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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

January 1st deadline in NYS could inject new life into e-waste recycling                                                                                              

by Frank J. Regan


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On January 1st 2015, it will become illegal in New York State for ordinary people to place old computers and TV’s into their trash or place them at the curb—a step in the 2010 NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act that has been coming for five years. This has the potential to greatly increase the need for e-waste recycling. Suddenly, there will be a new playing field. Not recycling will no longer be a viable option. This will result in new and expanded opportunities for recycling businesses to make a profit and help protect our environment.

First, will the DEC’s friendly reminder actually work? Here’s what they say

“The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded New Yorkers that as of January 1, 2015, the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act prohibits certain types of electronic waste from being placed in the trash, or at the curbside for trash pickup.” DEC Urges New Yorkers to Recycle, Not Trash, Electronics (12/11/2014, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) )

The DEC’s friendly message does not define what they mean by ‘prohibits’ in the sense that they make no mention of the repercussions of putting your old TV or Computer into the trash. But the law itself says, “§ 71-2729. Enforcement of title 26 of article 27 of this chapter. 1. a. Any consumer, as defined in title twenty-six of article twenty- seven of this chapter, who violates any provision of, or fails to perform any duty imposed by, section 27-2611 of this chapter, shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed one hundred dollars for each violation.” ENVIROMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW ARTICLE 27 TITLE 26 | ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT RECYCLING AND REUSE

(If I have it right ((and a good investigative media would be helpful here)) folks who march their old TV’s to the curb could get a $200 fine. This would be a game changer in people’s behavior with e-waste, assuming the law is enforced.)

The DEC mentions all the stuff you could and should do with your old e-waste, but a lot of folks won’t take the effort to dispose of their e-waster properly unless motivated by a penalty. What’s happening now is that when folks do put their old computers and TV’s in the trash, the local authorities pick that e-waste up and send it to a separate recycling center—so I’ve been told. The problem (even if this is actually happening) is that between the time the e-waste is set outside and the point when it is picked up, scavengers smash through the equipment, take the copper and other valuables, and leave the remains about our neighborhoods, remains that that are hardly recyclable anymore. 

This all means that the January deadline won’t work if the law doesn’t work as it was intended. If those who still put their e-waste to the curb and the authorities don’t fine them as the law states, then it will be business as usual.

Our local media needs to investigate this issue and find out whether our local authorities are going to enforce this part of the law that kicks in this January. 

If the law were to be enforced, if the media were to do its job by informing the public about this January deadline and investigating what the local authorities intend to do about it, we would see a greatly increased market for recycling e-waste. Once the public has felt the sting of a few fines, a new playing field would be established. 

With a new playing field, it would be more convenient, and possibly even profitable, to take care of e-waste properly. However if the media doesn’t expose this deadline, and authorities don’t feel compelled to act, then the e-waste problem permeating our neighborhoods will continue apace. 

Again, in order for this new playing field to happen, all 700,000 folks in Monroe County need to abide by the law. You can help this happen by making sure your media covers this story—making sure the message gets out and the authorities are monitored to see if they are enforcing compliance. Simply sharing this with your friends ain’t going to do the trick. 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:

  • 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

  Fast Forward Film Festival




Submission deadline is February 27, 2015. Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org"  

WATCH VIDEO  

Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives 

Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.

Its Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment.

As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness.

An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015.

Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org

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...    

December 2014

  • Wednesday 12/17/14, 7 – 9 PM | Church of the Assumption, 20 East Avenue, Fairport 14450
    • Climate Science Lite Learn about principles of climate science by Peter Zuris, engineer Church of the Assumption, 20 East Avenue, Fairport 14450 Free and open to the public FLYER
  • Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm  Place: Park Avenue neighborhood, Rochester
    • Come learn about Mothers Out Front - an organization dedicated to organizing mothers around the issue of climate change, on behalf of all children. Mothers Out Front was started in Massachusetts in 2013 and is now in New York, starting in Rochester! Two house parties are scheduled:   Date: Saturday, December 6th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm  Place: Park Avenue neighborhood, Rochester -  RSVP to Neely Kelley, NYS Lead Organizer: neely@mothersoutfront.org  or 334 590 7367   Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm  Place: Park Avenue neighborhood, Rochester -  RSVP to Neely Kelley, NYS Lead Organizer: neely@mothersoutfront.org   or 334 590 7367
  • Thur, Dec 18 : 6-7pm @ Black Button Distillery Our Tasting Room is located at 85 Railroad St, just 500 feet from the southern entrance to the Rochester Public Market.
    • Center for Environmental Initiatives Green Drinks Thur, Dec 18 : 6-7pm Black Button Distillery Our Tasting Room is located at 85 Railroad St, just 500 feet from the southern entrance to the Rochester Public Market. If you park at the market & walk down Railroad St (away from the Market) you can’t miss us on the right-hand side. Facebook | Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field & the sustainably minded meet over drinks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who’s doing what & spread the word on what you’re doing, find employment leads & make new friends.  

January 2015

  • Wednesday, 1/7/15, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
    • State of the State Rally: NOT ONE WELL Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY Learn more here about rally and bus information: 
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 11   Temple Sinai – 363 Penfield Rd.
    • Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium – 1-5 p.m. Join us in exploring a bold, empowering vision to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling society. Experience this interactive multi-media event! Temple Sinai – 363 Penfield Rd.  Free of charge. Visit www.pachamama.org  to register, or call Joyce Herman for more information at 585-385-1155.

