Updated Daily 3/28/2015 RochesterEnvironment.com
Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."
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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time. How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.
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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology. Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules. Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.
The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves? Bookmark This Site
All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013) The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk? Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan
Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award
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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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by Frank J. Regan
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One of the greatest challenges during Climate Change is not merely saving our wildlife, whose environment is changing far faster than they can adapt, but primarily saving their habitats. Humanity tends to view wildlife as labor saving devices, game for ‘harvesting’, pets, lab rats for testing products, food (of course), resources (leather), and increasing as creatures who share many of our best traits. But it is their role in our environment that ultimately matters most to our survival. In this way (and many others) Climate Change is challenging our survival.
When you search online for Wildlife at the EPA you get this:
Climate Impacts on Ecosystem: Climate is an important environmental influence on ecosystems. Climate changes and the impacts of climate change affect ecosystems in a variety of ways. For instance, warming could force species to migrate to higher latitudes or higher elevations where temperatures are more conducive to their survival. Similarly, as sea level rises, saltwater intrusion into a freshwater system may force some key species to relocate or die, thus removing predators or prey that were critical in the existing food chain. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Holocene environment, where humanity thrived, evolved in lock-step for hundreds of thousands of years with our endemic wildlife. A threat to them is a threat to our life support system because the balance of Nature doesn’t just include our food chain but the great chain of our being alive. More and more we are understanding how the activities of wildlife (watch “How Wolves Change Rivers”) affect something so seemingly unrelated as the ecology of a river. Because Climate Change will affect all our endemic wildlife, and because we need these species for a healthy environment, you’d think that our state and county would focus on the climate connection.
You don’t learn a lot about this oneness of our environment and wildlife in a zoo (not to mention Climate Change); so it’s interesting that Rochester (actually it’s a Monroe County facility) still focuses on a better zoo in a time of Climate Change.
Building a better zoo The Monroe County Parks Department is developing a new master plan -- a guide for development and growth -- for the Seneca Park Zoo. (March 13, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
Our state’s environmental agency understands the critical link between our wildlife and Climate Change:
Commissioner's Policy - Climate Change and DEC Action Based on overwhelming scientific evidence, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department" or "DEC") recognizes that New York State's ("State") air and water quality, forests, fish and wildlife habitats, and people and communities, are at risk from climate change. In order to perform its core mission of conserving, improving, and protecting the State's natural resources and environment, DEC must incorporate climate change considerations into all aspects of its activities, including but not limited to decision-making, planning, permitting, remediation, rulemaking, grants administration, natural resource management, enforcement, land stewardship and facilities management, internal operations, contracting, procurement, and public outreach and education. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Yet, when you go to their wildlife page (Wildlife Health) there is nothing about Climate Change. (There is some stuff about your pet’s health. But, of course, your pet is not wild. Your dog is really neat and its health is important to you, but your dog is not part of any state-wide eco-region.) In the DEC’s latest WILDLIFE HEALTH PROGRAM STRATEGIC PLAN, Climate Change is only mentioned three times, and then only embedded in a laundry list of challenges for our wildlife—not a plan that is orchestrated around Climate Change as it must. more...
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Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area. As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.
Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:
EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.” (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our area]
You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”
- NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank. They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency. The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. (October 23, 2014) North Country Public Radio [more on Green Business in our area]
- Rochester company awarded funding to develop solar technology A Rochester company has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards solar energy development, according to officials. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office says Intrinsiq Materials Incorporated, a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, has been awarded $450,000. (October 22, 2014) WHEC [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]
Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015
When: Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm
Where: The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623
Former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at the local Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College.
Please spread the word! Send the links around.
Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .
This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history. And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens. Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too. In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:
- Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
- When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
- When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle.
- Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
- Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
- Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
- Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
- Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment. Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
- Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
- Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly. Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.
Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Sat. Mar 28, 2015 1:00 pm to
Sat. Mar 28, 2015 5:00 pm | 929 South Plymouth Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14608, USA
- Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Where on Earth are we going? And what CAN we do about it? Join us in exploring a bold, empowering vision to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling society Experience an inspiring interactive multimedia event acclaimed in 82 countries: The Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium Location: M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence 929 South Plymouth Ave. Rochester, NY Saturday, March 28th 1-5 PM. (12:45 check-in so we may start promptly) Light refreshments will be provided. FREE, but pre-registration required here. Learn more see flyer
- March 28th 9-Noon Webster 1350
Chiyoda Dr. Webster, New York, 14580
- Solarize Rochester First Seminar March 28th 9-Noon Webster 1350 Chiyoda Dr. Webster, New York, 14580 Second Seminar Sat April 11th Penfield 3100 Atlantic Ave 9-Noon visit us on facebook or our website www.solarizerochester.com "Solarize is a community based movement intended to spur adoption of solar energy by bundling community solar systems into a bulk discount while highlighting local labor that pays a living wage. All companies are screened by the sponsors for quality of work, warranty, financing plans, hire local people, and are based in Rochester New York. This will make solar affordable and more accessible than ever. "
- Wed, April 1, at 7 PM, at St.
Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath, NY
- Transitioning Towns Wed, April 1, at 7 PM, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street in Bath, the Bath Peace and Justice Group is sponsoring a presentation by Bill Sharp on the Transition Town movement, which seeks to prepare communities to transition from a petroleum-based lifestyle to one that is more sustainable. Bill Sharp is a founder of the Transition Centre in Centre County, PA . Transition Centre was formed in 2010 to promote the best practice model of Transition Towns in central Pennsylvania. The event will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For further information call 607 569-3564.
- Wednesday, April 1st at 7 p.m.
