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Rochester, NY was one of the hosts of the World Canal Conference on September 19, 2010.

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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.

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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology.  Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules.  Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.  We Don't Get It!

The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?   Bookmark This Site

All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians.  So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends.  Tell them what’s at stake.  Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings.  Push back on misinformation.  Speak up for the facts.  Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution.  Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices.  Invest.  Divest.  Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.  And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.  Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013)  The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk?  Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

NewsLinks: Get the most important environmental news of the day and monitor your environment daily.  Also: Get Newslinks since 1998… Unlike other news, environmental news often takes time to reach our attention. Follow potential problems and catch them before they're catastrophes.

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

My hope is that you will read these stories and connect them to the world we now live in, one that is warming because of Climate Change.  Then pass these stories to those you are connected to and have them spread the word.  Mainstream media is either unwilling or incapable of reporting responsibly and adequately on a world that is warming, which is why many still don’t understand the vast changes we must make to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. 

Posted Today - Thursday, July 28, 2016

  • Activist Wendy Lynne Lee speaks on the Environment Professor and activist Wendy Lynne Lee spoke at the Flying Squirrel Community Space on July 21 2016. Lee is a professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg. The event was sponsored by the Green Party of Monroe County. The talk was about sustainability and how current social and philosophical attitudes make achieving it more difficult. The accompanying photo show showed the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania and world wide climate change. The video includes the full lecture, photos and follow up questions. (July 26, 2016) Rochester IndyMedia [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Climate models are accurately predicting ocean and global warming A new study from my colleagues and I vindicates climate models, which are accurately predicting the rate of ocean heat accumulation For those of us who are concerned about global warming, two of the most critical questions we ask are, “how fast is the Earth warming?” and “how much will it warm in the future?”. The first question can be answered in a number of ways. For instance, we can actually measure the rate of energy increase in the Earth’s system (primarily through measuring changing ocean temperatures). Alternatively, we can measure changes in the net inflow of heat at the top of the atmosphere using satellites. We can also measure the rate of sea-level rise to get an estimate of the warming rate. (July 27, 2016) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • A stunning prediction of climate science — and basic physics — may now be coming true A lot of people deny climate change. Not many, though, deny gravity. That’s why a recent animation released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — well, it came out in April, but people seem to benoticing it now — is so striking. Because it suggests the likely gravitational imprint of our changing climate on key features of the Earth in a way that’s truly startling. (July 27, 2016) The Washington Post [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These "synergistic" combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other uses. The new report, Toxic Concoctions: How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails, involved an intensive search of patent applications for pesticide products containing two or more active ingredients recently approved by the EPA for four major agrochemical companies (Bayer, Dow, Monsanto and Syngenta). (July 20, 2016) EcoWatch and Center for Biological Diversity [more on Pesticides in our area]

 

News Highlight

A word about Brownfields cleanups in Rochester, NY    

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

Whenever you hear businesses complain about the financial burdens of environmental regulations, think of Brownfields. Brownfields are abandoned sites, usually in urban locations, that are tainted by either real or perceived contamination, making them undesirable for private redevelopment efforts. Not to mention, Brownfields (like Love Canal) are public health scourges.

Brownfields aren’t an indispensable part of doing business; Brownfields happen when you aren’t conducting a business properly.

Ironically, the City of Rochester characterizes the cleanup of Brownfields as an opportunity, which is true I suppose if you view cleaning up urban areas unfit for human habitation as job creators. Even the EPA frames their Brownfields Program this way: “…creates many benefits for local communities”.

If you are able to glean the necessary funds to provide these jobs from the state or (even better) from the actual businesses that created these environmental disasters, then I’m sure there are jobs to be had. I get the part about making the best of a bad situation but I hope by describing the cleanup of Brownfields as opportunities we don’t put ourselves in the absurd position of encouraging Brownfields so folks can get jobs. (I know, as our present economics are practiced, this toxic waste circle-jerk would make sense, but in the real world dumping and leaving toxic waste behind never, ever makes sense.)

Cleaning up Brownfields “especially those in areas characterized by high poverty, unemployment or other indicators of community distress” is critical in preparing for Climate Change.

NEWS RELEASE - EPA AWARDS ROCHESTER $200,000 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Rochester $200,000 in supplemental funding for the City’s Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund. The funding will be used for cleanup and re-use efforts at contaminated manufacturing sites, especially those in areas characterized by high poverty, unemployment or other indicators of community distress.  “These funds will advance our efforts to help city neighborhoods that have suffered from neglect and disinvestment,” said Mayor Warren. “Cleaning up these contaminated properties in our most challenged neighborhoods is critical to our efforts to create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in our schools. (July 13, 2016) City of Rochester, NY

Many of our Brownfields exist within poverty areas so when more extreme weather comes with Climate Change it is more likely that toxic leaching due to frequent, heavy flooding that will put more pressure on the public health in areas least prepared for these increased environmental hazards. Climate justice demands that Brownfields in poor areas get cleaned up immediately.  

I don’t know how many Brownfields there are in Rochester, Monroe County, or New York State—or the world for that matter. I don’t know how a Brownfield gets cleaned up in such a way that the contaminated area is entirely free to operate again as a healthy component of any ecosystem. I don’t know the best way to fund the cleanup of Brownfields so that the businesses who get the public money for cleaning up Brownfields use these funds or tax breaks for the intended purpose.

I do know that Brownfields are unacceptable no matter how they are characterized. And, I know that to prepare best so we can adapt to Climate Change, we need to get these damned places cleaned up.

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Green Business.

Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area.  As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.

Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:

  • SED launches Community Solar Array in Greater Rochester Area Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., a clean energy company, will launch the first Community Solar Array project in the Greater Rochester Area in partnership with SunCommon. This offer allows all Rochester Gas & Electric customers to power their homes or businesses with locally generated solar energy, with no upfront cost and anticipated savings on their electric bill. SunCommon is a Vermont-based solar company that has helped thousands of Vermonters go solar through home and Community Solar Installations. (June 14, 2016) Fairport-East Rochester Post [more on Green Business and Solar Power in our area]

  • Investors' Circle hopes to fund Rochester's clean energy scene People in Rochester's startup scene already know about the popular venture capital firms Excell Partners and Cranberry Capital. However, a North Carolina-based firm is joining the mix and looking to pass out money. Investors' Circle of Durham, North Carolina, has been funding startups for 24 years, but now wants to fund companies across New York state. The firm invests in different types of companies, such as software and education. However, the firm's biggest emphasis is on clean energy companies. (February 12, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Waste Management-owned site receives conservation award High Acres Nature Area, owned by Waste Management Inc. in Perinton, has been honored with the 2015 International Conservation Award by the Wildlife Habitat Council, an international non-profit that accredits programs that create wildlife habitat on corporate lands. It has recognized 600 sites around the world.  The High Acres Nature Area comprises 250 acres with four miles of nature trails adjacent to the High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center in Fairport. Employees and community volunteers invest in conservation and education efforts through the nature area, officials said. (November 24, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Energy storage looks promising for Rochester At first glance, they do not look like much: cylinders the size of commercially available watch batteries and foil-wrapped packets the size of cell phone batteries. From small packages, however, the staff of NOHMs Technologies Inc. are working to produce big results.  “We’re a cell manufacturer only to make prototypes,” explains Richard Delmerico, CEO and chief operating officer of the 17-person startup, which is based out of 6,000 feet of laboratory and industrial space within Eastman Business Park. (October 2, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

  Genesee River Bash  | The kickoff event for Rochester's River Romance Weekend       

    

Thursday Evening  October 6th, 2016, 5:30-9:30pm  

Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY

  A River Celebration featuring BBQ, Beer, and a Blues & Bluegrass Band

With Awards, Networking, Exhibits from Outdoor Lifestyle Suppliers and River-Focused Organizations

Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch Nominate an individual, organization or project for an Elizabeth Thorndike Environmental Leadership Award - 

Nominations Due September 1st Download Fillable Form (Not editable in browser)

Registration and Sponsorship forms available soon!

Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities. We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river. (From Genesee RiverWatch

Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .

This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history.  And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens.  Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too.  In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:

  • Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
  • When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
  • When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle. 
  • Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
  • Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
  • Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
  • Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
  • Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment.  Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
  • Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
  • Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly.    Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.

 350.org

350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.  

 

Green Events.

RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.

Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...    

July

  • Wednesday, July 27, 3pm - 6pm |  6363 Main St., Williamsville , NY
    •  RALLY: Stop a Fracked Gas Pipeline - Preserve Waterways and Wetlands Stop the Northern Access 2016 Pipeline   WHAT: Rally at National Fuel Headquarters WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 3pm - 6pm WHERE: 6363 Main St., Williamsville  The Pendleton Action Team and the Sierra Club Niagara Group are joining up to fight the building of a 96 mile fracked gas pipeline, compressor and dehydration stations proposed by National Fuel for Western NY. Earlier this year, NYS DEC officials rejected the Constitution Pipeline Project, citing damage that it would do to water supplies along the pipeline route.  On that basis alone, the proposed Northern Access Project should not be permitted since it would cross 180 streams, 270 wetlands and 7 ponds in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Erie Counties. To add insult to potential injury, the gas would not only cross the Niagara River, it will beexported to Canada. Furthermore, we need to incentivize infrastructure for Clean, Renewable Energy, not for dirty fossil fuels that cause carbon pollution and global warming.  Check out the Pendleton Action Team on Facebook for more information. Visit  niagarasierrraclub.com for info on our next meeting in August. Information on the proposed pipeline and associated infrastructure can be found atNational Fuel
  • Friday, July 29, 5:30-6:30pm | Zebb's Restaurant, 1890 S. Clinton Ave,
    • NY State is encouraging local communities to buy solar panels and equipment in bulk to save us 20-30% off the cost of installing solar panels on our homes and businesses.    For more information, come to GREEN DRINKS at Zebb's Restaurant, 1890 S. Clinton Ave, Friday, July 29, 5:30-6:30pm.   or attend informational meetings at Brighton Town Hall, 1-2pm, August 14, or September 11.   contact: info@colorbrightongreen.org

August

  • Tuesday, August 9th at 10AM | Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride at 9 am to carpool, or be at the Montezuma parking lot before 10 am. 
    • "Butterflies, Birds and Wildflowers Walk"  All day trip on Tuesday, August 9, Montezuma Wetlands Complex  Sponsored by Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and Rochester Butterfly Club    Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride at 9 am to carpool, or be at the Montezuma parking lot before 10 am.  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate shoes.  Bring water, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, a lunch, and a folding chair.  rochesterbutterflyclub.org/       facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • Friday, August 19, 6 PM  Burroughs Audubon Nature Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564
    • "An Altered Landscape"  Friday, August 19, 6 PM  Burroughs Audubon Nature Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor 14564 Following a potluck supper, local geologist, Jutta Dudley, presents a program about how the landscapes in the local area were created by glacial activity.  Bring a dish to pass and a place setting.  Contact:  425-2380    facebook.com/BANC.roc/

September

October

  • October 6th, 2016, 5:30-9:30pm ,  Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY
    • Genesee River Bash  The kickoff event for Rochester's River Romance Weekend Thursday Evening  October 6th, 2016, 5:30-9:30pm   Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY   A River Celebration featuring BBQ, Beer, and a Blues & Bluegrass Band With Awards, Networking, Exhibits from Outdoor Lifestyle Suppliers and River-Focused Organizations Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch   Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.  We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.

 

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

 

 

ACTION highlight

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':

Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here:

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':



New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.  

Green Action.

ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.  