February 2015

  • February 13th & 14th,
    • Mark your calendars for no more fossil fuels: February 13th & 14th, Global Divestment Day "The fossil fuel divestment movement has built up some serious momentum in 2014, and next year we're not slowing down. In fact, this February we're pulling together something really exciting: On February 13th & 14th, we’re calling for the first ever Global Divestment Day, and we want you to be part of it. Right now, as climate negotiators from around the world meet in Lima -- exactly one year before a new global climate deal must be signed in Paris -- we face a pivotal moment in our movement’s response to the climate crisis. We know that world leaders won’t act in accordance with the urgency of the crisis as long as the fossil fuel industry holds the balance of power. That’s why the growing divestment movement is directly challenging the social license of these rogue corporations that continue to profit at the expense of people and planet -- and that's why we need as many people and institutions as possible to stand with us. Click here to RSVP on Facebook:"

March 2015

  • Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015,
    • Greentopia I FILM is now open for submissions of non-fiction features, shorts, and children’s films *The deadline to submit is December 22, 2014.  In its fourth year, innovative documentary film festival, Greentopia | FILM, brings inspiring and award-winning non-fiction films and events to Rochester area moviegoers. Spanning five days, from Tuesday through Saturday, March 17 – 21, 2015, Greentopia | FILM has become known for its lively cross-pollination of art, ideas, community engagement and fun. Greentopia I FILM "Greentopia | FILM believes in our community and in showcasing the positive changes, projects and people that are often not covered in more mainstream news and media channels. Through the incredible generosity of local film makers, Greentopia | FILM has been able to produce 3 short documentaries a year for the past 2 years. In 2014, we received funding from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to actually commission the films, offering a $1,000 stipend and festival film passes to each of the 3 selected film makers. All Community Supported Films (CSFs) tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We look for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice. Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals. " Greentopia

April 2015

  • Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18, 2015.
    • Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • What we are hearing: 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. More details to come as I learn more.

 

Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

 

ACTION highlight

Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. 

But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties

Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 

 

Greentopia Festival 2012

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: December 15th 2014

    • Make comment on aquatic invasive species in NYS to DEC by 12/15, as Climate Change makes our water warmer warming must be factored in. There’s no way we can control aquatic invasive species in NYS unless we do so under the umbrella of Climate Change because invasive species are more likely to thrive in our warmer water and our endemic aquatic species less able to thrive. DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 15 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York State for public comment. Comments will be accepted through December 15. Aquatic Invasive Species threaten the ecology of New York's rich abundance of waters and can harm water-based recreational opportunities and economies. New York is particularly vulnerable to AIS due to its vast marine and fresh water resources, major commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes via the State's canal system. Managing an infestation is extremely costly, so prevention is the most cost-effective strategy. (October 29, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) [more on Invasive Species in our area]

