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by Frank J. Regan
“Photo by Frank J. Regan: By the time you notice infestations like the EAB, it’s probably too late to do anything but control the rate of tree loss."
While we continue to battle the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that is devastating our ash trees, we should ponder the issue of invasive species as our Rochester, NY region warms. This is alarming because ash trees are almost 8% of all trees in NY State. Back in 2008 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) put out a public comment on trying to stop this bug that was making its way north, but by 2011 we had our first sighting. We have since enacted laws prohibiting the transporting of firewood and many learned how to save some favorite ash trees (a chemical inoculation), but this is a battle we are going to lose. By the time you notice infestations like the EAB, it’s probably too late to do anything but control the rate of tree loss. On top of that, Climate Change will allow the EAB to spread faster.
Also, looming over our Great Lake’s water is the probable infestation of the Asian Carp that could potentially transform the lakes’ ecology. A species like the Asian Carp is able to do this by stripping the food web of plankton, the lakes’ fundamental resource (from National Wildlife’s The Asian Carp Threat to the Great Lakes.) We’ve known for years that the carp has been making its way up the Mississippi River towards our precious waters. And we’ve tried many ways to stop it from entering the Great Lakes, but the inconsistent funding to thwart its infestation means we’re probably going to get them any day now. (Some, who are checking Great Lakes’ water for carp DNA, think they’re already here.)
And it all makes you wonder: When is a good time to start planning for invasive species? For example, when should we have started searching for the Zebra Mussel, an invader from the Baltic Sea that made its way to the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes via ships’ ballast tanks coming through the St. Lawrence Seaway? Should we have considered all possible hitchhikers that might make it to the Great Lakes, from all parts of the world, then try and figure out which ones would be the most likely threats? Seems impossibly daunting. 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:
- General Motors First Automaker to Sign Climate Declaration General Motors is the first automaker among 40 U.S. corporations to sign a new climate declaration, asserting that responding to climate change is good business. The campaign is organized by the sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, coalition. Originally launched in April 2013 with the endorsement of 33 corporations, the Climate Declaration has now been signed by 40 businesses that in total provide some 550,000 U.S. jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of roughly US$611 billion. GM’s participation was announced Wednesday in San Francisco at the Ceres annual conference. GM has worked with Ceres for more than 20 years to refine its sustainability strategies and performance. (May 2, 2013) Environmental News Service [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
- Climate fight needs businesses to sway consumers, says Method pioneer Governments are not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges, says the co-founder of the green brand Stopping climate change and biodiversity loss will not happen without business and marketing professionals, says the co-founder of a pioneering US green cleaning brand that was bought by Ecover last year. Eric Ryan, who launched Method with Adam Lowry 12 years ago before selling it to create a group with combined revenues of $200m (£131m) and around 300 staff, told the Guardian that governments were still not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges because of vested interests. (April 19, 2013) The Guardian [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
- U.S. Business Leaders Urge Strong Policy Action on Climate Change Starbucks, Intel, Levi Strauss & Co., others sign ”Climate Declaration,” highlighting the American economic opportunity of responding to climate change As the President unveils his budget for the coming year, 33 major U.S. companies, including eBay Inc., Nike and Limited Brands signed a “Climate Declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold response to the climate challenge is one of the greatest American economic opportunities of the 21st century. Signatories of the Climate Declaration are among the country’s best-known consumer brands, including EMC Corporation, IKEA, Jones Lang LaSalle, L’Oréal, the North Face, the Portland Trail Blazers, Timberland and Unilever, among others. (A full list of signatories is available at www.climatedeclaration.us.) Over the course of an ongoing campaign organized by Ceres and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) coalition, other leading businesses, as well as individuals, will be encouraged to sign the Declaration and join the call to action. (April 10, 2013) CERES [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
- Curbside compost Rochester residents receive city-provided trash and recycling pickup, but when it comes to composting, it's kind of a DIY thing. That's about to change. Local residents Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have started a city-based business, Community Composting, which will provide residential pickup of compost fodder. They'll give subscribers a bucket for food scraps and other organic materials and they'll make weekly pickups, Arnold says. They'll charge $5 to $7 per pickup. (Subscribers will be able to direct Community Composting not to make a pickup on any given week by clicking a button in a weekly e-mail reminder they'll receive.) (April 17, 2012) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
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.
