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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
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This is part 4 of a series of essays leading up to a major public discussion of Climate Change in Rochester NY on Earth day. On April 17, 2014 at 7PM, the Rochester Sierra Club will host a community discussion on Climate Change in our region with Mark Lowery, Climate Analyst, and manager of the state’s Climate Smart Communities program. The program is called 2014 Earth Day Forum “Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program." This “Earth Day” event (I know, April 22 is actually Earth Day) will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY. We hope to reach the entire public—community, faith, and business leaders, students, the unemployed, the employed, young and old, healthy and not so healthy, rich and poor, and folks busy with other stuff —and have an old-fashioned community talk about the world crisis called Climate Change. Join your neighbors in a town hall meeting free from activism, ideology, politics, and denial.
When it comes to addressing Climate Change our politicians tend to only think in terms of what is politically feasible. Our economic leaders focus on the feasibility of solving Climate Change through the lens of an economic system almost blinded by loony budgets, crazy cost analysis, and theories that ignore our environment (unless there are lawsuits to be had involving pollution). Getting at the core of Climate Change is getting our greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to a sustainable level—anything else, is well …, something else.
The window for doing only small things to address Climate Change has closed. Small things, like changing your light bulbs, driving a fuel efficient car, and weekly recycling, are important only if they result in enough change to quickly bring down GHG’s. Thinking that addressing Climate Change should only be accomplished after all the political and economic hurdles are leapt is an upside down view of reality. It is only by doing things that actually cool things down that we have a chance for our way of life to flourish. Those in Pompeii around the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD would have done well to heed the rumbling warnings of Nature rather than squabbling amongst themselves about politics and economics.
With the Arctic melting and our GHG’s rising at a rate ten times faster than the last ten thousand years, we must shift into a mode where our actions have a speedy planetary effect. Big actions are in order. The small stuff must be added to the big stuff. The Golden Rule for human behavior from now on might look something like this: Act in such a way so that when they are added to the accumulated actions of others it results in the quick and fair resolution to Climate Change.
Here are some of my suggested guidelines on Big Actions to address Climate Change before the window of opportunity closes and we are condemned to environmental tipping points we cannot reverse: 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:
- Promoting Investment In 'Green' Projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new state program to boost private sector financing for clean-energy and energy efficiency projects is seeking proposals from financial institutions, investors and industry participants. (February 12, 2014) WXXI News [more on Green Business in our 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]
The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610
5:30pm: Environmental Fair
7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental ConservationDebating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals:
• 80% reduction in greenouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050
• Improving resilience to climate change across the state
Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program.
This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.
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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...
- Sat., March 8, 10-11:30am
Hopkins Point, Mendon Ponds Park: Take the 2nd Park
entrance off Route 65 (Clover Street).
- Sierra Club Outing: In Search of Snow Children - Life in the Cold! This foray into the wilds of Mendon Ponds Park is one of the events associated with Writer’s & Books’ “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book.” The book is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, a story of a mysterious little girl made of snow who appears out of the woods in 1920s Alaska. Our walk in Mendon Pond for kids & adults of all ages will look for signs of life in our winter, and how creatures that live outdoors survive through our coldest season. Could a child do it? Naturalist Peter Debes and hiker & kayaker Valerie Rice are your leaders. Sat., March 8, 10-11:30am Hopkins Point, Mendon Ponds Park: Take the 2nd Park entrance off Route 65 (Clover Street). Go to the end of the road by the pond. We’ll stop afterwards at Friendly’s on Monroe Ave. for hot chocolate or coffee. Come dressed for the weather, boots or snowshoes if you like. Storm date: Sunday, March 9, same time and place. Questions? (585) 820-2018
- Sunday, March 9, 2014, between
2-4 PM | at the Pittsford Community Center, 35 Lincoln
Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534, i
- The Transition Talks of the Sierra Club, presents the ROCHESTER PREMIERE OF SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Pittsford Community Center, 35 Lincoln Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534, between 2-4 PM including discussion by local healthy food/farm advocates (free and open to the public). Deborah Koons Garcia is best known for her 2004 film, THE FUTURE OF FOOD, which premiered theatrically at Film Forum in New York City. It has played widely all over the world in theaters and film festivals, at food and farming conferences and community screenings. THE FUTURE OF FOOD brought the issues of genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of our food supply to the world stage and helped jumpstart the organic/local food movement. It continues to screen around the world to change the GMO/corporatist regime. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is a feature length film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital in 2012. The film has received an award from The Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Merit Award for Scientific Information from the Montana CINE International Film Festival, and the Cinema Verde Film Festival Food Award. Contact: Hal Bauer, The Transition Talks coordinator, at 585-905-5794 Sierra Club, Genesee Valley Transition Committee for further information.
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 79 pm
(doors open at 6pm) Where: Watkins Glen High School
Auditorium, 301 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
- Thinking more gas storage may not be good for the Finger Lakes? Check out this event: An Open Invitation to All Who Love the Finger Lakes Cuomo’s Wager: Clean Water & Fine Wine, or Industrial Gas Storage? What: "SENECA IN THE BALANCE," a free public forum When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 79 pm (doors open at 6pm) Where: Watkins Glen High School Auditorium, 301 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 Find out how close we are to becoming the gas storage and transportation hub for the Northeast; Discover what we've learned about the structural integrity of the salt caverns under Seneca Lake that are slated for storage expansion, and how this could impact the region; Learn about this expansion plan's regional economic and public health impacts; Identify what our region's legislative bodies think about this project; Understand the legal standing of the community and possible legal recourse. FEATURED SPEAKERS include: Richard A. Young, Ph.D: Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus), Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY at Geneseo John Halfman, Ph.D: Research Scientist, water quality expert, Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart William Smith College Moneen Nasmith: Associate Attorney, Earthjustice, NE Office Steve Churchill, Seneca County Board of Supervisors Paula Fitzsimmons, Schuyler County Physician Assistant Doug Hazlitt, CoOwner of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Yvonne Taylor & Joseph Campbell, Gas Free Seneca We hope you'll come to show your support for protecting the Finger Lakes. Please share this invitation widely. See you there!