  • ACTION: Due Date: December 17th 2014
    • Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov  or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: January 7th 2015
    • Maybe your last chance to help stop Fracking, a dangerous public health and environmental issue because of extreme fossil fuel extraction in our region. Don’t sit this one out, sit on a bus to Albany on Jan. 7th:  "January 7, 2015: Rochester Bus to S.O.S. 2015  Anti-Fracking/Pro-Renewable Energy Rally in Albany, NY On January 7th in Albany, New York, it is URGENT that we send a loud message to Governor Cuomo: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL! Governor Cuomo has announced that the state's fracking health review, on which he has said his decision hinges, will be completed by December 31.  An overwhelming body of science shows that fracking endangers our health, water, and climate. But with the election over, Cuomo may issue a health review that was conducted in secret and open New York to fracking. Alarmingly, the governor recently said there was science on both sides of the issue, when we know that science increasingly shows just how dangerous fracking is.  January 7 is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and we need every single New Yorker against fracking in Albany to tell Cuomo we will not accept even ONE WELL. It is imperative that we pack the Capitol to call on him to ban fracking, reject fracking infrastructure, and lead New York in a transition to safe renewable energy. Rochester/Pittsford pick-up details: St. John Fisher College Pittsford Park & Ride Lot: 90 Fairport Rd, East Rochester, NY 14445 Parking is available. Located on this St. John Fisher's College map as RTS Park & Ride “S” on the right hand side, next to building #8: MAP Reach through public transportation: Bus line 21 & 92 at St. John Fisher RTS Park & Ride. Leave: 7:30 a.m., Return: 7:45 p.m. (same day) TICKETS WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT WWW.NYAGAINSTFRACKING.ORG. Tickets are $30 for a round-trip seat. Limited scholarship seats are also available for those who cannot afford the fee. Your bus captain's contact info: Rita Yelda, 716.507.2077, ryelda@fwwatch.org. Click here for flyer.
  • ACTION: Due date: February 27, 2015
    • Got short film abilities and want to message importance of our environment?   Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • 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
    • 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!
    • Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan:  A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables.  If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
  • 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
    • Get your community to pledge to the NYS Climate Smart Communities program. This will be one of the most important actions you can take on addressing Climate Change in our region. If you live in the Western New York, Rochester region and don’t belong to Irondequoit, Brighton, Rochester, and Victor, [check here] your community probably has not voluntary pledged to this program. Your community should belong in order to take “Local Action to Combat Climate Change. Two types of actions enable Climate Smart Communities to minimize the risks of climate change and reduce its long-term costs: Reducing GHG Emissions: Starting now to reduce GHG emissions and create permanent sinks that remove GHG from the atmosphere; these actions will help stabilize atmospheric GHGs at manageable levels and avoid severe climatic changes. Adapting to a Changing Climate: Altering the built and natural environment in anticipation of predicted climatic changes, or in response to actual changes, which will alleviate the risks associated with unavoidable changes in climate.” Ask your community leaders to make the pledge, get state assistance, and help make this voluntary program more robust. For more info go here: Climate Smart Communities and check the Rochester Sierra Club’s 2014 Forum on this: "Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program" There is no excuse for your community not being a part of this state-wide program.
  • 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
    • Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by  1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040.  2. Go to the Public Input Map at http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
  • 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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  • My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
  • 12/17/2014 - Hopeful as many articles are about how COP20 Lime climate talks were (mostly because climate talks didn’t crash altogether and the ‘wall’ between developing nations and developed nations has broken down) there is the fact that trend for more warning is going on unabated. Greenhouse Gas Increases Are Leading to a Faster Rate of Global Warming  (December 17, 2014) Worldwatch Institute
  • 12/17/2014 - How is Climate Change going to affect New York State? Ask the Lake Trout. They ‘like’ deep cold water and there will be less of it. Of course, as with most issues with Climate Change, it’s not about the fish, it’s about what they are telling us about the new normal. New York: Dwellers of the Deep What Lake Trout Can Teach Us About Climate Change Since the retreat of the glaciers 10,000 years ago, the top native predator in Adirondack waters has been lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). The Nature Conservancy
  • 12/16/2014 - Buffalo news at least passes on articles about COP20 Lima climate talks, but not Rochester. Whats Up That? So, right next door in Buffalo, the media isn’t afraid to at least pass on articles from other media about this historic climate talk in Lima from the AP or NYT, but in Rochester’s media there’s nary a word.  This is a serious problem. We cannot even ask the question of our authorities about what they are doing to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change in our region. When our local press is too timid to inform the public about this worldwide crisis, the public fails to understand the importance of their role in planning right now. Our public health, and our water, telecommunications, waste, and transportation infrastructures need adapting and that’s going to need long-term support (election year after election year) from the public. We are in serious Climate Change denial in Rochester, NY and that means we are not planning for the inevitable. Most in Rochester don’t have a clue about local adaptions to Climate Change. Shame on the local media. Demand they continually report on Climate Change.  At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier (December 14, 2014) Buffalo News
  • 12/16/2014 - This is a Fracked Pennsylvania. New York is this what you want?  Natural Gas Infrastructure in PA "This map shows natural gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania. Using this map, you can view natural gas facilities and pipelines, as well as report pollution directly to state and federal agencies. "
  • 12/16/2014 - The trouble with the secret scheme to transport tons of dangerous fossil fuels through New York is incompetency. Even if ‘we the people’ had been asked if it would be a good idea to trek tons of dangerous fossil fuel through our state in a time of Climate Change, and we approved, we would have had a chance to insist that it be done on a rail system and tank cars especially retrofitted or designed to do this sort of thing. Obliviously, we weren’t asked and now everyone is playing catch up—before we are train bombed. Inspectors find 100 defects on crude oil trains, tracks  (December 15, 2014) LoHud
