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RochesterEnvironment.com – This is site a free media resource to encourage public dialogue on local environmental issues, a local newspaper devoted to a single community’s environment, an archive of Environmental News to capture a proper sense of time in which environmental issues transpire, and an attempt to frame environmental issues free of corporate, governmental, and any ideology.  Sustainability, connecting the dots of our environmental information, rules.  Understanding that all of our local Environmental Issues now must be interpreted in the context of Climate Change, which will be continually moving the bar on the state of our environment, is critical for our survival.  We Don't Get It!

The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to save ourselves?   Bookmark This Site

All of us, says President Obama, must take responsibility in getting the message out on Climate Change. Remarks by the President on Climate Change “Understand this is not just a job for politicians.  So I'm going to need all of you to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends.  Tell them what’s at stake.  Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings.  Push back on misinformation.  Speak up for the facts.  Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution.  Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices.  Invest.  Divest.  Remind folks there's no contradiction between a sound environment and strong economic growth.  And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.  Make yourself heard on this issue.” (June 25, 2013)  The White House Blog | Your acquaintances were watching a non-media network like FOX and missed Obama’s Climate Change talk?  Send them here: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change "Published on Jun 25, 2013 President Obama lays out his vision for a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. June 25, 2013. "

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

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

 

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My hope is that you will read these stories and connect them to the world we now live in, one that is warming because of Climate Change.  Then pass these stories to those you are connected to and have them spread the word.  Mainstream media is either unwilling or incapable of reporting responsibly and adequately on a world that is warming, which is why many still don’t understand the vast changes we must make to adapt and mitigate Climate Change. 

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News Highlight

Earth Day 2014: Government is critical on Climate Change, Part 9                                                               

by Frank J. Regan


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This is part 9 of a series of essays leading up to a major public discussion of Climate Change in Rochester NY on Earth day. On April 17, 2014 at 7PM, the Rochester Sierra Club will host a community discussion on Climate Change in our region with Mark Lowery, Climate Analyst, and manager of the state’s Climate Smart Communities program. The program is called 2014 Earth Day Forum “Climate Smart Communities:  Let’s Get With the Program." This “Earth Day” event (I know, April 22 is actually Earth Day) will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY. We hope to reach the entire public—community, faith, and business leaders, students, the unemployed, the employed, young and old, healthy and not so healthy, rich and poor, and folks busy with other stuff —and have an old-fashioned community talk about the world crisis called Climate Change. Join your neighbors in a town hall meeting free from activism, ideology, politics, and denial.  

Your state, your government, isn’t just another group of folks trying to get your ear on stuff they want you to hear. The state, your state, is you. It’s ‘we the people’. If your government thinks Climate Change is real and something they must address, you should know how and why. Not because they have clout, which they do, but because they represent you.    

Some think their government is not only powerless on addressing Climate Change but ineffective on the messaging.  This article kind of gets at the heart of this:  

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action? "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged immediate action on adapting to human-caused climate change in the second part of its fifth assessment report, released in March. But it may be that governments and the media are poorly equipped to deliver that dire message to the public. That was the consensus among experts speaking about the evolution of the public debate over climate change and clean energy at Bloomberg’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City. Andy Hoffman, director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, said that climate change and renewable energy are caught in a cultural schism in which both, regardless of the science, are seen as products of radical environmentalists and big government. “What we find is that when people start to discuss these issues, they’re questioning your motives and (trying) to find out whether you’re a member of their tribe,” he said." (April 9, 2014) Climate Central  

Indeed, when it comes to messaging about Climate Change, there are many striving to be the messenger.  As most now know, solving Climate Change is not merely a problem of physics—lowering the concentration of anthropogenic greenhouse gases in our atmosphere -- though it is certainly that. This issue has accumulated not only a lot of hot gas, but a lot of human baggage too. Climate Change is burdened with politics, economics, justice, liberty, and pretty much all that affects human behavior.  Business, one of the most effective shapers of human behavior, is especially good at messaging products.  However, businesses are not especially good at messaging complicated issues without incorporating those issues into something they are trying to sell. As for the media and whether or not they are ‘properly equipped’ to message Climate Change, they might be if they had a longer attention span.     

Unlike other institutions, you cannot give up on government when they tell you something you don’t like. Of course you can move, but with Climate Change there are no governments that won’t be messaging and doing something about it. And here’s something else as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their latest report: “Governments often play key roles as regulators, providers, or insurers of last resort” (Page 24, IPCC WGII AR5 Summary for Policymakers).  Governments are the folks who make sure our vehicles have a surface to drive on. They write up the rules on how all the other institutions must interact with you and other businesses, and hopefully with our environment. They set guidelines on pollution of all types.  If all the other insurers go belly up, they will have act as the insurers of last resort. Governments don’t have the luxury of avoiding things that affect your livelihood, your health, and your life.  

Your government, however dysfunctional it may appear at any one time, is accountable to you. There’s no substitute for the kind of responsibilities like addressing Climate Change that those folks you put into office are required to do.   more...

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Green Business.

Green Business - We are working on finding Green Jobs for our area.  As always, we will post anything we can dip up on finding employment for people who want to sustain themselves and the planet at the same time.

Here's the Latest on Green Business News for the Rochester, NY area:

  • Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming.  More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Community Compost Food waste in a big problem in the U.S., but two local men are making it easy to compost food scraps.  Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have made a business out of picking up other people's leftovers. "We've been composting for a long time and really feel that it' s real important because so much of the waste stream in America gets put in the landfill; but really taking valuable materials and being lost forever," Brent said. The men started a compost pile for friends a few years back and soon outgrew the space. So they decided to start up a pick-up service to help combat the food waste problem. (March 20, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area
  • Promoting Investment In 'Green' Projects ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new state program to boost private sector financing for clean-energy and energy efficiency projects is seeking proposals from financial institutions, investors and industry participants. (February 12, 2014) WXXI News [more on Green Business in our area]
  • GM Facility Solves Tough Waste Challenge Rochester, N.Y. facility is company’s 109th to achieve landfill-free status ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Perseverance and creativity enabled a 75-year old General Motors manufacturing facility here to go landfill-free. The journey took four years and included seven attempts to recycle a challenging oily filter sludge generated from a machining operation. The plant, which produces components to enable better vehicle fuel efficiency, and its nearly 1,100 employees now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. With their achievement, GM’s landfill-free facility count is at 109, more than any automaker. “A plant pursuing landfill-free will review data, do dumpster dives to find the most landfilled items, and then tackle each waste stream to find better alternatives,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste reduction efforts. “It gets harder as you go and takes an entire plant’s commitment and sometimes outside partners to get the job done.” GM supplier Mobile Fluid Recovery helped the 1.8-million-square-foot facility solve its final roadblock to achieve landfill-free status: separating a mucky mixture of metal, filter paper and oil produced by a machine that cuts metal for fuel injector and manifold components. (December 2, 2013) GM News [more on Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum:

 Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program    

Thursday, April 17, 2014 

First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610

5:30pm: Environmental Fair

7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

 Debating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals:

• 80% reduction in greenouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050
• Improving resilience to climate change across the state

Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program.

This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.

FREE and Open to All!

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

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

  • Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
  • When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
  • When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle. 
  • Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
  • Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
  • Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
  • Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
  • Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment.  Some are annoying and critical.  Some are cute and a burden.
  • Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
  • Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly.  11.   Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.

 350.org

350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.  

 

Green Events.

RochesterEnvironment.com Environmental Calendar is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental calendar for our area. Got an environment event? Contact me and I'll get it listed.

Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...    

