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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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The due date for public comment for Rochester, NY’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) comes to an end this December. You can complete a survey and/or submit a comment online here: Rochester LWRP Update. The description of the program is as follows from the City of Rochester: “The purpose of this project is to update the city’s LWRP and expand the boundary of the plan to include all of the city’s waterfront areas along Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.”
The ten questions on the survey mostly contain a wish-list of projects to make life more appealing to those who visit, live, or want to develop along our city’s waterfronts. Stuff like creating a skate park, more fishing sites, more bars and restaurants, more residential homes, and more trails figure large. And then there is a project peculiar to our city, and I suspect wildly expensive, the ‘re-watering the old Erie Canal through downtown’. There’s also the Garden Ariel loop project that would “Through stewardship, innovative design, and community outreach to preserve natural and historic resources, and cultivate High Falls transformation into a world-class public green space.”
One survey option—“naturally preserved, undeveloped” must have been thrown in as a sop to hardcore environmentalists because out of all the options this would be the most expensive, spending millions of dollars to clean-up this developed and historically abused region—and then do nothing with it except let Nature be Nature. If this option sends chills down the spine of future developers, don’t worry; it has about the same chance as a rich climate denier passing through the eye of a needle.
My focus is on the water quality of one these projects’s centerpieces, the Genesee River. It’s going to be hard to enjoy any of the suggestions listed in the survey (they mention casinos) if the water is lousy. The Genesee River has been given some negative news lately, as it has been named the 32nd most toxic polluted river in the US according to this report: Wasting Our Waterways 2012 by Environment America Research and Policy Center, March 22, 2012. 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:
- GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation. The plant, which produces components to enable better vehicle fuel efficiency, and its nearly 1,100 employees now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. With their achievement, GM’s landfill-free facility count is at 109, more than any automaker. “A plant pursuing landfill-free will review data, do dumpster dives to find the most landfilled items, and then tackle each waste stream to find better alternatives,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste reduction efforts. “It gets harder as you go and takes an entire plant’s commitment and sometimes outside partners to get the job done.” GM supplier Mobile Fluid Recovery helped the 1.8-million-square-foot facility solve its final roadblock to achieve landfill-free status: separating a mucky mixture of metal, filter paper and oil produced by a machine that cuts metal for fuel injector and manifold components. (December 2, 2013) GM News [more on Green Business in our area]
- Clean energy ideas sought | NEXUS-NY, a clean energy commercialization program based at High Tech Rochester, is seeking proposals from teams of researchers and entrepreneurs developing clean energy technology. In January, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority selected Columbia University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and High Tech Rochester to create the proof-of-concept centers. NYSERDA will invest $6 million at each center over a five-year period. “NYSERDA has recognized that there are lots of funding sources for research and development and very few of those things that are funded result in commercial goods at the end of the day. The proof-of-concept-center is a mechanism to try to help accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies, said NEXUS-NY executive director Doug Buerkle. (November 29, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]
- State makes $225 million bet on green energy Secret research led to Silicon Valley pair New York State is betting $225 million on a pair of Silicon Valley startup companies from the highly competitive solar and LED lighting industries. Top state officials spent nine months secretly researching about 35 potential tenants for a new, high-tech manufacturing campus in Buffalo before coming away convinced that Soraa and Silevo were the right partners for the state. Soraa, which makes premium LED lights, and Silevo, which manufactures highly efficient solar panels, are young, and the clean-energy marketplace is a crowded one where profits early in a company’s life can remain elusive. But analysts and industry experts say the companies boast attractive, cutting-edge technologies and a solid business strategy of performing low-end manufacturing overseas and advanced manufacturing in the United States – including the planned Buffalo facilities. (November 25, 2013) The Buffalo News [more on Green Business in our area]
- Calling all clean energy researchers and entrepreneurs Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Doug Buerkle, who heads High Tech Rochester's new Clean Energy Proof-of-Concept Center. The center is now accepting applications for its first crop of innovators. There are many reasons to be optimistic about what the center will do to spur clean energy commercialization and entrepreneurship in our area. Chief among them is that the center really seems to encompass two programs in one. Participants will take part in a 12-week course teaching them critical 'lean startup' methods, which will help innovators discover and validate whether their proposed technology really meets a valuable enough need and could result in a scalable and profitable business. In addition, participants will receive up to $50,000 to help them support their commercialization objectives, including the creation of initial prototypes. (November 22, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]
Renewable Energy What Progress Should We Expect in the Next Ten Years
Friday, April 4, 2014
Welcome to The Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century. Our goal is
to present the most up to date policy on energy issues and
this year will be one of our most exciting events. It will
be our tenth Symposium. Our country is at a crossroad in
energy sustainability and the goal of this year’s Symposium
is to examine what we have accomplished in the past ten
years and project what we can expect for the next ten years.
