RENewsletter | December 18, 2016


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“Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change.”


*Note: Henceforth 'environment' means ‘our life support system.’


[12/11/2016 – 12/18/2016]


Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature. Frank J. Regan


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Opening Salvo: “Get EPA’s climate indicators 2016 while you can


If you only have about forty-five minutes to learn everything you need to know about Climate Change, a good source would be the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016 Fourth Edition. Considering the massive changes coming to the EPA (probably not in a good way), I highly recommend you download this report soon. Very soon. You can both view and download the full report here. This report is peer-reviewed, amazingly easy to read, and organized for quick comprehension. It’s the fourth since the EPA started publishing them in 2010.


The report is framed around 37 climate indicators.


Why Use Indicators? One important way to track and communicate the causes and effects of climate change is through the use of indicators. An indicator represents the state or trend of certain environmental or societal conditions over a given area and a specified period of time. (Page 3, Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2016 Fourth Edition)


Considering all the rubbish being bandied about by those who either don’t know or care to know about this present warming phenomenon occurring on our planet, you’d think everyone would want to go check out the most accessible and compelling facts by the most respected (at least for now) environmental agency in the world.


It isn’t the EPA’s job to create the data for these reports, it’s their job, their responsibility (at least for now), to assemble the facts behind our government’s obligation to inform and protect the public. Because this report is the fourth, it builds on what has happened with our climate since the first three.


If each editor of each mainstream media outlet took a few moments to read this official document, it might go far in producing responsible reporting on Climate Change. Responsible reporting on Climate Change might well have avoided putting a climate denier into our country’s highest office, along with his cabinet choices who will most probably do their utmost to undo what centuries of science has attempted to do—inform humanity correctly as to what’s going on in our world.


How Is This Report Useful? Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016, is written with the primary goal of informing readers’ understanding of climate change. It is also designed to be useful for the public, scientists, analysts, decision-makers, educators, and others who can use climate change indicators as a tool for: Effectively communicating relevant climate science information in a sound, transparent, and easy-to-understand way. Assessing trends in environmental quality, factors that influence the environment, and effects on ecosystems and society. Informing science-based decision-making. (Page 4, IBID)


There is a tendency towards focusing on the fine details when reading reports. But in this case, while the numbers themselves are cause for concern, it’s the bigger picture humanity needs to understand: We have put into motion a planetary event that we barely understand and whose outcome we cannot entirely predict and may not be able to stop. 


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I post local environmental events, news, and commentary as soon as it happens. The ability of this newsletter to inform and get the public focused on our local environment is dependent on reaching a lot of folks. If you think this newsletter, which continually informs our community on our local environmental news, events, actions, is worthwhile, please encourage others to sign up.  We who care about our environment and future need to ‘Occupy’ the Rochester media to change how the public views environmental news. One way to do that is to join this Google+ Group. “Become The MediaBTW: This newsletter looks and works great on your tablet device.


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?


“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


My companion book to written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on and Kindle We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books



NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments. Text in BOLD are my comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.