Updated Daily  09/19/2014 RochesterEnvironment.com

Our Environment is changing: Keep up with the Change. *Note: Henceforth 'environment' means "our life support system."


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Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change in a way that sustains all life while striving to do so equitably is the defining issue of our time.  How we comport ourselves during this historic trial by fire will reveal our true nature.

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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. 

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News Highlight

Climate Change from special interest to mainstream                                                                                 

by Frank J. Regan


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It’s been an interesting week messaging the People’s Climate March (PCM) from Rochester, NY. The PCM occurring in New York City on September 21st will be the largest climate march in history. It’s a demonstration by over a thousand organizations and hundreds of thousands of ordinary folks and their children (not activists as mainstream media tends to characterize them). The march is but a single (though dramatic) event among many others going on in many other places: a Global Day of Action. Still, in Rochester, Climate Change is viewed by most people as a special issue. A special issue is something only a select group of people think is important, while the rest of us need not worry ourselves.

Of course, Climate Change is not a special interest, nor is it the concern of only a few. Every aspect of our environment, which is to say our life support system, and our entire social fabric will be challenged by this sudden shift in greenhouse gas concentrations (GHGs). Climate changes are already happening as the National Climate Assessment states, a report by 13 federal agencies that don’t have the luxury of avoiding this crisis. Climate studies that inform our leaders and agencies what’s happening, what to plan for, and what to do about Climate Change present the many practical solutions that must be occurring now. Again, Climate Change is not a special interest issue, and should not be treated as such.

In Rochester Climate Change is still seen by most as a minor annoyance or possibly a somewhat greater inconvenience. Those trying to communicate the necessity of adhering to the critical measures recommended by most official climate studies are thought to be overwrought and ‘passionate’ about this issue. Such ‘zealots’ are asked to restrain their enthusiasm for the proper venue. For example, on a local neighborhood social network, my announcement that a Rochester neighborhood association agreed that it was important to send locals to the PCM was received by one of the administrators of the popular program with distaste, suggesting if I wanted to mention ‘Climate Change’ I should create a special group for my special interest. Maybe go to a coffee shop and spill our hearts out. Climate Change, presumably, is more upsetting than house break-ins, robberies, and car thefts to the general public.

This isn’t simply a rambling rant of greeny woes. What is happening in our overloaded information age is that the gatekeepers of media--mainstream media editors and our social media administrators--are forcing us into silos where important stuff gets ignored and too often drivel rules. Owners of the mediums we now communicate through direct, and too often constrict, what we can transmit and what we can receive. Few issues highlight this alarming muzzling effect as Net Neutrality, where if we don’t act soon, only those with a lot of bucks will have the opportunity to communicate their message to most of the public. That happened with radio and TV and now the Internet is in jeopardy.  

When Rochester region’s media were asked last Tuesday to attend a press conference, only one TV station showed up. Folks representing over 30 organizations, themselves representing over 100,000 Rochesterians, eloquently spoke in front of Rochester City Hall about the importance of getting local folks to the PCM. But, as usual, they ended up speaking largely to the converted. (You can Become the Media! by posting videos of the press conference all over the place.) Attending the PCM, an activity on the level that could force change in a timeframe that will actually matter, effectively got hushed up. Already, it is quite likely that the low-emission scenarios (where New York’s climate will be like Virginia’s) have passed us by as GHG accumulation rates break records. Today’s Florida climate is now more likely for New York even if we stop all anthropomorphic GHG emissions right now. This isn’t a special issue; it’s a practical emergency. If Neil Armstrong had reported from space to Huston that a vital component in the spaceship was failing and the moon mission was in trouble, Houston would have listened and acted.   more...

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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:

  • Environmental moves make good business sense  Bob Bechtold built a successful manufacturing company by embracing new technology, not treating it as a threat. Bechtold founded Harbec, Inc., almost 40 years ago in the Wayne County town of Ontario as an all-purpose machine shop. Computerized machine tools were just starting to make their way to shop floors, and some in the toolmaking and machining industries worried that the technology would supplant highly skilled workers. Bechtold says he believed that computers would be the best tool that toolmakers ever had. "And so I began wherever I could to change Harbec general purpose machine shop into Harbec, utilizer of technologies and opportunities to forge new business opportunities," he says. (July 30, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Green Business in our area]
  • Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste.   "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area] 
  • Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming.  More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

People's Climate March 




Time and Place: September 20-21, 2014  | Location: New York City  

WATCH VIDEO  

With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march.

Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions. 

We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March

Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/

If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation.

Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.)  If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate.

