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Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."


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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Since 1998, RochesterEnvironment.com has been an ongoing experiment to completely inform one community [Rochester, NY] of all its environmental Newslinks, Events, Daily Updates, Resources, Environmental Education, regional Climate Change, and Environmental Issues. Green Apps, and more...    * Please read this carefully, it's not the usual Yada Yada

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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. 

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News Highlight

Holding leaders accountable for Climate Change in Rochester, NY                                                                                                            

by Frank J. Regan


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While Rochester’s winters since 1970 have been swinging from warm to cold, the temperatures are going up overall. Our summer temperatures are not so up-and-down; they are getting steadily hotter. And, although there are many consequences of Climate Change in our region (including more powerful flash flooding that can overwhelm our transportation and wastewater systems), on a personal level it is the prospect of more heat waves that our local leaders should prioritize. People will want answers when large numbers die, and (given human nature) we will hold our leaders accountable when their constituents die in droves because of a failure to plan properly. Over time, heat waves kill more people than any other weather event. In just a few days in 1995, over 700 folks in Chicago died from extreme heat. If the authorities had been on top of this issue, fewer would have perished.

In Eric Klinenberg’s book “Heat Wave; A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago”, it wasn’t simply the heat that killed so many people. It was a failure of political leaders to understand the issues facing those most vulnerable to heat waves. Especially the elderly, the poor, and isolated folk’s inability to connect to help through proactive systems that would check up and provide them with assistance. One of the special issues that often comes with heat waves is power outages—which happened in the Chicago disaster. What happens when you’re at death’s door and the AC shuts down? Who ya gonna call when you ain’t got a phone? 

The City of Rochester has a “Pet Care in Hot Weather” page on their website with advice on how to protect your pet from prolonged heat. Rochester has a “Cool Down with Cool Sweep” program to help those without access to alternative remedies for overheating. The homeless (and others we tend to shun) may not be so lucky. Although the City of Rochester has an “Energy Management and Climate Action Status Report”, they have not yet come out with a comprehensive climate action plan and certainly not one that addresses public health during Climate Change.

As for Monroe County’s Public Health Department, their website doesn’t even mention Climate Change or heat waves.

Not addressing the looming issue of increased heat waves is just one of the ways our local leaders are failing to address Climate Change. Many cities in the US have comprehensive Climate Change action plans. But not Rochester--yet. We are still waiting: Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory  (January 21, 2015) Rochester City Newspapermore...

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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:

  • EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.”  (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our area]

  • You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”

  • NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank. They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency. The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. (October 23, 2014) North Country Public Radio [more on Green Business in our area]
  • Rochester company awarded funding to develop solar technology A Rochester company has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards solar energy development, according to officials. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office says Intrinsiq Materials Incorporated, a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, has been awarded $450,000. (October 22, 2014) WHEC [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

   Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015

 DR. JAMES HANSEN : CLIMATE, ENERGY, AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE




When: Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The Theater (Building 4) at Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Route 15A) Rochester, NY 14623

World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015, Tuesday April 21st, 2015.

Former NASA scientist and Climate Change expert Dr. James Hansen speak at the local Sierra Club’s annual environmental forum, to be held at Monroe Community College. 

Please spread the word! Send the links around.    

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...    

April 2015

  • April 17, 2015 - April 27, 2015
  • April 24-26, 2015 | at Braddock Bay Park, on East Manitour Road, Greece, NY  
    • Bird of Prey Days 2015 Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) is proud to present our 27th annual Bird of Prey Days, to be held at Braddock Bay Park, near Rochester, New York. This park, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, lies right in the path of 17 species of raptors and vultures as they travel from their wintering grounds to their spring nesting areas.  Each spring, this location is witness to huge kettles of Broad-winged hawks, Turkey vultures, and Sharp-shinned hawks.  Each season, our official counter tallies hundreds of Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks, our licensed raptor banders capture hundreds of Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, and our volunteers troll the woods counting Northern Saw-whet and Long-eared owls at this “rest-stop” before continuing their migration All detail are on this flyer.
  • Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon
    • Great opportunity to join your friends and groups and neighbors to help clean up our parks at the annual event. "The 6th annual Pick Up the Parks Event  is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-noon (Cleanup in all Monroe County-managed Parks) noon-2pm (Thank You Picnic in Olmsted Lodge at Highland Park) Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.”  This event is designed to foster stewardship of our *21 parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green."