April 2014

  • Saturday, April 12–Saturday, April 19: 12-4pm | ROCHESTER MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER — 657 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14607 — (585) 271 4320
    • Got Spring Break, kids wanting to know about our environment, then think Mission Green: April Break Week - Mission: Green Saturday, April 12–Saturday, April 19: 12-4pm Whether at home, at school, or at work, there are plenty of ways we can get involved in making our community and our world a safer, greener place. From home gardening to new sustainable materials, discover all the cool ways you can get involved! Explore the world of emerging environmentally friendly technologies, see how the RMSC is going green and learn how you can go green, too. Every day will be a different focus, so come back each day --From Rochester Museum and Science Center
  •  Sunday April 13th, 5:30 PM, at the Rochester Brainery  RSVP at slowrochester@gmail.com
    • Next Slow Food Evening is April 13th! Our special guest for the April Slow Food Evening is Elizabeth Henderson, discussing how we can all participate in creating a more just food system! 5:30 PM, Sunday April 13th, at the Rochester Brainery  RSVP at slowrochester@gmail.com Carlo Petrini defines slow food as “good, clean and fair” and urges consumers to become “co-producers” with the people who produce their food. Join local organic farmer and activist Elizabeth Henderson in exploring what that means. Elizabeth will set the stage with her understanding of food justice – what it means for the “stuffed and starved” of our city and rural areas, and for the farmers and farm workers who bring local foods to our tables. She will introduce you to a new label, Food Justice Certified. And then lead a discussion about how Slow Food eaters can become effective co-producers. Bring your ideas about what our standards should be for making the claims of local, good, clean and fair! Elizabeth is one of the founders of this area’s oldest CSA – Peacework Organic CSA, in its 26th year in 2014, lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007), and a member of the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). In 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007).  As usual, we will be sharing in a potluck dinner. Come meet other people interested in Slow Food, eat great food, and participate in a stimulating evening of discussion.  The event is at the Rochester Brainery in the Village Gate and starts at 5:30pm.  Space is limited, so please RSVP at slowrochester@gmail.com.  For more information, see our guidelines for what to bring at www.slowfoodrochester.comngs
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:30PM to 9PM,  First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610
    • The Rochester Sierra Club's16th Annual Earth Day Forum:  Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program     Thursday, April 17, 2014  First Unitarian Church 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 5:30pm: Environmental Fair 7-9pm: Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation  Debating climate change is so yesterday. It’s time for action and the path is clear. New York State has set two aggressive goals: • 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by the year 2050 • Improving resilience to climate change across the state Join us as Mark Lowery shares info & answers questions about climate change, how it will affect our area, what we can do, and how the state can help. Learn how every local city, town, village, and county can take action with assistance from the Climate Smart Communities program. This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it. Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! It’s important. Keep checking for updates on this Earth Day program here.
  • Thursday, April 17, 7 PM | The Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street, Rochester 14608
    • WHAT: TRIPLE DIVIDE,  A New Film About Fracking WHERE: The Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street, Rochester 14608 WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 7 PM "Triple Divide's title represents one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans and feeds rivers that reach three separate sides of the continent, signaling to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction." The Triple Divide in this film is in PA and one of those rivers is our Genesee River! Click HERE for the poster. Click HERE to learn more about the film. Sponsored by: Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Western NY Drilling Defense, & R-CAUSE
  • April 17-18, 2014 from 9 am - 4 pm both days | check below for locations
    • Manure and Mortality (Horse/Livestock) Compost Workshop and Facility Tour April 17-18, 2014 from 9 am - 4 pm both days | Compost Workshop – Thursday, April 17th -  9 am – 4 pm CCE Ulster County Education Office, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY 12401   Agenda includes:  ·         Basics of Composting ·         Livestock and Horse Manure Composting ·         Mortality Composting ·         Compost Quality: Producing Compost for Various Markets ·         Troubleshooting Common Compost Problems.    Thursday workshop also includes field trip to Ulster Co. Resource Recovery Agency in Kingston.  Content presented by: Jean Bonhotal, Director, CWMI, and Mary Schwarz, Extension Support Specialist, CWMI.    Compost Facility Tour – Friday,  April 18th -  9 am – 4 pm Departs from CCE Kingston Education Center, 232 Plaza Rd, Kingston, NY 12401 and goes to four sites in Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties: ·         NYS Dept. of Transportation in Highland, deer carcass composting facility ·         Continental Organics in New Windsor for aquaponics and composting ·         Brey’s Egg Farm in Jeffersonville for poultry manure composting ·         Stone Wall Farms in Jeffersonville for horse manure composting.   Space is limited-register now!   Registration fee per person $20 for workshop, $20 for tour, or discounted rate of $35 for both days.  To register fill out and send in registration form on our website  Register by 4/14.  For more info. call Erin Campbell-Craven at (845) 340-3990 x327 or email eac266@cornell.edu.   Hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell Waste Management Institute, with generous support from Syracuse Univ. Environmental Finance Center, Hudson Valley Regional Council, and the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation.
  • Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd
    • Center for Environmental Initiatives Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field & the sustainably minded meet over drinks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who’s doing what & spread the word on what you’re doing, find employment leads & make new friends. Mon, April 21: 6-8pm RIT Inn & Conference Center: Charades Lounge – 5257 West Henrietta Rd   Join us as we greet college students coming in from around the state for NYSP2I’s Earth Day Event & Student Competition Exhibition taking place the following day.  This will be a wonder opportunity for professionals & students to network & discuss projects focused on making NY State more sustainable.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM | Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623
    • Earth Day Event and R&D Student Competition Exhibition Venue: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Event Details: This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Earth Day for an exciting morning of activities for all ages! Come for the Free Food & stay for the competitions, exhibits, and guest speakers.  -Undergraduate & Graduate teams from our R&D Student Competition will be exhibiting.  -We will also have posters on display from our K-12 Student Poster Competition. Winners will be chosen during the event at the LEED Platinum Certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. -Free movie & popcorn: WALL-E  -Local community groups and researchers exhibit their NYSP2I supported projects. Businesses share their eco-friendly initiatives and hiring/work experiences available to recent college graduates Event Webpage: http://www.rit.edu/p2i/2014-earth-day-event-and-student-competition-exhibition Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com4/ Cost: FREE! "
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY.
    • Earth Day Celebration 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School, Victor, NY. FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Come learn how a starts with and a , community! Great earth-friendly giveaways, fresh markets, & fresh gourmet local food, yoga, lots of freebies & green prizes. You won’t want to miss the Changing Closets & Kidz Closets Fashion show, The ‘Science of Being Green’ Scavenger Hunt, green careers & university programs, green crafts & activities for kids! Experts from in and around our community will be sharing what they know and how it benefits you to make a + difference & be more Who will be joining us at our 2014 Earth Day Celebration?
  • Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5 -7:00 PM.  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls
    • Earth Vigil at High Falls for Earth Day 2014 | AN EARTH VIGIL EVENT   The Rochester Zen Center and The Lost Bird Project have scheduled another Rochester downtown event, on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, 5 -7:00 PM.  We will meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at High Falls and have a 2-hour silent meditation to raise awareness about, and bring healing energy to,The Genesee River, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.  All are invited, including those who meditate, those who would like to learn how, as well as those who want to come to support this vigil. Our Mission: By holding silent public demonstrations, Earth Vigil is a quiet intervention into the busyness that denies the urgency of our environmental crisis. It is our belief that silence can speak louder than words and that stillness has the power to move.  Vigil: A purposeful watch.
  • Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)
    • Who Cares About Hunger? We Do! The League of Women Voters cordially invites you to a forum on April 24th, sponsored by Foodlink, the League of Women Voters of Wayne County and Rochester, and the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.  During the eight months that the Agriculture Study Group examined the newly approved Farm Bill for our April 7th Consensus, our members had a recurring concern; The scope covered by the proposed changes to our LWVUS Agriculture Position did not include nutritional issues, a major part of the Farm Bill.   The reasons are really quite simple. First, the LWV considers FOOD to be a RIGHT. Our League position on Basic Human Needs states: “…Persons who are unable to work, whose earnings are inadequate or for whom jobs are not available have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and access to health care…”  Second, the issues involved with both agriculture production and the subsequent funding cuts to nutrition programs covered by the new Farm Bill are immense - too huge to be addressed adequately in one 90-minute forum.   Our solution was to create two forums: one focusing on agriculture production (the one we hosted in March) and another on nutrition and hunger (this one). What better partner to work with than Foodlink, the Feeding America Regional Food Bank, which 'rescues and redistributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies' in its 10 county service area?  Please join us on Thursday, April 24, 2014, for our forum and help us answer the question: Who Cares About Hunger?   Our Moderator: Edward J. Doherty, Retired, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Vice President for Community Programs   Our Distinguished Panel: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; Julia Tedesco, Foodlink Co-Executive Director, Chief Development & Communications Officer; Lori O’Brien, Supervising Attorney, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP) of Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc. Rochester Office   Thursday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm First Unitarian Church of Rochester 220 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY (Handicap accessible)   We are asking everyone to register if they plan on attending at:  http://data-o-rama.com/online_tration/ID=3823.
  • 100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27 | Select an event near you today
    • Help get our NYS trails along the canal cleaned up for Earth Day.  "Celebrate Earth Day | Volunteer for Canal Clean Sweep   100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27   Join more than 3,000 volunteers and 150 organizations in the annual "spring cleaning" of the 524-mile New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail the weekend of April 25-27 as part of the 9th annual Canal Clean Sweep. Canal Clean Sweep is FUN for all ages, interests, and abilities.   Visit the Canal Clean Sweep website and interactive map of events to find one that works for you!   Parks & Trails New York's list of events andinteractive map make it easy to find event locations, meeting times and places, organizer contact information, and a description of each event. Select an event near you today." --from Parks and Trails New York
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at all Monroe County Parks
    • Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM | Durand Eastman Park in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).
    • FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS   Durand Eastman Park  Saturday, April 26, 2014 Meet at 10:00 AM in the large parking lot near the maintenance area on Zoo Road (off Lakeshore Boulevard).   The steep wooded slopes, small lakes, and a variety of spring flowering trees make Durand Eastman a park of exceptional beauty. We will take an easy walk with tree expert, Frank Crombe, to enjoy the spring blossoms and also watch for migrating birds. In particular, we'll be looking at trees up close, enjoying both native species and the exotics in the arboretum. Binoculars and a hand lens would be helpful.  Bring water and a snack. Leader: Frank Crombe, 889-5644. Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  www.face
  • APRIL 27th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.  | ROCHESTER GREENOVATION www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY     
    • A new global vision based on Sustainability, Spiritual Fulfillment and Social Justice Hosted By: ROCHESTER GREENOVATION SUNDAY, APRIL 27th Free. Parking available 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. www.rochestergreen.org 1199 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Space is limited, please RSVP to Paola Betchart  by April 25th pbetchart@rochestergreen.org   Bring a dish to share for the Potluck Lunch   Through dynamic group interactions, & inspiring multimedia, explore the current state of our planet from         a new perspective & connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. www.awakeningthedreamer.org This event is part of Earth Week at Rochester Greenovation.  To get more information about other events please check our website and facebook page   Get a taste of this powerful experience through the experience of people that have attended http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaZRQCnXveo
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton, NY
    • Chasing Butterflies with Your Camera By Doug Holland Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm Downstairs Meeting Room at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, just west of Twelve Corners in Brighton. The room is on the lower level, access is from the back of building Digital photography has changed the way we look at butterflies. We can enlarge them on the camera or computer to see details and take our time back home to identify them with a range of books and apps. We can quickly send images to friends and experts to confirm our ID or to ask for help. Butterfly club member Doug Holland has been a birder for 40 years, is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years has become interested in butterflies. He says "I'm just photographing these jeweled marvels wherever I am and then trying to ID them when I get home. I use many different digital cameras including digital SLRs and ID books, programs and apps" Doug will show digital pictures and share with us some of his adventures using digital photography to identify local butterflies and the resources he has found useful. He will give an introduction to his photography techniques and different types of cameras he uses, and then give tips to help you get started with butterflies or take your butterflying to the next level. The meeting is free | Rochester Butterfly Club www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org 

