Updated Daily 09/01/2014 RochesterEnvironment.com
Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."
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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.
Since 1998, RochesterEnvironment.com has been an ongoing experiment to completely inform one community [Rochester, NY] of all its environmental Newslinks, Events, Daily Updates, Resources, Environmental Education, regional Climate Change, and Environmental Issues. Green Apps, and more... * Please read this carefully, it's not the usual Yada Yada
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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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by Frank J. Regan
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Let me use a quote from Dr. James Hansen to motivate you to come to the People’s Climate March: “Why march? You will have to answer to your children. You understood the situation at a time when it was not too late. Instead of standing up for them, did you choose to sit at home?” (“The People’s March”, 8/29/2014 Dr. James E. Hansen,)
President Obama, after staring politics in the face, has blinked from a full engagement at the Paris 2015 Climate Treaty. He’s going for an end-run around Congress for a nonbinding treaty:
Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. (August 26, 2014) New York Times
This political maneuvering comes about the same time that the New York Times also mentions that it just got hold of a UN draft that says “new U.N. report warns climate change could become "irreversible" if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked,” (U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks , (8/ 26, 2014) New York Times). That’s a show stopper, stop anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions NOW! or...
However, rather than finally grasping the reality of Climate Change, the media and our leaders view Congress’s intransigency as some sort of irreversible reality. Some godly decree. So the US Congress’s inability to understand Climate Change science means we’ve encountered an unmovable body and we must go around it? Really? Congress has decided Climate Change does not exist, therefore it does not exist?
Not really. Congress can change. The laws of physics cannot change—you put more greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the place warms up. People can change Congress’s mind. When enough folks come out and demonstrate to their leaders and their media that they must wake up, alarm bells can go off. Even Congress (believe it or not) must eventually bow to the people’s will. Sooner, rather than later, would be nice if we hope to have time enough to plan. 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:
- Environmental moves make good business sense Bob Bechtold built a successful manufacturing company by embracing new technology, not treating it as a threat. Bechtold founded Harbec, Inc., almost 40 years ago in the Wayne County town of Ontario as an all-purpose machine shop. Computerized machine tools were just starting to make their way to shop floors, and some in the toolmaking and machining industries worried that the technology would supplant highly skilled workers. Bechtold says he believed that computers would be the best tool that toolmakers ever had. "And so I began wherever I could to change Harbec general purpose machine shop into Harbec, utilizer of technologies and opportunities to forge new business opportunities," he says. (July 30, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Green Business in our area]
- Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
- Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste. "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area]
- Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming. More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
Time and Place: September 20-21, 2014 | Location: New York City
With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march.
Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions.
We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March:
Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/
If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation.
Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate.
We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously.
Please spread the word! Send the links around.
Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .
This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history. And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens. Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too. In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:
- Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
- When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
- When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle.
- Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
- Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
- Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
- Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
- Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment. Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
- Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
- Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly. Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
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...
- Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at
Burger Park in Greece
- Rochester Butterfly Club, Butterfly Walk (Late summer wetland species) Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Burger Park in Greece Meet in the parking lot at Braddock Bay, near the lodge, at 10 am This is a morning trip, with the option to extend into the afternoon. Bring lunch, if you plan to stay. Wear long pants and a hat. Bring water. Directions: Take Lake Ontario Parkway west and exit at East Manitou Road. Go north to the park entrance, then follow the park road to the north. About 30 minutes drive from Rochester. We will car pool from there. Contacts: Mary Jane Proschel and Sally McCreedy, 385-4725. http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
- Saturday, September 6, 2014
Place: Visual Studies Workshop on 31 Prince St
- People’s Climate March Art Build! Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014 Place: Visual Studies Workshop on 31 Prince St Rochester, NY (Directly across from the Memorial Art Gallery and School of the Arts) Time: 1:00-3:00pm Cost: Free to attend (donations accepted to offset food and insurance costs) Refreshments and art supplies will be provided by the organizers Description: In preparation for the largest climate change demonstration in human history we are gathering at the Visual Studies Workshop in downtown Rochester to network with other concerned citizens about climate change, learn more about transportation details for the day of the march, and to create signs, posters, costumes, and songs that we will bring to New York City! We believe that art can add energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts. This is a family friendly event. Contact: George Payne George@gandhiearthkeepers.org
- Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10
am | Gosnell Big Woods parking lot at the corner
of Drumm and Vosberg Roads in Webster
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, "A Walk in the Gosnell Big Woods and Field" Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10 am Meet Gosnell Big Woods parking lot at the corner of Drumm and Vosberg Roads in Webster. Come enjoy a hike in lovely woods on rolling terrain near Lake Ontario. See stately old trees and various fungi. In the adjoining field, seasonal wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and other natural treasures can be found. Wear long pants and a hat, and bring water. Leader: Norma Platt, 671-9639 http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
- Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. | Online,
- The gist: NYS climate program getting stronger “Climate Smart Communities … provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments.” Tune into this webinar Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM., or better yet, if your NYS community is not already joined [check here to find out if your community has pledged] this volunteer state program to help communities adapt to Climate Change, get your community leader to pledge. Climate Smart Communities Webinar: Climate Smart Community Certification Our Climate Smart Communities webinar entitled Climate Smart Community Certification will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM. In April 2014, the New York State Climate Smart Communities program launched a formal certification program to recognize leading Climate Smart Communities and to provide a more robust framework to guide the climate actions of local governments. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Bronze, Silver, and Gold (450 points). Achievement of each level requires completion of a specified number of “priority actions” and a sufficient number of voluntary actions to achieve the required number of points. The activities and documentation submittals required for each action are described in the Climate Smart Communities Certification Manual at dec.ny.gov/energy/96511.html . (August 14, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- September 12-13, Brown's Race
and the Centers at High Fall, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia Fall Festival " Greentopia Festival will be a focused, 2-day celebration of sustainability, this year featuring Music, Design, and EcoFest. Most event will take place around Brown's Race and the Centers at High Falls, NY. Get ready for never-before-seen-performances of art, photography, and music--all of which is carefully selected programed and curated to educate and inspire. "
- Saturday, September 13, 2014
3-7 pm BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road,
Victor, New York 14564
- Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, Annual Picnic and "Bees - One of Nature's Finest Gifts"Saturday, September 13, 2014 3-7 pm BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor, New York 14564 Local beekeeper, Amy Gravitz, will spend the afternoon and early evening sharing her knowledge of bees. She will demonstrate making a hive box, as well as bring a beekeeper's suit to try on. A potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 pm. Bring a dish to share (using local ingredients, if possible), and table settings for each member of your group. Folding tables and chairs would be appreciated. Following dinner, Amy will share some of her experiences and give tips for future beekeepers. Hosts: Linda Smith, 924-3871, and Julie Clayton, 249-9489. http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
- Monday, September 15; 7 PM
WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira,
- WHAT: Screening of the film GMO OMG and an update on the campaign to label GMO foods in New York State WHEN: Monday, September 15; 7 PM WHERE: Steele Memorial Library, 101 E Church St, Elmira, NY 14901 GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? - See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com. For more information about this event, contact Erin Riddle at 607-372-5503 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Food and Water Watch.
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10 am This is a morning trip. Meet in the parking
spaces nearest Turk Hill Road at Perinton Town
Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.
- Rochester Butterfly Club, Butterfly Walk (late summer species) at High Acres Nature Area, Perinton Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10 am This is a morning trip. Meet in the parking spaces nearest Turk Hill Road at Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. Wear long pants and a hat. Bring water. Contact: Shirley Shaw, 385-3907 or Lucretia Grosshans 671-1310 http://rochesterbutterflyclub.org/
- September 20-21, 2014
| Location: New York City
- People's Climate March | WATCH VIDEO With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions. We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March: Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate. We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously. Please spread the word! Send the links around. More at peoplesclimate.org/westernny/
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may
begin promptly at 9am) Topic:
Awakening the Dreamer,
Changing the Dream Location: MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008
MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY 14445
- Presenter: Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
- Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian
Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester,
NY 14614 (at High Falls)
- The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
- October 11, 2014 9:00am |
Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY
- Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it? These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.
Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
ACTION highlightSign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.
But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties.
Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.
ACTION: Due Date: September 21, 2014
- Peoples Climate March - "This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. To change everything, we need everyone on board. Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us. "Organizations in Rochester, NY that support local folks to get to the People’s Climate March grow each day. Think of joining this effort and getting the word out to everyone by finding out more at peoplesclimate.org/westernny/ .
ACTION: Due Date:
September 21, 2014
- Got a nomination for an environmental leader in our Rochester, NY region? Nominate here: 2014 Community Salute to the Environment "The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) plans to present several Environmental Excellence Awards at its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on September 30, 2014. Please help us recognize our region’s environmental leaders by making a nomination now. The process is easy, just use the forms provided on our website. Nominations have been extended to September 1, 2014, so please do not delay. See our website for more information about the Community Salute including registration and sponsorship opportunities. This year's featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future. "--from The Center for Environmental Initiatives
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by 1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040. 2. Go to the Public Input Map at http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them? "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session. WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
ACTION: Due Date: Now:
- Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013, Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.” open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment. This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more. Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation. The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to sign up today! "
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
- ACTION : Due Date Now:
- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
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- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: firstname.lastname@example.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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- 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]
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- 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
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- 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
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- 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.
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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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- 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
- 9/01/2014 - Local news reports that higher price tag on helping Rochester streets accommodate active transportation by morphing one-way street into two. In what way is the public being nailed for a high construction project for pedestrians and bicyclists by bringing in more cars with a two-way street? It sounds to my untrained ear that pedestrians are being blamed for a higher price tag for a change that will make walking and bicycling worse. Someone needs to talk me through this as I don’t understand the logic. Construction to Make Downtown Rochester More Pedestrian Friendly The price tag has gone up for a project to make Downtown Rochester more pedestrian friendly. (September 1, 2014) RochesterHomepag.net
- 9/01/2014 - Hire an environmental specialists, so you know your business is not just greenwashing. | State: Big shortage of environmental scientists (September 1, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 9/01/2014 - Why are folks in Rochester, NY going to the People’s Climate March? Read some heart-felt quotes: WHY WE ARE GOING TO PCM "Here are some very heart-felt quotes on why folks in Western New York are going to the People’s Climate March: "
- 9/01/2014 - What is worse for Climate Change, Coal or Fracking? It’s like asking what will kill you faster a gun or poison. If we want to keep on living, have a sustainable life support system that is, we should go renewable energy and we can do that by stop quibbling about what fossil fuel is worse and get on with sensible energy. Why Coal Is (Still) Worse Than Fracking and Cow Burps (August 29, 2014) Climate Desk
- 9/01/2014 - If California Kills the Plastic Bag, what will the trees in their neighbors grow? The streets will have no tumble-filth. Their trails will have nothing but Nature to see. What does a world without trash look like? California Bans Plastic Bags The California Senate voted 22-15 late last night to pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (August 30, 2014) EcoWatch
- 9/01/2014 - G7 using old strategy “to minimize the effects of climate change and ‘phase out’ subsidies for fossil fuels…” Business as usual! World’s richest countries invest billions in expanding fossil fuel stocks Despite repeated commitments to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels, a new report by Oil Change International found that G7 countries continue to pump billions of dollars into dirty energy sources each year. (August 28, 2014) tcktcktck
- 8/31/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter August 31, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 8/30/2014 - You’d think Climate Change’s affect on public health alone would galvanize the world to address this issue. But most media keeps us ignorant of all that--especially on a local level. Climate change's health toll: 'We can save millions of lives, even now' While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there's a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. (August 28, 2014) Deutsche Welle (DW)
- 8/30/2014 - “If we do not demand the kind of change that we want, it will not happen.” Naomi Klein: Why global warming changes everything (August 22, 2014) Global CEO
- 8/30/2014 - One of the purposes of the People’s Climate March is for folks to show Obama and Congress that physics, not US politics, rule. A massive demonstration by the people on September 21st in New York City can demonstrate that people around the world demand a binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gases and do that fairly. Not some non-binding political scheme to thwart what absolutely has to be done in Paris Climate Conference in 2015. To sign up to get to NYC to the People’s Climate March from Rochester NY, go here: WESTERN NY | Obama Attempts to Sidestep Congress by Forging an International Climate Agreement (August 27, 2014) Planet Experts
- 8/30/2014 - Governor Cuomo, we’ve learned enough from our friends in Pennsylvania that Fracking is not for New York. We need a Fracking ban. Please focus on renewable energy in a time of Climate Change because we really, really don’t want our water, our life support system, our home mortgages, insurances, roads and bridges, tourism, wine industry, and (did I say) OUR WATER! screwed up by Fracking. Pennsylvania Finally Reveals Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water Hundreds Of Times For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations. (August 29, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
- 8/30/2014 - Organizations in Rochester, NY that support local folks to get to the People’s Climate March grow each day. Think of joining this effort and getting the word out to everyone by finding out more at People’s Climate March/WesternNY.
- 8/30/2014 - “Disruption” coming to your computer, your home, and where friends gather: “Disruption will be released for free online Sept. 7.” Disruption: Watch It Sept. 7 [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 8/29/2014 - People’s Climate March is more important than ever. We cannot have a milquetoast climate treaty. We need you in NYC on 9/21. Listen to this critical interview with Bill McKibben on why folks like you and I must not let leaders get away with some kind of go-around deal. “Your body is badly needed on the streets of New York City on September 21, 2014…” As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming (?August 28, 2014) Democracy Now!
- 8/29/2014 - Plastic bag problem highlights free-market/ pollution problem: If the invisible hand can’t stop plastic bag pollution, the nanny state will have to. Although some may find plastic bags in our trees, blocking our street drains, and acting as food for wild creatures, uninteresting most realize that plastic bags are more than unsightly, they are poisoning our life support system. If our present economic system cannot find it in its heart to make littering plastic bags unprofitable, or gathering up plastic bags like deposit bottles profitable, then government regulations will come into play. It’s only natural that our government, any government, protects its people and its environment. California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban (August 28, 2014) Environmental News Service
- 8/29/2014 - Important environmental news and information from the latest newsletter from the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club. Including a full description of how Rochester, NY folks can get to the People’s Climate March.
- 8/29/2014 - In a warmer world “viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars that farmers call pests will have saturated the world” but we had better not saturate them and our environment with pesticides. This is why we need to plan for Climate Change so we find non- pesticides alternatives so we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot—as it were—with something just as bad if not worse than the pests. Food security faces growing pest advance A world with more people will see more competition for food. Many of our competitors may not be human, because natural pests are spreading far and wide. (August 29, 2014) Climate News Network
- 8/28/2014 - Kind of hard to address NYS invasive species issue without including Climate Change, but NYS DEC manages to do so. This is weird because trying to stop and regulate invasive species in our region, according to climate studies clearly describe the problem of more pest, and health and crop risks, with more invasive species but our main regulatory agency is mum on all that. New Regulations Seek to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in New York State (August 27, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- 8/28/2014 - How many other Rochester, NY based media are reporting on IPCC draft that it may already be too late to avoid serious impacts of Climate Change? I’m thinking not many of them. Mostly we here in Rochester, NY are in Climate Change silence mode and must somehow believe we are not part of this worldwide crisis and that we don’t have to plan. Climate change panel issues blunt warning on carbon emissions (August 27, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
- 8/28/2014 - Breaking: Business-as-usual strategy on Climate Change is NOT working. Go to #climatemarch and kickstart real changes U.N. Draft Report Lists Unchecked Emissions’ Risks Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. (August 26, 2014) New York Times
- 8/28/2014 - To get on a bus to Peoples Climate March from Rochester, NY to stop climate disruption go here: peoplesclimate.org/westernny/ “Watch the trailer for 'Disruption', a new documentary that weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, as well as an insider's view of the largest climate mobilization in history. Movies are on the most powerful forms of communication, and we hope this one will be a potent tool to raise awareness and get people out into the street on September 21st.”
- 8/28/2014 - Winters in regions like Rochester’s and our snow fall patterns during Climate Change—it will get complicated. We should plan for the change. What Global Warming Might Mean for Extreme Snowfalls While the average annual snowfall in most parts of the world is indeed expected to decline, the extreme snowfalls — those that hit a place once every 10 or 20 years and can cause major headaches and economic impacts — may decline at a slower rate, and could even increase in particularly cold places, a new study detailed in the Aug. 28 issue of the journal Nature finds. Essentially, in a warming world, there are “more muted changes in [the intensity of] snowfall extremes than in average snowfall,” said study author Paul O’Gorman, a climate researcher at MIT. (August 27, 2014) Climate Central
- 8/28/2014 - Some communities are taking advantage of ‘zoomed-in climate models’ for accurate climate planning, all communities should do so. Zoomed-In Climate Models Help Alaska Communities Plan for Uncertain Future (August 26, 2014) Inside Climate News
- 8/27/2014 - Because we are not updating our sewage systems, frequent heavy rainfalls due to Climate Change are killing our beaches. Not to mention our fish, our drinking water, and a whole lot of other stuff that comes with the largest fresh water ecosystem in the world. Updating our waste water infrastructures around the Great Lakes is going to cost big bucks and folks are going to have to let their leaders know this is a top priority. Montreal sewage waste dumped directly into rivers (August 25, 2014) CBCNews
- 8/27/2014 - Plastic bits (not all of them mircobeads), which accumulate toxins, in the Great Lakes are not filtered by our sewage plants. This is to say that pharmaceuticals and other stuff we’ve been dumping into our drinking water, and our life support system, are not being filtered either and are entering our bodies—as a further body burden. We are not going to adapt to Climate Change by simply banning microbeads. We are going to need a comprehensive plan to get the Great Lakes ready for the consequences of Climate Change. Plastic Pollutants Found Throughout Great Lakes Food Chain (August 26, 2014) WXXI News
- 8/27/2014 - “Curiouser and curiouser!” is the strange road USA must take “to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions.” Be nice if the world came to the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sept 21 to send a clear message to our leader that we don’t freaking care about political protocol; get those greenhouse gas emissions down. Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. (August 26, 2014) New York Times
- 8/27/2014 - Kicking the can down the road of ‘business-as-usual’ hasn’t worked and it looks like we are our progeny are going to pay for that. It’s not too late to adapt to the worse of Climate Change, but our window of opportunity for mitigating Climate Change is closing quickly. If the Paris 2015 climate talks fail, there is no Plan B. Draft Of Upcoming IPCC Report Presents Stark View Of The Future As Climate Change Rages On WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. (August 26, 2014) The Huffington Post
- 8/27/2014 - Looks like climate scientists, with a lot of work, are finding and being able to use old climate information. I suspect as our critical need for more information about the workings of our environment grows more acute, we’ll find that many past observations of our environment, including millennia of information from indigenous peoples for example, will be invaluable in accurately modeling the past so we can accurately model the future of our life support system. With Climate Change, we’re gonna need all the information we can get. The Quest to Scan Millions of Weather Records Scientists are embarking on data rescue missions all over the world to find and digitize old climate information. Deep in the dusty catalogs of weather stations and meteorological offices all over the world are hidden treasures. (August 25, 2014) The Atlantic
- 8/27/2014 - The road to the Paris 2015 Climate talks may be ‘rocky’ and steep (for that matter) but there’s no Plan B for a Paris failure. There is no worldwide framework that can duplicate all the nations of the world coming together lower greenhouse gas emission. We should be working to make Paris 2015 work and not so much nooding over how many times we have failed to make the climate talks work. LIEBREICH: CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS – THE ROCKY ROAD TO PARIS Albert Einstein once said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome was the definition of insanity. How then are we to view the continuing attempts of the climate community to corral the world into a binding deal on greenhouse gases? This December sees the fifth anniversary of the UN’s COP15 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. (August 26, 2014) Bloomberg Energy and Finance
- 8/26/2014 - Not to mention independent power grids are a great way to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change, but Media is too shy to say. Be nice if our local media, and out state government for that matter, would connect the dots between Climate Change and energy use and more frequent extreme weather that is coming because of Climate Change in our area and how an independent power grid is less likely to fail everywhere, unlike our present central power grid. Our use of energy is one of the main culprits of Climate Change and it would be real nice if our local media could continually inform the public of that instead of continually ignoring the elephant in the room. New York creates $40M energy technology contest New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities to keep the lights on during power failures. (August 26, 2014) WHEC Rochester
- 8/26/2014 - Good grief, the USA is going to start muzzling scientists like Canada does? The denier cranks get free speech rights, so why not scientists who actually know what they are talking about? Journalism, Science Groups Decry EPA Move to Muzzle National Science Advisers Journalists and scientists are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop banning leading national scientists from talking to media outlets and the public. (August 12, 2014) Union of Concerned Scientists
- 8/26/2014 - Thing of it is though, New Orleans did not recover from Hurricane Katrina overnight, it was not ready for a Climate Change extremes. As a matter of fact, Hurricane Katrina represents the complete failure of all infrastructures and public health and enforcement and humanity that will be the future if we don’t plan properly for Climate Change. What could go wrong, did go wrong, and it did so at the worst possible time. Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery (August 25, 2014) NOLA The Times-Picayune
- 8/26/2014 - Riverdale’s media reports on folks getting ready for the People’s Climate March, but not Rochester, NY’s media. Maybe more than the climate will change around here. Battle over climate change heats up (August 20, 2014) The Riverdale Press
- 8/25/2014 - How to get rid of unused Prescription Drugs properly, from our friends over at the DEC: “Drug Enforcement Administration to Collect Prescription Drugs: The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct a prescription drug collection on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Collections will be held at many locations around New York and are the best way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Collection locations will be posted after September 1 on DEA's National Take Back Initiative webpage. In addition to the DEA collection on September 27, other collections are scheduled in many New York counties and many are available more often than the DEA collection. Visit DEC's Household Drug Collection Schedule webpage to see if a collection is scheduled in your area. For more information about drugs in our water, visit DEC's drugs in New York's Waters webpage.
- 8/25/2014 - Thinking you want to do something for our environment in Rochester, NY? Why not an hour or two being a Recycling Ranger at this year’s Greentopia Festival? “The event is September 13th, 10am -10pm in the High Falls area of downtown Rochester. It will be smaller and more confined than in previous years, concentrated on 1 street - Brown's Race. We will have 3 recycling stations that will require 2 persons each per shift. The shifts will be 2 hours long. 1st and last shifts will probably be a little longer because of set up and tear down. Volunteers will receive festival tee shirts and free food. Maybe, with your help, we can achieve a 100% diversion rate. That means that everything is either recycled or composted.” Sign up here.
- 8/25/2014 - Looks like I’m going to have to surf over to Wisconsin to find local news coverage of People’s Climate March instead of Rochester, NY. Is Rochester, NY’s media really going to ignore, and therefore let us down again, on informing its public of the largest Climate Change gathering ever? We peoplesclimate.org/westernny/ are hoping that our local media will find it in their hearts to mention the most important gathering on the most important issue of our time. Maybe you could contact your media and demand that they talk about Climate Change and local efforts to join in the most important gathering on Climate Change in NYC on Sept. 21. Massive People's Climate March in NYC planned for Sept. 21 Hundreds of organizations are recruiting participants for the massive People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21. (August 22, 2014) The Wisconsin Gazette
- 8/25/2014 - ‘Pragmatic institutions’ were not this point about an essay on whether “a social movement will rise up against global warming”. But I found this sentence intriguing: “Pragmatic institutions like insurance companies and the American military have been confronting the consequences of climate change for some time.” I think what the author means it that certain institutions must plan for the long term—and get it right. They don’t have the luxury of ignoring the road ahead, as it were, because the future is their life blood. Insurance companies must be able to project how much money they will have to pay out because of damages so they can find out how much to charge their clients. It they get it wrong, they (and a whole lot of others) go belly up. Same with the military: they must project how many people and arms they will need for future conflagrations. If they get it wrong they (and a whole lot of others) go belly up. All institutions and authorities (like transportation or water and many, many others) have been and will have to confront the consequences of Climate Change. But mostly these other institutions and agencies can and have adapted to extreme weather, flooding, heat, crop pest and the other consequences on an ad hoc, day to day, basis. The military and insurance companies can’t survive climate denial. The Climate Swerve AMERICANS appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly. (August 23, 2014) New York Times
- 8/25/2014 - Birds are showing us that it’s Climate Change and more environmental issues that both of us need to plan for—at the same time. Winged Warnings: Our series day-by-day More than 1,300 birds are perched perilously on a global list of threatened species. Each one is sending us a message, and scientists are struggling to decipher them. EHN’s series, Winged Warnings, reveals the surprising new discoveries that are emerging about the global threats to birds. (August 22, 2014) National Geographic and Environmental Health News
- 8/23/2014 - On the other hand, what’s the point of a black bear in New York State if the bear isn’t in the wild? Our environment, which is to say our life support system, in New York State was in-part orchestrated by a top predator like the black bear, so if the bear isn’t in our wilderness shaping our environment, what the point of a bear? Something large and black and something to shoot at, take photos of, wrestle or box (which we used to do with them) eat, park in a cage, or a zoo? Our New York State environment looks and acts the way it does because of creatures like the black bear. Removed from its role in our environment, there is no point of a bear. . If tourism is our priority, instead of helping wildlife adapt to Climate Change, we’d better be able to take over the bear’s role in our life support system. In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans? (August 22, 2014) North Country Public Radio
- 8/23/2014 - This from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) I would think folks would want to know where manmade toxins have been and are being released: “We're excited to announce the launch of a new webpage specifically for communities, and the availability of the first materials developed as part of the TRI Community Engagement Initiative. You’ll find a new “Introduction to TRI for Communities” slide presentation and “TRI Community Snapshots” for the South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and North Birmingham, Alabama pilot projects. In addition, for the South Philadelphia project, we developed an interactive map that allows users to see locations of EPA-regulated facilities and community points of interest where youth and aging adults frequently congregate. For the North Birmingham project, you can check out a new community-scale pollution prevention and waste management data analysis. We'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on TRI for Communities! Please email us at email@example.com with any feedback or suggestions. And please check the page again this fall for more new materials from our Community Engagement Pilot Projects Initiative.” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- One month away to People’s Climate March. There will be two buses transporting the Rochester contingent that will probably fill up pretty fast, so get your ticket now. We expect the buses to leave EARLY on 9/21 and return about 22 hours later. Sign up here for your place on one of the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT. For general inquiries, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we welcome donations so students and those on fixed incomes can participate. The bus website has a "DONATE" button; please use it generously. To pay or donate by check: Please make your check payable to "Sierra Club RRG." On the memo line, include “PCM tickets” or “PCM donation” and mail to Charlotte Baltus, 41 Belmont St., Rochester, NY 14620. Keep up with developments with Rochester and PCM here. One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World (August 22, 2014) People's Climate March
- 8/23/2014 - Why wouldn’t NYS be concerned about a Maryland study about Fracking and significant levels of toxic chemicals into the air? Because New York still has a moratorium on Fracking until public health concerns can be address, I’d think this Maryland study would be useful to New York. Unless Maryland is a state on another planet where the environmental health concerns aren’t the same as New York… Maryland Fracking Study Cites Toxic Air Emissions as Top Concern Drilling-wary Maryland is one of several East Coast states considering whether to open their lands to fracking as public health concerns mount. A state-commissioned report found that air emissions trump water pollution and drilling-induced earthquakes as a top public health threat posed by future fracking projects in Maryland. (August 21, 2014) Inside Climate News
- 8/22/2014 - Trying to address Great Lakes water levels highlights the need to address environmental imperatives and how to compensate ‘victims.’ As addressing Climate Change will force us (our governments) to make our life support system sustainable, we must find an economic way to make these regulations that will impact some folks unevenly (say, Great Lakes shoreline property owners) more palatable. Trying to restore Great Lakes levels is only one of the measures that will have to be taken as we have to adapt to more extreme weather and climate that will always impact a special few. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice these special few each time we trying to make our life support system viable. We as a society should find better ways than creative destruction (let the chips fall where they may) to humanely address sometimes drastic environmental regulations. We don’t have to supplant our moral system with our economic system; we can address environmental concerns without creating victims who will naturally do anything to protect their own interests—who will form influential groups and we’ll have a shitstorm instead of a solution. Every time critical environmental regulations come up. Groups push for and against lake levels plan (August 21, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
- 8/22/2014 - If you are trying to empty a swimming pool with a spoon while someone is filling the pool with a garden hose, you can be said to be making progress. The spin we put on our meager efforts to make our life support system sustainable only makes sense if you think that sustaining our life support system is a side issue, a special issue, or an externality. If our Air Quality efforts and our other ‘efforts’ to accommodate our life support system fail, especially in a time of Climate Change, these efforts won’t mean shit to a tree. EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States (August 21, 2014) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- 8/22/2014 - Characterizing the “slowdown in the pace of global warming” as a 'hiatus' is like saying a child’s toy has ‘disappeared’ when you hide the toy from the child by putting it behind your back. The toy has not actually disappeared and eventually the child learns that just because something has ‘disappeared’ from their expectation that doesn’t’ necessarily mean that it’s gone. The media might keep this child development concept in mind as they sling around the word ‘hiatus’ when they grope to message Climate Change to the public. Global warming 'hiatus': Scientists duel over which ocean steals some heat (August 21, 2014) Christian Science Monitor
- 8/22/2014 - President Reagan’s’ trust but verify’ adage seems fit for dealing with Fracking industry because there they will go again skirting Fracking regulations Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack An analysis by an environmental group finds hundreds of cases in which drillers used diesel fuel without obtaining permits and sometimes altered records A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and then doctoring records to hide violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. (August 15, 2014) Scientific American
- 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. "
- 8/21/2014 - Looks like the ‘invisible hand’ has been very busy “There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites in the United States” EPA Provides $331,000 Loan to Remove 100 Tons of Contaminated Soil in Rochester, New York The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing a $331,000 low-interest loan to the City of Rochester, New York to clean up abandoned and contaminated properties. (August 15, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2
- 8/21/2014 - It’s a fair question: If the Danes can make such remarkable gains in Wind Power, why can’t the US? I mean besides corporate power, fossil fuel subsides, our whacky political world, and the power of the few, but powerful climate change deniers, who are diluting the sense of urgency about addressing and mitigating Climate Change. Blown away by wind power in Denmark, a model for clean energy Back in the United States, I have to travel far beyond my Washington suburb to spot any signs of wind energy. In Denmark, it’s ever-present. You can’t drive more than a few kilometers on the country’s flat roads without seeing a turbine. They are fully integrated into society and part of the landscape everywhere. And that’s not by accident. (August 12, 2014) Environmental Defense Fund blog
- 8/21/2014 - This can be said of both the Lac-Mégantic disaster and Climate Change: 'nobody was looking at it from a big-picture point of view to say, "Have we got a systemic problem? Have we got a pattern here?" Transportation Safety Board slams Transport Canada in Lac-Mégantic disaster (August 20, 2014) The Gazette
- 8/21/2014 - “The People’s Climate March is so important because we are all starting to wakeup …” #climatemarch Motivating Millions: People's Climate March design contest!(August 20, 2014) AvaazOrg
- 8/21/2014 - A clear message: “… the Finger lakes Region does not want to be the sacrifice zone for the gas industry” Watkins Glen Village Board Passes Resolution Against LPG Storage Facility (August 19, 2014) MyTwinTeirs.com
- 8/21/2014 - Renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) isn’t likely to destroy entire eco-regions. Or warm the planet more, for that matter. This Pristine and Glorious Wilderness is At Risk Bristol Bay is a magical wonderland, supporting a ridiculous number of fish and wildlife species. Don’t take my word for it, take a look and decide for yourself. Browse the categories below to see what’s really at stake if mining activities are allowed. Is it worth the risk? (August 19, 2014) National Wildlife Federation
- 8/21/2014 - Maybe we’re starting to move towards Environmental Justice in our country. EPA to Require Air Pollution Measurements in Black Communities (August 19, 2014) Black Press America
- 8/21/2014 - Our planet’s air conditioner is shutting down. Before many know what our Cryosphere is, it won’t be any more. Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s (August 20, 2014) BBC News
- 8/20/2014 - Of course, another way of avoiding West Nile Virus in New York State is to educate public on the links with Climate Change and this new disease so we can plan our public health adequately. Climate Change will increase cases of WNV in New York State: "In the U.S., more than 25,000 cases of human disease caused by West Nile virus have been reported since its introduction to North America in 1999, and hundreds of thousands of birds have been killed by the infection. In New York State, the species of mosquitoes that are most likely to carry West Nile virus are those that breed in natural or artificial containers, such as ponds and discarded tires, respectively, including Culex pipiens, Culvex restuans, and Aedes albopictus. Climate change is expected to increase precipitation and summer temperatures in New York. Therefore, in general, risk of human exposure to West Nile virus is expected to increase in the state as the climate becomes warmer and wetter." (page 430, Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID)) West Nile Found in Erie County West Nile virus has turned up in mosquitos in Erie County. John Ricci of the Monroe County Health Department says New York officials have confirmed one case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. According to Ricci, most people are asymptomatic. (August 19, 2014) WXXI News
- 8/20/2014 - The problem with thinking we can regulate Fracking’s fugitive methane emissions is that not all Fracking companies are equally tolerant of regulations. Once Fracking companies get their nose into the New York State tent, they’re in and then there’s the dickens trying to regulate the Fracking camel. Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger (August 15, 2014) Mother Jones
- 8/20/2014 - With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions. We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March: Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.) If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate. We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously. Please spread the word! Send the links around. September 2014: Climate Summit and Global Mobilisation What's the Peoples Climate March and the Global Day of Action? As Heads of Government prepare to attend a historic summit on climate change, mobilisations will take place all around the world, made up of people who want a world and economy that works for both people and the planet. They want Action Not Words. The mobilisations across the weekend of September 20-21 will be crowned by the People’s Climate March in New York City. Expected to make history, thousands of people are anticpated to walk through the city in support of climate action. Solidarity marches and actions will take place around the world, including in Berlin, Paris, London, Rio and Delhi. You can also create and register your own event. This mobilisation is not the work of one particular group, but rather the combined effort of many, ranging from faith groups, unions, front-line and impacted communities. There are many organizing structures for the Marches, and communication is occurring through various tables, list serves, and online hubs. This will be a convergence of a large, broad, and diverse movement urging that governments take meaningful action on climate now. Climate Action Network International
- 8/20/2014 - Looks like Rochester, NY was one of the two giant cool spots in an otherwise very warm July. I wouldn’t predict this nirvana phenomenon for our area for long. July Checks In as 4th Warmest on Record Worldwide If you spent your summer in the Midwest or almost anywhere in the U.S. south of New York where the season was mild, it may have been easy to miss that most of the rest of the world was baking last month. (August 18, 2014) Climate Central