May 2015

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1-3:30 pm Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY
    • Sustainable Energy Workshop: Demystifying Sustainable Energy in Your Home Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1-3:30 pm Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road Free and open to the public – no registration necessary   1:00 pm  Gathering and introductions 1:30 pm Energy audits and energy conservation opportunities for your home – Ed Atallah, Hawn Heating Ed will talk about NYSERDA Energy Assessments: the procedure, the application process and qualifications, cost and savings, as well as incentives. 2:00 pm Solar energy opportunities for your home – Dr. Susan Spencer Dr. Susan Spencer is the founder and president of ROCSPOT, an organization devoted to solarizing Rochester by 2025. She will discuss the technology itself, as well as the incentives and financing that are available to help make it affordable for all consumers. 2:30 pm  Homeowner experience with solar panels – Jim Leunk Putting solar panels on your house has never been easier. What factors might you consider in deciding whether to go solar at your house? What's the installation process like? Hear from a homeowner who had a solar array installed on his roof in 2014. 2:45 pm LED bulbs and how to purchase the right ones – Representative from Batteries + Bulbs store, Jefferson Road, Henrietta If you have been planning to buy LED bulbs for your home but need some help with the selection process, come and get your questions answered. 3:00 pm Wind energy options in your energy bill Questions from audience, opportunity to visit display tables   This workshop is presented by Living in Harmony in God’s World, an interfaith environmental group and by Creation Stewards of St. Monica’s Church in Rochester, NY. If you have questions about the workshop, contact Elizabeth Pixley, convener of Living in Harmony at epixley@rochester.rr.com or by phone 585-334-0977.
  • May 2 at Frontier Field
    • Rochester, NY’s ‘Clean Sweep’ is coming up on May 2nd. This very successful City clean-up program is great time to demonstrate your love of Rochester. Clean Sweep - 2015 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 2 at Frontier Field (map). The first 4,000 volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date. Rochester, NY.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located on State Route 89, Savannah, NY
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 2 Will Help Birds in a Changing Climate  There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 9th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Defenders will deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle”, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The non-releasable animals will be on display during programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation. Everyone will have a chance to get their picture taken with “Liberty”.   Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows that are sure to inspire and Lois Sprague will entertain festive goers with balloon animals. John James Audubon will also make a special appearance to talk about his life as an artist and conservationist. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.   The theme for the Wildlife Festival is Helping Birds in a Changing Climate. Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report indicates that nearly half of our birds are threatened or endangered as a result of climate change. We are seeing the impacts of climate change already, however, we can prevent the worst effects of climate change if we act now. The Wildlife Festival will provide visitors with information on how they can protect birds by creating backyard habitats for birds and reduce their personal carbon footprints.   The festival schedule also includes artisan vendors, guided bird watching and canoeing excursions, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, country music from 103.5 FM Big Dog Country, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, delicious food, ice cream and baked goods, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The cost to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  
    • "Wildflowers of Baltimore Woods"  Wednesday, May 6   Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus  Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park and Ride lot at the Rt. 96 exit of I-490 eastbound, at 9 am for carpooling. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club   http://www.bancny.org/  On this all-day outing to Baltimore Woods, explore several woodland trails with abundant ferns and spring wildflowers.  The mature hardwood forests, fields, and streams at the 180-acre Nature Center support a rich diversity of plant life. Driving time from Bushnell's Basin to Baltimore Woods is about one hour.  Bring binoculars, lunch, water, a folding chair, and a camera, if you like.  Contact: Carol or David, 383-8168 www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Sunday, May 17th - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Brighton Public Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
    • Bakken Oil Trains in New York: What You Need To Know | Ban The Bomb Trains |  You are invited to this forum on crude oil by rail with Sandy Steubing from PAUSE - People at Ablany Untied for Safe Energy | Q & A plus discussion to follow. Have you wondered what is in those big black rail cars and why there are so many? Are you concerned about the environmental justice of those living near the rail tracks? Do you wonder about the effects of extreme energy extraction on Climate Change? | For more info contact Rochester.ny@mothersoutfront.org  | Hosted by Mother Out Front, Food and WaterWatch, Buf Renewable Energy Task Force, WNY Peace Center, Inc.