at The Muller Field Station, 6455 County Road 36,
- “The Nature of Our Lake,” Talk will focus on recent studies of Honeoye Lake Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will present findings of recent research projects on Honeoye Lake. Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will present findings of recent research projects on Honeoye Lake during a talk at Finger Lakes Community College’s Muller Field Station on Wednesday, April 1. Gilman will present the findings with Terry Gronwall, chairman of the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force. In the summer of 2014, Gilman and Gronwall led research projects on the lake on submerged aquatic plant communities and the invasive zebra mussel population, which lake property owners said appeared to be dwindling. (March 21, 2015) Fairport-East Rochester Post [more on Honeoye Lake in our area]
- Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6
p.m. Crane Branch Library (Upstairs) - 633 Elmwood Ave,
- "Ban the Bomb Trains: WNY Drilling Defense Meeting Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. Crane Branch Library (Upstairs) - 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo Every week trains loaded with volatile crude oil “fracked” in North Dakota's Bakken shale travel through Buffalo and Erie County. With very little public awareness and no study of environmental impacts, the gas & oil industry has made our region a dangerous hub for highly flammable oil using these “bomb trains.” Rail lines snake from the oil fields of North Dakota through Buffalo and to refineries on both coasts. The rail system was never built for this kind of dangerous cargo, yet these trains travel through population centers and next to schools, homes, and businesses. Rail safety standards for crude oil are weak and emergency responders are not equipped or trained for accidents. Bakken crude oil carried by rail is more toxic and more volatile than conventional crude oil, and each car carries the explosive equivalent of 2 million sticks of dynamite. Crude oil is also more carbon intensive which further exacerbates climate disruption and extreme weather. According to the Wall Street Journal, Erie County sees about 27.5 trains weekly carrying Bakken crude oil. Oil trains are more than a mile-long with 100+ cars, which only concentrates the risk of an accident. This means that at least 2,750 cars full of crude oil travel through Buffalo and Erie County in a week, presenting an immediate danger to our public health and natural resources. Unfortunately, this issue does not seem to be going away, as oil train traffic has increased more than 4,000% in the last five years. This increase is largely due to the gas & oil industry's efforts to evade regulations and costs associated with building new pipelines to ship crude oil. What's worse is that the dangerous DOT-111 cars, which make up the majority of U.S. oil tanker trains, are defective and prone to puncture during derailments. It seems each month another city or town is facing a terrifying oil train derailment, poisoned drinking water, or a deadly explosion. One of the most tragic incidences was the explosion of crude oil cars in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in 2013, which incinerated 47 people and destroyed the downtown area. The legally responsible parties declared bankruptcy and left the taxpayers to foot the bill. The same thing could happen here, to us, to our families and to our neighborhoods! Now is the time for us to get involved! This meeting is open to all! More information on Crude oil trains: Ban-The-Bomb-Trains-Traveling-Through-Buffalo-Erie-County#scribd | explosive-crude-by-rail.org | projects.propublica.org/graphics/oil-trains | .wsj.com/articles/oil-trains-hide-in-plain-sight-1417663983 | .priceofoil.org/rail/ Help spread the word by RSVP-ing on Facebook & inviting friends! facebook.com/events/ "
- Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 PM
| Albright Auditorium, Hobart and William Smith
Colleges 334 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456
- Meeting the Challenge of Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change with environmental radio news host Steve Curwood Monday, April 13, 2015 7:00 PM | Albright Auditorium Steve Curwood is the executive producer and host of NPR's award-winning weekly environmental news program "Living on Earth," aired on more than 300 stations nationwide. Curwood is the recipient of a shared Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team. The president of the World Media Foundation, Inc., he is also a lecturer in environmental science and public policy at Harvard University. Living on Earth website For more information, please go to the Finger Lakes Community Development Center website. For additional details, contact the Finger Lakes Community Development Center at 315-781-4559 or email Program Manager, Jim Ochterski at email@example.com.
- Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30
a.m. – Noon | online webinar
- Webinar: Reducing Community Transportation Emissions - April 9, 2015 Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30 a.m. – Noon his webinar will examine ways communities can reduce their emissions from transportation through implementing transportation demand management (TDM) programs, traffic signal optimization, complete streets policies, providing electric vehicle charging stations and supporting and encouraging bike/pedestrian projects and car sharing programs. Alternative transportation options and operational practices that reduce VMTs will also be discussed. (See attached agenda) (March 24, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- Selected entries will be
screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on
April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the
Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18,
- Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
- April 17, 2015 "The Links" E.
Syracuse, New York
- Eleventh Annual Symposium on Renewable Energy in the 21st Century a division of Synapse Sustainability Trust PERCEPTION VS. REALITY What drives public perception & behavior toward accepting and promoting renewable energy? How can we educate and prepare our workforce for jobs in the energy sector? April 17, 2015 "The Links" E. Syracuse, New York More...
- April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto
Schults Center, Nazareth College FREE, but please
- Celebrate Earth Week 2015 and discover the hope, connections and creative potential in these troubling times. Attend Awakening the Dreamer-Changing the Dream Symposium: an experience to inspire action toward the more sustainable, just and fulfilling world our hearts know is possible. This symposium is in our area: April 19, 2015, 1-5 pm The Otto Schults Center, Nazareth College FREE, but please register at: Here. Questions? Contact Nancy at (315)-587-9349
- Tuesday, April 21,
6:30-8:30pm. The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe
Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A)
Rochester, NY 14623.
- Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015 DR. JAMES HANSEN : CLIMATE, ENERGY, AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE When: Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm Where: The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623 World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015, Tuesday April 21st, 2015. Former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at the local Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College. Please spread the word! Send the links around. Also, please consider posting this flyer about the even in places where allowed.
- April 24-26, 2015 | at Braddock
Bay Park, on East Manitour Road, Greece, NY
- Bird of Prey Days 2015 Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is proud to present our 27th annual Bird of Prey Days, to be held at Braddock Bay Park, near Rochester, New York. This park, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, lies right in the path of 17 species of raptors and vultures as they travel from their wintering grounds to their spring nesting areas. Each spring, this location is witness to huge kettles of Broad-winged hawks, Turkey vultures, and Sharp-shinned hawks. Each season, our official counter tallies hundreds of Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks, our licensed raptor banders capture hundreds of Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, and our volunteers troll the woods counting Northern Saw-whet and Long-eared owls at this “rest-stop” before continuing their migration All detail are on this flyer.
- Saturday, April 25th, 2015
- Great opportunity to join your friends and groups and neighbors to help clean up our parks at the annual event. "The 6th annual Pick Up the Parks Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon (Cleanup in all Monroe County-managed Parks) noon-2pm (Thank You Picnic in Olmsted Lodge at Highland Park) Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.” This event is designed to foster stewardship of our *21 parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green."
- Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC),
located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY
- MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER SEEKS VENDORS AND EXHIBITORS FOR 9th ANNUAL WILDLIFE FESTIVAL The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY, is looking forward to spring and its 9th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to spread the word on the likely impact of climate change on birds and provide a suite of personal actions that can be taken to help protect birds and decrease carbon emissions. Highlights at the Wildlife Festival will be live animal presentations, delicious food, live music, children’s games, crafts and activities, guided bird watching hikes and canoe trips, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, and over 40 vendors and exhibitors. The MAC invites all art and craft vendors and exhibiting community-based organizations to be a part of this exciting day by participating with their special interest in the outdoors and conservation. The Wildlife Festival provides an opportunity for vendors and exhibitors to enhance their visibility and share their expertise with 1,000 people. Vendors and exhibitors can choose between indoor and outdoor locations. Pop-up tents, tables, and chairs are available to rent. Site selection is on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline to register as a vendor or exhibitor is April 10. Registration forms can be found on the MAC’s website. The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the National Audubon Society.
Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
ACTION highlightClimate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here:
Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':
New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.
ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science | Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers. Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them. Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered. These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- SIGN THE PETITION: Voice your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world. The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests. (December 30, 2014) Senator Bernie Sanders
ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- Got thoughts on how our local transportation infrastructure should adapt to Climate Change—more flooding and heat? Consider filling out this latest survey by our local transportation authority on transportation in our future with Climate Change in mind. "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) conducted an initial survey in Summer/Fall 2014 on transportation opportunities and issues facing the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and received a significant amount of input. Thank you! A second survey is now being conducted that will provide GTC with additional information on preferred transportation alternatives. Please take a few minutes and complete LRTP 2040 Survey #2. "
ACTION: Due Date NOW!
- Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverage. As tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
- ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
- New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture. This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces. Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders. Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo, The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet. Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers. We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past. Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
- ACTION: Due Date NOW!
- ACTION: Due Date Now!
- Considering signing a petition or donating to help this cause to reject Inergy Midstream‘s (now Crestwood) proposal to store Liquefied Petroleum Gas and expand natural gas storage at facilities on the shore of Seneca Lake in Reading, NY. More at Gas Free Seneca Even folks in the Rochester area should care about the health of our Finger Lakes. Airman-turned-activist arrested for 'civil disobedience'
- ACTION: Due Date NOW!
- No Ginna Bailout “Ginna, Looking for a Handout” “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
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- Say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take home message: “Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP.” SAY NO TO CORPORATE POWER GRABS - REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TO: GOVERNMENTS OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CHILE, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PERU, THE USA AND VIETNAM The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab
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- Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.
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- What if in the Rochester, NY area we channeled this idea of the street librarian to educate locals on Climate Change. So, we put together materials and get a neat bike (see photo) made so we casually ride around all the neighborhoods of Rochester and answer anyone’s questions about Climate Change in our area, hand out literature, engage the public at the very street level in a very low carbon emissions footprint way on this worldwide crisis. This wouldn’t be a charity project at all. This would be a crucial link in the Climate Change issue that is missing in the Rochester area—outreach. If we hope to have a chance that the public will support the long-term actions we must make to upgrade and refit our infrastructure (transportation, telecommunications, water, etc.) we are going to need the public to understand an support these efforts year after year, elections after elections. This outreach program would be inexpensive, effective, and probably a lot of freaking fun. Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon (October 9, 2014) New York Times
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- Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must. Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
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- Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them? "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session. WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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- Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation. The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up today! "
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- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
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- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: email@example.com We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
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- Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
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- As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical. We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait. Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
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- Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
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- Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather? Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 3/28/2015 - One of the reasons to focus on Bicycles in Rochester, NY is an adaptation strategy for Climate Change. And, of course, the massive health and economic benefits. Here’s what you get when you include bicycles in our transportation system: “Making 50% of short trips by bicycle would yield savings of approximately $3.8 billion/year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs (95% CI: $2.7 billion, $5.0 billion].” (November 2, 2011 Air quality and exercise-related health benefits from reduced car travel in the midwestern United States, published by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) . Art and bikes collide at RoCo Art Center Rochester Contemporary Art Center's latest exhibit was eight years in the making — if you add in wishful thinking. (March 27, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 3/28/2015 - How can you produce a community report card on education, children, the economy, health and housing without including environment and Climate Change? ACT Rochester’s past decision to remove ‘environment’ in their reports is delusional, especially as Climate Change has already effected our region and will increasingly affect all the major issues in our region (and every other region for that matter). Please consider asking our friends over at ACT Rochester to put ENVIRONMENT back into their data sets so we can have a realistic report card and plan our future so all are other issues aren’t overwhelmed by the mother of all problems. There is no excuse that there aren’t Climate Change Indicators to measure and provide data for—Just ask the EPA “Climate Change Indicators in the United States” | ACT Rochester Presents 4th Community Report Card ACT Rochester presented its fourth community report card Friday showing our nine-county region doing well or better than New York State in areas of education, children, the economy, health and housing. (March 27, 2015) Time Warner Cable News
- 3/28/2015 - The Biggest Story in the World. Are you listening in on The Guardian’s attempt to change journalism on Climate Change? The story on journalism is not how they are going to pander to corporate interests in order to survive; the story of journalism is how they are going to shift to report on a world that is warming, a world where the public needs to be thoroughly informed on the biggest story in the world. How is our local media changing in light of the mother of all problems? The biggest story in the world "Behind the scenes at the Guardian, the editor in chief Alan Rusbridger and his team reveal a newspaper's mission to save the world from climate change. Can they find a new narrative to tell a 20 year-old story? And what will they risk in their efforts to do so?" The Guardian
- 3/28/2015 - Recycling apples and oranges. What can we learn from comparing Buffalo’s and Rochester’s recycling rates? If we don’t have standardized ways to measure the recycling rates from community to community, and on up to state to state, country to country, what do our measurements mean? If we can inflate our recycling rates by throwing in all kinds of recycling, as Buffalo has, how can the public possibly be able to measure the worth of their efforts or evaluate the effectiveness of their local recycling programs? According to the Investigative Post, the national recycling rate was 11.3% last year for Buffalo and the national average is 25%. According to the D&C: “Available information shows 117,000 tons of waste, or 16 percent of all the solid waste generated at homes, businesses and institutions, is now recycled or composted annually. And, based on the Monroe County solid waste plan “Based on the best, but limited, NYSDEC data available for the year 2010, it is estimated that approximately 27% of the waste generated in the County was diverted from disposal via recycling and composting efforts. ” --”For MSW, the future planning projections call for an increase from 20% to 60% diversion over the ten (10) year planning period. ” Are we trying to measure apples and oranges? Why aren’t we standardizing recycling rates so the public knows what’s going on and why doesn’t our media continually watchdog this issue for every community like the Investigative Post does? City Hall inflating Buffalo’s recycling rate Mayor Byron Brown’s administration has found a new way to inflate the city’s recycling rate by counting clothing donations given to nonprofits such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army. (March 23, 2015) Investigative Post
- 3/28/2015 - What if NYS communities, one by one, just said Yes! to our environment: started banning Bomb Trains, banning single-use plastic bag, and more… What if ‘green issues’ were no longer viewed as specialty issues, but reality? Of course, because Americans will do the right thing after everything fails, we will align our concerns with reality, but will it be in enough time to actually matter? County Committee to Draft Call for Action on ‘Bomb’ Trains With Philipstown residents urging it on, a Putnam County legislative committee last week threw its unofficial support behind environmental efforts on three major issues — trains that carry volatile fuel oil along the Hudson River, the proposed Algonquin gas pipeline, and PCBs in the Hudson and adjacent waterways — and began considering a fourth, a ban on plastic shopping bags. (February 17, 2015) PhilipsonTown.info
- 3/28/2015 - Deadline looming for pledges on reducing greenhouse gas levels for COP21 Paris Treaty. Will humanity step up to the plate? Or, will we fail ourselves and all other animals and plants on Earth? Some countries (and many people, I suspect) don’t recognize this looming deadline. How wonderful for them. Time passes. US set for Paris climate pledge as UN deadline draws near Washington primed to outline scale of carbon cuts but other developed countries and emerging economies stay silent (March 27, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 3/27/2015 - The state of NYS energy options during Climate Change: Fracking ban, bomb trains increasing across our state on rails, massive gas storage that locals don’t want, some renewable energy, some divestment, and a major fossil fuel pipeline (NED) proposed through our state that the local don’t want. So, in a time when energy use equals a moral imperative on Climate Change, New York is still getting seriously bullied by the fossil fuel industry’s that hampers our ability to be good—to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. Time passes. WATCH: Stephentown residents say 'no' to NED pipeline (March 26, 2015) Innovation Trail
- 3/27/2015 - Find out about “Green Visions” an incredible Rochester Greentopia program for greening up our neighborhoods. Green Visions: “Employing both localized workforce development and phyto-remediation, the program helps foster healthy community in the JOSANA neighborhood of Rochester, NY. Green Visions is a two-part community-based program based on a vision for a more vibrant and flourishing Rochester. It is a workforce development program AND phytoremediation project in the City of Rochester’s JOSANA neighborhood. Together with neighbors, we install and cultivate flourishing gardens of flowers on once-vacant and decaying lots.”