We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously. 

Please spread the word! Send the links around.    

Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .

This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history.  And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens.  Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too.  In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:

  • Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
  • When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
  • When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle. 
  • Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
  • Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
  • Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
  • Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
  • Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment.  Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
  • Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
  • Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly.    Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.

 350.org

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...    

September 2014

  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 starting @ 9a.m.   Gather at 8:45. | We will set out from the parking lot of Our Lady of the Americas, 864 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14605 (formerly Corpus Christi, at corner of Prince, across from the Auditorium Theatre) and will proceed on an easy, 10-15 minute walk to the Rochester Public Market.
    • R.E.S.E.T.: A ROCHESTER WALK & EVENT FOR THE CLIMATE   People going to N.Y.C. on Sunday for the U.N. People’s Climate March, & people planning to remain in town who want to show support for the world-level climate rally in NYC and elsewhere, are invited to a local Rochester Climate Walk. R.E.S.E.T. (R.ochester E.arthlings S.upporting E.ndurable T.emperatures), an ad-hoc committee of AVAAZ.org, has planned the event. People are asked to come dressed/made up as humans OR as another species of animal or plant they’d hate to see wiped out. (Okay, or fungus , protist or slime mold, if you favor those!) Kid-friendly event! People may leave cars there and proceed on foot to the Market. (If folks come by bike, they can of course walk their bikes to the Market and stock up!) More Details: Once at the Market, R.E.S.E.T. activities, including face-painting, are being planned until Noon at the green “Nature at the Market” tent (near the offices, center of the market) to alert and educate the public about the most important environmental issue in history – climate change.
  • Saturday, September 20th  Interested volunteers can visit www.monroecounty.gov/parks and check out the "Parks Announcements & News" section for a list of local cleanup sites, including how to sign up, and where to meet up
    • Monroe County Fall Watershed Cleanups to take place this Saturday! On Saturday, September 20th, many local environmentally-conscious groups will set out to clean up our local waterways and watersheds.  From Lake Ontario to Irondequoit Creek, and from Hamlin Beach State Park to Powder Mills Park, volunteers will clean up from the summer accumulation of trash.  Most of the cleanups will be official International Coastal Cleanup sites, as well.  The ICC is an international effort spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy and the American Littoral Society.  Official ICC sites will document and log all trash collected in an effort to provide critical data for initiating environmental awareness and policy changes.  “We are always encouraging responsible outdoorsmanship with our Carry-in, Carry-out policy, but each fall, we have some wonderfully dedicated groups that come out and give our green spaces that extra TLC they need before winter sets in,” says Monroe County Parks Director, Larry Staub, Jr.  Interested volunteers can visit www.monroecounty.gov/parks and check out the "Parks Announcements & News" section for a list of local cleanup sites, including how to sign up, and where to meet up.  Larry the H2O Hero, the Water Education Collaborative, Monroe County Parks, the Harley School, the Town of Greece, the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, Environmental Resources Management, the Center for Environmental Initiatives, Gandhi Earthkeepers International, and New York State Parks are all stepping up to be Site Captains and/or coordinate and support the event locally. 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
  • September 20-21, 2014  | Location: New York City  
    • People's Climate March | WATCH VIDEO  With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions.  We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate MarchLearn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://bit.ly/1pWYpaT If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation. Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.)  If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate. We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously.  Please spread the word! Send the links around. More at peoplesclimate.org/westernny/
  • Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Asbury First United Methodist Church 1050 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607  
    • Forum on the Proposed Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act The Proposed Farm Workers Fair Labor Practices Act: Impact on the Farmer, the Worker, and the Consumer (Co-sponsored by the LWVs of Wayne County and Rochester Metro Area) There is such truth to the bumper sticker “No Farms - No Food!”  Aside from air and water, food is the most essential commodity. Because of its importance, the LWVs from Rochester Metro Area and Wayne County will be collaborating once again to host a forum on Agriculture, focusing this time on labor issues. Specifically, the panelists will address the proposed Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act, rejected in the NYS legislature in various forms over the past 25 years. Whom does it help or hurt?  It’s premised on basic worker protections as outlined in the 1938 (federal) Fair Labor Standards Act, in which farmworkers are not entitled to the many benefits and rights enjoyed by most workers in New York State.  But what factors prevent the NYS Senate from passing it? How does it impact the farm owner? What are the myths and facts that surround this Act?   Our distinguished panel includes: Lewis Papenfuse, Executive Director of Worker Justice Center of New York Dean Norton, President, New York Farm Bureau   Our moderator: The Honorable Sandra Frankel Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 pm   A brief introduction to the Act will be offered prior to the panel discussion. An open Q&A session will follow the presentation.   Asbury First United Methodist Church 1050 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607   Handicapped Accessible/Parking in Rear Pre-registration is appreciated: 585-262-3730 or www.lwv-rma.org.   We look forward to seeing you in ONE week! LWV-RMA
  • Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a | at Durand Eastman Park!
    • Get trained and Help monitor previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a -WAVE Training (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) at Durand Eastman Park! - citizen scientists program sampling previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario. Also see Lake Ontario LAMP website www.lakeontarioforum.org   (see slide presentation, notes, interactive maps, calendar, etc.)
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014   Time:   9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may begin promptly at 9am) Topic:  Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Location:  MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008 MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY  14445
    • Presenter:  Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
  • Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls)
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour  Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

October 2014

  • October 11, 2014 9:00am |  Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
    • Where on Earth  are we going? And what can we  do about it?   These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable,  spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.

 

Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

 

ACTION highlight

Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. 

But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties

Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 

 

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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: September 21, 2014
    • Peoples Climate March - "This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. To change everything, we need everyone on board. Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us. "Organizations in Rochester, NY that support local folks to get to the People’s Climate March grow each day.  Think of joining this effort and getting the word out to everyone by finding out more at http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/ .
  • ACTION: Due Date: September 21, 2014
    • Got a nomination for an environmental leader in our Rochester, NY region? Nominate here: 2014 Community Salute to the Environment "The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) plans to present several Environmental Excellence Awards at its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on September 30, 2014. Please help us recognize our region’s environmental leaders by making a nomination now. The process is easy, just use the forms provided on our website. Nominations have been extended to September 1, 2014, so please do not delay. See our website for more information about the Community Salute including registration and sponsorship opportunities. This year's featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future. "--from The Center for Environmental Initiatives
  • ACTION: Due Date: December 17th 2014
    • Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov  or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by  1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040.  2. Go to the Public Input Map at http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now:  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now. 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail 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:
    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
  • ACTION: Due Date: 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!
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather?  Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

 

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  • My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
  • 9/19/2014 - ACTION: Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must.  Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey  and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
  • 9/19/2014 - ACTION: Got short film abilities and want to message importance of our environment?  "Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "
  • 9/19/2014 - If Climate Change is a moral issue (it is) and a practical issue, then we must morally aid those who did not cause warming, but will get nailed by it. The People’s Climate March coming up in a few days is an effort to wake up the world and its leaders to the moral obligation to make the Paris 2015 Climate Conference a success. The window of opportunity for binding agreements to lower greenhouse gases emissions and protect the most vulnerable that will actually work is quickly closing.  After that we’ll be scrambling to adapt to the warming for ourselves, and will probably have little to offer those nations begging for help.  Canary in a coal mine: Extreme weather, rising seas plague atoll nation  (September 18, 2014) Aljazeera American
  • 9/19/2014 - Yikes! Looks like human population growth assumptions are off and there will be many more mouths to feed. How many other assumptions our ability to handle a warming world without planning have we got wrong? I guess if we continue business as usual, we’ll find out. Boom! Earth’s Population Could Hit 12 Billion by 2100 Earth is fast becoming a more crowded place — and it may become even more crowded than expected. According to a new projection of human population growth, there could very well be 12.3 billion people by century’s end, up to 2 billion more than some estimates.  (September 18, 2014) Wired
  • 9/19/2014 - Instead of racing to market microbial cocktails maybe we should take care of the soil we have. When treated nicely, soil is good at what it does. And soil does a lot more than help provide us with food. Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.  (September 18, 2014) National Geographic
  • 9/18/2014 - This local fight over waterways and the EPA is interesting in light of Climate Change. Who is best able to protect all our waters, locals or fed? Addressing Climate Change means addressing aspects of our life support system on a planetary scale and that is going to clash with our traditional way of viewing local environments, such as waterways. Trying to address Climate Change is likely to step on a lot of toes and be very inconvenient to many who think there is no such thing as Climate Change.  Gonna be very tough to address Climate Change if we are not all on same science page.  Reed bill aimed at blocking EPA water rules  The Ontario County Board of Supervisors' fight against definition changes to the Clean Water Act — which officials say would take away the local responsibility for area waterways — has received support in Congress.  (September 18, 2014) Victor Post
  • 9/18/2014 - Folks protesting about the threat Fracking poses to NYS health and environment couldn’t come to Cuomo’s party because they weren’t invited. Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside Cuomo fundraiser  (September 17, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 9/18/2014 - Soil, like leaves, are really really important to our life support system. How will soil fare in Climate Change? Check out this important study: Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming As we consider the entire scope  of the Climate Change issue, we should consider the vital environmental components we need to have intact as we move into a quickly warming planet. Soil, hitherto been given little consideration, should be paramount. Not just for food production for 9 billion people by 2050, but because soil breaks down and renews life. There are so many unknown unknowns about soil and human development and Climate Change that we should learn about soil and Climate Change.
  • 9/18/2014 - Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov  or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 9/18/2014 - If anything, a new climate study probably shows what we are actually seeing, a disruptive climate, means weather will be very hard to predict Polar vortex visits to U.S. linked to climate change WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that's because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia. Normally, the polar vortex is penned in the Arctic. But at times it escapes and wanders south, bringing with it a bit of Arctic super chill. (September 2, 2014) USA Today
  • 9/18/2014 - This statement that deeply concerns Climate Change is not a fact, it is a stance: “Fossil fuels aren’t disappearing anytime soon …” Once we accept that no matter what cost to our lives and our life support system we will burn fossil fuels, we are screwed. It is possible to move to renewable energy quickly, farm so that soil captures carbon not releases it, and live sustainably. But many with money and power will not even entertain anything but an existence based on fossil fuels. Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution? Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels. (September 8, 2014) Yale Environment 360
  • 9/17/2014 - I’ll be reading Klein’s “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” on bus to People’s Climate March.  Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system.  (September 16, 2014) Moyers and Company
  • 9/17/2014 - Powerful article about Rochester, NY local making climate a career. Should be an inspiration to all. Making climate a career  'Its not easy to talk about climate change. The fundamental premise sounds simple enough: decades of burning fossil fuels has unleashed vast amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, causing global warming.  (September 17, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 9/17/2014 - Wonder if Bear Lecture will include how bears in our region will adapt to Climate Change and what our efforts will be to help them. Learn the latest on the thriving black bear population in upstate New York  (September 16, 2014) Irondequoit Post
  • 9/17/2014 - I know, I shouldn’t carp, we should be prostrate gratitude with every crumb thrown at our environment, but isn’t this too little too late? Scientists get federal grant for Great Lakes study A federal grant will enable University of Michigan scientists to study how climate change affects water quality and water levels in the Great Lakes. U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan say the $321,448 grant was awarded by a research arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (September 16, 2014) petoskey news
  • 9/17/2014 - Get trained and Help monitor previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a -WAVE Training (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) at Durand Eastman Park! - citizen scientists program sampling previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario. Also see Lake Ontario LAMP website www.lakeontarioforum.org   (see slide presentation, notes, interactive maps, calendar, etc.)
  • 9/17/2014 - One of the great unknowns in Climate Change is how soil will be affected and affect Climate Change. No soil, no life on Earth.  Before those who dismiss Climate Change as an issue, they might want to look over this report.Soils and Climate Change: Gas Fluxes and Soil Processes” Published in Soil Horizons (2012). Received 5 Apr. 2012
  • 9/17/2014 - The window for addressing Climate Change is closing quickly (“next 15 years were vital”) to prevent catastrophic change. The Paris 2015 Climate Conference must work. Slowing climate change makes economic sense; cities to lead-study  (September 16, 2014) Reuters
  • 9/16/2014 - I know, even the thought of doing without cars in Rochester gives most the screaming heebee-jeebees, but think of Climate Change and low cost. We don’t have to be a parasitic scourge on planet Earth, we can be live sustainably if we want.  Just saying… Goodbye to cars: Why we should take a good look at Finland's phone-based mobility system  (September 15, 2014) Mother Nature Network
  • 9/16/2014 - Here’s what your Rochester, NY area media hasn’t been telling you: While we had a cool August, it was the warmest ever. With Climate Change, while consequences won’t be spread out evenly at first, the repercussions of this worldwide crisis will be experienced everywhere. Our local media is blinding us Rochesterians from the magnitude and impact of Climate Change.  If you think Rochester is going to remain untouched as the rest of the planet burns, you’re delusional. NASA Ranks This August as Warmest on Record While this summer may have felt like fall across much of the eastern half of the U.S., worldwide the overall picture was a warm one. This August was the warmest  (September 15, 2014) Climate Centra
  • 9/16/2014 - Local Fracking study includes: Water Quality and Quantity, Air Emissions, Quality of Life and Economic Issues, Public Health and Health Care, Vulnerable Populations Communities Contemplating Fracking Grapple with Long List of Concerns A new report has examined the host of potential health-related issues that communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction may face.  (September 15, 2014) University of Rochester Medical Center
  • 9/16/2014 - Not only will Climate Change make toxic algae problem in our lakes worse, warmer and heavier and more frequent Climate Change extremes will ensure that they proliferate. Toxic Algae Problem Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better (September 15, 2014) NPR
  • 9/16/2014 - Actually, it must be possible to tackle Climate Change and it could have economic growth if we changed the playing field. I think most already know this; they’re just waiting around to hope the 1% to allow it to happen.  And it won’t happen, our present economy won’t refit itself for economic growth while tackling Climate Change unless the public demands it. Slowing climate change makes economic sense; cities to lead-study  (September 16, 2014) Reuters
  • 9/15/2014 - OK, so it looks like we’ve gotten to the point where your choice is Drinking Water or Fracking. Humans, ya gotta laugh. We could have gone full throttle on renewable energy (Wind and Solar) but instead we’ve allowed ourselves to be bullied by the fossil fuel industry and so now our choices are narrowing and narrowing and soon we’ll be lucky just to adapt. Fracking or Drinking Water? That May Become the Choice Fracking for oil and natural gas—or having enough water to drink. That's the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week—though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it. Forty percent of countries with shale-rich deposits—the types where hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is used to extract natural gas and oil—face water scarcity in and around the shale deposits, according to the WRI report. (September 12, 2014) NBC News
  • 9/15/2014 - Maybe hydroelectric dams outweigh the benefits that this form of renewable energy produces—at least in the tropic and maybe beyond… Drowned Tropical Forests Exacerbate Climate Change Methane emissions from big hydroelectric dams in the tropics outweigh the benefits that this form of renewable energy provides, according to new scientific data  (September 11, 2014) Scientific American
  • 9/15/2014 - Climate Change and food and changing growing conditions with 9b souls to feed by 2050—it gets complicated. Food insecurity to intensify for countries hardest hit by climate change  As climate change impacts compound across the globe, recent reports reveal that food insecurity will be one of the leading threats to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Agriculture industries in Africa will continue to struggle with failing crops as smallholder farmers will be overwhelmed by the quick-paced changes imposed by climate change, according to the 2014 African Agriculture status report. (September 5, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 9/15/2014 - Which brings us to the question, what is the NYS DEC doing about helping wildlife adapt to Climate Change in New York? Climate Change Threatens Half of North America’s Birds . (September 13, 2014) Climate Central
  • 9/14/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter September  14, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 9/13/2014 - I wonder how the purchase of the Buffalo Bills by a Fracker will affect Fracking in New York State.  What do sports and media and politics and environment and energy and Climate Change have to do with each other? Be afraid, be very afraidSome perspective on Pegula’s purchase of Bills Then there is the way in which Pegula made the fortune that allowed him to drop more than $1 billion to buy the Bills. I took a hard look at his track record as a hydrofracker in 2011 when I was with The News. I reported Pegula “contributed heavily to politicians in a position to advance his business interests and established a less-than-stellar track record in the environmentally dicey business of drilling for natural gas.” In other words, Terry Pegula has polluted the political system with his money and the earth with his hydrofracking. (September 11, 2014) Investigate Post
  • 9/13/2014 - Of course, the impacts of toxic and non-toxic discharges from industrial and municipal sources, storm sewers, and urban runoff will increase with Climate Change in our area. As you check out this study, think Climate Change in our area: The Impact of Rochester Storm Sewers on the Water Quality of the Lower Genesee River: A Modeling Approach Using PCSWMM "The lower Genesee River suffers from beneficial use impairments from the mouth of the river at Lake Ontario to the New York State Barge Canal due to industrial and municipal sources, storm sewers, and urban runoff. In urban areas, nonpoint source pollution from stormwater runoff is known to be a dominant factor in water quality. An assessment of the lower Genesee River was initiated to determine impacts from the canal, storm sewers, combined sewer overflows, and a wastewater treatment plant. " (September 2014) Dressel, Lindsay, "The Impact of Rochester Storm Sewers on the Water Quality of the Lower Genesee River: A Modeling Approach Using PCSWMM" (2014). Environmental Science and Biology Theses. Paper 89.
  • 9/13/2014 - All of us “will miss a huge opportunity to create jobs and protect the environment if it doesn’t embrace building wind farms in the Great Lakes…” and one of the major reasons we will miss this opportunity is because we continue to embrace fossil fuels, thinking low cost business as usual will make everything better.  It won’t. Only a major shift in the way we produce and use energy will mitigate (stop) greenhouse gas emissions and help us to adapt (adapt) to a sustainable future. Environmental group calling for construction of 'far-offshore wind farms in Ontario  (September 11, 2014) IfPress.com
  • 9/13/2014 - Have the trifecta of Climate Change, unchecked human population growth, and the overuse of pesticides/ antibiotics endangered humanity? Ehrlich: Ebola, population and evolution whip up a wicked recipe for disaster  (September 12, 2014) The Daily Climate [more on Environmental Health
  • 9/13/2014 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the People’s Climate March has your back! Even Western, NY will be there. Stakes Higher Than Ever, Climate Summit Aims to Be Turning Point for Global Action  (September 12, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 9/12/2014 - Interesting messaging about Harmful algae blooms: we are more interested in connecting the dots of HAB to dogs than Climate Change. Pandering to the public’s infatuation with pets seems far more lucrative to the press than warning the public how Climate Change probably already is and will be a major factor in more HAB’s. The media, and even studies, sense that the public doesn’t want to hear about Climate Change, but anything on pets is OK—even though the lack of planning for Climate Change, including more HAB’s will threaten us and our pets. More on EPA and Harmful Algae outbreaks: Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms | Dog poisoning up from algae toxins statewide Harmful algae blooms that are becoming more common in waterways statewide are the subject of a new brochure to alert dog owners.  (September 11, 2014) Fairport - East Rochester Post
  • The Story of ChangeStory of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
  • 9/12/2014 - Actually, we aren’t restoring habitats for our wildlife as much as we are putting our life support system back together. The media keeps characterizing attempts to restore wetlands and water quality as a gift we are giving to those other creatures that inhabit this planet. A kind of sop for all those creatures we’ve mistreated for so long. This may in part be true, but foremost is that these ‘wildlife habitats’ are crucial element of our environment, our life support system, that we need to fix for our own survival—however much importance we might give to wildlife. This is important because not everyone cares about wildlife and their habitat (though they should) but because everyone (even those who think our environment is a special interest needs to understand the need to keep critical ‘services’ that our environment provides us. Feds provide $7.9M for Great Lakes habitat work A state and local partnership will receive nearly $7.9 million from the federal government to restore wildlife habitat in the Great Lakes region. U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan say the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide the funding. (September 11, 2014) Detroit Free Press [more on Great Lakes in our area]
  • 9/12/2014 - And many folks (many not activists, but people) from Rochester, NY will be coming to the People’s Climate March too. For more info on that go to The People’s Climate March Western New York Hub. Activists Plan NYC Climate March Before UN Summit Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue. Organizers of the New York event, called the People's Climate March, said similar actions will take place Sept. 21 in other cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state to a Sept. 23 climate change summit in New York. President Barack Obama is expected to attend. City Councilman Donovan Richards said at a rally to publicize the march that he expects many people from around the country "will descend on New York City streets to let our leaders know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to this crisis." (September 10, 2014) ABC News
  • 9/12/2014 - The full version of the Rochester People’s Climate March Coalition press conference that the local media missed. What we achieved on the September 9th press conference in front of Rochester City Hall was historic—the coming together of many, many local diverse organizations speaking with one voice on Climate Change. This has never occurred before in our region. I’ve been working at local environmental advocacy since 1985. And, yeah, it was a drag that only one media outlet showed up and when they did, they only grabbed a fraction of the press release. We can take advantage of this dreary response by local mainstream media. We become the media. Please see this press conference as a major opportunity to change everything in the Rochester area on Climate Change. We tend to measure our success in messaging the pubic in terms of small conferences and events. When we get any mention by the press, we think we have done our job. The measure of our success in messaging Climate Change should not be the amount of traditional press coverage we may or may not get. In order to address the magnitude of Climate Change we must get our message out to all the public. Over 700,000 people live in Monroe County, more than the state of Vermont. Our press conference was videotaped and is now available on our hub site Press Conference. There are 9 segments. I did not get all of our speakers as I ran out of camera memory. It’s just an itsy bitsy camera. Please distribute the press release web address to everyone on your distribution lists, your websites, and when you talk to the media. We cannot depend on historical media to message Climate Change, an issue they’ve completely failed us on. There’s a reason why so many in the public still deny Climate Change science and how it will affect our region and how our leaders must respond to it. So we have to become the media. You all have spoken eloquently and put much effort and concern into your statements. Please don’t let this evaporate; this chance will not come again any time soon. Please get this press conference web page out to the world.
  • 9/12/2014 - And some climate studies suggest that our response to more crop pests due to Climate Change will be to use more pesticides. Using more and more pesticides to adapt to the consequences of using more and more fossil fuels is crazy. Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.  (September 11, 2014) Reuters
  • 9/10/2014 - Are these so-called experts who think it’s OK to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron going to be held accountable?  Or, as the idiots who lied us into the Iraq War, that has totally screwed up millions of lives and disrupted an entire section of the world, going to be invited to mainstream media after an ‘incident’ occurs and crow over what a great idea poising the Great Lake with nuclear waste was? Plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron safe, experts say (September 8, 2014) Globe and Mail
  • 9/10/2014 - One of the most bizarre things about Climate Change is what we know is happening and how little we are doing about it.  U.N. Scientists See Largest CO2 Increase In 30 Years: ‘We Are Running Out Of Time’ More carbon dioxide was emitted into our atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year since 1984, putting humans on the fast track toward irreversible global warming, the United Nation’s weather agency said in a report released Tuesday.  (September 9, 2014) Climate Progress
  • 9/10/2014 - The bad news is that greenhouse gases are on the rise; the bad news is we ain’t doing much about it, and the bad news is folks are already talking about probable failure of Paris Climate talk in 2015. Humans, ya gotta laugh.   Another Year, Another Record High for Greenhouse Gases The numbers are in and in case there was any doubt, 2013 was another recordsetting year for greenhouse gases. The atmosphere is home to more warming gases than at any other point since industrialization. And carbon dioxide, the main culprit, is causing oceans to acidify at a rate unseen in at least 300 million years. The news comes courtesy of the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, released Tuesday. The report tracks carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases at dozens of monitoring stations around the world and provides a snapshot of how humans are changing the planet. (September 9, 2014) Climate Central
  • 9/10/2014 - Local news clip of press conference of Rochester People's Climate Coalition on why getting Rochesterians to the People’s Climate March was so importantRochesterians Prepare for Climate March in NYC A group of Rochesterians are headed to the Big Apple to take part in a historic march.  The Rochester "People's Climate Coalition" is organizing a trip to send about 200 people to the "People''s Climate March" in New York City on September 21st.      The coalition is made up of several local organizations and agree that climate change and carbon emission reduction are two of the most serious issues facing us today.  "Locally we want to raise awareness about the concern our community feels about climate change. and the speed with which organizations have come together and the number of people who are going down to the march speaks to the concern that does exist here in Rochester addressing climate change," said Sue Smith of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition.  (September 9, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net
  • 9/09/2014 - Who in their right mind would not want proper product labeling that is safer for people and the environment? EPA Seeks Feedback from the Public on Proposed Label Options for Safer Products  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program’s rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment.  (September 9, 2014) EPA
  • 9/09/2014 - Fracking is NOT a bridge fuel to help us adapt to and mitigate Climate Change; Fracking is a siren song for no future. McKibben to Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal If you’re a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama’s climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it’s being knit. To be specific: most of the administration’s theoretical gains in the fight againstglobal warming have come from substituting natural gas for coal.  (September 8, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 9/09/2014 - Battery and energy storage are critical for making renewable energy (wind and solar) viable; Rochester, NY may be a leader. Battery and energy storage conference set for Wednesday A battery and energy storage conference and expo is scheduled for Wednesday at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts in Rochester, with Mark Johnson of the U.S. Department of Energy as the guest speaker. The event, presented by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Johnson is the director of advanced manufacturing for the Department of Energy. (September 8, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
  • 9/09/2014 - Rochester, NY folks getting up very early to bus to People’s Climate March and it’ll be worth it.  Don’t get left out of the greatest climate march in history, where we demand our leaders take action on Climate Change. Go here for more info and bus tickets if you live in western New York.   Rochester group to join climate march Early on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21 — very early — people will filter into a parking lot in Pittsford and board a bus. Their intended destination? A future that's a little less overheated than it otherwise would be. The Sept. 21 bus-riders from the Rochester area, and others who will travel by train and car, will be among several hundred thousand people expected to descend on New York City that afternoon for an event known as the People's Climate March. Participants hope to focus attention on the need for the United States and other countries act more aggressively to reduce emission of the greenhouse gases that are altering the Earth's climate. The protest march is timed to bring pressure on international leaders attending a climate summit two days later at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. More than 100 people from the Rochester area are expected to join in. (September 8, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 9/08/2014 - We solve the Canada Geese problem, and all wildlife issues, by learning to live with them and prepare them for Climate Change.  If you only focus on geese poop, you’re not getting this profound issue we have when we treat most wildlife as an externality to our lives, even though they helped create and maintain our life support system.  And now all wildlife will have to adapt far more quickly than they ever have to a rapidly changing climate. Our notions of wildlife needs to adopt to the real world, or we will have to run our life support system, as system that is million, in some places billions, of year old, a job we haven’t a clue how to do. What to Do About Canada Geese The Canada geese population in New York is currently estimated at up to 250,000 birds. That creates a lot of problems.  (September 8, 2014) Time Warner Cable News Rocheste
  • 9/08, 2014 - Here’s one of the many very inconvenient truths about Climate Change we don’t want to face: What we eat matters.  Of course, there are many other things we do, have children, drive cars, build houses, play games, treat diseases, you-name-it and because Climate Change is the mother of all problems, what you do matters.  How did things get this way?  We ignored the above statements for one reason or another. What's on your plate? Climate change and diet What you eat can have a big impact on the climate.  (September 3, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 9/08/2014 - Why are we having the biggest climate march in history? Because business as usual is threatening our future. World Falls Behind in Efforts to Tackle Climate Change: Report The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C, according to the sixth annual Low Carbon Economy Index report LONDON (Reuters) - The world's major economies are falling further behind every year in terms of meeting the rate of carbon emission reductions needed to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report published on Monday showed. (September 7, 2014) Scientific American
  • 9/08/2014 - Question: How do you move an entire forest in time to adapt to Climate Change? Ans: Better find out and act quickly. Critical to understanding the Climate Change crisis is the speed at which it is happening—many, many times faster than the plants and animals that have evolved can adapt. There are ideas about how to help our fellow species adapt to what we have unleashed but they are going to need our full support and now. Time for Trees to Pack Their Trunks?  (September 7, 2014) Climate Central
  • 9/08/2014 - More and more media are talking about biggest climate march in history #climatemarch, how about your local media? Demand coverage!  This all matter because ultimately if our local press doesn’t cover Climate Change and its consequences, we’ll be missing the chance to adapt to Climate Change.  Just as the NYS AG’s new report state’s “In recent years, there has been a steep increase in the number of powerful deluges. Extreme rainstorms, and the disastrous floods and soil erosion that result, are wreaking havoc in places that rarely had to contend with these damaging meteorological events” Current & Future Trends in Extreme Rainfall Across New York State  | Activists promise biggest climate march in history People’s Climate March in New York and cities worldwide hopes to put pressure on heads of state at Ban Ki-moon summit Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of New York, London and eight other cities worldwide in a fortnight to pressure world leaders to take action on global warming, in what organisers claim will be the biggest climate march in history. (September 8, 2014) The Guardian
  • 9/08/2014 - Come to Climate Week in NY, including People’s Climate March; you won’t be bored.  To get there from Rochester go here. | Climate Week NYC: 10 Top Places to Be Infographic shows key events and locations of this year's Climate Week in New York City, including the route of the 'largest climate march in history.' On Sunday, Sept. 21, demonstrators from more than 1,000 organizations representing millions of people plan to demand that world leaders take action against global warming. The People's Climate March through midtown Manhattan will be the "largest climate march in history," according to its organizers. And it will kick off the sixth annual Climate Week NYC—with about 80 events focused on climate change such as high-level meetings, conferences, lectures and debates. A United Nations summit in New York City will also take place during Climate Week, which will help lay the groundwork for climate-change treaty talks next year in Paris. (September 8, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 9/06/2014 - There will be two local showings of “Disruption” in the Rochester, NY region: WED, SEPT. 17 AT 2:00 PM AND 7:00 PM,IN PARISH LIVING ROOM AT CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION, 20 EAST AVE, FAIRPORT, NY 14450. More info here:  9/17 “DISRUPTION”: A NEW MOVIE FOR THE MOVEMENT | World Premiere of “Disruption,” New Climate Documentary with Van Jones, Chris Hayes, Naomi Klein, and More Premiering online and in NYC this Sunday night, “Disruption” Spotlights Growing Costs of Inaction, Spurring People to the Streets and Raising Stakes for UN Climate Summit Showtime in NYC: Sunday, September 7, 7:00 – 9:00 PM John L. Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, University Center, Room U100, New York, NY SEPTEMBER 7, NEW YORK CITY: Disruption, a new documentary film premiering this weekend, and featuring some of the environmental movement’s top leaders, calls for a new strategy to address the climate crisis: a public movement and uprising that forces world leaders to replace rhetoric with action. (September 4, 2014) 350.0rg