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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: NOW!
    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • SIGN THE PETITION: Voice your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world. The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests. (December 30, 2014) Senator Bernie Sanders
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Got thoughts on how our local transportation infrastructure should adapt to Climate Change—more flooding and heat? Consider filling out this latest survey by our local transportation authority on transportation in our future with Climate Change in mind.   "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) conducted an initial survey in Summer/Fall 2014 on transportation opportunities and issues facing the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and received a significant amount of input. Thank you!   A second survey is now being conducted that will provide GTC with additional information on preferred transportation alternatives. Please take a few minutes and complete LRTP 2040 Survey #2. "
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate 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...
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Support cleaning up the Genesee River. CEI has entered the Genesee RiverWatch into the Ready to Roc video contest. You can support our efforts and help us win by going to this page and voting for our video.  Learn more about the Genesee RiverWatch here.
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • No Ginna Bailout “Ginna, Looking for a Handout”  “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take home message: “Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP.” SAY NO TO CORPORATE POWER GRABS - REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TO: GOVERNMENTS OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CHILE, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PERU, THE USA AND VIETNAM The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now (with your friends and group)  
    • What if in the Rochester, NY area we channeled this idea of the street librarian to educate locals on Climate Change.  So, we put together materials and get a neat bike (see photo) made so we casually ride around all the neighborhoods of Rochester and answer anyone’s questions about Climate Change in our area, hand out literature, engage the public at the very street level in a very low carbon emissions footprint way on this worldwide crisis. This wouldn’t be a charity project at all. This would be a crucial link in the Climate Change issue that is missing in the Rochester area—outreach.  If we hope to have a chance that the public will support the long-term actions we must make to upgrade and refit our infrastructure (transportation, telecommunications, water, etc.) we are going to need the public to understand an support these efforts year after year, elections after elections.  This outreach program would be inexpensive, effective, and probably a lot of freaking fun. Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon (October 9, 2014) New York Times
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must. Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey  and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW! 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION : Due Date NOW!:
    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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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  • 4/27/2015 - Important local environmental events and more:  - Penfield Green Initiative May 2015 Newsletter The Voice for Penfield’s Environmental Assets   Environmental/Social Justice on a Grass Roots Level Check Facebook
  • 4/27/2015 - Today’s question boys and girls: Why does Solar Power work in Rochester? Ans: Because the sun shines here as it does everywhere else. Why solar energy works in Rochester  (April 25, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/27/2015 - But there’s one thing we can all agree on: It’s hard for the press to keep quiet on Climate Change with Pope Francis on the job. Our media, still incapable (except The Guardian, of course), needs someone or something to breathe life into issues that for the press don’t immediate pander to the public’s carving for novelty. Climate Change is the issue of our times and our media cannot seem to keep their attention on it long enough to inform the public of Climate Change’s ramifications. In this regard, Pope Francis’s work on keeping the need to address Climate Change in the news is invaluable. Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change.  (April 24, 2015) Grist
  • 4/27/2015 - For those who think Climate Change should only addressed from a bottom up, or market-based, solutions, they are forgetting that many of the actions needed can only be provided by governments—including military involvement in the conflicts caused by social instability that’s baked into Climate Change. There are many other roles—working with other countries, making laws, setting limits, and changing the economic playing field—that only governments can do. So the COP21 Paris talks must not fail. The window of opportunity is closing. Time Passes. Laurent Fabius: Our Climate Imperatives PARIS — Toward the end of this year, France will host the 21st United Nations climate conference. The aim? To reach a universal agreement that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius, compared to the pre-industrial period, by the end of the century. (April 24, 2015) New York Times
  • 4/27/2015 - Some say 2C is too high; some say 2C is too hard, but COP21 Paris talks are probably the Last Chance for humanity to bring down GHSs to safe levels. Many are ignoring the critical Paris talks, including our local media, and many are thinking that Paris will fail and we must not put too much faith in this conference or the whole structure of the world climate talks will fall apart, and many are thinking that 2C is too high and arbitrary a limit, which will have catastrophic consequences, and many think even trying to reach 2C will wreck our economies—but without the world coming together soon to address Climate Change soon, there is little chance that any scheme to fix this worldwide crisis will work at any level. The COP21 Paris talks should be in the news, including a worldwide dialogue about this critical conference. Climate change: Paris 'last chance' for action Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.  (April 22, 2015) BBC News
  • 4/26/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter April 26, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 4/25/2015 - This is pretty funny, good luck Heartland Institute on instructing Pope Francis on morality. This ‘think’ tank must be desperate indeed. Conservative thinktank seeks to change Pope Francis's mind on climate change  (April 24, 2015) The Guardian
  • 4/25/2015 - Garbage from NYS does have to go someplace but not in local landfills. That someplace is reduce, reuse, recycle, compost. Just because our region has low tipping fees, doesn’t mean we should become the Mecca for our state’s garbage. As a matter of fact, landfills should be eliminated by a change of attitude about waste. If the market-based approach to solving our environmental problems were working, we would not be throwing all this valuable stuff—minerals, resources, recyclables, stuff that can be reused for others—into a great big stinking hole that oftentimes leaches toxins into our ground and methane gas into our too warm atmosphere. Read: “Stop Trashing the Climate” and let’s get off our addiction to a kind of consumerism that require us to dig deeper holes in our ground to bury precious resources. Landfill and garbage dumps, what were we freaking thinking? Ontario County Landfill filling up  Ontario County - Every day thousands of tons of garbage are dumped at the Ontario County Landfill. Officials said at this rate, the landfill will reach capacity by next year.  (April 24, 2014) WHAM