At “The Links” in East Syracuse, New York
The Symposium has been noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the North East and draws up to 400 attendees each year. The Symposium provides a venue for a diverse population to join together in a non-partisan multi-disciplinary conversation and learning experience on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees include those who work in or are interested, and includes professionals and interested citizens, congressmen, mayors, town supervisors, presidents and deans of colleges, CEO’s, professors, students, engineers, architects, city planners, representatives from the offices of elected official both on the federal, state and local levels, farmers, as well as citizens. This large group comes to share and learn from each other as well as from an outstanding group of speakers.
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. Some are annoying and critical. Some are cute and a burden.
- 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. 11. 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.
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Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am –
11:00 am | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89
Savannah, NY 13146
- Be a citizen scientist and learn how to help monitor our environment, by watching birds. Birds are very sensitive to environmental changes and are great environmental indicators. "MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER HOSTS PROJECT FEEDERWATCH PROGRAM HELP SCIENTISTS TRACK BIRDS THIS WINTER Do you enjoy watching birds flock to your feeders during the winter? The Montezuma Audubon Center will host a Project FeederWatch program on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to explain how this important project turns bird watching into valuable data. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of common feeder birds throughout North America. The data collected is used by scientists to look at long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to take part in this valuable program that will feature a 1-mile walk to see common feeder birds, migrating waterfowl and birds of prey after an indoor presentation. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. Visit Montezuma Audubon for more information about our facilities, trails, and events. "
- Thursday, February 6, 2014 from
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Roger Robach Community Center at
Ontario Beach Park
- Genesee River Basin Summit Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park | One of the initial and critical steps in this portion of CEI's Genesee RiverWatch initiative is to convene the region's water quality stakeholders and experts to develop a path forward to sustained improvement in water quality. This activity will involve a wide range of stakeholders, including government, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), agencies, and citizens. We envision this as an on-going process to ensure that stakeholders remain engaged in the restoration efforts. The other major components of this activity involve patrolling the river and tributaries, advocating for water quality regulations and standards, and being the voice of the Genesee River. --from Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
- Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The
Links" in East Syracuse, New York
- Tenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century A Division of Synapse Sustainability Trust Inc. Renewable Energy What Do We Expect In The Next Ten Years Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The Links" in East Syracuse, New York
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: January 3, 2014
- You have until January 3, 2014 to comment on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans—I focus on the Region2 in this article but there are many more. Please frame your response according to the enormity of the problem, not on what you think is merely feasible in our present state of denial. “The EPA released its draft agency on February 9, 2013 for public review and comment, and expects to issue the final version this fall. In 2009, all federal agencies were required to develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans by the federal Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Under Executive Order 13514, the Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for the President on how to increase the nation’s resilience to climate change. The new Implementation Plans provide information about how EPA will meet the agency-wide priorities identified in the draft Climate Adaptation Plan released earlier this year. (EPA Releases Agency Plans for Adapting to a Changing Climate, Nov. 1, 2013)” This is how you provide comment, if you are in Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands): Surf over to www.regulations.gov and copy and paste this (Docket Number EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0568) into the SEARCH box. This will display “Request for Public Comment on the Agency’s 18 DRAFT Program a…”, then click on the ‘Comment Now!’ button. Remember: If you are providing comments through the public docket, it is important to identify which of the 17 Plans your comments refer to. We here in the Rochester, NY region live in EPA’s Region 2, so you have to read the EPA Region 2 Climate Adaptation Plan 2013—some 40 pages. The comment period on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans closes on January 3, 2014. more…
ACTION: Due Date: December 17, 2013
- New York State Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest Entries Must be Received by December 17, 2013 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens invites fifth graders to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest. "Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are a vital part of our ecosystem," Commissioner Martens said. "Whether someone is tapping a maple tree in early spring or relaxing in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day, trees are integral to our quality of life. I encourage fifth graders to join in our celebration of trees by drawing, sketching or painting their favorite trees and showcasing why trees are important in our daily lives." (November 1, 2013) 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 email@example.com 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
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- As I was looking through past local news articles on pesticides and their relationship to Climate Change (according to studies, Climate Change in our region will increase plant and insect pests and we’ll dump more pesticides on them and with heavier rainfall events more pesticides will wash into our waters), I found that trying the get the Safe Chemicals Act updated has been around for several years. That’s tragic: we cannot summon the will to fight the pesticide industry to get laws passed that would protect our children from toxic chemicals. Why would anyone not want The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696) reformed and modernized? Our NYS Senators have co-signed this bill and they are very cool, especially Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] Bill Author. Take action: Urge your Senator to strengthen the bill
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
- ACTION : Due Date Now:
- 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
ACTION: Due Date:
- We are so going to cook on our planet if we don’t have a media that covers Climate Change. Mainstream media must wake up. TELL NBC, CBS, AND ABC TO GIVE US BETTER COVERAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE! In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather -- climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution. Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year. " --from League of Conservation Voters
ACTION: Due Date Now!
- Stop Fracking, contact the Governor Cuomo. Email template makes it easy-peasy. Go Hog Wild! Calls to Action: Write Governor Cuomo! Toxics Targeting has made it super easy.. Just fill in the blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send" Write Governor Cuomo Today using a new "Public Health Impact Study" email application that you can customize to your heart's content. It could not be simpler. Just fill in a couple of blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send:" Email Application Request for a Shale Gas Public Health Impact Study
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Here’s your chance to use the power of the Internet to stop a major fossil fuel project that will spell game over on Climate Change. A Million Comments Against Keystone XL The State Department's official public comment period on Keystone XL Pipeline is now open -- and it's a crucial opportunity for us to flood them with comments. We'll take your comments and deliver them directly and immediately to the the State Department.
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."
- 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.
Due Date: Now
- When you think of how mad/crazy folks are for Fracking in NYS and that the fossil fuel industry gets billions each year in tax subsidies, taking away the tax credit for renewable energy is horrific. Take action on this critical issue: SAVE USA WIND JOBS "Don’t let wind and solar and other renewable energy die so the fossil fuel industry can thrive and warm the planet. SAVE USA WIND JOBS Congress is currently in recess and will reconvene for a “lame duck” session following the November 6th elections. We need to keep reminding our legislators of the urgency of extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) as soon as they return to session throughout this recess period. We urge you to write to your legislators today." from Power of Wind
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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.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We're calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign. You can join us as a co-petitioner below! The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that the current 10 mile Emergency Planning Zones in the U.S. are woefully inadequate to protect the American people. "Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- What to do something concrete about solving Climate Change? Go here: "Are you passionate about changing the conversation about the climate crisis? Are you interested in leading the climate movement? What if I said you have the chance to be personally trained by Al Gore to educate others about climate change? This summer, you could have that chance. I'd like to invite you to apply to be one of our esteemed Climate Reality Presenters -- impassioned volunteer leaders who bring the reality of climate change to people around the world. We call our grassroots network of Presenters the heart of our Climate Leadership Corps. Learn more: "Climate Reality "To reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us. " Climate Reality | Climate Reality Training Application
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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
- 12/04/2013 - Canada and Australia gutting their climate plans presents world with major hurdle in addressing Climate Change. Until the world’s population understands the true threat of Climate Change on their future, their children’s future, and everyone’s future, they are going to vote any government out of office who finally adopts a solid climate plan because it’s too inconvenient. Hungry for power, there will always be a party in ready to take advantage of the public’s belt-tightening for future generations and win an election with promises of unfettered growth and prosperity. President Carter’s bid for another term, after his turning down the thermostat at the White House, helped get Reagan elected, who tore off the White House’s solar panels and encouraged American Exceptionalism to go full speed ahead. The truth that most developed nations do not want to face is that only binding, top-down Climate agreements (attempted by UN Climate Talks) that must stay in place for a long time are going to bring down greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere. Anything else, while easier in the short term, will not work because raising the temperature of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases is the only thing physics understands. It’s rather dogmatic that way. Canada reveals climate stance with praise for Australian carbon tax repeal (November 13, 2013) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 12/04/2013 - Twain must have been thinking of Climate Change: “It's not what you don't know that kills you, it's what you know for sure that ain't true.” For those who know for sure that Climate Change won’t affect their existence in any significant way don’t know Climate Change. Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday. (December 3, 2013) SFGate
- 12/04/2013 - Dr. James Hansen’s report that 2C is too high a limit for Climate Change is more alarming when many think we’ll never keep it below that. Read “Global warming likely to breach 2C threshold, climate scientists conclude” | James Hansen: 2C Temperature Rise Would Be ‘Disastrous’ Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present—to limit global warming to a maximum of two degree Celsius higher than the average for most of human history—“would have consequences that can be described as disastrous,” say 18 scientists in a review paper in the journal PLOS One. (December 3, 2013) EcoWatch [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 12/03/2013 - NYS Dept of Health cannot create a sustainable program on public health without talking about Climate Change. Go to the CDC for their “Climate and Health Program” or the EPA for their “Climate Change | Human Health” programs. State Health Commissioner Announces Commission to Create a Sustainable, Integrated Health Care System for New York's North Country North Country (December 2, 2013) NYS Dept of Health
- 12/03/2013 - If you’re thinking you’re safe from Climate Change because you live in New York and not near a coastline, think again. Communities’ Stakes Are High As Climate Changes (December 1, 2013) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 12/03/2013 - Of course, if we didn’t continually pollute our waters, we wouldn’t continually have to figure out how to clean them up. Just saying…. Vermont, EPA, seek input on Lake Champlain cleanup The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Vermont will be holding their first public meeting as part of an effort to seek public input on a recently released draft proposal to clean up Lake Champlain. They first meetings are being held Monday in St. Albans and Swanton. Those meetings will be among six being held in December to discuss a draft proposal to reduce water pollution at the lake and its tributaries. (December 2, 2013) North Coast Public Radio
- 12/03/2013 - Be a citizen scientist and learn how to help monitor our environment, by watching birds. Birds are very sensitive to environmental changes and are great environmental indicators. "MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER HOSTS PROJECT FEEDERWATCH PROGRAM HELP SCIENTISTS TRACK BIRDS THIS WINTER Do you enjoy watching birds flock to your feeders during the winter? The Montezuma Audubon Center will host a Project FeederWatch program on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to explain how this important project turns bird watching into valuable data. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of common feeder birds throughout North America. The data collected is used by scientists to look at long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to take part in this valuable program that will feature a 1-mile walk to see common feeder birds, migrating waterfowl and birds of prey after an indoor presentation. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. Visit Montezuma Audubon for more information about our facilities, trails, and events. "
- 12/03/2013 - I am impressed at the lengths at which a major corporation with deep roots in Rochester has gone to Recycle and keep waste from landfills. More corporations stepping up the to plate? GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. (December 2, 2013) GM News
- 12/03/2013 - Glimpse at the conundrum on Climate Change many don’t want to face: Will environmental protection come at the expense of the economy? Is our existing economy (the one that caused Climate Change) going to solve Climate Change or will we just have to let our environment (our life support system) perish in order to save what many think is more important that our life support system, our economy? Global warming at work: how climate change affects the economy and labour Some jobs will change; others may disappear. Still, experts at a climate change and labour conference say environmental protection needn’t come at the expense of the economy. (December 1, 2013) The Star
- 12/02/2013 - For all their appeal for local press coverage (it’s easier and cheaper for our dysfunctional press to site a poll, rather than take a trip to Pennsylvania and find out what the heck it is going on where they are Fracking) popularity polls on Fracking don’t tell us anything about the environmental, public health, or economic issues that come with choosing to focus on Fracking, instead of how we should get our energy in a warming world. Poll: Fracking opposition increases in New York A new poll suggests opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is increasing in New York, with the strongest opposition coming north of New York City's suburbs. (December 2, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicl
- 12/02/2013 - I wonder why unprecedented fluctuations in water levels in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario? Could it be Climate Change? In a year, 2 lakes’ water levels rise nearly a foot (November 28, 2013) Buffalo News
- 12/02/2013 - Opinion surveys on Climate Change: Ya gotta laugh, we’re still thinking the world crisis of warming is a popularity contest. How about a survey on freaking Gravity? “Please put an ‘X’ in the box if you think gravity is the reason your tennis ball eventually falls back to the ground.” Put an ‘X’ here if you think the Earth just sucks.’ (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Here’s how Great Lakes residents view climate change Stanford University recently conducted nationwide public opinion surveys about climate change. Among other questions, respondents were asked if global warming had been happening and if they believed the government should regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (December 2, 2013) Great Lakes Echo
- 12/02/2013 - Find out important stuff your local mainstream media forgets, like environmental meetings, events, information and more on your life support system: Penfield Green Initiative December 2013 Newsletter Planning Committee 2013* Mel Callan, Susan DeRosa, Peter Maurer, Kate McArdle, Deb Muratore, Sue Pixley The Voice for Penfield’s Environmental Assets Environmental/Social Justice on a Grass Roots Level
- 12/02/2013 - Live in Penfield; think moratorium on Fracking a good idea, go here: "One year ago Penfield Citizens Concerned About Hydrofracking approached the Town Board & were successful in getting a One Year Moratorium Now is the time for the Public Hearing - it is the 1st item on the agenda Please make the time to come down to this important meeting & let your voice be heard Penfield Town Board Legislative Mtg & Public Hearing Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Ave Penfield NY 14526 Wed, Dec 4: 7:30-10pm To consider the said proposal & to hear all persons interested on the question of the adoption of Local Law No. 1 of 2013 which would extend the moratorium & prohibition within the Town of Penfield of natural gas & petroleum exploration & extraction activities, underground storage of natural gas & disposal of natural gas or petroleum extraction, exploration & production wastes. "
- 12/02/2013 - Amazed at denier talk that missing heat from our atmosphere is a good sign, that this ‘missing’ heat may be evidence that GHG’s don’t really equate with warming. [Note: Climate Sensitivity.] Feeling victory over the information that the loss of warming in the atmosphere even though CO2 increases is like feeling comforted that your poisonous pet snake has escaped its cage. But trust me; you’re not thinking that because you cannot find the critter that you are safe. The snake is somewhere, in the walls, in your bed, or in your shoes. More recent studies hint that ‘missing heat’ is building up dangerously in our oceans, and may be planning an outrage. Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans (November 30, 2013) Climate Central
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- 11/30/2013 - We are not alone! Other states besides New York think rushing headlong into Fracking not so smart either. Bill would ban gas fracking in Mass. for 10 years (November 29, 2013) San Francisco Chronicle
- 11/30/2013 - What the Arctic 30 are trying to stop: Shipping & drilling in Arctic, thawing because of manmade Climate Change. Arctic Shipping Soars, Led by Russia and Lured by Energy (November 29, 2013) National Geographic
- 11/30/2013 - But enacting tougher standards on Fracking assumes you can monitor and enforce them with an overworked DEC. Strong Rules on Fracking in Wyoming Seen as Model (November 22, 2013) New York Times
- 11/30/2013 - You’re wondering, if Climate Change is true then when will the US start noticing? Ans: About the time we go broke. Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer (November 29, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/30/2013 - I know, we’re a long way from having a public discussion on increasing Monroe County’s recycling rate, but we can go to Buffalo and dream. Buffalo Recycling Policy: a Public Forum, Friday, December 6, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Downtown Buffalo, Cornell University ILR Suite,
- 11/30/2013 - Though New York State is still a Frack-free island in an ocean of places gone Fracking, it doesn’t mean we cannot use Fracking reports from other regions to anticipate what would happen to New York if we Fracked. Using a report on Fracking in Europe (see below) we can connect the dots as to why Fracking wouldn’t be good for New York. The reports says,”where water is in short supply there may not be enough available from public water supplies or the environment to meet the requirements for hydraulic fracturing.” So, while New York State may have water in abundance supply most of the time, Climate Change reports describe challenges ahead, “Lower rainfall amounts in the summer may increase the frequency of drought, and may negatively affect the ability of small drinking water supply systems to meet demand.” (NEW YORK’S CHANGING CLIMATE, Cornell Climate Change ) Do we really want to pit communities needing water in our summers with the Fracking industry? Water Industry Admits Fracking Compromises UK’s Water Supply Today, two industry groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that their members will minimize the impact of onshore oil and gas development in the UK on the country’s water resources. The memorandum accompanies a report released by Water UK. The report concludes that ”where water is in short supply there may not be enough available from public water supplies or the environment to meet the requirements for hydraulic fracturing.” (November 27, 2013) EcoWatch
- 11/30/2013 - Bush II’s encouragement “And I encourage you all to go shopping more,” didn’t work for the Iraq War and it won’t work for Climate Change. Is Every Day Black Friday? How Climate Inaction And Hypermaterialism Betray Our Children Black Friday has become an orgiasticcelebration of hyper-materialism. Black Friday is a sort of reverse “Hunger Games,” an annual ritualized competition, but one built around overabundance, rather than scarcity. (November 29, 2013) ThinkProgress/Climate Progress
- 11/29/2013 - Still no mention of Climate Change, which increases evaporation, has lessened ice cover, and lowers lake levels, in local press on Lake Levels. And, while we’re at it, the Great Lakes are the largest fresh water system in the world, and not just stomping grounds of fishermen and shoreline property owners. It’s a massive system that will play a very large role in our regions climate as it warms, affecting our water quality, aquatic life, invasive species, lake-effect storms, wildlife and a whole lot more. Let’s not treat the Great Lakes as only the interests of a relatively few ‘stakeholders’. Landowners, advocates disagree over Lake Ontario levels Sodus, N.Y. (AP) Potential changes in Lake Ontario's water levels are driving a debate among those who live on and use the lake. Let the lake go up and down more, say environmentalists and outdoors sportsmen. The current levels have made the lake's 63,000 acres of surrounding wetlands unhealthy. Wildlife, native plants and fish are suffering according to the Post Standard. They favor a new plan being considered by a joint American/Canadian commission to let the lake rise and fall more. (November 29, 2013) WHAM
- 11/29/2013 - Is present cold snap in the Northeast a sign that Climate Change is cooling off? I don’t think so. It’s Climate Disruption. A nice and slow, gradual convenient slip into a comfortable Southern-like climate full of peach trees and cream is not in for the forecast. A possible rapid “altering the jet stream” is. Snow Cover May Help Usher in Historic Cold to Northwest As a Thanksgiving-eve storm — which snarled air and road traffic up and down the East Coast on Wednesday — comes to a close, it’s leaving the country with the largest snowpack for this time of year since at least 2003. (November 27, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/28/2013 - Ruminating on our distress at crow messes, I got to thinking how few animals gravitate towards us, instead of away, and crow mess is not the kind of toxic mess we leave behind in the air, land, and water. I know, why worry about crow ‘hazing’ using “using pyrotechnics, spotlights , lasers and amplified recordings of crows in distress”? Compared with the stuff—‘harvesting’, destroying their habitats, treating them as collateral damage (road kill) via our transportation systems, and ‘testing’ for beauty products--we do to Wildlife, ‘hazing’ is pretty mild. We are a pretty intolerant species. Rochester Tries To Disperse The Crows...Again (November 27, 2013) WXXI News
- 11/28/2013 - Very interesting: “New info about Climate Change, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, City of Ithaca Water Plant, Emerald Ash Borer: The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network's recent fall conference focused on Six Mile Creek. Tony Ingraham's "Walk in the Park" show has two new episodes about it. Go here http://ithacafingerlakes.com/ and scroll down to click on and watch episode 61, “Gorge Tree Killer” and episode 62, “Six Mile Creek, Trees and Water” – and stay a while to enjoy Tony’s long-running local series.”
- 11/28/2013 - What have the Deciders decided on Fracking on public lands and GHG emissions from power plants? FEDERAL AGENCIES: White House releases agenda for hundreds of new rules Federal agencies have a packed schedule for the coming year that includes expected rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, tightening control over hydraulic fracturing on public lands and updating efficiency requirements on a variety of appliances, according to a sweeping plan released by the White House today. (November 27, 2013) E&E Publishing
- 11/28/2013 - Take home message about health of Genesee River today: “Most fish caught here are stocked rather than wild” A healthy, thriving riparian and river ecology with a health fishing industry is not one that has to be continually stocked. As the Genesee River was named the 32nd worst toxic polluted river in the US according to this report: Wasting Our Waterways 2012, it would be good to make a concerted effort to assess the health of the Genesee River and clean it up—instead of just writing happy articles about how much fun the fishermen are having. Learn more about the health of our Genesee River. Rochester's Lower Falls an angler's paradise (November 16, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 11/28/2013 - I know it’s Thanksgiving and it’s freaking cold outside, but Climate Change is about planning—so here’s how to plan for urban heat: Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments Even Rochester, NY is going to experience hotter days more often in the summer and to protect our public health we need to plan. –from Georgetown Climate Center “The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.”
