change because we have assumed we know the present challenges of myriad components of our life support system (like water quality) are. If we are continually discovering new pollutants in our water, it means we haven’t really examined what are the results of dumping so many manmade substances into our water. If we are serious about addressing water quality issues and other environmental issues that are all going to come together as Climate Change worsens, we are going to have to change our attitude about pollution. We are going to have to assume that unless a product, any product, is proven not to be harmful to our environment, it must be assumed to be harmful. Not the other way around. I suspect we are going to find that many of the products we have dumped into our waters have been doing long-term damage, but we long ago created a stance that a product is safe unless it has been proven to do harm—and this blinds us to reality. The Invisible Nightmare in Your Fleece Washing a single polyester jacket can send 1,900 tiny synthetic micro-fibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish. (July 30, 2015) Outside
  • 8/21/2015 - This article gets at the heart of Climate Change at the local level. Along with increasing instances of raw sewage overflowing into our rivers and lakes (10 million gallons into the Genesee River on June 2nd), this dramatic increase of heavy rainfall in our region due to Climate Change is but one of the consequences of this worldwide crisis we cannot avoid. No matter how much we deny Climate Change or dismiss the plight of others because of it, when disasters strike us we have to act. This is the part of Climate Change that many don’t understand, thinking perhaps that this crisis is just something we have to deal with like anything else. However, if we don’t plan for all the consequences of Climate Change, we and our ability to react to these disasters (to public health, to our infrastructures, to our insurance rates, and much more) will be quickly overwhelmed. Our leader must not just react to Climate Change; they must plan and educate the public so we as a community are ready for the worst. Town's rained out and tapped out On June 15, 3.3 inches of rain fell within 40 minutes in the Ontario County town of Richmond. The "gully washer," as Supervisor Ralph Angelo calls it, busted out 22 culverts along town roads, with East Lake Road taking the worst hit. If that sounds familiar, there's good reason. On one July day last year, downpours dumped 6 inches of rain on Richmond in three hours, and a section of East Lake Road was entirely washed out. The town subsequently spent $400,000 to repair the damages; the bill equaled the entire town highway budget. (August 12, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 8/20/2015 - We are not asking you to believe in Climate Change; we are asking that you pay attention to the scientific facts. TEN CLEAR INDICATORS OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING How do we know our climate is changing permanently, rather than just going through a normal period of flux?  (August 18, 2015) The Climate Reality Project
  • 8/20/2015 - Climate Change, do the math: 2795 (gigatons) of fossil fuels that we know about is a lot bigger than the 565 (gigatons) budget. We cannot burn the fossil fuels in reserves and expect to have a future. Terrifying math: How Carbon Tracker changed the climate debate (August 18, 20150 Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 8/19/2015 - The warmer we make our oceans the nastier will be our weather. There are many indicators that we are driving Climate Change. Time passes.  Global warming is reversing 1,800 years of natural ocean cooling, study finds  (August 17, 20150 The Independent
  • 8/19/2015 - How can poor countries make Climate Change mitigation pledges if they don’t know how much climate compensation they’ll get from the rich countries? Meaning how can the poor countries commit to ambitious goals if they are left to use up all their own natural resources and money just to survive as they deal with the worst of Climate Change consequences? And how can poor countries set how much they’ll need from the rich countries. If they think if they set the cost too high, the rich nations will balk. If they set the price too low, the poor countries will never be able to ask for more, even as Climate Change will cost them more and more. During Climate Change negotiations for the COP21 Paris Treaty, the poor countries are at a great disadvantage. If our sense of morality doesn’t kick in soon, the poor countries will pay first for our sins against Nature—then us. Climate bill racks up as poor nations submit Paris pledges  Magnitude of poor countries’ billion-dollar green investment need emerges through climate pledges submitted to the UN It was always going to cost. Now, with their submissions to the UN, developing nations are putting a price tag on climate action. (August 19, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 8/18/2015 - Thrilled that Sen. Schumer has lottery to be his guest at Pope Francis’s address to a joint meeting of Congress on, scheduled for Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C. This is a great way to publicize this historic event where Pope Francis confronts the most powerful political body in the world—which doesn’t want to hear about Climate Change, let alone the moral connection to the worldwide crisis. But you don’t have to win the lottery to hear the Pope’s message, you can read the encyclical free: ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME | Schumer hosts lottery to see Pope New York Sen. Charles Schumer is holding an online lottery for one New Yorker to