  • 4/25/2015 - Much of the public’s needless confusion on the worldwide crisis of Climate Change is due to lack of clarity of terms. Philosophy holds for our leaders and the public a great promise in clarifying the terms used in science so that Climate Change can be expressed in a way that will help address this issue. So much time trying to get the public on board in engaging this crisis has been wasted because without a proper education on the language of science, is has been easy for those with their own agenda to sew doubt and confusion into the public’s mind. In order to understand the existential crisis we are in, we must be on the same page with science, understanding the terms, how science works, and what damage misinterpretations can lead to.   Removing the Rubbish: Consensus, Causation, and Denial  (April 24, 2015) Dr. Lawrence Torcello in Scientia Salon
  • 4/25/2015 - On the other hand, Mother Nature doesn’t think humanity’s way of evaluating her services means shit to a tree. If you think the only way we can measure the worth of our environment is through the lens of a market-based reality (which is not a reality at all but a manmade algorithm), we will never address Climate Change. Much that needs to be addressed to solve Climate Change cannot be fixed by assigning a price to it. We still cannot find a way to reduce GHG emissions through a financial scheme because we will need a worldwide agreement on that to make those market-base schemes work. We cannot find a way to quickly clean up the Brownfields we have created and so our governments must orchestrate that. We cannot maintain the long-term health of our soil because it’s more financially cheaper to throw tons of manmade fertilizers (which not only pollute our water, but are contributing nitrous oxide to warm up our atmosphere even more) to ‘make’ soil work. We are making a great big mistake thinking that evaluating the worth of our environment into monetary terms—it’s a very dangerous illusion. If there were a market-based solution for Climate Change, it would have already worked by now. It’s not, temperatures are rising beyond dangerous levels. The World’s Oceans Are Worth Trillions Of Dollars, Report Finds  (April 23, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 4/25/2015 - Wildlife are excellent indicators of Climate Change, but their existence is also our environment. When they are in trouble, we are in trouble. History lessons highlight climate threat to birds Evidence from the Ice Ages helps show how vulnerable bird populations are to change driven by human-induced global warming.  (April 25, 2015) Climate News Network
  • 4/24/2015 - On April 14th at the Mauna Loa Observatory CO2 levels hit 404.67ppm. The window is closing. Time passes. 350ppm is safe; it was 280ppm in the mid-1800’s and ten thousand years before that. If you aren’t watching anything else about the Climate Change issue, you might want to watch this part per million of CO2 figure that continually rises because if this figure does not come down soon, nothing else will really matter. It is in this way Climate Change is the mother of all problems. A Fearful Glance at the Global Carbon Stores — Weekly CO2 Values Hit 404 Parts Per Million a Little Too Soon  (April 14, 20150 RobertScribbler
  • 4/24/2015 - Fracking in NYS isn’t over until it’s over: Let it be over—forever. And get moving on renewables now. DEC chief: Final fracking report is ‘literally at the printer’  (April 22, 2015) Politics on the Hudson
  • 4/24/2015 - Considering the prospect where the Arctic “changes from a carbon sink to a carbon source,” our leaders must MAKE Paris a success. This tipping point, where the CO2 fuse sets off the methane bomb, may well mean that very soon our ability to mitigate Climate Change at all will be impossible. All we are going to be able to do once the permafrost starts belching up a GHGs far more potent than CO2 is attempting to adapt to heat waves, biodiversity collapse, rising seas, and more—which will ultimately be intolerable. Time passes. Thawing Permafrost: the Arctic's Slow, Giant Carbon Release As the Arctic melts and organic matter decays, vast stores of carbon in the permafrost will be released triggering an unstoppable feedback system.  (April 23, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 4/24/2015 - Top emitters encourage the world not to expect a damn thing from Paris because that would be very inconvenient for them. However much the science of Climate Change demonstrates that even the 2C (levels of CO2 above pre-industrial averages) goal of Paris will invoke catastrophic damage to our environment, our social order, and our economies, it is our present economy that the top emitters seem to be only concerned about. The idea that no matter how real, how catastrophic Climate Change will be, we must not do anything to slow down our economy (which caused Climate Change in the first place) is an insane assumption. According to NASA today, our CO2 level is 400.06 ppm (which is way above the 280ppm during the mid-1800’s) and it is this data, not preserving the system that got us in this fix in the first place, that should be the top concern of our leaders as we move towards the COP21 Paris Treaty in December. We and our leaders must keep our eyes on the prize and the prize is lowering GHG emissions to a sustainable level—which is probably about 350ppm. Time passes. Don’t judge Paris on level of carbon cuts, say top emitters Lasting regime for climate action more important to global deal than upfront pledges,  (April 24, 2015) Responding To Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 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.
  • 4/24/2015 - Because of their incredibly vast exposure to the public it’s nice that meteorologists are finally ‘getting’ Climate Change.  Much unnecessary and prolonged avoidance by this profession has probably caused millions of Americans to doubt the reality of Climate Change—because it has been the doubting and dismissive weather reporters who the public sees every night on TV, not climate scientists.  So, it’s nice that meteorologists have come around, but how about some accountability? How about these folks now bending over backwards messaging the importance and consequences of Climate Change so the public can connect the dots between what is happening to our climate and what our leaders are doing to plan for and alleviate the warming? Weathercasters See the Light on Climate Change A new survey shows 90 percent are now convinced the phenomenon is real.  (April 22, 2015) Pacific Standard
  • 4/24/2015 - On the US’s watch, will the rapidly warming Arctic get protected or simply become “ripe for exploitation”?  Climate concerns take top billing as the US pivots to the Arctic The world’s Arctic nations will gather in Iqaluit, Canada on Friday, where Canada will formally transfer chairmanship of the Arctic Council to the United States for a two-year term.  (April 23, 2015) tcktcktck