- 11/28/2013 - Nice four-page summary of the changes coming to New York with Climate Change, from Cornell Climate Change: “New York’s Changing Climate”
- 11/27/2013 - Our Northeast region of the US is already experiencing Climate Change; find out solutions – from Cornell. New website is 'one-stop shop' for climate change info Farmers, gardeners and students have a new place to learn about climate change and how to be part of the solution. The new website, climatechange.cornell.edu, is a one-stop shop for everything climate change, says David Wolfe, faculty fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and chair of the center’s Climate Change Task Force. At the core of the site is a searchable directory of climate change research and outreach programs at Cornell with summaries, contact information, and links to more information. In addition, issue-specific pages to help farmers, local government officials, youth educators and others connect with Cornell’s research-based resources and tools for reliable information. (November 26, 2013) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 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. "
- 11/27/2013 - The rich taking our Brownfield cleanup money subsidies to build when it’s not even a Brownfield? Cuomo say it ain’t so. N.Y., corporate welfare capital Tax credits, often economically counterproductive, cost us billions They might be the fastest-growing form of welfare in New York State — and they have nothing to do with feeding the poor, healing the sick or supporting the elderly. They’re the form of corporate welfare known as business tax credits — and they’re taking an increasingly huge bite out of state finances. The state will dole out almost $1.8 billion in tax credits to businesses this year alone, an amount that has almost doubled since 2010. (November 27, 2013) NY Daily News
- 11/27/2013 - But I thought Landfills were the silver bullet for our trash; now I find they’re not and we have to pay for their cleanup? Whatupthat? $2.5 Million Plant to Treat Contaminated Ground Water at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site in Nassau, New York Nears Completion; EPA Announces Agreements with Companies to Conduct Studies of Contamination at the Site; Total Actions Expected to Cost at Least $4.5 Million (New York, N.Y.) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck today visited the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in Nassau, Rensselaer County, New York to announce that General Electric Company and SI Group, Inc. (formerly Schenectady Chemical) have agreed to conduct comprehensive studies of the contamination at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site. (November 26, 2013) EPA News Releases
- 11/27/2013 - Trees are good, plant more, keep them in the ground, best easy-peasy solution for Climate Change. Feds award Great Lakes area urban forest grants (November 26, 2013) The Detroit News
- 11/27/2013 - No duh: "Neither the U.S. nor Canada can afford the risk of polluting the Great Lakes with toxic nuclear waste…," Proposal to bury Canadian nuclear plant waste along Great Lakes draws criticism from US lawmakers KINCARDINE, Ontario -- Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents -- and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron. (November 26, 2013) Syracuse.com
- 11/27/2013 - If methane, a far more potent GHG than CO2, from oil and gas and cattle industries is underreported, shouldn’t we get the right figures before we Frack New York and ramp up Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)? Probably best not to Frack at all and go vegan like Al Gore just did. U.S. Methane Emissions Vastly Underestimated: Study The federal government has vastly underestimated climate change-fueling methane being emitted in the United States, primarily from the oil and gas and cattle industries, according to a new Harvard University study. (November 25, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/27/2013 - Is the New York Times keeping you pretty and dumb on Climate Change? if so, you might want a more adult relationship with environmental news. Something Is Rotten at the New York Times Something is rotten at the New York Times. When it comes to the matter of human-caused climate change, the Grey Lady's editorial page has skewed rather contrarian of late. (November 21, 2013) The Huffington Post
- 11/27/2013 - Missed some of those webinars of the most comprehensive and authoritative programs on addressing Climate Change in New York State: “Climate Smart Communities is an unprecedented state-local partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save taxpayer dollars and advance community goals.” The program on ‘National Flood Insurance Community Rating System’ is especially enlightening given insurance rates, FEMA flood maps, and Climate Change. Live near water? You might want to check that one out.