- Wednesday, March 12: 6:30pm.
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the
Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY
- Wednesday, March 12: “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us?
- Thursday, March 13, 7 PM | Flying Squirrel 285 Clarissa St., Rochester, New York 14608
- Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30
pm, St. Johns's Meadows, Briarwood Building on
Johnsarbor Drive East, Brighton, NY
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club , "Butterflies as Botanists," Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 pm, St. Johns's Meadows, Briarwood Building on Johnsarbor Drive East Naturalist and MCC professor Steven Daniel will explore the fascinating relationships between butterflies and some of their favorite plants. Included in the presentation will be close-up imagery of these winged beauties.
- On Sunday, March 16 from 2 - 4
p.m., at the Honeoye Public Library's new
Community Room, 8708 Main St., Honeoye.
- On Sunday, March 16 from 2 - 4 p.m., the Honeoeye Frackabouts and FrackFreeGenesee will be showing Gasland Part II at the Honeoye Public Library's new Community Room, 8708 Main St., Honeoye. This new film builds on the old one but also exposes more of the relationship between the energy companies and various government agencies, Congress etc. Josh Fox, the director takes us across the country and talks to people in communities most affected by the last few years of hydrofracking. There will be a question and answer period after the film. Doors open at 1:30 and there will be popcorn and drinks available.
- Monday, March 17, 2014, at
Monroe Community College
- Monroe Co. Land Use Decision-Making Training Program Just a reminder that the spring Land Use Decision-Making Training Program begins on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Monroe Community College. You can find the brochure and registration material at Brochure%20Spring%202014%20v1.pdf Scroll to the bottom and click on "Spring 2014 Land Use Decision-Making Training Program Brochure." We are offering four 4-hour workshops. Each workshop runs from 4:30-9:00 PM (registration begins at 4:00 PM). The cost is $40.00 and includes dinner. Monday, March 17, 2014: Land Use Law (CLE pending) (PDH Pending) Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Introduction to Planning and Zoning Thursday, March 27, 2014: Site Plan Review (PDH Pending) Monday, March 31, 2014: New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (CLE pending) (PDH Pending) Each workshop is eligible for a maximum of four continuing education credit hours for members of planning board and zoning boards of appeals. Attendees will be asked to sign in and sign out at the registration table.
- Tuesday, March 25, 7 PM | First
Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South,
Rochester, NY 14610
- Rochester: Drill Baby Drill screening First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 Read about the film here: The Films of Lech kowalski
- Saturday, March 29, 2014 8 am
Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road,
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club , "Exploring HANA (High Acres Nature Area" Saturday, March 29, 2014 8 am Meet at the Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. This 2-3 hour hike on level trails will provide an opportunity to see and experience wetlands, forests, and ponds. You will see numerous birds, emerging plants, and possibly hear spring peepers. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Wear ankle-high waterproof footwear. Water and a snack are helpful. Led by Bruce Cady, 248-8959
- March 31, 2014 7:00 –
8:30 PM Brighton Town Hall • 2300 Elmwood Avenue •
Rochester, NY 14618
- Great program to find out about food in our region: "Please join us for our March forum, a collaboration between LWV-RMA and LWV-Wayne County Putting Food on Your Table: Linking Food, Farms & You Each of us has a stake in making sure our food supply is adequate and its quality and safety are maintained. March 31, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 PM Brighton Town Hall • 2300 Elmwood Avenue • Rochester, NY 14618 Please register at 585.262.3730 or www.lwv-rma.org Our Moderator: Don Alhart, Associate News Director, WHAM-TV Channel 13 Our Distinguished Panel: Stanley (Lee) Telega, NYS Director, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Robert King, PhD, Director/Sr. Agriculture Specialist, Monroe Community College Sarah Noble-Moag, representing Noblehurst Farms, a 7-generation, multi-family agribusiness in Linwood, NY Representative of the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva, NY"
- April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland Ohio
- 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland Ohio The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. Submissions should specify a desire for inclusion as either a presentation or a poster. Early Bird Registration Through March 14! http://www.glrppr.org/conference/
- 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
- Thursday, April 17, 2014 -
5:30PM to 9PM, First Unitarian Church 220 Winton
Road South, Rochester, NY 14610
- The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum: Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program Thursday, April 17, 2014 First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 5:30pm: Environmental Fair 7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Debating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals: • 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050 • Improving resilience to climate change across the state Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program. This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.
- Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5
-7:00 PM. We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High
- Earth Vigil at High Falls for Earth Day 2014 | AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5 -7:00 PM. We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to,The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil. Our Mission: By holding silent public demonstrations, Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move. Vigil: A purposeful watch.
- Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at
all Monroe County Parks
- Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks. Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate. All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service. We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer
- APRIL 27th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00
P.M. | ROCHESTER GREENOVATION
www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street,
- A new global vision based on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment and Social Justice Hosted By: ROCHESTER GREENOVATION SUNDAY, APRIL 27th Free. Parking available 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Space is limited, please RSVP to Paola Betchart by April 25th email@example.com Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch Through dynamic group interactions, & inspiring multimedia, explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective & connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. www.awakeningthedreamer.org This event is part of Earth Week at Rochester Greenovation. To get more information about other events please check our website and facebook page Get a taste of this powerful experience through the experience of people that have attended http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaZRQCnXveo
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: March 31, 2014
- Got thoughts on NYS energy plans? Will this plan merely keep us from being inconvenienced on energy issue or will it address Climate Change, with energy efficiency, and a move away from fossil fuels? Comments being received on the 2014 Draft State Energy Plan through March 31, 2014." New York State Energy Plan The Draft 2014 New York State Energy Plan sets forth a vision for New York’s energy future that connects a vibrant private sector market with communities and individual customers to create a dynamic, clean energy economy. We have already made great strides toward this goal. Renewable power sources—hydro, solar, wind, and other carbon-free solutions—continue to grow as a share of the total energy produced in the State. --from New York State
ACTION: Due Date: March 31, 2014
- Get low Low-Cost Native Plants (Available to Schools for Free) from DEC until March 31, 2014. Help our environment, look good, reduce Climate Change. What’s not to like? DEC'S Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks Off Annual Tree And Shrub Seedling Sale And School Seedling Program Landowners Can Take Advantage of Low-Cost Native Plants; Available to Schools for Free More than 40 species of trees and shrubs are now available to public and private landowners and schools at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. "The annual sale of trees and shrubs from our Saratoga Tree Nursery can provide homeowners and municipalities with enormous environmental benefits," Commissioner Martens said. "In addition to the aesthetic beauty they add to local landscapes, planting trees and shrubs also improves air quality, provides wildlife with additional habitat, helps prevent soil erosion and supplies shade in the hot summer months." (February 4, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) [more on Plants in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: through April 14, 2014
- Make comment on how NYS DEC governs the use environmental monitoring services by April 14, 2014 DEC Proposes Updated Policy Governing Use of Environmental Monitors Update Will Provide Clarity, Establish Uniformity and Limit Need for Monitors 60-Day Comment Period Runs Through April 14, 2014 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a proposed Environmental Monitoring Services Policy that will update DEC's existing On-Site Environmental Monitor Policy, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The new policy could ensure clarity, establish uniformity, provide notice to the regulated community and limit the need for monitors. A public comment period on the draft policy begins today and extends through April 14, 2014. "This policy will clarify instances when environmental monitors should be employed to monitor activities at regulated facilities, sites or activities providing businesses, local governments and other regulated entities a clear framework under which environmental monitoring services will be required," said Commissioner Martens. "While these environmental monitoring services are an important management tool to ensure the protection of public health and the environment, environmental monitors do not replace DEC staff. They are used where circumstances warrant an added level of oversight." (February 12, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
ACTION: Due Date: April 26, 2014 | Cleanup goes from 9am
until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.
- Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks. Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within. We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate. All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service. We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page.
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- Make comment on Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevard Plan. Missed Rochester’s 1st Public Meeting Presentation on Bicycle Boulevards? Don’t fret you can see the presentation and comment and find out more about Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevards here. Remember: Because Transportation causes 27% of GHGs, bicycle boulevards for Rochester is a major Climate Change adaption strategy.
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- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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- Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation. The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up today! "
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- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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- 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.
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- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
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- 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
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- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group."
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- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
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- Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
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- As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical. We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait. Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
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- Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
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- Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather? Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 3/10/2014 - Probably the only ones able to talk to Congress about Climate Change at all are congress people, as Congress is almost deaf to science. Vt.'s Sen. Sanders to lead climate "wake-up" call BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will help lead an overnight session of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force in what he terms a wake-up call on global warming. Sanders -- an Independent who is co-sponsor of a bill that would tax carbon and methane emissions -- will be joined by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Sen. Angus King and two dozen other task force members. (March 10, 2014) North Country Public Radio
- 3/10/2014 - Be nice if our NYS region studied and reported on vulnerable wildlife species that will be threatened by climate change. Study Shows Maine's Wildlife Threatened By Climate Change More than a third of Maine’s most vulnerable wildlife species are threatened by climate change, according to a recent study. (February 24, 2014) Manomet Center for Conservation Science
- 3/10/2014 - Important environmental film coming up on Wednesday, March 12 : Program 7:30 pm: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time Jim and Carol May present an Emmy® award-winning film Aldo Leopold is considered one of the seminal figures in America’s environmental movement. His classic work, A Sand County Almanac, is considered basic reading for ecology and environmental science students, and has been read by countless others, not only for the accuracy of Leopold’s perceptions about the natural world but also for the eloquent and poetic way in which he describes what he has observed. Unlike John Muir, whose primary focus was on the preservation of wilderness, Leopold emphasizes the need for man to live in harmony with nature. At our March chapter meeting, Genesee Valley ADK members Jim and Carol May will present the Emmy® award-winning film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, which describes and celebrates the life and work of the man whose writings during the 30’s and 40s helped awaken America to the notion that land is not simply a commodity to be exploited but is worth protecting because it is part of a community to which we all belong. Movie Trailer
- 3/09/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter March 9, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 3/08/2014 - Going faster across NYS is not the main reason for high speed rail; the main reason should be a transportation system that would address Climate Change by moving the public to a lower greenhouse gas emitting system. High Speed Rail Forum In Rochester (March 7, 2014) Time Warner Cable News
- 3/08/2014 - What would have been nice is for NYS energy’s future to be viewed through the lens of Climate Change—not Fracking, that grabs so much media attention. Draft energy plan draws criticism from environmental activists (March 7, 2014) Innovation Trail
- 3/08/2014 - The legal system, environmental damage, corporations, and victims—it’s going to be an interesting future. Chevron's U.S. win in Ecuador case looms over cases elsewhere (March 7, 2014) Reuters
- 3/08/2014 - Even when you’re at work or play or not even thinking about it, Climate Change is happening. The warming is a warning. Warm rivers play role in Arctic sea ice melt (March 5, 2014) NASA Global Climate Change
- 3/07/2014 - High speed rail for NYS, along with Active Transportation, could be a serious Climate Change adaptation strategy. Doesn’t need anywhere near the infrastructure maintenance costs that our present system does. Climate Change is going to be very expensive and the public sector will have to pay for the transportation infrastructure no matter how many corporations make vehicles to drive on them. NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel(March 6, 2014) Innovation Trail
- 3/07/2014 - One geoengineering scheme that won’t fail to address and mitigate Climate Change: Plant trees! Opportunity Available to Support Conservation Tree Planting in New York State (March 6, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 3/07/2014 - Penny wise and dollar foolish: Starving money from updating antiquated sewer infrastructure is madness. Obama’s budget a setback to sewer upgrades (March 5, 2014) Investigative Post
- 3/07/2014 - Amazing photos of Finger Lakes with smaller lakes completely frozen over. These lakes will be profoundly affected by Climate Change, but few studies exist. Each lake will react differently to Climate Change. There should be a dramatic push in getting more climate studies on the Finger Lakes and surrounding region on Climate Change.