  • 4/23/2015 - 800 folks in Rochester, NY listen to climate scientist Dr. Hansen speak on Climate Change. Young people must listen too. James Hansen's Earth Eve message: Get busy  (April 22, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/23/2015 - Actually, until the legal language of the ban on Fracking in NYS is nailed down, this forest drilling ban may not be ‘anticlimatic’. Read “Anti-fracking groups demand details of fracking ban” Now that we know more about state of Climate Change and the consequences of that (especially for those who attended the local talk by Dr. Hansen on Tuesday) more than just the anti-Fracking folks will be in a “tizzy” if NYS falls back to a fossil fuel infrastructure that will only make Climate Change worse.  We’ll be glad that at least this newly formed Hemlock-Canadice State Forest will be legally protected from Fracking. We encourage those reporters who did attend the Tuesday talk by Dr. Hansen to report on Dr. Hansen’s findings about Fracking and Climate Change as this world expert on climate would be enlightening—and perhaps put us all in a tizzy. No drilling in Hemlock forest, state plan concludes  (April 22, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/23/2014 - Of course, the heat doesn’t disappear just because it goes into the ocean any more that you disappear when playing peek-a-boo with your baby. The heat going into our oceans is warming up the oceans and dramatically affecting plants and animals and ocean currents and raising up the water levels and intensely affecting our weather patterns. Soon, perhaps this year when the ocean winds calm, some of that heat in the oceans will spew up into our atmosphere and, like a parent playing a game with their baby, suddenly appear from around the corner. Looking for Global Warming? Check the Ocean We tend to focus on land surface temperatures, because, well, that’s where we live.  (April 21, 2015) Climate Central
  • 4/23/2015 - We know that Rochester, NY’s climate is getting warmer (despite today’s freeze); what we don’t know is what local officials are doing about it. What is our region’s government doing to plan for more heat, more public health issues due to warmer climate, and more damage to our infrastructure due to extreme weather and heat? Time passes. U.S. Warming Fast Since 1st Earth DaySome States Warming at Twice Global Rate  (April 22, 2015) Climate Central
  • 4/23/2015 - Earth Day 2015: Maybe this is the moment we’ll wake up to the obvious that climate deniers are unfit to lead any government. Not only can’t Climate Change get edited out, Climate Change must be the lens from which all leaders make all their decisions. Time passes. Obama: Climate Change 'Can't Be Edited Out' President uses Earth Day remarks to call out Republican politicians and make climate denial a political liability.  (April 22, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 4/22/2015 - Solar Power in Rochester, NY is growing and becoming a Climate Change solution. More please. What is the New York Sun Initiative? It’s Earth Day today and that makes many people think about going green. Have you ever thought about getting solar panels for your home or business? There's a new program from Governor Cuomo's office called the New York Sun Initiative. (April 24, 2015) WHEC Rochester
  • 4/22/2015 - More communities support the idea that a massive increase in gas storage near Seneca Lake is insane. The last thing we need in our region during a time of Climate Change is a great big buildup of another fossil fuel infrastructure when we should be dramatically increasing renewable energy. Skaneateles joins movement against gas storage plan on Seneca Lake Gas Free Seneca announced Friday that the town of Skaneateles has become the 23rd municipality in the Finger Lakes region to formally oppose gas storage on Seneca Lake.  (April 20, 2015) Brighton-Pittsford Post
  • 4/22/2015 - If you are one of the few in Rochester, NY who missed climate scientist Dr. Hansen’s talk in Rochester, NY, here’s a peek. Word is that the entire talk on Climate Change will be made available online. I’ll try and get that posted as quickly as possible. At the end of the talk, Dr. Hansen was asked just how much of this present Climate Change crisis is human-caused. Dr. Hansen quipped (and I paraphrase) something like 102% because we would be in a cooling period if humanity wasn’t spewing GHG emissions into our atmosphere. Climate Change Expert Calling On Youth To Step Up To Global Problem   (April 21, 2015) RochesterHomePage.net
  • 4/22/2015 - Rain barrels, even in our water rich region, are critical in helping to stop water pollution and wastewater overflows. As Climate Change produces more extreme rainfall per rainfall event, the potential to quickly overwhelm our wastewater system (even though we have a great big backup tunnel to help store that overflow until it can be treated by the wastewater treatments plants, and dump raw sewage into our streams, rivers, and lakes) is getting higher as our region warms. Rain barrels can help keep too much rainwater from hitting impermeable surfaces (our roads and parking lots) at once and going into our storm water drains, flooding our streets and cellars, and spewing waste into our waters. So, get a rain barrel. Bryant: Want a free rain barrel? You should  (April 21, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/22/2015 - Realistically, the road to COP21 Paris has to be paved with good intentions and kept promises of lowered GHG emissions. Market-based solutions, which got us in this climate Change fix in the first place, won’t cover the myriad solutions that can only come from top-down governmental oversights: like cleaning up our waters, like preparing and educating the public for the changes coming; like many of the things including environmental regulations, military assistance, and disaster recovery that only governments can provide. The public doesn’t like more taxes or more governmental regulations, but when all else fails (as it has with an amoral market-based ethos) governments are the insurers, rescuers, regulators, keepers of the laws, and worldwide structure of the last resort. COP21 Paris must not fail because the public thinks there an easier, or more profitable way to change everything so that we put our way of life on a road to stability. The public must understand the importance of COP21 and back it to the fullest extent. There are many ideas about solutions about how to solve Climate Change but because Climate Change is the mother of all problems, if those solutions are not orchestrated from a worldwide agreement to get on the same page, these ‘solutions’ will languish in a mad chorus of merchants attempting to pander to the public’s most convenient preferences—until, of course, governments have to step in and somehow take charge. The political answer to addressing Climate Change is not to find a balance between those candidates who bow before the market place as the answer to everything—but to kick the bums out. Any candidate that doesn’t believe in the science of Climate Change is unfit for duty. United on the Road to Paris—and Beyond 2015 is shaping up to be the year when the world takes action on the global climate crisis. Business leaders, non-profit organizations, NGOs, national governments and citizens all over the world are mobilizing in the lead-up to December’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21), where we hope national leaders will sign a strong emissions reductions agreement. (April 21, 2015) EcoWatch
