Updated Daily 08/20/2014 RochesterEnvironment.com
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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time. How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.
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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology. Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules. Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.
The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves? Bookmark This Site
All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013) The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk? Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan
Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award
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by Frank J. Regan
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It is rubbish to suggest that there is any real alternative to the Paris Climate Conference 2015 in actually bringing down manmade greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). In the first place if there was an alternative to a worldwide binding agreement to keep world temperatures to 2°C and do so in a way that would be fair and equitable to both developed nations and developing nations, that would already be happening. It is not. Worldwide greenhouse gas emissions are going dangerously up.
Admittedly the climate talks have failed over twenty times, but that does not mean there is any real alternative; it merely means that those who have fought against doing the only thing that will actually bring down worldwide greenhouse gas emission have been successful in thwarting the rest of us. Thinking we can replace the moral imperative to mitigate Climate Change with our present economic system is folly, as our present economic system is the very system that has hijacked our moral system and put us in this worldwide climate crisis in the first place.
The United Nations (UN), which is hosting the Paris Climate Conference 2015 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was established to end worldwide conflagrations such as the first and second world wars. No other process than this, representatives of each nation continually talking and compromising, could have achieved this goal. Sure there have been many conflicts -- the Korean War, the Cold War, you-name-it -- but not another world war since the UN’s founding. Bad as the innumerable wars and nasty skirmishes that have gone on since the establishment of the UN in 1945 are, a third world war with the specter of a nuclear exchange would probably be the end. Now, though there is almost as much aspersion heaped on the UN as when President Wilson tried to start the first UN (called the League of Nations), it again is being called upon to solve an issue only it can solve. A successful Paris climate talk will not in and of itself solve Climate Change, just as the UN did not solve all world conflicts. But providing a platform where all nations meet and talk about Climate Change mitigation and find consensus in orchestrated agreements it can do. No other course of action has even a remote possibility of doing so.
In an otherwise important article “Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C” in Think Progress/Climate Progress, where a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analysis predicts failure at the Paris talks, the writer includes a statement by a Paris 2015 contrarian. This article borders on the irresponsible, reminding me of Jon Oliver’s “statistically representative climate change debate.” From the study by MIT that the Paris Climate Talks will probably fail, the writer leaps to an interview with someone who says we don’t need this 2015 climate talk anyways: “We do not need a new international process to do this…”and we already have “The infrastructure already exists in other multilateral frameworks.” 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:
- Environmental moves make good business sense Bob Bechtold built a successful manufacturing company by embracing new technology, not treating it as a threat. Bechtold founded Harbec, Inc., almost 40 years ago in the Wayne County town of Ontario as an all-purpose machine shop. Computerized machine tools were just starting to make their way to shop floors, and some in the toolmaking and machining industries worried that the technology would supplant highly skilled workers. Bechtold says he believed that computers would be the best tool that toolmakers ever had. "And so I began wherever I could to change Harbec general purpose machine shop into Harbec, utilizer of technologies and opportunities to forge new business opportunities," he says. (July 30, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Green Business in our area]
- Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
- Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste. "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area]
- Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming. More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
Time and Place: September 20-21, 2014 | Location: New York City
With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march.
Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions.
We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March:
Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT
If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation.
Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate.
We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously.
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...
- Thursday, August 21st 11AM-
3PM, Press Conference and Speakers/Performers at 12:30
Where: New York State Fairgrounds, Main Gate, 581 State
Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13209
- Rally at the New York State Fair! The campaign to ban fracking is kicking into even higher gear! Governor Cuomo is ramping up his events and appearances across the state this summer. We’ve rallied outside of his many appearances all across the state, and the NYS Fair is one of the most important opportunities we have. Every year, Governor Cuomo attends the first day of the great New York State Fair – as the day is coined, “Governors Day” – and every year we rally outside his appearance to make our voices heard. Let’s make this year’s rally even bigger! We are calling on hundreds of people from all corners of upstate NY to join us this year. The Fair is a prime opportunity to send a message to Governor Cuomo that the movement calling for a statewide ban on fracking is strong and growing. The New York Fair is also an opportunity to talk about protecting farming, agriculture, wineries, breweries and tourism – the fabric of New York’s economy. Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 11am to 3pm outside the NY StateFair Main entrance to rally with hundreds of New Yorkers against fracking from across the state. We’ll stand together to say no to fracking and yes to a renewable energy economy that protects our most vital resources, public health and agriculture. New Yorkers Against Fracking [more on Fracking in our area]
- Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:30
pm to 8:00 pm | Finger Lakes Institute 601 South Main
Street Geneva, NY
- The HABs and HAB Nots – Impact of the Built Environment on Blue-green Algal Growth and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Finger Lakes Presented by Clifford Callinan Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm 4:30 Welcome 4:45 to 5:15 Tour of the Finger Lakes Institute 5:15 to 6:15 Presentation 6:15 to 8:00 Picnic Buffet* Finger Lakes Institute 601 South Main Street Geneva, NY Click here for directions Come and tour the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) an organization dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. Registration is required and includes a guest presentation, networking, and a picnic buffet.
- Thursday, August 21, 6-8:30 PM
Location: Sodus Point Fire Department, 8364 Bay Street,
Sodus, New York
- You are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) and Save Our Sodus (SOS) in support of the Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) on the evening of Thursday, August 21 in Sodus Point. The focus of the workshop is water weeds, invasive species, and wetland restoration. Attendees are encouraged to bring (one only, please!) a sample of a water weed in a plastic bag for identification by the experts. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Please see below for details. If you have any questions, contact Jen Reeher: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you! What Lurks Beneath...Sodus Bay A Workshop on Water Weeds and Water Quality Time: Thursday, August 21, 6-8:30 PM Location: Sodus Point Fire Department, 8364 Bay Street, #139 Agenda: 6:30 Welcome (Steve Leroy, Sodus Supervisor) 6:35 Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plan (Kimie Romeo, CEI) 6:50 Aquatic Macrophyte (Large Plants Growing in Water) Communities of Sodus Bay (Dr. Bruce Gilman, Finger Lakes Community College) 7:20 Invasive Species Currently In or Likely to Appear in Sodus Bay (Gregg Sargis, The Nature Conservancy) 7:40 Early Detection and Rapid Response to Hydrilla (Hilary Mosher, Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College) 8:00 A Local Wetlands Restoration Project (Save Our Sodus) 8:15 Aquatic Plant Identification (All presenters)
- All day trip which begins at 9
am. Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the
Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490.
- Rochester Butterfly Club, Butterfly Walk (wetland species) at Howland Island near Montezuma Monday, August 25, 2014 All day trip which begins at 9 am. Meet at the Park and Ride parking lot by the Bushnell’s Basin Exit of Route I-490. Directions: Take 490 East to Bushnell’s Basin / route 96 exit. At the light, turn left, the parking lot is on the left. We will car pool from there. About an hour drive to Howland Island, which is part of the Northern Montezuma WMA . Bring water, lunch, and a folding chair. Wear long pants and a hat. Contact: 385-3907 http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
- Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. | Online,
- The gist: NYS climate program getting stronger “Climate Smart Communities … provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments.” Tune into this webinar Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM., or better yet, if your NYS community is not already joined [check here to find out if your community has pledged] this volunteer state program to help communities adapt to Climate Change, get your community leader to pledge. Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Climate Smart Community Certification Our Climate Smart Communities webinar entitled Climate Smart Community Certification will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. In April 2014, the New York State Climate Smart Communities program launched a formal certification program to recognize leading Climate Smart Communities and to provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Bronze, Silver, and Gold (450 points). Achievement of each level requires completion of a specified number of “priority actions” and a sufficient number of voluntary actions to achieve the required number of points. The activities and documentation submittals required for each action are described in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Manual at ny.gov/energy/96511.html . (August 14, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- September 12-13, Brown's Race
and the Centers at High Fall, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia Fall Festival " Greentopia Festival will be a focused, 2-day celebration of sustainability, this year featuring Music, Design, and EcoFest. Most event will take place around Brown's Race and the Centers at High Falls, NY. Get ready for never-before-seen-performances of art, photography, and music--all of which is carefully selected programed and curated to educate and inspire. "
- Monday, September 15; 7 PM
WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira,
- WHAT: Screening of the film GMO OMG and an update on the campaign to label GMO foods in New York State WHEN: Monday, September 15; 7 PM WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901 GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? - See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com. For more information about this event, contact Erin Riddle at 607-372-5503 or email@example.com. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Food and Water Watch.
- “Circle September 20th and 21st
on your calendar…” NYC, the next great movement on
Climate Change. Come!
- People's Climate March | A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it's too late This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced. Bill McKibben on global warming's terrifying new math My guess is people will come by the tens of thousands, and it will be the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change. Sure, some of it will be exciting – who doesn't like the chance to march and sing and carry a clever sign through the canyons of Manhattan? But this is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch. You'll tell your grandchildren, assuming we win. So circle September 20th and 21st on your calendar, and then I'll explain. Since Ban Ki-moon runs the United Nations, he's altogether aware that we're making no progress as a planet on slowing climate change. He presided over the collapse of global-climate talks at Copenhagen in 2009, and he knows the prospects are not much better for the "next Copenhagen" in Paris in December 2015. In order to spur those talks along, he's invited the world's leaders to New York in late September for a climate summit. (May 21, 2014) Rolling Stone [more on Climate Change in our area]
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may
begin promptly at 9am) Topic:
Awakening the Dreamer,
Changing the Dream Location: MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008
MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY 14445
- Presenter: Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
- Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian
Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester,
NY 14614 (at High Falls)
- The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration 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.
- October 11, 2014 9:00am |
Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY
- Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it? These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.
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 highlightSign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) 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.