- 3/27/2015 - One of the Climate Change adaptation strategies for wildlife are environmental corridors so animals can migrate. But animals cannot read. Environmental corridors are already a part of our climate plans to help wildlife move across our grid of highways and roads in order to seek a climate where they can survive. The problem is that we treat animals as roadkill when it comes to transportation, which is to say we give only passing attention to the complex problem of wildlife trying to adapt when their environment is fenced in by our transportation system. And our wildlife are One with our environment, our life support system, so roadkill is not just about them—it’s about us. When you read our climate studies, we know about this problem of wildlife and transportation, but we not addressing this at all in the real world. ‘If you build it they will come’ fails for turtle crossings (March 25, 2015) Science News
- 3/27/2015 - What countries are doing their part to make the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty a success? See the just-launched CAIT Paris Contributions Map and keep checking back. With new tools like this we can verify the promises made to see if we are actually addressing Climate Change—or just talking the talk. Tracking New Climate Action Plans in the Lead-Up to COP 21 in Paris (March 26, 2015) World Resources Institute
- 3/27/2015 - Low oil prices are an opportunity to install a carbon tax, divest, and increase renewable energy—not squeeze Earth dry of its fossil fuels and screw up the planet further. Watch Naomi Klein’s short video. Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize (March 25, 2015) Common Dreams
- 3/26/2015 - If the hours at eco-park have been reduced it’s because an astonishly few folks have been using this critical county recycling facility. At a meeting a few years ago, I heard that only 1% of county residents are using this facility, probably one of the best public recycling centers around, so it’s probable that the county would have to reduce hours and remove staff. But here’s the thing: If the public is not using eco-park, where are they taking their hazardous waste? Where are they taking those hard to recycle items that need to be prevented from going into our landfills? Is it really the case that the vast majority of our county residents are not using this critical facility because they are too freaking lazy to make an appointment and drive over to this place to recycling and disposed of hazardous materials safely? Americans have become very dismissive about our environment, our life support system. [See "Americans Don’t Care That Much About the Environment, Poll Shows" Eco-park is the one thing that our county is doing absolutely right about our environment and the public should take advantage of this voluntary way to dispose of their stuff correctly. Remember: At some point in time, when our environment gets really unhealthy, the voluntary component of recycling will disappear from recycling (as it has in many places) and then we’ll carp about Big Government telling us what to do. There are recycling companies who are having a hard time getting going in Monroe County because folks just don’t care, so they work from here and recycle elsewhere. How sane is that? Humans, ya gotta laugh. [Full disclosure: I am the former chair of the Rochester Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Committee] Monroe County Enhances Ecopark Recycling (March 25, 2015) WXXI News
- 3/26/2015 - Hard to throw you fellow citizens in jail when they are putting their comfort zone on the line to protect your environment. Our region needs a healthy environment and a safe renewable energy infrastructure, not a freaking massive gas storage infrastructure on the shores of the Finger Lakes. It would be nice if our state (and all the others states for that matter) began restructuring our environment so that it will be sustainable—even through Climate Change—so that these heroes didn’t have to take on the threat of jail for all of us. No one prospers in an environment that is unsustainable. Reading court dismisses cases (March 24, 2015) Observer-Review.com
- 3/26/2015 - Americans don’t think that much about our environment because they mistakenly believe that have the luxury to do so. Our environment is our life support system. When you cannot breathe the air, drink the water, or adapt to the Climate Change, you don’t get to do the things you want to do. When other folks in other countries cannot adapt to a break down in our life support system, Americans and those others in developed nations, will find their demise coming quickly on the heels of the less fortunate. With Climate Change we are at a moral and physical crisis and our media and our politics are treating us like the pampered privileged. Americans Don’t Care That Much About the Environment, Poll Shows Americans concerns near record lows Americans care less about environmental issues now than they have in the past—and they’re no more worried about global warming than they were decades ago, a new poll shows. (March 25, 2015) Time
- 3/26/2015 - Remember, without a robust Green Climate Fund (where developing nation can develop sustainably) there won’t be a successful COP21. The developed nations have a moral imperative and self-interest in making sure this fund can sufficiently aid developing nations prosper in a world where the developed nations have already used up their fair share of the carbon budget. Green Climate Fund names 7 intermediaries to channel cash (March 26, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 3/26/2015 - The weakening of the AMOC, ”one of the planet’s most important circulation systems”, sounds like Climate Change is giving Earth a heart attack. The more we find out about how Climate Change is affecting our life support system the more we realize how little we know about how much damage we have done. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a rough ride, maybe our last. Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years (March 23, 2015) Climate Central
- 3/25/2015 - This “As communities develop and climate patterns shift…” is official code for ‘Plan for Climate Change’. Preparing our water infrastructure for Climate Change is going to take a lot more than handouts from the government, it’s going to take all hands on deck and local leadership —especially on informing the public what is at stake. EPA Provides New York State $197 Million for Clean Water Projects (March 19, 2015) EPA Region 2 Press Releases
- 3/25/2015 - Looks like industry’s claim that the public supports massive gas storage at Seneca Lake is playing naughty with the truth. Get real, the local public around Seneca Lake, the wineries, businesses, tourism industry, health experts, are dead set against the massive storage of explosive greenhouse gas near the Finger Lakes, especially in a time of Climate Change, where we need to build up an infrastructure of clean energy, not hijack opportunity by establishing an infrastructure for more fossil fuels. Good grief, when are we going to start acting like Climate Change is the mother of all problems instead of business as usual? Questions Over Portrayal Of Support For LPG Facility Near Seneca Lake (March 25, 2015) WXXI News
