Updated Daily 07/29/2014 RochesterEnvironment.com
Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."
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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology. Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules. Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.
The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose. How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves? Bookmark This Site
All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians. So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest. Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote. Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013) The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk? Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "
Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan
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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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by Frank J. Regan
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Gloating over our recent spate of fantastic July weather, as a local weather station Facebooked recently (NO 90 DEGREE DAYS IN JULY SO FAR… “Are you missing the heat?”), is pathetic. More pathetic are the 80+ folks who commented how wonderful that was—many thumbing their noses at Climate Change.
It’s hard to believe that a local news station is promoting Climate Change denial by bragging about a cool July in Rochester without placing this anomaly in the context of the world’s rising temperatures. Last month, according to NOAA was one of the hottest June’s ever. As for July, we don’t know how hot it will get. But consider this speculation about the rest of this summer from The Guardian: “Will 2014 be the hottest year on record?”
Climate Change is a global phenomenon, and the trajectory is that the atmosphere is warming up 10 times faster since the Industrial Revolution than the previous 10.000 years. That one place, Rochester, NY, may be experiencing a cooler summer does not disprove Climate Change, and it’s sad that a local media would encourage this deceit. Actually, in our area, temperatures in the summer over the past thirty years have been going steadily up--overall. Climate Change is climate disruption, where the rise in increasing temperatures will ratchet up and down, but mostly it will jerk upwards. While it is nice to have this temperate summer (so far), it is folly to assume that a cool spell in one particular region of the world means that Climate Change is a hoax. (Doesn’t anyone check the Internet anymore? The world is bigger than just Rochester. )
Perhaps it wasn’t the intent of our local media to disparage Climate Change. Maybe they were merely glorying in the happiness of a perfect summer day. But the failure to properly place our cool summer in the context of this worldwide crisis is becoming a signature form of Climate Change denial in the USA. A recent poll states that “… U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial”. That is to say the #1 country responsible for Climate Change is the #1 country in climate change denial. Most of the manmade greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere right now are from the developed nations. CO2, which is the main GHG, stays in the atmosphere for a long time. The warming the world must address and endure now is from past CO2 accumulations. Sure, China is emitting more CO2 right now, but the GHGs that have warmed our atmosphere thus far are ours. We ought to take responsibility for that. If moral responsibility is not a popular idea, then we should at least act in our own self-interest and begin adapting.
In Rochester Climate Change denial expresses itself by…, not expressing itself. We presumably have heard of Climate Change, but like a deer in the headlights, we cannot make head or tail of it. We think that because Climate Change isn’t actually running over us at the moment, we have enough time to consider all the usual priorities and ignore the approaching semi. more...
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Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area. As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.
Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:
- Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
- Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste. "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area]
- Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming. More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
- Go Green: Community Compost Food waste in a big problem in the U.S., but two local men are making it easy to compost food scraps. Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have made a business out of picking up other people's leftovers. "We've been composting for a long time and really feel that it' s real important because so much of the waste stream in America gets put in the landfill; but really taking valuable materials and being lost forever," Brent said. The men started a compost pile for friends a few years back and soon outgrew the space. So they decided to start up a pick-up service to help combat the food waste problem. (March 20, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area
Time and Place: September 20-21, 2014 | Location: New York City
This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a historic UN summit on climate change.
With our future on the line and the whole world watching, let’s take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.
Let’s make The Peoples Climate March the largest-ever demonstration demanding action on climate change. Together, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.
This is the moment to bring our different movements together, articulate our common challenges and solutions, and go big.
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 is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
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Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Thursday, 7/31:
Gallery, Lumiere Photo,
100 College Ave., Rochester, 14607.
- "Thursday, 7/31: THE GROUND: Photo Exhibition by Tate Shaw at the Spectrum Gallery, Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave., Rochester, 14607. It features images from hydrofracking sites in PA, where Tate lived for a while before fracking began. His photos show in an artistic way the impact on the landscape that had once been lovely to see. It also addresses other landscapes where the footprints of the energy industry are highly visible: sites such as the ones used in Iceland for the production of geothermal energy, abandoned sulfur mines and hydro-fracking sites in Tioga County, PA, and finally the site of an ongoing, underground fire in abandoned coalmine tunnels below what was the town of Centralia, PA. "
- Tuesday, Aug.5 and Wednesday,
Aug. 6, | The event is held on 300 acres of the Rodman
Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls
- Talking locally about farming and weather and Climate Change all in one place. Times are a ‘changing. Back in the day, maybe it was yesterday, these three groups did not even talk to each other. Empire Farm Days to host experts on weather and climate change The Cornell Climate Change Institute and a WHEC News 10NBC meteorologist will be at Empire Farm Days on Tuesday, Aug.5 and Wednesday, Aug. 6, respectively, to offer insight of interest to farmers. The Aug. 5 presentation will be by Allison M. Chatrchyan, director of the new Cornell University Institute for Climate Change. She will speak on Farming in a More Extreme and Variable Climate. The Aug. 6 presentation will be by WHEC News10 NBC Meteorologist Josh Nichols, who also teaches weather and climate at Monroe Community College. He will speak on Weather from the Farmers’ Point of View. Both presentations will be at 10:30 a.m. See http://www.empirefarmdays.com/ (July 7, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Plants and Climate Change in our area]
- September 12-13, Brown's Race
and the Centers at High Fall, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia Fall Festival " Greentopia Festival will be a focused, 2-day celebration of sustainability, this year featuring Music, Design, and EcoFest. Most event will take place around Brown's Race and the Centers at High Falls, NY. Get ready for never-before-seen-performances of art, photography, and music--all of which is carefully selected programed and curated to educate and inspire. "
- “Circle September 20th and 21st
on your calendar…” NYC, the next great movement on
Climate Change. Come!
- People's Climate March | A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it's too late This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced. Bill McKibben on global warming's terrifying new math My guess is people will come by the tens of thousands, and it will be the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change. Sure, some of it will be exciting – who doesn't like the chance to march and sing and carry a clever sign through the canyons of Manhattan? But this is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch. You'll tell your grandchildren, assuming we win. So circle September 20th and 21st on your calendar, and then I'll explain. Since Ban Ki-moon runs the United Nations, he's altogether aware that we're making no progress as a planet on slowing climate change. He presided over the collapse of global-climate talks at Copenhagen in 2009, and he knows the prospects are not much better for the "next Copenhagen" in Paris in December 2015. In order to spur those talks along, he's invited the world's leaders to New York in late September for a climate summit. (May 21, 2014) Rolling Stone [more on Climate Change in our area]
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may
begin promptly at 9am) Topic:
Awakening the Dreamer,
Changing the Dream Location: MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008
MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY 14445
- Presenter: Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
- Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian
Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester,
NY 14614 (at High Falls)
- The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration 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.
- October 11, 2014 9:00am |
Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY
- Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it? These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.
Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
ACTION highlightSign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.
But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties.
Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.
- ACTION: Due Date: From July 24 -
- Pool Owners Sought to Participate in Citizen Science Survey to Identify Invasive Insects Monitoring Pool Filters for Asian Longhorned Beetles Can Prevent Infestation and Help Protect Trees and Forests Pool owners are invited to join in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) third annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey now through August 29 in order to help keep watch for these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. The Citizen Pool Survey takes place this time of year when ALBs are expected to become adults, emerge from the trees they are infesting and become active outside those trees. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation designating New York's first ever Invasive Species Awareness Week to educate New Yorkers on the ALB and other invasive species that can be harmful to human health, animal habitat, agriculture and tourism. The Swimming Pool Survey continues those education efforts and allows residents to actively engage in the efforts to stop the spread of ALB. (July 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- ACTION: Due Date: August 29, 2014
- Even if you don’t care about this ugly little bat, you might want to save it so we don’t have to fill our environment with pesticides to compensate its loss. The Northern Long-Eared Bat is one of those little creatures whose existence in and of itself may not mean much to you, but you might care about some of the ‘environmental services’ it provides because we may have to make up for that by dumping tons of Pesticides into our environment (our life support system) as Climate Change brings in more bug pests. So, if that seems like it might be something important to you, you have until August 29, 2014 to comment here or by mail. Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species. The Service proposed to list the bat as endangered on October 2, 2013, citing white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, as the greatest threat to the species. During the reopened comment period, the Service seeks information regarding the interpretation of scientific studies cited in the proposed rule, along with any additional scientific information not already considered in the proposal. (June 30, 2014) US Fish and Wildlife Service [more on Wildlife in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: September 2, 2014
- "A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today." DEC Announces Proposed Renewal of Hazardous Waste Management Permit for Eastman Kodak Company and Recycled Energy Development DEC Accepting Public Comments on the Draft Permit Through Sept. 2 A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Eastman Business Park (EBP), located in the city of Rochester and town of Greece, currently has two hazardous waste management operations: a multiple hearth incinerator (MHI) used to incinerate sludge from the Kings Landing Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a tank system at Building 322 for hazardous waste storage. The draft permit and related documents for Eastman Business Park (Kodak) are available for public review and comment on DEC's website. DEC will carefully consider all comments received before making a final determination on the permit. In 2013, DEC modified the existing hazardous waste management permit to add RED as an operator after the company acquired a number of utilities from Kodak, including the MHI. Kodak and RED filed an amended application for renewal of the permit in 2013. (July 2, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- ACTION: Due Date Sept
- Don’t forget; Sept 20-21 for People’s Climate March @ New York City. Sign up now – or read Bill McKibben’s more formal invitation in Rolling Stone here.
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 email@example.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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:
- 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
- 7/29/2014 - Cuomo can say “Prepare for Future Severe Weather Events” but not ‘Climate Change’? Hard to prepare for Climate Change when you cannot even say the word. Our government is going to have to get comfortable about not only saying ‘Climate Change’ but messaging the public the complete story about how the state is going to plan for the future (including updating our electric grid). Sure Climate Change is still unpopular, but then again it’s physics and it’s going to happen and the state doesn’t have the luxury of denying it and without the public knowledge and support for adaptation efforts the kind of funding and understanding needed by the public is not going to happen. Read NYSERDA’s Responding to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) | Governor Cuomo Announces $3.3 Million in New Projects to Improve Resiliency and Efficiency to State Electric Grid Projects to Improve Power Delivery in New York State, Lower Cost to Ratepayers and Prepare for Future Severe Weather Events Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3.3 million has been awarded to seven research teams to develop technologies that add resiliency and efficiency to New York State's electric grid. (July 23, 2014) The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
- 7/29/2014 - I'm passing this note on: "Where on earth are we going? What can we do about it? Your Rochester Pachamama August newsletter is full of ideas and opportunities! Please check it out! – and forward to your family and friends who might be interested. Be sure to open the newsletter right away so you can take advantage of some of the events this last week of July. "
- 7/29/2014 - ‘Bike Trains’ for safety are going to be tough when vehicle drivers think this: “I want just to run them off the road” Yikes! Have gas guzzlers made us really stupid, so stupid that when our friends and neighbors just happen to be on a bike we just want to run them over? Or trying to find a greenhouse gas reducing option for getting around in Climate Change is met with extreme hostility? Humans. Ya gotta love it. LA Bicycle Commuters Form 'Bike Trains' For Safety (July 29, 2014) National Public Radio
- 7/29/2014 - Today’s lessen boys and girls is ‘What happens when you treat your life support system as an Externality’? An Externality is when you create an economic system that renders environmental pollution invisible and resources as magical, which in turns supplants your moral system so it relieves you of any responsibility and accountably for totally screwing up that which keeps us alive. What a fun and valuable concept externality is—it just makes reality go away, until it doesn’t. How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever (July 27, 2014) Journal Sentinel
- 7/29/2014 - Climate Change is going to have dramatic effects on Public Health and Food security. How are local officials doing on messaging and preparing for all that? The answer isn’t pretty. Researchers tackle link between climate change and public health (July 24, 2014) The Guardian
- 7/29/2014 - Only 4.8 minutes, video on why wildlife matters. It is amazing how little we know of wildlife’s role in our life support system. Besides fun to watch, or shoot, or shoot, or eat, or photograph, or shoot, it looks like wildlife actually plays a critical role in our environment and maybe we should have thought of all that before we just started firing away, putting up fences, poisoning them, and otherwise taking their habitats away. Wildlife needs their habitats, but our environment needs wildlife. Shouldn’t we start seriously considering this issue as we move further into Climate Change? How Wolves Change Rivers
- 7/29/2014 - Fracking battle continues in NYS, but nary a word about energy options as Climate Changes. Media are blinding us. Appeal filed in fracking lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (July 28, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 7/29/2014 - Just watched Symphony of the Soil. I learned lots about one of the most important life support system components—besides water and air. I thought the first part of this documentary was critical in getting a sense of what soil is and what it is composed of. Soil, except for food production, rarely gets mentioned in studies, articles, and documents on Climate Change. The knee-jerk response by those who say that we cannot possibly feed the populations of the world with organic farming hijacks the entire discussion about the need to have healthy soil as we go further into Climate Change. Food production on a planet moving towards 9 billion folks by 2050 is critical, but it tends to blind us to the need for soil that does a lot more than grow crops—probably some biological ecological functions by some unknown creatures in the soil we barely understand. My favorite quote in the documentary is that watching soil through a microscope is like watching Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Pausing on this quote for a moment gives one a sense of the infinite complexity of a substance that covers this planet, a substance we have mistreated badly without hardly as clue as to what it is. Soil, the discovery of all that it does, should be a critical part of all Climate Change discussions. This reminds me of an old joke: The dentist tells his patient that his teeth are fine but the gums have to come out. ‘Soil’ is the gums. If we are able to feed 9 billion folks in 2050 but we have trashed the soil with toxins and GMO’s in the process, our way of life and those in it will no longer be sustainable. Symphony of the Soil
- 7/29/2014 - Is your water clean or is it Fracked? Only the EPA knows for sure, but maybe not. GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection July 28, 2014) EcoWatch
- 7/29/2014 - Been arguing with deniers? Or trying to get up to snuff. Maybe you need a refresher on Climate Change facts? The Facts on Climate Change Though the science behind climate change is indeed complex, one basic fact is not — global warming is happening and it is driving climate change today. We are now seeing the impacts on the climate with record-breaking heat waves, floods, and extreme weather events, all of which were predicted decades ago by the first scientific climate models. Now, with a growing body of evidence, including examples of dramatic systemic change such as rapidly melting arctic glaciers as well as more subtle scientific measurements of atmospheric gases such as Carbon-12 isotopes – it has been possible to determine that this increase in the warming of both air and sea temperatures is being driven primarily by human influence. tcktcktck The Global Call for Climate Action
- 7/28/2014 - Giant (Yikes!) hogweed found near Rochester NY! Sorry, for the flippancy. Local media, ya gotta laugh. The only time their interested in informing folks of Invasive Species is when they’re wild and exhilarating, like the Asian carp jumping out of the water and speed boats getting whacked. Toxic weed — giant hogweed — found in Naples (July 25, 2014) Daily Messenger
- 7/28/2014 - Not to mention that microgrids (also called Distributed generation) makes adapting to Climate Change easier by being more robust than a centralize energy system (what we have) and less likely for failure, but also allows easier merging of renewable energy options. Of course, those in power now (centralized) will feel very threatened so we may have to wait awhile for a sensible energy system because the people don’t have much power any more. Just saying… Grant to help RIT researchers on electric grid work (July 25, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
- 7/28/2014 - The thing of it is that climate denialists are accelerating the very governmental forces that they are trying to stop. If individuals, corporations, and NGO’s cannot make major inroads on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change, then government will have to step in with programs that will address this worldwide crisis—this is not a hope or an ideology, this is the obvious outcome of denialists convincing folks that Climate Change is a hoax, thus kicking the consequences of Climate Change down the road until our government, which doesn’t have the luxury of avoiding harm to the public, has to step in. Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups 'extremely successful' Professor Naomi Oreskes says actions of climate denialists are laying the foundations for the government interventions they fear the most (July 24, 2014) The Guardian
- 7/28/2014 - Breaking! There are people who can help with Climate Change denial syndrome. They're called scientists. Climate Change explained by the experts. |: NSF.gov - To What Degree? - What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change - How Do We Know? "Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex puzzles ever to confront mankind." nsf.gov - National Science Foundation - US National Science Foundation (NSF)
- 7/28/2014 - Read "Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge" Climate Change, if you’ve been paying attention to this worldwide crisis, is a bewilderingly complex issue where there are many knowns, known unknowns, and probably an infinite amount of unknown unknowns. We don’t know how to get greenhouse gases down in any measure that will actually make a difference. We don’t know if many of our ecoregions are on the edge of collapse. We especially don’t know how the present state of our environment will fare in a warmer climate, an environment that is filled with manmade pollution and replete with a great loss of biodiversity. This all matters because most climate studies and plan assume that our present environment is the only rational starting point from which to plan for a sustainable environment in the future. Red Alert! reminds us that there are centuries of endemic peoples’ knowledge that can and should be tapped to create a more realistic baseline for climate studies. Rather than assume that our present over-populated, over polluted, and other-than-human-species-impoverished world is the starting point for our climate studies, we should consider the vast knowledge gained from a people who understood what it meant to live sustainably long before it has become a crisis. To leave our American Indian knowledge out of our climate plans and studies is to attempt a sustainable future with more unknown unknowns than we can possibly imagine. We should look to the peoples who know how a healthy environment actually worked before it was seriously disturbed. Daniel Wildcat paints a clear picture of what will be loss if modern Climate Change planners don’t include critical information gain by a people in touch with their environment. Listen to Connections: Native American Approach To Climate Change
- 7/28/2014 - I know, you’re very busy with Climate Change, but one of the biggest extinction events is going on too. Sorry to rain on your parade. This isn’t just bad news, this is something that needs to be fixed and soon. Study: Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction (July 24, 2014) USA Today
- 7/28/2014 - Many are coming: “21 September, a “People’s Climate March” will take place in Manhattan, which organizers say will be the biggest climate change demonstration to date” World’s religions unite for New York climate summit (July 28, 2014) Responding to Climate Change, RTCC
- 7/28/2014 - So, how does Cuomo’s “We will lead on Climate Change” jive with Albany becoming a major oil-hub? Albany Nears Oil-Hub Status as 100-Car Trains Jam Port (July 24, 2014) Bloomberg
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- 7/26/2014 - Bears, like all Wildlife, are a ‘problem’ when they either piss off humans, evoke fear, or interfere with any of our infrastructures. Other than that, they’re just fine to have around. Anyway, while we’re on the subject, how are we in New York State helping wildlife adapt to Climate Change? I’ve seen these photos of elaborate, very expensive Wildlife Corridors that allow animals like bears and deer to cross our highways without getting slaughtered. These corridors are widely suggested by climate studies . But I’m thinking that our highways system (that costs $15 billion annually to maintain) is already too expensive and I cannot imagine the public paying for these corridors in numbers on any level that will matter. I suspect that when push comes to shove, the public will fight tooth and nail against any costs to save wildlife thinking maybe that perhaps nature will just take care of them, even though our climate is warming ten times faster that these creatures evolved. Mostly, our environmental agencies only inform the public about wildlife when wildlife is a possible nuisance, after that they’re on their own. DEC Guidance for Discouraging Black Bear Nuisance (July 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 7/26/2014 - It’s a long-forgotten fact that being a pedestrian (even a disable pedestrian) is a viable form of transportation. Although not widely known, humans can still get about without climbing into a gas guzzler to go a few miles, and not warm up the planet. It would be a sensible adaption to our transportation system to accommodate disabled pedestrians, pedestrians, and bicyclist into our vehicle-dominated system (that costs $15 billion annually to maintain) that would help us all address Climate Change—as our present transportation system accounts for 27% of greenhouse gases. Wheelchair-accessible signs getting makeover in NY (July 25, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 7/26/2014 - Sure it’s difficult to predict how fast Climate Change will operate, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening at all. Climate Change is about planning. If there is even a scintilla of evidence that Climate Change is going to occur faster than predicted, we should be acting more quickly, not fixed in the middle of the road like a deer blinded by the glaring headlights of a car. I’ve often thought that the deer, for all its extreme sensitivity to danger in its environment, is so stupid when it comes to traffic on our highways. Why cannot these extremely aware creatures see that a several ton vehicle is barreling straight towards it? The answer, of course, is that deer did not evolve to notice something moving so fast and heedless as a driver in a vehicle. But it’s kinda like how we humans are reacting to Climate Change, just standing in the middle of the road wondering what the heck is coming at us—and not moving an inch. Just standing there. Change is so going to just roll over us, unless we 'evolve' our thinking much faster than we are now. Faux Pause 3: More Evidence Global Surface Temperatures Poised To Rise Rapidly A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.” (July 22, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
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- 7/26/2014 - Gonna be hard being a Climate Change denier leader in a state that’s being inundated by sea level rise. Putting in a denier into a leadership role in Florida is like getting on a bus where the driver doesn’t believe in roads. Florida poll: More than 7 in 10 voters concerned about climate change, back EPA action plan Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and as many as 71 percent say they’re concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor’s race. (July 25, 2014) Miami Herald
- 7/26/2014 - I know, we here in Rochester are cool as a cucumber, but around the world some think this summer may be the hottest yet. What’s your prediction? Maybe if enough Rochester-area deniers chime in they can convince the rest of the world that this summer will be nicest summer there ever was. See comments at the end of this article. Will 2014 be the hottest year on record? After the hottest May and June ever recorded and with a looming El Niño predicted to cause global temperatures to spike, Karl Mathiesen, with your help, asks are we living through the hottest year since records began? (July 23, 2014) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 7/26/2014 - Ok, let’s say you don’t care about bees; but pesticides that cause “possible threats to the insects that form the base of the food chain in aquatic ecosystems” should alarm you. Powerful insecticide turns up in major Midwest rivers (July 25, 2014) Star Tribune
- 7/26/2014 - Extreme weather can be a more dramatic measure of Climate Change unlike the slow boiling of a frog, where you hardly notice it. A nice and slow and gradual Climate Change is not predicted. New Data on Extreme Temperatures Underscore Planet's Warming Trend, Scientists Say 'It is more often the climate extremes that noticeably impact society, infrastructure, and ecosystems,' a new report warns. (July 23, 2014) Inside Climate News
- 7/25/2014 - Amazing! Never before has it been so easy for so many to help NYS’s war against Invasive Species! You can help save our trees and forests by simply staring into your swimming pool’s filter and telling the DEC what’s in there. Actually, I’m thinking this is probably not a bad idea. It is great to get the pubic to join in efforts to monitor the health of our environment. But on the other hand, monitoring the state of our environment is going to have to be more hands-on and more robust public involvement than very convenient ideas like this. But even then, I suspect no many of the public will help out with this milquetoast effort. Pool Owners Sought to Participate in Citizen Science Survey to Identify Invasive Insects (July 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 7/25/2014 - Does our Water Quality really have to get this freaking bad before we clean up our waters? Against environmental restrictions? Please. Can you believe this! Disgust and outrage along Scajaquada Creek (July 24, 2014) Investigative Post
- 7/25/2014 - Yikes! You mean the ‘experts’ don’t know “How to fix the damage caused by decades of industrial pollution” in our NYS waters? So, they’re asking us? I think most of us, if asked, would say it was a bad idea in the first place to dump industrial waste into our New York State lakes. Ok, as long as you asked, I’d say, restore the lake to the state it was before industrial waste was dumped into it and get the lake to work as part of our life support system again. What a racket, industry gets to dump industrial waste into our natural resources, and then they cannot fund or figure out how to clean that up, so they come to the public and ask us how to do it and on top of that they’re going to charge us. What’s wrong with this picture? How would you fix damage caused by Onondaga Lake pollution? (July 24, 2014) Syracuse.com