  • ACTION: Due Date: June 21
    • "Call Congress and ask them to take action on climate! Monday June 20th Congress needs to hear from citizens that we want them to take action on climate change. On June 21st, hundreds of citizens from across the nation will be meeting with members of Congress in DC to push for a revenue-neutral carbon fee.  Visit this website to log your call (and get the phone numbers and a prompt on what to say):  Call your legislators on Monday June 20th to amplify our voices and help move Congress a step closer to legislation that addresses climate change. Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don't hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative is the first step in building a relationship with your congressional offices and creating the political will needed to solve global warming. "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • SIGN + SHARE Tell your state senator: Support NYS Climate & Community Protection Act, 100% clean renewable energy, good jobs, and justice for all‪#‎NYRenews‬ Tell Your State Senator to Support The Climate & Community Protection Act! "In New York, both upstate and downstate, we know firsthand the impacts of inequality and of climate change. We know that poor and working class families are hit first and worst and we know that all New Yorkers deserve better. Now is the time to demand action in Albany. An unprecedented movement of New Yorkers upstate and downstate have come together under the banner of NYRenews to hold politicians accountable for investing in our communities, our environment, and our economy. If passed, The NYS Climate & Community Protection Act (S8005 / A10342) will help create a bright future for all New Yorkers; a future with good jobs and healthier communities; a future all New Yorkers deserve. Tell your State Senator to support The NYS Climate & Community Protection Act for good jobs and climate justice, with 100% clean renewable energy. "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • CLIMATE ACTION PLAN "We want to hear from you!  Take our community-wide Climate Action Plan survey. What is a Climate Action Plan? Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the community-wide efforts that will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.  CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected community-wide greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to monitor the plan's progress. " City of Rochester, NY
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Act on giving bicyclists a 3-ft break from vehicles, making biking safer, and reducing greenhouse gases. 3 FT PASSING LAW Thanks to the strong leadership of Board President Jim Reed and Board Member Emeritus Ivan Vamos, who himself was hit by a car, and support from Transportation Alternatives, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) has launched an all-out campaign this legislative session in Albany to amend the vague and impossible to enforce 2010 Safe Passing law. At the very least, we think there should be a 3 feet passing standard, which is now the law in 26 other states across the country. Email your legislators now by sending an email through this very easy-to-use form.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Take Action on Clean Energy, from Mother's Out Front Sign the petition to move the Clean Power Plan forward! "You know that climate change is real, and we need to take action. According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most recent decade was the Nation’s and the world’s hottest on record, and human activities – like burning fossil fuels – are the primary cause of these changes. As mothers, this kind of change is an immediate concern. Regardless of where you live, climate change is shifting weather patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. As mothers we’ll do anything to protect the health of our children. That’s why we need to be concerned about – and do something about -- climate change. Wildfires and burning fossil fuels threaten air quality, increasing pollution and rates of asthma, especially among children. Heavy rainfall and severe flooding threaten water quality as well. Fortunately, the National Climate Assessment is hopeful and so are we. We can avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate with immediate public policy that promotes energy production from clean and renewable sources. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency published a Clean Power Plan requiring states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Yet it’s up to state officials to create policies to implement the plan. Those that promote clean energy the most will have the biggest benefit. Today, please sign our petition to let your state officials know that you support the fastest and most just transition to 100% clean energy. Together we can ensure a clean energy future and a livable climate for all children. Thanks for taking action,  Ellen van Bever Communications Team Lead Mothers Out Front Mothers Out Front "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Stop Explosive Oil Trains! Find out if you are in the blast zone and sign the petition. There is a fiftyfold increase in local transport of volatile crude oil trains (which are not and cannot be properly designed to carry this dangerous oil) through our region. Check to see if you are in the blast zone, and Take action and put a stop to this! From our friends over at Mothers Out Front! Really take a moment to find out about this clean and present danger in our community and take action here.
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • "The 100% Renewable Now NYS Campaign is beginning to organize! This Campaign is aimed at getting the 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 bill passed by the NYS legislature. This project is anchored in sound science: Read this critical study: “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight” If your organization wants to be more involved that is welcome.  Also, please call your legislators to ask them to co-sponsor (Assembly - A. 7497 or Senate - S. 5527). And see:  The Solutions Project (especially New York) to sign your organization up as a supporter.  Please help in this way!" (If someone in your group wants to attend some meetings in October to hammer out strategy and organizational details, contact me and I’ll get you in touch with the group organizing this issue in our region.) 
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Just about the last thing Henrietta needs is to chew up a wildlife area for more development. Sign a petition to Save Beckwith Park. "Save Beckwith Park Neighbors working together to save 12.8 acres of wild land in Henrietta, New York Since 1965, this scenic wildlife area has been a treasure for many families in Henrietta, New York. The Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling this beautiful land to a developer, who intends to put single-family houses on the property. In a grassroots effort to save the land, neighbors and friends have banded together to stop the development of the land that makes our neighborhood our home.  "Consider signing this petition to save undeveloped land in Henrietta, NY. To find out more watch this short TV coverage on Channel 10.
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Our home environments can be healthy. Help get the word out. This from Elizabeth McDade, Program Manager Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 224-3125 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org "The newly revised Healthy Homes Guides have arrived and I need YOUR help to get this cubical emptied by Labor Day. HELP! If you need some resource guide books or can help distribute Healthy Homes, Healthy Families POSTERS, please contact Elizabeth McDade elizabethmcdade@flhsa.org  (585) 224-3125 Also, feel free to share this link to the Resource Guide book
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
  • ACTION:  Due Date: Now!
    • New York needs to transition to renewable energy (like Wind Power) now:  "New York has been slow out of the gate when it comes to opportunities like offshore wind. We can change that. Few states have the potential to be a national and global clean energy and climate leader like New York.  And right now, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments on how to structure a new Large Scale Renewable Energy Program – and Environmental Advocates is urging the PSC to act on three critical fronts: Establish enforcement mechanisms to hold the state and utilities accountable for supplying 50 percent of our energy from clean renewables by 2030. Make the state’s Large Scale Renewables Program statewide (currently Long Island is excluded from the Renewable Portfolio Standard). Add offshore wind power to New York’s energy mix.  You can urge them to prioritize these initiatives, too!     Despite our state being home to some of the most attractive and productive wind farm locations in the nation, this plentiful source of renewable energy remains completely untapped. With Rhode Island constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and Europe utilizing this same renewable energy source on a large scale, New York can step up and become a global clean energy leader.     Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to ensure 50 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. That means dramatically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and building a clean, green energy economy with offshore wind and other sources of renewable energy.    Take Action Today! " (from Environmental Advocates of New York)
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
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    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
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    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
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    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
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    • Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 
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    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
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    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
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    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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    • 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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  • 7/28/2016 - Local Rochester, NY media presents full discussion of connecting the dots with activism and Fracking and Climate Change. Maybe this is the start of a real dialogue on the crisis of our age and what to do about it in our local media. Which is to say, an opportunity to engage the public on Climate Change which deeply affects all our lives, no matter what your political persuasion, and whatever you might have planned for you and your family’s future. Activist Wendy Lynne Lee speaks on the Environment Professor and activist Wendy Lynne Lee spoke at the Flying Squirrel Community Space on July 21 2016. Lee is a professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg. The event was sponsored by the Green Party of Monroe County. The talk was about sustainability and how current social and philosophical attitudes make achieving it more difficult. The accompanying photo show showed the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania and world wide climate change. The video includes the full lecture, photos and follow up questions. (July 26, 2016) Rochester IndyMedia