- 3/07/2014 - If you think weather prediction is problematic, Climate prediction will be a doozy. It’ll be more than a parade that gets rained on if wrong—and yet if we don’t prepare for the worst, folks don’t get to go home after the washout. We’re going to have to plan our future on climate predicting and free it up as much as possible from politics, economic jitters, and ideology or our predictions will be completely delusional. Get Ready for Next Climate Phenomenon: El Nino (March 6, 2014) Climate Central
- 3/06/2014 - Great program to find out about food in our region: "Please join us for our March forum, a collaboration between LWV-RMA and LWV-Wayne County Putting Food on Your Table: Linking Food, Farms & You Each of us has a stake in making sure our food supply is adequate and its quality and safety are maintained. March 31, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 PM Brighton Town Hall • 2300 Elmwood Avenue • Rochester, NY 14618 Please register at 585.262.3730 or www.lwv-rma.org Our Moderator: Don Alhart, Associate News Director, WHAM-TV Channel 13 Our Distinguished Panel: Stanley (Lee) Telega, NYS Director, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Robert King, PhD, Director/Sr. Agriculture Specialist, Monroe Community College Sarah Noble-Moag, representing Noblehurst Farms, a 7-generation, multi-family agribusiness in Linwood, NY Representative of the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva, NY"
- 3/06/2014 - Rochester is quickly moving towards Active Transportation (walking and bicycling) as a serious transportation option. This means Rochester will have a serious adaptation strategy for lowing greenhouse gases. Elmwood's cycle track is a Rochester first The stretch of Elmwood Avenue that runs along the University of Rochester Medical Center campus is a crucial corridor. For many drivers, it's the way they access the UR. (March 5, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
- 3/06/2014 - One thing that Climate Change will bring to the Great Lakes’ ecology and that is Uncertainty. But not in a good way. Throwing a system that evolved slowly for thousands of years from cold melting glaciers to one that is rapidly warming is throwing everything out of whack. We’re going to have to develop an overarching Climate Change policy for the Great Lakes that addresses all threats and mitigates Climate Change. Wood loss from climate change turning fish into binge-eaters, says researcher (March 5, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
- 3/06/2014 - In the name of saving our environment, with a Congress that doesn’t believe in science, Obama must use tools available to address Climate Change. It is an absurd place that an extreme ideology that believes in only the free markets system and literal interpretation of the Constitution puts us in. How do we save ourselves from a political system that is hell bend on saving its ideology at all costs and an economic system that doesn’t believe that our environment incurs any cost? Editorial EPA and Obama overstep authority President uses agency to legislate new environmental policies in an abuse of executive power (March 4, 2014) Detroit News
- 3/05/2014 - If New York State went 100% renewable energy, news would be very boring. Who’d care about a wind turbine blade falling? Read: Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight | Power loss shuts down Nine Mile Point reactor Nine Mile Point 2 was shut down early this morning after losing an off-site power supply. Neil Sheehan, a public affairs officer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the loss of power effected cooling flow to both of the plant's reactor recirculation pumps. (March 4, 2014) Innovation Trail
- 3/05/2014 - Only when environmental groups understand that all environmental issues must be seen through the lens of Climate Change will we get on the same page. Wind turbines and migratory birds must not divide environmental groups. Ohio wind turbine shutdown raises issue of migratory bird safety Environmental groups have won what they call a victory for birds with the suspension of a plan to build a wind turbine in Ohio. (March 4, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
- The March 2014 edition of the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s newsletter the eco-logue is out. It’s got lots of environmental information, events, and ways you can help our local environment by taking action.
- 3/05/2014 - This month’s PENFIELD GREEN INITIATIVE is posted. Get lots of events and info our on local environment from this monthly newsletter. PENFIELD GREEN INITIATIVE Planning Committee The voice for Penfield’s environmental assets!