- 7/25/2014 - Our waters around Rochester, NY including the Genesee River should not have become a dumping ground for polluters. Kodak number one for releasing most toxic chemicals in New York waterways, study finds According to a June report from Environment New York Research & Policy Center, Eastman Kodak Co. has been named the top discharging facility in 2012, weighted by toxicity concentration, in all of New York State, putting 12,151 pounds of toxic pollution into the Lower Genesee River. (July 9, 2014) Minority Reporter
- 7/25/2014 - On the other hand, thinking that burning down forests (carbon sinks) for electricity is bad in a time of Climate Change is a no-brainer. New UK Government Science Report Confirms Burning Forests Bad for Climate (July 24, 2014) Dogwood Alliance
- 7/24/2014 - This bike/van tragedy is totally unacceptable! Bikes are transportation. We demand an immediate public education program to continually address this issue. Everyone should be continually reminded of the rules of the road. The media needs to be pro-active—education on bike/car/pedestrian safety before tragedies like this happen, not simply reporting afterwards. Bicyclist hospitalized in hit-and-run A Rochester woman was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital after being struck by a van early Wednesday morning, according to Rochester Police. (July 23, 2014) WHAM Rochester
- 7/24/2014 - When you’re trucking solar and wind power parts through your city, you don’t even have to alert emergency responders. The nice thing about renewable energy—besides providing our way of life a way to use energy that doesn’t screw up our life support system with pollution and Climate Change, is that it’s pretty benign on public health. Renewable energy parts don’t explode in the middle of your town. They might just fall off the truck and stop traffic for a little while. New safety proposals for oil trains Rochester, N.Y. - A new federal proposal would phase out thousands of older rail cars that carry crude oil and alert emergency responders when crude oil tankers are traveling through their state. "With these kinds of hazardous materials as volatile as they are, specifically crude oil, responding and initially knowing what we're getting into is certainly going to help us out," said East Rochester Fire Chief Mike Romach. (July 23, 2014) WHAM Rochester
- 7/24/2014 - The #1 country responsible for Climate Change is the #1 country in climate change denial. What’s wrong with this picture? Most of the manmade greenhouse gases in our atmosphere right now are from the developed nations. CO2, which is the main GHG, stay in the atmosphere for a long time. Sure, China is emitting more right now, but the GHGs that have warmed our atmosphere thus far are ours. So, it’s pretty dismal that our response to this fact is denial. And, it’s even more dismal because there’s no one around except voters, who tend not to be paying attention to this issue, will vote in the folks who won’t take responsibility for this worldwide crisis—let alone not take a leadership role. If the US and other developed nation don’t step up to the plate and make substantive agreements at the Paris 2015 climate talks, we are all screwed—developed nations, developing nations, wildlife, plants, and those little creatures that keep our soil health. Just saying… It’s immoral for the US not to step up to the plate and address Climate Change, but more importantly it is suicide not to do so. If morality doesn’t compel us to do the right thing, self-preservation should do so. Poll: U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial (July 22, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 7/24/2014 - If you are asking if organic food is better for our life support system, farming that doesn’t screw up our environment is better. No contest. Connections: Is Organic Food Better? (July 23, 2014) WXXI Connections
- 7/24/2014 - If you don’t plan for Climate Change, low-income folks get screwed, then it goes higher up the money chain—or maybe it all happens at once and everyone gets screwed at once. One thing is for sure, putting in leaders who don’t believe in Climate Change and aren’t preparing for it is a great injustice to everyone. “Climate Change is a political term” This is nonsense on stilts. Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots July 23, 2014) Washington Post
- 7/24/2014 - Another way to deal with algae problems at Ontario Beach is to plan for Climate Change, as warming affects algae growth. Check out EPA’s three-page doc on this: “Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms We are pretty good at getting rid of the symptoms of environmental problems (like shunting algae away from our beaches) but not so good at addressing the underlying causes, like dealing with the rise in algae growth due to warming waters and more phosphorus (non-point pollution of fertilizers) pollution throughout our Great Lakes and Finger Lakes. Climate Change is about planning. | Ontario Beach Algae Removal Project Begins (July 22, 2014) WXXI News
- 7/23/2014 - What’s missing from this report on Monroe County by ACT Rochester? Our environment. Hard to get a full picture of reality without including the state of our life support system. Especially, as Climate Change is changing everything. ACT used to focus on our environment, but now I guess they see it as an externality. Monroe County Report Card The Monroe County Report Card aggregates data from more than 100 community indicators on the site and use symbols, colors and arrows to provide a quick, at-a-glance overview of the well-being of the county. This data cover the topics of Arts, Culture and Leisure, Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Economy, Education, Financial Self-Sufficiency, Health, Housing, and Public Safety. ACT Rochester
- 7/23/2014 - Today’s lesson boys and girls is “non-point source pollution.” That’s where you get to pollute but nobody knows who you are. Many of our waters are tragically polluted and we cannot even find the culprit because if you don’t see an obvious cause (a pipe draining toxins in the lake) it’s hard to pin down who is responsible, or to even find out how to stop the pollution. Lots of folks are spending lots of money trying to figure out non-point sources of pollution and guess what? It will probably involve grants by your government to find and clean up our waters, or probably just your government. All of our lakes and streams will have to be cleaned up and my guess is that it won’t be industry clamoring to do that. It only pays for industry to dump waste into our water, which they don’t have to pay to clean up. What a racket. Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video) (July 22, 2014) The Winsor Star
- 7/23/2014 - Let’s pretend for a moment that New York State lifted the moratorium on Fracking. Would we be as unprepared as Pennsylvania? A major issue of not addressing the real problem, which is researching what our best energy options are in a time of warming and seizing on the most popular fossil-fuel alternative instead (Fracking), is that our energy options are treated as a clash between two opposing groups—instead of deliberative thoughtful inquiry given Climate Change. If the pro-Fracking groups happen to win in New York State, will there be a mad rush to Frack like there was in Pennsylvania, where they have to back up and address all the fallout? This didn’t have to happen to Pennsylvania and it should be a warning to New York: Pennsylvania Auditor: State Department of Environmental Protection Was Unprepared For Shale Industry’s Growth The Pennsylvania auditor general on Tuesday confirmed what was never up for debate for environmental groups and residents—the state was unprepared for the growth of the shale gas industry. (July 22, 2014) EcoWatch
- 7/23/2014 - This is rich, sneaking into the Climate Change deniers’ coven of pathetic lies. By now, 2014, serious people don’t doubt the planet is warming because of human energy use. A few still, after all the evidence has accumulated in the past 30 years, hold on to their crazy ideology and some of these people have a lot of ability to thwart the efforts for the rest of us to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. The very apocalyptic scenarios that the deniers accuse Climate Change proponents of scaremongering with will actually be the result of deniers blocking the effort of the rest of us. The worst of Climate Change will occur because adequate planning and funding was prevented by deniers. Shouldn’t there be some sort of accountability for those who stop the majoring of us from intelligently planning for this worldwide crisis? I CRASHED A CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS I’ve been researching the climate denial industry for almost three years and the best way to gather information about this incredibly small yet influential clique is to hang out with them. (July 22, 2014) Vice News
- 7/23/2014 - It’s not a good start for addressing Climate Change if your water and air are bad. But what if your soil is bad too? Sure, we go into Climate Change with the environment (life support system) we have, but what if that environment has been deeply compromised already, before the really bad stuff comes. Climate Change is about planning and we should make sure the essentials, like the health of our soil, is ready for the stress on food and soil that a warmer planet will bring. China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops Soil pollution has received relatively little public attention in China. Despite the fact that it poses as big a threat to health as the more widely covered air and water pollution, data on soil pollution has been so closely guarded that it has been officially categorized as a “state secret.” Until recently, the Chinese government also resisted media efforts to draw attention to local epidemics of cancer in China’s newly industrial areas. It was not until February 2013 that the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) finally admitted that “cancer villages” existed in China, and released a list that included the area around Lake Tai and the villages of Fenshui and Zhoutie. Some civil society experts have estimated that there are 450 cancer villages in China, and they believe the phenomenon is spreading. (June 30, 2014) Yale: Environment 360
- 7/22/2014 - What’s missing on this report of the Ganondagan festival is that this event 100% recycles and has done so for years. Creating no waste in the great tradition and values of the Native American peoples is paramount. It would be nice for the media to mention that this event recycles all food and container waste and maybe even hint that total recycling should be one of the goals of all area events. We have much to learn from Native American’s about our environment and learning that our relationship to Mother Earth includes the concept of no waste. Ganondagan festival 'bigger and better' (July 22, 2014) Victor Post