be his guest at Pope Francis’s planned address to a joint meeting of Congress, scheduled for Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C. The senator said Monday that his office would also give away 100 pairs of tickets to the Papal Audience on the West Lawn of the Capitol that is scheduled to follow the pope’s address. (August 17, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 8/18/2015 - While scientist debate how quickly Climate Change will overtake us, the rest of us should get moving. We are not bystanders on Climate Change; we are passengers on a sinking ship and we should be making sure that our leaders are acting on this crisis no matter how fast the waters are rising. What live peer review looks like when the fate of the planet is at stake  (August 17, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 8/18/2015 - Will Rochester continue to try and sit out Climate Change? Event PeoplesClimate.org coming up, will Rochester be there? “Join us in a national day of action around the United States on October 14, 2015.” About five hundred folks from the Rochester region made their way to the People’s Climate March in New York City last September to get our leaders to take action on Climate Change. On the day before Earth Day this year, over 800 folks came to see Dr. Hansen speak on how quickly Climate Change is happening. Now, before the historic climate summit in Paris this Nov/Dec, with local attention to this worldwide crisis almost completely quiet, will Rochester step up to the plate and make our voices heard in October—that our leaders, including our local leaders take action on Climate Change? Find out about PeoplesClimate.org. Plan to join, get your organization to lead a march, something. Create an action; Join an action. October 14, 2015. From a March to a Movement: Mobilizing More Than Greens for Climate Action In September 2014, something monumental happened. Around the world, people took to the streets. In New York City alone, 400,000 people of faith, communities of color and indigenous communities, labor unions, youth groups and other organizations marched to demand action on climate. But that public outpouring of support was only the beginning. In the months since, we've been quietly but concertedly building on the success of the People's Climate March. Now we're taking the organizing muscle that brought half a million people around the globe to the streets and ramping up the ongoing efforts to involve local communities while doubling down on the effort to bring in even more of the groups who don't traditionally work on environmental issues. The People's Climate Movement is organizing to mobilize people from all walks of life for a National Day of Action on October 14. By going to PeoplesClimate.org, you can sign up to lead an event in your community like a rally or march, or see how you can join an event already planned in your community. And because Congress will be in their home districts that week, it's a perfect time to meet with your elected officials. (August 17, 2015) The Huffington Post
  • 8/18/2015 - Time is running out to address Climate Change on a scale and time frame that will matter. Where are our priorities? Understanding Climate Change is understanding that the mother of all problems means we much make hard choices on a global scale. Pope Francis is doing an amazing job messaging the priority of addressing Climate Change to a people who do not want to hear this very compelling message. Time passes. Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country. (August 17, 2015) NPR
  • 8/18/2015 - Another dismal clock is now ticking... Shell allowed to drill in Arctic Ocean off Alaska  (August 17, 2015) Aljazeera America
  • 8/17/2015 - It’s hard to get Rochester folks interested in Climate Change when the warmest July ever misses us—so we don’t talk about what’s happening worldwide. It’s like being on the end of the Titanic that didn’t hit the iceberg and continuing to play shuffleboard. Time passes. Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year  (August 14, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 8/15/2015 - Climate Change: It’s personal. Speak up. Great talk by Mike Hoffmann of Cornell University. In this ten-minute video, Dr. Hoffmann talks about a striking fact about Climate Change that I came across taking a college course on Climate Change in the Great Lakes region. There has been a 71% increase of heavy rainfall in the Northeast since 1958. Many folks in our region probably think Climate Change has avoided us because our last two winter have been cold and this summer has been mild. But the consequences of Climate Change are going to disrupt our climate via weather each day differently in different regions—until, of course, everyplace just gets too hot. You should check the graph (Figure 2.18: Observed Change in Very Heavy Precipitation) to understand this dramatic effect of Climate Change in our region—where heavy rainfall events are much higher in our region than any other place in the US. Other places have more hot weather, droughts, and wildfires, but in our region right now Climate Change is showing up in very heavy rainfall events—not necessarily more of these events, but more rain during rainfall events. What this means is that flash flooding is and will get worse. Our combined sewer systems (stormwater and sewage in the same pipes) (which are the most numerous sewer systems around the Great Lakes) will spill more raw sewage more often into the water we drink and bathe in. Heavy rainfall events are consequences we must adapt to and they are a clear sign that our region has not avoided Climate Change. Watch this short video by Dr. Hoffmann to get a sense of what Climate Change means in our region and why we must act. Climate change -- it’s time to raise our voices | Mike Hoffmann | TEDxChemungRiver This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stymied about what to do about climate change? Mike Hoffmann of Cornell University, encourages us to become aware, accept the reality, and then act by raising our voices to address this grand challenge facing our generation…and those that follow. Mike Hoffman holds a leadership position in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. His role focuses on sustainability, in particular responding to the threat of climate change. Mike also leads a Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada climate change initiative, and established an Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture that helps food growers adapt to changing conditions. His passionate messages about climate change include its impacts on the world around us and its meaning to future generations. He hopes his involvement in TEDxChemungRiver will help spread the word about climate change and how to address this challenge now facing humanity. Mike grew up on a small (one cow) dairy farm in Wisconsin where one of his best friends was a crow. (December 14, 2015) TEDx Talks
  • 8/14/2015 - Yes D&C editorial board, Rochester has much to be proud of. Rochester was a leader in the women's suffrage movement and, as home to Fredrick Douglas’s newspaper the “North Star”, pivotal in the Abolitionists movement to end slavery. These issues were some of the most important issues of the nineteenth century. But in this century, Rochester has fallen asleep on Climate Change—the most important issue of our age. We should not only be helping the world bring down greenhouse gas emissions so that Climate Change doesn’t get worse, we should be making in clear to the public how our region must adapt to the quickly changing climate that will affect public health, infrastructure damages, and energy use. As I write, the race for Monroe County Executive elections is going on. This is one of the most, if not the most, important job in our region. The county executive sets the tone and direction for crucial issues that affect our region—transportation, public health, the climate for businesses, poverty, and much more. This is to say that because Climate Change will profoundly affect all these issues we cannot let another election race go on in this region without debating how our region will address Climate Change. The media, especially the major newspaper, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, are integral to connecting the dots between the public, our elections, and Climate Change. As the world attempts to address Climate Change at the COP21 Paris Climate Summit in November, we in Monroe County should be focused on how we will address this issue here. The editors of all our media in the Rochester region should be examining their role on the mother of all problems as it relates to our region. The Guardian, one of the most influential newspapers in the world, has taken a very responsible position on Climate Change. Will the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle continue business as usual, or adapt to a changing world? Rochester's role in U.S. history Rochesterians have a knack for knocking their city. The weather, the state of downtown, the weather, a supposed dearth of entertainment options — did we mention the weather? — the complaints are common and, at times, incessant. (August 13, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 8/14/2015 - So, are we saying that once we bake nuclear power into our energy system, we commit ourselves to an endless, oppressive relationship where the public can be continually gouged to keep an aging energy option alive or we won’t be able to handle peak loads, and (because its nuclear power) puts us in continual danger because with there is no room for error? Why would we ever want more nuclear power, when we can get energy from the sun and wind that is safe, affordable, and (did I say) safe? Rochester’s relationship to Ginna should be a lesson on why nuclear power is not good option for clean energy in a time of Climate Change. With wind turbines, for example, if you find out you really, really, don’t like them, you can dismantle them and take them away. (Same with solar panels, if they get on your nerves.) But with nuclear power, once you sign on, you’re no longer in charge—as if you’ve joined a very dangerous group that will never allow you to leave. Temporary rate hike OK'd for RG&E electric customers State regulators have approved a temporary 1.9 percent surcharge for residential customers of RG&E in connection with a proposal to prop up the financially ailing Ginna nuclear power plant. (August 13, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 8/14/2015 - Because the Rochester, NY region has lots of poison ivy, a more potent poison ivy due to Climate Change is a public health issue.  How’s the planning going on for that? Potent Poison Ivy More than 100 plant species can cause skin irritation, but among the most well known is poison ivy.  (June 24, 2015) Climate Central
  • 8/14/2015 - Doublethink is when you hold two contrary beliefs at the same time. Saving the Arctic and allowing drilling for oil which will destroy it is an example of doublethink. To address Climate Change we must have policies that make sense. Climate alarm bells are ringing, says Arctic-bound Obama  President to use Alaska meeting for global climate deal talks; critics say he can lead by stopping Shell drilling for oil  US president  (August 14, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)