- 11/27/2013 - With environmental issues, like water quality, air quality, and Climate Change thrown into the mix, we need more coverage, not less from mainstream media. Last weekend’s NYT coverage of the Warsaw Climate Talks was inept. NY Times’ Climate Coverage Suffers After Dissolving Environmental Team and Green Blog The New York Times has produced less environmental news coverage overall since dismantling its reporting team and blog devoted to this issue area earlier this year, the newspaper’s public editor said. (November 26, 2013) EcoWatch
- 11/26/2013 - From the beginning of the Fracking issue in NYS, five years ago, the job creations issue has always been questioned because locals aren’t needed—these are jobs that need experts that come and go with the flow. Why would the Fracking industry train locals for positions they already have employees to do this kind of work and are ready to move? Study calls fracking job number claims ‘exaggerated’ | A new report claims that the job impact of shale gas drilling is exaggerated by supporters. The analysis finds only one out-of-every 795 jobs was shale gas related in the six-state area it focused on. The study by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative looked at the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale, including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (November 25, 2013) Innovation Trail
- 11/26/2013 - As long as Sen. Schumer is asking, why not a 24/7 watch around Ginna nuclear power plant in Rochester, NY too? I know, who in their right mind would want to attack Rochester? On the other hand, if we dropped nuclear power plants altogether, we wouldn’t even have to think about someone attacking a wind turbine or solar panel. Not sexy enough. Senator wants 24/7 security in the water around Indian Point PEEKSKILL – There has never been an attempt to breach security at a nuclear power plant from the water, and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY) says the chance of such an attack is probably less than one percent. (November 26, 2013) MidHudsonNews
- 11/26/2013 - Why rake leaves when mulching is easier and better for your lawn? I know, it’s fun and seasonal. Rake the Leaves? Some Towns Say Mow Them (November 24, 2013) New York Times
- 11/26/2013 - Hard to believe at this late date that articles talk about new flood zones, insurance rate hikes, but don’t even mention Climate Change. Why do you think the flood zones and insurance rates are changing; it’s not just population growth? Read “FEMA Climate Change Report” AECOM conducted the Climate Change Study for FEMA to analyze potential long-term implications of climate change on the NFIP. The climate change impact assessment includes all 50 states, as well as consideration of the U.S. territories. However, since the concern is impact on the NFIP as a whole, it is recognized that not all regions have the same relative significance. A detailed region-by-region assessment of climate change was not intended. Major attention, therefore, was given to areas of greatest population and the largest inventory of at-risk properties. FEMA intends to use the findings of this study to assist in the development of recommendations addressing the impacts of climate change and future development on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Download and read the study, "The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program" | FEMA flood plain mapping near completion in north country Property owners along waterways in the north country are expected to see increases on flood insurance premiums, but there are no answers yet as to how much. (November 25, 2013) Watertown Daily Times
- 11/26/2013 - Today’s lesson boys and girls is “methane hydrates”: These are big methane bombs under the Arctic best served cold, very cold. Arctic Storms, Warming Mean More Methane Released Underneath the Arctic Ocean sits a large reserve of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Understanding how much of that is making it to the atmosphere is an important but relatively new area of research. The latest findings published on Sunday in Nature indicate that more could be escaping than previously thought, thanks in part to stormy weather. (November 24, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/26/2013 - The more you learn about the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the more concerned you get. Learn more: Expose The TPP The Top Secret Trade Deal You Need to Know About A cornerstone of President Obama’s plan to create more American jobs is a new agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), referred to by some as “NAFTA on steroids.” While negotiations are being carried out in secret and very little about the terms has been leaked, enough is known to worry about its possible effect on trade unions and our copyright and patent laws, not to mention environmental, health and safety regulations. This week on Moyers & Company, Bill discusses the TPP with two perceptive observers of the global economy. Yves Smith is an expert on investment banking who runs the Naked Capitalism blog, a go-to site for information and insight on the business and ethics of finance. Dean Baker is co-director of the progressive Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. (November 1, 2013) Moyers&Company
- 11/25/2013 - Horrible Warsaw Climate Talks coverage by NYT; Maybe they should have been there like Democracy Now! I don’t really see how “Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort”, especially when Japan, Australia, and Canada pulled back on promised greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mentioned the US planned all along to drag its feet: Leaked Memo Reveals U.S. Plan to Oppose Helping Poor Nations Adapt to Climate Change and six major environmental groups walked out of the talks. None of which the NYS mentions. Because the NYT is acting like a mouthpiece for the developed nations, and no longer as a responsible news agency, the measure of success at a Climate talk is that there will a another meeting—where, of course, the can will be kicked down the road again. Really, success is when the meetings don’t go so horrible wrong that folks agree to come back? And this statement ascribed to Todd D. Stern (President Obama’s climate envoy) is absurd “He argued that peer pressure was the best hope for concerted action after the 2009 Copenhagen meeting showed a binding top-down approach could not succeed at the international level.” How can ‘peer pressure’ work if nobody but the developed countries has any clout? If you have meeting where the developing nations won’t be listened to, where fossil fuel lobbyists are invited, and the NGO’s walk out—what ‘peers’ are you talking about? The good ole boys? If you think about Climate Change for more than a selfish minute, nothing, but nothing will work to stop a planetary crisis like Climate Change without ‘binding top down’ measures. Baby steps at this point in time where the window to avoid catastrophic warming (over 2C) is quickly closing is too absurd. Please, will somebody over at mainstream media take a science course? Deals at Climate Meeting Advance Global Effort (November 23, 2013) New York Times