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Holding the Media accountable on Climate Change Of
course ‘the media’ is not a single entity, but a bewildering mishmash of
local print, digital editions, blogs, social media, and even email lists
at the state, national and international levels.
But despite the vast increase in the way news is being shaped today,
many still believe that eventually the Truth will percolate up through
this democratization of news.
But for the public to navigate rapidity in a changing world the news
must quickly tend towards an accurate model of reality or, like one of
your senses, you’re in trouble.
It’s why people get eye glasses. How the media has handled the
three-decade-old issue of human-caused Climate Change is like (using the
eye-glasses analogy) wearing an old set of glasses even though your eyes
are aging. You’re going to bump into things. (January 2013) more...
The media should have only one agenda on our environment:
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can interact with others about our environment.
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individuals and environmental groups to
Become The Media.
Mainstream media is failing the public on important issues like
Climate Change and connecting the dots, especially at the local level.
The new media, while innovative and gaining many listeners, is not
breaking out of traditional silos and reaching the majority. What media
will be the new Walter Cronkite? Got ideas on how individuals and groups
concerned about Climate Change can stovepipe their ideas to where the
public attention can be reached? Come here:
Become The Media
I believe the reason why the public doesn't get the primacy
of environmental issues is because of our dysfunctional media.
Constant attention to how environmental matters are treated in
mainstream media is a must. Each essay below links to an article on my
Environmental Thoughts | Also, my all essays on the Media are listed
*Major site on journalism and Climate Change
The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media
"“Improve public understanding of climate change.” The Yale Forum on
Climate Change & The Media provides original reporting, commentary,
and analysis on climate change — one of the most important and
challenging issues of our time. Edited by veteran environmental
journalist and journalism educator Bud
Ward, our online publication engages a dynamic global community
of journalists, scientists, educators, and communicators. We strive
to improve understanding of, and nurture better communication on,
climate change … for the benefit of the public in arriving at sound
individual and public policy actions. "
yourself away from Rochester media for info on Climate Change
On Wednesday, December 4th, I attended a U.S. EPA, State and
Local Climate and Energy Program webcast “Gaining
Support and Attracting Participation through Communication.”
For over an hour I watched/listened to several environmental
communications experts from all levels instruct community
leaders on how to inform the public on
Climate Change. Much of the material concerned itself with
some psychological insights as to why many folks aren’t
interested in Climate Change and practical ways to engage
various groups, listening to their concerns, and explaining why
this issue has to be addressed. One tactic a local expert
suggested was making sure the group you spoke to got lots of
coffee. Folks get sleepy listening to lectures on climate, I
guess. Despite the fact that most folks already know about
Climate Change, that it is human caused and threatens many dire
consequences, it’s the dickens to get folks to get interested in
the most important crisis of our time, maybe of all time. No
less authority than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
still feels compelled to modycoddle the public into taking
actions that will prevent some avoidable catastrophes.
Inexplicably for our federal environmental authority, the EPA
seems quite ready to write off a sizable portion of our
population whose stance against Climate Change makes them
particularly difficult to reach. At the state level, our
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) tries to engage New
Yorkers under the
Communities program, a voluntary program that only a few
communities in our region have
signed on to.
At the local Rochester level you’re not going to get much
information at all about the consequences of Climate Change if
you don’t tear yourself away from mainstream media. They don’t
just under-report or miss-report on Climate Change, they mostly
don’t address it at all. This oversight cannot be explained as a
disinterest in far-off events, like why the
Warsaw Climate Change Conference last month was avoided
locally, because the media had no such qualms about
re-experiencing the JFK assassination. Thus they cannot use the
excuse that warming is too remote (in time and distance) to
worry about because our media is clearly OK with ‘remote’. And
of course Climate Change is not remote to Rochester; it’s here.
Likely Changes coming to our region because of Climate
Change are mentioned readily in most
climate studies, so the failure to report on warming cannot
be a lack of information or relevance. Maybe it’s because
Climate Change doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t wear a pretty dress, it
doesn’t get wasted and take illegal drugs. So it must be a great
big bore to our local media. But don’t despair, it’s not
hopeless. While local mainstream media struggles for ad dollars
and your attention with attention-getting puffery, you have
other choices. You only have to turn your computer’s pointing
device to some other
local media sources to get news and information on the local
effects of Climate Change. A wonderful resource I’ve come to
depend on lately is the monthly newsletter out of Hobart and
William Smith College:
monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute: more...
What is ‘local’ news on a warming planet? A long and
in-depth story appeared this week in our local media on how
Climate Change will affect the Rochester, NY region.
It’s part of a series that will be forthcoming. I make note of
it because it’s really the first of its kind, an article in the
local media about the consequences of Climate Change on a local
level without the usual pandering to the deniers
Impacts of a major media in Rochester, NY moving behind a pay wall
It’s seems so obvious to the public that businesses need to make a
profit that we rarely question it—if ever. So, as our major
newspaper in Rochester, NY ducks behind a pay wall and limits
readers of local news to paid subscribers, we think little of it.
But this move by the
Democrat and Chronicle could be a major game changer for the
dissemination of important news for the Rochester region.
Kill Your TV!