  • 12/16/2014 - It matters: The debate on liquid propane gas near Seneca Lake. Connections: The Debate on Liquid Propane Gas Storage in FLX More than 100 people have been arrested since October at the sight of a proposed expansion of liquid propane gas storage (LPG) near Seneca Lake. Many of the recent arrests are prominent business owners. The owners of a new high-wattage wine project -- one from California, one from Germany -- now say that if they had known this LPG project was going forward, they probably would have skipped coming to the Finger Lakes. So why has it gotten so heated? What's the latest development? We've invited Crestwood Energy to join us. So far, no response, but they've given statements to other media outlets. We've also reached out to state lawmakers. Our guest for this topic are: Will Ouweleen, owner of O-Neh-Da Vineyards Joseph Campbell, Gas Free Seneca Phil Davis and Lou Damiani, co-owners of Damiani Wine Cellars (December 15, 2014) WXXI Connections
  • 12/16/2014 - Been thinking that now coal is bad, gas leaks too much methane, so at least we have hydroelectric to help with Climate Change? Think again. Check out this 12-minutue video “Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers.” Dams, of which there are now over 75,000 in the US alone, are not your beaver’s dams. They are bigger, there are considerably more of them than even a hundred years ago, and they have a myriad negative effects on our life support system. Building more dams during Climate Change could be catastrophic. We really need to rethink Dams.  In fact, you may want to check out this incredible new documentary (which you can now stream on Netflix) DamNation “This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.” http://damnationfilm.com/
  • 12/16/2014 - If Greenland’s ice cap is melting from the top to bottom and bottom to top too and a total melt will raise sea levels 20ft and it’s unstoppable … Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt  (December 15, 2014) Climate Central
  • 12/15/2014 - Today’s question boys & girls: How removed is Congress from reality. Ans. They think Food is produced magically.  Nothing to do with our environment or our agricultural practices.  Food just is. If you want Food just go to restaurant or vending machine. Don’t poison Food with environmental ideology.  Congress, ya gotta laugh. Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment  (December 15, 2014) North Country Public Radio
  • 12/15/2014 - For this step in NYS recycling law to work it must be enforced. Electronics recycling mandatory statewide starting Jan. 1  (December 12, 2014) Brighton-Pittsford Post
  • 12/15/2014 - At this point in humanity’s existence, we are here: “Countdown Clock to Paris Is Now Ticking” Countdown Clock to Paris Is Now Ticking  (December 14, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 12/15/2014 - This should scare bejesus out of everyone: “the world is still on pace for temperature increases of 3°C (5.4°F) or more by 2100.” For those haggling about the infinitely myriad concerns about climate agreements and how the climate talks are conducted and what is fair and who is responsible, the fact that we are still rushing towards disaster takes priority—whether you think so or not as it comes down to physics.  For those sitting this one out, you may not get a chance to stand up. Lima climate deal: Every single country now plans to tackle emissions. Sort of.  (December 14, 2014) VOX
  • 12/15/2014 - Take home message of COP20: Rich happy, poor unhappy; both agree to too little too late; both, business as usual or nothing … Maybe this will work out. Please. World set for climate disaster, say activists, as Lima talks falter  (December 13, 2014) The Guardian
  • 12/15/2014 - For COP20 Lima talks, I’m hearing “new,” “informal deadline, “amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed,” and “tough decisions about how to slow climate change were postponed”.  This is code for COP20 was a success because it didn’t fail the participants, just the rest of the planet.  Gonna be an interesting stretch to Paris 2015. U.N. talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015 (December 14, 2014) Reuters
  • 12/14/2014 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter December 14, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 12/13/2014 - An intelligent alien species looking down on our COP20 Lima climate talks, must wonder at our inability to understand the big picture. From our point of view, we have never had a problem like Climate Change, where our business as usual way of solving problems is to make sure we get as much as we can from a deal is not working. Our fate hinges on our ability to change our ways quickly to changed circumstances. Things have changed, our planet is on a trajectory of an unlivable planet. As remote as Climate Change may seems to those not experiencing the immediate effects of this relentless warming due to our present energy use, they must have an Uncle Tom’s Cabin like epiphany, an awaken of the moral and physical nature of this issue.  Frantic final talks to salvage Lima climate conference  (December 13, 2014) The Irish Times
  • 12/13/2014 - Time will tell whether this happy news about legislation (not action or laws) will actually prevent Asian Carp from entering Great Lakes.  So much of our environmental news is rife with framing the issues as if any movement towards addressing them is something worth celebrating.  At the end of the day making sure our life support system is working and whether it will continue to work so we can survive and thrive is what’s important. The Asian Carp, if it gets into the Great Lakes system, could wreak bloody havoc with the most important ecosystem in our region. Happy talk won’t stop the carp; stopping the carp will stop the carp. Great Lakes Commission welcomes legislation aimed at protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp  (December 12, 2014) Great Lakes Commission
  • 12/13/2014 - Looks like rich countries just understanding that Climate Change is happening is not enough for poor countries. Poor countries understand what they’ve really lost and what they will lose (a future) if the countries who created Climate Change don’t adjust for the unequal use of the commons. Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich  (December 12, 2014) The Guardian
  • 12/13/2014 - Perhaps the hosts of the Lima, Peru seem more focused on solving Climate Change than we because for them it’s up close and personal.  The realities of climate change in Latin America As negotiators meet in Lima, Peru for the United Nations climate talks, we take a look at the climate impacts already causing dire consequences throughout the region alongside projected ones mentioned in the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). With 2014 on track to be the world’s hottest on record, it cannot be overstated the need for urgent action to prevent the most damaging impacts of climate change. But are negotiators listening? 350.org [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 12/12/2014 - It will be interesting now the Secretary Kerry says that the USA will take the lead on Climate Change to see in what sense the word ‘lead’ is used. If ‘lead’ is used in the sense that ‘do what we say and not what we do’ that won’t work. If it means that the USA will encourage the media to educate the public as to the full implications of Climate Change, so the public understands and backs adaptation and mitigation efforts, that would be a great step forward. If it means no binding worldwide climate agreements, leadership in this sense doesn’t mean much at all. This part in the article rings loudly: “Karen Orenstein, a senior analyst at Friends of the Earth US, said that she was tired of “empty boasting” from the US. “Yes, the political climate in Washington DC is indisputably difficult,” she said. “But that doesn’t excuse president Obama’s advocacy for a non-science-based, voluntary climate agreement internationally, or his decision at home to give fossil fuel polluters access to publicly owned lands.” Kerry: Every nation must act to tackle climate change   (December 11, 2014) Responding to Climate Change