  • 7/28/2016 - Local Rochester, NY media presents full discussion of connecting the dots with activism and Fracking and Climate Change. Maybe this is the start of a real dialogue on the crisis of our age and what to do about it in our local media. Which is to say, an opportunity to engage the public on Climate Change which deeply affects all our lives, no matter what your political persuasion, and whatever you might have planned for you and your family’s future. Activist Wendy Lynne Lee speaks on the Environment Professor and activist Wendy Lynne Lee spoke at the Flying Squirrel Community Space on July 21 2016. Lee is a professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg. The event was sponsored by the Green Party of Monroe County. The talk was about sustainability and how current social and philosophical attitudes make achieving it more difficult. The accompanying photo show showed the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania and world wide climate change. The video includes the full lecture, photos and follow up questions. (July 26, 2016) Rochester IndyMedia

  • 7/28/2016 - Beyond the politicization and dysfunctionality of US politics on science is the present and looming reality of Climate Change. The more climate scientists learn about global warming (a subset of Climate Change), and gathering information for climate models, the more certain they are that we are heading for disaster if we don’t quickly shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy—and adapting to Climate Change. Climate models are accurately predicting ocean and global warming A new study from my colleagues and I vindicates climate models, which are accurately predicting the rate of ocean heat accumulation For those of us who are concerned about global warming, two of the most critical questions we ask are, “how fast is the Earth warming?” and “how much will it warm in the future?”. The first question can be answered in a number of ways. For instance, we can actually measure the rate of energy increase in the Earth’s system (primarily through measuring changing ocean temperatures). Alternatively, we can measure changes in the net inflow of heat at the top of the atmosphere using satellites. We can also measure the rate of sea-level rise to get an estimate of the warming rate. (July 27, 2016) The Guardian

  • 7/28/2016 - One of the things that separates Climate Change from other issues is that because it’s based on basic physics it’s testable and predictive. Not to mention Climate Change is the mother of all problems for if we don’t adapt to and mitigate Climate Change all our other issues will be moot. A stunning prediction of climate science — and basic physics — may now be coming true A lot of people deny climate change. Not many, though, deny gravity. That’s why a recent animation released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — well, it came out in April, but people seem to benoticing it now — is so striking. Because it suggests the likely gravitational imprint of our changing climate on key features of the Earth in a way that’s truly startling. (July 27, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 7/28/2016 - On climate modeling: “If the world did not work this way, cars would not run, airplanes would not fly …” I’m reading this wonderfully accessible (and free) scientific paper on climate modeling “Demystifying Climate Models, A Users Guide to Earth System Models”. Get inside the modeling of climate and end climate denialism. Really, read this free online paper on how climate modeling works because it is with climate modeling that scientists are so sure that we cannot continue business as usual. This quote kinda says it all: “In the face of criticism of climate science, it is important to note that the physical science behind climate models and energy is based on physical laws known for several hundred years and is not new or subject to question. If the world did not work this way, cars would not run, airplanes would not fly, and everyday motions that we observe (baseball pitches, gravity) would not happen. As we demonstrate later, these underlying scientific principles are not cutting-edge science. The principles are not open to question or debate, any more than the law of gravity can be debated.” (Page 39, 2016) Demystifying Climate Models, A Users Guide to Earth System Models) (You can download this report here.)

  • 7/27/2016 - House Science Committee Chairman bitch-slap states’ attorney generals for doing their job investigating EXXON for allegedly lying to their investors on Climate Change. High level Climate Change deniers, ya gotta laugh. Those folks will do anything--kill the messenger, lie, and use their power to crush science--to pursue their crazy denial ideology at any and all cost to our future. Read this: “Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago” (from Inside Climate News) 2 attorneys general refuse subpoenas on climate change probe The New York and Massachusetts attorneys general are refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. In an escalating political fight over global warming, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, along with nine environmental, scientific and philanthropic organizations. (July 27, 2016) WXXI News

  • 7/27/2016 - Cool so see many folks riding bike share bikes in Philly during #CleanEnergyMarch on Sunday. #biketheroc will look good on Rochester too. Bike share hits smaller metros  Urban bike-share programs aren't the big-city novelty they used to be; smaller metros such as Boise and Buffalo have programs now, and Rochester is looking into starting one, too. City officials don't want to put a substantial amount of taxpayer money into the project, though, so they're seeking a company, a nonprofit, or some combination of the two to take it on. Proposals are due by August 3. In the eyes of public transit and active transportation advocates such as Mike Governale, president of Reconnect Rochester, bike share's time has come. (July 27, 2016) Rochester City Newspaper

  • 7/27/2016 - Have you been seeing lots of green in our local Rochester-region waters lately? It’s probably Cladophora. Find out more: Research: Connections- Invasive Species and Benthic Algae in the Finger Lakes Have you noticed the green shorelines and algae streaming off of the rocks in your lake this summer? Residents of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes have been reporting lots of algae sightings – both in the water and washing up on shorelines. What exactly is this algae and is it dangerous? Much of the algae is Cladophora, including those long strings of algae hanging on rocks. Cladophora looks dark green and is often attached to hard substrates such as rocks, break walls, and docks. Since it propagates on the bottom of lakes it is referred to as ‘benthic algae’. Below is a picture of a rock from Seneca Lake with Cladophora attached.  (July 22, 2016) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute [More on Finger Lakes

