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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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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

Pope Francis’s Encyclical and avoiding hell on Earth

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

Before I wear out my welcome or lose you entirely while trying to make my point: Read the Encyclical (ENCYCLICAL LETTER, LAUDATO SI’OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME).

Throughout humanity’s existence, there have been many attempts to warn ourselves about damaging our environment, a place we have increasingly become aware of as our life support system. From the reverence by native peoples around the world for the place they called home, to the holy books of many faiths demanding that we care for our fellow creatures, to the writings by St. Francis Assisi, George Perkins Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Leopold Aldo, Rachel Carson, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, and Al Gore, (and many more, of course), we have had only limited success in getting through to ourselves that our actions on our environment matter.

George Perkins Marsh, one of the most important and effective environmentalists you have never heard of, wrote Man and Nature in 1864 (revised in 1872 as “The Earth as Modified by Human Action) while he was US ambassador to Italy. This very influential book (it provided the foundation of our US forestry system under Gifford Pinchot who served under President Theodore Roosevelt) received worldwide acclaim as a most thorough assessment of past agriculture and forestry abuses in the hope of preventing future devastation just as the US was diving headlong into the Second Industrial Revolution. Many listened, but most (fueled by the allure of more stuff) did not.   

The public, especially the public in the developed world, has continued to believe itself to be in a position of security, not compelled to act to prevent environmental excesses. At various points in history, the warning of environmentalists have been ignored and massive development went on regardless of environmental and health impacts. It seems (because massive numbers did not immediately drop dead) as if the alarms from environmentalists about overpopulation and sustainability were all overblown. Which is the not the case at all. Pollution, the loss of biodiversity that is resulting in the Sixth Great Extinction, and Climate Change are all catching up with us. Until now, the mere size of our world and our technical prowess have helped mask our ravishing of our environment. But with Climate Change we are hitting a wall that has no historical precedent. Like the myriad debris gathering from a great flood quickly forming a dam, the accumulated mistakes from our past development are building up an impossible barrier. 

The most recent invocation for environmental attention is the widely anticipated Encyclical by Pope Francis. It is an extremely auspicious work, coming at a moment where there is still time enough to effectively communicate to the world the importance of a substantial agreement before the COP21 Paris Climate Conference in December. What makes the Encyclical so significant is not only the charisma of a religious leader of 4.3 billion people; it is a moral indictment of the collected environmental abuses of the past culminating in the present Climate Change crisis. It is perhaps the last chance to take stock of our moral Climate Change crisis and make a difference.   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:

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

  • Irondequoit development project goes green A major development project in Irondequoit is focused on going green. The Market at I-Square is now complete with a rooftop garden. The garden is just one part of the project's goal to be eco-friendly. "It's a sustainable measure to eliminate storm water runoff from reaching Lake Ontario which is the goal for everyone in Irondequoit," Owner Mike Nolan said. Whatever water isn't absorbed by the garden is filtered through the tiling and even the sidewalk outside into a tank underground. The water is then re-used for irrigation and landscaping. (May 29, 2015) WHAM [more on Green Business in our area]

  • EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.”  (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our 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.”

Event Highlight

  Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11

    

 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015 

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

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...    

July

  • THURSDAY, July 2, 6:00pm | Crane Branch Library (Upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo.
    • THURSDAY, July 2, MEETING: WNY Drilling Defense - Ban the ‘Bomb Trains’ shipping explosive crude oil through Buffalo and Erie County. 6:00pm, Crane Branch Library (Upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo. Open to all
  • SUNDAY, July 5, 7:00pm-8:00pm | WNY Peace Center.  Elmwood Ave. and Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo
    • SUNDAY, July 5, VIGIL: For the Victims of Lac Megantic Oil Train Disaster. We will read the names of the victims. Sponsor WNY Peace Center. 7:00pm-8:00pm, Elmwood Ave. and Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo
  • Monday, July 7,6:00-7:30 PM | Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
    • Monday, July 7, SESSION: Pope’s Climate Encyclical - Walk through it with Sister Eileen O’Connor, Member, Diocesan Care for Creation Committee. Sponsor: Sierra Club's Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
  • Wednesday, July 15, 7PM | Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623
    • ACTION: Make public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31. Attend meeting in Rochester, Wednesday, July 15, Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 | Meeting will start at 7:00 PM DEC Accepting Public Comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations Public Can Now Enroll For NY-Alert to Receive Notice of Sewage Discharges Four Public Information Sessions to Be Held The public is invited to submit comments on regulations to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31 and can now sign up for NY-Alert to receive notice of sewage discharges, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will hold four public information sessions to provide background on the regulations. "The Sewage Right to Know Law is a critical tool for protecting public health by requiring municipalities to report sewage discharges," said Commissioner Joe Martens. "In developing the NY-Alert notifications for sewer discharges, DEC strived to find a way to provide New Yorkers with free and easy access to this information while minimizing the burden to municipalities. With the NY-Alert system in place, information can now be provided to residents in a timely manner." (June 3, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • July 26 and August 23 at 11:15 AM | First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South, room 110 
    • 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

August

  • August 11 - 14, 2015- / Conservation Program/PO Box 113/ Victor, NY 14564
    • Ganondagan Conservation Camp August 11 - 14, 2015 The Ganondagan Conservation Program is designed to help students interested in environmental science explore multiple areas in the field. Hands on experience using field techniques that would not be available to most students until reaching college. Presentations from prominent members of the environmental field and working with camp counselors who are current college students with environmental majors will further explorations by participating students. Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites.  Students in grades 7th - 12th contemplating a major in the environmental sciences will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors. 

September

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two UR locations)
    • Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24).  Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.

November

  • 30 November to 11 December 2015 | Paris, France
    • Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015  “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

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

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':

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

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':



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

Green Action.

ACTION: Often, I receive requests to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local environmental issues needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world.  

  •  ACTION: Due Date: Monday, July 6
    • Remember, in order to get to Albany, the Bomb Trains go through Rochester. Here's a note from People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE)  Show up on Monday July 6th at 11:45AM - 12:45 corner of Eagle and Park, in Albany and marching to the Governor's mansion  | "On Monday, July 6th, we are holding a noon rally commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the 47 who died in Lac-Megantic, Canada as a result of an explosive crude oil derailment. This very same catastrophe could happen in New York due to the large volume of volatile oil that travels in fragile rail cars over decrepit infrastructure. We'll be meeting at the edge of Lincoln Park in Albany and marching to the Governor's mansion where we lay the responsibility of protecting the people all through NY at Cuomo's feet. Here is the link to the facebook event. With the DEC's recent decision to withdraw the permit for heating tar sands at the Port of Albany, PAUSE and friends had a significant win. Because the state has authority over the receipt and storage of oil at the Port of Albany, the Cuomo administration can actually stop it at that location. This would mean the trains wouldn't be able to come south from Montreal at all b/c they'd have nowhere to go. However, he is refusing to consider doing this. The national story of stopping the bomb trains from coming into Albany would be huge and have far reaching implications for all fossil fuel build-out. I invite you to take part in turning the tide toward a sustainable, renewable future. Please join us. As you know, if we don't show up, they win." The flyer.
  • ACTION: Due Date: The deadline for comment is Friday, July 17.
    • This is the closest public meeting on this issue - June 17 at 3-5 PM in Avon at the DEC Region 8 Office 6/05/2015 - Buried deep within NYS’s Wildlife Action Plan is Climate Change. To preserve Wildlife and their ecosystems, we must prioritize Climate Change. The plan says this “The most common threats to these species are loss of habitat, pollution, invasive species and climate change.” The DEC must do more than “maintain healthy populations” of wildlife presumably for more ‘harvesting’ and fishing that bring in money for our main environmental protection agency. Instead of viewing our Wildlife as fun furry creatures that dart around our neighborhoods and highways, we should be adopting a more mature view of Wildlife. Wildlife and our critical ecosystems—lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands, forests, mountains, soil, and a whole lot more—are one. Meaning none of these ecosystems are healthy without healthy Wildlife populations. But we have not focused on how to address health Wildlife populations much at all in New York as Climate Change challenges all our endemic species. Our Wildlife is used to 10,000 years of a relatively stable climate, until recently when Climate Change has dramatically altered our wildlife’s homes—which is to say, critical elements of our life support system. The public needs to make sure our leading Wildlife protection agency prioritized protecting and our Wildlife during Climate Change, not continuing to bury this issue. Consider making public comment on this DEC draft and attending a local meeting on this: The closest meeting is in Avon at the DEC Region 8 Office on June 17 at 3-5 PM. There is much to be done to help our Wildlife adapt to Climate Change, including allowing them corridors where they can move to adapt to the warming temperatures and the other consequences of this crisis. It’s going to take money and time and the public getting involved. We haven’t even begun to discuss this critical aspect of Climate Change in our community. Proposed State Wildlife Action Plan Now Available For Public Comment (June 4, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: July 31, 2015
    • Make public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31. Attend meeting in Rochester, Wednesday, July 15, Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 | Meeting will start at 7:00 PM DEC Accepting Public Comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations Public Can Now Enroll For NY-Alert to Receive Notice of Sewage Discharges Four Public Information Sessions to Be Held The public is invited to submit comments on regulations to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31 and can now sign up for NY-Alert to receive notice of sewage discharges, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will hold four public information sessions to provide background on the regulations. "The Sewage Right to Know Law is a critical tool for protecting public health by requiring municipalities to report sewage discharges," said Commissioner Joe Martens. "In developing the NY-Alert notifications for sewer discharges, DEC strived to find a way to provide New Yorkers with free and easy access to this information while minimizing the burden to municipalities. With the NY-Alert system in place, information can now be provided to residents in a timely manner." (June 3, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • Do this! DEMAND WORLD LEADERS SIGN A STRONG AGREEMENT AT THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER. TAKE CLIMATE ACTION NOW Climate change threatens our lives and livelihoods. As the world’s leaders prepare to gather for the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December, now is the moment for the world to speak as one: A strong emissions reductions agreement is the key to our collective prosperity, and well-being for all. --from The Climate Reality Project
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • SIGN THE PETITION: Voice your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world. The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests. (December 30, 2014) Senator Bernie Sanders
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW! 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
  • 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

 

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  • 6/29/2015 - $40 Billion and that’s just the Climate Change damage amount to our National Parks, not to mention our cities and your property. Every day we delay in acting on Climate Change the cost will go up and if we delay long enough no amount of money will repair the damage. Climate Change Could Cause More Than $40 Billion In Damage To National Parks A report released this week by the National Park Service (NPS) found that sea level rise — a phenomenon caused by climate change — could cause more than $40 billion in damage to America’s national parks. The report, released in time for the two-year anniversary of the announcement of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, examines the effects of a sea level rise on 40 coastal national parks across the United States.  (June 26, 2015) Think Progress|Climate Progress
  • 6/29/2015 - “Binding deal at Paris climate talks” is the only kind of deal that makes any sense. Anything else is nonsense. EU ministers seek ambitious, binding deal at Paris climate talks: draft European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for U.N. climate talks shows.  (June 25, 2015) Reuters
  • 6/28/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter June 28, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 6/27/2015 - Which begs the question, how will Rochester prepare for Climate Change and where will be the hardest hit areas? “Cities throughout the U.S. will suffer from more extreme weather due to climate change” this article says and so we must ask is Rochester doing its part to protect the poor and everyone else from the flooding and heat extremes? Why isn’t our media asking the question Climate Change preparation for Rochester? Think Detroit has it rough now? Just wait ‘til climate change gets ahold of it You could be forgiven for thinking Detroit’s current situation couldn’t get much more grim: poverty, unemployment, abandonment and vacancy, civic bankruptcy, rampant crime and tax evasion, an inability to deliver basic services.  (June 9, 2015) Grist
  • 6/27/2015 - When it comes to Climate Change, “the child is the father of the man” and rightly so because Earth will soon be the child’s. Our youth are starting to realize that they must demand a future worth living if the adults in their world are just going to let things heat up and do nothing. Groundbreaking Court Ruling Says State Must Address Climate Change, Thanks to Teen Lawsuit In an unprecedented decision, a judge in Washington State has ruled in favor of a group of young people who filed a lawsuit last year asking that the state be required to develop a science-based plan for limiting carbon emissions in order to protect the climate for future generations. (June 25, 2015) EcoWatch
  • 6/27/2015 - If you understand energy taxes as a measure of environmental impacts of energy use, it’s X-mass every day for USA. Energy taxes misaligned with environmental impacts of energy use Governments are under-utilising taxation as a tool to curb the environmental consequences of energy use, foregoing revenue and weakening their attack on the principal source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change and air pollution, according to new OECD analysis.   Taxing Energy Use 2015 – OECD and Selected Partner Economies compares taxes on energy use in 41 countries worldwide, which together use 80% of global energy.    The OECD says that taxes on energy use provide a transparent policy signal and are one of the most effective tools governments have for reducing the negative side effects of energy use.  However, the new analysis shows that energy taxes are poorly aligned with the negative side effects of energy use, and are having limited impact on efforts to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards less harmful forms of energy. (June 26, 2015)  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • 6/27/2015 - With only a third of the glass full, and five months to Paris will COP21 fail? If so, only extremophiles win. Euroland: psyched and ready for climate charm offensive The European Union has its climate negotiating priorities set out on six-foot banners, but will it get its way in Paris? The spectre of Copenhagen hangs heavy in the minds of officials working in the European Commission’s warren of slick glass and steel. In 2009, climate negotiations in the Danish capital imploded. Chastened, countries have taken six years to re-attempt striking a global warming pact. The stage is set for an agreement of sorts at a December summit in Paris. But conferences over the past year in Lima, Geneva and Bonn, tasked with clearing the heavy load, have flubbed. (June 26, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 6/26/2015 - How much carbon emissions are there in your lifestyle choices? Or, how heavy are our carbon footprints on our life support system?  Whole-life carbon: Lifestyle Every day we make lifestyle choices - such as the coffee we prefer every morning or the new gadget we buy. (November 13, 2014) Building.Co.UK
  • 6/26/2015 - How long can and will your government be the insurer of last resort as the seas rise and there’s more extreme flooding? Will Climate Change change your flood insurance rates? Or with those who continually rebuild in the growing flood plains depend on the government to fund their rebuilding? As Climate Change will include more regions where we have built homes as flood plains, the problem of rising insurance costs (or getting your insurance dropped altogether) will be the point at which many will finally believe actions need to be taken on Climate Change. But that will also be the point at which the government has run out of resources to rebuild your home—because many other things are failing at the same time. Science Panel Tries to Reinject Reality into Flood Insurance Pricing  (June 19, 2015) Dot Earth | New York Times
  • 6/25/2015 - But what if (as science suggests) the sky really is falling and we just sit around and scorn the alarmists? What if the climate deniers are finally held accountable for thwarting the rest of us from acting in a time frame and level that will actually matter? With an issue like Climate Change, because it is physics at the core, we’ll find the answers to these questions at some point, but we might not like it. Be better, according to the Precautionary Principle to get moving on preventing the worst. 2015 set to be hottest year on record With another record month witnessed in May, 2015 remains on track to be the warmest year in recorded history. Last week, NASA released its global temperature data for May, showing that current temperatures are 0.71C (1.3F) above the long-term average. This was quickly confirmed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, which showed the combined land and ocean surface temperature for May was 0.87C (1.57F) above the 20th-century average, 0.08C (0.14F) degrees above the previous record set last May. Every month in 2015 so far has ranked among the top four warmest for the globe. (June 22, 2015) tcktcktck
  • 6/25/2015 - How can we solarize Rochester, a plan tailor for our region, affordable, and make all that happen in a time frame and level that will matter? How about "Solarize the Flower City"? Connections: Solar Energy Campaign We keep hearing about the benefits of using solar energy; so why don't we see more solar panels on homes? That could soon change, thanks to a new campaign aiming to "Solarize the Flower City." We'll discuss the ways that costs have come down, possible benefits, and what the average home needs in order to get solarized. Our guests: Nancy Johns-Price, City of Rochester Lane Young, O'Connell Electric Susan Spencer, ROCSPOT Dan Courtney, owner of home with solar (June 24, 2015) Connections
  • 6/25/2015 - I wonder, at what point will the US Supreme Court order the government to act on Global Warning? Very late in the game I suspect—long after the crowds and players and vendors have left, the lights have gone out, and the fat lady long since sung her songFor first time, a court orders a government to act on global warming In a landmark victory for climate activists, a court in the Netherlands ruled Wednesday that the government must take action to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.  (June 24, 2015) Mashable
  • 6/25/2015 - When one leader connects extreme weather with Climate Change and one does not, one plans properly and the other fails you. Most Extreme Weather Has Climate Change Link, Study Says Global warming has created a 'new normal,' scientists say, and the old hesitance to attribute extreme weather to climate change is outdated. In the wake of major hurricanes, floods and heat waves, scientists are quick to say that no single weather event can be attributed to climate change until careful analysis draws that conclusion. Now, a new study argues that thinking is backwards, that all extreme weather has a link to climate change. The default position has been holding science back in connecting weather and climate, concludes the authors of a peer-reviewed paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change.
  • 6/24/2015 - Be nice if our local public health authorities and media would connect the dots between Climate Change and public health. Without adequate planning, public health issues related to Climate Change, like heat waves, will cause many unnecessary deaths—not to mention our public health system being overwhelmed when major extreme weather events occur more often. Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet. (June 23, 2015) ScienceDaily
  • 6/24/2015 - We should be locking ourselves into renewable energy not fossil fuels. Renewables are sustainable, fossil fuels are the other thing where you go down a long, long road, get tired and thirsty, and find out you can’t make your way back. Gas plants and cars bring ‘carbon lock-in’ risk – study  Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure undermines the shift to a low carbon economy, researchers warn – and it’s not just coal  Investing in fossil fuel infrastructure today locks in greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, hampering efforts to tackle climate change.  (June 23, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 6/23/2015 - ACTION: Remember, in order to get to Albany, the Bomb Trains go through Rochester. Here's a note from People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE)  Show up on Monday July 6th at 11:45AM - 12:45 corner of Eagle and Park, in Albany and marching to the Governor's mansion  | "On Monday, July 6th, we are holding a noon rally commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the 47 who died in Lac-Megantic, Canada as a result of an explosive crude oil derailment. This very same catastrophe could happen in New York due to the large volume of volatile oil that travels in fragile rail cars over decrepit infrastructure. We'll be meeting at the edge of Lincoln Park in Albany and marching to the Governor's mansion where we lay the responsibility of protecting the people all through NY at Cuomo's feet. Here is the link to the facebook event. With the DEC's recent decision to withdraw the permit for heating tar sands at the Port of Albany, PAUSE and friends had a significant win. Because the state has authority over the receipt and storage of oil at the Port of Albany, the Cuomo administration can actually stop it at that location. This would mean the trains wouldn't be able to come south from Montreal at all b/c they'd have nowhere to go. However, he is refusing to consider doing this. The national story of stopping the bomb trains from coming into Albany would be huge and have far reaching implications for all fossil fuel build-out. I invite you to take part in turning the tide toward a sustainable, renewable future. Please join us. As you know, if we don't show up, they win."
  • 6/23/2015 - In some places like the he Northeast you don’t see (except for extreme weather events) Climate Change. But if you listen to those experts who are tasked with tracking climate changes, they see warmer summers in our region as much as: 3.1°F since 1970 with an average: 0.4°F per decade. Not to mention, we have a (very dramatic) 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. That is, when it does rain it pours and floods. Read: “Heavy Downpours Increasing” by the National Climate Assessment. Are our leaders preparing us for more heat waves, more flooding, more challenges to our agriculture? Or are they only giving a tepid response in our region to the worldwide crisis and putting us in danger? U.S. Summers Bringing More and More Heat  (June 22, 2015) Climate Central
  • 6/23/2015 - Great local conversation with local faith leaders (and a call-in by an Atheist) on Pope’s climate Encyclical.  I hope everyone will actually read the Encyclical.  It is a profound document about the state of our existence at this point in time.    This is what Pope Francis says on paragraph #14 of the Encyclical “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” There should be more platforms to have Climate Change discussions locally. Connections: The Pope and Climate Issues We examine the meaning of Pope Francis' new encyclical on climate change. What does it mean for the Catholic Church? More broadly, what does it mean when an organized religion wades into climate issues? Our panel discusses that and more: (June 22, 2015) Connections
  • 6/22/2015 - Keeping the momentum going on Climate Change action should be the work of all humanity.  The release of Pope Francis’s Climate Encyclical has injected a great attention to the worldwide crisis of Climate Change but to keep the pressure on our leaders, our media, and our neighbors we must leverage this fantastic messaging opportunity as much as possible. Pope Francis's Climate Encyclical: Next Comes the Hard Part  (June 17, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 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.
  • 6/22/2015 - Is recycling with single stream (those big blue bins) really working? Or are our recyclables rife with contamination? Only with local investigative reporting can we know for sure. We don’t know if all the stuff we are throwing into our big blue bins are actually getting to where they are supposed to go, or if contamination by glass and other stuff makes it un-sortable, unusable, and ends up in our landfills. We don’t know how many residents and businesses are recycling and what percent of what can be recycled is recycled? We don’t know a lot about recycling because no one is asking the hard questions and demanding the answers. We want our stuff and when we are done with it we want it to magically disappear and according to the laws of physics that is absolutely impossible. Are we actually recycling properly or are we deluding ourselves into thinking we are? At the very least, we should get our media to do a thorough job in investigating whether our recycling system is making for a sustainable world. American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why  (June 20, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 6/22/2015 - Are you a church goer? Not likely our Rochester local media will cover the encyclical by Pope Francis, but you can. Though the world media is covering the encyclical, which is an attempt to have a worldwide dialogue about the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, our local media hasn’t said a word about the release of this historic document since last Thursday. Which is to say Climate Silence on Climate Change in the Rochester region goes on. Consider responding to this New York Times request for your church’s response to the encyclical and maybe you could even drop a line to your local media to cover this. We are sleeping through the mother of all problems in the Rochester region and one way or another we will be held accountable—as this issue isn’t just about morality, it’s physics. Tell Us How Your Church Addressed the Pope’s Encyclical The encyclical by Pope Francis released on Thursday did not merely present a papal view on the environment and climate change. It was also an urgent call to action. The document appeared intended to persuade followers around the world to change their behavior, in hopes of protecting a fragile planet. (June 21, 2015) New York Times
  • 6/22/2015 - There is much media attention on the encyclical by Pope Francis, but have you read it yourself? Take a moment and do so. On our environment and humanity’s relationship to it, this document is a major philosophical work of our times. Rather than hear bits and pieces of this very easy to read and pity manuscript, you should take it upon yourself to read one of the most important documents of our age and this critical point in time.  There is a need for a wise and thoughtful insight about the state of our existence with our environment, our life support system, to be shared around the world without the filtering from others—so we can have a world dialogue about the mother of all problems. This may be the last time we have to do so. Please, read the encyclical.  
  • 6/22/2015 - Have we ‘broken’ Alaska? “In the long-term, the problem gets much scarier. Thanks to climate change, the state, with the rest of the Arctic, is currently heating up at twice the rate of lower latitudes, and its weather, as one state meteorologist, who was only sort of joking, put it, is “broken.”” Alaska’s climate hell: Record heat, wildfires and melting glaciers signal a scary new normal (June 19, 2015) Salon
  • 6/20/2015 - Besides NYC, only Albany newspaper covers Pope’s message on Climate Change of NY major cities. What’s wrong with this picture? A search around Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca reveals a great silence on the major story of the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on Thursday. Most media in our state has continually downplayed the worldwide crisis of Climate Change so I guess it’s no surprise that the Pope’s message, heard loud and clear around the world, goes unheard in our local media—which leads to New Yorker’s thinking this crisis doesn’t have anything to do with them. Our media needs to change, so that it reflects living in a warmer world. Time passes. Pope Francis letter on climate change draw cheers, jeers Environmental groups in New York and elsewhere welcomed a call by Pope Francis that said man-made climate change is real and urged as a moral duty the reduction of fossil fuel use along with greater efforts to expand renewable energy. In an 82-page encyclical on the environment issued Thursday, the pope stood behind a "very solid scientific consensus" that rising emissions of greenhouse gas from foss.... (June 19, 2015) Albany Times Union
  • 6/20/2015 - 70% of water loss is due to aging and leaking pipes across the country. Does that include the Rochester region? New study says we are throwing away billions of gallons of drinking water because of crumbing water infrastructures. Be nice if our local media checked up on this to see how prevalent this phenomenon is going on in our region. Without a truly investigative media in our area on issues pertaining to our environment, our life support system, we are blind to issues like underground water leaks. How aggressive is our local media on the state of our environment? Billions of gallons of expensive drinking water going down the drain  (June 19, 2015) NewsNet5 Cleveland
  • 6/20/2015 - The Halo Effect of Pope Francis’s message on addressing Climate Change spreads throughout other religions. Let us hope the Pope’s message about Climate Change spreads throughout humanity, politics, economics, developed countries, and even hate radio hosts who have scoffed at concern for our environment continually. After the Pope’s plea, what do other faiths think on climate? Scholars from Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and leading evangelicals explain why the environment matters to their religion  For Christianity, Islam and Judaism, it is care for divine creation.  (June 19, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 6/20/2015 - Looks like New York State dodged some earthquakes by banning Fracking. Not to mention health, water, and methane issues… Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm New work adds to scientific consensus that the earthquake surge in Texas and Oklahoma stem from wastewater injection wells. The surge in earthquakes shaking Oklahoma, Texas and other parts of the nation's mid-section are likely caused by million of gallons of toxic oil and gas wastewater being disposed of underground, two new studies have found. (June 19, 2015) Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 6/18/2015 - This is why adequate funding of NASA matters: monitoring groundwater levels and other Climate Change effects. The GOP attack on NASA’s ability to monitor Climate Change is reprehensible. Read: “Anti-Science GOP 'Eviscerates' NASA Spending on Climate Change Research”  NASA Satellites Show World's Thirst For Groundwater  (June 17, 2015) North Country Public Radio
  • 6/18/2015 - This is what Climate Change will look like in our region, as the Northeast has seen a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. When it does rain it will pour and make Farming in our region a continual challenge. We should be preparing on a large scale to help farmers in our area deal with this trend is heavy flooding that will occur more often.  Read: “Heavy Downpours Increasing” by the National Climate Assessment. For area farmers, it's been 'a real mess heading toward a disaster'  (June 17, 2015) Daily Messenger
  • 6/18/2015 - Gonna be hard to be an open climate denier if all moral leaders take a strong stand on Climate Change. Faith Leaders Stand With Pope Francis on Climate Change Pope Francis is expected to take a strong stand on climate change in a major new papal document to be released Thursday. But faith leaders from other religions are already stating their support. On social media and in formal statements, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim leaders have backed the pope’s call for strong action to address climate change. (June 17, 2015) Time
  • 6/18/2015 - Unless we figure out a way to suck CO2 out of our atmosphere on a vast scale, warming is going continue regardless of how quickly we move to clean energy. Adapting (or trying to) to Climate Change will be with us for a long time because we waited so long to stop emitting CO2. Long-lived CO2 warms world for many millennia The heat given off by burning fossil fuels warms the Earth far less than the carbon dioxide emitted, which research shows traps the heat in the atmosphere for thousands of years.  (June 15, 2015) Climate News Network
  • 6/17/2015 - Climate deniers who fear Big Government, attacking every attempt to address Climate Change will ensure Big Government. Because voluntary restraints on greenhouse gas emissions have not worked, and because climate deniers fight every regulation to ensure a sustainable future, the efforts of climate change deniers will necessitate that government—the folks with the military, who keep all your infrastructures intact, who protect your resources, and the insurers of last resort—will get bigger and bigger. Climate deniers want their cake and eat yours too. Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate The job interviewer scrutinized the young American geology student sitting across from him. She was about to graduate from the Royal School of Mines in London, and was trying to break into a field long unwelcoming to women. What, he wanted to know, might she have to contribute to the geology of mining? Naomi Oreskes had a simple answer: “I want to find an ore deposit!” She wound up in the Australian outback in the early 1980s — not to search for deposits, exactly, but to help work out the complex geology of one that had just been found. It would eventually become one of the world’s largest uranium mines. (June 15, 2015) New York Times
  • 6/17/2015 - This is what Climate Change looks like, as the Northeast has seen a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. Our transportation infrastructure must be updated to accommodate this consequence of Climate Change or closing roads to fix them because of heavy flooding will be the new normal. Read: Read “Heavy Downpours Increasing” by the National Climate Assessment. At this state of the game, we aren’t even finding it within ourselves to properly maintain our present roads and bridges, let alone getting them ready for Climate Change. We so aren’t planning for Climate Change in our region. Travel advisory issued for communities surrounding Honeoye Lake (June 15, 2015) Fairport-East Rochester Post
  • 6/17/2015 - We hope our friends in Canada will comment “Are you out of your freaking mind?!” to nuclear storage in Great Lakes. The notion of storing dangerous nuclear waste in the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world is so incredible insane as to be batshit crazy. Canada opens comment period on nuclear dump proposed for Lake Huron A month after the Joint Review Panel decided that the best place for a Canadian nuclear waste dump is less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is calling for public comment on environmental conditions that would be imposed on Ontario Power Generation if the project gets a final go-ahead. The CEAA made the announcement on June 3. The general public, Aboriginal groups and registered participants in the Deep Geological Review process have 90 days to comment on 14 pages of "potential conditions." The deadline is Sept. 1. (June 16, 2015) The Voice
  • 6/17/2015 - Not funding the relief of poverty is not only immoral, it is dangerous. Desperate people will take desperate efforts to stay alive. Desperate people will destroy their resources and ecosystem to stay alive today, because without a ‘today’ there is no tomorrow. If the developed nations do not immediately and adequately fund the developing nations so they can thrive without destroying their critical ecosystems (water, forests, wildlife) we, the developed nations, will be allowing key ecosystems and resources to be destroyed that will have profound worldwide effects. Many, especially the developed nations, still do not understand that Climate Change is a worldwide crisis on a finite planet where everyone is dependent on another. Funds lacking to help poor tackle climate impacts, says World Bank Not enough cash is flowing to boost resilience in the face of sea level rise and weather extremes, development banks warn  Funding to help developing countries prepare for future climate impacts lags well behind carbon cutting initiatives, a report published today reveals.  (June 16, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 6/17/2015 - We do not expect Encyclical to solve Climate Change, we expect it to end climate silence and cause deniers to overreact. What the Papal Encyclical says is not new, as much about Climate Change and its effect on the poor and our environment have been part of the international dialogue on Climate Change for several decades. What’s different is the leader of the Catholic Church is moving his message to so many people, including massive coverage in the media. It will be difficult for a while for climate silence around us and in the press to thrive which such bold move by Pope Francis. A great bonus to the Encyclical would be for the climate deniers, especially those seeking and already holding high office, to overreact and create a major backlash—demonstrating their complete indifference to the science and morality of this worldwide crisis and demonstrating their being totally unfit to hold leadership roles in our government. Pope Francis’s Encyclical Could Have Bigger Impact Than the Paris Climate Talks, Says NASA Scientist As the world eagerly awaits Pope Francis′s encyclical on climate change this Thursday, some scientists have come out and said that the papal letter could draw a larger impact than the world leaders hammering out emissions negotiations at the UN climate summit in Paris this December. (June 15, 2015) EcoWatch
  • 6/17/2015 - Can you imagine the social, political, economic, and environmental impact when oil is spilled in the Arctic? This preventable disaster is inevitable—unless we stop it. "Battling the Death Star": Seattle "Kayaktivists" Slow Arctic-Bound Shell Oil Rig as Fight Goes On The oil giant Shell is on its way to the Arctic, but not before a final showdown with environmental activists in kayaks.  (June 16, 2015) Democracy Now!
  • 6/16/2015 - Some regions will run out of water in Climate Change that is a known. What regions? That is an unknown. Result? Unknown, unknown. Earth's groundwater being drained at rapid rate: studies  (June 17, 2015) Yahoo News
  • 6/16/2015 - I wish humanity was as interested in addressing Climate Change as they are in the leakage of the Pope’s encyclical. Pope Francis, the latest and perhaps the most influential, messenger that Climate Change is happening, it is caused by mankind, it’s unfair to developing nations, and it needs immediate attention is yet another attempt to wake us up to this unprecedented threat to our existence. Ultimately, our focus should be on the problem not on the messenger. Themes of the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate, Equity and the Environment Emerge in Italian Leak The Italian translation of Pope Francis’s much-anticipated encyclical letter on humans, climate and nature was posted today by L’Espresso, one of Italy’s leading weekly news magazines. The Vatican news office says it’s not the final version but is not questioning the authenticity of the document. There’s every indication that the themes, if not every punctuation mark, reflect what is coming later this week. The magazine’s news article is here and the document itself can be read or downloaded here. As Jim Yardley wrote over the weekend, the Vatican had been working on this papal letter for more than a year, with five translations undertaken in recent months and a choreographed rollout planned on Thursday, led by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, who oversaw the drafting effort. (June 15, 2015) Dot Earth \ New York Times
  • 6/16/2015 - The window to keep global warming within safe limits is quickly closing. Time passes. Current Climate Pledges Won't Prevent Dangerous Warming, Agency Says According to an analysis, the world will not avoid racing past the 2 degrees Celsius boundary without more urgent emissions cuts.  (June 15, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 6/15/2015 - On the other hand, US Bishops will find Pope Francis’s Climate Change moral stance unavoidable. Much of the Climate Change inertia in the developed countries has sprung from the opinion of economists, politicians, and the public that making the changes needed to adequately address Climate Change will be very inconvenient. Just as abolishing slavery was going to be very inconvenient to those who profited from that immoral system, many were lukewarm about ending slavery immediately. And things probably would have gone on in the mid-1800’s with folks equivocating, prevaricating, and downright dragging their feet, until John Brown and the abolitionists, said NO! Pope Francis has said NO! to a  continuance of ignoring Climate Chang and it’s moral implications. When Pope Francis releases his encyclical this week, many of those who have been downplaying and obstructing humanity’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change will be very annoyed. Finally! Pope Francis May Find Wariness Among U.S. Bishops on Climate Change The church bulletin inserts are nearly ready to go. So are the emails to every Roman Catholic parish in the United States with preaching suggestions for the first Sunday after Pope Francis releases his encyclical on the environment.  (June 13, 2015) New York Times
  • 6/15/2015 - Climate Change should make us aware that each time we turn on a light, drive a car, or flush a toilet we are affecting our future. One of the things that Climate Change should awaken us to is that much of the activities that we have taken for granted shouldn’t be taken for granted—they determine our relationship to our life support system. With Climate Change we should be acknowledging that we are up against a very solid wall. That Climate Change the mother of all problems means that our energy use, our use of water, and our greenhouse gas emissions have reached a limit, a limit where our ability to maintain a sustainable environment is in question. If our waste water treatment plants, for example, are not ready for more extreme weather and heavier downpours when it rains (a dramatic phenomenon that is already occurring in the Northeast—71% from 1958-2012) we will seriously compromise our water quality if our wastewater system are overwhelmed. Read “Heavy Downpours Increasing” by the National Climate Assessment. Upgrades and headaches at county sewage plant Monroe County's main sewage treatment plant has not met all environmental standards this year for the treated wastewater that it discharges deep into Lake Ontario.  (June 14, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 6/15/2015 - A politically ground-breaking agreement is not the same a science-based agreement and with Climate Change it matters. That many of the G-7 countries have continually backed fossil fuel infrastructures and delayed on cutting back on greenhouse gases means that when they are shamed into doing the right thing, they can only make gestures towards sustainability. And these gestures look like major breakthroughs, even then when these gestures fall far from the mark as to what is needed. “Don’t kill the good in pursuit of the best” is what corporations often say when they make lukewarm gestures towards healthy environmental practices. This phrase might make sense in the corporate world, but nothing less that complete compliance, the perfect, actually works with the laws of Nature. The balance of Nature does not mean the balance between what we want and how Nature works. The G7 and its 85–year carbon pledge The G7 gives itself a lifetime to fulfil its climate change promise If you thought it was hard to keep up your New Year's resolution, try keeping an 85-year pledge.  (June 9, 2015) CBC News
  • 6/15/2015 - As we attempt to address Climate Change wouldn’t it make sense to bake in a lot of Native traditional methods and land management activities into our climate actions? Knowledge from peoples who lived and thrived on this continent for millenniums? Native traditional methods revived to combat California drought, wildfires  (June 12, 2015) Al Jazeera
  • 6/12/2015 - US GOP attempts to discredit the Pope on Climate Change are but another nail in their coffin as the GOP goes the way of the Whigs. There are many responsible Republicans who do believe in science they should quickly distance themselves from the irresponsible ideologues who have painted themselves into a corner on Climate Change. Climate Change is about planning and we cannot put climate deniers into office because they would be unfit to led during this worldwide crisis. It’s 2015, the deniers have lost, and they should join the world is helping us adapt to and mitigate Climate Change. Angry US republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours’ The US right will launch pre-emptive attacks on the pope’s stance on climate change Leading figures on the American right are launching a series of pre-emptive attacks on the pope before this week’s encyclical, hoping to prevent a mass conversion of the climate change deniers who have powered the corps of the conservative movement for more than a decade. The prospect that the pope, from his perch at the pinnacle of the Catholic church, will exhort humanity to act on climate change as a moral imperative is a direct threat to a core belief of US conservatives. And conservatives – anxious to hang on to their flock – are lashing out. “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours,” James Inhofe, the granddaddy of climate change deniers in the US Congress and chairman of the Senate environment and public works committee, said last week, after picking up an award at a climate sceptics’ conference. (June 13, 2015) The Guardian
  • 6/12/2015 - Which is another way of saying expanding Canadian Oil Sands, the Keystone XL Pipeline, is insane. Scientists Call for Halt to Canadian Oil Sands Expansion The controversial proposed Keystone XL Pipeline put Canada’s vast carbon-laden tar sands on the map for many Americans, with its builders promising that it would carry 800,000 barrels of petroleum per day from Alberta’s tar sands to oil refineries in Texas. But a group of 100 scientists on Wednesday called for a moratorium on further oil sands development, saying it isn’t compatible with stabilizing the climate and meeting greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. (June 10, 2015) Climate Central
  • 6/12/2015 - Interesting, NYS Department of Health connects the dots with Lyme disease and Climate Change here “Health Impacts from Weather and Climate” but not in its most recent press release here “Don’t Let Ticks Ruin Your Summer Outdoor Fun.” Wouldn’t it be prudent for our state health department to continually connect the dots with public health issues and how they will change during Climate Change in our region? How can various local health agencies and insurance companies prepare for more Climate Change health related issues, if the state health department won’t educate the public on the road ahead?
  • 6/12/2015 - If the public doesn’t push their governments on Climate Change, we’ll continue to have half-ass progress. Trying to get a free ride on Climate Change negotiations seems to rule--still.  A free ride is when a few countries step up to the plate to address Climate Change and the rest do nothing, hoping they’ll get the benefits for the others’ work without having to do the serious work of leading their nation towards a worldwide solution. We have to change how we negotiate critical issues like Climate Change and do so quickly. Negotiators told to ‘hit the accelerator’ as climate talks inch forward  (June 12, 2015) tcktcktck
  • 6/12/2015 - This is what happens when you screw up at the ballot box. Giving Inhofe such power in a time of Climate Change is an embarrassment.  Pope Francis is minding his own business on Climate Change; he is addressing and leading on the moral crisis of our age. Republicans' leading climate denier tells the pope to butt out of climate debate James Inhofe, infamous for tossing a snowball across the Senate floor to demonstrate ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people’, says Pope Francis should ‘stay with his job’ during a pitch to fellow unbelievers (June 11, 2015) The Guardian
  • 6/12/2015 - The Weather Channel’s new webpage on communicating Climate Change is yet another try to get humanity to pay attention to this worldwide crisis. 25 of the Most Powerful Voices on Climate Change Brought to You by The Weather Channel Some very prominent voices have gotten a lot of media attention for their comments on climate change, including President Obama and Pope Francis. And there are people within the scientific community who have been speaking out for years, providing us with information and thoughtful insights. The Weather Channel’s new media package, The Climate 25: Conversations With 25 of the Smartest Voices on Climate, Security, Energy and Peace, is bringing to the forefront a diverse set of voices and perspectives worthy of more attention. (June 10, 2015) EcoWatch