  • 12/12/2014 - It’s pretty pathetic that the “endgame for microplastic is dangerous interaction with entire ocean ecosystems.” This doesn’t sound the proper management of our wastes, especially our plastic waste. We’re damaging our life support system with plastic stuff that only breaks down to something worse that it started. Groundbreaking Study: 5 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Floating in World’s Oceans  (December 11, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 12/11/2014 - The DEC, which protects our life support system, does not need more love. It needs staff and it needs public money and more public attention. It needs more staff on “Climate Change Communities” so this voluntary program to help communities adapt to Climate Change can actually work.  It needs more funds for more studies on how our public health and wildlife and ‘we the people’ will be able to adapt to Climate Change. It needs more folks paying attention to what kind of job the DEC is doing in getting us all ready for Climate Change, including massive monitoring of our present environment for a proper baseline to determine the changes coming—and what is normal.  DiNapoli: DEC needs some love  (December 10, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 12/11/2014 - Can you imagine Climate Change warning labels on gas pumps happening in Rochester, NY where the only thing that matters is lower gas prices? Connecting the dots between the growing awareness of how we use energy and how that affects our climate is not even palatable in our local media, just imagine labels where “The gas-pump warnings mix a message of consumer responsibility and political awareness” would affect our local public.  I’m sure there would be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Warning: Gassing up is hazardous to your health ... and the planet’s  (December 1, 2014) Aljazeera America
  • 12/11/2014 - For COP20 Lima climate conference “more achievable, policy goals” is code for non-binding delusional goals where leaders will feel warm and fuzzy—and so will their planet. Actually, the idea is to reach a global deal that will actually result in global temperatures coming down and a Green Climate Fund sufficient so that developing nations have room to grow and adapt on a planet where the developed nations have taken more than their fair share of the planet’s eco-budget—resources and the commons. Anything short of this is a deal that doesn’t work, doesn’t provide a framework for an actual sustainable future. But most seem focused on not asking for too much and not having another failed climate talk—regardless of how useless and delusional a ‘successful’ goal might be. With Compromises, a Global Accord to Fight Climate Change Is in Sight  Diplomats from 196 countries are closing in on the framework of a potentially historic deal that would for the first time commit every nation in the world to cutting its planet-warming fossil fuel emissions — but would still not be enough to stop the early impacts of global warming.  (December 9, 2014) New York Times
  • 12/10/2014 - Breaking: Rochester, NY media prevented from covering critical COP20 Lima climate talks because of crow invasion.  Rochester media crews were ready to board planes and attend the last week of this major meeting in Lima, Peru where the text of agreements are being hammered out for the Paris 2015 climate talk—an effort to keep greenhouse gases to a livable level. Rochester realizes that what happens at Lima is critical to our future, that 2014 may be the hottest in human history. But the crows “It's out of control.” Crow shit everywhere. So, while the greatest intentions were there, Rochester’s media couldn’t plow through this local disaster to inform the public of the worldwide crisis of Climate Change and one of the most historic moments that humanity will have to address it.  Those crows. Don’t they know we own Rochester now and that they should just leave? Crows Once Again Invading Rochester (December 9, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net
  • 12/10/2014 - Though often considered very intelligent, humans are just as apt to put aside danger once it passes as the most humble of beasts. You’d think that folks would do anything to prevent a repeat of Toledo’s summer drinking crisis (or address Climate Change for that matter) but we don’t. Water-quality bill in trouble State House deals with other issues in measure COLUMBUS — A bill at least partly designed to prevent a repeat of Toledo’s summer drinking crisis is in trouble as lawmakers prepare to possibly wrap up business this week and gavel the two-year legislative session to a close. The clock may run out before legislators can work out various issues on the bill, including language attached late to House Bill 490 that is seen as potentially undermining the legal obligation of telecommunications companies to maintain basic land-line phone service. (December 9, 2014) The Toledo Blade
  • 12/10/2015 - Yikes! Once you see it on a map, the potential nuclear dump site on Great Lakes looks disturbingly close to Rochester, NY. Cannot believe (actually, I can) that local Rochester media has not brought up the potential danger of this crazy idea to store nuclear waste upstream from us. This issue should be on our radar. Decision on Canadian nuclear dump site expected in mid-2015 (December 10, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
  • 12/10/2014 - My fellow Americans, we’d like to protect your environment, but frankly there’s more money to “derail environmental oversight and promote fossil fuels…”  If you think all the years you spent getting legislation passed to protect your life supports system is the end of the road, think again, it’s just the beginning.  Making sure they stay passed is just the next step. States Form Secret Alliance With Energy Companies To Kill Environmental Regulations  (December 7, 2014) Climate Progress
  • 12/10/2014 - If Cuomo truly wants to create “a "critical mass" of residents and businesses with solar power” he must ban Fracking. Cheap fossil fuels will kill renewable energy. Cuomo starts community solar power initiative New York is starting a new initiative designed to help local communities expand their use of solar power. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the program on Friday. Called Community Solar New York, the effort will offer assistance to local governments, schools and community groups interested in investing in solar energy. (December 6, 2014) Penfield Post
  • 12/10/2014 - Maybe if the fossil fuel industry left the COP20, we could talk intelligently about fossil fuels and Climate Change. Kinda hard to think straight when billions of dollars are whispering in your ear that ‘coal is the moral choice’. Goal to end fossil fuels by 2050 surfaces in Lima UN climate documents (December 8, 2014) The Guardian
  • 12/10/2014 - Even though “Climate change is the biggest threat to health of the 21st century” COP20 leaders not connecting the dots.  Which is odd because it is at the level of public health when Climate Change, or any other factor (heat waves, aftermath of extreme weather) for that matter, threatens public health Climate Change becomes unavoidable. If you wait for a pandemic due to Climate Change to breakout and haven’t planned to address that with a sufficient infrastructure, everything else you’re doing, or think you’re going to be doing, will come to a halt. IFMSA: Health – The missing piece in the climate negotiations  (December 7, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 12/09/2014 - Today’s lesson boys & girls: What is “eminent domain”? Ans: That’s where gas companies try to endear NYer’s into Fracking by threatening to stomp on their property rights.  Be afraid. Be very afraid. Shale gas pipeline developer threatens to seize land using eminent domain provisions The developer of a $750 million natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania into New York is threatening to seize land from reluctant landowners through eminent domain. (December 8, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 12/09/2014 - The Soft Plan, advocated by NYT Dot Earth Revkin, has a better chance of a successful COP20 in the sense that recruiting an army with no commitments would be successful.  Sure, if you ask the developed nations to promise they’ll make binding agreement at their national level, at whatever level feels comfortable to them, you are more likely to get them to agree at Lima. However, no matter how many times Revkin makes you go to his innumerable links from experts who agree with the Soft Plan, it isn’t going to actually get GHG emissions down to a safe level.  If there was a ghost of that happening, it would have already happened—governments and industry and individuals would have already brought our GHGs down. GHGs are going up. Without worldwide legal barrier (top down) adapting to and mitigating Climate Change ain’t gonna happen. The soft parade of those trying to sabotage COP20 will go on talking and ‘proving’ that the Hard Plan (binding agreements) won’t work until the soft approach—one that feels good but won’t work—becomes the default. And then the soft approach will morph into a much harder Hard Plan because we’ll be desperate, but by that time even the Hard Plan will be too late.  Read: “Rich countries try to sabotage climate talks--again”| The Soft Path to a Climate Agreement, From Lima to Paris Needless to say, there’s been a big and promising shift in tone and some substance in global warming diplomacy of late — led by the paired pledges of China and the United States to intensify efforts to curtail heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. Other countries, including gas-rich Malaysia, have promised to act on climate.  (December 5, 2014) Dot Earth NYT
  • 12/09/2014 - Fracking is not your grandmother’s oil well; Get informed about Fracking and keep it out of New York State.  WATCH: ‘Fracking 101′ Narrated by Edward James Olmos  (December 8, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 12/09/2014 - Democracy Now! is in Lima, Peru covering the COP20 climate talks, where the fate of our future is negotiated. Where’s your media? 
  • 12/09/2014 - Is the massive increase in the number of oil trains running through our communities with more volatile fossil fuels being met with increased oversight? We’ll find out one way or another. U.S. Crackdown on Oil Trains—Less Than Meets the Eye Federal regulators don't stop oil trains from being left unattended, engines running. This story is part of a joint investigation by InsideClimate News, The Weather Channel and The Investigative Fund. Read the main story Boom: North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem.  The first public action U.S. rail regulators took after a fiery oil train explosion killed 47 people in Canada in July 2013 seemed clear, impactful and firm: Trains carrying hazardous materials could no longer be left unattended with their engines running unless the railroad first got approval from the Federal Railroad Administration. (December 8, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 12/08/2014 - You would think that the Arctic becoming a new place because of Climate Change would galvanize folks to pay attention to COP20 Lima.  Or, that 2014 will be the hottest year ever in human history. Or that ….  But we are fiddling away while ready to pounce on anyone who would dare raise our gas prices or make us pay to update our transportation infrastructure (which is crumbling away) to tolerate more extreme heat and frequent extreme downpours—as most climate studies tell us.  Humans., ya gotta laugh. The End and Beginning of the Arctic  (December 6, 2014) Climate Central
  • 12/08/2014 - Which is to say, if Cuomo lifts Fracking moratorium, there will be a lot of permanently annoyed New Yorkers. Lifting the moratorium on Fracking will probably begin a new level of Fracking resistance because Fracking is not only a threat to our water and public health, it’s a threat to communities’ sovereignty—the authority of a community to govern itself. Cuomo should have lead on Climate Change and pushed for renewable energy. Instead he whiled away his time with visions of Fracking grandeur, an extreme fossil fuel extraction method that will warm up the planet more and change New York State permanently—not in a good way. Fracking in N.Y. would face local zoning hurdles Towns that want fracking may face a lengthy, complicated and contentious process involving public hearings, deliberation, and resolutions.  (December 6, 2014) Press Connects
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  • 12/08/2014 - Happenings” newsletter this month has many expert articles on Climate Change in our Finger Lakes region. Must not be missed. It is not often that we get local Climate Change coverage in our media, so please go out of your way to check these articles on the most important issue of our time and how all that will affect our region. The FLI Happenings newsletter is a monthly publication with FLI staff and guest authors contributing articles relating to environmental topics and issues of concern for the Finger Lakes region.
  • 12/8/2014 - ACTION: Maybe your last chance to help stop Fracking, a dangerous public health and environmental issue because of extreme fossil fuel extraction in our region. Don’t sit this one out, sit on a bus to Albany on Jan. 7th:  "January 7, 2015: Rochester Bus to S.O.S. 2015  Anti-Fracking/Pro-Renewable Energy Rally in Albany, NY On January 7th in Albany, New York, it is URGENT that we send a loud message to Governor Cuomo: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL! Governor Cuomo has announced that the state's fracking health review, on which he has said his decision hinges, will be completed by December 31.  An overwhelming body of science shows that fracking endangers our health, water, and climate. But with the election over, Cuomo may issue a health review that was conducted in secret and open New York to fracking. Alarmingly, the governor recently said there was science on both sides of the issue, when we know that science increasingly shows just how dangerous fracking is.  January 7 is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and we need every single New Yorker against fracking in Albany to tell Cuomo we will not accept even ONE WELL. It is imperative that we pack the Capitol to call on him to ban fracking, reject fracking infrastructure, and lead New York in a transition to safe renewable energy. Rochester/Pittsford pick-up details: St. John Fisher College Pittsford Park & Ride Lot: 90 Fairport Rd, East Rochester, NY 14445 Parking is available. Located on this St. John Fisher's College map as RTS Park & Ride “S” on the right hand side, next to building #8: MAP Reach through public transportation: Bus line 21 & 92 at St. John Fisher RTS Park & Ride. Leave: 7:30 a.m., Return: 7:45 p.m. (same day) TICKETS WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT WWW.NYAGAINSTFRACKING.ORG. Tickets are $30 for a round-trip seat. Limited scholarship seats are also available for those who cannot afford the fee. Your bus captain's contact info: Rita Yelda, 716.507.2077, ryelda@fwwatch.org. Click here for flyer.