May 2014

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.
    • SPRING WILDFLOWERS   Ganargua Meadows Preserve Thursday, May 1, 2014 Meet at 9:30 AM at McDonalds in Perinton Square Mall on the north side of Route 31, just east of the intersection with Route 250.   Enjoy the abundance of spring wildflowers at this lovely preserve owned by the Genesee Land Trust. If the weather is warm, we will also look for early flying butterflies. Wear sturdy footwear that may get wet or muddy and bring binoculars, a snack, and water.  Leaders: Carol and David Southby, 383-8168 Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  http://bancny.org/  www.faceboo
     8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map).
    • Please note: This year’s City of Rochester Clean Sweep will happen on only one day this year, May 3rd. Clean Sweep - 2014 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map). Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date City of Rochester NY
  • Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.
    • Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival Will Feature A Children’s Puppet Theater, Games and Activities   The Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will celebrate Important Bird Areas with activities for all ages. Games, crafts, music, and theatrical performances at the Children’s Theater and Activity Areas will entertain the large audience that is expected at the festival this year. The Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146.   Lydia Adams Davis, a highly respected solo artist in children’s entertainment and coffee house venues, will educate and inspire all ages with interactive wild animal hand puppets that match her original songs and stories. Ms. Davis performs joyous interactive concerts at festivals, environmental and nature centers, libraries, and celebratory events as a singer~songwriter~puppeteer~song leader. She creates stories, songs and puppetry on the spot with folks from all walks of life. Ms. Davis’ most recent CD releases:  One Earth So Green and Round and We All Have Lunch have been honored with a 2012 Parents’ Choice Award. She was voted “Hudson Valley 2012 Best Kids’ Performers” by Hudson Valley Magazine. Legendary folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger said, "Lydia is a wonderful performer and songwriter. She has a way of drawing people in. We need more of that!" Children will be delighted with the activities, games, and crafts at the Activity Tent as well. Back by popular demand, a stained glass craft will be available to brighten up your favorite window. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond. Children will climb, bounce, and slide around a huge bounce house! Other happenings include SunBeam the Clown and her amazing balloon animals, Johnny Appleseed stories by Jim Brady, bird box building, wildlife trivia, prizes, and more!   The family friendly festival schedule also includes live birds of prey and mammal presentations featuring Liberty the Bald Eagle, guided canoeing excursions, artisan vendors, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pull contest, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, country music from Big Dog Country radio, delicious food and tasty treats, wildlife exhibitors and much more! The fee to attend the festival is $4/adult, $2/child ages 5 and older, FREE for children 4 and younger.  For more information, call 315.365.3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.
  • Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. | Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.
    • Ithaca’s Earth Day this year will be held on Sunday, May 4, 1-5pm. Info from organizer Joey Gates: “This year we are excited to announce that Earth Day will be held alongside the Streets Alive! Celebration in the parking lot of Boynton Middle School.  Now in its third year, Streets Alive! is in celebration of the reclaiming of streets as public space for more than just cars, and has included everything from a bike rodeo to tai chi demonstrations to TCAT bus exhibitions. “Because of scheduling conflicts (and to avoid another potentially cold April Sunday!), we decided to partner up with the Streets Alive! team to take advantage of the large and diverse audience their event attracts.  We will enjoy opportunities for our usual networking and catching up with fellow sustainability-minded colleagues, as well as reaching new families and community residents.  We hope that you will return again to enrich our gathering with information and displays on your work in sustainability. “We also invite your active participation in planning for this and future Earth Days. If you would like to be a part of the planning process, there is space on the registration form to indicate that you wish to receive more information. Examples of contributions include media/public relations, set up or cleanup crew, coordination of a special performance and so on. The next meeting will be held on the 16th of April at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension from 3-5 p.m. “To offset insurance and other costs, we ask for a sliding scale registration fee of $10.00-$50.00 from each participating non-profit group. For businesses and government entities, we ask $25 as a starting point. Exhibitors will need to bring their own pop-up tents, tables and chairs. Checks or money orders should be made out to Sustainable Tompkins, noted as “Earth Day 2014” and mailed, along with the application form, to Sustainable Tompkins, Attn: Joey Diana Gates, 109 S. Albany St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Exhibitors can obtain forms from and email them to Joey at: solkitchen1@gmail.com and pay at Earth Day at check in.”
  • Wednesday, May 14:  6:30pm. | Friends Learning Center, Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton NY
    • ColorBrightonGreen.org presents The 2014 Film Series at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, in the Friends Learning Center. 6:30pm. FREE   Wednesday, May 14:  Comfort Zone: A documentary exploring climate change in upstate New York” What does climate change mean in a place where it's not an obvious threat? Where sea level rise isn't a factor, and frankly, where people might like it to be a little warmer? Three filmmakers set out to answer those questions for Upstate New York. The answers were not so simple. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level. It's the story of what happens when we try to translate this global problem to our individual lives. What is at stake? What can I do about it? What if dealing with this problem asks things of me that I'm not yet ready to give? The climate is already changing. Now what about us? Two of the filmmakers: Kate Kressmann-Kehoe and Sean P. Donnelly, will lead a discussion following the movie.   Media Contact: Jennifer Hill:  jhill3@monroecc.edu

June 2014

  • June 19, 2014
    • Consider addressing Climate Change by Rochesterians leaving their cars home for one day—June 19, 2014 ROC Transit Day | [more on Transportation in our area]

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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: April 1st
    • April 1st when the snow is projected to be gone for awhile, think of helping out with some spring cleaning:  "Adopt-a-Beach™ Call for Volunteers   Who: New and returning volunteers are needed for the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ Program, now numbering nearly 13,000 participants on all five Great Lakes. There are two ways to participate: Register to volunteer for a cleanup at www.greatlakesadopt.org, or sign up to lead your own team at www.greatlakes.org/teamleader.   When: April 1 – Memorial Day (May 26).   What: The Alliance’s annual launch of the Adopt-a-Beach™ season brings volunteers to beaches and shorelines throughout the region. Adopt-a-Beach™ team leaders and volunteers are lake lovers from all walks of life, and include individuals, families, schools, businesses and community groups. The Alliance hosts a number of web-based and in-person trainings for new and returning adopters to sharpen their data-collection skills.     Where: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. To find events in your community, visit www.greatlakesadopt.org. To locate information on in-person and web-based trainings, visitkes.org/adoptabeachtrainings.   Why: Participants enhance beaches and coastal areas by picking up trash and recording their findings in the Alliance’s Adopt-a-BeachTM online system. Volunteers also conduct water quality sampling and make science-based observations. Information logged into the Adopt-a-Beach™ online system is accessible to the public.   More: Contact the following state coordinators about Adopt-a-Beach™ in your state:   New York/Pennsylvania: Nate Drag, ndrag@greatlakes.org, 716 261-9393"
  • ACTION: Due Date: through April 14, 2014
    • Make comment on how NYS DEC governs the use environmental monitoring services by April 14, 2014 DEC Proposes Updated Policy Governing Use of Environmental Monitors Update Will Provide Clarity, Establish Uniformity and Limit Need for Monitors 60-Day Comment Period Runs Through April 14, 2014 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a proposed Environmental Monitoring Services Policy that will update DEC's existing On-Site Environmental Monitor Policy, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The new policy could ensure clarity, establish uniformity, provide notice to the regulated community and limit the need for monitors. A public comment period on the draft policy begins today and extends through April 14, 2014. "This policy will clarify instances when environmental monitors should be employed to monitor activities at regulated facilities, sites or activities providing businesses, local governments and other regulated entities a clear framework under which environmental monitoring services will be required," said Commissioner Martens. "While these environmental monitoring services are an important management tool to ensure the protection of public health and the environment, environmental monitors do not replace DEC staff. They are used where circumstances warrant an added level of oversight." (February 12, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: April 26, 2014 | Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks. 
    • Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page.
  • ACTION Due Date: April 30, 2014
    • High speed rail would provide us with a real Climate Change adaptation strategy for reducing GHG’s (27%) from Transportation.  Works like this: Bike or cab to train station, zip across state on high speed rail, arrive safe and fast, walk or bike or cab to hotel across state. Look Ma no car! Empire Corridor Tier 1 EIS Project I.D. No. S937.51 , Contract Number   The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available for public review and comment. Download the DEIS and appendices by clicking on the links below. You are also welcome to view the printed DEIS at a library. Please see below for a list of libraries in New York State where you can go to view the DEIS and appendices. Please note the DEIS public comment period is extended in response to community requests. Public comments will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Read:  New York extends public comment period on high-speed rail plans
  • ACTION: Due Date: April 30, 2014
    • Make comment on the “2014 New York State Energy Plan” by April 30, 2014. Climate Change is about planning.  One of the most important things you can do is add your voice to create a good plan to address and mitigate Climate Change. The “2014 New York State Energy Plan” falls far from the mark by vague language, pretty pictures, and no baselines for a real clean energy future.  This is all explained and by Agree New York, who will quickly take you through the process of learning about the energy plan, explaining the problems with the plan, and pointing you towards making your own comment to the plan. “On January 7, the New York State Energy Planning Board released the long-awaited draft New York State Energy Plan. Unfortunately, the draft plan does not represent the sea-change in energy policy that New York needs to confront the challenges of global climate change, pollution, public health, or energy affordability. The draft plan sets some ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but lacks aggressive policies and interim commitments to move the state from fossil fuels and nuclear power to energy efficiency and renewables. It's time for you to let the energy planners know what you think about this proposed plan. Read the draft New York Energy Plan at energyplan.ny.gov. Public Comments are due by April 30, 2014. (Note, this deadline has been extended from March 31, thanks to the efforts of AGREE, Frack Action and 51 other organizations that are demanding a better public comment process.) Visit energyplan.ny.gov/Process/Comments.aspx to submit comments electronically.” from Agree New York.
  • ACTION: Due Dates: Training starts May 23rd and goes into June
    • Want to be a citizen scientist and help monitor the Lake Ontario watershed region. Find out more at 2014 WAVE Training Sessions “We are now offering training for Local Coordinators!   For the first time, NYSDEC is offering training sessions for local coordinators so that they may train and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants. Citizen scientists working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a WAVE training session. Citizen scientists who wish to work independently must attend a WAVE training session.  2014 Trainings will be in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River Watersheds The WAVE training sessions are rotated throughout the state's 17 major drainage basins on a five year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit in the following year (NYSDEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit's monitoring schedule). This year, WAVE training sessions are being offered at the locations listed below in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River watersheds. Local coordinators should plan to attend from 9am-4pm whereas basic WAVE training will be held at the same location from 12-4pm. To sign up for one of these sessions, please contact me at wave@gw.dec.state.ny.us.” (March 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Make comment on Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevard Plan. Missed Rochester’s 1st Public Meeting Presentation on Bicycle Boulevards? Don’t fret you can see the presentation and comment and find out more about Rochester’s Bicycle Boulevards here. Remember: Because Transportation causes 27% of GHGs, bicycle boulevards for Rochester is a major Climate Change adaption strategy.
  • 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. 
    • As I was looking through past local news articles on pesticides and their relationship to Climate Change (according to studies, Climate Change in our region will increase plant and insect pests and we’ll dump more pesticides on them and with heavier rainfall events more pesticides will wash into our waters), I found that trying the get the Safe Chemicals Act updated has been around for several years. That’s tragic: we cannot summon the will to fight the pesticide industry to get laws passed that would protect our children from toxic chemicals. Why would anyone not want The Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696) reformed and modernized?  Our NYS Senators have co-signed this bill and they are very cool, especially Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] Bill Author. Take action: Urge your Senator to strengthen the bill
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
  • 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!
    • We are so going to cook on our planet if we don’t have a media that covers Climate Change.  Mainstream media must wake up. TELL NBC, CBS, AND ABC TO GIVE US BETTER COVERAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE! In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather -- climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution. Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year. " --from League of Conservation Voters
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group."
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • 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
  • 4/16/2014 - As the great Gilda Radner said, “If it's not one thing, it's another!" If we’re not addicted to fossil fuels, then it’s plastics. Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes: What’s Happening and What Can Be Done  (April 15, 2014) Buffalo Rising
  • 4/16/2014 - Free Webinar on Climate Change in Great Lakes area on April 24th at IPM ET. Up Next: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: historical trends and future forecasts Severe weather has plagued all parts of the US, including the Great Lakes, over the past decade, from floods to droughts, from blizzards to heavy thunderstorms, and from freezing cold to extreme heat. What has been causing such events? What types of weather should we expect to see in the future? This webinar will cover: weather and climate change a discussion of recent weather events across the country how climate change is likely to affect future extreme weather events and their frequency resources that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change --from Changing Climate
  • 4/16/2014 - Sorry, my mind seems numb after New York State has been considering lifting the moratorium on Fracking for five years.  Why are we still considering a fossil fuel energy source with so much potential risk to our health, water, and climate? Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates New report suggests highly potent greenhouse gas far more prevalent in gas production than previously thought Natural gas drilling is emitting far higher levels of methane into the atmosphere than federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency have said, according to the findings of a new study released Monday. (April 15, 2014) Common Dreams
  • 4/16/2014 - Breaking: Climate Change won’t fix itself. Humanity will have to solve the problem they created. Sorry no magical solutions. Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says  (April 13, 2014) NPR
  • 4/16/2014 - Good that EPA tries to reduce methane gas leaks from Fracking. Better if they discouraged fossil fuels altogether and championed renewables. EPA Focuses on Fracking, Leaks and More to Further Obama’s Methane Plan (April 15, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 4/15/2014 - Not an expert on what we should do with nuclear waste, but no one in their right mind would bury it near the Great Lakes. Planned nuclear waste facility raises fears for Great Lakes  (April 13, 2014) Detroit Free Press
  • 4/15/2014 - Some media editorials are leading the charge on adapting to Climate Change:  Options for climate change are on the table; now, U.S. must take lead  (April 12, 2014) Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
  • 4/14/2014 - Why wouldn’t our governments want to test possible pollution from sources like nuclear just to find out what’s going on?  I know, faith-based denial is certainly less expensive and less troublesome to the prevailing ideology, but still reality has some place in our lives doesn’t it? Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation (with video)   Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores  All along the Pacific coast of North America and as far south as Costa Rica, people with little or no scientific background have volunteered to raise money for the program and collect the sea water samples needed to test for radiation.  (April 12, 2014) The Vancouver Sun
  • 4/14/2014 - As annoying as some find these alarmist reports about Climate Change and windows of opportunity closing, it will be much worse after the windows have closed and we’ve seal the fate for all life from then on.  Of course, waiting so long as we have to take serious worldwide action we may have already closed many doors on many aspects of our environment.  The truth is we’ve hardly a clue as to how much damage so much warming can do to such a complex environment as ours—serious tipping points may already have occurred.  And some may feel a sense of hopelessness and no will to act. But those fighting the dearest consequences of Climate Change right now with extreme weather don’t have the luxury of despair, nor will we when the most immediate consequences come to our door.  Humans don’t tend to lie down when danger looms.  We tend to get moving when a clear and present danger occurs, but with Climate Change there is a great gulf between when a danger threatens and when we perceive it. That is why we must trust the consensus of climate expert opinion.  The consensus of climate scientist says we must slow down GHG emissions now.  IPCC: CO2 Emissions Soar, Yet Paths to Avoid Calamity Open BERLIN, Germany, April 13, 2014 (ENS) - Global greenhouse gas emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in any of the three previous decades, reaching record levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change, finds a new report by economists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today in Berlin. (April 13, 2014) Environmental New Service (ENS)
  • 4/14/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter April 13, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 4/14/2014 - Because “Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth.” NOAA), we should protect them against the Parasitic Flatworm and Climate Change. Parasitic Flatworm Could Decimate Coral Reefs Worldwide (April 11, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 4/12/2014 - Of course, the best way to prevent accidents and prevent oil spills is to stop transporting that stuff through NY and go renewable energy.  I know, though it would make complete environmental sense to stop with the fossil fuels, it is modern heresy to even contemplate such a thing—not because it’s physically impossible, but because we’re still not convinced of the Climate Change crisis. New York State Partners with U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard to Enhance Emergency Response Preparedness to Better Protect New Yorkers (April 10, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC
  • 4/12/2014 - Understand media’s need to make lemonade of bad news, but if Asian Carp gets into Great Lakes, they’ll be more than a tasty treat.  This article borders on the irresponsible. Asian carp could be rebranded as cuisine (April 11, 2014) Herald-Review
  • 4/12/2014 - Care about Water Quality issues in our region, check out this important discussion: Sierra Club Great Lakes Committee is hosting a book discussion on Maude Barlow’s new book, Blue Future – Protecting Water for the people and the planet forever, beginning Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30PM, at the Brighton Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY, 14618. Whether you are new to the topic or a longtime advocate for water issues, Please join us for this discussion of water privatization. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact GreatLakesCommittee@gmail.com
  • 4/12/2014 - As Climate Change is a worldwide phenomenon, Rochester NY might want to know how our wildlife and our ecosystem will be affected. IPCC report: climate impacts on wildlife Plants, animals and entire ecosystems are on the move as rising temperatures force species to seek out cooler climes  (March 31, 2014) The Guardian
  • 4/12/2014 - Watching that our regulatory agencies aren’t merely rubber-stamping new water withdrawal applications is but one role of local environmentalists. Environmental groups in standoff with Eastman park firm What might seem a routine permit application at Eastman Business Park has turned into a cause célèbre for a coalition of environmental groups. (April 11, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/12/2014 - Looks like the “movement to divest from fossil fuel companies” is more than just a good idea, it’s becoming a reality. Momentum on Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows as Harvard Professors, Desmond Tutu Call for Action  (April 11, 2014) Democracy Now!
  • 4/12/2014 - The melting Arctic, which we have caused via Climate Change, will be the new, maybe the last, frontier and we will fight over it. Study: Shippers and seabirds clash over Arctic territory The areas coveted as sea routes for commercial shippers seeking to exploit newly ice-free Arctic waters are the same areas that are vital to millions of seabirds that flock north each summer to feast under the midnight sun, says a newly published study.  (April 10, 2014) Alaska Dispatch
  • 4/11/2014 - Cuomo: Will fill open position for Dept. of Health Commissioner to review health on the impact of Fracking for free. My recommendation, after reading Fracking stories and studies from around the world for the last five years, is forgetaboutit! Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate There’s a ‘Help Wanted’ sign at the state Department of Health after Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced his resignation effective end of June. (April 10, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 4/11/2014 - Maybe we can learn a lesson from other regions on Fracking, as NYS will experience droughts in late summer according to climate studies. CALIFORNIA DROUGHT GIVES BOOST TO ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT  (April 11, 2014) Aljazeera America [more on Fracking in our area]
  • 4/11/2014 - It’s spring and time to think about community-supported agriculture (CSA), which is to say a sustainable food practice. CSA: What it is, how it works and where to buy  (April 11, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/11/2014 - Third part of IPCC report trilogy was supposed to focus on Climate Change solutions; instead it’s an indictment of our lack of will. UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown Greenhouse gas emissions grew nearly twice as fast over the past decade as in the previous 30 years, bringing the world closer to warming that will bring dramatic and dangerous changes to the climate, according to a leaked draft of a United Nations' report.  (April 11, 2014) The Guardian
  • 4/11/2014 - Hope those sticking with an “All of the Above” energy approach to adapting to Climate Change include oil spills in their calculations.  Figuring in all the factors, looks like keeping fossil fuels in the energy mix for the future could not be cost effective. Four Years Later, BP’s Oil Spill Is Still Killing Gulf Wildlife  (April 10, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 4/11/2014 - Some say the new IPCC report is too "alarmist" and I suspect some those are economists in developed nations. Climate Change could kill the golden goose. Apocalypse now? Climate change already damaging agriculture, acidifying seas, and worsening extreme weather  (March 31, 2014) Mongabay.com
  • 4/10/2014 - Since he “will lead on Climate Change” Cuomo should remind NYS Health Dept. and public that Climate Change brings more ticks. We can plan better for public health issues if we know what’s coming at us. “We will lead on climate change” BY ANDREW CUOMO  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012,  Also: "Climate change may have serious implications for diseases affecting wildlife and people. Vector species, such as mosquitoes, ticks, midges, and other biting insects, respond dramatically to small changes in climate, which in turn alters the occurrence of diseases they carry. For example, Lyme disease, erlichiosis, and other tick-borne diseases are spreading as temperatures increase, allowing ticks to move northward and increase in abundance. " (Page 185, Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (2011) Health Alert - Governor Cuomo Advises New Yorkers to Be Cautious of Ticks as Warmer Weather Arrives “While New Yorker’s are out taking advantage of the Spring weather, it is important to ensure safety remains a top priority,” Governor Cuomo said. (April 9, 2014) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • 4/10/2014 - Whomever you trust to deliver Climate Change message, only governments can be held accountable, they are insurers of last resort. Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action?  (April 9, 2014) Climate Central
  • 4/10/2014 - Today’s questions boys and girls: How can you lower planet’s temperature by decreasing clean energy investments? Ans: You can’t.  In one sense the crisis of Climate Change is extraordinarily simple, decrease the amount of greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere.  In another sense it’s almost impossible, getting people to do that. As Planet Warms, Clean Energy Investments Take a Dive  (April 7, 2014) Inter Press Service
  • 4/10/2014 - Hope all actually watch “Years of Living Dangerously” Showtime’s documentary on Climate Change and read IPCC reports instead of articles about them.  Be nice if some folks read the original material instead of other folks filtering the message through their own agenda. The Brutally Dishonest Attacks On Showtime’s Landmark Series On Climate Change  (April 9, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 4/09/2014 - Demonstrate that you give a sh*t about Climate Change in Rochester, NY at major forum on April 17th. Talk with authority on state program. 2014 Earth Day Forum  "Climate Smart Communities:  Let’s Get With the Program"   Please join the Sierra Club, local elected officials, and your friends & neighbors for:   Sierra Club - Rochester Regional Group's 16th Annual Earth Day Forum Climate Smart Communities:  Let's Get with the Program Thursday, April 17 @ First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 5:30pm: Enviro Fair/Food Available 7-9pm:  Program:  Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation How will climate change affect our area? How can we reduce carbon emissions and prepare for climate change impacts? Learn how every city, town, village and county can take action with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Climate Smart Communities program.  This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it.  Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! Free and open to the public. This is the Sierra Club - Rochester Regional Group's 16th Annual Earth Day Forum.
  • 4/09/2014 - Some green events for the family coming up: Green events to range from recycling to Owl Prowl April 9, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/09/2014 - Sure IPCC’s climate reports are boiled down into well-written encapsulations and interpretations, but how about reading them yourself?  There’s help for that: How to read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s reports (April 1, 2014) The Carbon Brief
  • 4/09/2014 - Climate Change series hopes to communicate this worldwide crisis in a more engaging way.  Without the public, no Climate Change adaptation. Showtime Series Aims to Engage Sleepy Public on Global Warming With Celebrity Guides  (April 7, 2014) Dot Earth - New York Times
  • 4/08/2014 - Too bad NYS AG has to spend so much time beating back attempts to thwart our efforts to address Climate Change.  Killing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) would seriously hamper our ability to actually do something to address and mitigate Climate Change on a scale that will matter. A.G. Schneiderman Applauds Ruling By New York's Top Court On Key State Effort To Combat Climate Change Court Of Appeals Rejects Attempt To Block Implementation Of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)  (April 3, 2014) NYS Attorney General Schneiderman
  • 4/08/2014 - Killing (OK, ‘harvesting’) 1,358 black bears is all very exciting, but what is DEC doing about bears adapting to Climate Change? DEC Announces 2013 Bear Harvest Results (April 7, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • 4/08/2014 - Got thoughts on how Rochester NY’s waterfront should be developed, what should be priorities, what should be preserved? Coming to public meetings like this are how citizens make democrat decision on public’s projects and our environment. News Release - Public Meeting on Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Set for Wednesday, April 9 The City Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in City Council Chambers of City Hall, 30 Church St. to gather community input to update the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which guides waterfront development in the city.  (April 4, 2014) City of Rochester
  • 4/08/2014 - Green Business doesn’t get any greener than Farming. Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming  (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger
  • 4/08/2014 - Insidious thing about fossil fuel addition is that even if you stop it from being drilled in one place it gets shipped through your backyard anyway. U.N. panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo  (April 3, 2014) Reuters
  • 4/08/2014 - Hard not to connect the dots with Climate Change & spread of invasive emerald ash borer when longer colds snap are needed to slow bugs down. Much ado about spraying pesticides but nary a mention about one of the main causes as to why EAB is moving so quickly north—in NYS anyway. Despite winter’s might, ash borer treatment urged Sure, it was a long, cold, miserable winter, but there’s at least one creature that didn’t care the invasive emerald ash borer, which is munching its way through ash trees throughout the region and the state. (April 6, 2014) Post-Tribune
  • 4/08/2014 - Seems like even when mainstream media does talk about Climate Change at all, they don’t know what they’re talking about.  Most Cable News Coverage Of Climate Change Isn't Exactly Accurate: Report It is no secret that TV news coverage of climate change is far from perfect, even with outlets generally devoting very little time to the issue.  (April 7, 2014) The Huffington Post
  • 4/08/2014 - Climate Change is real, Climate Change is bipartisan, Climate Change is happening to you, watch new documentary and show friends. Must See Video: Showtime Climate Series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ (April 7, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 4/07/2014 - Maybe Climate Change is another of those ‘lots of things’ the white-footed mouse, a carrier of Lyme Disease, is resilient to.  As Lyme disease is expected to increase according to climate studies, this tale of the mouse could be one of the reasons why.  Study: Little mouse is a big Lyme carrier   (April 7, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Environmental Healt
  • 4/07/2014 - Please note: This year’s City of Rochester Clean Sweep will happen on only one day this year, May 3rd. Clean Sweep - 2014 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map). Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date City of Rochester NY
  • 4/07/2014 - "he New York State Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA) will be holding it 31st annual conference “Celebrating Lake Stewardship” May 2-4, 2014 at White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY.  The public is welcome" Regionally Speaking: NYSFOLA Conference Celebrates Lake Stewardship  (April 1, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 4/07/2014 - Earth Day event coming up at Rochester Institute of Technology RIT: "Title: Earth Day Event and R&D Student Competition Exhibition Venue: Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology Address: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall, Rochester, NY 14623 Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Event Details: This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Earth Day for an exciting morning of activities for all ages! Come for the Free Food & stay for the competitions, exhibits, and guest speakers.  -Undergraduate & Graduate teams from our R&D Student Competition will be exhibiting.  -We will also have posters on display from our K-12 Student Poster Competition. Winners will be chosen during the event at the LEED Platinum Certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. -Free movie & popcorn: WALL-E  -Local community groups and researchers exhibit their NYSP2I supported projects. Businesses share their eco-friendly initiatives and hiring/work experiences available to recent college graduates
  • 4/07/2014 - If time is running out for use of fossil fuels because of Climate Change what do you think we will do?  Keep on using them in massive quantities because that’s what the fossil fuel corporations demand? Berlin Climate Talks coming up soon will give us a hint. Time running out to meet global warming target: U.N. report (April 6, 2014) Reuters
  • 4/05/2014 - I got to be missing something, gas line passing into New York and only “PA residents’ voice opinions”? What’s wrong with this picture? PA residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline (April 4, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 4/05/2014 - Sounds like storm drain labeling “to help increase awareness about the relationship between storm drains and water quality” should be done on all our lakes.  Be nice to find out what stuff is actually empting into our lake ecologies, some of which we drink and fish from.  Storm Drain Labeling Takes On Volunteers to Protect Seneca Lake  (April 1, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 4/05/2014 - Why would we adopt a comprehensive and potentially disruptive energy option, like Fracking, without checking it out completely? Sure there are folks and corporations who really, really want it because it will make them really, really, rich.  But are we still in the 13th century where do stuff on a grand scale just because it scratches and itch? What’s the point of learning about health risks and environmental issues related to energy if we aren’t even going to listen? House Democrats Call On EPA To Investigate Fracking’s Link To Water Contamination In Three States  (April 3, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 4/05/2014 - Let those who don’t think US politics is not dumbing us down on science read this insane measure.  Ideological cherry-picking of cause and effect of Climate Change is well …, insane.  It’s insane in the same way that thinking that putting a lit match to a pool or water or gasoline will have the same effect.   Can we vote Change Deniers out of important positions in our government please, so the rest of us can have a fighting chance for survival?  House Votes to Block Climate Research (April 2, 2014) Democracy Now!
  • 4/05/2014 - Hard to ‘fix’ our local environmental problems when they are global: Mercury in our lakes, even though emission are down locally, could be up because of “other factors, such as global emissions, climate change and invasive species.  If nations don’t work together to fix Climate Change and some of the other big environmental problems, much of local efforts will not matter much because pollution and warming know no boundaries. Mercury rising in some Ontario lakes  (April 3, 2014) Environmental News Network
  • 4/05/2014 - Climate talk in Berlin coming up: How will we distribute the cost of Climate Change? Fairly or delusionally selfishly? Climate Meeting To Discuss Future Of Fossil Fuels BERLIN (AP)  (April 5, 2014) Yahoo News
  • 4/05/2014 - Be nice to get the whole story about Fracking, including those toxic emission spikes, before anyone even thinks of Fracking NYS. Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds  (April 3, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 4/04/2014 - Great bio on Rochester, NY environmentalist, shows how local action on our environment can make a difference. Cheryl Frank helps others adopt a greener lifestyle  (April 3, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 4/04/2014 - An aspect of communicating Climate Change that few dare to broach is what to do about deniers who thwart our climate actions.  In a thoughtful essay “ Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent? “, a local professor takes that on and gets hammered by the very folks who need to think about the repercussions of their anti-Climate Change message.  Here’s the thing, after a point there are limits to free speech.  The classic example is that we do not have the right to shout out “Fire!” in a crowded theatre.  With Climate Change, an issue like no other our species has ever considered, how are we, meaning 7 billion of us, going to act together in a time frame that will actually matter –if those who are trying to stop the rest of us are not somehow declawed? The tragedy is that we can address and mitigate Climate Change if we could muster the collective will to do so and that is difficult when those who have the ability to thwart us are given free reign. Some media refuse to print climate denial. I’m not sure what the answer is but I believe if the media did a better job in connecting the dots with local Climate Change consequences and continually reminded their customers that we are living in a warmer world that that we must address it is less likely that deniers would still have the clout they do.  It’s 2014, and our window of opportunity to address and mitigate Climate Change before catastrophic changes occur is closing quickly. RIT Professor Talks About Backlash to Climate Change Blog Professor Lawrence Torcello teaches philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, yet he's in the middle of a raging Internet debate over climate change. "I've heard repeatedly claims that I am a Nazi, a fascist, also that climate science is a lie straight from the Jews,"  Torcello said. It all started on March 13. Torcello published a blog post on the website, The Conversation, titled, "Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?" The essay criticizes well-funded, organized efforts to deny global warming. Torcello suggests people behind those efforts should be held criminally responsible. (April 3, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net
  • 4/04/2014 - Just sitting around here in New York waiting for the EPA’s study on potential impact of Fracking on drinking water resources.  Be nice to know before we do anything rash. EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources At  the request of Congress, EPA is conducting a study to better understand  any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The scope of the research includes the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing. The progress report was released in December 2012 and a draft report is expected to be released for public comment and peer review in 2014. EPA
  • 4/04/2014 - Read free study about “Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region: Evaluating Risk among the Elderly” that includes “12 Great Lakes cities from 2000 to 2006”—including Rochester, NY. Extreme Precipitation and Beach Closures in the Great Lakes Region: Evaluating Risk among the Elderly Abstract: As a result of climate change, extreme precipitation events are expected to increase in frequency and intensity. Runoff from these extreme events poses threats to water quality and human health. We investigated the impact of extreme precipitation and beach closings on the risk of gastrointestinal illness (GI)-related hospital admissions among individuals 65 and older in 12 Great Lakes cities from 2000 to 2006. Poisson regression models were fit in each city, controlling for temperature and long-term time trends. City-specific estimates were combined to form an overall regional risk estimate. Approximately 40,000 GI-related hospital admissions and over 100 beach closure days were recorded from May through September during the study period. Extreme precipitation (≥90th percentile) occurring the previous day (lag 1) is significantly associated with beach closures in 8 of the 12 cities (p < 0.05). However, no association was observed between beach closures and GI-related hospital admissions. These results support previous work linking extreme precipitation to compromised recreational water quality. Download PDF Full-Text [1037 KB, uploaded 14 February 2014 14:02 CET] -- from MDPI.com, the website of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
  • 4/04/2014 - Going to be hard to settle on threat trends from Climate Change because new information is coming in daily. Best bet is for individuals, communities, and nations to address this issue now rather than wait until they can get their heads around it. With no issue in the past to compare, it may never be possible to fully understand Climate Change. But we do have enough information to act. Carbon dioxide in the tropical Pacific Ocean is increasing faster than expected  (March 26, 2014) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 4/04/2014 - It’s taken a long time for health message on threat of Climate Change, hope that doesn’t quickly turn to despair.  Also, in our region, it would be nice to see the New York State Department of Health start informing the public on this issue so we can plan properly. Health Professionals Worldwide Demand Urgent Climate Action Following IPCC Report Health and medical organizations from around the world are calling on governments to respond to the major health risks described in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s recent Second Working Group reporting, ‘Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation,’ which was released on Monday.  (April 3, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 4/03/2014 - There are many issues related to public health and Climate Change in our region, including more frequent extreme rainfall affecting our beach water. Extreme precipitation closes beaches, may endanger human health  (April 2, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
  • 4/03/2014 - Allowing using NYS water for Fracking in Pennsylvania sounds like we are setting the table in NYS for Fracking. Court tosses fracking water lawsuit  (April 2, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 4/03/2014 - Our region is blessed with good soil that helps make wonderful food; help those who help make Farming healthy and sustainable. Statewide organic farming group seeks feedback The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, which promotes local organic food and farming statewide, is seeking new members and gathering information for the new growing season.   (April 1, 2014) Daily Messenger
  • 4/03/2014 - To address Climate Change on a scale that will matter must include Citizen Scientists.  Ordinary folks trained by experts to see and monitor our environment provide valuable information about the workings of our environment. Folks get educated and concerned about their life support system and scientists get to learn how to communicate with the public. Exploration and Education: Citizen Science- What it is, Why it Matters and How You Can Get Involved! What is citizen science? Citizen science refers to programs that engage the public in organized, authentic scientific research.   (April 1, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 4/03/2014 - Wouldn’t it be more productive to save bees by actually addressing “the challenges of pathogens, parasites and pesticides” than planting some bee-friendly plants? Trying to provide bees, which are in severe decline, by giving them a good meal and then sending them out into a human toxic environment seems like a political solution to a biological problem. Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up  (April 2, 2014) New York Times
  • 4/02/2014 - “New York State actually has a few programs in place to encourage that [Climate Change] sort of planning.” And one of those programs is called Climate Smart Communities (CSC) and if you want meet and talk with Mark Lowery, manager of the DEC’s CSC program, consider coming to the Sierra Club’s  2014 Earth Day Forum "Climate Smart Communities:  Let’s Get With the Program" on April 17th, 220 S. Winton Rd, in Brighton, NY.   Climate Change isn’t about bumper sticker phrases, it’s complex, the state’s on it, and we need to talk about it. Got questions? Got thoughts on Climate Change in our area? We really want to hear your thoughts and we are ready want to listen. Without the public’s full understanding of what Climate Chang is and what measures will be needed to address an issue of this size and complexity, the public, everyone, must get engaged.  Panel's report warns of climate change future effects  (March 31, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 4/02/2014 - What is Food Justice and why should we care about this issue in our Rochester region?  Read this great article By Elizabeth Henderson, Farmer at Peacework Organic Farm and Founder of the Agriculture Justice Project Food Justice– What it Means and Why We Need it in Western New York!  (April 1, 2014) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
  • 4/02/2014 - Consider addressing Climate Change by Rochesterians leaving their cars home for one day—June 19, 2014 ROC Transit Day | [more on Transportation in our area]
  • 4/02/2014 - Earth Day event coming up.  Check it out: Earth Day Celebration 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6PM to 8PM, Victor Junior High School,  FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Come learn how a starts with and a , community! Great earth-friendly giveaways, fresh markets, & fresh gourmet local food, yoga, lots of freebies & green prizes. You won’t want to miss the Changing Closets & Kidz Closets Fashion show, The ‘Science of Being Green’ Scavenger Hunt, green careers & university programs, green crafts & activities for kids! Experts from in and around our community will be sharing what they know and how it benefits you to make a + difference & be more Who will be joining us at our 2014 Earth Day Celebration?
  • 4/02/2014 - Important article on water withdrawal from Lake Ontario: Is the DEC review process doing enough to stress efficient water use? Eastman park permit could set precedent  (April 1, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 4/02/2014 - Considering how little we do know about how healthy environments actually work, shouldn’t we reset climate target to where it was before we dialed up the thermostat? Rather than assume that our governments, which haven’t been doing very well on cooperating on a climate agreement, can adapt to Climate Change, shouldn’t we get the climate temperatures down to when we knew we could handle it? Perhaps what is most worrisome about Climate Change is how much we don’t know. Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target (February 27, 2014) National Geographic
  • 4/01/2014 - Considering Fracking havoc around the country, NYS DEC is not ‘taking too hard a look at the environmental impacts’. State wants fracking lawsuits tossed  (March 28, 2014) Politics on the Hudson
  • 4/01/2014 - Many news reports around the world on the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 report.  Here’s that report: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5 The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. At the Session, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) was approved and the underlying scientific and technical assessment accepted. (March 30, 2014) IPCC WG2 [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 3/31/2014 - Please consider coming to this very unique Earth Day forum on Climate Change in Rochester, NY. We’ll really listen to your concerns about addressing Climate Change in our region with DEC’s' Climate Smart Communities (CSC) manager, Mark Lowery. First there will be a short expert analysis of the CSC program, then local effects of Climate Change, then a real conversation about your thoughts on Climate Change with Mr. Lowery.  BTW: Make sure you bring along your community leader and encourage them to sign the CSC pledge. | Sierra Club invites leaders to 'climate smart' program  (March 30, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 3/31/2014 - Learn about local environmental news and events from this free newsletter: Penfield Green Initiative April 2014 Newsletter Planning Committee 2014* Mel Callan, Susan DeRosa, Peter Maurer, Kate McArdle, Deb Muratore, Sue Pixley   The Voice for Penfield’s Environmental Assets   Environmental/Social Justice on a Grass Roots Level
  • 3/31/2014 - Of the next IPCC report, writer says “Some certainties do remain… that the southwestern U.S., southern Australia, the Middle East, southern Europe, and North Africa can expect more droughts and emptier rivers.” New UN Report Is Cautious  On Making Climate Predictions  (March 24, 2014) Environment 360
  • 3/31/2014 - Climate Change is ‘exceptional’, not just another issue, because if it goes unchecked it threatens life as we know it.  Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned. Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world.  (March 30, 2014) BBC
  • 3/31/2014 - From the IPPC, the second of three reports on the causes, consequences of and solutions to climate change: Climate change has already left its mark "on all continents and across the oceans" IPCC report: climate change felt 'on all continents and across the oceans'  (March 28, 2014) The Guardian
  • 3/29/2014 - Another way to view this year’s “Significant Waterfowl Mortality Event” is the new normal due to Climate Disruption.  This ‘event’ may occur more often because in Climate Change more waterfowl will increase in numbers with warmer winters coming, but when of the occasional very cold winter gets thrown there will be great die-offs.  Climate Change, global warming, will not be a slow and gradual process; it is a warming ten times faster than the warming that occurred in the Holocene and with it will come tipping points and climate weirdness and a lot of ups and downs. DEC: Significant Waterfowl Mortality Event in Lake Erie and Niagara River Due to Extensive Ice Cover  (March 28, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 3/29/2014 - The Great Fracking Experiment: With so many Fracking experiments going on around the country, why doesn’t NYS just wait and see? What’s the rush to Frack New York? We in New York State still have a lot of questions about Energy and Climate Change, methane leaks, Water Quality, road and other infrastructure damage, and lots more.  So, instead of listening to folks hell bent on Fracking our state, why don’t we monitor what’s going on in the other state and see if our concerns materialize?  Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells  (March 27, 2014) Climate Central
  • 3/29/2014 - I’m sure the prospect of the President putting restrictions on emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry will be viewed by these industries as meddling in their affairs, as if Climate Change and our Air Quality are but a great nuisance to them.  How did we get to the point where corporations view their desire to make a profit, heedless of its affect on our environment, as a fundamental right over the right for all of us to breathe fresh clean air and keep the planet’s climate in check?  WHITE HOUSE UNVEILS METHANE-CUTTING PLAN  (March 28, 2014) Aljazeera America
  • 3/29/2014 - Going to be hard to convince public of the importance of wildlife adaptation in Climate Change if killing crows for fun continues It’s Crow-Killing Time in Upstate New York, and Elsewhere It’s crow-killing time in upstate New York this weekend, and in many places around the country this spring.  (March 27, 2014) Dot Earth | New York Times
  • 3/29/2014 - I know, Fracking isn’t funny.  But it can be absurd. Check out Jon Stewart’s “The Benefits of Fracking
  • 3/28/2014 - Should we view the health of wildlife through the lens of excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen or Climate Change? Have we so gotten used to financial support for wildlife coming from the very folks who ‘harvest’ them, that this business is now the measure that we use to judge wildlife health—instead that wildlife shaped our environment and they are confronting many deep challenges as Climate Change is happening far faster than most can adapt?  Is there even a conversation going inside the governmental institutions whose job it is to protect and preserve our wildlife outside the realm of the ‘harvesting’ business? In other words, are wildlife an environmental good in and of themselves or are they only valuable as something to shoot and fish? Secretary Jewell Announces $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies from Excise Taxes on Anglers, Hunters, and Boaters  (March 25, 2014) US Dept of the Interior
  • 3/28/2014 - One sure way to update ( and eliminate) oil spill plans is for NYS to go 100% renewable energy (wind and solar) Sen. Gillibrand asks for update of oil spill plans  (March 27, 2014) North Country Public Radio
  • 3/28/2014 - Have an Earth Day event you want publicized? Email it to news editor Chris Fien at cfien@rochester-citynews.com  before April 10. Rochester City Newspaper
  • 3/28/2014 - Rochester (32) “Among the New York communities that received the Tree City USA program recognition are Buffalo, Rochester …” NYSDEC Commissioner Martens Recognizes Urban Forestry Award Winners  (March 27, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
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  • 3/28/2014 - Hard to believe that developed nation’s public aren’t alarmed at our way of life’s affect on Climate Change. How climate change will acidify the oceans  (March 26, 2014) BBC News
  • 3/28/2014 - Maybe the reason why Rochester, NY doesn’t appear to be interested in Climate Change is that we don’t think we’ll reap the worst consequences for a long time; until we do, we’ll just be helping to cause the problem.  Unfortunately, it is the folks not causing Climate Change who are most likely to feel its wrath, while those continuing to burn fossil fuels for energy, transportation, heat, and making gadgets, get to live behind the lines—as it were. Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change As the world’s top scientists meet in Yokohama, Japan, this week, at the top of the agenda is the prediction that global sea levels could rise as much asthree feet by 2100. Higher seas and warmer weather will cause profound changes. (March 28, 2014) New York Times
  • 3/28/2014 - A conversation on Climate Change means what are we—the public, scientists, consumers, teachers, politicians—going to do about it? How Scientists Are Moving Climate Change Conversation Forward (March 27, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 3/27/2014 - Kinda hard to lead on Climate Change with NYS Energy Plan if we are setting the table for fossil fuels. Learn more about this absolutely critical issue and how to make comment from Alliance for a Green Economy: 2014 New York State Energy Plan | Green-energy activists target Cuomo energy plan (March 3, 2014) Long Island NewsDay
  • 3/27/2014 - Is massive Air Pollution the bargain the world has made for modernity, or is it a massive oversight and irresponsible human behavior? If our present economic and political systems cannot clean up and keep clean this ocean of air we need to breathe, should we keep them? Remember what Carl Sagan said about Air Quality and Water Quality: “Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.Dirty Air Kills 7 Million People a Year: World Health Org  (March 25, 2014) Environmental News Service (ENS)
  • 3/27/2014 - Considering their critical role in addressing Climate Change, their key role in our environment, that we’ve lost over half in the lower 48, Wetlands must be protected. “In the 1600s, over 220 million acres of wetlands are thought to have existed in the lower 48 states.8 Since then, extensive losses have occurred, and over half of our original wetlands in the lower 48 have been drained and converted to other uses.9 The years from the mid-1950s to the mid- 1970s were a time of major wetland loss, but since then the rate of loss has decreased.” EPA Wetlands - Status and Trends | Draft Rule Clarifies Protection for U.S. Streams, Wetlands (March 25, 2014) Environmental News Service (ENS)
  • 3/27/2014 - The state of our environmental health should never have been a partisan or economic issue. Sustainability must always come first.  Coal Ash Spill Leaves Most North Carolina Voters Craving Stronger Environmental Leadership  (March 26, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 3/26/2014 - Have Kodak’s environmental issues been ‘put to bed’ or did they just pretend to be sleeping until the adults went away? Eastman Business Park for sale And despite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month signing off on a deal creating an independent trust to fund and oversee ongoing environmental cleanup at the park, environmental cleanup concerns will likely remain a hangup for some potential buyers, Glazer said. "There are certain people who don't want to be in projects like this regardless of the warranties and guarantees in place." The creation of that clean-up trust fund was a big reason why the park now is for sale, Parker said. "Before Kodak had any ability to put this park up for sale, the environmental issues had to be put to bed. Nobody would've touched that park beforehand." (March 25, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 3/26/2014 - Beside agriculture fertilizers, other factors cause Great Lakes algae blooms: “… massive sewage overflows. Faulty septic tanks. Sunlight, heat, and climate change.” AREA FARMERS ON FRONT LINE OF CLEAN-WATER BATTLE  (March 24, 2014) The Blade
  • 3/26/2014 - Being able to visualize some of our environmental issues, like the movement of invasive species over time, greatly helps the public understand the issues. More communication aids like this available to everyone online creates a worldwide consciousness of our environment, which is to say our life support system.  The Internet, like no other tool, offers us a way to expand our attention to the monitoring of all environmental issues. Be nice if we could move away from the dysfunctional media, politicians with anti-environmental ideologies, the interests of the fossil fuel industries, and Climate Change deniers, to more reliable feedback mechanism on the total health of our environment.  In many ways, the Internet is offering ways to see our planet’s health in a way we never could before. Maps show spread of aquatic invasive species over time The Nature Conservancy has animated how six invasive species have spread across the Great Lakes over time.  (March 25, 2014) Great Lakes Echo [more on Invasive Species
  • 3/26/2014 - Wouldn’t it be interesting to have a Climate Change denier Amnesty Day, where the deniers throw in the towel and we all get moving on addressing this crisis? 10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame  (March 25, 2014) Salon
  • 3/25/2014 - ACTION: Want to be a citizen scientist and help monitor the Lake Ontario watershed region. Find out more at 2014 WAVE Training Sessions “We are now offering training for Local Coordinators!   For the first time, NYSDEC is offering training sessions for local coordinators so that they may train and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants. Citizen scientists working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a WAVE training session. Citizen scientists who wish to work independently must attend a WAVE training session.  2014 Trainings will be in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River Watersheds The WAVE training sessions are rotated throughout the state's 17 major drainage basins on a five year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit in the following year (NYSDEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit's monitoring schedule). This year, WAVE training sessions are being offered at the locations listed below in the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and Mohawk River watersheds. Local coordinators should plan to attend from 9am-4pm whereas basic WAVE training will be held at the same location from 12-4pm. To sign up for one of these sessions, please contact me at wave@gw.dec.state.ny.us.” (March 24, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 3/25/2014 - With so many understanding Climate Change and caring about doing something about it, why are we doing so little? Millennials: We care more about the environment  (March 22, 2014) MSNBC
  • 3/25/2014 - For a moment, get beyond politics. See Obama’s attempts to educate public on Climate Change in a world of dysfunctional media. FACT SHEET: The President’s Climate Data Initiative: Empowering America’s Communities to Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change  (March 19, 2014) The White House
  • 3/25/2014 - Make comment on the “2014 New York State Energy Plan” by April 30, 2014. Climate Change is about planning.  One of the most important things you can do is add your voice to create a good plan to address and mitigate Climate Change. The “2014 New York State Energy Plan” falls far from the mark by vague language, pretty pictures, and no baselines for a real clean energy future.  This is all explained and by Agree New York, who will quickly take you through the process of learning about the energy plan, explaining the problems with the plan, and pointing you towards making your own comment to the plan.
  • 3/25/2014 - There’s no good reason for Congress not to renew wind tax-credit to give clean energy a chance against dirty energy. Using energy is human behavior and that present behavior—burning fossil fuels--is causing Climate Change. 144 Bipartisan Congress Members Request Wind Tax Credit Renewals  (March 24, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 3/24/2014 - In the light of natural gas’s “crumbling infrastructure” shouldn’t NYS stop considering Fracking and go renewable energy? With the spectacle of “America’s crumbling infrastructure” in natural gas, transportation, water, waste water, and telecommunications, and the amount of public monies that will be needed to repair and update these systems, shouldn’t we be thinking of Climate Change planning and the prospect of cutting our losses on some old infrastructures in favor or new infrastructures—like mini-grids (decentralized) renewable energy (wind and solar) options; alternative (walking and bicycling) transportation and high-speed rails instead of asphalt and GHGs emitting vehicles, and rerouting phone lines and changing from combined sewer overflow systems to an infrastructure that can better handle hotter weather, more floods, and more extreme weather? Before we pour billions into these old infrastructures shouldn’t we pause and consider the alternatives? Beneath Cities, a Decaying Tangle of Gas Pipes  (March 23, 2014) New York Times
  • 3/24/2014 - So, what you’re saying is that Big Oil ‘gets’ Climate Change and they’re just gaming the economic system?  Hmmm…. High Cost of Climate Earns Exxon Rare Environmental Win (March 21, 2014) Bloomberg
  • 3/24/2014 - Shouldn’t we be collecting as much data as we can about the weather and climate of the Great Lakes? City seeks grant for Big Lake weather buoy  (March 21, 2014) The Herald Palladium
  • 3/24/2014 - Find out the state of health for Lake Erie: Forum: The STATUS of LAKE ERIE - Reserve Seats Now WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM WHERE: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse, Buffalo, NY The STATUS of LAKE ERIE is the topic of the forum to be held on the Buffalo waterfront at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse with its magnificent view of Lake Erie. An expert panel of speakers will address a variety of Lake Erie issues including toxic algae, dead zones, invasive species, CAFOs and water quality. There will also be a brief talk on the Boathouse’s history and a tour of the nearby Great Lakes Laboratory Field Station. The program is below: [Click Image to Enlarge] Advance Registration is required due to limited seating.  RESERVE your seat for the STATUS of LAKE ERIE forum:  write a check for $5 per person made out to ADK  mail it to Cheryl Peluso, 3618 Howard Rd, Hamburg NY 14075  any questions, leave a message at 648-9027 or email cherylp17@verizon.net  Once the check is received your name will be added to the reserved seat list and Cheryl will email an acknowledgement of receipt . Upon arrival at the event, give your name at the door and you'll be admitted. Click here to check out the flyer --from Re-Energize Buffalo
  • 3/24/2014 - Help get our NYS trails along the canal cleaned up for Earth Day.  "Celebrate Earth Day | Volunteer for Canal Clean Sweep   100 clean-up events scheduled April 25-27   Join more than 3,000 volunteers and 150 organizations in the annual "spring cleaning" of the 524-mile New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail the weekend of April 25-27 as part of the 9th annual Canal Clean Sweep. Canal Clean Sweep is FUN for all ages, interests, and abilities.   Visit the Canal Clean Sweep website and interactive map of events to find one that works for you!   Parks & Trails New York's list of events andinteractive map make it easy to find event locations, meeting times and places, organizer contact information, and a description of each event. Select an event near you today." --from Parks and Trails New York
  • 3/24/2014 - Is nuclear waste, and the threat it presents to future generations, worth the price of the ‘inconvenience’ of renewable energy?  Shouldn’t we make an all out effort to change our energy behavior before dismissing the dangers the nuclear power threatens? Nuclear waste buildup relentless In excess of 496,000 cu. meters of low-level radioactive waste would need to be disposed of through burial if every nuclear reactor in the country is decommissioned, according to government officials.  (March 22, 2014) The Japan Times
  • 3/24/2014 - IPCC: report on the impacts of global warming: predicts these harms: violence, food, water, health, wealth Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming. (March 23, 2014) Contra Coasta Times
  • 3/22/2014 - Renewable energy (wind and solar) is so boring. No exciting warning system. Who cares if a turbine falls off or a solar panel cracks? Oswego County nuclear plants will soon replace public warning system  (March 21, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 3/22/2014 - High speed rail would provide us with a real Climate Change adaptation strategy for reducing GHG’s (27%) from Transportation.  Works like this: Bike or cab to train station, zip across state on high speed rail, arrive safe and fast, walk or bike or cab to hotel across state. Look Ma no car! Comment period for high-speed rail extended  (March 21, 2014) Rochester Business Journal
  • 3/22/2014 - Rochester, NY lives on the shores of Lake Ontario.  How’s all that going with our favorite Great Lake?  Lake Ontario Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative Each year, U.S. and Canadian organizations assess one of the Great Lakes as part of the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI). Information collected during CSMI assessments supports Great Lakes management programs. CSMI assessments took place in Lake Ontario in 2003, 2008 and 2013. The 2013 assessment focused on improving the understanding of nutrient loading, transport and cycling in Lake Ontario - from The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)