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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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(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive)  [Website best viewed on your tablet device.]

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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Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award

 

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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, August 25, 2016

  • NY challenges effectiveness of PCB cleanup in the Hudson New York's conservation chief is challenging the effectiveness of recently completed dredging of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River, saying unacceptably high levels of industrial waste were left behind. Commissioner Basil Seggos says dredging improved the Hudson but the federal Environmental Protection Agency needs to re-evaluate the six-year project and get objective analysis in its ongoing review of fish, water and sediment data. His letter to the EPA comes a year after General Electric finished dredging a 40-mile stretch of the river for PCBs in a federal Superfund project. (August 22, 2016) North Country Public Radio [more on Brownfields in our area]

  • China and US to ratify landmark Paris climate deal ahead of G20 summit, sources reveal Move may tip momentum and bring accord into force at global level China and the United States are set to jointly announce their ratification of a landmark climate change pact before the G20 summit early next month, the South China Morning Post has learned. Senior climate officials from both countries worked late into the night in Beijing on Tuesday to finalise details, and a bilateral announcement is likely to be made on September 2, according to sources familiar with the issue. President Xi Jinping will meet his US counterpart Barack Obama for the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, two days later on September 4. (August 25, 2016) South China Morning Post [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Misplaced '<' in emergency plan earns Ginna plant an F Is it ">" or "<"? Remember those vexing "greater than-less than" problems in middle-school math? Seems they have trouble with the concept at the Ginna nuclear plant too. Federal regulators have cited plant owner Exelon Corp. for a safety violation because the Wayne County generating station's emergency plan contained a sentence that misused less-than symbols. Had there been a serious accident at Ginna, that little boo-boo in the written emergency management decision flowchart, could have led control-room operators to mistakenly call for a mass evacuation because they thought the nuclear fuel core was headed for meltdown. (August 24, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Energy in our area]

  • RIT professor's new book revisits Love Canal A chain-link fence around 70 acres of land in the southern part of Niagara Falls is the most readily apparent sign that this was ground zero for the Love Canal environmental disaster. Underneath are about 22,000 tons of hazardous chemical waste, dumped there — much of it in 55-gallon drums — between 1942 and 1953 by the nearby Hooker Chemical Co. Rochester Institute of Technology history professor Richard Newman details this disaster — and the citizen movement it spawned — in his new book, Love Canal:  A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, published by Oxford University Press (August 24, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Love Canal in our area]

 

News Highlight

The Anthropocene epoch began …        

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

It is important to define when the Anthropocene epoch began so we can model how humanity has affected our life support system. Climate modelers need a more complete record of what is actually going on to make accurate predictions. Though it may not matter whether this represents a new geological epoch (a line in the dirt filled with plastics, nuclear fallout, or transistor radios), we need some kind of demarcation that signaled our arrival.

Scientists to launch global hunt for ‘line in the rock’ marking the ‘scary’ new man-made epoch Declaring we now live in the ‘Anthropocene’ would reflect the impact of artificial changes to the Earth's climate, chemistry, lifeforms and even the rocks of the future A worldwide hunt for a “line in the rock” that shows the beginning of a new geological epoch defined by humanity’s extraordinary impact on planet Earth is expected to get underway in the next few weeks. The idea that we are now living in the Anthropocene epoch has been gaining ground in recent years. The surge in global temperatures by an average of one degree Celsius in little over a century, the burning of vast amounts of fossil fuels, the extinction of many animal species, the widespread use of nitrogen fertilisers, the deluge of plastic rubbish and a number of other factors have all caused changes that will remain visible in rocks for millions of years. (August 18, 2016) Independent

What will matter is that we establish a realistic baseline from which to locate the point (or points) that our earth systems—the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydro-sphere, and the energy system—veered wildly from their ‘natural’ (or non-human influenced) state to our present state. How much more disturbance can our environment (the particular ecological constraints we need to thrive) take before things get dicey? Have we already burst pass Earth’s carrying capacity?

Our ecological footprints have been profound. Our greenhouse gas emissions have already dangerously warmed the planet. Our desire to get around on well-paved roads has bifurcated almost every land ecosystem, making it difficult for plants and animals to live and adapt. (Smugly, we often call animals that don’t respect our highway boundaries ‘road kill’.) Our need for more and more food has hijacked much of our planet’s land surface for our purposes, regardless of the natural dynamics needed to make ecosystems work. 

Even our economics have become a major environmental driver in our earth systems because they influence widespread human behavior. As we respond to (man-made) market prices, this has a profound effect on how many forests we destroy, or the amount of ground we disturb, or how much water we reallocate. 

If we just assume that our present way of life is sustainable and base our climate models on this present period of time only, we are going to fool ourselves into thinking that it’s healthy for seven billion people (going on nine billion by 2050 and maybe twelve billion by the end of this century), desiring a higher standard of living (and all the environmental resources that comes with that), to be a proper baseline from which to plan our future. That would be a dangerous delusion.   more...


(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive

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...    

August

  • Tuesday, August 30, 6-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564
    • "Sharing Books About Nature"  Tuesday, August 30, 6-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564 Bring your favorite nature book or field guide and share with others what you find so special about it.  You will also come away with ideas for things you might want to read!  Contact: 385-3907  facebook.com/BANC.roc/

September

  • Sept. 11, 10-12 am, Burger Park and other locations (Greece) Important: Meet in the parking lot of Braddock Bay Park, near the lodge, to carpool to several locations. 199 E. Manitou Rd., Rochester 14612
    • Migrating Monarch Butterflies in Lakeshore Parks   Sept. 11, 10-12 am, Burger Park and other locations (Greece) Important: Meet in the parking lot of Braddock Bay Park, near the lodge, to carpool to several locations. 199 E. Manitou Rd., Rochester 14612   Bring water, wear appropriate shoes, long pants, and a hat.  Pack a lunch if you would like to eat with the group.  Contact: (585) 385-4725.   rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
  • Saturday, October 15 at 8:15 AM - 1 PM, Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester, NY 14608
    • Still there are too many old TV’s and e-waste being illegally curbed in Rochester. Help do the right thing and get your old e-waste to this City event and even volunteer to help out. Saturday, October 15 at 8:15 AM - 1 PM, Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester, NY 14608 “Join RPCC in supporting the City of Rochester's E-Waste Day. Help unload cars of electronic equipment, cell phones, etc. for recycling. rocpcc@gmail.com.  FREE breakfast, lunch and water will be provided! Please note: This job will require occasional heavy lifting.  This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for work teams, Eagle Scouts, older Girl Scouts, high-schoolers, or just YOU!” Link to sign up!
  • Saturday, September 17, starting at 4 pm, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564
    • "Mitzie Collins and Friends" and a picnic  Saturday, September 17, starting at 4 pm, Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564 Come join in the fun with activities for all ages starting at 4 pm, traditional British and American music played and sung by folk artist Mitzie Collins beginning at 5:30 pm, and a  potluck supper to follow.  Bring table service, a folding chair, and a dish to pass (using local ingredients, if possible).  Contact:  249-9489  facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • Thursday, September 22, 9:30-11:30 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564
    • "Come for Coffee" Open House  Thursday, September 22, 9:30-11:30 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564 Enjoy coffee, refreshments and interesting conversation and beautiful surroundings at the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564  facebook.com/BANC.roc/

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.
  • October 11, 2016 – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Gateway Center, 1 Forest Drive, Syracuse, NY.
    • Important Event: Learn how an aggregate of trained citizen scientists (that’s you) can help fill critical gaps in important research on our environment.   One-Day Microplastics/Citizen Science Workshop – Learn how to get involved. October 11, 2016 – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Gateway Center, 1 Forest Drive, Syracuse, NY.

 

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: September 30, 2016.
    • 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.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Short film submissions due by February 27th, 2017
    • From our friends over @FastForwardRoc "The Fast Forward Film Festival Call for Entries is now OPEN! "Accepting submissions from novice and veteran filmmakers who live in the Greater Rochester region NOW through February 27th, 2017! If you already have your film ready, please submit. If you haven't yet started filming, get your gear ready, and don't miss out on making the most of Rochester's beautiful summer weather!" Find out more here.
  • ACTION: Due Now!
    • "Citizen Scientists Track Algal Blooms Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global problem. HABs can pose a serious risk to human health. Algae are natural components of marine and fresh water flora that perform many roles vital for the health of ecosystems. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are of special concern because of their potential impacts on drinking, fishing, and recreational waters. General aviation (GA) pilots functioning as citizen scientists can help develop an early warning system to alert communities of ensuing algal bloom along the coastline." "Citizen Science Scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. This may include crowd-sourced science, community engaged science, or networked science." (NASA)
  • 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!
  • 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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  • 8/25/2016 - The PCB cleanup in the Hudson: Did they get all or did they leave too much pollution behind? Best not to have polluted at all. NY challenges effectiveness of PCB cleanup in the Hudson New York's conservation chief is challenging the effectiveness of recently completed dredging of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River, saying unacceptably high levels of industrial waste were left behind. Commissioner Basil Seggos says dredging improved the Hudson but the federal Environmental Protection Agency needs to re-evaluate the six-year project and get objective analysis in its ongoing review of fish, water and sediment data. His letter to the EPA comes a year after General Electric finished dredging a 40-mile stretch of the river for PCBs in a federal Superfund project. (August 22, 2016) North Country Public Radio

  • 8/25/2016 - One of the most difficult problems in messaging Climate Change to the public is scientifically connecting individual weather events to Climate Change. Climate Signals, in beta, is attempting to do just that. And while it may not be perfect, it offers a glimpse of how important this science is to helping the media and the public and our governments to ‘see’ important feedbacks of a warming world. We can plan for Climate Change better when we can see it. “Climate Signals is a digital science platform for cataloging and mapping the impacts of climate change. Currently in open-beta release, the platform is designed to identify the chain of connections between greenhouse gas emissions and individual climate events.” Climate Signals

  • 8/25/2016 - #ParisAgreement hinges on ratification by China and US. While not perfect, this agreement would offer humanity a mechanism to work together on addressing Climate Change.  Our future should not have to be teetering at this time on the “uncertainties” in the US treaty ratification process. We should not have a political system that does not respect science. China and US to ratify landmark Paris climate deal ahead of G20 summit, sources reveal Move may tip momentum and bring accord into force at global level China and the United States are set to jointly announce their ratification of a landmark climate change pact before the G20 summit early next month, the South China Morning Post has learned. Senior climate officials from both countries worked late into the night in Beijing on Tuesday to finalise details, and a bilateral announcement is likely to be made on September 2, according to sources familiar with the issue. President Xi Jinping will meet his US counterpart Barack Obama for the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, two days later on September 4. (August 25, 2016) South China Morning Post

  • 8/25/2016 - The problem with nuclear power plants is that there is no room for error. Should we have to put our environment in jeopardy to get energy? In a time of planetary warming, we need to ask ourselves important questions about how we get energy because if we don’t ask these questions we’ll be desperate and recklessly choose energy sources that are either too dangerous or makes Climate Change worse. Early planning with renewable energy—wind and solar—and conservation and energy efficiency would have given us time to develop safe energy options—that provided lots of jobs. We shouldn’t have to hitch our wagons (our future) to technology that makes news every time a little glitch occurs. We should NOT have to pin our hopes and future on Murphy’s Law. Misplaced '<' in emergency plan earns Ginna plant an F Is it ">" or "<"? Remember those vexing "greater than-less than" problems in middle-school math? Seems they have trouble with the concept at the Ginna nuclear plant too. Federal regulators have cited plant owner Exelon Corp. for a safety violation because the Wayne County generating station's emergency plan contained a sentence that misused less-than symbols. Had there been a serious accident at Ginna, that little boo-boo in the written emergency management decision flowchart, could have led control-room operators to mistakenly call for a mass evacuation because they thought the nuclear fuel core was headed for meltdown. (August 24, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 8/24/2016 - If we’re talking just money, “Americans in their 20s and 30s could lose trillions of dollars in potential lifetime earnings as climate change disrupts the global economy”.   If we’re talking life, future life, and wondering if we can stop Climate Change before it goes beyond our ability to adapt—well, that’s far more important than our economy.   There’re really no dollar signs for Climate Change because you can’t take it when you go.  Although our media likes to frame Climate Change as an economic issue to reach the people who only see reality through an economic prism, except for how our economics drives our behavior there’s no relationship between the physics of Climate Change and the practice of economics. Climate doesn’t give a farthing for our dollars. Climate change could cost millennials trillions of dollars in lifetime income Americans in their 20s and 30s could lose trillions of dollars in potential lifetime earnings as climate change disrupts the global economy and weakens U.S. productivity, according to a new report by NextGen Climate said. If countries fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the amount and pace of global warming, a 21-year-old college graduate today could lose $126,000 in lifetime wages and $187,000 in long-term savings and investments, the report found. This would outrank the lost income due to student debt or wage stagnation. (August 23, 2016) Mashable

  • 8/24/2016 - When Climate Change was first taken seriously in the last century, humanity was hard pressed to find evidence. Now, climate indicators are pooling all around us. However: “Not just a sign of global warming, these so-called supraglacial lakes can cause an ice sheet to collapse.” Nearly 8000 Strange Blue Lakes Have Appeared in Antarctica Researchers studying East Antarctica have observed nearly 8,000 dazzling, blue lakes appeared on the Langhovde Glacier between 2000 and 2013. Not just a sign of global warming, these so-called supraglacial lakes can cause an ice sheet to collapse. (August 22, 2016) Futurism

  • 8/24/2016 - During Climate Change, look to the skies because we are learning that clouds are much more substantive to our future than previously thought. Though, clouds are still the wildcard in climate modeling. Where previously in humanity’s history we looked at clouds with wonder and amusement and for signs of impending weather, we must now try to determine whether manmade Climate Change has changed role of clouds from friend to foe. We are living on a warmer planet now and we must be aware of the new skyscape. Time passes. Clouds’ climate impact defies simple analysis The perennial question of how clouds affect the Earth’s climate takes another twist, with one study expecting cooling and another the opposite. Scientists have just been presented with new evidence on how tropical clouds’ climate impact affects rates of global warming, and therefore need to be factored into computer simulations of climate change over the next century. Confusingly, one study says thin tropical clouds at 5km height are far more common than thought, and have a substantial cooling effect on climate. The other suggests that as the world warms there will be fewer low-level clouds, which will therefore reflect less sunlight back into space and possibly push global temperatures to 2.3°C above the average for most of  human history. (August 22, 2016) Climate News Network

  • 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.