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
- Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by 1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040. 2. Go to the Public Input Map at wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
ACTION: Due date: August 21st
- Help Governor Cuomo work up the nerve to say NO! to the Fracking industry—August 21st. "Buffalo & Rochester Carpool to the rally to BAN FRACKING outside Governor Cuomo's appearance at the NYS Fair Every year, Governor Cuomo attends the first day of the great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY and every year we rally outside his appearance to make our voices heard. Join us on Thursday, August 21st as we carpool to rally outside of the NY State Fair with hundreds of New Yorkers against fracking from across the state. During Governor Cuomo's visit, we'll stand together to demand that he say "no" to fracking and "yes" to a renewable energy economy that protects our most vital resources, public health, and agriculture. The Fair is a prime opportunity to send a message to Governor Cuomo that the movement calling for a statewide ban on fracking is strong and growing. (We encourage everyone to also enjoy and support the NYS Fair while we’re there. It’s a wonderful event with many great vendors from across the state.) All carpools will be leaving together as a caravan from the pick-up locations during the scheduled time. Thursday, August 21st Leave/return to Buffalo: 8:15 a.m./5:15 p.m. Leave/return to Rochester: 9:45 a.m./3:45 p.m. If you need a ride in the carpool -OR- can offer to host a carpool, fill out this form & we will be in touch: http://bit.ly/1lXWKxr
- ACTION: Due Date: From July 24 -
- Pool Owners Sought to Participate in Citizen Science Survey to Identify Invasive Insects Monitoring Pool Filters for Asian Longhorned Beetles Can Prevent Infestation and Help Protect Trees and Forests Pool owners are invited to join in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) third annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey now through August 29 in order to help keep watch for these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. The Citizen Pool Survey takes place this time of year when ALBs are expected to become adults, emerge from the trees they are infesting and become active outside those trees. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation designating New York's first ever Invasive Species Awareness Week to educate New Yorkers on the ALB and other invasive species that can be harmful to human health, animal habitat, agriculture and tourism. The Swimming Pool Survey continues those education efforts and allows residents to actively engage in the efforts to stop the spread of ALB. (July 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- ACTION: Due Date: August 29, 2014
- Even if you don’t care about this ugly little bat, you might want to save it so we don’t have to fill our environment with pesticides to compensate its loss. The Northern Long-Eared Bat is one of those little creatures whose existence in and of itself may not mean much to you, but you might care about some of the ‘environmental services’ it provides because we may have to make up for that by dumping tons of Pesticides into our environment (our life support system) as Climate Change brings in more bug pests. So, if that seems like it might be something important to you, you have until August 29, 2014 to comment here or by mail. Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species. The Service proposed to list the bat as endangered on October 2, 2013, citing white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, as the greatest threat to the species. During the reopened comment period, the Service seeks information regarding the interpretation of scientific studies cited in the proposed rule, along with any additional scientific information not already considered in the proposal. (June 30, 2014) US Fish and Wildlife Service [more on Wildlife in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: September 2, 2014
- "A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today." DEC Announces Proposed Renewal of Hazardous Waste Management Permit for Eastman Kodak Company and Recycled Energy Development DEC Accepting Public Comments on the Draft Permit Through Sept. 2 A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Eastman Business Park (EBP), located in the city of Rochester and town of Greece, currently has two hazardous waste management operations: a multiple hearth incinerator (MHI) used to incinerate sludge from the Kings Landing Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a tank system at Building 322 for hazardous waste storage. The draft permit and related documents for Eastman Business Park (Kodak) are available for public review and comment on DEC's website. DEC will carefully consider all comments received before making a final determination on the permit. In 2013, DEC modified the existing hazardous waste management permit to add RED as an operator after the company acquired a number of utilities from Kodak, including the MHI. Kodak and RED filed an amended application for renewal of the permit in 2013. (July 2, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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- Don’t forget; Sept 20-21 for People’s Climate March @ New York City. Sign up now – or read Bill McKibben’s more formal invitation in Rolling Stone here.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them? "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session. WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
ACTION: Due Date: Now:
- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- 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! "
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- 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
Due Date: Now
- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: email@example.com We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
- ACTION: Due Date Now
- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- 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
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- 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
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- 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
- 8/20/2014 - Of course, another way of avoiding West Nile Virus in New York State is to educate public on the links with Climate Change and this new disease so we can plan our public health adequately. Climate Change will increase cases of WNV in New York State: "In the U.S., more than 25,000 cases of human disease caused by West Nile virus have been reported since its introduction to North America in 1999, and hundreds of thousands of birds have been killed by the infection. In New York State, the species of mosquitoes that are most likely to carry West Nile virus are those that breed in natural or artificial containers, such as ponds and discarded tires, respectively, including Culex pipiens, Culvex restuans, and Aedes albopictus. Climate change is expected to increase precipitation and summer temperatures in New York. Therefore, in general, risk of human exposure to West Nile virus is expected to increase in the state as the climate becomes warmer and wetter." (page 430, Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID)) West Nile Found in Erie County West Nile virus has turned up in mosquitos in Erie County. John Ricci of the Monroe County Health Department says New York officials have confirmed one case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. According to Ricci, most people are asymptomatic. (August 19, 2014) WXXI News
- 8/20/2014 - The problem with thinking we can regulate Fracking’s fugitive methane emissions is that not all Fracking companies are equally tolerant of regulations. Once Fracking companies get their nose into the New York State tent, they’re in and then there’s the dickens trying to regulate the Fracking camel. Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger (August 15, 2014) Mother Jones
- 8/20/2014 - With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions. We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March: Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate. We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously. Please spread the word! Send the links around. September 2014: Climate Summit and Global Mobilisation What's the Peoples Climate March and the Global Day of Action? As Heads of Government prepare to attend a historic summit on climate change, mobilisations will take place all around the world, made up of people who want a world and economy that works for both people and the planet. They want Action Not Words. The mobilisations across the weekend of September 20-21 will be crowned by the People’s Climate March in New York City. Expected to make history, thousands of people are anticpated to walk through the city in support of climate action. Solidarity marches and actions will take place around the world, including in Berlin, Paris, London, Rio and Delhi. You can also create and register your own event. This mobilisation is not the work of one particular group, but rather the combined effort of many, ranging from faith groups, unions, front-line and impacted communities. There are many organizing structures for the Marches, and communication is occurring through various tables, list serves, and online hubs. This will be a convergence of a large, broad, and diverse movement urging that governments take meaningful action on climate now. Climate Action Network International
- 8/20/2014 - Looks like Rochester, NY was one of the two giant cool spots in an otherwise very warm July. I wouldn’t predict this nirvana phenomenon for our area for long. July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide If you spent your summer in the Midwest or almost anywhere in the U.S. south of New York where the season was mild, it may have been easy to miss that most of the rest of the world was baking last month. (August 18, 2014) Climate Central
- 8/19/2014 - How can GOP leaders lead on Climate Change if they are hiding behind their party’s apron strings? Good grief, it is not the public’s fault that the GOP has made addressing the worldwide crisis of Climate Change an ideological shitstorm. The public shouldn’t have to vote for a party and hope to god that their leaders will plan and protect them as our planet warms. Nothing, at this point in time, will do but a full-throated response to planning for Climate Change from our leaders. Many Republicans Privately Support Action On Climate (August 15, 2014) Bloomberg
- 8/19/2014 - Is this, massive sewage discharges, our future in the Great Lakes region? Or will we start planning properly? Extreme weather in the form of frequent heavy rainfall that will overwhelm our existing sewer systems (meaning many community sewer systems around the Great Lakes are combined sewers ((storm water and sewage)). Updating and adapting many sewer systems around the Great Lakes is in the interest of us all and it will take big bucks and continued support for this comprehensive adaptation to Climate Change in our region. Detroit's sewage overflow feeds Lake Erie algae growth The near-historic rainfall this week that left cars stranded and roads closed across Metro Detroit also will likely make Lake Erie's algae-fouled beaches worse for neighbors to the south. (August 16, 2014) Monroe News
- 8/19/2014 - ACTION: Got a nomination for an environmental leader in our Rochester, NY region? Nominate here: 2014 Community Salute to the Environment "The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) plans to present several Environmental Excellence Awards at its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on September 30, 2014. Please help us recognize our region’s environmental leaders by making a nomination now. The process is easy, just use the forms provided on our website. Nominations have been extended to September 1, 2014, so please do not delay. See our website for more information about the Community Salute including registration and sponsorship opportunities. This year's featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future. "--from The Center for Environmental Initiatives
- 8/19/2014 - US politics and Climate Change: If we vote in leaders who don’t believe in Climate Change, what do you plan for? Do you try and address every single consequence of Climate Change, like the oyster business, as if it wasn’t a part of a global transformation of our climate? Climate Change is such that long-term planning is required—trying to just address single-issues in Climate Change as they surface is like trying to stop a flood with a tube of caulk. As Oysters Die, Climate Policy Goes on the Stump (August 3, 2014) New York Times
- 8/19/2014 - It’s just hard to put into words how craven and reckless it is to Frack the fragile Arctic that is melting because of Climate Change. A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. (August 18, 2014) Yale: Environment 360
- 8/18/2014 - The climate disaster narrative may have not worked well, but the monsters are no less real. Pandering to the public’s disinclination to hear dreadful, long-drawn out bad news about Climate Change has its complications. Climate Change means planning and planning accurately for the world we live in. And this requires that we plan long before the effects of Climate Change show up because by that time they are usually too late to solve. Already we are experiencing a continual march of warming and its consequences (extreme weather, rising seas, etc) during which the public finally understands that Climate Change is happening. Now the public doesn’t want to hear about all the dreary details. If the public wants hope peppered into Climate Change news, they need to act in such a way that there will be hope—not turn off bad news (the monsters) that are really the repercussions of doing nothing. Communicating climate change – without the scary monsters The climate disaster narrative hasn’t worked. Ignorance is bliss. So how do experts plan do wake up the world? (August 18, 2014) Responding to Climate Change
- 8/18/2014 As we address Climate Change, storing LPG, & Fracking in NYS, are we missing the big fossil-fuel picture? Crude oil transporting? Already, Albany nears major oil-hub status and for those concerned about possible derailment of tank cars carrying crude oil, this observation by Harper’s Magazine might prove interesting: “Number of tank cars of crude oil transported by U.S. railways in 2008 : 9,500 In 2013 : 400,000”. Admits all the concerns about lowering greenhouse gases to address and mitigate Climate Change, it seems that efforts to stopping drilling and pipelining fossil fuels are all being undermined by shipping crude by rail—that, except for its possible ‘volatility’, goes unseen. Is NYS saying No! to fossil fuels, while transporting it all over the world? What is the big picture of New York State and fossil fuels and Climate Change? And why is the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) telling the Mayor of Albany not to worry her pretty little head over the dramatic surge in oil shipments at Port of Albany? Mayor: DEC off on oil Sheehan says state agency illegally approved surge in oil shipments at Port of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan sharply rebuked the state Department of Environmental Conservation over its review of a planned oil terminal expansion at the Port of Albany, claiming the state agency has illegally approved a surge in oil shipments piecemeal, rather than taking an overall perspective. (August 12, 2014) Albany Times Union
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- 8/18/2014 - Climate Change may have the power to change religion and politics—hopefully in time. Evangelicals Pressure Florida Governor on Climate Change (August 15, 2014) EcoWatch
- 8/18/2014 - Chronicling the inevitable, the inevitability of business as usual: The oceans are getting more acidic… Marine Economy Takes a Dive as Ocean Acidity Rises (August 17, 2014) Climate Central
- 8/16/2014 - Major local news on Lyme Disease cases rising (even stating “expanding their range northward”) but nary a word on Climate Change. A major study on Climate Change for New York State is not so shy about connecting the dots: "Climate change may have serious implications for diseases affecting wildlife and people. Vector species, such as mosquitoes, ticks, midges, and other biting insects, respond dramatically to small changes in climate, which in turn alters the occurrence of diseases they carry. For example, Lyme disease, erlichiosis, and other tick-borne diseases are spreading as temperatures increase, allowing ticks to move northward and increase in abundance. " (Page 185, Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (2011) Ticks — and Lyme risk — on the rise in Ontario County, Finger Lakes You don’t need to go far to get bitten by a tick. While disease-carrying ticks used to plague mostly southern New York and New England, and were rare in the Finger Lakes region, that is changing. (August 14, 2014) Penfield Post
- 8/16/2014 - As Albany NY is nearing a major oil-hub status, it’s nice that some of the volatility (a euphemism for ‘Ka- Boom!’) might be removed from oil transported across our state. But if we went renewable energy instead (wind and solar), we wouldn’t have all this ‘volatility’ to worry about and we would have more jobs, less greenhouse gas emissions, and less worry. (Did I say, Less Worry?) Why are we continuing to produce, transport, and burn more fossil fuels during Climate Change? Bakken crude oil could be made less volatile WASHINGTON – North Dakota officials are considering requiring drillers to partly refine Bakken crude oil so it’s less volatile before it’s shipped by rail to refineries on both coasts. (August 15, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 8/16/2014 - Dear Governor Cuomo: If you aren’t willing to ban Fracking, as those in the sacrifice zone demand, please step aside and let those who can see the writing on the wall Ban Fracking. Southern Tier, Hudson Valley Oppose Fracking 51 to 35 Percent (July 30, 2014) Sienna College
- 8/15/2014 - If we aren’t being overly hopeful (due to single-study syndrome), this report on reversing Acid Rain effects are good. There used to be a lot of news stories about Acid Rain in our region (2000-2001) and they slowly disappeared from our media. Maybe, it’s true that the measures employed to stop Acid Rain have borne fruit, but let’s check some more. ‘This is a huge success story’: 2 Maine scientists say acid rain effects reversing much faster than expected (August 16, 2014) The Bangor Daily News
- 8/15/2014 - Remember when we used to speak of something moving very slowly as ‘glacial’? Humans to Blame for Much of Recent Glacier Melt From Alaska to the Alps, photos of today’s diminished glaciers contrasted with grainy black-and-white images of their former, more massive states are some of the most widely used examples of the impact of human-caused climate change, with their melt threatening water supplies, enhancing sea level rise, and posing threats like floods from bursting glacial lakes. (August 14, 2014) Climate Central
- 8/15/2014 - Things are falling in place for People’s Climate March in NYC 9/21#climatemarch. Soon to have two buses from Rochester, NY. Details coming. Stay tuned for more. NY Police Approve Route for Historic Climate March NY Police Approve Route for Historic Climate March Huge crowds expected for “People’s Climate March” on September 21 NEW YORK — (August 15, 2014) People's Climate March
- 8/15/2014 - Inadequate funding in the Superfund trust to clean up local Brownfields is outrageous. How about this idea, which I know will be wildly unpopular yet it works in the apartment rental business: Have all potentially polluting industries make a deposit before they get a permit to build, or travel with toxic stuff through our region, and they don’t get it back until they leave with the place clean and ready for the next user—not to mention leaving our life support system in working order. I know, in our present economy, where pollution is an externality (where there is no cost to polluting or using our natural resources ((our commons)), it would make industry very shy about doing business in our region if there wasn’t the lure of getting off scot-free from causing damage to our life support system. Schumer wants polluter tax reinstated to boost Superfund program (August 14, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
- 8/15/2014 - Plan to “stop algal blooms from blanketing the Great Lakes” won’t work until role of Climate Change is given top priority. When you dig into this plan, you see that some experts think Climate Change may be a factor in the recent spate of harmful algae growth in the Great Lakes. That won’t do. Solving Great Lakes algae problem won’t work unless this crisis is seen through the lens of Climate Change and how it amplifies all the other issues—farming practices, filtering pollutants, etc. Environmental Defence unveils plan to fight Great Lakes algae Toledo water ban was result of toxins from algae earlier this month An environmental organization has come up with a four-point plan on how to stop algal blooms from blanketing the Great Lakes. Toledo tap water drinking ban lifted after toxin scare Water safe to drink, Windsor Utilities Commission reports How blue-green algae is taking over Canadian lakes Lake Erie's algae explosion blamed on farmers The report called Clean, Not Green: Tackling Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes was unveiled in Kingsville, Ont., Wednesday, southeast of Windsor. “The Great Lakes supply drinking water for millions of people, and are critical to Ontario’s fishing, boating and tourism industries,” said Nancy Goucher, water program manager with Environmental Defence. “Allowing them to be covered in green slime every summer is simply not an option.” The plan includes suggestions on finding creative ways to pay farmers to stop nutrient pollution that drains into the water. (August 13, 2014) CBCNews
- 8/15/2014 - Been curious about the recent Algae Crisis in the Great Lakes? Watch is half-hour video from experts. Algae Blooms in the Great Lakes . Great Lakes Now [more on Water Quality and Climate Change
- 8/15/2014 - The gist: NYS climate program getting stronger “Climate Smart Communities … provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments.” Tune into this webinar Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM., or better yet, if your NYS community is not already joined [check here to find out if your community has pledged] this volunteer state program to help communities adapt to Climate Change, get your community leader to pledge. Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Climate Smart Community Certification Our Climate Smart Communities webinar entitled Climate Smart Community Certification will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. (August 14, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 8/15/2014 - For “the world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS)” Climate Change is not a liberal hoax; It’s drowning them. Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month. (August 11, 20140 Inter Press Service
- 8/14/2014 - Rochester, NY is vastly increasing its active transportation, which helps mitigate Climate Change. But, yeah, “Copenhagen’s newest bike lane totally rules”. See City of Rochester, NY’s bikeROCHESTER, where BTW they have an entire section on “Benefits of Increased Bicycling in Rochester” but nary a word about this being Rochester’s biggest effort in mitigating Climate Change—as it reduces greenhouse gas in the transportation sector which is responsible for 27% of greenhouse gases according to the EPA. Rochester shouldn’t be so timid about addressing and mitigating Climate Change, which will have to be done, and the public will have to support these on-going effort, election year, after election year. What is it with Rochester’s silence on Climate Change, the most critical issue of our times, the mother of all issues? Copenhagen’s newest bike lane totally rules In Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber people and nearly 40 percent of residents cycle to work, bike-friendly infrastructure is key. But, even though more than 200 miles of bike lanes wind throughout Copenhagen, congestion is a common issue. The city is home to the world’s busiest bike lane, on which up to 40,000 cyclists travel daily. (August 8, 2014) Grist
- 8/14/2014 - Raw sewage overflowing our sewer systems and getting into our Great Lakes drinking water is predicted by climate studies—unless we update all systems that are even remotely connected to the Great Lakes. Every community’s sewage that ends up going into the Great Lakes is all of our problem who, like Rochester, live on the Great Lakes and get our water from there. It’s going to be expensive to update our wastewater infrastructures and it is one of the ways our region is going to have to adapt to Climate Change and it’s going to have to get continued public support (election year after election year) and the media must connect the dots, unlike this article: Heavy rains force millions of gallons of raw sewage into area waterways Monday’s rains overwhelmed sewer systems across metro Detroit, forcing millions of gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage into rivers and lakes. (August 12, 2014) Detroit Free Press
- 8/14/2013 - Today’s lesson boys and girls is “Climate Refugee.” A Climate Refugee is someone screwed out of a country because their country has been declared a Climate Change sacrificial zone. Tuvalu climate refugees granted residency in New Zealand (August 7, 2014) tcktcktck
- 8/14/2014 - Older folks should lead on Climate Change because they have already enjoyed a prosperity the young won’t have a chance for; but the young cannot wait. 11 ways young people have revolutionized the climate debate Little people mean big business when it comes to climate change, as these 11 victories show -(August 11, 2014) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
- 8/14/2014 - I wonder how long folks will see the new normal weather as what they thought of as normal then realize it isn’t normal. 10 Images Show & Explain the Northeast Flooding (August 13, 2014) Climate Central
- 8/13/2014 - Yeah, I’m thinking the report that says “Pennsylvania regulators failed to properly supervise drillers” could have implications in New York. I’m thinking that a lot of Fracking reports around the country and around the world should be reviewed as New York State is still on the fence on Fracking. Why wouldn’t NYS look to see what happens to other places when they start Fracking? Pennsylvania auditor blasts state oversight of fracking (August 11, 2014) Syracuse.com
- 8/13/2014 - As Former Irish President Mary Robinson says "We need to make (climate change) the biggest issue humankind faces, because if we don't we lose…" Much needs to be done before the 2015 Paris conference. Ban Ki-moon appoints Mary Robinson as special climate envoy (July 15, 2014) Thomas Reuters Foundation
- 8/13/2014 - Considering that the US has ‘lost’ (destroyed) over half its wetlands due to development, and we need them in order to adapt and mitigate Climate Change, we’d better get rebuilding them. Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever (July 28, 2014) Yale: Environment 360
- 8/13/2014 - Who will set the bar for lowering greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the 2015 Paris conference? | EU Commission backs 30 percent energy efficiency target for 2030 The European Commission has proposed a 30 percent EU-wide energy savings target for 2030, officials confirmed in July. The proposal is the third and final component of the draft 2030 climate and energy framework, which the bloc’s leaders are aiming to finalise this coming October. (August 4, 2014) International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
- 8/13/2014 - What powers your stuff without warming up the planet or polluting your air and water or blowing up while being transported? Solar. Solar Power on the Rise: The Technologies and Policies behind a Booming Energy Sector Solar power – clean, reliable, and increasingly affordable – is experiencing remarkable growth across the U.S. DOWNLOAD: Solar Power on the Rise: The Technologies and Policies behind a Booming Energy Sector (2014) (August 7, 2014) Union of Concerned Scientists
- 8/12/2014 - On the other hand, if next year’s climate talks don’t keep the world under 2°C, there’s no Plan B. Ad hoc mitigation efforts after Paris 2015 will be fruitless, which is to say adaptation without much hope of sustainability. Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equably is the defining issue of our time. How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Why A New Study Thinks Next Year’s Climate Talks Won’t Keep The World Under 2°C (August 6, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 8/12/2014 - Of course, we don’t wish to infer that our wastewater treatment plants have magical powers. ‘Toxins’ here means toxins from harmful algal blooms, not manmade toxins, or plastic bits, or pharmaceuticals, or zillions of other stuff we dump into our drinking water. We don’t have wastewater treatment plants that strip all pollutants from our drinking water and until we do we should stop allowing any pollutants to go into the Great Lakes, the greatest freshwater system in the world. Scientist: Plants can remove toxin from drinking water (August 9, 2014) Port Clinton News Herald
- 8/12/2014 - Rather than trying to “…achieve the highest safety and environmental standards…” with LNG storage and allowing Albany to become one of the nation’s largest Oil-Hub, New York is setting the table for more fossil fuels in a time of Climate Change. DEC plans conference on Seneca Lake LPG proposal (August 11, 2014) Star Gazette
- 8/12/2014 - Rather than relying on media that still tends to over represent climate contrarians, we are learning to monitor our environment more accurately. One of the things that have allowed climate change denial to continue is the lack of objective instruments that give us immediate feedback on warming and now air equality. More and more we can see for ourselves how our environment is reacting to pollution, warming, and it ain’t pretty. DISCOVER-AQ: U.S. EPA kicks off air quality research in Colorado with NASA and NOAA from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- 8/12/2014 - One of the solutions for climate contrarians overrepresented in media coverage is for the public to switch media. Reading many of the climate studies can give you a feel for what media is feeding you crap and what media is trustworthy on Climate Change. Climate Contrarians Overrepresented in Media Coverage, New Survey Finds (August 11, 2013) Inside Climate News
- 8/08/2014 - Besides Climate Change we are causing the Sixth Great Extinction Event. Transporting Amphibian-killing fungus around the world. Connect the dots in this New Yorker article: The Sixth Extinction? There have been five great die-offs in history. This time, the cataclysm is us. | Genetics reveal effects of deadly frog fungus A deadly fungus has decimated certain populations of amphibians globally for the past few decades, but scientists remain unclear about the exact mechanisms that lead to its disease. (August 6, 2014) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 8/08/2014 - One of our “community needs” we could use from a $1 million grant by the state Department of Health is Climate Change info and readiness. The New York State Department of Health knows about the relationship of Climate Change to our health issues-- Strategies to Protect Health in a Changing Climate—and yet they bury this information on their website and provide neither the public with continual education on this issue. Back in June 2014 the NYS Dept. of Health cautioned about West Nile Virus outbreak in New York, but nary a word about this disease relationship to Climate Change: “As West Nile Virus Arrives, State Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions against Mosquito Bites First detection of 2014 in mosquitoes reported” Climate Change is about planning. But how can we plan if our health authorities are too shy to tell us about Climate Change on a level that will matter? Finger Lakes region gets $1M grant from Department of Health (August 7, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
- 8/08/2014 - Because Transportation accounts for 27% of our greenhouse gases, it’s important that we get more folks safely on the streets, especially the safest streets to their destination, on a bike (or walk). This updated Rochester bike map is designed to find out who to navigate our best biking streets to your local destination. Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map 2014 Edition Now Available The 2014 Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map, prepared by the Genesee Transportation Council utilizing road ratings provided by volunteer members of the Rochester Bicycling Club, is now available. The ratings represent the opinions of experienced bicyclists on the rideability of major roads based on existing road conditions and features such as pavement width and quality, traffic volumes, presence and type of shoulders, and posted speed limits. Copies of the map are available at the following locations: from Genesee Transportation Council
- 8/07/2014 - Or, one could argue to the NYS Court of Appeals: “What’s more important, more fossil fuels or threats to our water, our public health and our environment? I suspect that the pro-Fracking folks will never tolerate NO! in what they perceive as their god-given right to drill-baby-drill regardless of court rulings, of public health, of threat to our water, and they certainly have conveniently dismissed the link to more fossil fuel and Climate Change. Gas industry tries to revive challenge to fracking bans (August 6, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 8/07/2014 - More than 1,600 people have died of West Nile virus in USA since 1999 and WNV is related to Climate Change and New York is experiencing WNV cases now, but folks are dying in California now and you have to go to California where they report on the connection between WNV and Climate Change. (Sorry about this convoluted message, but until the local media starts connecting the dots on diseases that will come to our area because of Climate Change, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.) West Nile Virus is alarming example of climate change’s effects (July 11, 2014) SFGate
- 8/07/2014 - The Lake Erie Mess: Gonna be hard to address Climate Change and Water Quality in our lakes if we continue farming as usual. There are other ways: “No-till usually reduces soil erosion.” What Toledo’s Water Crisis Reveals About Industrial Farming (August 5, 2014) Civil Eats
- 8/07/2014 - It’s amazing the callous disregard we have for fresh drinking water, perhaps many believe we have unlimited quantities, that our oceans are drinkable. Canadians Can’t Drink Their Water After 1.3 Billion Gallons Of Mining Waste Flows Into Rivers Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region. (August 5, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 8/07/2014 - What a tangled web of health concerns we weave with Brownfields when first we don’t practice to clean them up. Brownfields mangle our environment (our life support system) just I have mangled Walter Scott’s poem—except birds don’t die and human don’t get sick when I butcher poetry. Health experts question handling of songbird-killing Superfund site (August 6, 2014) Environmental Health News
- 8/06/2014 - One has to wonder when the Monroe County Health Department will include Climate Change and public health concerns on their website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not shy at all about planning and informing the public about how Climate Change will affect public health. We know from climate studies that our region will experience more Lyme disease, more West Nile Virus, and more heat-related deaths due to longer periods of frequent extreme heat. So why doesn’t our county provide information on that, which would help legitimize this issue in the eyes of the pubic and help health insurance companies plan—so they don’t just drop health benefits when they are overwhelmed. I believe that our public health should be viewed through the lens of Climate Change (top priority) because this will affect all issues related to public health.
- 8/06/2014 - Unlike local media, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture doesn’t have the luxury of dismissing Climate Change. If we haven’t planned for Food issues with Climate Change, folks get annoyed when extreme stuff happens to their diet. Ag secretary briefed on nutrition, dairy, climate research (August 1, 2014) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 8/06/2014 - Because humans are afflicted with the dreaded Shifting Baseline Syndrome, #climatemarch & high temps in other places remind us of “Global” warming. We tend to think that our ‘now’ is the only ‘now’ there is, or ever was, unless we are educated about what is going on around the world and what has transpired in the past. This temperate summer in Rochester, NY (for example) is not the ‘now’ the rest of the world is experiencing now. Temperatures elsewhere and in our oceans are rising to unprecedented levels and so we must engage in the Climate Change crisis to be continually reminded that what we see as ‘now’ is only a fraction of the worldly now. If we don’t do that we’ll think Climate Change disappears every time we have a pleasant day. First 100°F Temperature on Record in the Baltics The 37.8°C (100.0°F) temperature observed at Ventspils, Latvia on August 4th was the first time on record that a reading of 100°F has been measured in any of the Baltic nations (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania). (August 5, 2014) WeatherUnderground
- 8/06/2014 - Despite all media dismissal to the contrary, the sun still shines in New York & we are a “rising star” in Solar Energy. Read “Lighting the Way” by Environment New York. Of course the real hurdle to getting more Solar Power in New York State is the unfair billions of subsidies that the fossil fuel gets and the rise of Fracking, which not only undercut efforts at Solar and Wind power, but nuclear power also. If we don’t get fossil fuel energy to reflect its true costs to our environment and lose those incredible tax subsides, we’ll never get a viable energy source as our planet’s atmosphere warms. New Report: Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% in 2013 Progress Fueled by the NY-SUN Initiative New York, NY – Today, Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report: "Lighting the Way” showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York in 2013. (August 5, 2014) Environment New York
- 8/06/2014 - Cuomo code for Climate Change: “As we continue to adjust to the new normal of extreme weather…” The “NY Rising Housing Recovery Programs” will probably dwindle as the seas rises higher and the ability of the government to fund disaster relief from Climate Change gets smaller. NY Rising Program to help 6,575 homeowners impacted by extreme weather (July 31, 2014) EmpireStateNews.net
- 8/05/2014 - So, while we’re on the subject of Brownfields, yeah, it’s great that the City of Rochester got an EPA grant to clean some up. But I have some questions: Why do folks complain about regulations on business when businesses have a long history of walking away from their toxic crap and leaving us the bill? (Remember, a grant from the EPA is not a gift from heaven. It’s a way to assign your tax dollars to clean up after irresponsible industries have left us some very unhealthy and environmental unfriendly stuff that can seep into our groundwater and runoff into our streams.) How many more Brownfields in Rochester need to be cleaned up? What does ‘cleaned up’ actually mean? Can you grow crops in the soil after that Brownfield has been ‘cleaned up’? What is the percentage of Brownfields are there in low-come region as opposed to higher-income regions? What are we doing from preventing Brownfields in the first place? When are we going to design a system where there will be no more Brownfields? And finally, what are we doing to prevent Brownfield runoff in extreme weather events as predicted by Climate Change? Brownfields aren’t simply a way that we do business—Brownfields are a Shitstorm unleashed upon present and future generations of plants, wildlife, and us. City gets grant for cleanup of brownfield sites The city of Rochester has received $300,661 to clean up brownfield sites, its first federal award since its designation as a manufacturing community. The grant, from the Environmental Protection Agency, will be part of the city’s brownfield revolving loan fund, which provides low-interest loans to small businesses for brownfield remediation, city officials said last week. The revolving loan fund is administered jointly by the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development and the Department of Environmental Services. (August 4, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
- 8/05/2014 - Remember folks, No milkweed, no monarchs! You might want to plant some milkweed on your lawn and make a difference. I mean, grass, what is it for, besides a relentless mowing experience? Growing Milkweed for Monarchs One of the keys to having monarchs—for their survival now and in the future—is having lots of milkweed. Because of modern changes, such as suburbanization and Roundup-Ready crops, there's a lot less milkweed than there was in the past. This is a disaster for monarchs since monarch caterpillars can eat nothing but milkweed. No milkweed, no monarchs! We want lots of monarchs, so we plant lots of milkweed for them to lay their eggs on. We've tried to maximize our milkweeds in a number of ways—especially since it's sometimes difficult to find them for sale or at least to find them for sale at an affordable enough price to buy more than just a few. Organics Consumer Organization
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- 8/05/2014 - Penfield Green Initiative August 2014 e-newsletter "Hi All Lots of exciting events in August Please forward to any family, friends, neighbors or co-workers "from PENFIELD GREEN INITIATIVE Planning Committee The voice for Penfield’s environmental assets!
- 8/05/2014 - Stay tuned, we are working on getting buses out of Rochester, NY to #climatemarch and will let you know the details soon. In the meantime check this out: “We are 47 days away from the largest climate march in history. In order to show world leaders how URGENT it is to take action on climate change, we need not just you, but all your friends and family too. Share with your friends this inspiring video from our press conference last week and ask them to join.” Launching the People's Climate March "Published on Aug 4, 2014 On Wednesday July 30, we publicly announced the People's Climate March - the largest march demanding action on climate change in the history of the planet. The march will be on September 21st, 2014, when world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Join us on September 21st. http://peoplesclimate.org/march "
- 8/05/2014 - Today’s lesson boys and girls: Are there stupid questions? Ans: Yes, you don’t have to ask what is water worth? All that you hold dear, including life itself, will not, or would not have not have happened, if you don’t have water. So to ask what is water worth is to ask what is life worth—which as you know has no meaning, except in the context of an economic system so far removed from reality as to be absurd. What is water worth? (May 1, 2014) Fortune
- 8/05/2014 - On the other hand in planning for Climate Change and blue-green algae toxin lakes like Lake Ontario won’t be so deep and cold. Toledo's water trouble not likely here Similar toxins have been found in more than 140 New York lakes, ponds and reservoirs in the past, and some of them serve as public drinking water supplies. (August 4, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 8/05/2014 - We have to both adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. For example, adapting is making sure your rails don’t warp. For those who don’t believe in Climate Change it may be difficult to get them to mitigate Climate Change by helping to reduce more manmade greenhouse gases warming up our planet. But everyone, climate change denialist or not, is going to have to adapt to a warming world. You cannot run a train full speed over a warped rail no matter who you are. You cannot drive a car over roads that are continually washed out. You cannot labor hard day after day in temperature above 100 degrees. You cannot rebuild after a disaster if your insurance company won’t pay up, or the federal government goes broke trying to recover from frequent disasters. Everyone will have to adapt to Climate Change—or they won’t. If you vote in a leader who doesn’t believe in Climate Change, you might want to walk to work instead of taking a chance with an out-of-date transportation system. Derailments May Increase as ‘Sun Kinks’ Buckle Tracks In a warming world, the U.S. could see its cities inundated with water, its power grids threatened by intense storms, its forests devastated by wildfire and insect infestations, and its coastlines washed away by storm surges. Climate change also threatens roads, pipelines, power lines and rail lines in ways that may not be quite as in-your-face as the stark images of homes washed away on a hurricane-eroded beach. (July 31, 2014) Climate Central
- 8//04/2014 - Climate Change: Sure we have too much extreme rain in the Northeast, but the Wildfires in California bankrupt us? The rising costs of wildfire protection across the US “The cost of putting out these deadly wildfires has increased year-to-year as more acres continue to burn” (July 31, 2014) Aljazeera America