- 3/05/2014 - In order to believe that this cold winter will give us a reprieve this year on the advance of invasives like the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), you have to believe that Climate Change is the cause of their movement northward into our region. So that means the media should not just mention the movement of firewood as the cause of EAB in our region. To stop the EAB from killing our ash trees and more, we need to address and mitigate Climate Change—or we are just throwing money at the symptoms of infestation with ad hoc laws and pesticides. Could This Winter’s Harsh Weather Wipe Out Invasive Insects? (March 4, 2014) EcoWatch
- 3/05/2014 - Climate engineering, that’s where you give up on the public’s and our economy’s ability to properly address Climate Change and throw big bucks at more environmental disruption. Climate Change is a problem of global human behavior, in part due to an economic system that treats our environment as an externality, and because Climate Change will involve Climate Justice, where those who did not cause the problem will get the preliminary brunt of the consequences, it cannot be solved with geoengineering schemes that could, without wholesale knowledge of how our environment works, cause more problems than they solve. We cannot just throw money at Climate Change, we have to change our behavior. Climate engineering ideas no longer considered pie in the sky (March 4, 2014) Los Angeles Times
- 3/05/2014 - When you allow the fox to influence henhouse rules, only the foxes win—until there’s a major ash spill. Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged (February 28, 2014) New York Times
- 3/04/2014 - Some scientific observations connect the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) which is killing our Ash Trees with Climate Change, which is interesting because if you look at the NYS DEC map of Map of EAB Infestations you see a horizontal and northward creep of EAB across New York State, something you’d expect if these invasive species where able to survive longer in the north because of increased warming. I know this is idle speculation from a non-scientist…, but if the spread of EAB were due to folks carrying wood more than fifty miles from the source (which the DEC now has a law against) with EAB larvae in them, wouldn’t you expect a more random spread of infestation of EAB? Just saying … Winter’s freeze stopped ash borers and stink bugs cold, but they’re primed for a comeback (March 3, 2014) Washington Post
- 3/04/2014 - Conference coming up: 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success April 1-2, 2014, Cleveland Ohio The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. Submissions should specify a desire for inclusion as either a presentation or a poster. Early Bird Registration Through March 14! www.glrppr.org/conference/
- 3/04/2014 - Just for the record I think EPA's new auto emissions regs 'a big deal' too. I know, I’m only a citizen & my opinion next to the auto industry or oil industry doesn’t mean shit to a tree. EPA's new auto emissions regs 'a big deal,' industry says The EPA finalized new emissions standards Monday that will affect automakers and oil refineries. (March 3, 2014) Christian Science Monitor
- 3/04/2014 - But just on the face of it I’m thinking toxic chemicals in our bodies are not a good thing, even if we don’t know what they’re doing in there. The take home message is that we have not only polluted our environment with toxic pollutants, we have polluted our bodies—which are another environment we need to keep healthy. The Chemicals That Stick Around in the Body (March 3, 2014) Wall Street Journal
- 3/03/2014 - Kind of makes me nervous Supreme Court divided over GHG regulations ‘cause they blew it on slavery in the 1850’s. [Note Dred Scott v. Sandford] Justices appear divided over greenhouse gas regulation (CNN) -- The Supreme Court tried mightily to wade through a cloud of bureaucratic regulations Monday over setting clear air standards, a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities. (February 24, 2014) CNN [more on Climate Change
- 3/03/2014 - I know, it wasn’t the Oscars but folks risking their liberty yesterday to address Climate Change is still news. Not much mainstream media coverage of this event because the media was in Hollywood. Hundreds arrested outside White House during demonstration against Keystone XL pipeline (March 2, 2014) Global News
- 3/03/2014 - As long as there is a buck to be made from our environment, we’ll do it despite what it does to our life support system. Marine mining: Underwater gold rush sparks fears of ocean catastrophe (March 1, 2014) The Guardian
- 3/03/2014 - Let’s face it, there’s quite a difference between the hope for nuclear power as a solution to Climate Change and the reality. Inside the slow and dangerous clean up of the Fukushima nuclear crisis The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination. (February 28, 2014) PBS News Hour
- 3/01/2014 - I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to hear about budget woes when it comes to protecting public safety on nuclear power. With nuclear power you knew the job was dangerous when you took it, so once built, all the financial aspects of keeping a nuclear plant safe should have been banked and ready to spend at a moment’s notice to keep the public safe. No excuses. We don’t want to be Fukushima’ed because the nuclear industry didn’t anticipate this budget shutdown or that tsunami or valve leak, or some other lame excuse. The problem of deciding on nuclear power is that there is little margin of error when we put our environment and public health on a hair-trigger technology. Webster nuke pills pass expiration date (February 28, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 3/01/2014 - Looks like State Senator Tony Avella has thrown a monkey wrench into the pro-fracking politics of New York Avella defection could affect fracking equation in Senate (February 27, 2014) Capital
- 3/01/2014 - Of course, when they ship all that ‘stuff’ through our railroads, roads, pipelines, and waterways ‘we the people’ will know the all the possible environmental and health consequences if there’s a accident, right? Alberta doctor tells U.S.: Canada is ‘lying’ about tar sands’ health effects (February 26, 2014) Vancouver Observer
- 3/01/2014 - Yes, spring is coming. So, get ready for the big spring cleaning for our Monroe County Parks by signing up and helping to promote PickUpTheParks (PUTP). "The Day-of Details Document, including all the logistics you'll want to know, is now posted on the Pick Up the Parks webpage! You can also find the updated Publicity Flyer, the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF), and the Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF). The 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event "
- 3/01/2014 - Holy Cow! You mean Climate Change is warming both sides of the political isle and this has been hush, hush. So, that’s got to mean that only a small cabal of rich deniers are in cahoots with the fossil fuel industry to clog up Congress so most of the US cannot address Climate Change. Hmmm …, What if all of us at election time just went into the voting booths and voted all those deniers out of office, just kind of hush, hush, just being in that voting booth, thinking of our future generations instead of all that money lubricating the denying machine. Because at the end of the day, Climate Change is a problem of human behavior and we can change that in the voting booth, far from the prying eyes of those willing to tank our future for their short-term gain. Just saying… New Poll: Red State Voters Support EPA Climate Change Plan Voters in Louisiana, Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina overwhelmingly support Environmental Protection Agency regulations to limit carbon pollution — even after hearing arguments for and against the regulations — according to a poll released Thursday by Harstad Strategic Research. (February 28, 2014) Think Progress/ Climate Progress