  • 7/27/2016 - Good article in the D&C about the state of the Kodak cleanup of the Genesee River. Helps to make sense of the separate restorations efforts and the remedial work (if any) after the investigations are made public. Read: Genesee River Project - Investigation Update - February 2016 “During 2015, DEC's engineering consultant (Parsons) conducted field sampling to assess the sediments, water, biota and floodplains in the lower Genesee River in Rochester from near the Lower Falls to the mouth of the river at Lake Ontario. The sampling program started in August 2015 and was completed in December 2015. Parsons is currently evaluating information collected during the investigation and will be preparing a report that is expected to be available to the public in the late summer of 2016. DEC will keep the public informed about this project through periodic posting of updates/documents on this website, issuance of factsheets, and public meetings at key project milestones.” Comments sought on plan for restoring the Genesee River Acknowledging that their industrial activities had marred the Genesee River ecosystem, Eastman Kodak Co. agreed two years ago to provide $4.3 million for restoration projects. The public now is getting a chance to comment on how that money should be spent. Some suggestions that already have been floated include diversifying wetlands along the riverbank or creating spots along the lower Genesee where boaters and paddlers can tie up and have a picnic. "We’re really excited about this. We have a good opportunity to do some great restoration and recreation projects," said Amy Roe of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service office in Cortland, which is coordinating the planning. (January 26, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 7/26/2016 - I wish there was as much environmental opposition to oil pipeline under Great Lakes as there is over offshore and onshore wind projects. Actually, in the Rochester region there is almost no recognition of the threat of oil pipelines under the Great Lakes as there is a hue and cry every time renewable energy proponents suggest erecting wind turbines near the Great Lakes shores—on or off land. We should get our priorities straight in a time of this great warming. We need large scale wind farms in our Great Lakes region to supply sufficient renewable energy to replace the fossil fuel energy infrastructures. Spillage coming from a broken and corroded oil pipelines is going to do a lot more environmental damage throughout the Great Lakes, where the water flows through the system towards Rochester and out the St. Lawrence, than a wind turbine falling down. What's next for oil pipeline under Great Lakes? The hot button issue of oil pipelines continues to get a lot of attention. In the Great Lakes there’s a long running battle over a crude and natural gas line that runs through a waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (July 25, 2016) Innovation Trail

  • 7/26/2016 - ACTION: The closing date for public comment on the Genesee River Draft Restoration Plan is September 30, 2016. “In 2014, the Trustees resolved a natural resource damage claim with the Eastman Kodak Company for the Genesee River located in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, New York. The Draft Restoration Plan outlines the restoration project categories that have been selected to address injuries to and lost use of natural resources.” Find our more here: Notice of Availability for Public Comment, Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Genesee River Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State, collectively the Trustees, announce the availability of the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Genesee River, and Genesee River Watershed, New York (Draft Restoration Plan) for public review and comment. In 2014, the Trustees resolved a natural resource damage claim with the Eastman Kodak Company for the Genesee River located in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, New York. The Draft Restoration Plan outlines the restoration project categories that have been selected to address injuries to and lost use of natural resources. Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement funds will be used for projects that restore, rehabilitate, or conserve aquatic habitats and recreational uses in the Genesee River and Watershed, New York. The closing date for public comment is September 30, 2016. The Draft Restoration Plan can be found at: here. More information about the Settlement can be found at: here.

  • 7/26/2016 - Given that offshore wind projects in the Northeast are usually opposed by local communities, these “suction cup’ anchored wind turbines far offshore might be a way to use Great Lakes wind for energy. Low cost, low environmental disruption, and providing local power without long transmission lines could assuage a lot of local opposition to wind turbines here in the Northeast. In order for our Northeast region to be a part of the #CleanEnergyRevolution, we need to start saying Yes! to wind power and stop saying NO! Could Giant Suction Cups Turn Lake Erie Into a Regional Energy Hub? The Icebreaker project represents a major innovation in offshore wind farming. While science and free market forces will ultimately decide whether Great Lakes wind is a viable energy source, one cannot discount the personalities of the two who are intricately involved. When Olsen was 20, he was the heir to a shipping magnate fortune, but decided to forego college and work as a deck hand for a few years on the family cargo vessels. That hands-on and more simplistic approach allowed him to move his company from being a North Sea oil producer to being one of the pioneers in wind energy because of his personal views on global warming. “If the warming continues,” Olsen told Fortune magazine in a rare interview last year from his home in Oslo, “the oceans will rise, and the place we’re sitting now, and many cities, will be under water … I used to fly over the North Pole and all you saw was thick white ice, cracked like the surface of an oil painting. Now you see lots of black water, and that accelerates the heating of the oceans.” (July 25, 2016) Pacific Standard

  • 7/26/2016 - Although it may be difficult to exactly link war and climate, intuitively extreme weather must be an accelerator of social conflict. When you cannot get enough potable water and drought and floods have crippled your ability to grow enough food, you seek the most immediate means for relief. Do we really have to ‘prove’ extreme weather drives humanity to extremes before we seek solutions? Weather Disasters Can Fuel War in Volatile Countries Following the warmest two years on record and spikes in violence that fueled a global refugee crisis, climate scientists on Monday reported that armed fighting is prone to follow droughts, heatwaves and other weather-related calamities in turbulent countries. Nearly a quarter of deadly armed conflicts in the countries with the most diverse ethnic makeups from 1980 to 2010 were found to have occurred at around the same time as an extreme weather event. “It’s significant that you can make that statement — that nearly 25 percent of those conflicts coincided with some type of climate-related disaster,” said Jonathan Donges, a Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research scientist who helped lead the new study. (July 25, 2016) Climate Central

  • 7/25/2016 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter July 25, 2016 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe

  • Pretty funny our public broadcasting media in #RochesterNY avoids Sunday’s #CleanEnergyMarch but is agog over today’s ‘Fart-In’ in Philly. Our local media, ya gotta laugh. Thousand rally for clean, renewable energy in a time of Climate Change the day before the DNC and our local media cannot think of a way of even mentioning the event and instead mentions rallies today in Philly through bathroom humor. What’s wrong with this picture? Who is going to keep us informed about the changes to our life support systems if we cannot even depend on our public broadcasting system? Why have they forsaken the people they are meant to serve? Rallies, Marches And A 'Fart-In': Philadelphia Gets Ready For The DNC (July 24, 2016) WXXI News

