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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.

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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.  We Don't Get It!

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. "

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

NewsLinks: Get the most important environmental news of the day and monitor your environment daily.  Also: Get Newslinks since 1998… Unlike other news, environmental news often takes time to reach our attention. Follow potential problems and catch them before they're catastrophes.

 

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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. 

Posted Today - Thursday, April 21, 2016

  • More than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, report warns American Lung Association’s ‘state of the air’ report finds 166 million Americans are living in unhealthy ozone or particle pollution with serious health risks More than half of the US population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned. A total of 166 million Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association, raising their risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart disease, reproductive problems and other ailments. The association’s 17th annual “state of the air” report found that there has been a gradual improvement in air quality in recent years but warned progress has been too slow and could even be reversed by efforts in Congress to water down the Clean Air Act. (April 20, 2016) The Guardian [more on Air Quality in our area]

  • Climate change: Is the 1.5C target a mirage? The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change. But scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled. The UN's climate science panel announced last week it would deliver—at the request of governments—a "special report" in 2018 on the risks and impacts associated with a 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) target. But even as three-quarters of the 195 nations which sealed the historic deal in December gather Friday for a formal signing ceremony at the UN, experts warn that marshalling thousands of scientists to map a pathway to 1.5 C may be Mission Impossible. (April 20, 2016) PHYS.org [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Study: humans have caused all the global warming since 1950 Global warming attribution studies consistently find humans are responsible for all global warming over the past six decades. A new study published in Climate Dynamics has found that humans are responsible for virtually all of the observed global warming since the mid-20thcentury. It’s not a novel result – in fact, most global warming attribution studies have arrived at the same general result – but this study uses a new approach. (April 19, 2016) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Explainer: The adoption, signing and ratification of the UN climate deal On 22 April, representatives from more than 150 countries will travel to the UN headquarters in New York to sign the UN’s Paris agreement on climate change. The deal was adopted after years of negotiations, when 195 countries finally reached a consensus on a set of principles and targets that will, it is hoped, see climate change limited to “well below” 2C. The rapturous applause that greeted the final fall of the gavel on 12 December 2015 might have given the impression that the UN’s job was done. But adopting the Paris text was only the first step. Before the deal comes into force, it needs to be signed and then ratified by the countries that want to be bound by it. (April 19, 2016) Carbon Brief [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 250 Faith Leaders Demand Nations Ratify Paris Climate Deal Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres has credited faith groups for helping to advance the Paris Climate Agreement by supporting “holistic, equitable, but above all, ambitious climate action.” Now, faith leaders are going one step further, calling for immediate ratification of the landmark international accord to curb global climate change. In December, 196 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit warming to well below 2º C (3.6º F) above pre-industrial levels. While nations have agreed to the language of the accord,55 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change representing at least 55 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions must still ratify the agreement for it to enter into force. (April 18, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress [more on Climate Change in our area]

 

News Highlight

As presidential candidates descend on Rochester, think Climate Change               

by Frank J. Regan


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President Reagan launched the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in order provide a “… comprehensive and integrated United States research program to assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.” (THE NATIONAL GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PLAN 2012–2021)

Just this week, the USGCRP released a compelling report-- HUMAN HEALTH THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON IN THE UNITED STATES—that establishes the scientific relationship between public health and Climate Change. It’s compelling.

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk Climate change is a major threat to human health, with extreme heat likely to kill 27,000 Americans annually by 2100, according to a report released Monday by the White House. The report, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, outlines numerous ways global warming could devastate public health in the U.S. this century. Global warming will lead to heat waves so extreme that in the hottest times of the year, it will be “physiologically impossible” for people who work outdoors to do their jobs, John Holdren, a science advisor to the Obama administration, said during a news conference about the report. (April 4, 2016) Climate Central

As the presidential candidates descend on Rochester for our NYS primaries this week, we should all reflect for a moment on this report and consider who will lead us during Climate Change. Thirteen agencies of our government contributed to the report on human health; I mention this because, once elected, one of the candidates will be in charge of those 13 governmental agencies.

The next President will be a major factor in our ability to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. Public health is but one of the concerns with Climate Change.

Those candidates who believe that there are more important problems than Climate Change don’t understand that even if the nuclear threat trumps Climate Change, he or she will still have to deal with Climate Change. Our new normal will be public health and Climate Change, social unrest and Climate Change, extreme weather and Climate Change, food and Climate Change, ad Infinitum.  

These presidential candidates coming to Rochester should be pressed hard on their approach to Climate Change. Failure by the media to do so would be shirking their responsibility to us. We should demand that our media not shirk their responsibility.

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Green Business.

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:

  • Investors' Circle hopes to fund Rochester's clean energy scene People in Rochester's startup scene already know about the popular venture capital firms Excell Partners and Cranberry Capital. However, a North Carolina-based firm is joining the mix and looking to pass out money. Investors' Circle of Durham, North Carolina, has been funding startups for 24 years, but now wants to fund companies across New York state. The firm invests in different types of companies, such as software and education. However, the firm's biggest emphasis is on clean energy companies. (February 12, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Waste Management-owned site receives conservation award High Acres Nature Area, owned by Waste Management Inc. in Perinton, has been honored with the 2015 International Conservation Award by the Wildlife Habitat Council, an international non-profit that accredits programs that create wildlife habitat on corporate lands. It has recognized 600 sites around the world.  The High Acres Nature Area comprises 250 acres with four miles of nature trails adjacent to the High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center in Fairport. Employees and community volunteers invest in conservation and education efforts through the nature area, officials said. (November 24, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Energy storage looks promising for Rochester At first glance, they do not look like much: cylinders the size of commercially available watch batteries and foil-wrapped packets the size of cell phone batteries. From small packages, however, the staff of NOHMs Technologies Inc. are working to produce big results.  “We’re a cell manufacturer only to make prototypes,” explains Richard Delmerico, CEO and chief operating officer of the 17-person startup, which is based out of 6,000 feet of laboratory and industrial space within Eastman Business Park. (October 2, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

  • SolarCity seeking suppliers Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Bob Duffy is encouraging Rochester-area businesses to check into opportunities for suppliers of SolarCity, the solar-panel maker expected to open in 2016 in Buffalo. SolarCity is looking for suppliers for gases, chemicals, aluminum, copper, extrusion, stamping, anodizing, solar glass, junction boxes, tapes, pastes, labels, logistics, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, compressed dry air, professional services, and more. (June 24, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

  April 16- 23 Earth Week 2016 

    

Join us in celebrating and protecting our planet during Earth Week 2016!  

The member organizations of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition are sponsoring a series of events that will provide participants with a variety of opportunities to take action on climate.

We invite you to take advantage of our “daily specials” to get a taste of what we have to offer.  There’s something for everyone!  

See complete calendar and event details below and invite your friends and family to participate via our Facebook event page.

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

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.  

 

Green Events.

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...    

April

  • Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd South, Rochester, NY 14610
    • Dirt! the Movie "DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT! The Movie is a call to action. “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.” How can you affect that relationship for the better? " Update by Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer, Peacework Organic CSA, on the board of NOFA-NY "Transforming Dirt into Soil and What Everyone Can do Starting Today" Free, all invited. Questions, call 585-473- 0295 Presented by the Environmental Climate Task Force at First Unitarian
  • Wed., April 20, 7 PM. CINEMA THEATER 957 South Clinton Avenue Rochester New York 14620 585 271-1785
    • Screening of the film “Conspiracy” with Film co-maker Keegan Kuhn introducing:  Cinema Theater, Wed., April 20, 7 PM.  Find out how industrial animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change.  Admission Free.     Peter Debes Peter Debes Chair Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club peter8245debes@gmail.com
  • Thursday, April 21 at 5 PM - 6 PM | Washington Square Park 181 Clinton Ave S, Rochester, New York 14604
    • Mothers Out Front Rochester invites you to join the “Earth Eve Climate March Forward,” promoting actions and votes for a livable climate. A rally and short march, starting and ending with live music in the Park. Everyone wanted and welcome. Bring your own signs or pick one of ours! (There will also be a sign-making party; watch for details.) Food trucks with vegan options available. Speakers will include: Reverend Myra Brown - Associate Pastor and leader of Mother Earth and Racial Justice ministries at Spiritus Christi Church Mary Lupien - Mothers Out Front organizer/community activist. Elizabeth Henderson - CSA pioneer, author, expert on agriculture & carbon sequestration Please post any questions, and we will reply. Kindly DO RSVP, so we get a sense of numbers. For more information on Mothers Out Front:  and Participants may wish to stay downtown for other programs... The Sierra Club Forum at First Universalist Church:  Fast Forward Film Festival of Short Environmental Films:  For information on further Earth Week Climate Events: Rochester People’s Climate Coalition’s Earth Week 2016: "A Menu of Climate Actions to Suit Every Taste!"
  • April 21 & 23 at the Little and Dryden Theatre
  • Thursday, April 21 6:00-9:00pm Program begins at 6:30 First Universalist Church 150 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14604
    • 18th Annual Environmental Forum Agriculture and Climate Change: Formulating Sustainable Choices  with keynote speaker Keegan Kuhn, award-winning documentary filmmaker and panelists Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens, organic farmers for over 20 years Carly Fox, Worker Rights Advocate for farmworkers in New York state Thursday, April 21 6:00-9:00pm Program begins at 6:30 First Universalist Church 150 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14604 Free and open to the public | The executive committee of your Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club is pleased to announce the 2016 forum, Agriculture and Climate Change: Formulating Sustainable Choices, with keynote presenter Keegan Khun, co-creator of the film Cowspiracy: The Sustanability Secret. This film was selected as one of Netflix’ top ten documentaries of 2015. Virtually absent from mainstream discussions of climate change, agricultural greenhouse emissions exceed the total emissions of the transportation sector. We felt it was important to open more discussion on this topic and to show the public how their choices matter. (Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club)
  •  April 21, 9:30-11:30 am,   Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor 14564
    • "Open House at the Sanctuary"  April 21, 9:30-11:30 am,   Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor 14564  Enjoy the birds and early spring flowers on the club's trails, as well as coffee, tea, and a chance to chat with members.
  • Friday, April 22| 12:00 pm (noon) Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
    • Climate Vigil: Liberating the Earth and Ourselves What: The Climate Crisis is also a moral crisis.  Join people of all faiths as we gather to highlight this connection.  There will be speakers, quiet time to reflect or meditate. When: 12:00 pm (noon) Where: Christ Church, 141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
    • The 7th annual Pick Up the Parks event is just 2 weeks from Saturday! Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 for the 7th annual “Pick Up the Parks” event! This great parks stewardship event will again cover ALL Monroe County Parks in 2016! Please visit for a list of the parks included, for the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF), the Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF), and the Day-of Details Document (DoDD) which includes a list of what to bring, duties to be performed, proper attire, Meet-Up locations, and what we provide to the volunteers. To register yourself, your family, or a group of friends, a club, organization, business, scout troop, or class, please e-mail the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF) today to Ryan Loysen at rloysen@monroecounty.gov, or drop off, mail it, fax it to 585-753-7284, or call 585-753-7281! Be sure to include your group size, preferred park, e-mail address, and phone number. Walk-ins on April 23rd are welcome, BUT we strongly recommend that you register; each park has a maximum number of volunteers needed. Please also “Like” our Pick Up the Parks Facebook page at  Be sure to join us for the “Thank You Picnic” at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park, starting at noon. EACH volunteer will also be required to submit a Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF) in order to participate, or sign one on-site. Blank VWF forms can be found at here. The Monroe County Parks, our watershed, and our waterways belong to all of us, so let’s join together to keep them clean and green! Ryan Loysen Recreation & Environmental Education Coordinator Monroe County Parks Department 171 Reservoir Ave Rochester, NY 14620 585-753-7281 (p) 585-753-7284 (f) rloysen@monroecounty.gov www.monroecounty.gov/parks
  • April 26, 10 am  Sponsored by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club.  Meet at the Maintenance Area parking lot on Zoo Road
    • "Flowering Trees and More at Durand Eastman Park"  April 26, 10 am  Sponsored by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club.  Meet at the Maintenance Area parking lot on Zoo Road   Take a guided walk through the orchard, arboretum, and woods to enjoy and learn more about the flowering plants and birds in these lovely areas. Migrating raptors and warblers might be spotted.  Wear clothes and footwear suitable for walking and bring water.
  • Thursday, April 28 6:30PM - 8:18PM at Cinemark Movies 10 - Rochester  2613 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY, US, 14623, US  
    • A Special Showing of The Messenger at Cinemark Movies 10. Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary explores our deepseated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. In the words of Boreal biologist Erin Bayne, “Could we live without birds? That’s one of the fundamental concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece, we just don’t know.” Tickets are $9.00. The screening will only take place if 75 tickets are sold BEFORE April 21. To purchase tickets go here. To view the trailers go here.  Sponsored by Braddock Bay Raptor Research (www.bbrr.org) and Genesee Valley Audubon Society (from The Pachamama Alliance   April 2016 Newsletter )
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM Where: Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue
    • Brighton's Semi-Annual Pharmaceutical "Take Back" Program  Help ensure a cleaner and safer environment by participating in the Town of Brighton's prescription drug take-back event at Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing.  Citizens are asked to dispose of outdated and/or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications by dropping them off.  There is no charge for this event. When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM Where: Brighton Town Hall's Public Safety Wing, 2300 Elmwood Avenue (From ColorBrightonGreen)
  • 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 30 and begin at Frontier Field.
    • NEWS RELEASE - MAYOR WARREN, ROCHESTER RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2016 CLEAN SWEEP DETAILS Mayor Lovely A. Warren joined Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason and Gary Larder, chairman of Rochester Community Baseball, today to announce the details of this year’s Clean Sweep event.  “Clean Sweep is a wonderful tradition that has become even better as a result of our partnership with the Rochester Red Wings,” Mayor Warren said. “Spring cleaning and baseball are a wonderful way to shake off the winter blues. The volunteers who participate in Clean Sweep demonstrate the home-town pride that plays such an important role in our efforts to create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and provide a quality education for all of our children.”  Clean Sweep Saturday will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday April 30 and begin at Frontier Field. Volunteers will gather to collect a free Clean Sweep t-shirt, eat a light breakfast and get their assignments before heading out to project sites in city neighborhoods. Mayor Warren will greet the volunteers and pose for a group photo.  (April 11, 2016) City of Rochester, NY [more on Recycling in our area]

May

  • Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 6 pm at Peacework Farm, Newark, New York.
    • Tour a Farm that Puts Carbon in the Soil! May Day Celebration at Peacework Farm   Peacework Organic CSA invites you to a festive May Day celebration, Sunday, May 1 from 2 to 6 pm at Peacework Farm, Newark, New York. At 2 pm, riding her high-spirited nag, farmer Ammie Chickering will lead in dancing around the May Pole. No previous dance experience necessary. Next we will take a wild flower walk in the woods of the Kraai Preserve, a nature preserve open to the public. Then, there will be a tour of Peacework Farm with a focus on the methods organic farms use to take carbon out of the air and restore it to the soil where it contributes to fertility and water retention. You will see the new team of draft horses in action. There will also be a tour of the Johnson Brothers Food Forest Permaculture Project, including culinary mushrooms.  At 4:30, we will have a potluck supper.   One of the oldest CSAs in the country, the farm is located at 2231 Welcher Road (across from 2232 Welcher, but that is a private home so use farm parking areas to left of barn).  Please bring a dish to pass, a place setting and folding chairs.  The farm will provide beverages.  All are welcome! (From Peacework Organic CSA )
  • Monday, May 9th, 7 pm  Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Downstairs meeting room  
    • "Dragonflies" Monday, May 9th, 7 pm  Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Downstairs meeting room    Sponsored by the Rochester Butterfly Club    Learn more about the interesting behaviors and unique features of local dragonflies in a presentation by Jon Dombrowski.  He will illustrate his program with digital images, and talk about his experiences observing and photographing these fascinating insects.  For questions, contact 383-8168.   Submitted by Becky Olson, Publicity
  • May 14, Albany, NY
    • Albany 2016 (Break Free From Fossil Fuels) CALL TO ACTION For A Livable Climate And A Just Transition To Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels Must Be Kept In The Ground. No Bomb Trains. No Fracked Gas Or Oil Infrastructure. No More Pollution. Crude Oil “Bomb” Trains Roll Through Albany, Polluting The Air In Our Communities & Adding To The Climate Crisis. This May We Gather For A Massive Action To Stop These Dangerous Trains In Their Tracks.   Joining Others All Around The World, We Will Put Our Bodies In The Way Of Fossil Fuels To Show The Collective Power Of Our Movement.   Our Leaders Refuse To Take Appropriate Action. We Will Do It Ourselves. In Albany, on May 14, 2016, thousands of people will stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry in North America.  The New York State Capital has been a key center for fossil fuel distribution and bad decisions for our economy and our futures, against the wishes of the people of the City of Albany.
  • May 15-21, 2016
    • Curb Your Car Week *Find one or more trips to leave your car home that week: to school, work, piano lessons, grocery store, or anywhere. *Bike, Walk, Bus, Carpool, Telecommute, Combine Trips *Register for free at ColorBrightonGreen.org, and then report your miles saved after May 21.  (All by email) *Open to all, don’t need to live in Brighton. Let's add up how many miles, gallons of gas and pounds of CO2 we save as a community!
  • May 23- 25 | Nazareth College, Hickey Center
    • 3 day international conference on environment and climate change Nazareth College, Hickey Center is holding a 3 day international conference on nature and environment on May 23-25, 2016 at the College Campus. Some 62 professors of religion and sciences are presenting papers. This is unique and significant conference. I believe we are pioneers in this efforts to organize an academic conference on climate change. Please visit our website for details: The conference is open to 90 participants: Registration for participants is reduced to half, 169 dollars per person only which includes all dinners, lunches and refreshments as well. Table of ten is 159 per person. Last date to register is April 16. Please email us to reserve your seat and mail the check written to Hickey Center on the address  below: Thanks -- Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D. Professor & Executive Director Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue IIIT Interfaith Studies Chair Nazareth College 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14618 naz.edu/hickey-center cisd@naz.edu (585)-389-2963
  • May 25th Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210 Registration required:   Click here to Register 
    • Genesee RiverWatch is hosting its 3rd Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on May 25th on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus.  Please consider joining us!   Purpose: The purpose of this year's Summit is to facilitate an in-depth discussion of the issues associated with the severe erosion of streambanks and the resulting loss of valuable soil in the Genesee River Basin. This event will explore the issues based upon presentations from regional experts and subsequent discussion with participants. The Summit will be broken down into four parts.   The Problem - Presentations by experts will review the geology of the basin, explain the extent of the streambank erosion problem, and put this problem into context. The Impact - Experts will discuss the impacts of erosion on farmland and non-farmland, economic development, habitat, and dredging costs throughout the basin. What's Being Done? - This series of presentations will present an overview of what has been done to date, including studies of erosion, watershed group actions, water quality monitoring, costs of erosion and soil loss, riparian buffers, and specific soil loss reduction projects. What Can or Should Be Done? - This series of presentations will look at the technical and economic feasibility of significantly reducing streambank erosion in the entire basin and get feedback from the attendees.  A complete agenda will be published soon. Date: May 25th Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210 Registration required:   Click here to Register  Fee: Free Includes: Continental breakfast and afternoon break. Please bring your lunch or use the food service facilities available on campus. Map and Parking Permit.

 

Genessee RiverWatch Initiative Working to restore the waters of the Genesee, improve access, increase use and encourage economic development that benefits from and contributes to the water quality of our region.

 

 

ACTION highlight

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':

Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here:

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':



New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt.  

Green Action.

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: Before Earth Day, April 22, 2016

    • In just 30 seconds, tell the world what the ‪#‎ParisAgreement‬ means for you http://bit.ly/Means4You ‪#‎Means4Me‬ UN asks: What does Paris climate agreement mean for you? Climate body launches social media campaign to raise profile of global deal ahead of April ceremony The UN is launching a social media blitz to drum up support for last December’s Paris agreement. It calls on politicians, business leaders and citizens to upload a 30-second video on channels like Twitter or Facebook under the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me. Almost 200 countries agreed for the first time in 2015 on a global framework to curb carbon emissions. This April, they are invited to sign the document at the UN’s base in New York. For renewable energy companies it might mean new jobs. Health bodies might highlight the benefits of better air quality. Faith leaders might pick up on the moral message. To kick it off, here’s the UN’s top climate official, Christiana Figueres. The campaign runs to 28 February. (February 2, 2016) Climate Home [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Act on giving bicyclists a 3-ft break from vehicles, making biking safer, and reducing greenhouse gases. 3 FT PASSING LAW Thanks to the strong leadership of Board President Jim Reed and Board Member Emeritus Ivan Vamos, who himself was hit by a car, and support from Transportation Alternatives, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) has launched an all-out campaign this legislative session in Albany to amend the vague and impossible to enforce 2010 Safe Passing law. At the very least, we think there should be a 3 feet passing standard, which is now the law in 26 other states across the country. Email your legislators now by sending an email through this very easy-to-use form.
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    • Take Action on Clean Energy, from Mother's Out Front Sign the petition to move the Clean Power Plan forward! "You know that climate change is real, and we need to take action. According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most recent decade was the Nation’s and the world’s hottest on record, and human activities – like burning fossil fuels – are the primary cause of these changes. As mothers, this kind of change is an immediate concern. Regardless of where you live, climate change is shifting weather patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. As mothers we’ll do anything to protect the health of our children. That’s why we need to be concerned about – and do something about -- climate change. Wildfires and burning fossil fuels threaten air quality, increasing pollution and rates of asthma, especially among children. Heavy rainfall and severe flooding threaten water quality as well. Fortunately, the National Climate Assessment is hopeful and so are we. We can avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate with immediate public policy that promotes energy production from clean and renewable sources. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency published a Clean Power Plan requiring states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Yet it’s up to state officials to create policies to implement the plan. Those that promote clean energy the most will have the biggest benefit. Today, please sign our petition to let your state officials know that you support the fastest and most just transition to 100% clean energy. Together we can ensure a clean energy future and a livable climate for all children. Thanks for taking action,  Ellen van Bever Communications Team Lead Mothers Out Front Mothers Out Front "
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    • Stop Explosive Oil Trains! Find out if you are in the blast zone and sign the petition. There is a fiftyfold increase in local transport of volatile crude oil trains (which are not and cannot be properly designed to carry this dangerous oil) through our region. Check to see if you are in the blast zone, and Take action and put a stop to this! From our friends over at Mothers Out Front! Really take a moment to find out about this clean and present danger in our community and take action here.
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    • "The 100% Renewable Now NYS Campaign is beginning to organize! This Campaign is aimed at getting the 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 bill passed by the NYS legislature. This project is anchored in sound science: Read this critical study: “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight” If your organization wants to be more involved that is welcome.  Also, please call your legislators to ask them to co-sponsor (Assembly - A. 7497 or Senate - S. 5527). And see:  The Solutions Project (especially New York) to sign your organization up as a supporter.  Please help in this way!" (If someone in your group wants to attend some meetings in October to hammer out strategy and organizational details, contact me and I’ll get you in touch with the group organizing this issue in our region.) 
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    • Just about the last thing Henrietta needs is to chew up a wildlife area for more development. Sign a petition to Save Beckwith Park. "Save Beckwith Park Neighbors working together to save 12.8 acres of wild land in Henrietta, New York Since 1965, this scenic wildlife area has been a treasure for many families in Henrietta, New York. The Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling this beautiful land to a developer, who intends to put single-family houses on the property. In a grassroots effort to save the land, neighbors and friends have banded together to stop the development of the land that makes our neighborhood our home.  "Consider signing this petition to save undeveloped land in Henrietta, NY. To find out more watch this short TV coverage on Channel 10.
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Our home environments can be healthy. Help get the word out. This from Elizabeth McDade, Program Manager Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 224-3125 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org "The newly revised Healthy Homes Guides have arrived and I need YOUR help to get this cubical emptied by Labor Day. HELP! If you need some resource guide books or can help distribute Healthy Homes, Healthy Families POSTERS, please contact Elizabeth McDade elizabethmcdade@flhsa.org  (585) 224-3125 Also, feel free to share this link to the Resource Guide book
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    • "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
  • ACTION:  Due Date: Now!
    • New York needs to transition to renewable energy (like Wind Power) now:  "New York has been slow out of the gate when it comes to opportunities like offshore wind. We can change that. Few states have the potential to be a national and global clean energy and climate leader like New York.  And right now, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments on how to structure a new Large Scale Renewable Energy Program – and Environmental Advocates is urging the PSC to act on three critical fronts: Establish enforcement mechanisms to hold the state and utilities accountable for supplying 50 percent of our energy from clean renewables by 2030. Make the state’s Large Scale Renewables Program statewide (currently Long Island is excluded from the Renewable Portfolio Standard). Add offshore wind power to New York’s energy mix.  You can urge them to prioritize these initiatives, too!     Despite our state being home to some of the most attractive and productive wind farm locations in the nation, this plentiful source of renewable energy remains completely untapped. With Rhode Island constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and Europe utilizing this same renewable energy source on a large scale, New York can step up and become a global clean energy leader.     Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to ensure 50 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. That means dramatically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and building a clean, green energy economy with offshore wind and other sources of renewable energy.    Take Action Today! " (from Environmental Advocates of New York)
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
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    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
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    • Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 
  • 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 montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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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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  • 4/21/2016 - Victorian scientists, artists, novelists, politicians (and monarchies), and the public missed early signs of Climate Change. But we have no excuse. #Sign4Climate #ParisAgreement Address #ClimateChange. Victorians experienced early climate change but missed the signs She would not have been amused. The omens were there that the world was starting to warm as early as Queen Victoria’s reign – but Victorian scientists seem to have missed them. Retreating glaciers and early melting of ice on lakes were all beginning to appear shortly after the industrial revolution. “The signs were there for this period, mainly in Europe and North America,” says Victor Venema of the University of Bonn, Germany. Venema re-examined temperature and meteorological data recorded between 1850 and 1920 in Europe’s industrialised heartland and North America. Previous estimates of the average global temperatures for that time period suggested there was no warming – or that if there was any it was negligible, Venema says. Indeed, the UK’s Met Office uses 1850-1900 as a baseline for pre-industrial temperatures when measuring global warming. (April 20, 2016) New Scientist

  • 4/20/2016 - #keepitintheground for #ClimateChange will also keep it out of our lungs. More than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, report warns American Lung Association’s ‘state of the air’ report finds 166 million Americans are living in unhealthy ozone or particle pollution with serious health risks More than half of the US population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned. A total of 166 million Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association, raising their risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart disease, reproductive problems and other ailments. The association’s 17th annual “state of the air” report found that there has been a gradual improvement in air quality in recent years but warned progress has been too slow and could even be reversed by efforts in Congress to water down the Clean Air Act. (April 20, 2016) The Guardian

  • 4/20/2016 - ACTION: Act on giving bicyclists a 3-ft break from vehicles, making biking safer, and reducing greenhouse gases. 3 FT PASSING LAW Thanks to the strong leadership of Board President Jim Reed and Board Member Emeritus Ivan Vamos, who himself was hit by a car, and support from Transportation Alternatives, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) has launched an all-out campaign this legislative session in Albany to amend the vague and impossible to enforce 2010 Safe Passing law. At the very least, we think there should be a 3 feet passing standard, which is now the law in 26 other states across the country. Email your legislators now by sending an email through this very easy-to-use form.

  • 4/20/2016 - If you know the cause of Climate Change, you can affect the effects. Climate denial is counterproductive. Study: humans have caused all the global warming since 1950 Global warming attribution studies consistently find humans are responsible for all global warming over the past six decades. A new study published in Climate Dynamics has found that humans are responsible for virtually all of the observed global warming since the mid-20thcentury. It’s not a novel result – in fact, most global warming attribution studies have arrived at the same general result – but this study uses a new approach. (April 19, 2016) The Guardian

  • 4/19/2016 - One of the gaping holes in the Paris Agreement is the effect and benefits of proper Agriculture on Climate Change. Rochester’s Earth Week attempts to fill that hole. Check out all the events Rochester’s Earth week here and for more complete coverage of this amazing press conference go here: City of Rochester kicks off 2016 Earth Week This year focuses on the relationship between food and climate change City kicks off 2016 Earth Week The City of Rochester kicked off "Earth Week" on Monday. This year's Earth Week focuses on the relationship between food and climate change. On Earth Day this Friday, April 22, over 100 countries will sign the global climate agreement negotiated in Paris at the end of last year. This year's Earth Week discussion topics include how agriculture affects healthy soil and greenhouse gas emissions, and alternative strategies for dealing with the climate crisis. (April 18, 2016) RochesterFirst.com

  • 4/19/2016 - Look, at the end of the day if we aren’t tracking emissions accurately our efforts to address Climate Change won’t mean shit to a tree. A major focus should be placed on accurate measurements of greenhouse gas emissions and where they are coming from so we can actually monitor and address them. Anything else is delusional. There should be objective worldwide ways to measure emissions and I would think that satellites measuring all the greenhouse gases around the world should be a worldwide joint project. Here’s What Happens When Companies Track Emissions Ten years ago, as part of a sustainability initiative, Walmart decided to take a look at its greenhouse gas emissions. The retail giant not only tallied up the carbon footprint of its trucking fleet and supersize stores, it also set out to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the countless products offered on its shelves. With the help of the Environmental Defense Fund, the company calculated that these goods accounted for the vast majority of its emissions — between 90 and 95 percent, says Jenny Ahlen, a supply chain expert at EDF who works with Walmart. (April 16, 2016) Climate Central

  • 4/19/2016 - An early start date on the Paris Agreement is still a treaty that should have been initiated decades ago. It’s important that Paris Agreement get signed and all of us get going ASAP but in no way are we jumping the gun by getting done now what should have been done a long time ago. US and China lead push to bring Paris climate deal into force early Early start date would add momentum for deeper emissions cuts and lock a future US president into the deal for four years The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections – aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement. More than 150 governments, including 40 heads of state, are expected at a symbolic signing ceremony for the agreement at the United Nations on 22 April, which is Earth Day. It’s the largest one-day signing of any international agreement, according to the UN. (April 18, 2016) The Guardian

  • 4/19/2014 - Complete video of press conference in ‪#‎RochesterNY‬ includes City’s announcement of Climate Action Plan and ‪#‎EarthWeek‬ events. Watch this remarkable event where local groups join their city in a commitment to address Climate Change. The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), comprised of over 70 groups—labor unions, environmental groups, faith groups, businesses, and many more--joined the City of Rochester to open Earth Week festivities. Earth Week highlights many events going on in Rochester, including the Earth Eve Climate March Forward on Thursday. Mentioned in the press conference is the City of Rochester’s Climate Action Plan, which will soon be presented to the public for their participation. (More coming on this at the Seneca Park Zoo Earth Day events on Saturday, April 23rd.) We hope all who see this video of this press conference will share it in all their social media contacts. We hope all in Monroe County will get engaged on addressing Climate Change and to do that we need you to Become The Media! Please "like" and share with all your social media so we can highlight all the events in Earth Week: Demonstrate your support for addressing Climate Change in the Rochester region by attending the Earth Eve Climate March Forward at Washington Square Park on Thursday, April 21st at 5PM 

  • 4/16/2016 - Will 2016 be even hotter than 2015? Only your grandchildren will know for sure. Endless rises in temperature are still avoidable but the window of opportunity is closing quickly. Don’t put a climate denier into high office, do shift to renewable energy, do press your press to properly inform the public of what is going on, and be engaged is this worldwide crisis. New Milestone: Earth Sees 11 Record Hot Months in a Row The past 11 months have been the hottest such months in 135 years of recordkeeping, a streak that has itself set a record and puts in clear terms just how much the planet has warmed due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. New global temperature data released on Friday by NASA put March at 2.3°F (1.28°C) above the 1951-1980 average for the month, making it the warmest March on record. It beat out the previous warmest March, from 2010, by 0.65°F (0.36°C) — a handy margin. It also marked the 11th month in a row to set such a record, beating out the previous such streak of 10 months set back in 1944. March also marked six straight months with temperatures that were more than 1°C above average, a notable mark given the stated goal of international climate talks to keep warming in the 21st century below 2°C (with some talk of even aiming for 1.5°C). (April 15, 2016) Climate Central

  • 4/16/2016 - Imagine that instead of today’s 403.19ppm of CO2 where our CO2 count would be if the fossil fuel industry had shifted to renewables back in the 1960’s. It literally takes one’s breathe away to think of how different our world would be if our fossil fuel energy corporations had acted responsibly and worked with the public and governments to shift to energy options that wouldn’t put us where we are today: more than halfway to hell, where we’ve passed 1C and are moving to the agreed limit of 1.5. CO2's Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry's Radar Since the 1960s Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. The oil industry's leading pollution-control consultants advised the American Petroleum Institute in 1968 that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels deserved as much concern as the smog and soot that had commanded attention for decades. Carbon dioxide was "the only air pollutant which has been proven to be of global importance to man's environment on the basis of a long period of scientific investigation," two scientists from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) told the API. This paperalong with scores of other publications, shows that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry earlier than previously documented. The records, unearthed from archives by a Washington, D.C. environmental law organization, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), reveal that the carbon dioxide question—an obscure corner of research for much of the 20th century—had been closely studied since the 1950s by some oil company researchers (April 13, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 4/15/2016 - One of the unknown knowns of Climate Change is the amount of methane leaks from our existing natural gas infrastructures. I know, this is boring stuff. We still use natural gas to heat our home and light up most of our stoves. But we must remember that the pipelines bringing us this gas (which, we are trying to get off and move to a non-fossil fuel way of heating and cooking) are old and they are probably leaking. Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas. In order to actually bring down greenhouse gas emissions we actually have to bring all of them down. And to do this we need to make sure our natural gas pipe are not leaking and if they are to stop them leaking until we can get off this addiction. With New Tools, A Focus  On Urban Methane Leaks Until recently, little was known about the extent of methane leaking from urban gas distribution pipes and its impact on global warming. But recent advances in detecting this potent greenhouse gas are pushing U.S. states to begin addressing this long-neglected problem. Battered by storms and weakened with age, the natural gas distribution pipes of urban New Jersey have long been in need of repair. And for a long time, the state’s largest utility, Public Service and Enterprise Group (PSE&G), has wanted to replace them. The problem is that pipelines cost upwards of $1.3 million per mile, and the utility owns 4,330 miles of them. Replacing it all would cost at least $6 billion, not to mention decades of work. (April 4, 2016) Yale: Environment 360

  • Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” | Is climate change a scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? All that, and more? COMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere  We encourage you to screen the film with as many people as possible. Please contact us if you need help setting up or promoting a screening, or would like us to attend. Below are some tools and advice to help you have the most successful screening possible. You can also use this flyer to share information about the film with people who might want to collaborate on a screening.

  • 4/15/2016 - At first scientists thought their models were broken, but no Greenland’s ice is really melting that quickly. Greenland sees early ice sheet melt Ice-sheet melt is one of the more visible and key signs of man-made global warming from the burning of fossil fuels. Greenland's massive ice sheet has experienced such an early and extensive melt that scientists this week thought their models were broken when they saw the data. Summer-like warm temperatures and rain resulted in about 12 percent of the ice sheet surface area - 1.7 million square kilometres - showing signs of melting ice on Monday, scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) said. "We had to check that our models were still working properly," climate scientist Peter Langen told DMI's Polar Portal website. Such a melt is normal for late May, but not mid-April. (April 15, 2016) Al Jazeera

  • 4/14/2016 - Yes, boys and girls, hauling oil can be fun and rewarding as long as you don’t die from exposure to deadly gases. Of course, like everything else, there are many trade-offs for continuing with a fossil-fuel infrastructure, like warming our planet, and threatening our future, and so forth and so on. I hope you have learned something day about this very important subject. Thank you. Goodbye. WATCH: Oil workers exposed to deadly gases Working in the oil patch can be dangerous. Some of those dangers aren't visible to the naked eye. When workers open oil tanks to gauge levels, they can be surrounded by deadly gases. At least nine people in Colorado, Texas and North Dakota have died from exposure to these gases. Inside Energy's Emily Guerin reports from North Dakota on how oil haulers have been dealing with this hazard. (April 13, 2016) Innovation Trail

  • 4/14/2016 - Fast Forward Film Festival #FFFF short films by Rochesterians on our environment coming soon. Environmental perspectives at the Fast Forward Film Festival The Little Theatre and George Eastman House will host the second annual Fast Forward Film Festival on April 21 & 23. The festival showcases environmental perspectives with short films made by local filmmakers. Andy stern, executive director, Fast Forward Film Festival, and filmmakers Ben Doran and Jack Aman join us on Good Day Rochester. Film Screenings The Little Theatre April 21, 7:00 p.m. (April 13, 2016) FOX Rochester

  • 4/14/2016 - Climate Change is subtle only if you’re not paying attention. Birds are paying attention. So should we. Did you notice fewer birds flew south this winter? Study blames climate change Climate change is starting to change the behavior of birds around the world, including some species here in the United States, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers. Warmer temperatures in some northern states are providing more ideal conditions for certain types of northern birds, so more of them seem to be staying up north instead of flying south for the winter, the researchers found.    Among their key findings, the researchers found the population of American robins has decreased in some southern states, like Louisiana and Mississippi, and has expanded in northern states, including North Dakota and South Dakota, where temperatures have been warming up during recent decades.  (April 13, 2016) NJ.com

  • 4/14/2016 - "1.5 to stay alive." UN climate science body green-lights 1.5C report Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change accepts call for report on tough aspirational global warming threshold agreed in Paris The UN’s climate science body will produce a special report by 2018 on the impacts of 1.5C global warming and emissions cuts needed to stay within that threshold. That was agreed by government representatives at a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Nairobi this week. They were responding to a call in the Paris Agreement for a review of evidence around the tough aspirational limit on temperature rise. “1.5 to stay alive” was a rallying cry for campaigners, warning that even low levels of warming could see small island states swallowed by rising seas. (April 14, 2016) Climate Home [more on Climate Change

  • 4/13/2016 - Great article in Rochester City News @roccitynews on the evolution of #EarthDay & how #RochesterNY fits in. ‪#‎EarthDayRocs Lots happening during Earth Week 2016 | The evolution of Earth Day  Climate change is a central theme of Earth Day 2016, which is on April 22. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to New York City for a public signing of the Paris climate agreement. And many Rochester-area Earth Week events are connected to climate change, including the Rochester Sierra Club chapter's forum on sustainable agriculture, Mothers Out Front's climate march, and the Rochester People's Climate Coalition's talk on connecting with conservatives on the issue. The first Earth Day took place in 1970 in a country facing serious air and water pollution. The event was so popular that it helped convince a previously reluctant Congress to pass new anti-pollution laws. Earth Day 1970 marked a tipping point, and over the next 46 years it helped bring environmental issues into the mainstream. Children now learn about recycling in school, and most adults know better than to dump household wastes and motor oil down storm drains. (April 13, 2016) Rochester City Newspaper

  • 4/13/2015 - Of course, the whole point of President Obama’s quick action on Paris Agreement is to head off climate deniers at the pass. If the US is crazy enough to put a climate denier into the top political position, this would put not only the US but the world in jeopardy. It should be very hard indeed for a future climate denier president to pull out of the Paris Agreement. Climate Change is a real as gravity and we don’t want to be crushed by a leader with an insane ideology. Obama’s rapid move to join the Paris climate agreement could tie up the next president In late March, when the United States and China jointly declared that they’d be moving to immediately sign and then join the Paris climate agreement “as early as possible this year,” it was seen as the latest show of joint leadership by the two largest emitters. But there’s another possible implication that went largely unnoticed. If the nations of the world, led by its two biggest contributors to climate change, jump through all the hoops needed to bring this agreement into force before President Obama leaves office, the next U.S. president could have a difficult time — or at least, a long wait — if he or she wanted to get out of it. (April 11, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 4/13/2016 - What could possibly go wrong piping millions of gallons of oil through the Great Lakes? Michigan lawmaker wants moratorium on Great Lakes pipelines An upcoming state senate bill would curb new oil pipelines in the Great Lakes. Senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, says he'll introduce legislation this week that would block new pipelines from running through Great Lakes waters. The bill would also require existing lines to undergo a third-party safety review – including Enbridge's Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Jones says his bill would shut down the 63-year-old line, and others, if the safety review deemed it unsafe. (April 11, 2016) Michigan Radio

  • 4/13/2016 - Extreme weather due to Climate Change is getting closer to home. Check out Environment New York’s interactive map. Updated interactive map shows impact of extreme weather events on New York New York, NY–One hundred percent of New Yorkers live in counties affected recently by weather-related disasters according to an interactive, online map released today that crunches data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts. “From massive floods to severe storms, like Hurricane Sandy, dangerous weather is already hitting close to home,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “And without action to stop climate change, scientists say these extremes—and their impact on New Yorkers—will only get worse.” Environment New York researchers, who created the online map, Hitting Close to Home, found that since September 2010, New York experienced 11 weather- disasters, including severe storms, tornadoes, floods, tropical storms, snow and ice storms, and droughts. (April 7, 2016) Environment New York

  • 4/12/2016 - Climate Change is causing heavier rainfalls which are overwhelming our combined sewer systems around Great Lakes. This little piece of information should be top priority to those communities the live in the Great Lakes basin. If our region is not planning to change this situation, we are going to be quickly overwhelmed by the consequences of Climate Change in our region. Our media and our governments, who run our waste water infrastructures around the Great Lakes should be readying the public for this crisis and preparing. Time passes. Rainfall fuels raw sewage dumpings into Thames April showers bring, well, you may not want to know. Heavy rainfall this spring is fuelling more human sewage pollution of the Thames River from London, a problem linked to the explosive growth in recent years of life-killing toxic algae in Lake Erie, into which the Thames ultimately flows. In the first three months of 2016, figures reported by the city on its website show London dumped 59,473 cubic metres of raw sewage into the river from its waste water treatment plants and 91,171 cubic metres of partially treated waste. That sewage — from so-called “bypasses,” when heavy rains overwhelm the system — was enough to fill about 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools. (April 10, 2016) IFPress

  • 4/12/2016 - This is the part you have to get your head around: Considering the state of our transportation infrastructure, “Over the last six years the amount of crude oil being transported by rail has increased approximately 5,000 percent…” I’m thinking that the DOT is not doing all it can to prevent Bomb Trains and that an online safety manual just isn’t going to fix this problem.  The most important thing the DOT could do to prevent serious damage from a 5,000 % increase in dangerous crude is to stop it altogether and get the public to adopt renewable energy because there ain’t no way to make this kind of increase in the trafficking of fossil-fuels safe. PHMSA, FRA Lay Tracks for Proactive Rail Incident Preparedness Over the last six years the amount of crude oil being transported by rail has increased approximately 5,000 percent—more than ever before in our nation’s history. This significant increase has affected communities along rail lines in many ways: from increased traffic at grade crossings to concerns about leaks, spills, potential derailments or other incidents.  The Department is doing all we can to ensure that all involved – community members, included- are prepared in the event of an accident. We work especially closely with local law enforcement, emergency responders and hazardous materials professionals to share information and support their efforts to prepare for and respond to incidents involving hazardous materials.  Most recently, we released the Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) training resource. Developed in conjunction with other public safety agencies, TRIPR leverages the expertise of rail carriers and industry subject matter experts to better prepare first responders to safely manage large-scale incidents involving unit trains transporting flammable liquids. This off-the-shelf training is available online and can be used anywhere throughout the country. (April 4, 2016) Transportation.gov

  • 4/12/2016 - Study: Even if we reduce our GHGs, over half of world’s population will experience very hot summers by the next 20 years.  This is why the adaptation component of Climate Change is so important: it’s going to get hot and inconvenient regardless of how much we do to mitigate Climate Change. At least for a while, because we’ve baked so much heat into our air and water.  If we plan to adapt properly and if we seriously bring down GHGs, then we might come out of it OK. If.  Historically hottest summers projected to be the norm for more than half of the world's population within 20 years We project that within the next two decades, half of the world's population will regularly (every second summer on average) experience regional summer mean temperatures that exceed those of the historically hottest summer, even under the moderate RCP4.5 emissions pathway. This frequency threshold for hot temperatures over land, which have adverse effects on human health, society and economy, might be broached in little more than a decade under the RCP8.5 emissions pathway. These hot summer frequency projections are based on adjusted RCP4.5 and 8.5 temperature projections, where the adjustments are performed with scaling factors determined by regularized optimal fingerprinting analyzes that compare historical model simulations with observations over the period 1950–2012. (April 7, 2016) IOPScience

  • 4/12/2016 - The Climate Change question for the day: Can we suck enough CO2 out of the air to matter and if so how? The time when we could save the plant by just doing little things here and there is over. Now we all gotta to pitch in and we have to develop technology to make up for what we didn’t do back in the day. Time passes. In-depth: Experts assess the feasibility of ‘negative emissions’ To limit climate change to “well below 2C”, as nations agreed to do in Paris last December, modelling shows it is likely that removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere later on this century will be necessary. Scientists have imagined a range of “negative emissions” technologies, or NETs, that could do just that, as explained by Carbon Brief yesterday. But are any of them realistic in practice? Carbon Brief reached out to a number of scientists, policy experts and campaigners who have studied both the necessity and feasibility of negative emissions. (April 12, 2016) Carbon Brief

  • 4/12/2016 - The public trust doctrine is valid. We must give children a future. (I thought that was baked into our genes.) I thought the whole point of producing children was to carry on our existence, human existence. What would be the point of going through the trouble of having kids and not giving them a future? If we are going to ignore the existential crisis of Climate Change, wouldn’t it make more sense to just ‘eat, drink, and be merry’? Federal Court Rules On Climate Change In Favor Of Today's Children In the first lawsuit to involve a planet, Judge Thomas Coffin of the United States Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon, ruled on Friday in favor of twenty-one plaintiffs, ages 8 to 19, on behalf of future generations of Americans in a landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the Federal Government and the Fossil FOSL +0.68% Fuel Industry. The lawsuit alleges that the Federal Government is violating the Plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust rights by promoting the use of fossil fuels. The Complaint explains that, for over fifty years, the United States Government and the Fossil Fuel Industry have known that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels causes global warming and dangerous climate change, and that continuing to burn fossil fuels destabilizes the climate system. (April 10, 2016) Forbes

  • 4/11/2016 - Great to be on George Payne’s Rochester Free Radio program “The Broken Spear Vision”. George and I had a chance to discuss some Rochester area environmental issues in relation to Climate Change, Earth Week, and Climate Change. Listen inThe Broken Spear Vision 33 by Rochester Free Radio Published April 2, 2016 Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Topics climate changemainstream media Frank Regan, coordinator of RochesterEnvironment.com joins George to talk about climate change.  What is the mainstream media missing?  What's being done in Rochester?

  • 4/11/2016 - So, again, it’s not that climate change hasn’t occurred before, it’s that this Climate Change is occurring very fast and we are in it. On another subject, I’ve been reading a biography of William Lloyd Garrison, the “great prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer”. What strikes me about Garrison is that Abolitionism, abolishing slavery, was around a long time before the 1830’s when Garrison’s work was flourishing. What made Garrison different is that he spoke about abolishing slavery NOW! Until Garrison, folks, even Southerners, were talking about the evils of slavery and something would be done about it eventually. But Garrison put this foot down and said NOW! At some point soon, I suspect, humanity is going to recognize that compelling reports as the one that follows demands that we stop Climate Change Now! Time passes. Mass extinctions and climate change: why the speed of rising greenhouse gases matters We now know that greenhouse gases are rising faster than at any time since the demise of dinosaurs, and possibly even earlier. According to research published in Nature Geoscience this week, carbon dioxide (CO₂) is being added to the atmosphere at least ten times faster than during a major warming event about 50 million years ago. We have emitted almost 600 billion tonnes of carbon since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and atmospheric CO₂ concentrations are now increasing at a rate of 3 parts per million (ppm) per year. With increasing CO₂ levels, temperatures and ocean acidification also rise, and it is an open question how ecosystems are going to cope under such rapid change. (March 23, 2016) The Conversation

  • 4/11/2016 - Learn even more about the Climate Change soil mix at #RochesterNY #‎EarthWeek EarthWeek2016 | Treating Soil A Little Differently Could Help It Store A Huge Amount Of Carbon Climate change is a massive problem with the potential to completely reshape the world, both literally (with rising sea levels and melting glaciers) and figuratively (with the way we grow food, or the way that we handle allergies). And while the consequences caused by climate change could be huge, the solutions — transitioning to a completely fossil fuel-free economy, or geoengineering — can often seem equally daunting. But what if something as simple as the dirt under your feet could help mitigate some of the worst of climate change? The Earth’s soils contain a lot of carbon, and helping to manage and restore them could be a key way to help tackle climate change, according to a recent study in Nature. (April 7, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress

  • 4/11/2016 - NYS DEC’s WAVE program for citizen scientists monitoring local water quality in our streams is great way to care for our environment. NYS Looking For Volunteers To Assess Stream And River Quality New York State is recruiting volunteers to help with stream and river evaluations this summer. The Department of Environmental Conservation samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality. The agency relies on volunteers to help flag sites that have potential water quality concerns. (April 11, 2016) WXXI News

  • 4/11/2016 - Ice is melting so quickly because of Climate Change that Earth is wobbling differently. Nothing to worry about. It’s just interesting. Sit back relax. It’s like riding down the highway and feeling a clunk in the back of the car and the car starts weaving just a tiny bit. Nothing to worry about. Tell the kids to turn their TV’s back on and watch the pretty towns go by. La-de-da…  NASA: Global warming now changing how Earth wobbles Scientists say massive melting of polar ice has affected the distribution of the planet's weight. Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study says, highlighting what one expert said is the "large" impact humans have on the planet. According to the study published on Friday in the journal Science Advances, melting ice sheets - especially in Greenland - are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. As a result, both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, have changed course. "The recent shift from the 20th-century direction is very dramatic," said Surendra Adhikari, lead author at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. While scientists said the shift is harmless, it is meaningful (April 8, 2016) Aljazeera

  • 4/11/2016 - So pathetic that nations must race to lock in Paris Agreement before US elects a climate denier and puts humanity in jeopardy. What’s wrong with this picture? Nations seek rapid ratification of Paris climate deal, four-year lock Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four years before a change in the White House next year that might bring a weakening of Washington's long-term commitment. More than 130 nations with 60 leaders including French President Francois Hollande are due to sign December's pact at a U.N. ceremony in New York on April 22, the most ever for a U.N. agreement on an opening day, the United Nations said. Both China and the United States, the world's top emitters accounting together for 38 percent of emissions, have promised to sign then. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to attend. (April 10, 2016) Reuters

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  • 4/09/2014 - If a single Loon dies of a tropical disease because of Climate Change, can you feel it? Wildlife are an integral part (which is to say, they are one) of our environment, which is to say our life support system, so I suspect our wildlife dying from a tropical disease is an unknown unknown about the consequences of Climate Change in our Northeast region. We know that our public health is going to be dramatically affected by Climate Change via tropical diseases because our climate is warming, but how many knew our wildlife was going to be so threatened? What are we doing to do about this? Time passes. Why one loon’s death is stirring fears of tropical disease, climate change A New England loon has died from avian malaria, according to researchers who believe this to be the first known case of a loon dying of the tropical disease. The loon was found floating last summer on Lake Umbagog, a 7-mile-long lake straddling the New Hampshire and Maine border, and was quickly brought to scientists for examination. In less than a week, the avian malaria was detected, surprising wildlife biologists and stirring conversations about climate change and its future impact on wildlife. (April 8, 2016) Bangor Daily News

  • 4/09/2016 - From Dr. James Hansen, Good news: lawsuit to protect future generations from carbon pollution of our atmosphere cannot be stopped by fossil fuel industry. Bad news: there’s homework. Home work, more reading: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON KELSEY CASCADE ROSE JULIANA; et al., Case 6:15-cv-01517-TC | Historic Victory in Court 8 April 2016 James Hansen The United States District Court in Oregon, in a ruling that may reverberate in history, denied the request of the United States and its co-defendant intervenors (American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, and the American Fuels and Petrochemical Association) to dismiss our case (see prior Communications of 9 March 2016and 12 August 2015). Your homework assignment for the weekend is to read Judge Coffin’s ruling, which includes the rationale for his decision. It will warm your heart and may restore some faith in our government.  Judge Coffin’s ruling is attached. (April 8, 2016) Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions | Earth Institute Columbia University

  • 4/09/2016 - Major Rochester, NY press conference on April 18th at Rochester City Hall to kick off Earth Week 2016 to highlight the Paris Agreement signing, many local Earth Week events, and Earth Eve Climate March Forward | City of Rochester Joins Local Climate Coalition to Launch Earth Week 2016   Rochester’s ‘Earth Week 2016: A Menu of Climate Actions to Suit Every Taste’ focuses on the relationship between Food and Climate Change, an important ingredient left out of the Paris Agreement.     Monday, April 18, 2016, 10AM @ Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St, Rochester, NY 14614   The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) is excited to welcome its newest member, the City of Rochester’s Department of Environmental Services!  Together, representatives from the City and other RPCC member organizations will hold a press conference on Monday, April 18, to kick off RPCC’s celebration of Earth Week 2016. Speakers will include a City of Rochester official (yet to be determined) and RPCC spokesperson Linda Isaacson Fedele.     This year’s lineup of Earth Week events highlights the relationship between our food choices and climate change.  From April 16 to April 22, RPCC’s member organizations will offer “daily specials” to showcase a range of climate action opportunities-- something for every taste.  Some will focus directly on how agriculture affects healthy soil and greenhouse gas emissions, while others will address alternative strategies for dealing with the climate crisis.   Mindful of the important Paris Agreement that global officials will sign on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, Rochester seeks to draw attention to this special occasion and to the omission of any provision to reduce agriculture’s impact on climate change from the final agreement.  RPCC’s calendar of Earth Week events provides participants with a variety of opportunities to get involved in climate change solutions --- food-related, energy-related, and many more.   We invite you to join us in celebrating and protecting our planet during Earth Week 2016!  Visit Earth Week 2016 to see our complete calendar and event listings. April 8, 2016) Rochester People's Climate Coalition

  • 4/09/2016 - A lot of Climate Change was caused by humanity’s ignorance about the GHGs and fossil fuels connection but not all of it. Some knew. Think Tank With Fossil-Fuel Ties Subpoenaed in AG's Climate Inquiry The subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute by the Virgin Islands AG represents a widening of the investigations into Exxon and other companies. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank and one of the fossil fuel industry's most steadfast allies, disclosed on Thursday that the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is demanding to see records of the group's donors and activities involving climate policy. The subpoena represents a broadening of a multifaceted legal inquiry into whether fossil fuel companies broke any laws as they sought for decades to undermine the scientific consensus and head off forceful action to address the climate crisis. (April 8, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 4/08/2016 - How concerned should folks in the Rochester, NY area be about urban gardening and Lead Poisoning? Important read. Kids face higher lead exposure playing in urban gardens Cornell and New York state scientists estimate that some gardeners who toil in urban gardens and children who play in them could be exposed to lead levels that exceed U.S Food and Drug Administration thresholds. Their new research, which also offers mitigation strategies, was published in the journal Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Researchers from the New York State Department of Health and Cornell University examined 564 soil samples and 159 vegetable specimens from approximately 60 community gardens in New York City to determine the probabilities of adults and children being exposed to lead. (April 7, 2016) Cornell Chronicle

  • 4/08/2016 - Before you can deal with Invasive Species you have to know where they are. Check out iMapInvasives and the Mobile version. FL-PRISM Update: Using iMapInvasives As A Tool For Mapping Invasive Species Across The Landscape Invasive species have become a familiar, albeit complicated, challenge to managing our natural resources. We need to be strategic when deciding where to focus our efforts, whether for control projects or for finding new infestations early. These types of decisions necessitate good data and a way to quickly share new information. The New York Natural Heritage Program manages the state invasive species database, iMapInvasives, and provides a way for agencies, organizations, and concerned citizens to view known distributions of species and report new locations. (April 7, 2016) Happenings the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute

  • 4/08/2016 - The power of clouds cooling Climate Change is proving ethereal. Quickly disrupting a complex system suggests no easy solutions. Rather than hope and pray various aspects of our environment will rise to safe us, we should be shifting dramatically in our behavior to make sure they do. Climate Models May Overstate Clouds’ Cooling Power, Research Says The computer models that predict climate change may be overestimating the cooling power of clouds, new research suggests. If the findings are borne out by further research, it suggests that making progress against global warming will be even harder. The new paper, in the journal Science, focuses on what are known as mixed-phase clouds, which are found around the world and contain both cooled water and ice crystals. The balance of water and ice in clouds affects the impact that carbon dioxide levels have on atmospheric temperatures, a factor known as equilibrium climate sensitivity. A higher sensitivity would mean that carbon dioxide levels would cause more warming than previously thought. (April 7, 2016) New York Times

  • 4/08/2016 - Uh–oh fossil fuel industry, it’s not nice to try and fool the laws of physics. It’s gonna be hard to address Climate Change when powerful bad actors are only really interested in their own self-interests. Weekly wrap: Oil majors accused of undermining climate laws Oil majors claim to be committed to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, but a study out this week says they spent $115 million trying to nix new climate laws. That’s the finding from London-based NGO Influence Map, which names Exxon-Mobil, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute lobby group as main offenders. The revelations come at a time when top fossil fuel companies are being pushed by shareholders and top regulators to disclose the risks climate change poses to their business plans. April 8, 2016) Climate Home

  • 4/08/2016 - Remember when your mother said, “Finish everything on your plate”? It wasn’t just about you. #Climate Change and Food waste don’t mix. Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows Scientists estimate up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts of climate change such as more extreme weather and rising seas, scientists said on Thursday. Up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better, according to a new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “Agriculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20% of overall global greenhouse gas emissions in 2010,” said co-author Prajal Pradhan. (April 7, 2016) The Guardian

  • 4/07/2016 - Brighton Town Supervisor, William Moehle, talks about advancing Solar Power in Brighton, NY ROCSPOT solar assemblies seek to increase Brighton solar energy use A few years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a Danube River cruise. As we sailed down the river through Germany, in the midst of the beautiful scenery, I couldn’t help but notice the ubiquitous solar panels on homes, businesses and even farm buildings. Germany leads the world in per capita solar photovoltaic energy production. Solar energy generates as much as 7 percent of electricity produced in Germany and over 30 percent of electricity in Germany is renewable, in each case far more than we produce here in the U.S. Even though much of Germany receives less sun than Rochester, governmental policies have greatly increased the use of solar energy in Germany. (April 7, 2016) Brighton-Pittsford Post

  • 4/07/2016 - Trying to figure this out… So, we are helping wildlife to adapt to Climate Change by killing (harvesting) them in larger numbers. Hmmm…. What role do bears play in our modern environment? How will bears adapt to a warmer New York State? What are we doing to educate the public on wildlife and Climate Change? How many bears did we kill this year? This we DO know: “New York bear hunters took 1,715 black bears during the 2015 hunting seasons…,” According to the agency in our state responsible for managing our Wildlife, which means I guess making sure there are enough of them to ‘take’ or ‘harvest,’ we know that we are killing bears in larger numbers, so the bear populations must be healthy. Is this the question we should be asking about Wildlife and Climate Change: How many bears will we be able to kill in 2050 or say 2100? If we are able to kill them in massive numbers as time goes on, we will have done our job, right? Still, that sounds like a very odd way to manage our wildlife as our environment changes rapidly from Climate Change. What’s wrong with this picture? DEC Announces 2015 Bear Harvest Results Second Largest Bear Harvest on Record for 2015 New York bear hunters took 1,715 black bears during the 2015 hunting seasons, the second largest bear harvest on record in New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Only the 2003 harvest (1,863) surpassed the 2015 year's take. "Our bear population is flourishing in New York State, providing increased opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers alike to enjoy these important species" DEC Acting Commissioner Seggos said. "DEC's science based management strategies are working to increase the bear population and allow for expanded hunting opportunities." (April 6, 2016) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • 4/07/2016 - It ain’t over until we keep it all in the ground. Because the world’s total GHG emissions are what matters, we have to stop it all. We have to do our part in our part of the world but the results still have to add up to a worldwide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Hundreds of coal plants are still being planned worldwide — enough to cook the planet I've written before about the global coal renaissance — the single biggest energy and climate story of the past 15 years. Since 2000, countries like China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam have been building coal-fired power plants at a torrid pace: The coal boom has had undeniable benefits, helping poor countries climb out of poverty. But it also has serious downsides: Carbon dioxide emissions accelerated in the 2000s, and if coal continues to be the world's leading source of electricity, we'll cook the planet. So the biggest, most important climate question for the next 15 years is: How long will this global coal boom last? Or, put another way, when will the rise of clean energy finally stop coal's growth for good? One invaluable data source here is an annual report from three environmental groups: CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace. Each year, the authors document all the new coal plants that have been announced, permitted, or are currently being built around the world. (April 5, 2016) VOX

  • 4/06/2016 - How can we shift focus from NIMBY and bird issues to Climate Change on placement of large scale wind farms? It’s not that local concerns and birds are not important but when large scale wind farms, which are a major component of our renewable energy goals, are thwarted where do we get that critical clean energy? I have suggested some guidelines on how to switch our traditional concerns about large scale wind farms in the context of a rapidly warming world.  “Ground rules for deciding on large-scale wind farm placement| Area wind farm listed as bad for birds The huge Lighthouse Wind project near the Lake Ontario shoreline in Orleans and Niagara counties has been named one of the nation's 10 worst wind farms for birds — and it doesn't even exist yet. The declaration comes from the American Bird Conservancy, which asserts that Lighthouse Wind's giant turbines would be smack in the middle of an important migratory pathway. "Vast numbers of songbirds and raptors concentrate within six miles of the shoreline during spring and fall of each year," the group said in a blog announcing its choices. The rest of the list includes five existing wind farms and four other proposed facilities, none of them in New York state. The conservancy is not a big fan of anything that can harm birds, including wind turbines, habitat loss, pesticides and, of course, house cats. The developer of the Lighthouse Wind project, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy, said the 10-worst list was for the birds. (March 25, 2016) 520 An Environmental Blog

  • 4/06/2016 - Both shipping and airplane industries must pull their weight on Climate Change as they are a very heavy factor in warming. France, Morocco urge shipping to make ‘fair share’ of carbon cuts Six countries are calling on the International Maritime Organization to pull its weight in efforts to tackle climate change Pressure is mounting on the UN shipping body to develop a greenhouse gas emissions strategy for the sector. Six countries are urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to contribute its “fair share” to global efforts to tackle climate change. France, Germany and Morocco have lent their weight to a proposal to be considered at the London-based body’s environment committee meeting from 18-22 April. (May 5, 2016) Climate Home

  • 4/06/2016 - This report on the impacts of Climate Change on human health in the US reveals a major threat that all communities must address. This report was produced by U.S. Global Change Research Program, which is to say your government whose job it is to preserve and protect the American people.  Consider at least skimming this report to get an idea of the threats we should be preparing for right now. Also, consider how insane it would be to put a climate denier into office who isn’t preparing our public health structure for this crisis. White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk Climate change is a major threat to human health, with extreme heat likely to kill 27,000 Americans annually by 2100, according to a report released Monday by the White House. The report, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, outlines numerous ways global warming could devastate public health in the U.S. this century. Global warming will lead to heat waves so extreme that in the hottest times of the year, it will be “physiologically impossible” for people who work outdoors to do their jobs, John Holdren, a science advisor to the Obama administration, said during a news conference about the report. (April 4, 2016) Climate Central