  • 4/21/2015 - Dr. Hansen spoke with editorial board of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Wonder if we’ll see more Climate Change reports. It would be great if all local Rochester, NY media editorial boards examined their local coverage of the worldwide crisis of Climate Change and began more investigative reporting—especially determining if our local leaders were doing their job and protecting the public from the consequences of Climate Change by proper planning. Our media should ask: What measure are our leaders taking and what effect is that having? Time passes. James Hansen: Carbon fee and dividend plan needed The best way to cut into the atmospheric release of greenhouses gases is to create a carbon fee that creates an incentive to switch to renewable energy and gives people the means to pay for it, famed climate scientist James Hansen said Monday. The fee would be imposed on carbon-based coal, oil, natural gas and gasoline, which would push up the price of energy and various consumer products. All proceeds of the fee would be returned to citizens in monthly "dividend" payments, providing money to cover higher prices and to switch to green energy sources and products that didn't depend on fossil fuels. (April 20, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/21/2015 - Our wastewater treatment plants across New York State are probably passing a lot more untreated pollution than toxic microbeads. There are many pollutants (including pharmaceuticals) that must be passing through our wastewater treatment plants because these plants were not designed for all the kinds of pollutants we put into our lake waters. We must update all our wastewater treatment plants to handle the quantity and variety of wastewater that is coming with Climate Change and more extreme (heavy rainfall events) weather. A.G. Schneiderman Issues Report Showing Microbead “Toxic-Sponges” Systematically Passing Through Treatment Plants Across New York State First-Of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Presence Of Microbeads In 74% Of Samples Taken From Wastewater Treatment Plants Across State Microbeads Entering Waters Across State From Lake Erie To Long Island Sound NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has released a first-of-its-kind report demonstrating that microbeads, tiny plastic abrasives that are added to many beauty and personal care products, are systematically passing through wastewater treatment plants across New York State and entering bodies of water. (April 20, 2015) NYS Attorney Genera
  • 4/21/2015 - Excellent interview with Dr. James Hansen about Climate Change on “Connections” in Rochester, NY yesterday. Hear podcast. Connections: Climate Change With James Hansen James Hansen in our guest, and he's considered one of the most significant voices in the call for action on climate change. In fact, Hansen's testimony before a U.S. Senate committee in 1988 is considered to be a turning point, an event that pushed the public to viewing climate change as an immediate threat. He was the Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and is highly regarded for his research. Hansen is in Rochester for several events; he'll speak at the Little Theatre on Monday night, and then he'll address a SRO crowd Tuesday night as part of an event put on by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. (April 20. 2015) Connections
  • 4/21/2015 - There’s a new climate in this year’s COP21 Climate negotiations; Slackers will be outed. Australia’s climate plans probed by UN partners World’s biggest emitters call out inadequate pollution-cutting targets in questions submitted through the UN Australia has come under scrutiny for unambitious plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions.  (April 20, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 4/20/2015 - We need to ensure Bomb Trains are safe and we need to know why there are so many frigging many of them recently. Here’s the question, though not as sexy as reporting about dangerous bomb trains, which should be addressed: “The amount of volatile crude oil being shipped by rail has gone up exponentially in the last few years.” Why is there so much more oil being shipped through New York State and what connecting is there is to increase in fossil fuel shipments and Climate Change? More Solar Power and more Wind Power should be contrasted with more fossil fuels in a time of Climate Change that is caused by our burning of fossil fuels for energy. New York State Exposed: Are railroads being held to the highest safety standards?  (April 20, 2015) WHEC Rochester
  • 4/20/2015 - Why is the Northeast so frigging cold in winter and the West so freaking hot? Climate Change; it’s complicated. Scientists Pore Over Warm West, Cold East Divide From blooming flowers to twittering birds, the signs of spring are popping up and the miseries of winter are becoming a distant memory for many. But not for some climate scientists. The curiosity of a growing group of researchers has been piqued by the tenacious temperature divide that has separated East from West over the past two winters as a wild zigzag of the jet stream has brought repeated bouts of Arctic air and snow to the East and kept the drought-plagued West baking under a record-breaking dome of heat. (April 15, 2015) Climate Central
  • 4/18/2015 - But nary a word about whether “$20 million …for infrastructure improvement projects...” will include Climate Change adaptations. Even though some of the most important adaptations to Climate Change will be how we fix and upgrade our infrastructures for more extreme weather and heat, we don’t mention the critical link between these fixes and the worldwide crisis of Climate Change in Rochester. Even though this is detailed in local climate studies like the NYSERDA ClimAid report. This neglect in our media and government is all very odd because for all the talk about addressing Climate Change by groups, governments, and business, it is at the point of getting our infrastructure ready for what’s coming (beyond the usual maintenance) that addressing Climate Change matters the most in the short term. And yet we do not talk about this in Rochester. In Portland, Oregon where they have a Climate Action Plan, they talk about it a lot—as it’s critical. Why don’t we connect the dots with our infrastructure and Climate Change in Rochester? City to receive some $20M for capital improvements  (April 16, 2015) Rochester Business Journal
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  • 4/18/2015 - If you cannot make it to hear Dr. Hansen speak at Rochester Earth Day forum, listen on radio or following podcast 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Monday, April 20th : WXXI (PBS) 1370 AM Connections with Evan Dawson Radio Show. Evan’s guest for an hour will be Dr. James Hansen. Call in with your questions. More on Earth Week 2015
  • 4/18/2015 - However little thought you may give to the melting of the Arctic, it’s going to have enormous ramifications on our lives. Our weather will change, what we eat will change, our oceans will rise, Climate Change will get worse—jeopardizing our future. Our leaders must lead on Climate Change. Our leaders must adapt our infrastructures for more extreme weather. Our media must reflect this new reality and help us evaluate our progress on addressing this crisis. Time passes. The Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to climate change, and the consequences will be global  (April 16, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 4/18/2015 - Are your media reporting on the progress of humanity’s ability to curb GHGs at the COP21 Paris Conference? If not why not? How can we possibly plan our future if we don’t plan on having one? Climate Change is a crisis that needs to be acted on and we, the people, need to know if our leaders are actually going to do what it takes to bring down our greenhouse gas emissions. If our media isn’t keeping us informed on the crisis of our age and our ability to address it, why would we listen to them? The COP21 Paris Conference is coming up in December. How close are we to having a successful treaty on bringing down GHGs and funding the Green Climate Fund, whose purpose is “is to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change.” Time passes. Climate deals make 2015 ‘biggest year since 1945’, says UN envoy   (April 17, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 4/18/2015 - I know, this is getting old: It’s getting warmer, no matter how much we try and put it out of our minds and treat Climate Change as a pariah. The relentless warming is a maddeningly consistent trajectory that moves on despite humanity’s inability to focus on the particulars. The particulars are the thing that will actually bring down our greenhouse gas emissions—anything else is fiction. 2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record  (April 17, 2015) Climate Central