  • 7/25/2016 - Thanks to local #RochesterNY media that posted an AP story on #CleanEnergyMarch that didn’t focused much on what the march was about. The march was about changing direction for our energy future, but mainstream media really, really has trouble with such messages and rather likes a nice political squabble in which to frame the existential issue of our lives—where we have to shift our energy options away from fossil fuels if we want a future.  No matter how many thousands march in the streets. We saw a lot of major media at the rally, while 10,000 of us marched through the streets of Philadelphia right in front of the major media companies, but the media were mostly oblivious to the march as they set up for the DNC.  DNC starts in Philadelphia with huge protests, high temps  The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday with much bigger demonstrations than the Republican convention and much higher temperatures, as the region copes with an oppressive heat wave. (July 25, 2016) WHAM Rochester

  • 7/25/2016 - Even if the final count was 10,000 folks at the #CleanEnergyMarch we need a lot more folks out in the streets demanding a viable future.  We need to #KeepItInTheGound, it being fossil fuels, stored carbon, and to do that many, many more folks need to be engaged with the hard hot reality of our times. Thousands March in Center City Against Fossil Fuels Organizers said 10,000 people marched in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. It was a peaceful kickoff to a week of DNC protests in Philly.  Thousands marched from City Hall to Independence Mall today to call for a “clean energy revolution” — protesting fossil fuel extraction methods like fracking, pipeline projects like Mariner East and the use of nuclear power. It was the first major protest of Democratic National Convention week in Philadelphia. “We got, what, like 10,000 people on the streets of Philadelphia on a 100-degree day,” said David Braun, a longtime anti-fracking activist who served as an emcee once the march reached Independence Mall. “To stand up for a clean and just renewable energy future. To take us away from fossil fuels. We did it in the heart of where fracking is happening.” (July 24, 2016) Philly Magazine

  • 7/25/2016 - The #CleanEnergyMarch wasn’t partisan. It was a chance to reach the public about the importance of shifting our energy systems to renewable energy systems that won’t wreck the planet. Thousands of clean energy supporters shut down Center City in first march of DNC Despite sweltering heat Sunday, thousands hit the streets in Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention as part of the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Organizers and participants said they don’t support any particular candidate, but want Democrats to see the public’s support of solar, wind, water and other natural forms of energy. (July 24, 2016) Metro Philadelphia

  • 7/25/2016 - Not all of us dressed up as a polar bear in the blistering heat but we all helped bring the Clean Energy Revolution to the public. #CleanEnergyMarch Before DNC: Thousands defy heat to demonstrate for Bernie, against fracking An environmental advocate dressed in a furry, head-to-clawed-paw polar bear suit defied Philadelphia's staggering heat wave on Sunday and prepared to join thousands of more comfortably dressed protesters at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. The march, aimed at banning the natural gas drilling practice known as fracking, promised thousands of participants from all 50 states on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. At least 1,000 people gathered at Broad and Market as the march began and police estimates at 2 p.m. ranged between 5,000 and 10,000 as the march proceeded. (July 24, 2016) Philly.com [More on Energy and Climate Change in our area]

  • 7/23/2016 - As Climate Change creates more heatwaves there is more likelihood of ground-level ozone increases. This is a special health risk to all. As we move further into Climate Change, reporting on daily ground-level ozone so that everyone gets the message is critical for our public health. You can find the Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast for New York State here. If you would like to be notified when daily air quality reaches a level of your choice, you can sign up for Enviroflash at enviroflash.info. But for the future, we need a way for everyone, especially those who do not get the daily news, to get informed about hot days with dangerous levels of ozone. When Summer Heat Takes Your Breath Away Sunny, sticky days surely make you sweat, but they can also hamper breathing—especially for children and seniors. UR Medicine Urgent Care’s Dr. Michael Loeb explains how ozone levels can be dangerous to your health. A rising ozone level in the air can trigger severe breathing problems for people who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as for those who smoke. (July 1016) Health Matters, University of Rochester Medical Center

  • 7/23/2016 - For some the #CleanEnergyMarch in Philly on Sunday is upfront and personal. “For the Ramapough people, the impacts from dirty energy and environmental injustice are both present and painful.” N.J. tribe chief: We're marching for environmental justice to DNC 2016 | Opinion This weekend, myself and more than 100 Ramapough Lunaape will make the journey from Mahwah to Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Thousands of others will be joining us from across the country. But we don't expect to make it to the sports arena filled with delegates and big money donors. We will be marching for our very lives. The Ramapough Lunaape Nation will help to lead the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which calls for a ban on fracking and an end to dirty and dangerous fossil fuel extraction. Nearly 1,000 organizations have endorsed the march — including organized labor, faith, environmental and social justice groups. (July 22, 2016) NJ.com

  • 7/23/2016 - The targets that the US would miss if new gas lines are built are our part of the world goal to have a future. We cannot continue business as usual and expect different results in the trajectory towards doom. We must immediately shift from a fossil fuel infrastructure to a renewable infrastructure as the Paris Agreement suggests. New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target: report The United States will miss its emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement if 19 pending natural gas pipelines are built across eastern states, a report published on Friday by environmental groups said. Oil Change International and 11 other organizations found that 19 proposed pipelines due to move natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to states from Louisiana to New York would unlock at least 15.2 billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas production. This would lock the country into more natural gas-fired electricity rather than renewable energy, and cause the United States to miss a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 83 percent from 2005 levels by 2050, the report said. (July 22, 2016) Reuters

  • 7/23/2016 - Many folks from Rochester, NY will joining our friends in Philly for a #CleanEnergyMarch to get the DNC’s and the public’s attention on a #JustTransition to #RenewableEnergy. The window of opportunity to avoid the worst consequences of Climate Change is closing quickly so everyone needs to get engaged on the crisis of our age. Anti-fracking advocates to march down Market Street prior to DNC Demonstration follows study linking fracking to increased risk of asthma attacks Thousands of environmental advocates will march throughout Philadelphia on Sunday, prior to the Democratic National Convention, urging Pennsylvania officials to ban fracking for natural gas in favor of renewable energy solutions. The "March for a Clean Energy Revolution" will begin at noon on Sunday and will take protesters from City Hall to Independence Hall. Several thousand people from varying environmental groups are expected to march the mile between the two sites. (July 19, 2016) Philly Voice

