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


Rochester, NY was one of the hosts of the World Canal Conference on September 19, 2010.

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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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Page Contents: Rochester-area NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Green Business | Top 10 things you can do for our environment | Green Events | Green Actions | This month's Winner of the Environmental Site Award

 

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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.

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

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

The real tragedy of the mid-term elections                                                                                          

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "


My take-home message from a talk by the Monroe County Sewer Authority (Pure Waters) (at a neighborhood association meeting) was that our sewer system is very healthy as long as you don’t believe in Climate Change. Our sewer system is the envy of many surrounding communities like Buffalo because of our Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program (CSOAP) program and the ‘tunnel system’. This is to say, when there have been heavy wet weather events, we tend not to discharge raw sewage into our rivers and lakes—as other communities do.

"Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program (CSOAP) events have all but been eliminated with the phasing in of the deep rock tunnel system unique to Monroe County. This tunnel system allowed the integration of approximately 25 smaller sewage treatment plants into the Monroe County system. The lab monitors the improvement in the surrounding environment and the positive impact of this program." CSOAP and Wet Weather Events

The operative phrase here is ‘where there have been,’ meaning our system can and has dealt with most current and historical heavy rainfall events successfully (there are a few, and increasingly more, overflows each year). The continuing issues with basement sewer backups and water pooling in our streets after heavy rains has more to do with the 100-year-old sewer pipe system or blockages in any one of our 80,000 catch basins, than advances made in the 1970’s for combined sewer overflow problems. Combined sewer overflow systems which proliferate around the Great Lakes basin take away both sewage and storm water. They work fine until more frequent heavy rainfalls overwhelm the systems, at which point raw sewage gets sent (mostly) untreated into our rivers and streams. 

The problem is that Pure Waters also mentioned that according to their rain gauges we have received significantly more rainfall than what historical data would predict. This is code for Climate Change, as this is precisely what climate studies like ClimAID suggest: “Climate hazards of particular relevance as detailed by the Ecosystems sector are … increased frequency of heavy rainfall events …” (Pg. 9 Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID))

To be clear, Monroe County (and Rochester) ‘has greatly reduced’ overflow events:

"These discharge events are referred to as combined sewer overflows. As would be expected, this sewage contains pathogens (disease-causing agents), excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous), metals, and large debris that can harm aquatic organisms as well as curtail recreational use of waterways. In New York State, more than 60 municipalities have sewage systems that generate combined sewer overflows, and most are located in major cities (NYSDEC, 2008). The City of Rochester has greatly reduced these events; the cities of Buffalo and Syracuse are in the process of implementing mitigation plans." (Pg. 94 (ClimAID))

But when asked (by me) about the rainfall patterns coming with Climate Change for our region, Pure Waters was mum. This leads me to infer that our region is satisfied with measures to deal with current and historical rainfalls events, but we are simply not connecting the dots with Climate Change. Which is to ask, are we properly preparing and planning for the consequences of Climate Change in our region? We don’t know because despite the attention Climate Change has received nationwide and worldwide, neither the City of Rochester nor the County of Monroe mentions Climate Change much.  more...

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive

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:

  • You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”

  • NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank. They hope to close deals this year that would lead to more than $800 million invested in solar energy, cogeneration and energy-efficiency. The goal is a 575,000-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide by generating and using energy in ways that reduce pollution and burning fossil fuels. (October 23, 2014) North Country Public Radio [more on Green Business in our area]
  • Rochester company awarded funding to develop solar technology A Rochester company has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards solar energy development, according to officials. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office says Intrinsiq Materials Incorporated, a nanotechnology leader in printable electronic ink, has been awarded $450,000. (October 22, 2014) WHEC [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our 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]

Event Highlight

  Fast Forward Film Festival




Submission deadline is February 27, 2015. Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org"  

WATCH VIDEO  

Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives 

Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT, and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.

Its 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.

Read more at: www.fastforwardroc.org

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...    

November 2014

  • Thursday, November 20 from 4-6 pm at RED Rochester LLC's Kings Landing Waste Water Treatment Plant, 480 Maplewood Dr., Rochester 14615.
    • ‘Green Drinks’ for November is coming up: Center for Environmental Initiatives  Join us for November Green Drinks on Thursday, November 20 from 4-6 pm at RED Rochester LLC's Kings Landing Waste Water Treatment Plant, 480 Maplewood Dr., Rochester 14615. Tour the facility and learn about RED Rochester's initiatives. Tour starts promptly at 4.
  • Friday November 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  | Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center 300 Pulteney St. Vandervort Room Geneva, NY 14456 
    • 2014 Finger Lakes Research Conference November 21, 2014 Conserving the Finger Lakes: Invasive Species, Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Influences This year’s program will focus on threats to the Finger Lakes and showcase research and strategies to combat them. Presentations will be made on emerging contaminants, invasive species, nutrient management and more. A poster session will also be held with prizes awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate poster. 
  • Friday, November 21, 2014 6:30-9:30 p.m. 640 Kreag Road, Suite 202, Pittsford, N.Y. 14534
    • If you are a committed world-changer, you may be asking yourself: Why is harmony (inner and outer) so elusive even to people committed to non-violence? How is it that you still have unkind thoughts and feelings toward yourself? Is it possible to ever feel that you can BE or DO enough? What is missing that you keep feeling and acting in the same old ruts? How can you be the change you want to see?   You are invited to Embodied Non-violence:     a FREE lecture-demonstration on Rosen Method Bodywork presented by Anais Salibian   Learn how reuniting mind and body can help you achieve inner peace, deeper communication with others, and more effective action in the world.   “ I saw healing happen in front of my eyes.” —Rebecca Johnson, Rosen Method Bodywork intensive attendee * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Space is limited, so be sure to call to register: 585 586-1590 Please leave your name and contact information.   Friday, November 21, 2014 6:30-9:30 p.m. 640 Kreag Road, Suite 202, Pittsford, N.Y. 14534

December 2014

  • Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm   First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Rd, Rochester
    • Solutions You Can Use to Climate Change Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm   First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 South Winton Rd, Rochester     Renewable Energy Solutions YOU can use       Presented by Susan Spencer, PhD     A Citizens’ Solution to Climate Change       Presented by Sarah Mittiga, Tim McGowan, Climate Change Lobby (CCL) Rochester Chapter     Free and open to the public. All are invited. Sponsored by The Environmental Climate Task Force

April 2015

  • Selected entries will be screened at the Little Theatre to kick off Earth Week on April 17, 2015. Category winners will be screened at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House on April 18, 2015.
    • 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 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • What we are hearing: World renowned climate scientist and activist and author, Dr. Hansen has agreed to speak the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Earth Day forum for 2015. More details to come as I learn more.

 

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. 

 

Greentopia Festival 2012

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: November 30th
    • Because NYS DEC comment period has been extended yet again (Nov 30) on proposal by an oil terminal operator at the Port of Albany, take action.  The Tar Sands fight comes home to NY  “Right now there is a proposal before the Department of Environmental Conservation to expand the amount of crude oil coming into the port of Albany from 1.2 billion gallons to nearly 3 billion gallons annually.  In addition, the applicant, Global Partnerss LLC is looking to build a boiler facility to heat the heavy tar sands coming off rail cars to reduce viscosity and facilitate more fluid transfer to ships.  The DEC has already determined that there are no significant environmental impacts attached  to these actions. Will you tell DEC to take the necessary steps to ensure a full environmental impact statement is conducted on this emerging threat to New York’s health and safety?” Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. Read more: Comment period extended on Port of Albany oil plant proposal

  • ACTION: Due Date: November 30, 2014

    • Take action Tell EPA to put “strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants”: ACTION: SUPPORT A STRONG CARBON RULE  (You have about 10 days left to comment on the nation’s Clean Power Plan, as presented by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. Nov 30th) The fossil fuel industry is rising up against the strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants. But the industry doesn’t have the public’s support. We do. Dirty power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution that is driving climate change. Right now, these plants are dumping as much carbon as they want into the atmosphere, and we and our children are stuck with the costs. It's time to adopt commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Tell the EPA you support these limits on carbon pollution and to make them as strong as possible. The polluters and their allies will be doing everything they can to stop it. So let’s give this everything we can." From Earth Justice  Read more: Nonrenewable Power Strikes Hardest At “The Least Of Us”  from CleanTechnica 

  • ACTION: Due Date: December 15th 2014

    • Make comment on aquatic invasive species in NYS to DEC by 12/15, as Climate Change makes our water warmer warming must be factored in. There’s no way we can control aquatic invasive species in NYS unless we do so under the umbrella of Climate Change because invasive species are more likely to thrive in our warmer water and our endemic aquatic species less able to thrive. DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 15 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York State for public comment. Comments will be accepted through December 15. Aquatic Invasive Species threaten the ecology of New York's rich abundance of waters and can harm water-based recreational opportunities and economies. New York is particularly vulnerable to AIS due to its vast marine and fresh water resources, major commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes via the State's canal system. Managing an infestation is extremely costly, so prevention is the most cost-effective strategy. (October 29, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) [more on Invasive Species in our area]

  • 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: February 27, 2015
    • 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 "" Click here to down load the flyer and help distribute Fast Forward Film Festival
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
  • ACTION: Due Date now
    • Please sign this petition: DEMAND NPR RESTORE ITS CLIMATE REPORTING TEAM As 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
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Support cleaning up the Genesee River. CEI has entered the Genesee RiverWatch into the Ready to Roc video contest. You can support our efforts and help us win by going to this page and voting for our video.  Learn more about the Genesee RiverWatch here.
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • No Ginna Bailout “Ginna, Looking for a Handout”  “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here: --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan:  A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables.  If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
  • ACTION: Due Date now
    • Say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Take home message: “Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP.” SAY NO TO CORPORATE POWER GRABS - REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TO: GOVERNMENTS OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, CHILE, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MEXICO, PERU, THE USA AND VIETNAM The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab
  • ACTION: Due Date: now
    • Get your community to pledge to the NYS Climate Smart Communities program. This will be one of the most important actions you can take on addressing Climate Change in our region. If you live in the Western New York, Rochester region and don’t belong to Irondequoit, Brighton, Rochester, and Victor, [check here] your community probably has not voluntary pledged to this program. Your community should belong in order to take “Local Action to Combat Climate Change. Two types of actions enable Climate Smart Communities to minimize the risks of climate change and reduce its long-term costs: Reducing GHG Emissions: Starting now to reduce GHG emissions and create permanent sinks that remove GHG from the atmosphere; these actions will help stabilize atmospheric GHGs at manageable levels and avoid severe climatic changes. Adapting to a Changing Climate: Altering the built and natural environment in anticipation of predicted climatic changes, or in response to actual changes, which will alleviate the risks associated with unavoidable changes in climate.” Ask your community leaders to make the pledge, get state assistance, and help make this voluntary program more robust. For more info go here: Climate Smart Communities and check the Rochester Sierra Club’s 2014 Forum on this: "Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program" There is no excuse for your community not being a part of this state-wide program.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now (with your friends and group)  
    • What if in the Rochester, NY area we channeled this idea of the street librarian to educate locals on Climate Change.  So, we put together materials and get a neat bike (see photo) made so we casually ride around all the neighborhoods of Rochester and answer anyone’s questions about Climate Change in our area, hand out literature, engage the public at the very street level in a very low carbon emissions footprint way on this worldwide crisis. This wouldn’t be a charity project at all. This would be a crucial link in the Climate Change issue that is missing in the Rochester area—outreach.  If we hope to have a chance that the public will support the long-term actions we must make to upgrade and refit our infrastructure (transportation, telecommunications, water, etc.) we are going to need the public to understand an support these efforts year after year, elections after elections.  This outreach program would be inexpensive, effective, and probably a lot of freaking fun. Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon (October 9, 2014) New York Times
  • ACTION: Due Date: now
    • 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. "
  • 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 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
  • 11/21/2014 - This is code for Climate Change: "No matter how you cut it, this event will end up in the top five for the Lake Erie area …" But, of course, our local public media cannot say this because it’s too controversial, which is to say when it is no longer controversial to connect the dots with extreme weather (warmer lake water, no ice, more snow) and Climate Change, we will have squandered a lot more time when we could have been preparing.  How I ‘cut it’ is that it’s possible that our present snow storm is connected to Climate Change and I’m not the only one. Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest  and These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy | Buffalo Area Needs To Dig Out; Then Prepare For Possible Flooding Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. (November 21, 2014) WXXI
  • 11/21/2014 - All those who think building a massive gas storage facility that would threaten our Finger Lakes waters a shitty idea, please raise your hand.  Finally, a local Rochester, NY media is giving us a sense of the gravity and importance of the threat to our local environment because of the goings on at Seneca Lake shores.  Go to We Are Seneca lake  and Gas Free Seneca to find out more and how to help.  This crisis is not just about them, it’s about US. Opposition builds to gas storage facility on Seneca Lake shore As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. As protests continue over construction of a gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake, people across the entire Finger Lakes region opposed to the project are getting involved. “The Finger Lakes is all of us,” said Rosemary Hooper, a Naples resident who has joined others from Ontario County in participating in the campaign to stop the building of the gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream's proposal is to use old abandoned salt caverns along the lake to store millions of barrels of liquid petroleum gas and billions of cubic feet of natural gas. Those opposed include organizations, individuals, businesses and municipalities. The Ontario County Board of Supervisors, Yates County Legislature, Seneca County Board of Supervisors and Geneva City Council are among those that have passed motions opposing the proposed storage facility. (November 19, 2014) Gates-Chili Post
  • 11/21/2014 - How is New York State staking up on its Climate Change Adaptation Plans with other states? Check that out: State and Local Adaptation Plans States and communities around the country have begun to prepare for the climate changes that are already underway.  This planning process typically results in a document called an adaptation plan.   Below is a map that highlights the status of state adaptation efforts. Click on a state to view a summary of its progress to date and to access its full profile page. State profile pages include a detailed breakdown of each state's adaptation work and links to local adaptation plans and resources. Please move the map to view Alaska and Hawaii. Georgetown Climate Center
  • 11/21/2014 - Do you have something to say about our environment? Have you figured out the video function on your cell phone? Enter Rochester’s FFFF.  The Fast Forward Film Festival, what a unique and fund chance for you, or your group, to message concerns about our environment that are not being addressed by local media. FFFF “The Fast Forward Film Festival (FFFF) invites emerging and established filmmakers from the greater Rochester area to submit to the inaugural Fast Forward Film Festival. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience and compel audiences to engage with the community and raise environmental awareness.”
  • 11/21/2014 - Has Climate Change caused this cold spell with extreme snowfall in our region?  People, rightly so, are starting to ask.  My view is that if it is even remotely possible that we have upset our weather by Climate Change on level where we get the jitters every time extreme weather hits, we ought to start planning and adapting to Climate Change.  While the deniers continual to say that these extreme weather events fall within the normal range, or cold spell means Global Warming is not happening, climate experts are filling in our gaps of knowledge between extreme events and Climate Change. Waiting until we have exact proof that this or that storm was caused by Climate Change is a gamble—because in the meantime we haven’t been preparing on a worldwide level. The ‘wait and see’ stance that our local media are taking on these extreme events is a gamble that Climate Change is not the cause—which means we are squandering more and more time doing nothing to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change.  Cold snap caused by climate change-weakened jet stream, scientists suggest (November 20, 2014) Aljazeera America
  • 11/21/2014 - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is not a giveaway; it is “a mechanism to redistribute money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.” It is in the best interest for the developing nations to create a fund where developing nations can develop without developing in the dirty energy way we did—because our life support system cannot handle that. U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference (November 20, 2014) Reuters
  • 11/20/2014 - If Congress doesn’t include Climate Change in talks on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water they’re missing the elephant in the lake. Read EPA's 2-page fact sheet "Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms " | Congress holds hearing on algae contamination of Lake Erie drinking water  (November 19, 2014) Cleveland.com [more on Water Quality and Great Lakes in our area]
  • 11/20/2014 - After dismal mid-term elections on Climate Change can GOP lead on Climate Change? Remember: They’re no scientist.  Watch Colberts' The Republicans' Inspiring Climate Change Message  
  • 11/20/2014 - Shopping for kid’s Christmas presents? Don’t buy them toxic toys, find our more… Empire State Consumer Project 2014 Children’s Products Safety Report MEDIA ALERT:   CONSUMER GROUP STILL FINDS HIGH LEVELS OF TOXICS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS     Pittsford, New York - Empire State Consumer Project (ESCP) announces its 43rd Annual Toy and Children's Products Report in a news conference Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00 AM in Room 101 of the Pittsford Recreation Department, 35 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford.     ESCP's annual report highlights unsafe children's products, product designs and toxic product ingredients. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that in the three year period from 2008 through 2010, there were 333 deaths of children under 5 from nursery products, or an average of 111 annually. For calendar year 2012, there were 11 reports of toy-related deaths and 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments. ESCP of Rochester is one of the country's leading consumer advocacy groups. In 2013, the group's 2010 testing of apple juices for arsenic led the FDA to set arsenic limits on apple juice of 10 ppm.   For more information on Empire State Consumer Project's 43rd Annual Toy and Children's Products Report (attached), contact Judy Braiman at 585-383-1317. (November 2014) Empire State Consumer Project, Inc.  [more on Environmental Health in our area]
  • 11/20/2014 - Rachel Maddow nails the absurdity of vote on Keystone XL. Watch, only 6.15 minutes. What On Earth Were They Thinking? Rachel Maddow On The Democratic Party
  • 11/20/2014 - ACTION: 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
  • 11/20/2014 - Take action Tell EPA to put “strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants”: ACTION: SUPPORT A STRONG CARBON RULE  (You have about 10 days left to comment on the nation’s Clean Power Plan, as presented by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. Nov 30th) The fossil fuel industry is rising up against the strongest limits ever proposed to end the worst climate change polluter: dirty coal plants. But the industry doesn’t have the public’s support. We do. Dirty power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution that is driving climate change. Right now, these plants are dumping as much carbon as they want into the atmosphere, and we and our children are stuck with the costs. It's time to adopt commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Tell the EPA you support these limits on carbon pollution and to make them as strong as possible. The polluters and their allies will be doing everything they can to stop it. So let’s give this everything we can." From Earth Justice  Read more: Nonrenewable Power Strikes Hardest At “The Least Of Us”  from CleanTechnica 
  • 11/20/2014 - Climate Change’s evil sibling—ocean acidification—needs to be monitored, adapted to, and mitigated also. Discovering a baseline is critical. 40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data  (November 18, 2014) Climate Central
  • 11/19/2014 - Proud moment on #noKXL when I saw NYS Senators Schumer and Gillibrand vote NO! on political theater pipeline bill last night. Our state senators can do much more to help NYS adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. Schumer, Gillibrand help defeat Keystone XL pipeline in U.S. Senate . (November 18, 2014) Syracuse.com
  • 11/19/2014 - The G20 givth and the G20 taketh away. They pledge to phase out dirty fossil fuels, then give $88B to explore for more. What’s wrong with this freaking picture? G20 governments propping up fossil fuel exploration The G20 pledged to phase out 'inefficient' fossil fuel subsidies in 2009, yet new research finds that governments are spending $88 billion every year supporting exploration – more than double what the oil and gas companies are investing. READ THE FULL REPORT The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration Publication - November 2014 (November 2014) Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • 11/19/2014 - ACTION: President Obama, please stop 'game over' dirty tars sands fossil fuel so we can get going on adapting to and mitigating Climate Change. Everyone, please sign this petition. Sign the petition to President Obama
  • 11/19/2014 - ACTION: Please sign Environmental Action's petition to UnFrack Obama's Clean Power Plan:  A few months ago, President Obama and the EPA proposed the nation's first-ever rules to limit global warming pollution from power plants. It's a great idea, but we've discovered a hidden flaw in the rules that could spell disaster: The rules currently favor fracked gas over renewables.  If these rules aren't fixed, they could encourage dozens of power plants to switch to gas, shackling Americans to toxic fracking for decades to come. We only have until December 1st to file official public comments telling the EPA to fix the rules.
  • 11/19/2014 - Keystone XL pipeline vote was political theater, President Obama should step up and reject this dirty tar sands pipeline once and for all. Keystone XL Bill Defeated in the Senate In response to a vote in the United States Senate on the Keystone XL pipeline, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement: “Once again, Congress tried to play games with our future–and failed. Since Keystone XL has always been President Obama’s decision, this vote was never anything more than an empty gesture of political theater. (November 18, 2014) 350.org [more on Energy and Climate Change in our area]
  • 11/19/2014 - Climate Change: weather patterns like lake-effect snow will get more disruptive—warmer water, less ice, more snow. These Photos of Lake Effect Snow Are Crazy Lake effect snow is the result of that cold, dry air moving over warmer water and picking up the moisture and heat, then dumping it as snow on the nearest downwind shoreline. In this case, that’s western New York. As the overall climate warms, lake effect snow has been increasing around the Great Lakes, because of less ice capping off the water. (November 18, 2014) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 11/18/2014 - The road to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will be fraught with humanity’s inertia. Learn more (first Hand) how U.S. Climate Diplomacy will work: Attend online: Entering the Homestretch: U.S. Climate Diplomacy on the Road to Paris November 24, 2014, 12:00pm ET - 1:00pm ET Register Here. --from Center for American Progress
  • 11/18/2014 - Turning Philadelphia and maybe Albany into fossil fuel hubs, is this what we really want? Or are we just too preoccupied to push for renewable energy that won’t threaten our life support system?  There are many ways where “The World Can Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Starting Today” The Solutions Project Is it just easier and less inconvenient to let the fossil fuel industry, who are mad about making money regardless, preempt our moral responsibility to keep our environment healthy for generations to come? Could Philadelphia be the next Houston? The oil industry hopes so Public and private stakeholders are pushing to further capitalize on the Marcellus Shale fracking boom Philadelphia’s City Council will hold hearings this month to explore opportunities to help establish the city as an energy hub — a boon for an increasingly influential coalition of public and private players who want to transform it into the Houston of the Northeast. “Philly has the best ports, the best workforce, the best transportation and roads, great educational institutions and two very healthy refineries,” said Michael Krancer, a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, now a lawyer working with some of the energy companies involved in pushing for the city to become an energy center. “To put it mildly, eastern Pennsylvania is where the opportunity is to valorize our shale industry,” he said. Krancer and others want to make Philadelphia a hub for processing and distributing the massive amounts of energy flowing through the state, thanks to the Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing boom. (November 15, 2014) Aljazeera America
  • 11/18/2014 - Meet some of the most prominent climate sceptics (and deniers) who will fight our every attempt to address Climate Change.  Not only do we have a dysfunctional media, an uninformed public, and physics, we have powerful folks who have nothing better to do with their lives than keep their anti-science ideology alive—even though it will put us all in great danger. Meet the Republicans in Congress who don't believe climate change is real  (November 17, 2014) The Guardian
  • 11/18/2014 - “History knocked on your door—did you answer?” Climate Change Is a People’s Shock  (October 6,) The Nation / Naomi Klein
  • 11/18/2014 - 10 more arrested to protect Seneca Lake waters (35 arrested thus far) and a large rally is planned for the arraignment of the 16 arrested in earlier actions for Nov. 19th.  10 Arrested as ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ Protests Continue  (November 17, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 11/17/2014 - Incredible news about G20 meeting hijacked by Climate Change and Green Fund, but nothing in Rochester news.  Or in the Sunday news programs for that matter, except some pissing and moaning that President Obama seems to have forgotten that the GOP was just given a mandate to ignore Climate Change after the mid-term elections.  Mainstream media, what incredible nonsense. Rochester media has really got to change from a position of climate denial to properly informing the public of what is going on now—Climate Change. You must let your media know this climate denial thing is unacceptable. G20 pledges lift Green Climate Fund towards $10 billion U.N. goal (November 16, 2014) Reuters
  • 11/17/2014 - For those who think the People’s Climate March didn’t make a difference, let them watch the proceedings of the G20.  The public, the pubic around the world that is, is getting impatient with Climate Change denial and the self-interest of the fossil fuel industry.  Changes in the public’s attitudes on Climate Change are afoot. Pressure mounts on G20 governments to drop fossil fuels  (November 14, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 11/17/2014 - If you get your news in Rochester, you’ll have to look far away to find the biggest environmental story at your footstep.  Your neighbors are willing to put themselves in harm’s way and to be jailed to protect our wine country, our water, and the character of Seneca Lake. Be nice if some of our local media could inform our public about this issue and what the consequences of storing lots of liquid natural gas (I mean really a lot) in salt mines meant for say, salt, not extracted, explosive, fossil fuels that warm up the planet when burned. Upstate New Yorkers fear gas caves could blow wine, tourism industries  (November 16, 2014) Aljazeera America
  • 11/17/2014 - “All these extraction and dispersal activities [Earth’s crust] are unsustainable,” which is to say, unmaintainable, unsupportable, unbearable, unjustifiable, unworkable, indefensible, unviable, and unecological. SCD Concepts: Extraction and Dispersal- What’s In the Crust Should Probably Stay In the Crust  (November 3, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 11/16/2014 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter November 16, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 11/15/2014 - What’s the point of our creating environmental rules and regulations if our authorities don’t’ know about them? Help out, be pro-active on protecting your life support system by calling in environmental violations. New state hotline announced for reporting polluters, poachers The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State's natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday. The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State’s natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday. The toll-free hotline number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). The hotline will be staffed 24/7 and connect callers to a DEC police dispatcher.  (November 13, 2014) Irondequoit Post
  • 11/15/2014 - Looks like we are going to have to address the worldwide crisis of Climate Change with an arm tied behind our backs. A major supply of our energy to combat Climate Change will be spent (squandered) fighting the lunatics in our government who are dead set on holding to their climate denial ideology—no matter how many freaking times they’ve been proven wrong.  Senate Republicans Vow To Dismantle Carbon Emissions Rules Just days after the midterm elections, Republicans are picking the big targets at which to aim their new majorities, and the federal effort to cut carbon emissions is one of them. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled regulations cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new and existing power plants, respectively. President Obama has laid out a plan to honor the United States’ international commitment to reduce its GHG emissions 17 percent below their 2005 levels by 2020, and those two regulations form the core of that effort. They also appear to be near the top of the list of things the Republicans’ wish to dismantle, once they come into Congress in January with a newly-solidified grip on the House of Representatives and a new majority in the Senate. (November 9, 2014) Climate Progress
  • 11/15/2014 - Beautiful Solutions: Addressing Climate Change doesn’t have to be as dreary as the fossil fuels makes it out, we can change.  There are solutions (admittedly, not good for the fossil fuel industry) and some of the solution can come from you. Check out Beautiful Solutions “The Beautiful Solutions Gallery and Lab is an interactive space for sharing the stories, solutions and big ideas needed to build new institutional power and point the way toward a just, resilient, and democratic future. Developed by Beautiful Solutions in partnership with This Changes Everything, this is an open-ended project that will continue to evolve based on the ideas you submit to the Lab, and the ongoing contributions of the thinkers and practitioners on the forefront of building alternatives.”
  • 11/15/2014 - Ok, I’ll admit, I wasn’t very impressed with NYS new website—until I typed “Climate Change” into their search engine. Then voila!  However, it would be nice if our state put up its Climate Change information front and center in their new website to inform New Yorkers of the importance of Climate Change, its Climate Smart Communities program to help all NYS communicates adapt to Climate Change, what the state is doing, and the latest Climate Study: Climate Action Plan Interim Report—which is a very comprehensive study about the consequences of Climate Change in our state and what the state is planning. These are all critical information for New Yorkers and you shouldn’t have to be hunting all over their new web to find out the most important information the state, your state, has to offer.
  • 11/15/2014 - One of the reasons the mid-elections went so bad for our environment, is that media coverage blinded many folks to the priority of Climate Change.  That our leading public communications outlet would gut their climate reporting team is unacceptable. Climate Chang is about planning and we cannot plan if the public is not informed of the all the implications and consequences of this disaster. So, please sign the petition and get your public radio to do their job on informing you of this complex crisis. Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverage (November 12, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 11/14/2014 - Support cleaning up the Genesee River. CEI has entered the Genesee RiverWatch into the Ready to Roc video contest. You can support our efforts and help us win by going to this page and voting for our video.  Learn more about the Genesee RiverWatch here.
  • 11/14/2014 - As we fight for our lives and future to address Climate Change, remember the folks we are fighting have a lot of our money to fight with. With an industry solely bent on their survival and not necessarily ours, it’s going to be hard to reduce greenhouse gases when the very industry we are trying to curb is getting zillions of dollars of tax subsidies from us.  As for the character of our fight to address Climate Change: “I am he as you are he as you are me And we are all together” Which is to say WE ought to take those tax gifts away from the very industry warming up the planet. Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year  (November 10, 2014) The Guardian
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  • 11/14/2014 - On Ginna nuclear power plant in Rochester, NY AGREE say’s “Ginna, Looking for a Handout”  “In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout. The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you. Submit a comment here:  --from Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) State board orders RG&E, Ginna plant talks The fate of aging upstate power plants was the focus of discussion Thursday in the state's capital, with a Rochester-area nuclear facility moving closer to a reprieve and an Ithaca-area coal plant the subject of protest. State regulators on Thursday ordered Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. to begin negotiating a plan that would keep the R.E.Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County up and running, but an eventual agreement would likely mean higher costs for ratepayers. Later in the day, a few dozen protesters from Tompkins County crowded a Capitol staircase, calling on the commission and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to oppose a proposed plan to switch the coal-burning Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing over to cheaper natural gas. (November 13, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 11/13/2014 - If you are even remotely interested in the future of life on this planet, this is a must read. The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn’t (November 12, 2014) 350.org
  • 11/13/2014 - Yeah, NYT editorial is saying what anti-frackers have been saying, “some environmentalists say there has been very little public input." The public already knows Fracking is bad for our environment, bad for our communities’ sovereign rights, bad for public health, and bad for energy development—as drilling for more fossil fuels in the bedrock of our state would undermine efforts to increase renewable energy during a time of Climate Change. Here’s the clincher: “"The governor will make enemies no matter what direction he moves in, but before moving at all he should insist on a comprehensive and credible analysis."” A secret DOH "review" is simply not a "comprehensive and credible analysis."  Round Two for Gov. Cuomo The decision on whether to authorize hydraulic fracturing for extracting natural gas along the state’s southern tier has been on hold pending a State Health Department study of the effects on the environment and human health. The study is due by the end of the year, and some environmentalists say there has been very little public input. The governor will make enemies no matter what direction he moves in, but before moving at all he should insist on a comprehensive and credible analysis. (November 9, 2014) New York Times (editorial)
  • 11/13/2014 - Meet one of the heroes, retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Collen Boland, fighting to keep Seneca Lake waters free from contamination. Considering signing a petition or donating to help this cause to reject Inergy Midstream‘s (now Crestwood) proposal to store Liquefied Petroleum Gas and expand natural gas storage at facilities on the shore of Seneca Lake in Reading, NY. More at Gas Free Seneca Even folks in the Rochester area should care about the health of our Finger Lakes. Airman-turned-activist arrested for 'civil disobedience' Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Collen Boland will mark Veteran's Day with a vigil outside Schuyler County Jail in New York tonight. (November 12, 2014) AirForceTimes
  • 11/13/2014 - Want to know about Lead Poisoning in Rochester? You have to go to Buffalo’s Investigative Post.  All sounds very nice in lowering lead poisoning in our children, but ya gotta ask: Why did we put lead in our paint and our gasoline for so long, when we knew the dangers of lead? I know, we should be happy that the numbers of lead poisoning cases are doing down, and we are, but there’s a lesson to be learned here, that the burden of proof for dangerous chemicals we put into our products is placed on the victims. Until folks drop or are permanently damaged by injecting lead into them, we assume Corporations would never put anything in their products that would do our children or environment any harm—and we are continually proven wrong. Rochester leads on lead while Buffalo dallies Rochester used to have a lead problem at least as bad as Buffalo’s. But officials there got serious a decade ago and developed a program that’s considered a national model that some think Buffalo should emulate. (November 17, 2014) Investigative Post
  • 11/13/2014 - Pretty funny hearing climate critics downplaying Obama’s deal with China, when it’s what GOP has demanded on any agreement. It’s frustrating, especially after the People Climate March, to know that the people want to see our leaders act on Climate Change, but most of the energy to fight Climate Change will get consumed by fighting those who would keep us fueled by fossil fuels regardless.  Bad as things might have been, it’s going to be so much worse trying to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change with the small but powerful deniers as monkeys on our back. Obama Reaches Climate Deal with China — and GOPCongress May Not Be Able to Stop It (November 12, 2014) Democracy Now!
  • 11/13/2014 - When the cat’s away, the mice will play. When Obama is forging a deal with China, as GOP insisted must happen, the GOP tries to ram Keystone down the US.  I suspect as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris gets nearer, it’s going to get very whacky in Congress. The more we try to make a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world, the more those with lots of money to make from fossil fuels will double-down their efforts to stop measures to lower greenhouse gases.  We are living in very interesting times. Keystone pipeline approval bills advance in Congress  (November 13, 2014) Reuters [more on Energy
  • 11/12/2014 - As the LPG storage crisis near Seneca Lake shores continues, we must ask ourselves if NYS is setting the table for Fracking?  The lure of lots of money (I mean a lot) is making a lot of people stupid about threats we are putting on our local fresh water and putting more fossil fuels into our atmosphere and warming things up even more.  While we are on the subject of natural gas, we ought to find out how much methane is already escaping into our atmosphere from existing gas pipelines, just as they did in Boston “Thousands of gas leaks in Boston area, study finds| DEC issues conditions for Seneca Lake LPG storage  (November 11, 2014) StarGazette
  • 11/12/2014 - Just watched incredible documentary on our relationship to Water WATERMARK: By Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky  Maybe Rochester can get a local showing of this film.
  • 11/12/2014 - ‘Green Drinks’ for November is coming up: Center for Environmental Initiatives  Join us for November Green Drinks on Thursday, November 20 from 4-6 pm at RED Rochester LLC's Kings Landing Waste Water Treatment Plant, 480 Maplewood Dr., Rochester 14615. Tour the facility and learn about RED Rochester's initiatives. Tour starts promptly at 4.
  • 11/12/2014 - Let’s face it Rochester, NY we do not have watchdog journalism like Buffalo’s Investigate Post. Watch this on Lead Poisoning.  What if Rochester journalism included investigating our sewer system, our addressing Climate Change, transportation, recycling and landfill, and more environmental issues with the doggedness of the Investigative Post?  Buffalo is ‘ground zero’ for lead poisoning  (November 11, 2014) Investigative Post
  • 11/12/2014 - Brighton Color Green’s program--during one week in spring and one week in fall—to reduce greenhouse gases emissions via transportation results are in: Curb Your Car Week Fall 2014 Results "The Fall 2014 Curb Your Car Week event took place the week of October 5–11, 2014. During that week, 60 residents from Brighton and Rochester registered their pledge to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus for at least a day as an alternative to drive their car." Brighton Color Green
  • 11/12/2014 - Could the “Omega Block,” an anomalous atmospheric setup at the cutting edge of climate change research be causing our cold spell, that some are calling: “Super Frigid Terrifying Polar Express Storm Vortex Snowpocalypse." Tighten your seatbelts, our climate is going to get whacky. Meet the “Omega Block,” Your Wintry Companion for (At Least) the Next Two Weeks  (November 10, 2014) Slate
  • 11/12/2014 - How do trade agreements—NAFTA, TPP, and TTIP—affect our ability to address Climate Change? Why the climate movement cannot ignore trade  (October 27, 2014) Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
  • 11/11/2014 - Big three-part series on dangers posed by lead paint contamination in Buffalo. Wondering if Lead Poisoning is even on Rochester’s radar.  Buffalo’s big lead poisoning problem  (November 10, 2014) Investigative Post
  • 11/11/2014 - Over 400 ocean ‘dead zones’ where Climate Change comes into play further increases our need to act on this worldwide crisis. So many of our eco-zones—land, oceans, and air—are under threat of many issues—pollution, development, etc.—and then Climate Change, the threat multiplier. Larger ‘dead zones,’ oxygen-depleted water, likely because of climate change  (November 10, 2014) The Washington Post
  • 11/11/2014 - If all of us starting pollinating all the plants that needed pollinating by all the bees, we might accomplish the work of one bee. With Climate Change, pesticides, our disruptive transportation infrastructure, and Collapse Colony Syndrome killing off our bees, we might just have to take on bee work just so we can eat.  Climate Change Disrupts Bee’s Pollination of Flowers  (November 8, 2014) Climate Central
  • 11/11/2014 - A very inconvenient report about our transportation infrastructure and Climate Change from the US Forest Service.  This report (see below) is inconvenient because the underlying question--Are transportation networks hindering the ability of wildlife to successfully respond to climate change?—is absurd. It’s absurd because of course animals and plants (not to mention soil) cannot ‘move’ to adapt to Climate Change because of our ubiquitous roads, and highways, and parking lots.  It’s also absurd because even if we are able to conduct these studies, which will reveal the obvious, there is no way we will dig up roads to replace natural habitats.  The burden of proof for these studies, however irrational, are going to be placed on the researchers, on the folks who say that building more roads and even maintaining our existing transportation infrastructure is not only bad for our environment, but will make it almost impossible for animals and plants to adapt.  Nothing will stop engineers from building more roads and the public wanting more roads even if we find that this attitude will lead us to environmental perdition.  If we really, really cared about adapting to Climate Change, we’d get the public to know that this report exists and that it’s going to address some very troubling questions about our build environment. Adapting to and mitigating Climate Change realistically will not only involve greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, but more fundamentally the barriers to a healthy environment that our transportation system presents.  At the very least, we should begin thinking of way to help developing countries move away from creating a transportation system like ours—and that will be very difficult. Toward understanding the ecological impact of transportation corridors  Transportation corridors (notably roads) affect wildlife habitat, populations, and entire ecosystems. Considerable effort has been expended to quantify direct effects of roads on wildlife populations and ecological communities and processes.  (2011) U.S. Forest Service
  • 11/11/2014 - Listen to this archived version of today’s (11/10/2014) WXXI program on the effect of recent elections on Climate Change. Three local experts examine the possible repercussions of our efforts to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change after the recent dismal election turnout.  Have we shot ourselves in the foot, as it were? Have we crippled our ability to adapt to Climate Change locally and possibly hampered our efforts to lead on Climate Change at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris?  Encourage WXXI and more local media to engage the public on Climate Change, the crisis of our generation. Connections: Recent Elections and Climate Change What do the election results mean for those who had hoped for more aggressive public policy relating to climate change? To say the least, advocates are disappointed. What's next? We discuss with our panel: Lawrence Torcello, RIT Ethics professor  Dr. Susan Spencer, solar scientist Abigail McHugh-GrifaThe Rochester People's Climate Coalition [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 11/11/2014 - Great encapsulation of the fight to save Seneca Lake waters from liquid gas storage near the shores of our largest Finger Lakes. Standing by Those Who Stand in the Way of Fracking Infrastructure It all began taking shape back in March of 2013, when Sandra Steingraber – the noted biologist, author, educator and advisor ofAmericans Against Fracking – and 11 other courageous individuals were arrested for blockading the entrance to a natural gas compressor station on the banks of Seneca Lake, in the environmentally sensitive Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  (November 10, 2014) Food and Water Watch  [more on Seneca Lake]
  • 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.
  • 11/10/2014 - Important News: Why hasn’t NYS upheld the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act? Are we swimming in raw sewage?  “New Yorkers have a right to know when potentially harmful untreated sewage is discharged into waterways in their communities,” Cuomo said in August 2012. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation is not following the law. Seventeen months after the legislation was enacted, New Yorkers still do not “know if they are swimming, boating or fishing in raw sewage,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said in a prepared statement. WHAT'S IN THE WATER? STATE AGENCY'S FAILURE TO FOLLOW SEWAGE POLLUTION LAW PROVOKES QUESTIONS Each year the aging sewer infrastructure in New York’s cities, towns and villages dumps billions of gallons of raw sewage mixed with dirty stormwater into local waterways. These overflows close beaches, kill fish and wildlife, and sicken scores of people each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “No one swims in their toilet,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo. “We don’t want to swim in waterways that are contaminated.” In an attempt to provide immediate notification to New York residents about this public health threat, two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act into law. (October 30, 2014) City and State
  • 11/10/2014 - If you haven’t read Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything,’ you haven’t read an important book being compared with “Silent Spring” Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ “Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable.” Thus spoke President Kennedy in a 1961 address to the United Nations. The threat he warned of was not climate chaos — barely a blip on anybody’s radar at the time — but the hydrogen bomb. The nuclear threat had a volatile urgency and visual clarity that the sprawling, hydra-headed menace of today’s climate calamity cannot match. How can we rouse citizens and governments to act for concerted change? Will it take, as Naomi Klein insists, nothing less than a Marshall Plan for Earth? “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” is a book of such ambition and consequence that it is almost unreviewable. Klein’s fans will recognize her method from her prior books, “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies” (1999) and “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” (2007), which, with her latest, form an antiglobalization trilogy. Her strategy is to take a scourge — brand-­driven hyperconsumption, corporate exploitation of disaster-struck communities, or “the fiction of perpetual growth on a finite planet” — trace its origins, then chart a course of liberation. In each book she arrives at some semihopeful place, where activists are reaffirming embattled civic values." (November 6, 2014) New York Times
  • 11/10/2014 - What if we’ve been waiting to address Climate Change until it gets really bad and find out it got really bad long ago? The problem with trying to address Climate Change is that not only is our climate changing quickly so is our ability to measure it.  We should assume, as the Precautionary Principle demands, because there are still a lot of unknowns (like, are we measuring the temperature rises accurately?) we should act immediately and on a large scale to address Climate Change—assuming we could very well be underestimating the problem. Ironically, the Precautionary Principle where “the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action” means that we should take action to address Climate Change because the business-as-usual trajectory is where the burden of proof falls. Prove that continually warming the planet by burning fossil fuels won’t warm and harm the planet. Climate Change action would be to take action to adapt and mitigate a situation (massive human development using fossil fuels) where the Precautionary Principle was ignored. New study questions the accuracy of satellite atmospheric temperature estimates A new study finds that satellites may be underestimating the warming of the lower atmosphere  (November 7, 2014) The Guardian
  • 11/10/2014 - I don’t think that capping Earth’s temperature rise at 2C will avert disaster; but I’ve never heard we could reach 5C by mid-century. This must be a typo: “Scientists have said that at the current levels of emissions, the world is on track for as much as a 5 C rise by the middle of this century.” In all the articles and studies I have read (really a lot) I have never heard that 5C could be achieved by the middle of this century. If this scenario is even remotely true, it’s already game over. I’d like to see some supporting evidence for this mid-century 5C level, but the author gives none. Be nice to nail this figure down. As much as I think the public and the media are delusional about downplaying the consequences and lack of urgency on Climate Change, I think anyone who says that we could possibly reach 5C by mid-century should bring a lot of expert references to bear before making such a dramatic statement. I have read many times that 5C could be possibly be reached by 2100 if we continue business as usual, but never by mid-century. 5C, as most scientists would agree, would be probably beyond even our ability to adapt by 2100, but by 2050—just about impossible.  Capping warming at 2 C not enough to avert disaster, climate experts warn  (November 8, 2014) Aljazeera American
  • 11/08/2014 - Wouldn’t it be far more likely that there would be detrimental health effects from living next to a noisy highway than near a wind turbine? And yet we do not require continual public health impact studies for the folks who live near the zillions highways that surround us.  Could it be that we’ll do anything to avoid having renewable energy sources because that might threaten the fossil fuel industry? So we do studies on wind turbine noise, when clearly we rarely do studies on a more likely suspect for public health effects and noise.  No definitive link between wind turbines and poor health, says Health Canada study There is no connection between exposure to the wind turbine noise and health effects, says a new comprehensive Health Canada study.  (November 8, 2014) The Star
  • 11/08/2014 - I don’t suppose at this eleventh hour that New York State just ban Fracking altogether because extreme extraction for more fossil fuels during Climate Change is nuts. I know, the present zeitgeist is that it’s insane to talk about renewable energy sources (wind and solar) because everyone, including the zillions of dollars and tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry being poured into this discussion about energy really, really wants to drill baby drill--regardless. The media has so filled the airwaves about more fossil fuels and so ignored the worldwide crisis of Climate Change that it seems crazy to do the right thing and get our energy in such a way that it doesn’t threaten our water, our soil, our air, and warm the planet up.  Science and reason and facts are no longer a part of the energy issue in New York State; they have been hijacked by this mad rush for more fossil fuels. Election Over, Will Cuomo Decide on Fracking? (November 7, 2014) WXXI News