  • 12/08/2014 - Of course, we already knew that rich countries support fossil fuel exploration far more than supporting the Green Climate Fund. It’s the actual figures-- $26.6 billion per year as opposed to $9 billion total—that astonish.  Our priorities are showing and they are not very nice. Analysis: Fossil Fuel Exploration and the Green Climate Fund (December 6, 2014) Oil Change International
  • 12/06/2014 - Become the media! on local environmental issues. Tap your inner Francis Ford Coppola with you cell phone video.  At the Fast Forward Film Festival (FFFF) win prizes. Get important environmental stuff (think Climate Change) to the general public, not just folks in your silo.  Unprecedented opportunity for environmental groups.  Submit your short video soon. Connections: Arts Friday - Fast Forward Film Festival We spend this hour talking film and the environment with the Fast Forward Film Festival. It's an upcoming event at the Little and Dryden Theatres. Our guests are: Andy Stern, executive director, The Lost Bird Project Todd McGrain, artist, filmmaker, and film festival juror (December 5, 2015) Connections WXXI
  • 12/06/2014 - So in order to help New York State get more renewable energy, the fed’s plan is to gut renewable energy with cheap natural gas.  Cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas from Pennsylvania is a bridge fuel that will arc over renewable energy and micro grids and better batteries and efforts to conserve energy and make it more efficient to a future that is uninhabitable. Shale gas line to the Northeast gets federal nod Federal energy regulators have approved a $700 million pipeline project designed to bring cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas from Pennsylvania into high-priced markets in New England and New York.  (December 4, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 12/06/2014 - Is the road to Paris 2015 Climate talks, with all the stops along the way, making your head spin? Spin this infographic to make it easy to get your head around it all.  INFOGRAPHIC: UNDERSTANDING COP NEGOTIATIONS IN LIMA AND PARIS As the UNFCCC negotiations in Lima (COP20) officially start today, this infographic sets out to explain why the global climate talks are so important for tackling climate change.  (December 1, 2014) The Climate Group
  • 12/06/2014 - Today’s question boys and girls: Who wins in a power struggle at the COP20 Lima climate talks? Ans. That’s right, nobody does.  We all lose if these climate talks turn out to be a battle between rich and poor countries, not just because it’s immoral to pit rich against poor, but because we live on a finite planet and we are in this mess altogether whether we like it or not.  UN plans for 2015 climate deal favour rich, say developing countries  (December 2, 2014) Responding to Climate Change
  • 12/06/2014 - Of course, addressing Climate Change decades ago instead of trying to wish it away would have made the bill that’s coming due lot cheaper than $500B by 2050. And putting off real actions to stop and adapt to Climate Change are not like putting off a visit by the plumber, where the damage get worse and the bill goes up more the longer you wait—because with Climate Change after a certain point (and maybe we’ve already passed this point) there will be no need for a plumber or a house. UN: Climate change fight may be 3 times pricier than predicted (December 6, 2014) World Bulletin
  • 12/06/2014 - It’s was MiKibben’s “The End of Nature” where I first realized that humanity was having a grave impact on our planet’s environment, and I (me, myself, and I) had a responsibility to act to save our life support system. More than just words, this book compels who ever reads it to a duty to a higher cause than their mere consumer existence. Stepping Down But Continuing Fight for Climate Justice  (December 4, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 12/06/2014 - How will Climate Change affect our Finger Lakes? Our region doesn’t get a lot of climate study attention so this report, partially extrapolated from the National Climate Assessment (NCA) Summary, is a great start. A full throated climate study of the Finger Lakes and how that fits in plans and predictions for the whole of New York and the country, the hemisphere, and the planet would be nice.  Changing Climates- An Application to the Finger Lakes Region  (December 1, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 12/05/2014 - COP20 Lima climate talks will answer at least one profound question about humanity: Will rich share to help themselves? Climate Change, manmade disruption of our worldwide climate due to the burning of fossil fuels, will ultimately affect everyone—as this disaster is occurring on a finite planet. The consequences of Climate Change will probably hit the poor first, or not because weather extremes can be very disruptive to all infrastructures. If the rich counties do not come to the table at Lima with sufficient measures to mitigate and help developing nations adapt to Climate Change the rich countries will be shooting themselves in the foot. We cannot insulate ourselves, our economy, our health, and our life support system from those of everyone on the planet. Failure to think and act globally at Lima will set the table for disaster. Lima climate talks: developing nations urge rich to aim for zero emissions  (December 3, 2014) The Guardian
  • 12/05/2014 - Mark your calendars for no more fossil fuels: February 13th & 14th, Global Divestment Day "The fossil fuel divestment movement has built up some serious momentum in 2014, and next year we're not slowing down. In fact, this February we're pulling together something really exciting: On February 13th & 14th, we’re calling for the first ever Global Divestment Day, and we want you to be part of it. Right now, as climate negotiators from around the world meet in Lima -- exactly one year before a new global climate deal must be signed in Paris -- we face a pivotal moment in our movement’s response to the climate crisis. We know that world leaders won’t act in accordance with the urgency of the crisis as long as the fossil fuel industry holds the balance of power. That’s why the growing divestment movement is directly challenging the social license of these rogue corporations that continue to profit at the expense of people and planet -- and that's why we need as many people and institutions as possible to stand with us. Click here to RSVP on Facebook:"
  • 12/05/2014 - I cannot image Pesticides in any amount in our rivers are good for fish and insects, let alone humans. With Climate Change there will be more Pesticides.  Because more crop pests and vector-driven diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease, the Climate Change trajectory for our area is to use more Pesticides—unless we start planning properly for public health and agricultural practices and a whole lot more. Pesticides are not a solution for Climate Change, they are the consequences of it—unless we change our ways.  Pesticide levels in rivers may threaten fish, insects  (December 4, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
  • 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.
  • 12/05/2014 - Without legally binding commitments to reduce emissions actually addressing Climate Change ain’t going to happen. Making the stance that legally binding rules could ruin hopes for success is like saying no one will join your army if you make them ‘sign up’ and make a commitment.  It’s like saying if you want a successful army, you have to make it so when things get tough, recruits can just leave—no questions asked. Giving Climate Pact Legal Teeth Could Make It Toothless . (December 3, 2014) Climate Central
  • 12/04/2014 - Today’s lesson boys & girls: What are “Fracktivists”? They are folks who think screwing dangerous chemicals sideways into our bedrock for more fossil fuels is insane. Fracktivists say they won't let up until Cuomo decides  (December 3, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 12/04/2014 - I would rather characterize the game-over boondoggle Keystone XL pipeline as the ‘antagonist’, rather than the hero who help lead the fight against this insane project.  From the point of view that we need a health life support system, to well… live, antagonists are those who jeopardize all that. Should the media see our life support system as the top priority, not loony projects that threaten us all?  Keystone Antagonist Steps Down as Head of Climate Group 350.org Bill McKibben, a chief antagonist of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is stepping down as chairman of the environmental group 350.org that he helped create. McKibben, an author and climate advocate, said the move will give him more time to write and to organize campaigns. He’ll remain as a senior adviser to the New York-based group that pushes for action to combat climate change. “If this sounds dramatic, it’s not,” McKibben wrote in a letter to supporters sent fromSweden, where he is receiving the Right Livelihood Award from Parliament. “I will stay on as an active member of the board, and 90 percent of my daily work will stay the same, since it’s always involved the external work of campaigning, not the internal work of budgets and flow charts.” (December 2, 2014) Bloomberg
  • 12/04/2014 - Got thoughts on planning of future GardenAerial projects in the High Falls, Rochester, NY region, a former industrialized area trying to go green? GardenAerial Project Public Survey 11/2014 "Greentopia wants to hear your opinions about the proposed GardenAerial Project at High Falls. Your answers to this brief survey will help us shape the future of this transformational project. For more information on the project, please visit: http://gardenaerial.org  Enter your email and ZIP code. Then answer a few quick questions to help us better plan, promote and apply for funding to create this project. Once you hit the "Done" button, you'll be automatically entered to win a new Apple iPad! The winner will be selected at random from all entrants after December 15, 2014. "
  • 12/04/2015 - Looks like not all Americans are ignoring the COP20 Lima climate talks. Rally, NYC 12/10/2014  “CLIMATE JUSTICE IS A HUMAN RIGHT:  RALLY FOR A GLOBAL CLIMATE TREATY Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 4-6pm Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47th Street, NYC (between 1st & 2nd Aves.) Climate change is the greatest threat to basic human rights: food security, access to water, employment, housing, public health and the right to live in dignity. On Wednesday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, New Yorkers will gather to demand that world governments address the serious threat global warming poses to human rights, especially to people living in vulnerable communities throughout the world. This event coincides with a UN meeting in Lima, Peru, a part of the 2014-15 negotiations for a global climate treaty that will stress the urgency of the climate crisis and highlight the human rights dimension of the struggle for climate justice.”
  • 12/04/2014 - Event: SUNDAY, JANUARY 11   Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium – 1-5 p.m. Join us in exploring a bold, empowering vision to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling society. Experience this interactive multi-media event! Temple Sinai – 363 Penfield Rd.  Free of charge. Visit www.pachamama.org  to register, or call Joyce Herman for more information at 585-385-1155.
  • 12/04/2014 - If 83% of US gets Climate Change but only 60% thinks it due to manmade causes, some serious dot connections need to be made. When you remove the ‘manmade’ part of Climate Change, you remove not only the guilt that you may be responsible for the planet’s atmosphere warming up, you also make it impossible to address the cause of this crisis. The road to getting the world to understand and act on Climate Change has been a long journey, fraught with dangers along the way.  One of those dangers is that the public will start to understand the overwhelming evidence of Climate Change but stuck on doing nothing because it is to them just a phenomenon that happens.  But “There is simply no other mechanism that can explain the significantly altered climate path and the changes in the radiative forcing other than human causes.” (From Open Source Systems, Science, Solutions.) We must hope that there is enough time to get folks to understand Climate Change in a way that results in their acting on it. Poll: 83% of Americans say climate is changing Eight out of 10 Americans now believe the climate is changing, according to a new survey conducted for Munich Re America, the world's largest reinsurance firm. "Our survey findings indicate that national sentiment over whether or not climatic changes are occurring has finally reached a tipping point," said Tony Kuczinski, president of Munich Re America. The survey's release today coincides with negotiations among more than 190 countries that got underway this month in Lima, Peru, on a long-elusive global climate accord that's supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (December 2, 2014) USA Today
  • 12/04/2014 - You can track the global climate conversation LIVE from #COP20 in Lima with UN Climate Talks. "Welcome to Climate Talks Live, where you can get real-time data about the global Twitter conversation around the United Nations climate talks. The site gathers and visualizes millions of tweets on climate change-related topics, showing you the hot topics and trends as they’re happening."
  • 12/03/2014 - Important news in Rochester Sierra Club’s newsletter, including “James Hansen to Speak at 17th Annual Environmental Forum” “”Your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is delighted to announce that “rock star” climate-scientist turned activist, Dr. James Hansen, will be the featured speaker for our 17th Annual Environmental Forum, in April, 2015. Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club.
  • 12/03/2014 - As leaders at COP20 Lima climate conference try to lower greenhouse gas emissions, Rochester, NY happy about lower gas prices.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Drivers glad to pay less at pump  (December 2, 2014) WHAM
  • 12/03/2014 - “Lake sturgeon have been on the planet for 150 million years.” But a warmer Great Lakes because of Climate Change may do them in.  This magnificent creature has obviously overcome many challenges, including massive slaughtering in the last two centuries, but Climate Change, making our Great Lakes wasters warmer, among the other changes coming with Climate Change, may be a challenge the lake sturgeon cannot cope with. Lake Sturgeon “Thunder” Research Published 150 Million Years on the Planet, Sturgeon Staying Power Could be Attributed to Sound-Reproduction Link Lake sturgeon have been on the planet for 150 million years. Despite that long residency, scientists are still learning about these fish, the largest found in North America. An enduring question is what contributes to their survival skills. Answer: Sound. As one factor anyway. Based on biological examinations and detailed field recordings of the infrasonic sounds of this ancient fish, an article in the December 2014 Journal of Applied Ichthyology, bit.ly/1wdGt1j explains size may be one of the reasons why Wisconsin researchers believe sturgeon, which can reach a weight of more than 200 pounds and exceed 8 feet, achieve sounds so low that most of their energy escapes normal human hearing. The sounds apparently aid reproductive success. (December 1, 2014) University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
  • 12/03/2014  - The Penfield Green Imitative newsletter for December 2014 e-newsletter "PENFIELD GREEN INITIATIVE Planning Committee The voice for Penfield’s environmental assets! "