  • 7/22/2016 - Providing a lot of solar power for a local community and using the solar farm as a teaching opportunity for kids, c'est tres cool. Largest solar project in NY for public school opens at Avon Central School District The Avon Central School District now has the largest public school solar project in our state. It spans seven acres and will produce enough energy to power more than the entire district. The project was supported with approximately $564,000 in incentives from Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, which is advancing the growth of a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry across the state. The school district is expected to see about $1.6 million in credits on its electric bills that offset their electricity use over the life of a 25-year agreement. (July 21, 2016) WHAM  Rochester

  • 7/22/2016 - Working outdoors in the heat of Climate Change is going to come at a very high cost—in every sense of the word. Of course, the most dramatic effects are already happening in the poorest countries that didn’t cause Climate Change. But someday the devastating heat of Climate Change will come to us. If we increase the ability of the poorest people and nation to withstand the heat of Climate Change, we’ll also be readying ourselves to the inevitable. Climate Change is having a dramatic effect on public health. Who will be there to keep things going when it’s too hot to work outside? Climate change’s costs are still escalating Scientific reports released for a conference today on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by climate change − and that the dangers are growing. The massive economic and health losses that climate change is already causing across the world are detailed in six scientific papers published today. Perhaps most striking is the warning about large productivity losses already being experienced due to heat stress, which can already be calculated for 43 countries. The paper estimates that in South-East Asia alone “as much as 15% to 20% of annual work hours may already be lost in heat-exposed jobs”. (July 19, 2016) Climate News Network

  • 7/22/2016 - Climate Change is going to hurt the most vulnerable the quickest and hardest. Access to better weather alerts are crucial for the poor during Climate Change. Kofi Annan: Poor people need weather alerts Growing up in Ghana, I learned how harsh the harmattan can be. The dry, dusty wind from the Sahara sweeps across West Africa from November to March. It brings dust storms that damage airways, eyes and skin, and sudden cold spells that can jeopardise vulnerable people. Now climate change threatens to magnify its threat, as the harmattan becomes more severe and less predictable, and carries more dust. The evolving threat of the harmattan is a stark example of how we need to collaborate to protect public health from the effects of climate change. In the case of the harmattan, we need to make sure that accurate weather forecasts travel the “last mile” to reach people in the wind’s path so they can take shelter. (July 22, 2016) The Africa Report

  • 7/21/2016 - Historically, when political parties (think Whigs) try to force the “arc of the moral universe” backwards (think Climate Change denial), those political parties tend to fail and disappear on the “ash heap of history”. Just saying…  Conservative groups push back against Republican party's climate denialism Partnership for Responsible Growth and other groups launch campaigns to urge Republicans and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to accept climate change Conservative and free-market groups have staged a rearguard effort to get the Republican party to accept the dangers of climate change, criticizing climate denialism within the GOP and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Climate change, and other environmental concerns, are unlikely to receive much, if any, attention during the Republican convention in Cleveland this week. This is despite a slew of temperature records being broken – June was the 14th consecutive month of record heat around the world – and extreme examples ofArctic ice decline and drought and wildfires in the US west. (July 20, 2016) The Guardian

  • 7/21/2016 - On the other hand, regardless of how Climate Change polls in upcoming US election, temperatures are rising. In essence, it’s impossible to go back in time, to have Climate Change true at some point in the past and then become false now that your political party doesn’t like the science behind Climate Change. The only thing that changing attitudes towards Climate Change really mean is that we either prepare properly so we can adapt to a warmer planet or we don’t. If you put a climate denier into high office you cripple everyone’s future. Climate Change is not politically divisive; our US politics has become ineffectual in addressing a clear and present danger. Ahead of the Election, Americans’ Climate Concerns Slosh Fresh analysis from a research group tracking voter views on global warming shows the country’s range of attitudes sloshing more than surging. There was some drama on this issue as liberals and centrists sparred over the Democratic climate and energy platform in recent days. But given such findings, and now that Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, don’t expect global warming to take center stage in the fall fight. Since 2008, the “Six Americas” survey by researchers at Yale and George Mason University has provided a valuable running view of the range of American views on climate change and related issues. A new analysis in the context of the election, drawing on data from March, shows we’re going back in time, in essence. (July 12, 2016) NYT: Dot Earth

  • 7/21/2016 - To some burying tones of GHGs under the water while continuing to burn CO2 sounds like a good idea. Others think stop burning CO2 and sequestering it long-term into the soil with organic agriculture practices is a much sounder form of sustainability. (Read this review by David Suzuki: “How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change”.) It’s hopeful that we are starting to think about carbon sequestration seriously because we not only have to bring down our greenhouse gas emissions down quickly—we have to reverse them to flourish. Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases A scheme to collect millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and bury them under the North Sea off the coast of Rotterdam is Europe's best hope of showing it can make carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology work. Rotterdam, Europe's largest port, is the home to the sole survivor of a dozen European Union pilot plans to test CCS technology that has been thwarted by years of false starts. Fossil fuel and mining firms need to make CCS work if they are to avoid being left with "stranded assets", or energy resources whose value has to be written off because they fail to meet regulatory rules. (July 19, 2016) Reuters

  • 7/20/2016 - Much of what scientists know about our future climate comes from climate modeling. How do climate models work and how reliable are they? ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU HAD ABOUT CLIMATE MODELS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK A SCIENTIST EXPLAINS Climate scientists tell us it’s going to get hotter. How much it rains and where it rains is likely to shift. Sea-level rise is apt to accelerate. Oceans are on their way to becoming more acidic and less oxygenated. Floods, droughts, storms and other extreme weather events are projected to change in frequency or intensity. But how do they know what they know? For climate scientists, numerical models are the tools of the trade. But for the layperson — and even for scientists in other fields — climate models can seem mysterious. What does “numerical” even mean? Do climate models take other things besides the atmosphere into account? How do scientists know if a model is any good? (July 14, 2016) Popular Science

  • 7/20/2016 - How to read new graph on unprecedented Earth heat temperature rise: We’re not paying enough attention to the most important thing in the world. For all the talk and non-talk about Climate Change it is Earth’s temperature rise that will be the measure of our existence. For without addressing Climate Change on a time and level that will matter, nothing will matter. First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temp Records The first half of 2016 has blown away temperature records, capped off by a record hot June, once again bumping up the odds that 2016 will be the hottest year on record globally, according to data released Tuesday. The monthly numbers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration puts the planet on track to surpass 2015 as the hottest on record. “2016 has really blown that out of the water,” Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said. (July 19, 2016) Climate Central

  • Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere  We encourage you to screen the film with as many people as possible. Please contact us if you need help setting up or promoting a screening, or would like us to attend. Below are some tools and advice to help you have the most successful screening possible. You can also use this flyer to share information about the film with people who might want to collaborate on a screening.