  • 4/18/2015 - Today we understand that our energy use includes a moral, environmental, and investment equation. The days when we can merely switch on a light and forget about where that energy came from and what effect that has on our existence are gone. Thinking we could power our lives without thinking about our lives and the lives of others was a dream world. Oil Majors Face New Pressure to Disclose Climate Risk to Investors  (April 17, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 4/17/2015 - Rochester, NY’s leaders must demonstrate their commitment to addressing Climate Change by coming to Dr. Hansen’s talk this week. Our greatest hope in Rochester, NY is that our local leaders and the folks who will be most affected by Climate Change will meet with world renown climate scientist and activist Dr. Hansen during Earth Week. Remember: “Earth Week in Rochester is not just for environmentalists” What message would Rochester be sending if only the choir showed up, and no mayors or executives, or people who cannot attend because they are too busy at a job where they cannot make a living wage? If Rochester wants to be taken seriously as a community that understand and is willing to address Climate Change they must demonstrate that willingness. Dodging Earth Week by our leaders and officials and not informing those who will feel the worst of Climate Change consequences—heat waves, flooding, public health issues—to come to this public demonstration of concern would put Rochester on the map as a climate denier, as a community not preparing its citizens for the future.  Make sure your leaders come to Dr. Hansen’s talk and demonstrate their leadership on this worldwide crisis. Climate scientist James Hansen proving a big draw here When the local Sierra Club chapter first approached renowned climate scientist James Hansen about speaking to the group's annual forum in Rochester this Earth Week, he wasn't particularly enthused. While he often speaks publicly about the threat posed by global warming, Hansen told the Rochester group that appearances like the one they offered left him a bit cold. Talking to environmental groups, he said, was like "preaching to the choir," chapter chair Peter Debes recalled. Then Debes told Hansen that the Sierra Club chapterhad already decided to broaden their outreach and invite people from outside the environmental movement to the forum. (April 16, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/17/2015 - This report, where emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector rose to the top in 2013, wreaks havoc with the natural gas as bridge fuel stance. We should skip all forms of fossil fuel for energy and go straight to renewable energy even if this reality-strategy wreaks havoc with the fossil fuels’ portfolio. That’s if we want a sustainable future. Methane Leaks from Oil and Gas Wells Now Top Polluters (April 16, 2015) Scientific America
  • 4/17/2015 - As of April 10, 2015 the Green Climate Fund, where developed nations step up to the plate for developing nations, we’ve reached 1.6% of the goal. That’s pretty pathetic. The goal is to help make the COP21 Parris Climate Treaty in December of this year work by helping the developing nations keep their greenhouse gases down while trying to develop and sustain themselves under the onslaught of Climate Change consequences from the developed nations. Check here to see who’s been naughty or nice: Status of Pledges and Contributions made to the Green Climate Fund  (April 10, 2015) Green Climate Fund
  • 4/17/2015 - Addressing Climate Change is about planning—adapting our infrastructures for more extreme weather—and economic planning. Are your investments based on sound predictions of the future, or delusional thinking that includes energy options that will attempt to continue to warm the world? Big U.S. investors push SEC for oil industry to detail risks of climate change  (April 17, 2015) Reuters
  • 4/16/2015 - What if “Republicans, oil-funded think tanks and climate contrarian scientists” are right and addressing Climate Change is Unconstitutional? What if it’s against the law to stop Climate Change because it would hurt the fossil fuel industry and upset those making billions of dollars from heating up the planet? What if everyone who cared about our environment (our life support system) just went away and gave the deniers and those making a great big profit, free reign to do whatever they wanted? What if there were no attempts for a living wage, no liberals, no taxes, no environmental regulations, no scientists, nobody whatsoever thwarting the desires of those wanting it all, to have it all and totally ignore the laws of physics, biology, and ecology—not to mention their own humanity? What a wonderful world it would be for them—for about a week I suspect before for the shit hit the fan. Humans. Ya gotta laugh. Obama climate plan comes under fire in Capitol Hill hearing  (April 15, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 4/16/2015 - I think, first, Americans didn’t believe in Climate Change, now they believe it is hopeless—with no ‘trying’ stage in between. It took a long time to get Americans to believe what scientists were saying about Climate Change because the media wasn’t doing their job, because high-profile deniers were sowing doubt (as in “Merchants of Doubt”, and because our politics went wacky over this issue. Then, as the science became clearer and 97% of climate scientists confirmed that Climate Change is happening more American started to believe in this crisis—and then mostly (after thinking about it) have given up. They don’t want to hear about it because it is so mind-numbingly awful. But Climate Change is only mind-numbingly awful if we don’t make a real effort to address it. We need to have a stage in the Climate Change crisis where we make a worldwide effort to actually address this issue before we just give up and do nothing. We should do something first, then give up—which we and our kids won’t do because adapting to Climate Change is baked into our nature even if it’s hopeless. Just ask those early humans who perished before us. They did “not go gentle into that good night”. What Americans Think About Climate Change—It's Complicated  (April 13, 2015) Fast CoExist
  • 4/16/2015 - An update: How’s that worldwide effort to reduce GHG’s on the road to COP21 Paris going? Looks like when we do the math, present promised reductions of CO2 emissions for COP21 Paris Climate Treaty puts us at 3–4°C warming by the end of this century.  Which is to say, we won’t bake ourselves as thoroughly and as quickly as if we did completely nothing to address Climate Change—but almost. Anything over 2°C is bad, and many climate scientists think even 2°C is delusional (we are already in dangerous territory), but at our present rate of commitment, we won’t end all life, just make it really, really miserable. If target confirmed, Japan would join Russia with an “inadequate” climate pledge, putting world on path to 3–4°C warming  (April 15,2015) Climate Action Tracker
  • 4/16/2015 - Many of the solutions for addressing Climate Change come with issues like moral hazards for more energy, radiation, etc. Tress are perfect. Even clean energy isn’t perfect because it still continues endless growth and a growing man-made infrastructure that disrupts our environment. Nuclear power, though clean, is dangerous. But growing trees, maintaining our forests and the soils that maintain them, are one of the perfect solutions to Climate Change—as long as we keep them in the ground. Forests can soak up a third of carbon emissions  (April 11, 2015) Climate News Network