When you're in a hole, stop digging: Stop listening to the same
media that misinformed you about the Iraq War and the dangers of
Global Warming! Why do most Americans say they are concerned about
the environment (at least in some polls), but don't vote for
candidates with strong environmental records. Why do we continue to
living our destructive, non-sustainable way of life (the United
States has only a fraction of the world's population and uses 25% of
the fossil fuels) despite all the evidence that it going to be a
terrific cost to future generations? Is it because Americans are
especially selfish or dense? I don't think so. I think the answer to
most of our environmental problems is that we really don't get it;
we don't understand the depth of our environmental problems because
most of us are still trying to inform ourselves about the world in
the same old way that led us to the state we are in--our environment
on the brink of disaster. (By the way, if you think this last
statement is an exaggeration, it's an indication that your listening
to the same deluding media.)
Thoughtful Feedback Seemingly, online
media has opened itself to a plethora of mindless rantings by those
without even a crazy ideology to spur them on. I speak of
feedback on online news sites that are unmonitored and unfiltered so
any nutcase with a computer, an Internet connection, and only a
modicum of sense is allowed to write responses to local news stories
online. You know what I’m talking about: follow any online article
that offers reader’s responses and you’ve probably long since
avoided those parts of the articles because it’s a vast wasteland of
craven lunacy. This is a tragedy because the medium where we get our
news is moving to the Internet where interaction between the media
and its readers is critical and will add greatly to our Democracy.
Environmental groups pick up where the media falls down
The public is more aware of the importance of environmental issues
because environmental groups are helping to connect the dots. Left
to their own, the media only publishes environmental stories when
something happens that their editors think will grab the public’s
attention and bring in more money.
A Question: Mainstream Media and Climate Change News
Recently, I’ve come across on the Internet environmental scene
speculations that the mainstream media refuses to connect ‘extreme’
weather events like the increase flooding in the West, Hurricane
Katrina, droughts around the world, to Global Warming. Global
Warming does predict that there will be more extreme weather events,
including not so much more hurricanes (for example) as most intense
hurricanes when they occur.
Media Responsibility As I live and Breathe: Just
when you think the media has become so Objective in their reporting
that somehow they think they can stand outside of our environment
and simply report on the decline of our environment, you read a
story like this. Major Kudos for
News 8/FOX Rochester.
The movement is growing. The pubic and even the media is realizing
that we cannot stand aside while that which keeps us alive,
our environment, is in serious jeopardy - just check out some of
these Rochester Environmental Issues. Hopefully, more and more
mainstream media will recognize their innate responsibility as our
informers, who have been protected with a special privilege under
the US Bill of Rights, to inform us on the state of our
environment—so that we may have the information we need to make
informed choices about that which matters most.
Media Priorities Hannah Montana made it to
Rochester during an almost blizzard and out again. I don’t know who
Hannah Montana is, but I’m glad she made it safely to and from
Rochester. I know this because the local news was saturated with
this topic all weekend. I could not find, however, a story about the
climate talks in Bali, where the US dragged its feet on coming to an
agreement with the rest of the world on curbing Global Warming
Stop Big Media & Stop Global Warming
In just five days, the Federal Communications Commission plans
to open the floodgates of further media consolidation across
America. If FCC Chairman Kevin Martin gets his way, your community
will be inundated with even more mass-produced celebrity gossip and
infotainment, and less local reporting and quality journalism: more
of the the junk news that is making us sick.
About changing your media I believe in this
day, when mainstream, corporate media blurs and spins important
environmental information that we need to survive because of their
specific ideologies and their shareholder’s economic interests, we
have to change our media. We have to change how we get our media and
the sources we use to inform us of what’s going on. If the media we
are accustomed to has mislead us or chooses on an unsound basis
which stores we shall listen to and which they want us to ignore,
then we have to change. There’s no shortage of new and old media out
there. And by “out there,” one of the main conduits for finding out
what exactly is going on in our environment is too surf around the
Internet for trusted news sources, which can come from other
countries, other industries, other groups—voices that don’t appear
on our television or radios (Or, maybe they do, but we could not
reach them except for the power of the Internet).
is a hyperlocal source of information about living green--powered by more
than 150 organizations collaborating for our regional environment and YOU.
This site is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, cares about the environment
and wants to know the best places to go and things to do to eat, live, work
and play greener. GrowWNY is a project of the Community Foundation for
Greater Buffalo, and is made possible through grants from the John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation and the New York State Department of State
Division of Coastal Resources.
What we'd like to see is each media in Rochester (and everywhere for
that matter) devote a major section of their news to serious environmental
news each day backed by professional environmental reporters.
These media around the world have a major section of their media devoted
to news on our environment:
Media with major sections on Environment.
Environment - from The
Daily Record One in a while they toss an environmental story to
their financial community.
Mostly happy news about how we are 'solving environmental problems,
nary a story on Climate Change, and almost never investigative
environmental reporting that challenges business or government.
Happenings 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.
Themed issues have included such topics as alternative energy, green
jobs, environmental education, climate change, Marcellus Shale,
environmental stewardship, green infrastructure and more.
To offer a regional perspective, each month the Finger Lakes Regional
Watershed Alliance contributes an article featuring their individual lake
members and accomplishments.
Read the current issue
We encourage all Rochester area media to have a major section on their
media for our environment. Only when we have aggressive and accurate reporting
on the state of our environment can we know what to do.
Democrat and Chronicle [Pay Wall]
Over the years this major news sources in our area has had less and
less environmental investigative reporting so now that they've gone behind
a pay wall it won't matter much. The new makeover for the D&C
online site may look great on your Smartphone, but it is extremely
hard to find local news, especially local environmental news. It is
tragic that our biggest mainstream newspaper is putting out more
glitz and more nonsense instead of more investigative reporting this
time of warming. When D&C does a environmental story it can be
well done, and sometimes they connect stories (like blue-algae
outbreaks) and Climate Change.
Rochester City Newspaper - With a good environmental
investigator on the job, the Rochester City Newspaper is one of the
best sources for good environmental news in Rochester, New York. - "City
Newspaper is greater Rochester's source for news and entertainment.
The paper publishes every Wednesday and is available — free — at more
than 800 spots around Rochester and Monroe County, reaching about 100,000
readers. General contact information: City Newspaper 250 North Goodman
Street Rochester, NY14607"
Journal "Top News. Read by some 40,000 executives
and top managers each week, the Business Journal is Rochester, N.Y.'s
leading source of local business news. The newspaper's print edition
is published weekly on Fridays and is delivered to subscribers' home,
office or post office box by the U.S. Postal Service." Don't expect
news about our life support system unless there's a economic link.
Post Newspapers This major local news source has also
gone for an online overhaul of its site. Though this site looks
nice, it is extremely difficult to find important news, let alone
expert environmental investigative reports—as we should expect from
our media. This media as devolved online to lots and lots of really
annoying ads and remarkable difficult to get arund them to what
passes as news. The public should demand that their local media keep them
informed of important environmental stuff so they can anticipate
disasters, instead of reacting to them. These community medias
below are essentially the same as each other. So that means, unless
I am missing something, all these communities are getting the same
news--even though they are separate distinct communities--What's
wrong with this picture?
Google News: Rochester, NY Using "Rochester as
a search string, find local environmental news in our area.
- Home has a section on local news and sometimes includes
environmental stories. Good local news check:
SHOWING: articles by Jeremy Moule | Rochester
City Newspaper :Staff writer covering county government, politics, the
environment, and a mish-mash of other things. Dog person, vegetarian,
sometimes cyclist. Known to attempt photography."
Rochester City Newspaper
out this environmental blog on local environmental issues by D&C's
Steve Orr and Erica Bryant "Staff reporters Erica Bryant and Steve Orr share
news and observations about environmental issues in the Rochester region and
beyond. " 520 - An
Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Local Television and Radio are almost useless in finding in-depth
local environmental news coverage. This needs to be changed, as
it's the primary way most people get their news--which is why most
people don't get the importance of our environmental issues.
13WHAM.com Sometimes we will come across
a local environmental story from this local media, if someone other
media has already hopped on it.
News Front Page Rarely do we find an
environmental story on this local media.
Connections with Evan Dawson "Weekdays
Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370
EVAN DAWSON Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on
Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program
with questions or comments by phone - 585-263-WXXI (9994), email, Facebook or Twitter.
- 10NBC / WHEC TV-10
- 191 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604 - (585) 546-5670 -
Rochester "WUHF Fox Rochester provides local news,
sports, weather forecasts, traffic updates, and entertainment
programming for Rochester and nearby towns and communities including
Greece, Victor, Pittsford, Penfield, Henrietta, Webster,
Irondequoit, Fairport, Chili, Gates, Rush, Wheatland, Canandaigua,
Farmington, Spencerport and Hilton. "
RochesterHomePage.net Occasionally, I will find
a local environmental story on this media.
NEWSROOM OF WXXI & Digital Media
- WXXI Online &
WXXI | Go Public. Often our local public news will do a story
about the environment, but not very in-depth.
"The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate New
York public media outlets, led by WXXI, along with WNED, WRVO, WSKG
and WMHT. The initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting (CPB), will help the public gain a better understanding
of the connection between technological breakthroughs and the
revitalization of upstate New York's economy. Reports will focus on
research, development, education, funding, and policy issues around
emerging fields like energy, information technology, biotech,
nanotech, and photonics. "
Time Warner Cable
- WYSL 1040 AM
WHAM 1180 Radio News
Actually, I have yet to find an environmental story on this media.
Maybe they don't know what an environmental story is.
NewsTalk 950 WROC
Rochester IMC: home
The Rochester IMC is a non-commercial, democratic collective of Rochester
area independent media makers and media outlets, and serves as the local
organizing unit of the global Indymedia network
Environmental Health News:
is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a
foundation-funded journalism organization founded in 2002. Our daily
e-letter, Above The Fold, is available for
The mission of Environmental Health News is to advance the public’s
understanding of environmental health issues by publishing its own
journalism and providing access to worldwide news about a variety of
subjects related to the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems. "
The Right-to-Know Network | rtknet.org: The Right-to-Know Network
The website serves as a source for information about environmental and
public health threats and opportunities for public engagement with
environmental policy, and it offers news, data, and analysis of
environmental right-to-know issues. --
OMB Watch Unveils
Redesigned, Expanded Environmental Right-to-Know Website
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2009—OMB Watch
today launched a redesigned and expanded website for the Right-to-Know
Network (RTK NET) - OMB Watch |
Promoting open government, accountability, and citizen participation
One of the recent changes in environmental news reporting is that our
official public institutions are putting out more and many times better
information to the public as to what is going on in our local environment
than mainstream media. And, these are primary news sources.
- City of Rochester
- County of Monroe
- State of New York
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Press Releases - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Published six times a year, Conservationist is a New York
State-focused magazine that is packed with informative and
entertaining articles, first-rate photography and stunning artwork. Articles cover a broad range of environmental and natural history
related topics, including fishing, hiking, recreation, travel,
hunting, and nature studies - a publication of
The New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Newsroom | Governor |
Governor Cuomo [NYS
Connects Get email alerts from the governor's office on a
variety of environmental issues]
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE
ATTORNEY GENERAL "ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN TAKES OATH OF
OFFICE TO BECOME STATE’S 65th ATTORNEY GENERAL "
Environmental Protection Bureau Press Releases Also, Environmental Complaint form:
Office of the State Comptroller "The State
Comptroller is New York State's chief fiscal officer. The office was
initially established in New York State in 1797, when Governor John
Jay appointed Samuel Jones as the first Comptroller and charged him
with examining the State Treasurer’s books. At the Constitutional
Convention of 1846, the people won the right to elect the State
Comptroller directly, ensuring the independence of the office.
Millard Fillmore, later President of the United States, was the
first popularly elected State Comptroller. "
State Energy Research and Development Authority "New
York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a
public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9
of the State
Public Authorities Law [PDF] through the reconstitution of the
New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority. NYSERDA’s
earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the
goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Today, NYSERDA’s
aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy
consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and
protecting the environment. "
York State Department of Health
- Get local Transportation news from our area's experts.
Transportation Council - Newsletter -from
Genesee Transportation Council
"The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires
every metropolitan area with a population over 50,000 to have a
designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to qualify for
receipt of federal highway and transit funds. The Governor of New
York State designated the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) as
the MPO responsible for transportation planning in the Genesee-
Finger Lakes Region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe,
Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. GTC
member agencies include local, regional, state, and federal
stakeholders who work together in a cooperative, comprehensive, and
continuous manner to identify and implement policies, plans, and
projects that will maximize the contribution of the transportation
system to the social and economic vitality of the region. We invite
you to learn more about GTC by visiting our website at
www.gtcmpo.org . "
- New York Power
Authority News News from the
New York Power Authority: Welcome
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Press Releases
- New York State Department
of Agriculture & Markets "the New York State Department of Agriculture
& Markets' website. Our mission is to foster a competitive food and
agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. Agriculture
makes up one-quarter of the State's land area and contributes immensely
to the quality of life in New York State by generating economic activity
and producing wholesome products to nourish our families. We work diligently
to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental
stewardship, and safeguard our food supply. This website was designed
to help you learn about the many services and specialized programs the
Department has to offer. Take a look for yourself, and if there is anything
that you cannot locate or requires further clarification, please don't
hesitate to contact
us via this website or at 1-800-554-4501. "
"Welcome to New York's Open Data Portal, bringing together local,
state and federal data in one place. Search the site's datasets by
location or subject, or explore featured datasets and the full
Environmental Protection Agency -
Region 2 News Releases. Major Internet
connection for environmental news pertaining to our area. Get
Region 2's environmental news directly to your mail:
receive Region 2 news releases in your e-mail box on an as-issued basis,
type subscribe in the subject box, and subscribe epa-r2-press (firstname)
(lastname) in the message box of this
EPA - ZIP Code
Search Type in your zip code and get environmental information form
the Environmental Protection Agency in for different categories, from
four different databases: 1. Pollution, hazardous waste sites, and other
regulatory information, 2. environmental conditions and trends in your
county, 3. Computer-generated maps of regulated sites in your area,
4. Environmental conditions and activities in your watershed.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Search the EPA Internet:
Use the EPA's search engine and type "Rochester, New York" to get the
latest environmental news
U.S. EPA Newsroom - News Releases -- from
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Survey Newsroom - from U.S.
Geological Survey "The USGS is a science organization
that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems
and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural
resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change,
and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant,
and useable information. "
Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Home Page The
Buffalo District employs approximately 300 people in seven offices across
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Press Release Summary Page for Region 5 From the
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this page covers the environmental
news in Region 5, the United States Northeast.
Northeast Regional Office U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 300 Westgate
Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035-9589
- Representatives in Government
Post is a non-profit investigative reporting center focused on
issues of importance to Buffalo and Western New York. Investigative Post has
a dual mission: Promote a just and well-governed community and a healthy
environment and economy by providing citizens with high-quality
investigative reporting and analysis. Areas of concentration will include
government and politics, the economy and economic development, the
environment, and issues related to poverty and other economic hardship.
Develop young journalists, particularly those of color, through partnerships
with local colleges and universities and by providing internships,
apprenticeships and other opportunities to students and recent graduates
wanting to learn the craft of investigative reporting. Investigative Post
publishes on its website, investigativepost.org, and has partnerships with
WGRZ, the NBC affiliate for the Buffalo market; Artvoice, Western New York’s
alternative newsweekly; and WBFO, 88.7 FM, the NPR station for the region.
Our area colleges are doing more and more articles on our local
- Campus Times
Student Newspaper at the University of Rochester
Green Dandelion "The Green Dandelion is dedicated to
sustainability and the work that is being done at the University of
Rochester by Facilities and Services Department in the area of
News Room - University
of Rochester Medical Center "One of the nation's top academic
medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center forms
the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching,
patient care, and community outreach missions. With more than $145
million in federal research funding, UR School of Medicine research
funding ranks in the top one-quarter of U.S. medical centers, while
the School of Nursing ranks 12th highest in funding. The
University's health care delivery network is anchored by Strong
Memorial Hospital—a 739-bed, University-owned teaching
hospital—which boasts programs that consistently rank among
"America's Best Hospitals," according to U.S. News & World Report.
Our patients benefit from the Medical Center's robust teaching and
biomedical research programs "
University of Rochester
Medical Center, Rochester NY
| the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute |
Hobart and William Smith Colleges ::
Finger Lakes Institute "Is dedicated to the promotion of
environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and
surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional
environmental partners and state and local government offices, the
Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices
throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to
the general public. "
- RIT - University
News | RIT Green
| News |
Review :: University of Rochester
The Latest from FLCC
- from Finger Lakes Community College
News & Events
| SUNY Geneseo--from
Welcome to SUNY Geneseo
- from Welcome! The College at
Recent Articles/Press Releases - Roberts Wesleyan College -
Rochester, NY --from Roberts
Wesleyan College - Christian Liberal Arts College in Upstate New
York - Rochester, NY
MCC NEWS - from
Monroe Community College
News Releases - St. John
Fisher Collegrg - from
Home - St. John Fisher College
College: Office of Communications --from
Keuka College: a four-year liberal arts
college in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York
Chronicle Online - Cornell Chronicle • 312 College
Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850 • 607-255-4206 • email@example.com
Save The Internet http://www.savetheinternet.com
Our environment, Net Neutrality, and us idiots
Whether or not you have been following the
Neutrality issue, this raging controversy could have a
profound effect on your life
. The state of the free, unfettered
environmental information network that the Internet has
delivered to the public for the past decade might be in jeopardy
if Net Neutrality is compromised by a new ruling by the
Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) and Congress. Here’s the situation: “In recent weeks, top
officials from the Federal Communications Commission have held
closed-door meetings to negotiate with the country’s biggest
communications companies and online service providers on how the
Internet should be regulated.” –8/05/2010 “The
Net Neutrality Spat Explained
mean to imply that the Internet is a rigorous medium or that
environmentalism on the net hasn’t been messy. It has.
Everyone with a computer and Internet connection has been able
to write a report, give an opinion, argue a position,
investigate a story, and respond to every little fact or
observation about our environment since the Internet went
public. No posted thought seems to have been denied access (in
the US anyway). That is a good thing, though it would be more
helpful if more reason and less hysterics pervaded this
Places that list Rochester area news articles.
Many area township post their own news, which provides a primary source
for environmental stories
Because environmental news many times involves the whole region, it's
useful to check other community's online news services. If you are a
subscriber, and even if you are not, please contact these media and ask
them to have a permanent (daily) section on our local environment and
devote time to thorough investigation (preemptive) so that we know
what's going on. We don't want to know what a media's agenda is,
we want to know the state of our environment.
- Buffalo, NY
News. com This media does a good job on thorough
local environmental reporting and we'd like them to have a permanent
section in their paper on our environment. A good thorough
environmental story can usually be found here on the weekends, like
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Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Alternative Newsweekly
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Niagara Gazette Niagara Gazette 310 Niagara Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14302 From its inception in 1854, the Niagara
Falls Gazette has been the record of local news and events in
and around Niagara Falls. The Gazette's early editions, as they
do today, reach across international borders and reported news
of the early daredevils and Falls-related stories, stories of
heroic rescues and tragic mishaps, stories of romantic
dalliances, honeymoon excursions and lovers leaps of despair.
Those reports appeared in newspapers across the country and in
Europe. Today, we mail daily editions of the Niagara Gazette
from Vermont to California and Alaska to Florida, reaching into
25 of our nations 50 states.
- WBFO 88.7FM -
Your NPR Station in Buffalo, NY
Re-ENERGIZE BUFFALO "All things GREEN: Energy, Environment,
and Economy *Grow Clean Energy *Cut Pollution *Protect Health
*Create Jobs "
- Buffalo Rising "Buffalo Rising has been one of the
region's most dynamic websites since its launch in 2004. We cover
the positive and interesting people and places that make our city
unique. Last year, we welcomed over 2 million visits and served over
5 million pages. "
Post "Investigative Post is a non-profit investigative
reporting center focused on issues of importance to Buffalo and
Western New York. It has struck distribution deals with a number of
media outlets, most notably WGRZ 2 On
Your Side, and is partnering with journalism programs at
colleges and universities in Western New York to help develop young
journalists. Investigative Post launched in February under the
direction of Jim
Heaney, a former investigative reporter with The Buffalo News.
Lee Coppola, a former investigative reporter, federal prosecutor and
journalism school dean, serves as president of the board. Other
board members include Tom Toles, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial
- Finger Lakes
- Genesee, NY
- Batavia, NY
- Schenectady, NY
- Auburn, NY
- Ithaca, NY
- New York City
- Syracuse, NY
- Binghamton, NY
- Hudson Valley
- Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties of
Northeastern New York
- Central New York
- New York’s Westchester, Rockland
- Mohawk Valley
- Corning, NY
- Oswego, NY
- Niagara, NY
- Capitol region: Albany, NY area
Albany NY News -
Times Union - Serving Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy
Though not often enough for me, this media does a great job in
reporting on environmental issues. [Disclosure, I used to be a
paper boy for this great newspaper back in the day when I was a kid
in the Adirondacks.] But, I must say, as I do with most of our
areas media, they need a permanent section on our environment so we
can check it every day.;
Saratogian : Serving the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. region
- Glens Falls, Saratoga, Lake George NY
Record : Serving Troy and its surrounding communities
- Medina, NY
- Lockport, NY
- Watertown, NY
- Northern NY
News & Info for Potsdam,
Massena, Ogdensburg, Canton, Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County,
NY | NorthCountryNow
North Country Public Radio "Based in Canton, NY, in
St. Lawrence County, NCPR operates a network of 32
transmitters broadcasting to the entire Adirondack North
Country, western Vermont and southeastern Ontario. The
commercial-free format includes a wide variety of programs from
National Public Radio including
All Things Considered,
Fresh Air and
more. NCPR's award-winning
news team can be heard weekdays at 8:00 am with
regional news broadcasts, features and interviews. The
station also airs an eclectic mix of
locally-hosted music programs. "
Adirondack Almanack Now in its seventh
year, Adirondack Almanack serves more than 7,500 daily
subscribers and has been recognized for journalistic achievement
by the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Almanack's nearly 30
contributors include veteran local writers, historians,
naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts from around the Adirondack
region. The Almanack is the online news magazine of Adirondack
Explorer. Both are nonprofits supported by contributors,
readers, and advertisers, and devoted to exploring, protecting,
and unifying the Adirondack Park. - See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/#sthash.STQVuLeM.dpuf
Here are news links specifically for news pertaining to environmental
issues relating to any and all of the Great Lakes.
Lakes Echo - Environmental news across the basin "Great
Lakes Echo is a project of the Knight Center
for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. It was
created with assistance of MSU’s
Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media.
Original content is produced by journalists working for the center.
Additional content is provided by
Capital News Service. "
Cicle of Blue Great Lakes news -
Circle of Blue
"Founded in 2000 by leading journalists and scientists, Circle of Blue
provides relevant, reliable, and actionable on-the-ground information
about the world’s resource crises. With an intense focus on water and
its relationships to food, energy, and health, Circle of Blue has
created a breakthrough model of front-line reporting, data collection,
design, and convening that has evolved with the world’s need to spur new
methodology in science, collaboration, innovation, and response. To
document emerging and recognized crises, Circle of Blue collaborates
with leading scientists and data experts. Through its partnerships,
Circle of Blue then dispatches top journalists to map and define the
region where the change is occurring. Making connections from localized
occurrences to global trends, Circle of Blue publishes these reports
online — free of charge — to inform academics, governments, and the
general public, catalyzing participation across disciplines, regions,
and cultures. "
in the Great Lakes Region --and Lake Ontario (GLIN
- Current Lake Ontario Conditions ) from
Great Lakes Information Network
(GLIN) Climate Ark The
site is a first of its kind climate change search engine. Those
interested in climate change research and activist activities can
carry out full text searches through an extensive list of reviewed
internet content. Climate Ark searches allow you to explore the
entire content of hundreds of different environmental sites,
including Climate Ark's own archive of non-durable Internet
information relating to Climate Change, at the same time.
News & Events - Healthy Lakes - Healthy Lives "The
Healing Our Waters (HOW) Great Lakes Coalition reached a milestone
recently, growing to over 100 groups throughout the Great Lakes
region. The HOW Coalition continues to grow and diversify. This
growth symbolizes the importance of restoring the health of the
Great Lakes, which are essential to the economic and cultural
identity of our region."
Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region --from
Great Lakes Information
Network "The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a
partnership that provides one place online for people to find
information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
region of North America. GLIN offers a wealth of data and
information about the region's environment, economy, tourism,
education and more. Thanks to its strong network of state,
provincial, federal and regional partner agencies and organizations,
GLIN has become a necessary component of informed decisionmaking,
and a trusted and reliable source of information for those who live,
work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region. "
Great Lakes Environmental Directory: extensive
information regarding Great Lakes environment
- Freshwater Future
"Freshwater Future builds effective community-based citizen action to
protect and restore the water quality of the Great Lakes basin. We work
toward this goal by providing financial assistance, communications and
networking assistance and technical assistance to citizens and
grassroots watershed groups throughout the Great Lakes basin. Through
these efforts we work with over 1,800 grassroots watershed groups and
citizens to protect and restore the rivers, lakes and wetlands in their
communities. Freshwater Future, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt organization. "
News Service "The Public News Service (PNS) provides reporting on a wide
range of social, community, and environmental issues for mainstream and
alternative media that amplifies progressive voices, is easy to use and has
a proven track record of success. Supported by over 400 nonprofit
organizations and other contributors, PNS provides high-quality news on
public issues and current affairs. "
Some of the best sources for local environmental and state wide groups
who report on what they've observed or actions they have taken--many
actions of which are ignored by local media.
CEI: Center for
Environmental Initiatives Center for Environmental
Initiatives (CEI) has established five long-term goals that will
direct our future work and, when adequately funded and implemented,
will result in a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable region for
today and future generations.
Room | NYLCV - New York League of Conservation Voters
NYLCV is a non-partisan, policy making and political action
organization that works to make environmental protection a top
priority with elected officials, decision-makers and the voters by
evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing
environmental leaders to office in New York State. --
NYLCV - New York League of Conservation
Voters | Educating and Electing for the Environment
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York
State's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and
government reform organization. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit
group established to effect policy reforms while training students
and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played
the key role in fighting for more than
120 public interest laws
and executive orders.
Environmental Advocates of New York Environmental
Advocates of New York's mission is to protect our air, land, water
and wildlife and the health of all New Yorkers. Based in Albany, we
monitor state government, evaluate proposed laws, and champion
policies and practices that will ensure the responsible stewardship
of our shared environment. We work to support and strengthen the
efforts of New York's environmental community and to make our state
a national leader.
Coalition: Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) was founded in
1983 by people living with the legacy of toxic pollution. They were
united in the belief that no child should be born with toxic chemicals
in their body, and began to use their collective grassroots power to
influence statewide policy, with a mission to eliminate toxic pollution
from homes, workplaces, schools and communities by empowering people.
Twenty years later, CEC has grown into 110 community, labor, faith-based,
youth, health and environmental groups and over 14,000 individuals throughout
New York State with offices in Albany and Buffalo. We serve as the nexus
of local communities, statewide policy discussions and national collaborations.
Center - Citizens Campaign for the Environment -
Citizens Campaign for the
Environment - New York and Connecticut Environmental Protection
Preservation and Advocacy ""
- Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Monroe County Our Mission is to provide research-based
information and education programs to address local priority needs in
the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, Horticulture, and Nutrition,
Food Safety & Health.
- Press Releases
from Birds - Cornell Lab of
- The Moderate Urban
Champion "Headquartered in Rochester, NY. Dedicated to
pointing up optimism regarding 21st century Urban Living. Will focus
on efficiency issues such as mass-transit, energy, and urban development.
NEWS RELEASES | Environment New York Research & Policy Center
| "Environment New York
is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.
We believe there’s something special about New York — something
worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s
hiking in the wild forested hills of the Catskills, going for a swim
in Long Island Sound, or camping along Lake George in the
Adirondacks, New York’s natural wonders enrich our lives in
countless ways. "
EWG Home |
Environmental Working Group "The mission of the Environmental
Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to
protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard
Cycling Alliance : Rochester, NY The RCA is an
organization which works to create better cycling infrastructure and
a stronger voice for cyclists in Rochester, NY.
York "Environment New York is a statewide,
citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Our professional
staff combines independent research, practical ideas and
tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special
interests and win real results for New York's environment.
Environment New York's staff draws on 30 years of success in
tackling our state's top environmental problems. As part of
we fight to protect our air, water and open spaces, here in New
York, in state capitols across the country, and in Washington, D.C.
| Riverkeeper from
Riverkeeper - NY's Clean Water
Advocate "We began as the Hudson River Fisherman's Association
and, more than 40 years later, we are New York’s clean water
advocate, having helped set worldwide standards for waterway and
watershed protection and serving as the model for more than 190
Keeper programs around the globe. "
Use these online news directories to search for Rochester area environment
Although not professional or official sources for environmental news,
many of these site offer insights you would not get more mainstream media
and they all allow for online interaction--so you can be part of the dialogue
on our environment.
Thoughts - Rochester, NY RochesterEvironment.com's mission is to
give a complete online snapshot of one community's (Rochester, New York)
environment. I invite you to check out RochesterEnvironment.com and
comment on this singular project that attempts to focus on making our
community a sustainable one--a goal that seems to escape the major media.
This exceptional project, providing a complete environmental profile
for one city, has been updated daily since 1998.
520 - An
Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Welcome to the 520 blog, which we hope to make a stew pot full of
news and observations about environmental issues in the Rochester
region and beyond. We both spend a good deal of our time writing
about green topics, but there is so much happening in this arena
that we can’t begin to fit it all into the newspaper. Our goal is
not only to provide a place on the Web for interesting environmental
nuggets, but to spark conversations and hold institutions and
individuals accountable when need be. "
- Community Health
V.O.I.C.E. The Community Health VOICE (Volunteer, Organize, Innovate,
Collaborate, Empower) Blog was created to serve as a forum for faculty,
staff, students, residents and fellows at the University of Rochester
Medical Center and our partners in the Rochester area and beyond who
are engaged or have an interest in community-based health services,
education, research, and advocacy.
ROCHESTER DISSIDENT - news & views from Jack Bradigan Spula
- Jack Bradigan Spula, a freelance writer
and teacher based in Rochester, NY, works with the Northeast Organic
Farming Association on policy education. NOFA - with chapters in New
York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut,
and Rhode Island – promotes healthy food, organic farming practices,
and a clean environment.
Big Picture Rochester-the outdoor photo gallery in downtown Rochester,
NY - Home "Big Picture Rochester is a nonprofit company created
by Ken Sato to bring art and beauty to the "Image Capital of the World,"
Rochester, New York. Please look around our website to learn about our
mission, past exhibitions, and upcoming projects."
RocBike.com "I started RocBike.com to chronicle my adventures as
a cyclist and bike commuter in Rochester, NY, a mid-sized city on the
southern shore of Lake Ontario. My idea was to write about the rides,
the idiots, the joys, the brushes with death, and the daily challenge
that is being a bicycle rider. After just a few days, though, I started
to see more potential for the site. Now I’m interested in making it
a gathering place for bike advocacy and shared experience here in the
Flower City. RocBike.com can be an online zocalo (town square) for cycling
and bike activism in Rochester, from Critical Mass to citywide bike
tours to the everyday experiences of cyclists just like me."
Rochester Cycling Alliance
"The mission of the Rochester Cycling Alliance is to bring together
cycling enthusiasts and cycling clubs in the metropolitan Rochester,
NY region in order to achieve several objectives: 1. Promote the use
of bicycles for transportation, sport, recreation and health. 2.
Foster the development of cycling roads and trails. 3. Better
facilitate the exchange of information on bicycle safety, active
transportation and cycling in general. 4. Provide input on
government activities and legislation affecting cycling. 5. Provide
a public voice for the interests of cyclists "
"Rochester Turning is a people-powered, progressive blogging community
in the Rochester, NY area. We believe in clean air, water, politics,
money, business, energy, and human rights. Our goal is to promote progressive
candidates and movements in the Greater Rochester region."
Friends - Rochester Wiki "This group, offically named "Friends Helping
Friends" does a tremendous amount to help our community. Friends Helping
Friends coordinates a thrift store and food cupboard at 333 Child Street.
The store is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm seven days a week.
In addition, FHF runs a free bike shop at 226-230 Hudson Avenue where
FHF recieves old bikes, repairs them and gives them away to schools,
as well as civic and faith communities. We would love to have volunteers,
groups of volunteers or people's old bikes. We also recieved the donation
of a residential property at 30 Mark Street that we've almost fully
renovated; 3 of us live there now. "
News & Opinion
- Rochester City Newspaper --from
Greater Rochester Weekly Alternative Newspaper. Available at Tops,
Wegmans, and many stores, restaurants, and coffee shops, (585) 244-3329
-- You can pick one up free anywhere (a restaurant and other
businesses) in town. This newspaper used to
be a major environmental news source in Rochester, but now you rarely
Bob Marcotte's Word On Birds" If you enjoy feeding birds in your
yard . . . looking at birds when you stroll in the park or at the beach
… or simply have a casual curiosity about the birds you see while commuting
. . .You’ve come to the right place. “The Word on Birds” is your chance
to share, to learn, to ask. Share photos you’ve taken of wild birds
in our area. Or write to us with your favorite bird watching experiences.
Blog and Clipping Service
Our Rochester area Environmentalist produce some very good environmental
articles useful for reporting on the state of our environment.
The Eco-Logue the newsletter of the
Group of the Sierra Club - Eco-Logue is published bimonthly by the
Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club, Post Office Box 39516,
Rochester, New York 14604-9516. Subscriptions are free to Sierra Club
members living in the Rochester region and available at &10 per year
to others. Eco-Logue issues are available as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable
Document Format) files.
Audubon Society - A New York Chapter of the National Audubon
Society The mission of GVAS is to promote the conservation of the environment
through education and to advocate for its protection, focusing on birds
and other wildlife in Western New York.
The Rutabaga Rap
- Newsletter of Abundance Cooperative market. --form
Land Trust ~ Newsletters The Finger Lakes Land Trust was founded
in 1989 to protect those lands that define the character of the Finger
Lakes region of upstate New York. To date, the Land Trust has protected
more than 8,800 acres of the region's wetlands, forests, farmland, grassland,
and gorges. This has been accomplished through the establishment of
nature preserves that are open to the public for quiet recreation, the
use of conservation easements (voluntary agreements on private lands),
and the provision of technical assistance and educational programs to
local governments, landowners, and the public.
Finger Lakes Land Trust
Club Atlantic Chapter Publications -
Atlantic Chapter "Representing more than 35,000 members across
New York State "
The Nature Conservancy Press Releases from
The Nature Conservancy in New York - Central & Western New York
Citizen's Environmental Coalition: Citizens’
Environmental Coalition (CEC) was founded in 1983 by people living
with the legacy of toxic pollution. They were united in the belief
that no child should be born with toxic chemicals in their body, and
began to use their collective grassroots power to influence
statewide policy, with a mission to eliminate toxic pollution from
homes, workplaces, schools and communities by empowering people.
Twenty years later, CEC has grown into 110 community, labor,
faith-based, youth, health and environmental groups and over 14,000
individuals throughout New York State with offices in Albany and
Buffalo. We serve as the nexus of local communities, statewide
policy discussions and national collaborations.
Nature Reports Climate Change "The Climate
Podcast highlights the best news, features, commentary and analysis
from Nature Reports Climate Change, as well as the hottest topics on
the Climate Feedback blog. Tune in for interviews with the people
behind the science, insights from journalists covering the research
and opinions from climate experts. Keep up to date on the latest in
climate research as well as its implications for policy, the economy
Earthbeat Radio Earthbeat Radio is the only
hour-long broadcast of any kind in America dedicated entirely to the
global warming crisis. Syndicated to over 50 stations nationwide
from our Washington, D.C., studios, Earthbeat takes on every aspect
of the climate / clean energy issue with interviews, features,
humor, and commentary. Launched in 2003, we are an independent radio
show produced out of Pacifica Radio’s flagship station WPFW 89.3 FM
Audubon Nature Club "The Burroughs Audubon Nature Club
(BANC) is an organization dedicated to promoting the natural
sciences, ecology, and conservation through regular programs and
field trips. BANC. enjoys a 30-acre nature sanctuary with trails and
a clubhouse located near the village of Pittsford, and a 90-acre
nature preserve near Dansville. Friendly and knowledgeable people,
along with outstanding facilities and programs make BANC membership
a great opportunity for individuals and families of all ages. "
Press Releases "The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Communications
Office, based in the Albany Public Affairs Office, helps draw media
attention to the club, its programs and issues vital to its
membership. " ADK: Your
Voice for Wilderness
Advocates Press Released - from Environmental Advocates of New
York – 353 Hamilton St., Albany, NY 12210 – 518.462.5526 – WWW.EANY.ORG
Some of the best ways to stay abreast of environmental news is by
There isn’t much in the way of independent and investigative news that
we need to assess our environment. Find out how that can change by
checking these sites.
- Save the News
"Our vision is for every community to have access to in-depth
investigative reporting, quality local news and critical watchdog
journalism that empower citizens, hold our leaders accountable and
represent the diversity of our nation. "