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Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Wednesday, May 22, 9 am – 3 pm
|State Capital, Albany, NY
- Wednesday, May 22, 9 am – 3 pm Fracking Lobby Day for the 2 Year Fracking Moratorium State Capital, Albany, NY The New York State legislative session is ending next month, and the NYS Senate has still not taken any action to protect New York from fracking. In response to overwhelming public pressure, legislation was introduced in both the Assembly and Senate to enact a two-year moratorium on fracking, which would allow for a comprehensive health impact assessment of fracking to be completed. The Assembly has already acted, and now it is time for the Senate to pass the bill! Read Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Memorandum of Support for Fracking Moratorium Bills A5424 and S4046 Join us in Albany and tell the NYS Senate that we need a moratorium on fracking tied to a health study! LOBBY REGISTRATION HERE There will be a briefing in the morning, then participants will be divided into teams to have legislative visits. Participating in Fracking Lobby Day is free, and no experience is required! 9-9:30AM Registration/check-in 9:30-10:30AM: Briefing 11AM-3PM: Lobby Visits 3PM: Drop off Report Forms/Check Out It's a four hour drive from Rochester: ALBANY DIRECTIONS & PARKING ATTACHED Contact me if you're interested in carpooling from the Rochester area: firstname.lastname@example.org Can't Make It To Albany? You can do two things from home: 1. Call your senator and tell them you want a hydro-fracking moratorium this year. 2. Make a contribution to CCE and help get people to Albany. Organized by Citizens Campaign for the Environment
- May 31, June 1 & 2 | Allegany
- Allegany State Park ALLEGANY NATURE PILGRIMAGE Join us for our 55th year of this unique family nature education weekend. Last year's weekend was great and who knows what this year will bring? Participants choose from a wide variety of informal field trips, including birding, wildflowers, pond life, mammals, butterflies, fungi, family nature walks, and many more. There are evening tent programs followed by owl prowls and star gazing plus early morning bird walks and bird-banding demonstrations. There will be a chicken barbeque on Saturday evening or you may opt for a vegetarian meal. You make your own cabin or camping reservations by calling 1-800-456-CAMP or online at www.park-net.com For further information, call Harold or Jane Stock, 425-7293. more Burroughs Audubon Nature Club at http://bancny.org/
- Friday June 7, 7:00 PM |
Alice Statler Auditorium on the Cornell Campus. Just off
Campus Rd. between East Ave. and Statler Drive. Right
next to the Statler Hotel, Ithaca.
- "Ithaca Premier of GASLAND Part II, Friday June 7, 7:00 PM, Statler Auditorium on the Cornell Campus with Director Josh Fox and Dr. Robert Howarth, Ph.D. Who: Josh Fox, Director of GASLAND and GASLAND 2, Dr. Robert Howarth, Ph.d. Earth Sciences Researcher at Cornell. Special Guests TBA. What: The grassroots tour of GASLAND Part II with discussion and Q&A directly following. When: Friday June 7, 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:00 PM Where: Alice Statler Auditorium on the Cornell Campus. Just off Campus Rd. between East Ave. and Statler Drive. Right next to the Statler Hotel, Ithaca. Tickets: Reserved Seats Available in advance for a $10.00 suggested donation at the Ticket Center Ithaca, 171 The Commons, 607 273-4497. Online www.IthacaEvents.com Event based education in support of Gas Free Seneca, Earthjustice, and the Fight For Seneca Lake. Co-sponsors include, Shaleshock, Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival, KyotoNOW!, The Green Umbrella, New Yorkers Against Fracking (NYAF), Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water (ENSAW), and Hector Clean Waters. For Updates and Further Information Contact: Chris Tate 607.351.3768 mobile 607.387.9285 office, email@example.com Keep up to date @ Facebook events/GASLAND II Ithaca, with/GrassRoots Festival Ticket GiveAway info this Sunday Night. Find us @ Facebook pages/FingerLakesCleanWaters **There are also screenings scheduled in Binghamton and Syracuse. For a full schedule of screenings go to gaslandthemovie.com/screenings. ** www.FingerLakesCleanWaters.org "
- Sunday June 9, 2013, 9am to
1pm, at Brighton High School Parking Lot.
- 2013 Green Energy Fair Sunday June 9, 2013, 9am to 1pm, at Brighton High School Parking Lot. The fair takes place together with the Brighton Farmers Market and features the following and more: A wide variety of businesses offering energy saving and green products and services. Tables with information and resources about energy- and resource-saving technologies and lifestyle choices. Displays of current alternative technologies. Student projects related to alternative energy and energy conservation. Activities for children, including a drumming circle. A silent auction featuring energy-saving products and services, to benefit future educational programs of ColorBrightonGreen.org.
- Tuesday 9/10 and Wednesday
9/11. The Theater on the Ridge facility at Ridge Road
West near Lake Avenue in Rochester, NY
- FUTURES SUMMIT In 2012, Greentopia, in partnership with the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI), presented its first Innovation Conference. This was a one-day, B2B gathering of speakers who addressed sustainability and green practices. The conference was wildly successful, drawing attention and building support for a larger effort. For 2013, we have expanded to a two-day event called Greentopia | FUTURES SUMMIT with a more contemporary approach to sharing knowledge and practices among people who are working towards building sustainable communities and businesses. While we will have a handful of individual speakers, the bulk of our program will consist of plenary discussion groups and a variety of panels so that we can offer as many viewpoints and share as much experience as possible in two days in a relaxed but dynamic setting. The FUTURES Summit will be held at The Theater on the Ridge facility at Ridge Road West near Lake Avenue in Rochester, Tuesday 9/10 and Wednesday 9/11. Please save this date as we know you will want to be a part of this. Greentopia
- September 2013| 10th -15th |
High Falls, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia Festival "We’re proud to announce and confirm today, that the estimates of Greentopia’s weekend street traffic and attendance at all affiliated events reached new highs of 23,000 people this year. With the resounding successes of Greentopia | FILM, INNOVATION, ECOFEST and MUSIC, along with sanctioned events – WXXI’s Open House, Foodlink’s Festival of Food, Nazareth College’s NAZ GREEN DAY Farmers Market,Sunnking’s Electronics Recycling Drive and The Single Origin Fashion Project at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters – we look forward to seeing that number grow every year. As you read this, we’re already ecstatically brainstorming ideas to make next year’s event even better. Sustainability, a practice that we preach the necessity of, is “the capacity to endure” and, if we’ve proven anything thus far, it’s that Greentopia has the vigor to not only endure but GROW! We’re excited about the outpouring of support we received throughout Greentopia 2012, and can’t wait to explore the possibilities of what we can create next year. Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and sponsors. Thank you to all of our enthusiastic volunteers. And,most of all, thank you Rochester for rallying around us! None of this is possible without ALL of you. "
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: Now.
- Sat 6/2/2013 - 4 time slots 6am-6pm - @ Monroe County Community College. Volunteer opportunity. Help make major Rochester event nearly zero waste. Sierra Club's Zero Waste Committee is seeking lots of volunteers for a fun event - ambitious waste minimization at the Tour de Cure bicycle tour with post-event conversion of organic waste to ethanol by Epiphergy. A.S.A.P. please volunteer (slots: 6a-9a, 9a-noon,noon-3p,3p-6p), contact Dave Goldman firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out Tour volunteer form to get a t-shirt.
- 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.
- ACTION: Make comment by 4:30 p.m. May 20, 2013
- on Midtown site: Be nice to see energy efficiency and easy access for pedestrians and bicyclists (think bike racks) around site. City seeks proposal for building next to Midtown site A request for proposals has been issued to purchase and rehabilitate a 13-story city-owned building on Elm Street next to the Midtown Plaza site. The property at 88-94 Elm St. presents a significant redevelopment opportunity in the heart of downtown on the east side of the 8.5-acre site of the former Midtown Plaza, city officials said late Friday afternoon. “The redevelopment of this property is a critical and timely piece to the repositioning of downtown,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement. (March 11, 2013) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Living in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- If we are going to get serious about adapting to and mitigating Climate Change we need to increase renewable energy and drop energy from fossil fuels. Here’s a way to do that: Tell Congress to Expedite Renewable Energy Sign this petition to tell Congress to expedite renewable energy. We can transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future, but Congress needs to pass the legislation to get us there. Signing this petition sends an email to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chair of theSenate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the House Energy & Commerce Committee. from EcoWatch
ACTION: 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!
- Make downtown Rochester, NY even better for active transportation (walking & bicycling) by filling out this quick online survey. Express your desire for more pedestrian safely and accommodations, more bicycle accommodations and safety. As transportation accounts for 27% of our greenhouse gases, getting more folks involved in active transportation for those short distance destinations make sense in a warming world. (Go here to see what the City of Rochester has already done for active transportation Roc the Bike!. Read about: Center City Master Plan "Rochester’s center city master plan (CCMP) is similar to a business plan for the downtown area. Every successful business needs a viable business plan complete with a marketing strategy to assist with resource allocation and market changes. The CCMP essentially creates, manages, and implements a business plan for downtown. The city invests millions of dollars every year on public projects downtown that are intended to move the city towards a vibrant, sustainable future. Every thriving city should have a master plan that provides that inspiration and direction. " City of Rochester, NY
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.
ACTION: 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
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- Feel like you’re stuck in an energy rut? You crave energy but almost everything out there warms the planet. How about Clean Energy Victory Bonds? There’s no getting around it: If you give the fossil fuel billions in tax subsidies they will take it and not give it back; and when they melt the Arctic with their greenhouse gases, they see opportunity with the pristine Arctic environment and start drilling. So what are you going to do? Why not launch a public effort to fund renewable energy, energy that won’t pollute the planet and warm it up beyond our sustainability level, with the collective might our own monies like we did back in World War Two? Victory Bonds. Help push this bill to put renewable energy out in front: Clean Energy Victory Bonds On August 2, Representative Bob Filner and 10 cosponsors introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275 in the House of Representatives. The bill, officially entitled “To promote the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies required for the 21st century,” will allow all Americans to invest in Treasury Bonds for as little as $25 each that will fund a clean energy future. The $50 billion raised from the bonds will fund clean energy programs that support wind, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles in the United States.
ACTION: Call Governor Cuomo Today.
- Stopping Fracking in New York State may be the most important thing you do today. Tell Governor Cuomo that Fracking is not a good idea for New York; don’t give into despair that this cannot be stopped; and, make sure your children can’t blame you for not trying stopping this disaster that will befall them. "Despite a record-breaking 74,000 public comments, we still need your help to make Governor Cuomo hear that fracking has yet to be proven safe. It will only take you a couple of minutes. Please tell Governor Cuomo not to put New Yorkers' health at risk. Call 1-866-584-6799 and leave a simple message like, "Protect New York's water, land and air by not permitting fracking in New York. Instead, support renewable energy that will bring good, long-term jobs to New Yorkers!" This phone number goes through Food & Water Watch who is keeping track of the number of calls, and is directed to a recording from the Governor's office asking for your name, address and comments. This is part of a state-wide initiative to get a record number of calls in to Governor Cuomo this August. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL THIS WEEK!!! "
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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.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- 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
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- What to do something concrete about solving Climate Change? Go here: "Are you passionate about changing the conversation about the climate crisis? Are you interested in leading the climate movement? What if I said you have the chance to be personally trained by Al Gore to educate others about climate change? This summer, you could have that chance. I'd like to invite you to apply to be one of our esteemed Climate Reality Presenters -- impassioned volunteer leaders who bring the reality of climate change to people around the world. We call our grassroots network of Presenters the heart of our Climate Leadership Corps. Learn more: "Climate Reality "To reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us. " Climate Reality | Climate Reality Training Application
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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
- 5/22/2013 - Citizen Scientists, collecting data with guidance by experts, are making a difference and could be critical in addressing Climate Change. There are a lot of unknowns about how manmade chemicals are affecting our environment and how subtle changes in our flora and fauna are reacting to warming that we need to know. Training Citizen Scientists, part of several Climate Change studies, could be the answer to this information dearth. [Find out more EPA Region 2 Citizen Science] EPA spotlights Tonawanda’s ‘citizen science’ (May 21, 2013) Investigative Post
- 5/22/2013 - Drop in U.S. underground water levels elsewhere from Rochester, NY should be part of our Climate Change plans. When folks run out of water they will look to those who have it. However we fix our laws to protect taking water out of the Great Lakes basin when great populations need water it will be hard to refuse. Drop in U.S. underground water levels has accelerated: USGS (May 20, 2013) Reuter
- 5/22/2013 - Fracking bans and moratoriums around New York State are saying something. Is Gov. Cuomo listening? Town Board Gives Residents Cold Shoulder Over Anti-Fracking Petition On Monday night at the town board meeting, Concerned Citizens of Covert released the results of a six month town-wide petition campaign for a ban on fracking. The group knocked on every door in Covert—a town in Seneca County, northwest of Ithaca, New York—garnering signatures for a ban on fracking from 68 percent of contacted residents. Signatories crossed party lines—50 percent of Republicans signed—age, sex and geographic area. Residents delivered the 840 petition signatures and gave an abbreviated summary of the results after being denied the requested opportunity to make a formal presentation. (May 14, 2013) EcoWatch
- 5/21/2013 - Geoengineering our way out of Climate Change, instead of adapting and mitigating, is like putting out a wildfire with a grenade launcher. Doesn’t accomplish much but it’s fun and everyone goes on about their life thinking high tech will solve the problem. Geoengineering: Can We Save the Planet by Messing with Nature? (May 20, 2013) Democracy Now!
- 5/21/2013 - Looking to learn more about shale? Check out this lecture: Why not Shale Gas in New York? Dr. Ingraffea, a compelling speaker who combines hard science with a down-to-earth style and sense of humor, will discuss shale gas in New York State and the potential for energy in the future. Thursday, May 30, 7pm FOOTHILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 24 Market St Oneonta, NY 13820 | Free and open to the public.
- 5/21/2013 - Renewable energy (wind and solar) don’t leak dangerous stuff to our environment or public health. Source of radioactive leak found in US nuclear power plant (May 19, 2013) Press TV
- 5/21/2013 - It’s a tragedy that we have to check a guide to find out which beaches are clean for swimming. But I guess we do. Instead of cleaning up our waters from the pollutants and other stuff we have discharged into our drinking and swimming waters, we must produce quick guides so we can slip into our waters when things aren’t so bad. What these guides should do is put us on notice that our waters are not always safe for swimming and we should clean them up, not become used to a world that needs constant monitoring to do something so natural for us as swimming. Waterkeeper Alliance Launches 2013 Swim Guide Website and Mobile App (May 20, 2013) EcoWatch
- 5/20/2013 - Of course, if global temperature rise to 6C (instead of 4C) by the end of the century, then all bets are off on adapting to Climate Change. Climate change: human disaster looms, claims new research Forecast global temperature rise of 4C a calamity for large swaths of planet even if predicted extremes are not reached Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialise, new scientific research has suggested, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe. The researchers said warming was most likely to reach about 4C above pre-industrial levels if the past decade's readings were taken into account. That would still lead to catastrophe across large swaths of the Earth, causing droughts, storms, floods and heatwaves, and drastic effects on agricultural productivity leading to secondary effects such as mass migration. (May 19, 2013) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 5/20/2013 - Will our ‘Wait and See’ approach (i.e., do nothing) to addressing Climate Change condemn the public health of New Yorkers to dangerous heatwaves? Killing season may push into spring and fall, says study. (May 20, 2013) The Daily Climate
- 5/20/2013 - President Obama’s decision on whether to allow Tar Sands Pipeline to snake through US will be a defining moment of this presidency. Tar sands exploitation would mean game over for climate, warns leading scientist (May 19, 2013) The Guardian
- 5/20/2013 - Chance to help out with Washington Grove Preservation Project Washington Grove Volunteer Day May 25 Dear Friends of Washington Grove We will be holding our first Volunteer Work Day of 2013 on Saturday, May 25. TIME: 9 a.m. to about 11:00. LOCATION: Meet at the kiosk below the pine trees at the top of the Reservoir road. TASKS: Our primary task will be to plant some new native trees and shrubs purchased by the City with funds raised by the Friends of Washington Grove to celebrate the 100'th anniversary of the Grove. We will plant 20 plants consisting of a mix of trees: white oaks, black oaks, scarlet oaks, and pignut hickory; and two species of viburnum. All of the plants are native to the area and have been selected in keeping with the nature of the forest as it has evolved and preserving it for the next 100 years. It is certainly within the realm of possibility that the trees planted this year will be living 200 or more years from now to inspire future generations of visitors to the Grove. If enough volunteers come to finish the planting quickly, we can use help with removing autumn olive and invasive English Ivy and winter creeper as well as knocking off sprouts form Norway maple stumps that are trying to regrow. WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather that day. We will plant rain or shine. Bring work gloves and a good garden shovel if you have one for digging the holes. Thanks very much. We look forward to seeing you next Saturday morning. Sincerely, Friends of Washington Grove
- 5/20/2013 - Our songbirds are being affected by Climate Change. Global Warming and Boreal Birds "Worldwide, bird populations are predicted to suffer in response to global warming. A 2000 BirdLife International report found that 11% of the world’s bird species – that’s a total of 1,111 bird species – are considered to be at risk from global warming. As many as 200 of these species may disappear within the next 20 years. Optimal habitats for many species of bird may no longer exist as the planet heats up.1 Long-distance migratory birds may arrive too late to find food Long distance migrants, such as many of those that summer in the Boreal Forest, face greater challenges in the face of global warming. Research in eastern North America has documented that in the spring, short-distance migrant birds are arriving 12-14 days earlier now then they were 50-100 years ago, while long-distance migrants have seen an advance of spring arrival date by only 3-4 days. "Boreal Songbird Initiative
- 5/20/2013 - As the window quickly closes for stopping dangerous levels of GHG’s that will lead to catastrophic Climate changes, US still on the fence. The US disconnect over climate change (May 18, 2013) Aljazeera [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 5/20/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter May 19, 2013 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 5/18/2013 - I’ll admit, Rochester the next Solar Capital sounds better than just another city that fell to Fracking. Let’s get smart energy, not dumb energy. Rochester, The Next Solar Capital? Lt. Governor Bob Duffy has announced half-a-million dollars in tax credits for solar technology company Natcore. The credits come as an incentive for the company to expand its footprint at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester. “There’s no doubt in today’s day and age that Natcore and companies like Natcore have choices to make, they can go anywhere they want and they chose to come here. They chose to bring a great company, a great technology here, they’re going to be a big part of the team here at Eastman Business Park,” says Duffy. (May 17, 2013) WXXI News
- 5/18/2013 - I know it’s not fashionable to talk about the Great Lakes and Climate Change and ice loss, but there you are: New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago when a glacier moved across the region and melted. The film "Project:Ice" depicts the important role ice continues to play in the Great Lakes Basin. Bill Kleinert, the documentary’s executive producer and director, discusses the importance of ice to the Great Lakes region. (May 14, 2013) WKAR
- 5/17/2013 - ‘Citizen Scientist’ programs are critical to monitoring our environment to prepare and adapt to Climate Change. Check out: EPA Region 2 Citizen Science ""... the launch of the EPA Region 2 Citizen Science Website. It contains links to our June 2012 Workshops in New York City and Edison, New Jersey; the MyEnvironment Webinar held on March 13, 2013; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Community Air Screening Program and our recent April and May 2013 workshops on “Leveraging Environmental Monitoring - Key Steps in Producing Credible Data Training” that includes all speaker presentations, the new Citizen Science Quality Assurance Project Plan guidance and other helpful information and reference links. In addition, the first of six Citizen Science videos is ready for viewing! The video features Erin Heaney and the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York’s groundbreaking work at Tonawanda Coke Corporation. Please visit our link below: EPA Region 2 Citizen Science --from Patricia A. Sheridan EPA Region 2 DESA -DO 732-321-6780 email@example.com
- 5/17/2013 - Whoops! Wrong Rochester! For a moment I thought our dream for high-speed rail in Rochester, NY came true. Imagine eliminating a lot of greenhouse gases by increasing rail transportation for those long distant trips out of Rochester. We could ride out bikes via bicycle boulevards, safe and easy though our neighborhoods to the train station, then zip across the state on high speed rail—instead of hundreds of thousands of gas guzzlers chocking our highways and warming our atmosphere even more. ROCHESTER SELECTMEN: High-speed tourist trains to begin running this week ROCHESTER — Sitting once again in solidarity with a shared resolve, Selectmen, the Police and Fire Chiefs and the Highway Surveyor, met with officials representing the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Rail and Transit Division Monday night to iron out safety concerns regarding high-speed trains that will begin running this week, cutting through Rochester on Boston to Hyannis weekend treks. (May 16, 2012) Wicked Local Marion
- 5/17/2013 - Been wondering why NYS is so jittery about getting its water Fracked? Maybe industry ain’t been so careful. Read “A Toxic Flood” Is Your State Home to One of the 20 Worst Water Polluters? (May 16, 2013) EcoWatch
- 5/16/2013 - Don’t forget. It could be you who helps stop New York State from Fracking on May 22nd. Wednesday, May 22, 9 am – 3 pm Fracking Lobby Day for the 2 Year Fracking Moratorium State Capital, Albany, NY The New York State legislative session is ending next month, and the NYS Senate has still not taken any action to protect New York from fracking. In response to overwhelming public pressure, legislation was introduced in both the Assembly and Senate to enact a two-year moratorium on fracking, which would allow for a comprehensive health impact assessment of fracking to be completed. The Assembly has already acted, and now it is time for the Senate to pass the bill! Read Citizens Campaign for the Environment's Memorandum of Support for Fracking Moratorium Bills A5424 and S4046 Join us in Albany and tell the NYS Senate that we need a moratorium on fracking tied to a health study! LOBBY REGISTRATION HERE There will be a briefing in the morning, then participants will be divided into teams to have legislative visits. Participating in Fracking Lobby Day is free, and no experience is required! 9-9:30AM Registration/check-in 9:30-10:30AM: Briefing 11AM-3PM: Lobby Visits 3PM: Drop off Report Forms/Check Out It's a four hour drive from Rochester: ALBANY DIRECTIONS & PARKING ATTACHED Contact me if you're interested in carpooling from the Rochester area: firstname.lastname@example.org Can't Make It To Albany? You can do two things from home: 1. Call your senator and tell them you want a hydro-fracking moratorium this year. 2. Make a contribution to CCE and help get people to Albany. Organized by Citizens Campaign for the Environment
- Bill McKibben Addresses Climate Crisis at UB Commencement " (May 15, 2013) Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 5/16/2013 - Has your position on Climate Change been poisoned by a purposeful misleading media? Should find out as we now speak for the planet. Unreliable Sources 2: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation This six-part series, "Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation," documents that the press routinely cites climate contrarian think tanks without reporting their ties to the fossil fuel industry. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. Part 2: . (May 15, 2013) The Huffington Post
- 5/16/2013 - Help green up Rochester's first EcoDistrict. See designs. Imagine. A Sustainable Sunken Garden for Browns Race "A sunken garden in an old replica mill raceway to green our city's oldest neighborhood and create an interpretative window of Rochester's first EcoDistrict as we green this rustbelt city | Friends of the GardenAerial is seeking to transform Rochester's oldest neighborhood into an EcoDistrict through the GardenAerial project! Friends of the GardenAerial sees this project as core to the organization’s vision to advocate for conversion of pre-existing structures & trails along the Genesee Gorge at High Falls into multi-use, extraordinary public green spaces."
- 5/15/2013 - Some great spring programs for the family and learn about our environment. Spectacular Spring Programs David Spier Spring into action at the Montezuma Audubon Center with these family friendly programs and special events! Bird watching, nature walks, guided canoeing and van tours are a great way to experience the waterfowl and songbird migration and Montezuma's bald eagle and sandhill crane families! Click here for the spring program calendar. From Audubon New York.
- 5/15/2013 - Thoughts to consider when Climate Change planning: What is pristine nature and what are invasive species in a warming world? True Nature: Revising Ideas On What is Pristine and Wild (May 13, 2013) Environment 360
- 5/15/2013 - Like it’s not hard enough already to get public on board with Climate Change science so we can adapt, without this: Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation (May 13, 2013) Huffington Post
- 5/15/2013 - So, Buffalo has a recycling coordinator & NYC has a Deputy Commissioner for Recycling. Rochester, NY? Bloomberg Administration Charting Bold, New Direction on Recycling in New York City (April 22, 2013) NRDC Switchboard
- 5/15/2013 - We are glad for Buffalo, but could Rochester also have a recycling coordinator to increase recycling rates—at all? Buffalo finally hires recycling coordinator (May 14, 2013) Investigative Post
- 5/15/2013 - Gee, I thought Fracking in Pennsylvania was all peaches and cream. Now they want a moratorium? Poll Shows Support for a Drilling Moratorium in Pennsylvania (May 14, 2013) State Impact/NPR
- 5/14/2013 - Being a ‘water sentinel’ would look really good on your resume. Check: New York Water Sentinels "Sierra Club Water Sentinels work to protect, improve and restore our waters. Here in New York, Sentinel teams are working to address the threats posed by gas extraction by monitoring surface waters regularly for contamination. "
- 5/14/2013 - Great opportunity to learn (and get credit at no cost) about how to make our communities more green and sustainable. LET’S Plan 2013 Activities "Learn about Greening our Towns, Villages, businesses and homes; Gain an understanding of the programs and benefits of the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets; and Tour farms and agricultural businesses in Livingston County, with local and regional experts. Earn training credits for attendance at each of the programs listed below for County, Town and Village Planning and Zoning Board members. Livingston County Planning Department Livingston County Government Center 6 Court Street, Room 305, Geneseo, NY 14454 585-243-7550"
- 5/14/2013 - ACTION: Volunteer opportunity. Help make major Rochester event nearly zero waste. Sat 6/2/2013 - 4 time slots 6am-6pm - @ Monroe County Community College. Sierra Club's Zero Waste Committee is seeking lots of volunteers for a fun event - ambitious waste minimization at the Tour de Cure bicycle tour with post-event conversion of organic waste to ethanol by Epiphergy. A.S.A.P. please volunteer (slots: 6a-9a, 9a-noon,noon-3p,3p-6p), contact Dave Goldman email@example.com and fill out Tour volunteer form to get a t-shirt.
- 5/14/2013 - Of course, there are no more ‘new’ lands, but nearly pristine areas should be left alone and monitored for Climate Change changes. We here in NYS, or anywhere else for that matter, don’t have many areas where nature is allowed to do its thing without human interference. You’d think we’d set aside more land to find out just how animals and plants, on their own, react to Climate Change in various regions around the world. Including NYS. These could be regions where scientists and trained citizen scientists continually monitor the myriad changes predicted for Climate Change. Adirondack Park Agency will hear from public on how to use new lands (May 13, 2013) North Country Public Radio [more on Parks in our area]
- 5/11/2013 - Tried to find news about Climate Change benchmark CO2 400ppm reached in Rochester, NY media, but nary a word. Guess science is a special interest thing here. Be interesting to do a comparison study about the level of concern the local public has on Climate Change and other environmental issues and the lack of serious environmental news in our local media. The most important issue of our times, Climate Change, is just passing us by here in Rochester, NY—until it doesn’t, of course. It’s going to get hot, regardless, unless Rochester media, politicians, and consumers get moving on Climate Change. We are all stakeholders in our environment (our live support system) and it would be nice if our media stopped blinding us to that. There is a world of news on Climate Change and its implications, but largely ignored here. Think about changing your media unless they start reflecting reality.
- 5/13/2013 - Of course, news on reaching CO2 @ 400ppm doesn’t get attention of GOP’s attempt to make Benghazi issue a ‘Watergate,’ still…. Climate Change news.
- 5/11/2013 - Reducing phosphorus going into our Great Lakes, especially during Climate Change, is critical. Hope others follow Scotts lead. Scotts drops phosphorus from lawn fertilizer (May 10, 2013) The Columbus Dispatch [more on Great Lakes in our area]
- 5/11/2013 - Yikes! With attempts to undermine Home Rule in NYS and invoking "Ag-Gag" law in Penn., Frackers say “Screw You!” to public and environment. Fracking Activists Could Face Felony Charges as "Ag-Gag" Laws Spread (May 9, 2013) Common Dreams [more on Fracking in our area]
- 5/11/2013 - Ride of Silence. It’s about the importance of Sharing the Road. Event for Rochester, NY Bike Week: Rochester Ride of Silence May 15 to honor fallen cyclists On Wednesday, May 15 Rochester's Ride of Silence will honor cyclists who have died while riding. It is a processional paced, 9 mile route along Penfield's quiet roads. The riders do not talk, to better remember their friends or family members who are no longer able to ride with them. (May 10, 2013) Gates-Chili Post [more on Transportation in our area]
- 5/11/2013 - Breaking news: Humanity’s ‘wait and see’ approach to Climate Change is not working. Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years. Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering. The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea. (May 10, 2013) New York Times [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 5/11/2013 - Important talk by expert on Climate Change and how birds are responding in our region: Birds and Climate Change: Developing Your Own Simple 5 Point Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis | In this talk Kim relates her love of science and nature to the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity. After outlining the “climate change basics”, she shares specific stories of how birds are responding to climate change, closing her talk with a more personal message. Sharing her response to the climate change crisis as a parent and a naturalist, she outlines a 5-point plan that each of us can use to organize our own response to climate change. |KIM BOSTWICK Curator, Birds and Mammals Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates Ithaca NY 14850 Visitors Center Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge 3395 U.S. Route 20 East Seneca Falls, New York 13148 | MAY 18: Saturday, 10 am to noon At the: Visitors Center Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge FREE to the public - Refreshments served FAMILY friendly! This free community presentation is cosponsored by: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network Intermunicipal Organization of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge “It takes a Network to protect a watershed!” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cayugalake.org
- 5/10/2013 - I would think that anyone in Rochester, NY (even a pro-nuclear person) would be concerned about the “possibility” of running high-level radioactive waste from Canada (or anywhere else for that matter) through our city. Running a large wind turbine or a solar panel through our city might annoy some, but renewable energy accoutrements are unlikely to contaminate us all. Just saying… NY: Move over and slow down for radioactive waste? (May 9, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 520 [more on Energy in our area]
- 5/10/2013 - Why would one of our political parties stop the President’s ability to protect our environment? I know…, we’re dysfunctional. Nature will wait until we get our act together and address Climate Change and other environmental issues—ya think? McCarthy's nomination in doubt, angering Democrats (May 9, 2013) Politico
- 5/10/2013 - Cows affected by and affect Climate Change, who knew? Also, NYS dairy industry may need help to cool cows down in a warmer NY. $9.9M grant to reduce dairy's environmental hoofprint (May 9, 2013) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 5/10/2013 - Asian Carp, which may seriously upset Great Lakes ecology, is getting uncomfortable close. How that ‘wait and see’ approach working? Asian carp fish found in Grand River sparks alarm for conservation officials (May 9, 2013) The Record
- 5/10/2013 - How is Climate Change affecting bird migration and Boreal Forest? Sounds like Climate Change is getting complicated. Maryland's Backyard Birds at Risk (May 10, 2013) Public News Service
- 5/10/2013 - Demonstrate your commitment to bringing down greenhouse gases by joining a Bike Week event in Rochester, NY. Check the Bike Week schedule here: Bike Week begins Saturday Rochester’s deputy mayor announced Thursday that Bike Week will begin Saturday in Rochester. “Biking is the way for urban living,” Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon said. He said biker-friendly communities have less traffic congestion and help local businesses thrive. Bike Week — which takes place during National Bike Month — lasts until May 19 and aims to bring together Rochester’s biking community and raise awareness of the city’s ongoing investments in bicycle infrastructure. (May 9, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Transportation in our area]
- 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. "
- 5/09/2013 - Shouldn’t stopping and clearing out of invasive species be a part of a comprehensive Climate Change plan for New York? Many invasive species (including weeds) are probably going to fare better in a warmer New York because they are usually aggressive and more resilient to changes—which makes them invasive species. Attacking the invasive species problem cannot be accomplished by a quick-response anymore than cancer can be rid of with a single zap of radiation. Rapid response funding proposed to tackle invasive species threat (May 9, 2013) Innovation Trail
- 5/09/2013 - I know, this is a really, really dumb question: Why are we so used to Brownfields that we can barely muster the money and effort to clean them up? It’s amazing to me that there are so many Brownfields (industrial waste sites) in New York State and yet we are even considering to Frack New York State. How much evidence and history do we need to prove that industry cares very much about making money and very little about how they treat our environment? Do we really think and a bunch of rules and regulations is going to stop the Fracking industry from polluting our water and environment? How long can we kid ourselves that industry cares about our environment and should be left alone because they will treat our environment as our life support system? EPA Provides $1.4 Million to Communities in Upstate New York to Support Assessments, Cleanups and Revitalization of Contaminated Properties (May 8, 2013) EPA News Releases from Region 2
- 5/09/2013 - In the near future, educating our children on Climate will be the norm. Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms (May 7, 2013) NPR [more on Environmental Education
- 5/09/2013 - By this time if you live in NYS and you don’t know what ‘Fracking’ is, then you need to change your media. Then, join efforts to stop this unnecessary, invasive, threatening, environmental surgery to extract fossil fuels from a patient that doesn’t want or need it. NYS should go renewable energy. 2013 HYDRO-FRACKING DAY OF ACTION Come to Albany on May 22 for a Fracking Lobby Day! We need action on Fracking! In response to overwhelming public pressure, legislation was introduced in both the Assembly and Senate to enact a two-year moratorium on fracking until a comprehensive health impact assessment can be completed. The Assembly has all ready passed it, and now it is time for the Senate to pass the bill and the Governor to sign it into law! Join us on May 22 to tell our legislators we want a health impact assessment and a two-year moratorium! --from Citizen's Campaign for the Environment
- 5/08/2013 - With Wind and Solar power you don’t have to test your emergency public notification system. Renewable energy doesn’t contaminate—ever. Just saying… Ginna to test public notification system Wednesday (May 7, 2013) Rochester NY NBC News
- 5/08/2013 - Remember: Dealing with Hurricane Sandy is addressing Climate Change. We have to plan for more Sandy’s but we won’t if we don’t connect the dots. If we take the ‘swat-every-fly’ approach to Climate Change disasters, we will quickly run out of money. We have to plan, adapt, and mitigate Climate Change. Interior Announces $475 Million in Hurricane Sandy Relief (May 7, 2013) US Dept. of the Interior
- 5/08/2013 - You’d think discovering massive amounts of plastic bits in our Great Lakes would attract our local Rochester, NY media to check it out, but they’re busy elsewhere I guess. That’s too bad because solving fresh water drinking problems if NYS implements Fracking, dealing with Climate Change, and solving food and agricultural issues are not separate problems. They are all connected to Water Quality as our region and other regions warm. With Climate Change, we must see our environmental issues not as separate issues but as parts of a looming crisis. OUR SINGULARITY FUTURE: HUMANITY’S TRASH PILING UP IN GREAT LAKES (May 7, 2013) SingularityHUb
- 5/08/2013 - Neighborhood Seed Library at the Monroe Branch library | Join the neighborhood seed exchange! Beginning today, May 7, get free vegetable, flower and herb seeds (including some heirloom) from the Children's Room of the Monroe Branch library (809 Monroe Avenue) to plant in your own garden. When you pick up your seeds, also take some envelopes. In the Fall when you harvest your goodies, gather and dry some of the seeds your plants produced, stick them in your envelope, label and bring them back for someone to "borrow" next year. Check out Monroe Branch Children's Room for pictures and details. Library hours are: Mon 12:00-8:00, Tues 10:00-6:00, Wed 12:00-8:00, Thurs 12:00-6:00, Fri 12:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun Closed. Telephone: 585-428-8202
- 5/08/2013 - We tend to understand environmental issues as the purvey of particular groups, but it’s nonsense. We are all affected. This is a fundamental point we are going to have to get soon or we will perish. The collapse of bees, which are crucial to our agricultural, and Climate Change, and other environmental issues won’t just affect those who are interested. Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops According to a new survey of America's beekeepers, almost a third of the country's honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter. That's been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago. Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died. "Last year gave us some hope," says Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of the Agriculture Department's Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. (May 7, 2013) NPR
- 5/08/2013 - Important acknowledgment of Climate Change: N.Y.'s climate change clearinghouse, a Web-based, map-enabled reference library and climate database to be headquartered at Cornell N.Y.'s climate change clearinghouse to offer info to all (May 7, 2013) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 5/08/2013 - Vastly increasing our urban forests is critical for a sustainable future. U.S. Urban Trees Store Carbon, Provide Billions in Economic Value, Finds State-By-State Analysis (May 7, 2013) Science Daily
- 5/07/2013 - We cannot talk about the future of Great Lakes water levels without talking about Climate Change. NOAA understands the drivers, but not the destination, of lake levels Will deepening climate change raise or lower lake levels over the next, say, 20-50 years? “There is considerable uncertainty about how climate change will affect lake levels, due to the interplay between changes in precipitation and changes in evaporation,” said Gronewold. “Increased temperatures, which most climate models indicate are likely to happen, are likely to increase water temperatures. What we’ve found is increasing water temperatures, relative to the cool air that tends to come over the Great Lakes in the fall, leads to increased evaporation.” (May 2, 2013) The Voice
- 5/07/2013 - Leaders increasingly connect the dots on Climate Change and extreme weather events. Jerry Brown blames climate change for state's early fire season (May 6, 2013) Los Angeles Times
- 5/07/2013 - Let me think: Should NYS allow natural gas storage next to Finger Lakes, with 7% of world's fresh waster? Hmmm… NO! Finger Lakes gas storage plans draw outcry (May 5, 2013) Albany Times Union