  • 4/15/2015 - I commend Jeremy Moule and Rochester City Newspaper on this Dr. Hansen-coming-to-Rochester article and years of attending to the issue of Climate Change. No other media in the Rochester, New York region has tried to connect the local dots between Climate Change and this worldwide crisis. There is a great hope that promoting Dr. Hansen’s visit to Rochester on Earth Day will accelerate media attention and public concern on this worldwide crisis--and finally get Rochester’s attention. The Sierra Club’s website says this about Dr. Hansen’s talk “Pre-Registration Admissions are sold out, but there will be a some extra seats in the Theatre plus a small overflow room with live-streaming of the action in the Theatre.” But you can find out more about Rochester Earth Week 2015 and a talk by Dr. Hansen on WXXI’s “Connections” on this page of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition: ROCHESTER NY EARTH WEEK 2015. There are a lot of events coming with Earth Week 2015, please demonstrate that you care about Climate Change and bring a ‘non-environmentalist’ with you to one of the many programs. Victory over climate change  Former NASA scientist James Hansen has warned about global warming for decades. We still aren't listening. James Hansen sat in front of members of the US Senate and told them that the Earth is warming and that human-generated greenhouse gas emissions are to blame. Back in 1988. Hansen was director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies at the time and had been studying global warming and the greenhouse effect since the 1970's. Scientists had already identified and warned of the link between global warming and carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. But Hansen delivered one of the first blunt, high-profile declarations. (April 15, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 4/15/2015 - Twitter is hardly the blame for Climate Change; that charge goes to human frailties. It would be great if our social media could alter our tendency to shout at each other from inside our silos, from behind bumper-stickers slogans, and help dispense the overwhelming evidence from science and personal experience that Climate Change is happening and so we need to plan. The answer is not to give up on social media, but to tweak it so that facts overrule loud misinformation. Use social media to accelerate the news and events and solutions to Climate Change and forget about trying to change the folks who have nothing better to do with their lives than thwart the rest of us from addressing the worldwide crisis of Climate Change.  “You cannot teach a pig to talk and it irritates the pig” can be said for arguing with a climate denier hell bent on a bug-eyed zealotry for nonsense. Twitter failing to bridge gap between climate activists and sceptics  (April 14, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 4/15/2015 - Considering their impact on public attention, it’s critical that TV weathercasters are finally coming around on Climate Change. For the many, many folks who won’t believe climate scientists, or their teachers, or their friends, on Climate Change, they will listen to their weather reporters. And considering that weather rules our lives (no baseball game, or cookouts, if it’s storming, or no school if there’s a blizzard), it is amazing how many are focused on the weather channels but don’t seem to project that concern to the future weather—and changes in the present. Weather patterns (like heat waves, which kill more people over the long run than any other weather event by far) need to be anticipated before they come so they don’t kill so many people—like the 1995 heat have in Chicago that killed over 700 folks. I’m reading “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago”, by Eric Klinenberg and if you think you know heat waves, you don’t know heat waves. Climate Change is coming with a lot of heat waves and we’d better figure out how to handle them. A couple of opened fire hydrants just won’t do the trick. Broadcast meteorologists increasingly convinced manmade climate change is happening  (April 14, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 4/15/2015 - First, New York State bans Fracking and now we’re moving up on Smart Grids. Is our state going to be an energy leader during Climate Change?  There’s also this “Cuomo followed that with another announcement this week that the state will invest $160 million to help expand larger wind farms, fuel cells, biomass power plants, biogas and small hydropower projects across the state.” New York’s Smart Grid Research May Shape U.S.  (April 10, 2015) Climate Central
  • 4/14/2015 - Steve Curwood, host of “Living On Earth”, has demonstrated for a long time what excellent environmental and Climate Change news coverage looks (sounds, as it’s radio) like. Sign up for the free ‘Living On Earth” podcast and stay informed about environmental issues and especially Climate Change. Living On Earth Host Says The Time To Act On Climate Change Is Now  (April 13, 2014) WXXI News
  • 4/14/2015 - The question is not whether Climate Change will bring the GOP down, it’s whether a climate denier is fit to govern. Increasingly, our political elections are going to revolve around addressing Climate Change because it is the mother of all problems. Even politicians getting big bucks by the fossil fuel industry will have quite a battle trying to convince the voting public that Climate Change isn’t important—when it is. Climate Censorship Gains Steam in Red States  (April 13, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 4/14/2015 - Keeping C02 concentrations 2C above preindustrial averages is the goal of COP21, but how close are we to 2C? Rationally, anything remotely close to 2C should be avoided at all costs, but it looks like humanity still wants to simply watch the temperature gauge and place bets. Two degrees of warming closer than you may think  (February 6, 2015) Climate Code Red
  • 4/13/2015 - Who cares what ALEC thinks about New York State’s economic outlook? NY banned Fracking and moves toward renewable energy. An organization that only sees fossil fuels as a way to the future is not a measure of our economic health in a time of Climate Change. Those states that begin preparing their infrastructures for more extreme weather and retrofit their energy to clean energy are going to be much better off than those who pound for more fossil fuel in a time of warming. ALEC, the fox in the henhouse, tell us that New York is bad. Good Grief. ALEC report ranks N.Y. worst for economic outlook The American Legislative Exchange Council has ranked New York as the worst state for its economic outlook. Rich States, Poor States ranked the 50 states in terms of their economic competitiveness. Utah ranked first on the list. (April 10, 2015) Rochester Business Journal
  • 4/13/2015 - Excellent interview with McKibben on Climate Change. Still, NPR should rehire its Climate Reporting Team. Check this out: “NPR Guts Its Environment And Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part Of The Problem’”.  To do something about that go here: “Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverage.” Bill McKibben: lessening climate change "probably the biggest challenge and choice that human beings have ever had" Colder winters. Melting ice caps. Stronger storms. The climate is changing, but America still produces and consumes massive amounts of fossil fuels. Climate change activist and author Bill McKibben said it is not too late to do something about it. McKibben spoke at SUNY Canton in upstate New York, last week. He sat down with Sarah Harris to talk about how America is grappling with the warming planet. (April 13, 2015) North Country Public Radio