  • 8/23/2016 - ACTION: Still there are too many old TV’s and e-waste being illegally curbed in Rochester. Help do the right thing and get your old e-waste to this City event and even volunteer to help out. Saturday, October 15 at 8:15 AM - 1 PM, Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester, NY 14608 “Join RPCC in supporting the City of Rochester's E-Waste Day. Help unload cars of electronic equipment, cell phones, etc. for recycling. rocpcc@gmail.com.  FREE breakfast, lunch and water will be provided! Please note: This job will require occasional heavy lifting.  This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for work teams, Eagle Scouts, older Girl Scouts, high-schoolers, or just YOU!” Link to sign up!

  • 8/23/2016 - Our ecosystems extend far beyond our parks. It would be nice if humanity had the foresight to remove the blocks—roads, buildings, parking lots, baseball fields, you-name-it--in our parks so that animals and plants could adapt (move) and keep our ecosystems healthy. But our ecosystems, these major organs of our environment, which is to say our life support systems, don’t just exist within the confines of our parks. Ecosystems are everywhere throughout our countryside, our cities, our private and public lands. We’ve got to find the public will, the money, and a way to jump the legal hurdles to keep the animals and plants thriving that make up our ecosystems. Climate change will create new ecosystems, so let’s help plants move Australia’s ecosystems are already showing the signs of climate change, from the recent death of mangrove forests in northern Australia, to the decline in birds in eastern Australia, to the inability of mountain ash forests to recover from frequent fires. The frequency and size of these changes will only continue to increase in the next few years. This poses a major challenge for our national parks and reserves. For the past 200 years the emphasis in reserves has been on protection. But protection is impossible when the environment is massively changing. Adaptation then becomes more important. If we are to help wildlife and ecosystems survive in the future, we’ll have to rethink our parks and reserves. (August 23, 2016) The Conversation

  • 8/23/2016 - Climate Change will amplify existing public health issues, “including a rise in infectious disease, drought and rising water levels that cause mass displacement, and even violent conflict.” Of course the poorest people in the poorest countries who did not cause Climate Change will get most immediate public health challenges, then the poorest people in the richest nations will be hit, then the richest people in the poorest nations, then the richest people in the richest nations. That’s what the richest people in the richest nations probably think—a great big buffer of humanity gets nailed before the rich have to worry their pretty little heads. But this non-historic crisis may not work out in a historic way. A large amount of the poor, who do not have adequate health care coverage, may get hit so badly that the repercussions cascade right through all classes to the richest. Who knows? Who knows why our governments aren’t preparing properly for the devastating public health effects of Climate Change, effects that may ripple though humanity very quickly. Demand that your government at all level prepare for the health effects of Climate Change. Climate change a significant threat to public health, CMA members hear Climate change is the “greatest global health threat of the 21st century,” so it is incumbent that physicians take a stand to protect their patients, one of the world’s leading human-rights advocates says. “Responding to climate change is not just a scientific or technological issue,” James Orbinski, a founding member of both Médecins sans frontières(Doctors Without Borders) and Dignitas International, told the general council of the Canadian Medical Association in Vancouver on Monday. “It’s time for the CMA to step up and step out, to be genuinely courageous on climate change,” he said. (August 22, 2016) The Globe and Mail

  • 8/23/2016 - Great profile of Rochester, NY climate activist and co-founder of Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, Abigail McHugh Grifa MUSICIAN TURNED CLIMATE JUSTICE ACTIVIST INSPIRES MOTHERS EVERYWHERE TO JOIN THE FRONT LINES (August 21, 2016) Gandhi Earth Keepers International

  • 8/22/2016 - If the Great Lakes are indeed warming to several degrees above normal this summer and this is due partly to warmer air temperatures and “above normal overnight lows”, these are what one sees in climate projections for the Great Lakes. But, of course, this article does not mention Climate Change or global warming. One of the characteristics of Climate Change in our Northeast summers is that during heatwaves we won’t get much relief from the high temperature is because the overnight lows won’t be very low. It’ll stay hot. Great Lakes several degrees warmer than normal (August 19, 2016) Petoskey News-Review

  • 8/22/2016 - Has mainstream media done an adequate job of properly characterizing Louisiana’s deadly flood as an extreme weather event, possible an indicator of the weather to come in a warmer world? Or were our too media busy with other stuff our dysfunctional media are more comfortable with? What Fueled Louisiana’s Deadly Flood? As news media fixated on athletic achievements at the Rio Olympics, and of course remained fixated on Donald Trump, different corners of the United States were confronting weather-related hazards — including relentless steamy heat in the East and drought-fueled wildfires all around California, including the explosively spreading “Blue Cut” Fire east of Los Angeles. But nothing has come close to the deadly off-the-chart deluges and flooding in southern Louisiana, which the Red Cross says have produced the country’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. (August 17, 2016) Dot Earth, New York Times.

  • 8/22/2016 - Can the Nature Conservancy’s new mapping tool for renewable energy in NYS, Biodiversity and Wind Siting Mapping Tool, help place enough renewable energy to address Climate Change? Or will it just find excuses not to place renewable energy in a region that has been historically responsible for much of the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere? Should our priority be placed on local biodiversity or addressing Climate Change? Can we prioritize both goals? Are the impacts of Climate Change given their due? Getting to 50 by '30, and Preserving Nature New York state has committed to getting 50 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030, and now conservation groups are creating tools to help make that happen.  The Clean Energy Standard was approved Aug. 1.  Cara Lee, senior conservation manager at the Nature Conservancy, says achieving the standard's renewable energy goal is critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it will require a rapid expansion of the state's renewable energy infrastructure. (August 22, 2016) Public News Service

  • 8/21/2016 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter August 21, 2016 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe

  • 8/20/2016 - Important viewpoint on using nuclear energy to help free us from fossil fuels in this article, Where is the outrage?, in Audrey Newcomb’s newsletter: Sifting & Winnowing “Being outspoken on fossil fuels and silent on crazy plans to rehabilitate potentially-dangerous aging nuclear plants needs urgent consideration of a policy upgrade by every organization purporting to be working to preserve the earth.”

  • 8/20/2016 - Important Event: Learn how an aggregate of trained citizen scientists (that’s you) can help fill critical gaps in important research on our environment.   One-Day Microplastics/Citizen Science Workshop – Learn how to get involved. October 11, 2016 – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Gateway Center, 1 Forest Drive, Syracuse, NY.

  • 8/19/2016 - Some folks think that because climate scientists cannot directly link specific extreme weather events with Climate Change there’s no reason for concern or urgency to address Climate Change. Some folks think this kind of uncertainty provides no reason for complacency. Time passes. Drought worsens south of Rochester A swath of land from Buffalo to Seneca Falls, as well as the area centered on Ithaca, are now listed in "extreme drought." It's only the second time since 2000, when the U.S. Drought Monitor began posting weekly reports, that any part of New York state has received that designation — the second-most-severe of five categories used by the Drought Monitor. The only other New York dry spell that was categorized as "extreme" was in the late winter and spring of 2002. (August 18, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 8/19/2016 - The Arctic, as our species has known it, is entering its death spiral and it should NOT be just scientists who are sad. An ice-free Arctic means that a major ecosystem has undergone a radical change; that a gold-rush of sorts will rage through humanity for more oil and more minerals; and that more sea routes previously unattainable will be possible. When one of our planet’s refrigerators was working properly humanity and our avarice were kept at bay—somewhat. Climate Change isn’t a time for sadness any more than finding that your car, which is speeding along at 100 miles per hours, has just lost its brakes. Time passes. Time to listen to the ice scientists about the Arctic death spiral The Arctic’s ice is disappearing. We must reduce emissions, fast, or the human castastrophe predicted by ocean scientist Peter Wadhams will become reality Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray. Not Peter Wadhams. The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics at Cambridge has spent his scientific life researching the ice world, or the cryosphere, and in just 30 years has seen unimaginable change. When in 1970 he joined the first of what would be more than 50 polar expeditions, the Arctic sea ice covered around 8m sq km at its September minimum. Today, it hovers at around 3.4m, and is declining by 13% a decade. In 30 years Wadhams has seen the Arctic ice thin by 40%, the world change colour at its top and bottom and the ice disappear in front of his eyes. (August 18, 2016) The Guardian

  • 8/19/2016 - #ParisAgreement is not ratified yet. 55 is the magic number. 404.48ppm of CO2 is the reality number. Time passes. The Arab world could be a DECIDING FACTOR in the fight against CLIMATE CHANGE As Morocco hosts the next global climate change meeting in November 2016, the world looks to the Middle East and North Africa region for leadership in the fight against climate change 55 is the magic number. Sure - 175 parties (174 countries plus the European Union) signed the Paris Agreement in April in New York City earlier this year. But this alone is not enough. It matters not only how many countries signed the document, but also how many countries ultimately join the Paris Agreement by ratifying it. Only once the Paris Agreement is ratified, does it become operational and legally binding. And this is where the magic number 55 comes in. It matters in two respects. At least 55 parties have to ratify the Paris Agreement, and enough countries need to have joined so that their collective emissions exceed 55 percent of global emissions. (August 17, 2016) The World Bank

  • 8/18/2016 - If you live in New York State (if you live in Rochester, NY, you do) check out our Climate Change profile—by ClimateNexus. Maybe, send this link to your local political leaders and ask them how they are protecting us from this crisis.

  • 8/18/2016 - The urgency to address Climate Change is compounded by humanity’s inability to achieve even the pathetic goals we set for ourselves. It’s like an alcoholic saying he’ll only drink a six-pack each day but keeps drinking two six-packs. We’ve kick the Climate Change can down the road for so long that we’ve come to think the road is an endless highway, when in fact we’ve long since left the road. Scientists (not politicians) have been telling us a “safe” global temperature threshold was probably the one we were at for most of the Holocene—around 350ppm of CO2.  Any goals that include the allowance for future warming is a dangerous delusion. Rethink needed on Paris emissions targets Warning that humans may already have emitted enough carbon dioxide to undermine the 1.5°C temperature rise threshold agreed by 195 nations last December. The historic international agreement to limit global warming to a global average rise of 1.5°C may be a case of too little, too late. In December last year, 195 nations at the Paris climate summit promised a programme of action to contain greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change. But UK scientists now warn that humans may have already emitted enough carbon dioxide into the planetary atmosphere to take air temperatures over land to above 1.5°C. And that means nations may have to think again about what constitutes a “safe” global temperature threshold. (August 16, 2016) Climate News Network

  • 8/17/2016 - We can “say about the about the Louisiana floods and climate change” is that the Northeast should get ready and plan properly. The Northeast (Rochester’s home) has seen a 71% increase in heavy precipitation since 1958. Read “Heavy Downpours Increasing” from the National Climate Assessment/Northeast What we can say about the Louisiana floods and climate change Here we are again, with a flood event upending the lives of large numbers of Americans and making everybody wonder about the role of climate change. In this case, it’s the stunning, multiday flooding in southern Louisiana that hit after a low pressure system combined with record amounts of atmospheric water vapor, dumping more than two feet of rainfall over three days in some places. At least 11 people were killed, and thousands have had to leave their homes. (August 15, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 8/17/2016 - From the Rochester People's Climate Coalition (RPCC) newsletter: ACTION: "City of Rochester's E-Waste Day - Seeking Volunteers! Action:  Join RPCC in supporting the City of Rochester's E-Waste Day. Help unload cars of electronic equipment, cell phones, etc. for recycling.  When:  Saturday, October 15, 8:15am to 1:00pm Where: Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St, Rochester, NY 14608 Contact: Sign up for yourself or your group here. If you have questions, please email rocpcc@gmail.com.   FREE breakfast, lunch and water will be provided! Please note: This job will require occasional heavy lifting.   This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for work teams, Eagle Scouts, older Girl Scouts, high-schoolers, or just YOU! "  * Sign up for the RPCC newsletter at the bottom of this page PRESS.

  • 8/17/2016 - Today it’s Louisiana, recently it was Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia. However, research shows greatest concern is for “… Northeast, Midwest and Upper Great Plains regions…” for VERY heavy rainfall. Northeast, that us here in Rochester. Are we ready for really heavy flooding, which is to say, are our roads and bridges and other infrastructures robust and resilient enough for the rains bombs that come with a warmer air that can hold more water? Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like. That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 11 people and forced tens of thousands of residents from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods that have occurred in the United States over the last two years. That increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding “is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models,” said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well.” (August 16, 2016) New York Times

  • 8/16/2016 - When our governments and insurance companies can no longer afford to keep up with frequent extreme weather from Climate Change, then many will ‘get’ Climate Change. But by then, of course, it will be too late to do much else but suffer the worst consequences. Historic Rains Flood Southeast Louisiana (August 14, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress

  • 8/16/2016 - I know, US politics are screwed up. But still, not talking about Climate Change in 2016 in our presidential elections displays a major flaw in our political mindset that has to be fixed. Our media and our leaders are doing ‘we the people’ a great disservice by NOT allowing Climate Change to be the central focus of this election year. We need to get our priorities straight. Scientists Call on Presidential Candidates to Address Key Science Issues Prominent organizations try for the third straight election to get candidates to answer questions about climate change and other crucial issues. Science, especially climate science, has again gotten so little attention in the presidential campaigns that a group of more than 50 science organizations is seeking to push it into the conversation. The group, which includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The National Academy of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union and Duke University, represents more than 10 million scientists and engineers nationwide. It is calling on the U.S. presidential candidates to address a set of questions related to science, engineering, technology, health and the environment, including climate change. It is also encouraging the media, the moderators that ask the debate questions and voters themselves to ask these questions of the candidates in the course of the campaign. (August 10, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 8/16/2016 - If we are around to look back and see the Climate Change warning signs we ignored, we’ll probably wonder at our capacity to avoid the obvious. Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record The reign of record hot months in 2016 continues, with last month claiming the title of hottest July on record globally, according to data released by NASA on Monday. This July was also the hottest month on record for the world. The streak means that 2016 is still well on its way to upsetting last year as the hottest year on record. Or as Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said on Twitter, there is still a 99 percent chance 2016 will take the top slot. (August 15, 2016) Climate Central

  • 8/16/2016 - Scientist in ‘Climate forensics’ episode of podcast @ourwarmregards talks about animals not having to contend with roads in past climate changes. Meaning our transportation infrastructure thwarts animals’ and plants’ ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. How about a whole show on Climate Change and our present infrastructures (the veins and arteries of our 7-billion numbered species? Our built infrastructures—roads, water, waste, telecommunications--will be affected by Climate Change and will affect Climate Change? Check out podcast: Warm Regards

  • 8/16/2016 - Major article in New Republic on the absolute urgency of addressing Climate Change now by Bill McKibben. A World at War We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII. BY BILL MCKIBBEN In the North this summer, a devastating offensive is underway. Enemy forces have seized huge swaths of territory; with each passing week, another 22,000 square miles of Arctic ice disappears. Experts dispatched to the battlefield in July saw little cause for hope, especially since this siege is one of the oldest fronts in the war. “In 30 years, the area has shrunk approximately by half,” said a scientist who examined the onslaught. “There doesn’t seem anything able to stop this.” In the Pacific this spring, the enemy staged a daring breakout across thousands of miles of ocean, waging a full-scale assault on the region’s coral reefs. In a matter of months, long stretches of formations like the Great Barrier Reef—dating back past the start of human civilization and visible from space—were reduced to white bone-yards. (August 15, 2016) New Republic

  • 8/15/2016 - The Blame-Game Climate Change future: When Climate Change disasters hit the public, they will sue their governments. But their governments didn’t prepare because the public didn’t support their governments preparing for Climate Change. Sound absurd but this is the way we are probably going to try and adapt to Climate Change. Time passes. Watch Suing for the Climate With insurance losses from natural disasters rising, insurers are beginning to point a finger at local governments for neglecting to update critical infrastructure. This raises an important question: who should be held responsible for the costs of climate change? Nexus media

  • 8/15/2016 - Find out what Climate Change impacts are happening in the Northeast US right now and what are projected. Great summary by Climate Nexus @ClimateNexus of what changing are and will occur in our region because of Climate Change so we can plan. The public will get behind our leaders on Climate Change when our leaders lead on adapting to the changes and help stop more heat going into our atmosphere. Northeast Climate Change Impacts "Connecticut Ÿ• Delaware •Ÿ Maine Ÿ• Massachusetts Ÿ• New Hampshire Ÿ• New Jersey Ÿ• New York • Pennsylvania Ÿ• Rhode Island Ÿ• Vermont Ÿ• West Virginia Ÿ• District of Columbia The following is a compilation of climate change impacts occurring right here, right now in the Northeast, as well as projected impacts, economic and human health consequences, and notable recent events. Over 64 million people are concentrated in the Northeast and are already beginning to experience climate change impacts. These include record temperatures, more extreme precipitation events, and coastal flooding due to sea level rise and storm surge. " Climatenexus

  • 8/13/2016 - We should get ‘ticked off’ that when our public broadcasting system does a news story that includes Climate Change and not mentions ‘Climate Change’.  We will have more incidences of vector-driven (including ticks and mosquitoes) diseases (Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, malaria, etc.) with Climate Change because our climate is moving towards a more tropical climate that is favorable to ticks surviving longer and making more of them. Note this is code of Climate Change: “As few as ten years ago it was unusual to find even one brown dog tick or lone star tick on your person after a weekend of camping in northern NY state. Now in many places all you have to do is set foot in the brush to get several black-legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, which are harder to see than other ticks.” Ticked off  Summer should be a carefree season full of picnics and swimming, a time for hikes and barbeques on the deck, not a time to fret about tick-borne illnesses. We want limes, not Lyme. As few as ten years ago it was unusual to find even one brown dog tick or lone star tick on your person after a weekend of camping in northern NY state. Now in many places all you have to do is set foot in the brush to get several black-legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, which are harder to see than other ticks. The deer tick is known to transmit Lyme disease as well as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan virus and other serious illnesses. In fact it’s possible for two or more diseases to be transferred to a host, human or otherwise, by a single tick bite. (August 12, 2016) North Country Public Radio

  • 8/13/2016 - When climate scientists attempt to model climate they will have to factor in humanity’s behavior—how we’ve polluted our environment and what our responses will be to warming. This is to say, humans have become a major force on our environment so much so that our past and future actions have to be a part of the data (challenging as that will be) we use to predict future climate scenarios. If we plan properly to address Climate Change it is more likely that our behavior will present hopeful data for climate modeling. Project maps the chemistry of the world's oceans Human actions are changing the oceans' chemistry. Pollution washes in from the coasts, iron-laden dust blows in from increasingly arid land, greenhouse gases raise surface temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. To predict how marine ecosystems are going to respond to these changes, we need to understand how marine biology and ocean chemistry interact. (August 11, 2016) PHYS.org

  • 8/13/2016 - I know, we cannot prove this present heatwave in Rochester is related to Climate Change, but these hot times portend to be the new normal for our summers. We should be mindful of how we live during this heatwave and how substantially uncomfortable and dangerous even a slight rise in temperatures will be in a warmer climate. Outside workers will be greatly challenged to stay outside and work. We should plan so that our public health and our public infrastructures (transportation, water, waste, and telecommunications ((which are now the life’s blood for humanity))) can handle the increases in heat. Heat index cracks 100 in Rochester The heat index has risen above 100 degrees in Rochester, and government officials galore are warning everyone to take it slow and easy. The temperature here at 1 p.m. was 92 degrees. But with a mass of super-humid air in place, the "this-is-how-hot-it-feels" heat index was 102. At 2 p.m., the temperature and the heat index had fallen by one degree each — but the heat-index value was high enough to pose a health threat to people who exert themselves outdoors. (August 12, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 8/13/2016 - Some are calling the rainstorm in Louisiana a “classic signal of climate change”.  It may be too soon to tell and certainly some will deny the relationship even if eventually all climate scientists agree. We can spawn debate every time it rains very hard, or gets very hot, or when a hurricane moves into new patterns of destruction. Or we can accept that Climate Change is happening and begin the tough planning for more of these events so we aren’t overwhelmed. The EPA just released its Climate Change Indicators in the United States, published in 2016. Perhaps our mainstream media should read this report and get a sense of the events that represent local indicators of Climate Change and then contact experts to verify and then inform the public so that ‘we the people’ can make informed choices about our warming world. America’s Latest 500-Year Rainstorm Is Underway Right Now in Louisiana Observers are calling the record floods a “classic signal of climate change” — and high-resolution models predict another one to two feet of rain by Saturday evening. By mid-morning on Friday, more than a foot of rain had fallen near Kentwood, Louisiana, in just a 12-hour stretch — a downpour with an estimated likelihood of just once every 500 years, and roughly three months’ worth of rainfall during a typical hurricane season. It’s the latest in a string of exceptionally rare rainstorms that are stretching the definition of “extreme” weather. It’s exactly the sort of rainstorm that’s occurring more frequently as the planet warms. (August 12, 2016) Pacific Standard

  • 8/12/2016 - Burning methane hydrates (think leaking lots and lots of methane into our atmosphere) is unsustainable. Be concerned, be very concerned. Methane Hydrates, The Next Shale Gas? The talk a few years ago about an imminent peak in oil and gas production was proven incorrect by the technological strides made to access shale oil and gas resources. It seems that governments, exploration companies, and even the United Nations are striving to make the next technological leap – this time into accessing the gas resources available in methane hydrates. These are frozen combinations of gas and water that are stable at high pressures and low temperatures, found in Polar Regions and on the seabed (mostly shallow waters near continents and on continental slopes). (August 11, 2016) Resilience

  • 8/12/2016 - It doesn’t sound corny to me at all to ask folks to “reduce, reuse, recycle” to save our wildlife from plastic pollution. It doesn’t sound corny when someone says 2 + 2 = 4. It doesn’t sound corny to remind folks that our environment is our life support system. All are true and if we don’t understand the basics, we’re basing our behavior on fantasy. We’ve treated our environment so badly for so long we copped this attitude that it’s corny to be green, to live sustainably, and to address Climate Change. Plastics, only something humans can make, are despoiling our ocean waters and our freshwaters. We are treating our environment as if it’s only a backdrop to our dreams, somehow forgetting that without a healthy environment, the one we thrived on for the past 10,000 years, our future is in jeopardy. Shame on us: “One in 10 Canadian freshwater birds are polluted with plastic…” Plastic hurting Canada’s loons, ducks and geese Study: One in 10 Canadian freshwater birds are polluted with plastic, which can block up their digestion and load them with contaminants Bottle caps, coffee cup lids, packing tape wire, foil, Styrofoam pellets—sounds like the ingredients for a MacGyver prison camp break out, right? Not quite—this is what Canadian researchers are finding in the stomachs of freshwater birds across the country, including birds like long-tailed ducks and loons, which prefer more remote, wild areas. The new research suggests Canada’s freshwater birds, just like their ocean-dwelling counterparts, are at risk from our plastic-saturated lifestyles. “We think of urban mallards or gulls around cities picking up contamination, but you think of long-tailed ducks or something … a person into wildlife would associate them with wild places,” said Mark Mallory, a professor and Canada research chair in coastal wetland ecosystems at Acadia University. “It’s kind of shocking really.” (August 5, 2016) Environmental Health News

  • 8/11/2016 - The public should be concerned about aging nuclear power plants that are ‘struggling’ financially and operating with safety issues. If our energy future must have nuclear power that does not mean that we should keep aging, unsafe power plants going. These are two different issues. Proponents of the need for nuclear power to address Climate Change should distinguish keeping aging nuclear power plants separate from new generation nuclear (which can reuse spend nuclear materials) and small nuclear power operations (which can be built for less money and provide backup for renewable energy like wind and solar). It would be helpful to the public and our ability to plan for the future if our media investigated how safe aging nuclear power plants are when these local nuclear power plants are struggling financially and continually having safety issues. And keep that issue separate from next generation nuclear power. Ginna owner taking over additional Upstate nuclear plant Exelon, which owns the Ginna nuclear power plant, has agreed to buy the FitzPatrick plant in Oswego for $110 million. That means that Exelon will own all three of Upstate New York's nuclear power generators. And all three are struggling.  In recent years, each of the plants has been flagged by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission for non-critical mechanical or safety violations. Each has also been losing money, though the dual-reactor Nine Mile Point in Oswego has reportedly fared better than Ginna and FitzPatrick. (August 10, 2016) Rochester City Newspaper