- 3/01/2014 - Like the extinction of species around the world, Climate Change isn’t so much the cause as the accelerator, making environmental disasters occur much faster. Climate change ‘raises extinction risk’ (February 28, 2014) Climate News Network
- 3/01/2014 - Evidence that convinced me of Climate Change back in the 1980’s was ancient air bubbles trapped in ice core samples. Of course, a lot more evidence has accrued since then. Studying Earth's distant past can teach us lessons about its climate for the future The Pliocene could provide valuable insight into the type of planet we are creating via global warming. (January 25, 2014) The Hindu
- 2/28/2014 - The operative phrase in the EPA conceding to Kodak deal on clean up trust fund is “could prove costly.” After the $49 million that Kodak agrees to pay, then $50 million that NYS agrees to pay, who is going to get stuck with the rest? EPA OKs Kodak cleanup trust fund(February 27, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 2/28/2014 - Why in a purportedly free country wouldn’t governmental agencies want public input on energy and public health issues? Activists object to exclusion of public from nuclear talk (February 27, 2014) The Voice
- 2/28/2014 - If environmentalists were to tap into the incredible power of the youth to leverage the social media for concerns about Climate Change, instead of pushing corporate agendas, we would have a society tuned in to the most important crisis of our age. Corporations, the film industry, and the fashion industry, have learned how to leverage the Youth Power and social media to make big bucks for themselves; why can’t scientists and environmentalists get our kids to focus on something important to Generation Like’s continued existence? Just saying… Think of all this as you watch this insightful program “Generation Like”: Generation Like | Frontline | PBS "Even if we don't realize it, most of us make decisions about social media every day. In the lead-up to “Generation Like,”
- 2/28/2014 - If mainstream media reported more often on Climate Change, they wouldn’t have to resort to superlatives when they did—just to get folks’ attention. At this point in Climate Change, mainstream media should be reporting on what governments are doing to address and mitigate Climate Change and how all that’s going—not continually hyping the fact that scientist are more and more and more certain that what we knew decades ago is in truth happening. Scientists More Certain Than Ever on Climate Change, Report Says (February 26, 2014) NBC News
- 2/28/2014 - Need to get up to snuff on Climate Change real quickly? Download booklet “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes” Spells out this complicated issue neat and lean. A Discussion on Climate Change: Evidence and Causes -from The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council
- 2/28/2014 - Going to be hard to determine if New York State’s public health will be affected by Fracking if there ain’t no comprehensive scientific studies on the health consequences of unconventional natural gas drilling. Gas Drilling Boom Accelerates With Little Study of Public Health Effects Despite mounting public concern, there are still no comprehensive scientific studies on the health consequences of unconventional natural gas drilling. (February 27, 2014) Inside Climate News [more on Fracking in our area]
- 2/28/2014 - Monsanto say it isn’t so. How many bad decisions does it take to get pesticides to rain from our air? Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples A new U.S. Geological Survey has concluded that pesticides can be found in, well, just about anything. Roundup herbicide, Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, was present in 75 percent of air and rainfall test samples, according to the study, which focused on Mississippi’s highly fertile Delta agricultural region. (February 27, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/27/2014 - At some point along the continuum of Climate Change adaption, we’re going to have to include in our talks about transportation, water, energy, telecommunication, and sewage infrastructure Climate Change, which, of course, we should have been doing long ago because important choices about where to place precious public funding need to be made. If we keep ignoring the inclusion of Climate Change into transportation infrastructure maintenance, for example, there will come a time with extreme heat, flooding, and increase concentrations of greenhouse gases (of which transportation emission cause 27%) when we may have to cut our losses and go public transit and alternative transportation. New York State climate studies like ClimAid already know that long-term planning on transportation needs to include Climate Change, so why is this reality not reflected in our media? Group: NY roads need work (February 27, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 2/27/2014 - Haven’t you ever wondered what toxins are allowed to be released into our area and which ones are actually measured? And how someone determines a safe level of toxins? What is Air Quality in a time of industrialization and Climate Change? Might find out some of that at this EPA webinar: "Join Us for the Next Toxics Release Inventory Webinar!
- 2/27/2014 - Hard to believe we can talk about devastating effects of Algae in Great Lakes and not about Climate Change. Read EPA 2-page summary on this: “Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms” If the media doesn’t start connecting the dots with environmental issues and Climate Change, we’ll be trying to address environmental problems on another planet, but not our own which is warming. Lake Erie's algae blooms threaten its survival (February 25, 2014) CBC News/ Canada
- 2/27/2014 - Looks like Fracking come with a lot more baggage than just environmental pollution. That’s a no for New York. FrackGate Comes to Illinois? Media Blackout on Fracking Vote (February 26, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/27/2014 - Limbo, a non-place even abandoned by the church, is probably a good place for a tar sands pipeline An Environment-Wrecking Pipeline Hangs in Limbo (February 27, 2014) Inter Press Service
- 2/26/2014 - When you’re budgeting for infrastructure repairs and upgrades, Climate Change should be factored in. Or all that will be quickly overwhelmed. Syracuse patching twice as many water main breaks as normal (February 25, 2014) Innovation Trail
- 2/26/2014 - Our continual problems with invasive species like the Zebra Mussels should encourage us to stop the Asian Carp before it gets to the Great Lakes, rather than trying to extract it when it gets established. Science Takes On a Silent Invader (February 24, 2014) International New York Times
- 2/26/2014 - If you never, never believe something until it actually happens, does that mean when you throw a rock up in the air you stand right there until it comes down and hits you in the head? By the time we wait for everyone to be absolutely certain Climate Change has disrupted our climate, we’ll certainly be cooked. In essence, one of the great things that makes us human is our ability to anticipate threats and prepare for them. Of course, we have to be able to distinguish real threats from fake threats or (evolutionary speaking) we’d run out of energy if we jumped every time a branch snapped in the woods and we ran away screaming. Scientists help us distinguish real threats from fake threats, but scientist do not make our choices—we have to be intelligent enough and moral enough to separate the ‘noise’ of facts from those that are merely interesting to those that portend great danger. Climate Change is providing the public a bewildering array of facts from the experts, but the consensus is that a couple of centuries of pouring greenhouse gases into our atmosphere have thrown our climate out of whack. It would be prudent to address and mitigate Climate Change sooner rather than later. Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain (February 24, 2014) Climate Central