- 3/25/2015 - How are we going to protect the greatest fresh water system in the world from Climate Change when we aren’t taking care of it now? One of the great problems with Climate Change is that we not only have to address this warming, we have to address all the other problems we have caused to our ecosystems at the same time. Pivotal to the heath and prosperity of our Great Lakes region is the health of the Great Lakes itself and it ain’t very health. We need to get moving to protect our life support system in a very big way. Great Lakes are a ‘dumping ground for our toxic waste:’ report (March 24, 2015) The Hamilton Spectator
- 3/25/2015 - NestWatch an excellent opportunity for you to be a citizen scientist and help monitor the health of our environment You can help monitor baby birds for science Spring means Michiganders breaking out the shorts when it's above 40 degrees, grocery store aisles full of marshmallow bunnies, and itty-bitty baby birds. You can help keep an eye on those babies as part of the citizen science project NestWatch. It's a program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Cornell Lab has been monitoring nesting birds for 50 years, and more than 130 studies have relied on the data from NestWatch. Robyn Bailey is the project leader for NestWatch. She says anyone can become certified as a nest-watcher through the project website (although kids should always be supervised by an adult). (March 24, 2015) Michigan Radio
- 3/25/2015 - This is horribly funny, a tongue-tied Florida official tries to pander to denier policy when confronted by the real world. A world where denying the reality of Climate Change, where planning is critical, is not merely pathetic, it is a clear and present danger to our lives. The public needs to get on the same page on Climate Change and never vote a Climate Change denier into office—because to do so is not in the public’s (no matter what political party they belong to) interests. Florida's unspeakable issue leaves climate change official tongue-tied (March 23, 2015) The Guardian
- 3/25/2015 - In theory nuclear power would be a godsend for clean energy in a warming world; in practice it’s a nightmare. You cannot really talk about the advantages of nuclear power without talking about the potential and real danger this form of energy poses to our present and future. Climate Change is bad enough without the wreckage of a power option that allows no room for error. Some believe that we cannot mitigate or adapt to Climate Change without nuclear power, but this is a stance not a fact. We can change our ways, bring down our greenhouse gas levels and change how we use energy—instead of demanding that we have the same energy supply throughout Climate Change regardless. Amid rampant waste, Fukushima's frozen wall up in smoke (March 24, 2015) Aljazeera America
- 3/25/2015 - If China thinks that Climate Change is going to have a “huge impact” on China, it will have a huge impact on all of us. Although, US politics tries to convince us Climate Change an ‘over there’ kind of problem, it’s a worldwide problem because that’s how climate works. How Climate Change is going to affect other countries is going to have a profound effect everyone and our news and information about how the world is affected by Climate Change should be important to us all. Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change (March 22, 2015) NPR
- 3/24/2015 - Instead of focusing on clean energy during Climate Change, local media is still pissing & moaning about NY Fracking ban. Good grief. New York State’s movement towards clean renewable energy was completely hijacked for six long years by the media focusing on Fracking—a new way of drilling for old, polluting, greenhouse gas emitting energy in a time of Climate Change. How about the media calling up our public officials and asking our politicians what they are doing in our energy sector to address Climate Change, about more jobs that should come with that, and how our energy use is connected to the mother of all problems? Please, this is not about Fracking, this is about our moral energy choices in a time of Climate Change. Reed: NY could use U.S. fracking rules (March 23, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 3/24/2015 - Of course, if the fish in the Great Lakes region are being drugged we probably are also. NYS gets more water from Great Lakes than any other state—by far. Presently, we cannot find it within ourselves to keep our very expensive Transportation system in repair (as many of our roads and bridges are in deplorable condition and nobody wants to pay) so what are we going to do about our wastewater treatment plants that were not designed to filter drugs (nor plastics for that matter)? I know, it’s overwhelming. But avoiding getting overwhelmed is why we need to address Climate Change that is the mother of all problems, where more extreme heavy precipitation events will put more untreated water back into our drinking water. Time passes. Hormone-mimickers widespread in Great Lakes region wastewater, waterways and fish. (March 23, 2015) Environmental Health news [more on Water Quality
- 3/24/2015 - Climate Change will affect your health. What are your public officials doing to inform you? What are they doing to plan? Especially for heat waves that kill more folks over the long term than any other weather-related events. Climate Change is a Threat to Health: Heat-Related Illnesses As the average global temperature increases, heat waves will become more frequent, more intense, and longer-lasting. Exposure to extreme heat can have lethal consequences. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
- 3/24/2015 - So, ya gotta ask yourself, why would anyone in their right mind vote a climate denier into office? Like say, a president of a country? Are we going to spend our last years of precious time squandering it over asking ourselves whether anyone who is a climate denier should be voted into high office? The answer is simple: No. There’s no way we can adapt to and mitigate Climate Change with the person at the top dragging our feet. If a candidate cannot explain how they will address this (see below) then they should take up something else where reality isn’t such crucial factor. Climate Work Highlighted on World Meteorological Day (March 23, 2015 Climate Central
- 3/24/2015 - There was a little hope today. Costa Rica goes 75 days powered by 100% renewables (March 23, 20150 tcktcktck
- 3/23/2015 - This map [See Figure 2.18: Observed Change in Very Heavy Precipitation] by the National Climate Assessment (the US government) shows that the Northeast has experienced a 71% percent increase in the amount of precipitation falling in very heavy events from 1958 to 2012. In other words, this is the change we have already observed. This also means that our infrastructures—transportation, water, wastewater, telecommunications (think telephone poles)—our ability to grow traditional crops, and have clean water are already being challenged by Climate Change. Also, if your home insurance is not anticipating the increase in these very heavy precipitation events (think floods and lake-effect snow) many folks with either not be covered anymore or their insurance rates will go through the roof. This is why the public must see these maps and understand that dramatic Climate Change is already occurring in our region. We have to plan and the public needs to know why we have to plan so they’ll support these plans. This is not an issue that can be put off any more.
- 3/23/2015 - This is a map of the projected dominate forest change because of Climate Change for the Northeast by 2100. This looming dramatic change says volumes about the speed of change that is occurring right now in our environment—our life support system. It took hundreds of thousands of years to our forests to be the way that are to today. Maple, Beech, and Birch trees dominated our New York State forests in 1990. By 2100, the conditions that these trees need to have will only exist from Rochester to Buffalo in New York. If Climate Change is going to have this big a change to our forests, imagine the changes to our environment and our way of life. Climate Change is about preparing. Time passes.
- 3/23/2015 - And it matters that the public understands Climate Change because without their understanding and support there is no solution. If the public doesn’t understand Climate Change they are not going to vote in leaders who will make sure our infrastructures are being adapted to more extreme weather; they will not accept the changes that must come to live in a warmer world with wackier weather. Perhaps the reason that the public in the developed nations ignore Climate Change is because they think they can. But they cannot. We have thrown the climate of our world out of whack because of our use of burning fossil fuels for our way of life and the consequences of that concrete reality is catching up with us quickly. U.S. Is Laggard Among Developed Nations in Understanding Climate Change (March 23, 2015) Inside Climate News
- 3/22/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter March 22, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 3/21/2015 - Increasing public transportation in a time of Climate Change is a no-brainer. Our roads and bridges are in deep disrepair. Our existing Transportation system adds 27% of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere each year. More folks using public transportation will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and alleviate the pressure on our roads and bridges because folks won’t need to use their vehicles as often. Actually, increasing public transportation is already a major component of Climate Change adaptation in our region (and many others for that matter) so this issue should be framed as such, instead of a side-discussion about whether folks care about this or not. Because our government, the media, and our transportation authorities are reluctant to talk about Climate Chang at all, this critical topic (already baked into existing climate adaptation plans) of increasing public transportation to address Climate Change gets buried in budget constraints and personal transportation preferences. The dots between public transportation and Climate Change are not being connected. Time passes. The Push for More Funding for Transit Systems (March 20, 2015) WXXI News
- 3/21/2015 - Sewage is going to be a major threat as more extreme weather comes with Climate Change. Let’s get prepared. Here’s a great Fact Sheet from the DEC about making sure what happens to your ‘stuff’ after it is flushed and how to make sure it gets treated properly. I know, we don’t want to think about this stuff, but with Climate Change nipping at our heels, we’ve got to think about all our contacts with our life support system. I FLUSHED. NOW WHAT? DEC recently published a fact sheet for Sewage Pollution Right to Know. Download, print, and share this new, easy to view document that summarizes the SPRTK law and how DEC is using NY-Alert to implement the law. It also has information on how the public can sign up to receive sewage spill alerts, what they can do to prevent sewage spills, and links to online resources. The fact sheet is available on DEC's website here: Information about sewage pollution When you flush your toilet, where does waste go? What happens to water that goes down the drain after you wash dishes? In many communities, this water from homes and businesses (known as “wastewater” or “sewage”) goes through a wastewater treatment system that treats (cleans) the water before it is returned to a local river, lake or ocean. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 3/21/2015 - As I noodle through and write my book on Climate Change, one of the issues that intrigues me is humanity’s bifurcation of our ecologies—like what our Transportation system does to our environment. This is an amazingly honest study about the disruption our transportation system has probably inflicted on our environment and we’ve only begun to consider the implications. Check out this short study “Toward understanding the ecological impact of transportation corridors” by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. This article (below) covers the deforestation problems that carve up our forests, but think about how much our roads and highways have carved up our forests everywhere—especially as our flora and fauna need to adapt to warmer conditions by ‘moving’ to other regions. The world’s forests are fragmenting into tiny patches — risking mass extinctions (March 20, 2015) Raw Story
- 3/21/2014 - Last evening at the Greentopia Film Festival, I watched an incredible documentary—“Seeds of Time”--about protecting the genetic diversity of our agricultural seeds in a time of agricultural industrialization and Climate Change. Protecting the biodiversity of our seeds as a way to protecting our food chain from the changes coming with more pests, more droughts, more CO2, more heat, and less diversity is going to be (and already is) a major challenge. I learned a lot about this issue from this amazingly beautiful and elegantly presented film. This issue is critical in understand the links between Food and Climate Change. Go here for showings or buying the film yourself: Seeds of Time "A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. "
- 3/21/2015 - Regardless of how much the GOP has gotten their knickers in a twist over new rules on Fracking in our public lands, Fracking should not be allowed there anyway. The whole point of our designated public lands is to give them a break from human development and interference. What could be more interfering than drilling for more fossil fuels? The U.S. Just Got New Environmental Rules For Fracking, And Republicans Are Freaking Out (March 20, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 3/20/2015 - It’s absurd to have to explain to the public why our transportation system has to be properly maintained. Humans, ya gotta laugh. Not only will it cost more later if we don’t repair our roads and bridges NOW!, people will die in the meantime from potholes, and lousy roads and bridges. We haven’t even begun the conversation about the how and the expense of retrofitting our transportation system to the extreme heat and extreme weather of Climate Change. We cannot even maintain the roads and bridges we have. This is really crazy folks. Here’s that report about state of our system: CONDITIONS AND SAFETY OF NEW YORK’S ROADS AND BRIDGES MARCH 2015 from TRIP, a national transportation research group Transportation Group Says 1/3 Of Rochester Area Roads In Poor Or Mediocre Condition A transportation organization that pushes for more money for roads and bridges says that the Rochester area's infrastructure needs a lot of work. The group called "TRIP," consists of people involved in the highway and construction industry, related unions and other organizations. But its director of Research and Policy, Rocky Moretti, says they pull their data from information available from state and local governments. (March 15, 2015) WXXI News
- 3/20/2015 - ACTION: Who in their right mind wouldn't want their food properly labeled? Let your state legislators that Yeah! it freaking matters that you know what you're freaking eating. GMO labeling: Let’s do this, New York! Last year time ran out in the NY Legislature to pass GMO labeling. Let’s not let that happen again! Tell your state legislators that you want genetically engineered food sold in New York to be labeled – so you can make an informed choice. If enough New Yorkers speak out now, before the powerful biotech and grocery lobbyists swarm Albany, we can gain the upperhand in this important consumer battle. from NotInMyfood.org
- 3/20/2015 - Transporting volatile crude oil across New York State in larger and larger amounts and more ‘accidents’ occurring more often are under reported in our state. Learn more about this present threat to our safety and developing another fossil fuel infrastructure in our state when we should be creating a renewable energy structure. Find out more and attend this meeting: "Ban the Bomb Trains: WNY Drilling Defense Meeting Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. Crane Branch Library (Upstairs) - 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
- 3/20/2015 - UN March 31 deadline coming for carbon cutting commitments. US’s and China’s pledges will matter. But does theirs and all the other commitments add up to sustainable level of greenhouse gas concentrations? Climate Change solutions include a lot of politics but at the end of the day science and math will matter more. If Nature isn’t in on the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty negotiations, the results of the treaty will be a dangerous delusion. US climate envoy hails special relationship with China (March 20, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 3/20/2015 - Not only it is morally imperative for developed nations to contribute to the development of developing nations to compensate for damages due to the developing of developed nations, but helping developing nations develop sustainably, instead of the way developed nations developed, developed nations would be helping themselves by not making Climate Change worse. Study: rich nations could pledge US$2tn to tackle climate change in developing countries (March 19, 2015) tcktcktck
- 3/20/2015 - Time passes. Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak It’s official: When the sea ice that blankets the Arctic Ocean hit its yearly peak on Feb. 25, the maximum area was a record low. (March 19, 2015) Climate Central
- 3/19/2015 - Warm & fuzzy DEC report on saving brook trout in Adirondacks with helicopters is pretty loony and delusional. First, although it makes for sexy news for our wildlife to be save by helicopters (very Hollywood), it doesn’t really matter to our wildlife if we fly in for liming remote lake to neutralize decades of acid rain or not. If the DEC were trucking this stuff in would it be still be news? Secondly, is the problem of Acid Rain (which has caused the loss of brook trout in our remote lakes) over? Did we fix that? Or is Acid Rain still a problem? Acid Rain was big news for a long time and it has disappeared from the news, but is that because we actually stopped it (by plugging up the smoke stacks west of New York)? Or do we have to continually lime our lakes and restock them in order for fish to survive because Acid Rain continues? If we have to do all this wildlife babysitting (liming and restocking) we do not have a sustainable fish population that keeps our lakes healthy. Of course, if we keep temporarily fixing the lake acidity and restock the fish continually fishing folks can still fish and money for the DEC can still come in from selling fishing licenses. BUT it is highly unlikely that our brook trout that will need cold water and less acidity and continual restock can thrive if we don’t plan for Climate Change. I know, fixing Acid Rain, and helping our Wildlife to adapt to Climate Change is not sexy, but it’s the name of the game. And there is much in this report that is missing about how our Wildlife will fare in New York State as our state warms far faster than any of its wildlife can adapt on their own. What is the DEC doing about Wildlife in the time of Climate Change? State Helicopters Assist In DEC Project To Reintroduce Brook Trout To Remote Adirondack Pond Transport of Lime Part of Effort to Mitigate Effects of Acid Rain and Create Hospitable Habitat for Brook Trout in Bear Pond As part a collaborative effort to mitigate the impact of acid rain and restore brook trout to the Adirondacks, state helicopters delivered 80 tons of lime to an acidified pond in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area in the town of Webb, Herkimer County, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Judy Drabicki announced. (March 18, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
- 3/19/2015 - Seeing is believing, as they say, will convince some who doubt and deny Climate Change, but reading some climate studies would be good too. There are a lot of climate studies that make it crystal clear that Climate Change is happening, it’s going to get worse if we don’t act, that there are plans on how to act. Get the facts yourself and understand how they are supported by science and now accepted by your governmental agencies.
- 3/19/2015 - Breaking: The sun shines in Rochester, NY! (More than Germany actually.) Embrace solar power and get started here with this worthy cause: “ROC the SUN Solar Giveaway” Let’s give solar a freaking chance, instead of being a lapdog for fossil fuels. I’m not endorsing any one solar company ( I’ve never heard of Sustainable Energy Developments Inc.), but jeeze, helping to solarize housing for the homeless seems like an incredible way to demonstrate solar power’s power for good.
- 3/19/2015 - Got something very important to tell a very special person but don’t know how to say it? Here’s 13 steps to communicate Climate Change: COMMUNICATING ON CLIMATE 13 Steps and Guiding Principles. Not everyone is receptive to the fact that our climate is warming. It’s complicated. It’s POLITICIZED, it’s an opportunity to change live sustainably. And, it’s unavoidable. These folks specialize in helping delivering that very important message to very important people: ecoAmerica.
- 3/19/2015 - No Climate Change preparedness, no FEMA funds. Be a leader, not a mooch. Of course, if you don’t believe in Climate Change, you don’t need FEMA right? If you don’t believe that more extreme weather will come with more warming, business as usual should be OK and you shouldn’t need a bailout by the government. How long can states continue to ask for more federal funds for more disasters and not prepare for more disasters themselves and try to prevent these disasters from happening? How can states (like New Jersey) continuing to use federal funds to rebuild in places that will be continually hammered (think sea shore properties after Hurricane Sandy) more by Climate Change related extreme weather and have the luxury of not connecting the dots between extreme weather and Climate Change? How can you be a leader that does not believe in Climate Change in a state that isn’t preparing for Climate Change, but willing to receive federal funds for Climate Change disasters? That’s not a leader, it’s a mooch. FEMA to States: No Climate Planning, No Money Governors seeking billions of dollars in U.S. preparedness funds will have to sign off on plans to mitigate effects of climate change. (March 18, 2015) Inside Climate News
- 3/18/2015 - Let’s face it, even when properly inspected, even when they slow down, even when retrofitted, these oil Bomb Trains will never be safe. Check out one of the last disasters in West Virginia “West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment” Why does the public put up with these dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure schemes, which even if they did work safely, won’t provide enough jobs; they won’t be safe, they will warm the planet; and they will trash our ability to create a renewable, clean and safe energy infrastructure that will provide many jobs. Why do we continue to do the same thing expecting different results? Officials Find Safety Defects In Latest Oil Train Inspections (March 17, 2015) WXXI News
- “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere We encourage you to screen the film with as many people as possible. Please contact us if you need help setting up or promoting a screening, or would like us to attend. Below are some tools and advice to help you have the most successful screening possible. You can also use this flyer to share information about the film with people who might want to collaborate on a screening.