  • 7/20/2016 - Update of the Regulations and Quarantines for invasive species Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) including Map of NYS infested areas and quarantine boundaries and List of towns within Restricted Zones. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [more on Invasive Species in our area]

  • 7/20/2016 - Here’s the take home message at this point in time about the #ParisAgreement: “…but so far only 19 governments have ratified the deal…” We tried for 20 years to get a climate deal that the world would sign on to. Are we now going to drop the ball when it comes to actually ratifying the deal of the millennia? Ban Ki-moon calls on world to unite behind Paris climate deal UN encourages countries to ratify Paris deal, as US weather agency NOAA reports June heat shattered global records UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has asked world leaders to ratify the Paris climate deal on 21 September at a “special event” during the General Assembly meeting in New York. “The next step in our collective journey to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future is to ensure the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement,” he said in a letter to governments. (June 19, 2016) Climate Home

  • 7/20/2016 - You would think that transporters of Dangerous Crude Oil trains through our communities would be more forthcoming about these shipments, but they had to be FOILed.  We still have questions about how safe transporting so much volatile crude oil near our schools and homes is—not to mention why in a time of Climate Change are we still facilitating more fossil fuels infrastructure CSX: 20-35 oil trains per week cross upstate NY Twenty to 35 trains, each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude oil, pass through Monroe, Genesee and Wayne counties each week, according to information provided to the state by CSX Transportation. State officials released the information this week to organizations that filed requests under the Freedom of Information Law after announcing last week they have denied a request by freight railroads to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The railroads began providing the information to the State Emergency Response Commission on June 7 under an emergency order signed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. (July 16, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 7/19/2016 - Good climate news, I suppose: When trying to fix ozone layer from CFCs with HFCs we caused more warming—and now we’re trying to limit HFCs. With the window of opportunity to stop the worse consequences of Climate Change closing fast, we don’t have a whole lot of time to fiddle around with ‘solutions’ that cause even more harm. We really should be supporting our climate scientists big time to find out how exactly our climate system works when pushed to the limit by human industry. The world is poised to take the strongest action of this year against climate change This story has been updated. When the world moved to phase out ozone-destroying chlorofluorcarbons, or CFCs, it solved one enormous and urgent environmental problem — but it left behind another. CFCs were bad for the ozone layer and also caused a great deal of global warming to boot. But a key substitute — hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs — spare the ozone layer but are still powerful greenhouse warming agents. That’s why diplomats and leading national ministers have assembled in Vienna this week for negotiations under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that led to the phaseout of CFCs and is now aiming its sights at HFCs. If an amendment to the treaty can be adopted this year, advocates say, it could represent the single largest tangible piece of climate progress in all of 2016. (July 18, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 7/19/2016 - Without getting political, those with great historical wisdom @historiansondonaldtrump urge Americans to dump Trump. A Trump presidency would be an existential crisis. Listen to historians like Ken Burns and David McCullough and other historians who have moved out of their comfort zone to speak directly to the American public on the unprecedented threat Trump represents to the US—and the world. Check out these amazing video stories from Facebook: Historians on Donald Trump

  • 7/19/2016 - “Trees, forests and land use in drylands, The first global assessment” | Climate Change is going to make areas that are very dry even drier. Urgent action is required to keep these regions of the world viable and able to produce food. “Drylands cover about 41 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are characterized by a scarcity of water (Box 1 contains a full definition). About 90 percent of the estimated 2 billion people living in drylands are in developing countries (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). The majority of these people depend on forests and other wooded lands, grasslands and trees on farms to meet basic needs for food, medicines, shelter, cooking, heating, wood, and fodder for livestock, and for income.” (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Rome, 2016 )

  • 7/19/2016 - Due to Climate Change even our Buffalo/Rochester region is getting hotter and stickier each summer. Check it out. Summers Getting Muggier As Dewpoint Temp Rises As summers get hotter from the increase in greenhouse gases, they are also getting stickier. More evaporation occurs in a warming atmosphere, and on a world where water covers nearly three-quarters of the surface, it means an increase in water vapor in the air. (July 6, 2016) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 7/18/2016 -  I’m of two minds on these continual black bear reports by local media. On the one hand, I think it’s important to publish these reports for the public to be continually aware that potentially dangerous creatures like the black bear are around and so folks become cautious in their outdoor camping and hiking. On the other hand, these bear reports seem like money-grabbing, attention getters for the local media because these articles don’t really provide information on what to so when creatures like a bears are encountered, or how to behave so both bear and us remain safe. These article seem like: “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!” What would be even more helpful in getting the public familiar and educated about living with bears in our region (by the way they were here first) is that bears, as with almost all our wildlife, are going to have to adapt to Climate Change. Never do our local media connect the dots between Climate Change and what we will have to do to allow our local wildlife to adapt. Bears, for example, are going to have to flee from the heat, which means if we want them to survive the great warming, we are going to have to find a way for bears to cross our roads and highways safely. Some regions are building bridges for bears and other wildlife across our major highways for this to happen. But that is going to take a lot of money, which will take a lot of public education on this issue for support. Our local media should learn to adapt to a warmer world. Black bear swims past kayaker in Hemlock Lake A kayaker's voyage was interrupted by a black bear swimming alongside his kayak in Hemlock Lake. (July 17, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle