Updates June - Sept 99
- 9/27/99 --Do you have an environmental home
page? --If so, why not sign up for the Environmental Home Page Association
which is a mailing list and a resource center for environmental home page creators who
want to help each other get noticed by the general public on the Internet. This site
has been updated considerably, and after a long hiatus, our association is back in full
- 9/24/99 -- Steve Orr, a reporter for the Sunday edition of the Rochester DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, will be doing
an expose on my Rochester Environmental site this Sunday. Check out Steve's section,
in the Sunday, Business section of the D&C and let me know what you think of the
article. It probably won't be on the digital edition, you'll have to get the paper.
- 9/24/99-- Here's the kind of information useful on the Internet: Dispose of hazardous waste this
weekend. You need an appointment though, so call 247-2911 before heading
over.--9/17/99--TOP NEWS From WHEC, and MSNBC
- 9/21/99-- Don't forget to attend:
Adirondack Park Agency HEARING ON A 'WILDERNESS
DESIGNATION' FOR LAKE LILA AND THE NEW WHITNEY ESTATE purchased by New York State, on
September 23 (Thursday), 7pm. See you there.
- Also, using EDF Member Action Network,
http://actionnetwork.org/ I helped this cause online:
Alert title: STOP JAPANESE FUNDING FOR DESTRUCTIVE DAM IN THE PHILIPPINES! Sign up and
help our environment.
- 9/20/99-- Elections and the environment: According to the headlines in
yesterdays Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the top ten election concerns
for our area did not include a concern about our environment. In fact, the article did not
even mention the word environment. Education lead, then jobs, crime, family and community
values, heath, taxes, and so on. But, without a healthy environment, none of our other
concerns will matter, because they wont exist. Politicians are reluctant to run on
environmental issues and the public tends not to think of the environment as an issue.
But, it doesnt matter. It doesnt matter to our environment, that is, if we
place upon our election concerns those policies which favor our survival because we are
only a component of Naturenot the end result of it. Though, we often think of our
environment as a mere backdrop to our lives, only occasionally noticing it when it fares
up in a storm, it is much more than that. Whether or not we place our environmental health
high on our election concerns, it will always be at the top because as soon as it begins
to deteriorate everything else will be shoved aside.
- 9/15/99-- Soon I will begin a SisterCity project with Rochester Environment. This
will be a linking page for all web pages around the world that have individuals or groups
who have environmental pages for their cities. Like Rochester Environment, these
sites must have local environmental news, scheduling for environmental events,
information, services, etc.
- 9/15/99-- Rochester Environment now has its own domain name: http://rochesterenvironment.com, or http://www.rochesterenvironment.com.
Although, the http://www.ggw.org/rochesterenvironment
address will always work, the new domain name will make it easier for others to find this
site on the major search engines.
- 9/15/99-- Now Rochester Environment will be easier to find on the Internet because it is
listed in Yahoo.
and, "You can find your entry at that time by looking
through the "Whats New" listings (located at http://www.yahoo.com/new/) or by doing a keyword
- 9/14/99/99-- While I was in San Jose, I visited the TheTech
Museum of Innovation and created a web page at the exhibit. Check it out here.
- 9/13/99--Because of technical difficulties, I have been unable to update my pages for
several weeks. But, everything is fixed and I'm up and running.
- 8/16/99-- On my friend John Catalano's site, The
World of Richard Dawkins, John has made links to the growing controversy about On August 11th, the Kansas Board of
Education voted 6 to 4 to delete virtually any mention of evolution from the state's
science curriculum. Besides keeping you informed of this debacle by the Kansas
Board of Education, The World of Richard Dawkins is the best site on the Internet for
beginning your search on Richard Dawkins and evolution. If you have links to John's
site, his address has changed, please make updates to your links.
- 8/04/99 Here is an excellent page for learning about the Problem of Species Extinction,
from The World Book Encyclopedia.
Take a quiz when you're finished.
- 8/03/99-- To get an idea of the scope of our environmental problems and learn how well
the Internet can report on this, check out these two reports: 1. Terminal Planet, by MSNBC
& 2. Human Impact
Triggers Massive Extinction's, by Environment News
Service. The Internet is doing its job presenting sustained environmental news
stories, what about TV? Radio? Newspaper?
- 8/02/99--I've created a new page,
Invasive Species for links
and news on the serious issue of alien species for Rochester Environment.
- 7/28/99--This request just in: Dear Frank, I am researching
a program commissioned for Channel 5 about people and their cars. I am trying to find an
environmentalist, or an environmentalist couple that drive an economical vehicle, who
maybe willing to contribute to the program.If you know of anyone then please ask them to
contact me at work: 01222 455000, Mob: 07931 994384, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank-you for
your time. Barry
- 7/27/99-- Just got a message from House Representative, Thomas M. Reynolds, thanking me
for my letter regarding roadless areas in our national forests.
- 7/26/99-- Although, not strictly an environmental issue, the land claims issue does
affect our local environment because the outcome of this issue in October fourth of this
year will influence who has stewardship over the land in question. I do not hold an
opinion as to which group is right or wrong on the land claims issue, but I do believe
that the outcome will affect our environment. I have created a page for this issue here:
- 7/08/99 --"The snow leopard of Nepal, one of the rarest
species on Earth" I went to the World Wildlife Fund and sent a
message to Representative Thomas Reynolds.
- 7/08/99 In Rochester Environment, I've created a new page
Facts to give visitors and residents of Rochester, New York an idea of our
- 7/07/99--Top 10 Clean Air
Success Stories Show Air Quality
Improvements Around the Nation Cities Lauded for Successful Efforts to Clean Up Their Air
"Rochester, N.Y. tops the list, with a 75 percent decrease in high
ozone days over the last decade. Rochester had an annual average of 10.4 such days from
1988-1992" Why is this story buried on the Internet?
Why haven't all the media sources in Rochester, New York posted this story?
- 6/29/99-- On
Rochester New Sources, I have created a rating
system for judging Rochester environmental news services on the Internet. Because it
is so difficult to find and get good environmental news coverage for Rochester. New York,
I hope this rating system helps those interested to find the best sources.
- 6/25/99-- I've written a new essay,
and posted it on my Rochester Environment. Please read and respond.
- 6/23/99-- Just created a new issue page on
Urban Sprawl for
Rochester Environment. Urban sprawl is an important environmental issue for all
communities and the Internet provides many news stories on this subject and many
- 6/21/99--This just in from E-The People. "Active and
interested in environmental issues? Try the new tool that allows you to sign petitions or
write letters concerning any environmental problem. Is your issue not there? Create your
own petition at http://www.e-thepeople.com/affiliates/national/
You can send a petition or letter to political leaders anywhere in the country on a
local, state or federal level. E-the peoples web service puts you in contact with
over 170,000 officials covering 8,000 cities across the U.S. The service is free and
provides a report of your petitions progress including who signed and how many
signatures it has received. It only takes about ten minutes to do any is a highly
effective way to create a stir in local politics. We would love to see you create a
petition on this or any issue you care about. I would be happy to help you set up your
petition. If you have any questions please call me at (800) 646-9669 or e-mail me at email@example.com." This is a great idea, and allows for anyone to use the Internet to further an
- 6/01/99: Received two snail mail responses to my action posting from the Internet.
The first if from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, about
"urging the EPA not to appeal the D.C. Circuit Court's decision on the ability of
areas to approve highway projects that violate the Clean Air Act." and the second is
from US Senator Daniel Patrick Moyniham, about over fishing in Georges Bank. The
effectiveness of using the Internet for expressing environmental concerns is growing.