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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
Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award
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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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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 Climate Smart 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. The 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: Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute: 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:
- GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation. The plant, which produces components to enable better vehicle fuel efficiency, and its nearly 1,100 employees now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. With their achievement, GM’s landfill-free facility count is at 109, more than any automaker. “A plant pursuing landfill-free will review data, do dumpster dives to find the most landfilled items, and then tackle each waste stream to find better alternatives,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste reduction efforts. “It gets harder as you go and takes an entire plant’s commitment and sometimes outside partners to get the job done.” GM supplier Mobile Fluid Recovery helped the 1.8-million-square-foot facility solve its final roadblock to achieve landfill-free status: separating a mucky mixture of metal, filter paper and oil produced by a machine that cuts metal for fuel injector and manifold components. (December 2, 2013) GM News [more on Green Business in our area]
- Clean energy ideas sought | NEXUS-NY, a clean energy commercialization program based at High Tech Rochester, is seeking proposals from teams of researchers and entrepreneurs developing clean energy technology. In January, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority selected Columbia University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and High Tech Rochester to create the proof-of-concept centers. NYSERDA will invest $6 million at each center over a five-year period. “NYSERDA has recognized that there are lots of funding sources for research and development and very few of those things that are funded result in commercial goods at the end of the day. The proof-of-concept-center is a mechanism to try to help accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies, said NEXUS-NY executive director Doug Buerkle. (November 29, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]
- State makes $225 million bet on green energy Secret research led to Silicon Valley pair New York State is betting $225 million on a pair of Silicon Valley startup companies from the highly competitive solar and LED lighting industries. Top state officials spent nine months secretly researching about 35 potential tenants for a new, high-tech manufacturing campus in Buffalo before coming away convinced that Soraa and Silevo were the right partners for the state. Soraa, which makes premium LED lights, and Silevo, which manufactures highly efficient solar panels, are young, and the clean-energy marketplace is a crowded one where profits early in a company’s life can remain elusive. But analysts and industry experts say the companies boast attractive, cutting-edge technologies and a solid business strategy of performing low-end manufacturing overseas and advanced manufacturing in the United States – including the planned Buffalo facilities. (November 25, 2013) The Buffalo News [more on Green Business in our area]
- Calling all clean energy researchers and entrepreneurs Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Doug Buerkle, who heads High Tech Rochester's new Clean Energy Proof-of-Concept Center. The center is now accepting applications for its first crop of innovators. There are many reasons to be optimistic about what the center will do to spur clean energy commercialization and entrepreneurship in our area. Chief among them is that the center really seems to encompass two programs in one. Participants will take part in a 12-week course teaching them critical 'lean startup' methods, which will help innovators discover and validate whether their proposed technology really meets a valuable enough need and could result in a scalable and profitable business. In addition, participants will receive up to $50,000 to help them support their commercialization objectives, including the creation of initial prototypes. (November 22, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]
Renewable Energy What Progress Should We Expect in the Next Ten Years
Friday, April 4, 2014
Welcome to The Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century. Our goal is
to present the most up to date policy on energy issues and
this year will be one of our most exciting events. It will
be our tenth Symposium. Our country is at a crossroad in
energy sustainability and the goal of this year’s Symposium
is to examine what we have accomplished in the past ten
years and project what we can expect for the next ten years.
At “The Links” in East Syracuse, New York
The Symposium has been noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the North East and draws up to 400 attendees each year. The Symposium provides a venue for a diverse population to join together in a non-partisan multi-disciplinary conversation and learning experience on sustainability and renewable energy. The attendees include those who work in or are interested, and includes professionals and interested citizens, congressmen, mayors, town supervisors, presidents and deans of colleges, CEO’s, professors, students, engineers, architects, city planners, representatives from the offices of elected official both on the federal, state and local levels, farmers, as well as citizens. This large group comes to share and learn from each other as well as from an outstanding group of speakers.
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. Some are annoying and critical. Some are cute and a burden.
- 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. 11. 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.
RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.
Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Saturday, December 14 from 9:00
am – 11:00 am | Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State
Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
- Be a citizen scientist and learn how to help monitor our environment, by watching birds. Birds are very sensitive to environmental changes and are great environmental indicators. "MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER HOSTS PROJECT FEEDERWATCH PROGRAM HELP SCIENTISTS TRACK BIRDS THIS WINTER Do you enjoy watching birds flock to your feeders during the winter? The Montezuma Audubon Center will host a Project FeederWatch program on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to explain how this important project turns bird watching into valuable data. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of common feeder birds throughout North America. The data collected is used by scientists to look at long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to take part in this valuable program that will feature a 1-mile walk to see common feeder birds, migrating waterfowl and birds of prey after an indoor presentation. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email email@example.com. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. Visit Montezuma Audubon for more information about our facilities, trails, and events. "
- Wednesday, January 15: 6:30pm.
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the
Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY
- Wednesday, January 15: “Bag It: Is your life too plastic?” Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now. ColorBrightonGreen.org presents The 2014 Winter Film Series at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the Friends Learning Center. All showings begin at 6:30pm. FREE.
- Thursday, February 6, 2014 from
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Roger Robach Community Center at
Ontario Beach Park
- Genesee River Basin Summit Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park | One of the initial and critical steps in this portion of CEI's Genesee RiverWatch initiative is to convene the region's water quality stakeholders and experts to develop a path forward to sustained improvement in water quality. This activity will involve a wide range of stakeholders, including government, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), agencies, and citizens. We envision this as an on-going process to ensure that stakeholders remain engaged in the restoration efforts. The other major components of this activity involve patrolling the river and tributaries, advocating for water quality regulations and standards, and being the voice of the Genesee River. --from Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
- Wednesday, February 12: 6:30pm.
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the
Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY
- Wednesday, February 12: “Gasland 2: A film by Josh Fox” In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide) GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".
- Wednesday, March 12: 6:30pm.
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the
Friends Learning Center, Brighton, NY
- Wednesday, March 12: “Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us?
- Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The
Links" in East Syracuse, New York
- Tenth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century A Division of Synapse Sustainability Trust Inc. Renewable Energy What Do We Expect In The Next Ten Years Friday, April 4, 2014 At "The Links" in East Syracuse, New York
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: January 3, 2014
- You have until January 3, 2014 to comment on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans—I focus on the Region2 in this article but there are many more. Please frame your response according to the enormity of the problem, not on what you think is merely feasible in our present state of denial. “The EPA released its draft agency on February 9, 2013 for public review and comment, and expects to issue the final version this fall. In 2009, all federal agencies were required to develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans by the federal Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Under Executive Order 13514, the Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for the President on how to increase the nation’s resilience to climate change. The new Implementation Plans provide information about how EPA will meet the agency-wide priorities identified in the draft Climate Adaptation Plan released earlier this year. (EPA Releases Agency Plans for Adapting to a Changing Climate, Nov. 1, 2013)” This is how you provide comment, if you are in Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands): Surf over to www.regulations.gov and copy and paste this (Docket Number EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0568) into the SEARCH box. This will display “Request for Public Comment on the Agency’s 18 DRAFT Program a…”, then click on the ‘Comment Now!’ button. Remember: If you are providing comments through the public docket, it is important to identify which of the 17 Plans your comments refer to. We here in the Rochester, NY region live in EPA’s Region 2, so you have to read the EPA Region 2 Climate Adaptation Plan 2013—some 40 pages. The comment period on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans closes on January 3, 2014. more…
ACTION: Due Date: December 17, 2013
- New York State Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest Entries Must be Received by December 17, 2013 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens invites fifth graders to showcase their artistic talents and help to increase public awareness about trees in New York by participating in the annual National Arbor Day Poster Contest. "Trees play a vital role in the lives of New Yorkers and are a vital part of our ecosystem," Commissioner Martens said. "Whether someone is tapping a maple tree in early spring or relaxing in the shade of a tree on a hot summer day, trees are integral to our quality of life. I encourage fifth graders to join in our celebration of trees by drawing, sketching or painting their favorite trees and showcasing why trees are important in our daily lives." (November 1, 2013) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up today! "
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- As I was looking through past local news articles on pesticides and their relationship to Climate Change (according to studies, Climate Change in our region will increase plant and insect pests and we’ll dump more pesticides on them and with heavier rainfall events more pesticides will wash into our waters), I found that trying the get the Safe Chemicals Act updated has been around for several years. That’s tragic: we cannot summon the will to fight the pesticide industry to get laws passed that would protect our children from toxic chemicals. Why would anyone not want The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696) reformed and modernized? Our NYS Senators have co-signed this bill and they are very cool, especially Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] Bill Author. Take action: Urge your Senator to strengthen the bill
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
- ACTION : Due Date Now:
- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
ACTION: Due Date:
- We are so going to cook on our planet if we don’t have a media that covers Climate Change. Mainstream media must wake up. TELL NBC, CBS, AND ABC TO GIVE US BETTER COVERAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE! In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather -- climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution. Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year. " --from League of Conservation Voters
ACTION: Due Date Now!
- Stop Fracking, contact the Governor Cuomo. Email template makes it easy-peasy. Go Hog Wild! Calls to Action: Write Governor Cuomo! Toxics Targeting has made it super easy.. Just fill in the blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send" Write Governor Cuomo Today using a new "Public Health Impact Study" email application that you can customize to your heart's content. It could not be simpler. Just fill in a couple of blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send:" Email Application Request for a Shale Gas Public Health Impact Study
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Here’s your chance to use the power of the Internet to stop a major fossil fuel project that will spell game over on Climate Change. A Million Comments Against Keystone XL The State Department's official public comment period on Keystone XL Pipeline is now open -- and it's a crucial opportunity for us to flood them with comments. We'll take your comments and deliver them directly and immediately to the the State Department.
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."
- 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.
Due Date: Now
- When you think of how mad/crazy folks are for Fracking in NYS and that the fossil fuel industry gets billions each year in tax subsidies, taking away the tax credit for renewable energy is horrific. Take action on this critical issue: SAVE USA WIND JOBS "Don’t let wind and solar and other renewable energy die so the fossil fuel industry can thrive and warm the planet. SAVE USA WIND JOBS Congress is currently in recess and will reconvene for a “lame duck” session following the November 6th elections. We need to keep reminding our legislators of the urgency of extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) as soon as they return to session throughout this recess period. We urge you to write to your legislators today." from Power of Wind
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- 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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- Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We're calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign. You can join us as a co-petitioner below! The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that the current 10 mile Emergency Planning Zones in the U.S. are woefully inadequate to protect the American people. "Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 12/10/2013 - I know, ya can’t tell if the freaking benzene is coming from the Fracking hole or the Fracking machinery, but still it’s a public health issue related to Fracking. As long as we keep this issue murky we can keep Fracking, right? Health Dept. Concerned About Benzene Emissions Near Local Gas Drilling Sites A substance believed to cause cancer in those exposed to it over an extended period of time is in the air near Marcellus Shale fracking sites, according to Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble. "The levels of benzene really pop out. The amounts they were seeing were at levels of concern," said Gamble in describing the results of testing his department recently performed at well sites throughout Ohio County. "The concerns of the public are validated," he added. (December 10, 2013) The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register
- 12/10/2013 - If Albany and NYC can put a ban on Styrofoam Containers, so can Rochester. These plastic foam containers are the bane of recyclers. NYC, Albany Poised to Act on Styrofoam Container Bans (December 10, 2013) Public News Service [more on Recycling in our area]
- 12/10,2013 - Your guess: Are we and our way of life, where we just dump stuff into the Great Lakes, causing Avian botulism or is it just totally a natural phenomenon? Botulism Killing Thousands Of Great Lakes Birds, Biologists ‘Getting Closer’ To Finding Source Of Deadly Bacterium Avian botulism, a fatal disease caused by a toxin that triggers paralysis, is decimating Great Lakes bird populations. (December 8, 2013) International Business Times
- Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
- 12/10/2013 - So, we should wait until the Arctic melts completely and we’ve drilled all the oil we can from it so we can see if there’s any impact on our lives, right? Then, we’ll get our act together and fix this problem, right? Or, we’ll probably say we waited to long and now we’re screwed and so we might as well keep drilling and eating and drinking and be merry, right? Human, ya gotta laugh. We’re so not capable of dealing with Climate Change. Arctic thaw tied to European, US heatwaves and downpours: study (December 8, 2013) Thomas Reuters Foundation
- 12/10/2013 - Read report, Rochester is moving towards major a shift to Active Transportation (walking and bicycling). Few things we are doing right now will have as much impact on helping us to adapt to Climate Change as moving a sizable portion of our population out of their cars and onto their bikes—and walking. Read this from EPA “Transportation sources emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2011, transportation represented approximately 27 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. Transportation also accounts for over half of the net increase in total U.S. GHG emissions from 1990-2011.”
- 12/10/2013 - More people walking + more people bicycling - less people driving = adapting to Climate Change STUDY SHOWS DRIVING DECLINE IN AMERICA’S CITIES Car Use, Public Transit, and Biking Trends Compared in 100 Largest U.S. Cities (December 4, 2013) U.S. PIRG
- 12/09/2013 - Study to investigate link between water pollution and NY property values is absurd. It’s merely a sap to corporations that hate environmental restrictions. What if the findings show that property sells just as well or better even if the water quality sucks? Would that mean that we would spend anything less than 100% to keep our water clean? There is no balance between environmental health (in this case water quality) and corporate interests. If you cannot drink the water or breathe the air, you’re a goner. Have we really gotten to the point where we are pitting corporate interests vs. our life support system? Researchers investigate link between water pollution and NY property values (December 9, 2013) Innovation Trail
- 12/09/2013 - Yes, boys and girls, there are stupid questions. For media to ask “Are wetlands worth it?”Is like asking if you’d rather have your kidneys or a lollipop? Learn more about our Wetlands and their role in helping us to adapt to Climate Change. Are wetlands worth it? (December 9, 2013) Rochester YNN
- 12/09/2013 - Here in NYS we don’t want to set the table for Fracking because they’re not a very nice guest. DEC receives comments opposing rules Opponents of proposed guidelines cite 2 broad categories of concerns Activists on Wednesday delivered what they said were 50,000 comments to the state Department of Environmental Conservation opposing the agency's proposed draft regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities. (December 5, 2013) Albany Times Union
- 12/09/2013 - Want to make Brighton greener? Then here’s this important notice from our friends over at Color Brighton Green: "Open House—Monroe Avenue GIGP Project The Monroe Avenue Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) is designed to incorporate natural systems into the Monroe Avenue corridor to improve stormwater management. Through the use of rain gardens, vegetated swales and the introduction of permeable paving surfaces, the Town of Brighton is retrofitting this vital corridor with cohesive and sustainable green technologies. Green infrastructure improvements can provide real ecological, economic, and social benefits as well as improve quality of life for residents of Brighton. Learn more and provide your input at this first open house. When and where · December 10, 2014 from 4 to 7pm ·Brighton Town Hall · 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 Learn more · Monroe Avenue Green Innovation Grant Program website "
- 12/09/2013 - Is US on top of flood risk insurance and Climate Change? Or, are we thinking extreme weather and our inability to pay for that won’t happen here? Half-million homes at risk are not covered by flood scheme (December 7, 2013) The Guardian
- 12/09/2013 - Even if you are not a frequent visitor to the Arctic, you’re going to miss it when anthropomorphic accelerated Climate Change takes it away. Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US Summers (December 8, 2013) Yahoo News
- 12/09/2013 - Take note: “New York has lost almost half of its historic wetlands to such activities as filling and draining.” Freshwater Wetlands Program from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Healthy wetlands are critical to our ability to adapt to Climate Change. Study says U.S. can’t keep up with loss of ecologically-sensitive wetlands (December 8, 2013) Washington Post
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- 12/07/2013 - I hear you about threat of invasive species Eurasian ruffe to Great Lakes, but if it’s alright with you, I’m still going to worry about Asian Carp. Forget the Asian Carp. Here’s a New Great Lakes Invasive Species to Worry About (December 4, 2013) Time Magazine
- 12/07/2013 - Maybe we here in the Rochester area could benefit from 'instant' bacteria forecasts for our beaches. I know, we have high bacteria counts at our local beaches because we check more often than every other community. But stiill… Great Lakes beach safety could benefit from 'instant' bacteria forecasts SAGINAW, MI — A new, quicker way to estimate bacteria levels at Great Lakes beaches could benefit public health and safety, according to a federal agency. U.S. Geological Survey scientists have determined near-real-time water quality assessments, called “nowcasts,” are faster and more accurate measures of beach water quality than using earlier measurements. (December 5, 2013) MLive
- 12/07/2013 - Snowy Owls ‘visiting’ New York State should not be characterized as “INVADING!” Because birds, with their higher rate of metabolism are excellent indicators of our environment health, especially as Climate Change affects our region. As birds change their habits suddenly, we might want to keep that in mind. More on Wildlife in our region here: Snowy owls invade NY, other states in historic numbers (December 6, 2013) North Country Public Radio
- 12/07/2013 - ACTION: Important: Needed before Monday: Your organization’s signature to this letter (see below) for the restoration of funding for bike and pedestrian projects in the state budget. Active Transportation (walking and bicycling) are fundamental modes of transportation that should come before roads and bridges (I know, in this upside-down world that sounds like heresy) and they reduce greenhouse gases, which makes them a major part of any community's efforts to address Climate Change. "Attached is a letter from New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) – a statewide coalition led by Parks and Trails New York (PYNY), the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) – that calls for the restoration of funding for bike and pedestrian projects in the state budget. They will be submitting this letter to the Governor next week and are looking for organizations to sign on to the letter BY MONDAY (12/9). If your organization is interested being a signatory, please send your Director’s Name, Title, and contact information to Josh Wilson (Director, NYBC) at email@example.com by COB Monday (12/9). As Background: Despite passage of New York State’s Complete Streets bill in 2011, funding changes under the Federal Transportation Bill (MAP-21) and NYSDOT’s “preservation first” policy are resulting in a $100 million cut to bike/ped projects, as well as a 60% cut for road and bridge projects that include some bike/ped infrastructure, from 2014-2017. NY4AT’s letter asks the Governor/NYSDOT to restore funding by dedicating at least $20 million annually to a bike/ped project line item in the state budget for the next 5 years AND revise the Preservation First policy to include/better address bike/ped infrastructure. "
- 12/07/2013 - You cannot go forward on addressing Climate Change by going backward—no matter how many votes you get. U.K. Embraces Fracking, Picks Winners And Losers Among Renewable Energy Industries The U.K. government on Thursday announced generous tax breaks to the hydraulic fracturing industry, just one day after touting a green energy investment strategy that it says will bring $65 billion in renewable energy investment to the country. . (December 6, 2013) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 12/07/2013 - I suspect there is a far more likelihood of wind turbine companies redesigning blades for less bird kills than expecting cat owners to keep their cats inside, or cars not to whack them, or removing windows from our buildings that kill billions of birds per year. U.S. Eases Turbine Bird-Death Rule as Cats Kill Millions (December 7, 2013) Bloomberg [more on Wildlife and Wind Power in our area]
- 12/06/2013 - Finding out how our region responded to climate changes before human machinations, you’ll have tear yourself away from our dysfunctional local mainstream media to find that out and go to Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute: Climate History From The Depths of Seneca Lake Climate change is a topic that has been highly discussed over the past decade with increased studies identifying distinct warming trends associated with human activity. However, the key to understanding the future for our earth’s climate may lie in identifying exactly how it has changed since our first negative contributions. (December 1, 2013) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 12/06/2013 - Getting Rochester, NY to consider bicycles as a real transportation option and reduce GHG’s means intrepid bicyclist to lead on winter bicycling. Hot wheels | ROCHESTER'S ALL-SEASON CYCLISTS CRAFT CUSTOM VEHICLES Many Rochesterians shy away from bicycling because of our harsh, fickle weather, or because our city, like so many others, has been developed around roadways. (December 5, 2013) Rochester City Newspaper
- 12/06/2013 - Get your community leaders to make the Climate Smart Communities ‘pledge’. Find out about our state’s voluntary program to get all our communities ready for Climate Change. If your community has not pledged, and there are only few in our region who have, please notify your community leaders that all New York State communities should be a part of this program. I believe this program is the not only one of the best ways to get you communities ready for Climate Change, as you can get state resources for that, but it also validates the urgency and reality of Climate Change in our region. (In Monroe County, only the City of Rochester and Irondequoit have made the pledge.)
- 12/06/2013 - I know, we should be glad that our contaminated rivers are being cleaned up, but they shouldn’t have been treated as a corporate toilet in the first place. VIDEO: Buffalo River Dredging Underway (USA) The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership, a unique public-private-non-profit partnership, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Honeywell is moving forward with plans to address a number of environmental problems affecting the Buffalo River. (December 5, 2013) Dredging Today
- 12/06/2013 - Wonder if our health care system is ready for Climate Change? Diseases on the move because of climate change (December 5, 2013) USA Today
- 12/06/2013 - ALEC, a small cabal of corporations and conservative activists, thwarting the rest of our efforts for a sustainable life support system? Whatupthat? ALEC calls for penalties on 'freerider' homeowners in assault on clean energy An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned. (December 4, 2013) The Guardian
- 12/05/2013 - Have our leaders in the Great Lakes region thought through what water scarcity in other regions will mean to us? I suspect it’s going to be hard to tell thirsty folks they cannot have our water. Climate Change Amplifies Groundwater Depletion, Threatening Food Supply A National Research Council report argues that groundwater use today is leaving society poorly prepared for potential rapid climate changes in the future. (December 5, 2013) EcoWatch
- I don’t think it’s “Absurd” to protect public from fire hydrant’s lead poisoning despite how much it costs for replacement. EPA's New Fire Hydrant Mandate The Monroe County Water Authority says it will have to replace hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fire hydrants around the county and city because of new lead standards. The Environmental Protection Agency has placed a new mandate on water authorities nationwide. Senator Chuck Schumer wants the EPA to reconsider. Schumer says the EPA's new lead standards when it comes to fire hydrants is absurd. He says it will cost cities and counties hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace fire equipment. Each fire hydrant costs about $1,200. December 4, 2013) Rochester YNN
- 12/05/2013 - Why can’t our local Rochester, NY media write stories like this that connect the dots with Climate Change studies and local preparedness? Developing Resiliency For Great Lakes Communities The Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council (GLBAC) has recently been engaged in planning work to address New York State’s Great Lakes communities and their resiliency to extreme weather events. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy with resultant storm damage to the New York /New Jersey shore areas, it would make sense to prepare Great Lakes communities to respond to such similar events in the future. Vulnerable areas would be along riverine floodplain areas within all of the Great Lakes watershed communities as well as low-lying and highly erodible Great Lakes shorelines areas. The majority of climatologists agree that the frequency of extreme weather events will increase as the earth system warms; such events can be catastrophic in terms of loss of life and property as well as overall community well being. (December 1, 2013) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 12/05/2013 - Holy Fracking Cow! Are we just getting around to asking, “But does drilling for natural gas really cause pollution levels to skyrocket?” Shouldn’t we have checked all this out years ago, before we even thought of using Fracking as one of our energy options in a warming world? How come only ask the right questions after we have trashed the place? Tracking fracking pollution As a result of the fracking revolution, North America has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of oil and gas. This, despite endless protests from environmentalists. But does drilling for natural gas really cause pollution levels to skyrocket? (December 4, 2013) TGDaily
- 12/05/2013 - For those who think closing a legal loophole on stopping invasive species is too invasive, they should have used their freedoms to protect environment, not leave it until the laws had to be strengthened to protect our environment. This problem of protecting our freedoms and protecting our environment are going to get more contentious as time goes on. We created an idea of unlimited Freedoms and an economic system that treated our environment as an externality and we are going to pay the price for this lunacy with our Freedoms. Lake George to get 24-hour guard against invasives Lake George boat inspection loophole closes with change A loophole has been closed in a plan to protect Lake George from further invasions by aquatic invasive species: Inspectors will be positioned at public boat launches next season at all times of the day and night, rather than just at peak hours. (December 3, 2013) Times Union
- 12/05/2013 - For many you cannot communicate anything, let alone Climate Change, unless it’s via an app, so here’s that from NASA: Find more green apps here: | NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet. Now, with NASA's Images of Change iPad application, users can get an interactive before-and-after view of these changes. The app presents pairs or sets of images of places around the world that have changed dramatically. (December 3, 2013) NASA: Global Climate Change
- 12/05/2013 - Much has been done in Rochester, NY to increase bicycle use as a transportation option. #ROCtheBIKE | City Dwellers Are Giving Up Cars In Favor Of Subways And Bikes Americans living in urban areas are driving less than they were ten years ago, according to a new report by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). (December 4, 2013) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 12/05/2023 - If you are only thinking ‘when will Climate Change affect me’, instead of how it will affect all other life, then think insurance. No climate-change deniers to be found in the reinsurance business (November 28, 2013) The Globe and Mail
- 12/04/2013 - Canada and Australia gutting their climate plans presents world with major hurdle in addressing Climate Change. Until the world’s population understands the true threat of Climate Change on their future, their children’s future, and everyone’s future, they are going to vote any government out of office who finally adopts a solid climate plan because it’s too inconvenient. Hungry for power, there will always be a party in ready to take advantage of the public’s belt-tightening for future generations and win an election with promises of unfettered growth and prosperity. President Carter’s bid for another term, after his turning down the thermostat at the White House, helped get Reagan elected, who tore off the White House’s solar panels and encouraged American Exceptionalism to go full speed ahead. The truth that most developed nations do not want to face is that only binding, top-down Climate agreements (attempted by UN Climate Talks) that must stay in place for a long time are going to bring down greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere. Anything else, while easier in the short term, will not work because raising the temperature of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases is the only thing physics understands. It’s rather dogmatic that way. Canada reveals climate stance with praise for Australian carbon tax repeal (November 13, 2013) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 12/04/2013 - Twain must have been thinking of Climate Change: “It's not what you don't know that kills you, it's what you know for sure that ain't true.” For those who know for sure that Climate Change won’t affect their existence in any significant way don’t know Climate Change. Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth's environment are more worrisome than climate change's bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the federal government concluded Tuesday. (December 3, 2013) SFGate
- 12/04/2013 - Dr. James Hansen’s report that 2C is too high a limit for Climate Change is more alarming when many think we’ll never keep it below that. Read “Global warming likely to breach 2C threshold, climate scientists conclude” | James Hansen: 2C Temperature Rise Would Be ‘Disastrous’ Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present—to limit global warming to a maximum of two degree Celsius higher than the average for most of human history—“would have consequences that can be described as disastrous,” say 18 scientists in a review paper in the journal PLOS One. (December 3, 2013) EcoWatch [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 12/03/2013 - NYS Dept of Health cannot create a sustainable program on public health without talking about Climate Change. Go to the CDC for their “Climate and Health Program” or the EPA for their “Climate Change | Human Health” programs. State Health Commissioner Announces Commission to Create a Sustainable, Integrated Health Care System for New York's North Country North Country (December 2, 2013) NYS Dept of Health
- 12/03/2013 - If you’re thinking you’re safe from Climate Change because you live in New York and not near a coastline, think again. Communities’ Stakes Are High As Climate Changes (December 1, 2013) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 12/03/2013 - Of course, if we didn’t continually pollute our waters, we wouldn’t continually have to figure out how to clean them up. Just saying…. Vermont, EPA, seek input on Lake Champlain cleanup The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Vermont will be holding their first public meeting as part of an effort to seek public input on a recently released draft proposal to clean up Lake Champlain. They first meetings are being held Monday in St. Albans and Swanton. Those meetings will be among six being held in December to discuss a draft proposal to reduce water pollution at the lake and its tributaries. (December 2, 2013) North Coast Public Radio
- 12/03/2013 - Be a citizen scientist and learn how to help monitor our environment, by watching birds. Birds are very sensitive to environmental changes and are great environmental indicators. "MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER HOSTS PROJECT FEEDERWATCH PROGRAM HELP SCIENTISTS TRACK BIRDS THIS WINTER Do you enjoy watching birds flock to your feeders during the winter? The Montezuma Audubon Center will host a Project FeederWatch program on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to explain how this important project turns bird watching into valuable data. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of common feeder birds throughout North America. The data collected is used by scientists to look at long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome to take part in this valuable program that will feature a 1-mile walk to see common feeder birds, migrating waterfowl and birds of prey after an indoor presentation. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family. Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. Visit Montezuma Audubon for more information about our facilities, trails, and events. "
- 12/03/2013 - I am impressed at the lengths at which a major corporation with deep roots in Rochester has gone to Recycle and keep waste from landfills. More corporations stepping up the to plate? GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. (December 2, 2013) GM News
- 12/03/2013 - Glimpse at the conundrum on Climate Change many don’t want to face: Will environmental protection come at the expense of the economy? Is our existing economy (the one that caused Climate Change) going to solve Climate Change or will we just have to let our environment (our life support system) perish in order to save what many think is more important that our life support system, our economy? Global warming at work: how climate change affects the economy and labour Some jobs will change; others may disappear. Still, experts at a climate change and labour conference say environmental protection needn’t come at the expense of the economy. (December 1, 2013) The Star
- 12/02/2013 - For all their appeal for local press coverage (it’s easier and cheaper for our dysfunctional press to site a poll, rather than take a trip to Pennsylvania and find out what the heck it is going on where they are Fracking) popularity polls on Fracking don’t tell us anything about the environmental, public health, or economic issues that come with choosing to focus on Fracking, instead of how we should get our energy in a warming world. Poll: Fracking opposition increases in New York A new poll suggests opposition to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is increasing in New York, with the strongest opposition coming north of New York City's suburbs. (December 2, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicl
- 12/02/2013 - I wonder why unprecedented fluctuations in water levels in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario? Could it be Climate Change? In a year, 2 lakes’ water levels rise nearly a foot (November 28, 2013) Buffalo News
- 12/02/2013 - Opinion surveys on Climate Change: Ya gotta laugh, we’re still thinking the world crisis of warming is a popularity contest. How about a survey on freaking Gravity? “Please put an ‘X’ in the box if you think gravity is the reason your tennis ball eventually falls back to the ground.” Put an ‘X’ here if you think the Earth just sucks.’ (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Here’s how Great Lakes residents view climate change Stanford University recently conducted nationwide public opinion surveys about climate change. Among other questions, respondents were asked if global warming had been happening and if they believed the government should regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (December 2, 2013) Great Lakes Echo
- 12/02/2013 - Find out important stuff your local mainstream media forgets, like environmental meetings, events, information and more on your life support system: Penfield Green Initiative December 2013 Newsletter Planning Committee 2013* Mel Callan, Susan DeRosa, Peter Maurer, Kate McArdle, Deb Muratore, Sue Pixley The Voice for Penfield’s Environmental Assets Environmental/Social Justice on a Grass Roots Level
- 12/02/2013 - Live in Penfield; think moratorium on Fracking a good idea, go here: "One year ago Penfield Citizens Concerned About Hydrofracking approached the Town Board & were successful in getting a One Year Moratorium Now is the time for the Public Hearing - it is the 1st item on the agenda Please make the time to come down to this important meeting & let your voice be heard Penfield Town Board Legislative Mtg & Public Hearing Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Ave Penfield NY 14526 Wed, Dec 4: 7:30-10pm To consider the said proposal & to hear all persons interested on the question of the adoption of Local Law No. 1 of 2013 which would extend the moratorium & prohibition within the Town of Penfield of natural gas & petroleum exploration & extraction activities, underground storage of natural gas & disposal of natural gas or petroleum extraction, exploration & production wastes. "
- 12/02/2013 - Amazed at denier talk that missing heat from our atmosphere is a good sign, that this ‘missing’ heat may be evidence that GHG’s don’t really equate with warming. [Note: Climate Sensitivity.] Feeling victory over the information that the loss of warming in the atmosphere even though CO2 increases is like feeling comforted that your poisonous pet snake has escaped its cage. But trust me; you’re not thinking that because you cannot find the critter that you are safe. The snake is somewhere, in the walls, in your bed, or in your shoes. More recent studies hint that ‘missing heat’ is building up dangerously in our oceans, and may be planning an outrage. Evidence Shows Global Heat May Be Hiding in Oceans (November 30, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/30/2013 - We are not alone! Other states besides New York think rushing headlong into Fracking not so smart either. Bill would ban gas fracking in Mass. for 10 years (November 29, 2013) San Francisco Chronicle
- 11/30/2013 - What the Arctic 30 are trying to stop: Shipping & drilling in Arctic, thawing because of manmade Climate Change. Arctic Shipping Soars, Led by Russia and Lured by Energy (November 29, 2013) National Geographic
- 11/30/2013 - But enacting tougher standards on Fracking assumes you can monitor and enforce them with an overworked DEC. Strong Rules on Fracking in Wyoming Seen as Model (November 22, 2013) New York Times
- 11/30/2013 - You’re wondering, if Climate Change is true then when will the US start noticing? Ans: About the time we go broke. Climate Change Will Pose Rising Burden on U.S. Taxpayer (November 29, 2013) Climate Central
- 11/30/2013 - I know, we’re a long way from having a public discussion on increasing Monroe County’s recycling rate, but we can go to Buffalo and dream. Buffalo Recycling Policy: a Public Forum, Friday, December 6, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 237 Main Street, Suite 1200, Downtown Buffalo, Cornell University ILR Suite,
- 11/30/2013 - Though New York State is still a Frack-free island in an ocean of places gone Fracking, it doesn’t mean we cannot use Fracking reports from other regions to anticipate what would happen to New York if we Fracked. Using a report on Fracking in Europe (see below) we can connect the dots as to why Fracking wouldn’t be good for New York. The reports says,”where water is in short supply there may not be enough available from public water supplies or the environment to meet the requirements for hydraulic fracturing.” So, while New York State may have water in abundance supply most of the time, Climate Change reports describe challenges ahead, “Lower rainfall amounts in the summer may increase the frequency of drought, and may negatively affect the ability of small drinking water supply systems to meet demand.” (NEW YORK’S CHANGING CLIMATE, Cornell Climate Change ) Do we really want to pit communities needing water in our summers with the Fracking industry? Water Industry Admits Fracking Compromises UK’s Water Supply Today, two industry groups signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that their members will minimize the impact of onshore oil and gas development in the UK on the country’s water resources. The memorandum accompanies a report released by Water UK. The report concludes that ”where water is in short supply there may not be enough available from public water supplies or the environment to meet the requirements for hydraulic fracturing.” (November 27, 2013) EcoWatch
- 11/30/2013 - Bush II’s encouragement “And I encourage you all to go shopping more,” didn’t work for the Iraq War and it won’t work for Climate Change. Is Every Day Black Friday? How Climate Inaction And Hypermaterialism Betray Our Children Black Friday has become an orgiasticcelebration of hyper-materialism. Black Friday is a sort of reverse “Hunger Games,” an annual ritualized competition, but one built around overabundance, rather than scarcity. (November 29, 2013) ThinkProgress/Climate Progress