- 2/26/2014 - However politicalized we make Climate Change ultimately it’s a problem of physics and our public authorities don’t have the luxury of denying it. I suspect, one way or another, as our dysfunctional government continues to prevaricate on accepting that Climate Change this worldwide crisis is going to cause major local disruptions to our infrastructure (energy, transportation, telecommunications, water, sewage) and that will both have to be addressed and anticipated by our public servants. Without widespread public support, where the media educates the public on why these measures need to be taken, Climate Change will remain in the fuzzy background of intellectual paralysis as the consequences of it will have to be dealt with in an ad hoc and ultimately ineffectively way. Better that ‘we the people’ have a consensus on Climate Change and work out top-down binding agreements to address and mitigate Climate Change—rather and pretend it doesn’t exist and have to find all sorts of ways to allow those who are charged with protecting us ways to do their job by finding all sorts of legal loopholes to do so. NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change (February 25, 2014) Climate Central
- 2/25/2014 - NY AG says to US SC “The economic and environmental dangers posed by runaway climate change pollution are increasingly apparent in New York and across our nation.” Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Oral Argument In Climate Change Case Before The U.S. Supreme Court (February 24, 2014) NYS Attorney General
- 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. "
- 2/25/2014 - I know, this is transportation heresy …, but what if ‘Peak Car’ is true and Climate Change demands a more sensible way to move around? Question: If there are less and less cars and trucks on the road, at what point does society say roads and bridges are too expensive to maintain and we are going to recover that space for our environment? Lifting the burden of asphalt for transportation from our land would be transformative. We’d be on our way, in a big way, to sustainability. Woes of Megacity Driving Signal Dawn of ‘Peak Car’ Era (February 24, 2014) Bloomberg
- 2/25/2014 - Here in New York State we have an initiative that would give residents control over whether to allow Fracking in their communities. It’s called “Ban Fracking in New York altogether!” Groups Launch Ballot Initiative to Give Coloradans Local Control Over Fracking (February 24, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/24/2014 - If you think farm workers and our environment are assaulted with too many Pesticides now, just wait for Climate Change. "Within the agriculture sector, increased use of pesticides as an adaptation to climate change may lead to increased chemical exposure for farm workers (many of whom are international migrants or members of minority groups). "(Page 70, Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (2011) | Farmer protection sought from 1 billion pounds of pesticides U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, stated in a release Friday that more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to agricultural crops each year and pesticide poisoning affects between 10,000 and 20,000 farm workers annually. (February 21, 2014) Daily Messenger
- 2/24/2014 - New York State, are you listening? It would be insane to sell our water to Frack up more Climate Change from a hole in the ground. Trading Water for Fuel is Fracking Crazy It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels. (February 18, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/24/2014 - Wow! I didn’t even know NYS’s environment produced so much water that it was a “surplus property”. Guess our environment was just overdoing a good thing. Come to think of it, I bet California could use this surplus rather than the Fracking industries. Fracking companies will just flush our most precious resource down a hole to warm up our planet. Has anyone calculated how much fresh clean drinking water New York is going to need for our environment, our agriculture and, oh yeah, our public health as Climate Change becomes more troublesome? Clash Over Water Sales Headed To A Rochester Courtroom (February 23, 2014) WXXI News
- 2/24/2014 - Tired of reading about Climate Change and all those graphs and data? Solution watch these Climate Change videos: Climate Change Understanding, Factors and Solutions playlist "A playlist containing a huge amount of information (documentaries, presentations, scientific lectures) about everything climate change/warming/destruction and some great possible solutions for stopping and reversing this trend."
- 2/24/2014 - This might be important to New York as Fracking as a possible health threat is the reason for the extended moratorium Doctors Call On President Obama For More Regulation On Fracking More than 1,000 doctors and other health care professionals are calling on President Obama to take steps to protect Americans from the risks posed by fracking. (February 20, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 2/22/2014 - Surely, they don’t mean that our little ole nuclear plant in Rochester could possibly result in a disaster worse than the one in Fukushima, Japan. My goodness, we’re special and nothing bad ever happens here. Nuclear disasters happen elsewhere and lord, it’s just is beyond credulity. What complete and utter nonsense. How Small Reactor Fires Could Result in U.S. Nuclear Disasters Worse Than Fukushima No matter the size, a nuclear reactor pool fire is dangerous enough to change millions of lives forever. (February 21, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/22/2014 - One thing is for sure: If the public doesn’t start taking responsibility for how they get energy, we’re all going to cook from Climate Change. Talks stall over Cayuga Power Plant (February 22, 2014) Ithaca Journa
- 2/22/2014 - How do “carbon math” and the “energy math” collide on Climate Change? Some thoughts by Dr. James E. Hansen. Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions? (February 21, 2014) Dr. James E. Hansen
- 2/22/2014 - The nasty thing about someone else’s poor air quality is that eventually it becomes your poor air quality. Air, we breathe that stuff; it’s no place for pollution. EU Launches Legal Action against UK Over Air Pollution (February 22, 2014) Climate Central
- 2/22/2014 - Of course, it would be better to stop deep water drilling for more fossil fuels that cause Climate Change altogether. It seems very idealistic and unpractical to continue doing the things that cause Climate Change and expecting that to solve the worldwide crisis of warming. What a strange species we are: because we’ve been doing something for as long as we remember, we unthinkingly think that’s the right thing to do. Humans. Ya gotta laugh. Obama administration to raise oil spill liability cap (February 21, 2014) The Times-Picayune Greater New Orleans
- 2/22/2014 - Put another way, Republican-led states are using a "brazen power grab" to thwart the rest of us from addressing Climate Change. We are at a time when a relatively small powerful group who don’t believe in science want the industries that have warmed our planet to have unfettered, unregulated use of our most precious resource, the air we breathe. Supreme Court to weigh EPA move to regulate greenhouse gases (February 21, 2014) Los Angeles Times
- 2/21/2014 - Some high-tech solutions to address Climate Change. How will they work and will they be enough? Hi-tech fixes for climate change, fish tracking (February 20, 2014) Cornell Chronicle Online [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 2/21/2014 - Free Webinar, Feb 27 on “Predicting Carbon Storage of Great Lakes Forests in the Year 2050” Up Next: Predicting Carbon Storage of Great Lakes Forests in the Year 2050
- 2/21/2014 - I know, this January we almost froze our butts off here in Rochester, but in Australia, Argentina, Austria, China, France, Spain and Switzerland—not so much. To get a sense of the big picture, check out this one-minute animation of Amount of old ice in Arctic, 1987-2013 by NOAA Climate.gov | January was 4th Warmest, 5th Driest on Record, NOAA Finds (February 20, 2014) US World and News Report
- 2/21/2014 - Rochester Sierra Club’s Earth Day event: "Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program" We hope to achieve something unique this year, a big public discussion about the most important environmental crisis of our age. April 17, 2014 | Environmental Fair 5:30pm, Program 7-9pm | First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South Rochester NY 14610 Please consider downloading and the printing the flyer for the forum, then placing it in a place where it will attract a lot of attention. We really do want a lot of folks to come and learn and talk about local and state efforts to address Climate Change. Click here to download the Forum flyer:
- 2/21/2014 - And presumably Fracking will make New Yorkers sick too. Cuomo spare us all that and go 100% renewable energy. Would look really good on your resume. Just saying 1,000+ Health Care Professionals Call on President Obama to Halt Fracking (February 20, 2014) EcoWatch
- 2/20/2014 - If Sen. Schumer truly wants to get out in front of the problem of weather and agriculture, shouldn’t he (and the NYS government) address this issue by addressing Climate Change? Freezing grapes worry politicians and growers (February 19, 2014) Innovation Trail
- 2/20/2014 - Interesting article on the speed of Climate Change: On the one hand the Arctic is melting and some animals are going extinct; on the other hand the ocean current circulation hasn’t gone into a tailspin and the Antarctic ice sheet isn’t actually dropping causing sea levels to suddenly rise. The problem is that in either scenario we have displayed no ability to curb the trajectory towards a climate crisis of our own making. We’re like standing on this railroad track watching a runaway train coming towards us and making no attempt to get off the rail—thinking the train will stop before it hits us. Humans. Ya gotta laugh. How fast is the Earth's climate actually changing? (December 4, 2013) USA Today
- 2/20/2014 - Hard to believe Obama thinks we can nuke our way out of Climate Change, when Fukushima still rages. The approval of a $6.5 billion loan to build two reactors yesterday is an ‘all of the above’ approach to a growth energy policy instead of sensible energy policy that addresses Climate Change without the nuclear risk. Might want to check out the documentary “The Atomic States of America”(2012) to get a sense of how our safety record with nuclear power has enfolded. New highly radioactive leak at Japan's Fukushima plant (February 20, 2014) Reuters
- 2/19/2014 - Sorry, but the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl ,and Fukushima ‘incidents’ have made some of us in Rochester a little jittery. Maybe we should get our energy from a less dangerous and expensive way of boiling water. Potential Flood Risk Brings Citation for Ginna (February 18, 2014) WXXI News
- 2/19/2014 - How can you establish yourself and stay as an invasive species, even if you’re screwing up our environment? Ans: Be beautiful. NY senator pens bill banning mute swan slaughter ALBANY — A state senator from Queens is trying to stop the slaughter of mute swans proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A bill introduced last week by Sen. Tony Avella would put a two-year moratorium on DEC’s plan to eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025. (February 18, 2014) LoHud.com [more on Invasive Species in our area]
- 2/19/2014 - Great site for getting critical information about lead poisoning in our Rochester, NY region Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center Rochester Office - Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center Serving Nine Counties in the Finger Lakes Region
- 2/19/2014 - You too can find out if “discharge rainwater mixed with untreated sewage during or following rainfall or snowmelt events and may contain bacteria that can cause illness” in your NYS region. It’s easy-peasy. It’s part of your Sewage Pollution Right to Know. Just “Sign up with GovDelivery to receive information about sewage overflows and bypasses, public sewage systems, and updates on the implementation about sewage pollution right to know law via email (check the "Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law" box under "Water").” Be even better if every place that was supposed to submit sewage discharges did so in a timely manner with a full disclosure of what they dumped into our water. Our local media might get going on that, like they are in the Buffalo region. Just saying… Weekly Discharge Report Summary & Breakdown of Municipal Wastewater Characteristics "Weekly Discharge Report Summary For the week of 2/11 to 2/17, 1 Sewage Discharge Report was received. Sewage discharge reports received by DEC are posted to the Sewage Discharge Reports web page daily. The report can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. (February 18, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 2/19/2014 - Where does wildlife go when Climate Change that we caused has pushed them off a mountain? It’s not pretty. For those who say they are concerned about wildlife they cannot be so and not concerned about Climate Change too. Warmer temps push tropical birds up and off mountains (February 18, 2014) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 2/19/2014 - Hmmm … , I might be OK with a pizza if a Fracking well blew up next to my home, if it came with a wind turbine and solar panel. After fracking blast, Chevron offers pizza The company's offer of free pizza to residents near a fracking fire causes mixed reactions | (February 18, 2014) Aljazeera America
- 2/19/2014 - Shouldn’t the alleged air quality/Fracking problems in Texas be a warning about New York public health issues and Fracking? Or, should we just heap scorn on any of the problems with Fracking in other places, because we know none of the bad things can happened to New York. (New York State Exceptionalism?) Or, we could consider going totally renewable energy and forget Fracking altogether. See Study: Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight | Texas Officials Turn Blind Eye To Fracking Industry's Toxic Air Emissions More than 2,400 air emissions permits have been issued in the Eagle Ford without safeguards to limit toxic chemicals breathed in by residents. (February 18, 2014) Inside Climate News
- 2/19/2014 - A steadily melting Arctic is a constant reminded that Climate Change is real, but not in a good way. The Arctic would be a great site for a web cam so the world could watch the warming we have wrought. Satellites See Arctic Surface Darkening Faster (February 18, 2014) Science World Report
- 2/18/2014 - You’ve been asking yourself, “What’s one of the most effective things I can do to help address Climate Change?” Ans: Citizen Scientist. Citizen science helps bridge research gap (February 17, 2014) Cornell Chronicle Online [more on Environmental Health in our area]