- 3/18/2015 - But what’s far more ‘disappointing’ is that too many of our politicians and media bemoan the lost fossil fuel schemes and fail to lead and inform on energy use in at time of Climate Change. For those media and politicians who have hitched their wagons to the use of more fossil fuels, the energy option that created Climate Change, the public will at some point turn away from them. New York State by banning Fracking has lifted the fossil fuel miasma so that we can think clearly about our energy options that don’t pollute and warm the planet more. There are a lot (really a lot) of renewable energy options and our New York politicians and media need to look forward, not backward technology, for jobs and a healthy environment. Rick Santorum: N.Y. fracking ban 'disappointing' (March 17, 20150 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 3/18/2015 - Actually, there is another side to the gas storage issue at Seneca Lake and it’s not being reported on at all: Climate Change. The last thing our region needs is the massive (this is what those saying gas has been stored in this region for a long time don’t get, it’s a freaking massive increase) buildup of more fossil fuel infrastructure in a time of Climate Change. New York State is banning Fracking. We are increasing renewable energy by leaps and bounds. We are still under threat of a dramatic increase in Oil Bomb Trains that will never be sufficiently safe to rail through our cities. We are at a critical point in how we get energy in a time of Climate Change—that was caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Where is our media on connecting the dots to this crisis at Seneca Lake? Why can’t our local media frame this issue in the proper context—not as industry vs. the demonstrators--but as part of the dialogue on how we plan to use energy in the future and how that is tied to our future? When is our media going to wake up to a warming world? Gas storage expansion plans have support, company says (March 17, 2015) Star Gazette
- 3/18/2015 - The COP21 Paris Climate Treaty cannot be a disaster, but it will connect weather disasters to Climate Change. As more and more of our leaders understand the increase in disasters caused by Climate Change and message that to the media, the more the media and the public will connect the dots. Let’s hope that by the time December comes around and COP21 begins our world leaders will have drowned out the deniers and convinced their constituents that we must act on a level and a time frame that will matter. Pacific nations to highlight Cyclone Pam in climate change talks (March 17, 2015) The Sydney Morning Herald
- 3/18/2015 - Once humanity starts treating Climate Change as a shared world disaster it’s more likely that we’ll begin acting like it. When we begin connecting the dots of extreme weather worldwide to the worldwide crisis of Climate Change in a way that not only informs, but warns of impending danger, more folks will appreciate this global threat. Climate Change is about planning. We must plan to adapt to a warmer world and we must plan to stop making Climate Change worse from our greenhouse gas emissions. World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters (March 15, 2015) Climate News Network
- 3/18/2015 - Eventually, Climate Change denial with get out of US politics because the people will demand it, but in time? Obama: It’s ‘Disturbing’ That a Climate Change Denier Chairs Senate Environmental Committee (March 17, 2015) Climate Desk
- 3/17/2015 - Even in water rich Rochester, NY we should stop wasting waste now. New York takes more water from Great Lakes than any other state by far. When you waste water—use what you don’t need, let leaking water faucets leak, etc,--that wasted water goes into our wastewater treatment system. Our region has a great big tunnel for waste water (and stormwater) overflows and that works fine, but when more frequent extreme rainfall events occur even this system can and will breach, putting raw sewage in the water we drink, fish, and bathe. Climate Change predictions predict more heavy flooding events and we should plan. Here’s where you can help: Creating rain gardens, using rain barrels, and stop wasting water can have a profound effect on keeping our water clean even in an area where we have a lot of fresh clean water. EPA Encourages Consumers to Save 1 Trillion Gallons of Wasted Water/ WaterSense Partners Celebrate Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22 (March 16, 2015) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- 3/17/2015 - Does banning "Climate Change" and "Global Warming" in Florida have implications in Rochester, NY? Excellent discussion by experts. As I mentioned in my article this week-- Can Rochester journalism dare speak the name ‘Climate Change’?—the top-down hush on not saying ‘Climate Change’ has profound ripple effects though many areas: journalism, politics, and more… Connections: Banning "Climate Change" and "Global Warming" (March 16, 2015) WXXI Connections
- 3/17/2015 - As we move towards the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty we will make great strides towards addressing Climate Change and we must always ask, is it enough? Our GHG emissions must come down and our concentration of GHG in our atmosphere must come down to a livable level. However much we accomplish, it must add up to a real solution. Guardian petition for fossil fuel divestment receives 60,000 signatures (March 17, 2015) The Guardian
- 3/17/2015 - If coal is on its way out the door, please take oil and gas along, let renewables in, and then close the freaking door. We need to shift quickly to a form of energy that doesn’t pollute and warm up the planet. We have to say goodbye to fossil fuels. And we have to support developing countries so they can say goodbye to bad energy too. More coal plants are being cancelled than built (March 16, 2015) The Carbon Brief
- 3/17/2015 - Florida governor banning “Climate Change” is like an airplane pilot telling passengers he decided to land them somewhere besides their destination. Imagine boarding a plane for Hawaii but your pilot doesn’t tell you he doesn’t believe that Hawaii exists, but he does believe that Alaska exists—and so he flies the plane to Alaska instead. So, you get off the plane in your summer stuff and it’s freaking freezing outside. Climate Change is about planning and if our leaders are planning for the right place, we’re screwed. As Gov. Scott Denies Ban, ‘Climate Change’ Order Reported at Other Agencies (march 11, 2015) Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
- 3/17/2015 - A great big solar cap would look very nice on Rochester, NY. Energy from a massive solar arrays in cities like ours instead of our countryside would have very little impact on wildlife and our environment, as our cities have already done that. Cities Could Be Ideal for Utility-Scale Solar Plants (March 16, 2015) Climate Central
- 3/16/2015 - I remember our efforts to stop that loony idea back in the day: “The county's 2001 plan initially called for the zoo to expand into the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed portion of the park.” Rochester needed a world-class zoo like a fish needs a bicycle. This new zoo idea seems less ambitious, but still why do we need zoos in the first place? They are a medieval entertainment frivolity that constantly needs to justify themselves in the modern world. When you take wildlife, those creatures who helped define their/our environment, and stick them in a zoo, they become mere living artifacts. What is a polar bear without the Arctic? Why are we trying to save species that will never be able to return to their environment because Climate Change is changing that environment, maybe forever? Why isn’t a nature program as educational as caging animals in prisons, where these creatures are totally out of their element? At least a nature program can connect the dots between wildlife and their environment in situ. Why don’t we put our efforts into saving the Arctic (which is disappearing very quickly) and many other environments around the world that are in extreme danger—which is to say ecologies that are integral parts of our life support system? Why can’t field conservation work be done via the DEC supported by tax dollars instead of the DEC getting funding by folks paying for licenses to kill and fish our wildlife? We are at a crucial point in saving wildlife, as Climate Change is changing our wildlife’s environment many times faster than they can adapt and the answer is not bigger and better zoos. Should tax dollars go to medieval torture chambers or for actually helping those creatures who defined our environment so they can continue to do so? Building a better zoo The Monroe County Parks Department is developing a new master plan -- a guide for development and growth -- for the Seneca Park Zoo. (March 13, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper