Updated Daily  11/23/2017 RochesterEnvironment.com

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


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

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

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Since 1998, RochesterEnvironment.com has been an ongoing experiment to completely inform one community [Rochester, NY] of all its environmental Newslinks, Events, Daily Updates, Resources, Environmental Education, regional Climate Change, and Environmental Issues. Green Apps, and more...    * Please read this carefully, it's not the usual Yada Yada

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive)  [Website best viewed on your tablet device.]

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

Watch this short video about addressing Climate Change from friend and dedicated advocate for strong action on Climate Change. Paul’s message, the importance of showing up and demonstrating that you care about our people and our planet, will get you moving. Imagine if we all felt and ACTED towards our life support system as Paul. RT. Please make Paul’s message go viral. #StandUpForScience  #climatechangeshealth  ClimateFacts #MarchForScience #ScienceMatters #ClimateChange

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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.-- Carl Sagan

 

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

 

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CheckerDaily CO2 Mauna Loa Observatory  |  Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations November 18, 2017 405.65 ppm NOAA-ESRL November 18, 2016 403.18 ppm NOAA-ESRL (from CO2-Earth)

 

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Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

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

Posted Today - Thursday, November 23, 2017

  • Group wants the city to lower speed limits The faster a vehicle is going, the more potential it has to injure or kill someone. And that, in a nutshell, is why the Healthi Kids Coalition, a children's advocacy group, is asking City of Rochester officials to lower the speed limit on neighborhood streets from 30 mph to 25 mph. Prior to the push, coalition staff asked parents across the city about what prevents them from letting their children walk to school or playgrounds. One of the most common reasons they gave was traffic, says Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator for the coalition. (November 22, 2017) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Transportation in our area]

  • Pricing Climate Pollution in NY State will generate Billions for Clean Energy Investments and over 100,000 Jobs Annually POLLUTERS MUST PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TO FUND THE NEEDED INCREASE IN NY STATE’S RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENTS TO STABILIZE THE CLIMATE AND PROTECT HEALTH ALBANY, NY -- New York State must increase public clean energy investments by $4-5.5 billion per year in order to exceed its emission reduction targets, according to a groundbreaking report released today by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at UMass. This level of public investment would generate between 145,000 and 160,000 jobs annually in the first ten years, and could be achieved by placing a fee on climate pollution starting at $35/ton of emissions in 2021. The study is available at this link. (November 19, 2017) Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo [more on Energy and Climate Change in our area]

  • DEC Declares Hudson River PCB Cleanup Not Complete State Study Finds Significant PCB Contamination Still in River; Urges EPA to Deny Request to Certify the Upper Hudson River Cleanup as Complete New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to deny General Electric’s request to certify that the cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the upper Hudson River is complete. “The Hudson River is a national historic treasure and we cannot let the PCB contamination persist any longer,” said Commissioner Seggos. “It’s clear from the state’s ongoing research that EPA’s job is not done and they cannot declare that this remediation is complete. If the federal government fails New York, we will explore all legal options to challenge the EPA’s decision and ensure this river is not left to suffer the consequences of pollution for generations to come.” In a letter to EPA, DEC identifies several significant issues that indicate a certificate of completion should not be issued for this project, namely that the goals of the remediation remain unachieved. Results of recent data collected by DEC confirm that there are significantly greater amounts of PCBs in the Hudson River than EPA anticipated there would be at the end of the dredging project. If allowed to remain, these highly contaminated sediments will delay the long-term reduction of fish PCB concentrations prolonging risks to human health and the environment. (November 22, 2017) Department of Environmental Conservation  [more on Brownfields in our area]

  • $300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress DETROIT - A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region's most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and declining wildlife habitat. (November 22, 2017) ClickOnDetroit [more on Great Lakes in our area]

  • NY appeals after feds deny Lake Ontario disaster aid for Cayuga County The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York's request to extend a Lake Ontario flooding disaster declaration to Cayuga County, according to state and local officials with knowledge of the decision.  Last week, the White House announced that President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for six counties along Lake Ontario. However, Cayuga and Monroe counties weren't included. U.S. Rep. John Katko's office said the claims for the two counties were still being reviewed. (November 22, 2017) AuburnPub [more on Great Lakes and Water Quality in our area]

  • How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums? When Nairobi gets hot, its slums get even hotter. That's what a new study published in PLOS ONE has found. In 2015, researchers put dozens of thermometers in poor communities and monitored them during Nairobi's warmest months of December, January and February — during what turned out to be the capital's hottest summer in 30 years. They found that slums were 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the city's official weather station less than half a mile away. (November 20, 2017) National Public Radio [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Food Waste, Methane and Climate Change As Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and celebrate, we can sometimes overdo it. Frequently, the food from Thanksgiving dinner doesn't all get eaten, and while that food often makes for good leftovers, some inevitably gets thrown away. The USDA estimates 35 percent of turkey meat cooked at Thanksgiving gets wasted. Food waste isn’t limited to Thanksgiving. Amazingly, up to 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. intended for consumption is not eaten, which equates to about 20 pounds of food per person each month.(November 22, 2017) Climate Central [more on Food and Recycling and Climate Change in our area] 

  • True “Social Cost Of Carbon” Is More Than Double Earlier Estimates, Study Finds The true “social cost of carbon” is more than double earlier estimates — with even just an updated accounting of the agricultural sector on its own more than doubling earlier estimates in aggregate — according to a new analysis from the University of California—Davis and Purdue University. Going on the new analysis, the true “social cost of carbon” is 72% to 129% greater than previously estimated following updated agricultural sector estimates. In addition, the new analysis shows that climate change has an overall net-negative effect on agriculture; and that every ton of CO2 emitted currently causes up to $8.50 in costs on agriculture. Also noteworthy is the analysis shows that higher temperatures have net-negative effects on 4 major crops in essentially all of the locations where they are grown. (November 22, 2017) Clean Technica [more on Climate Change and Food and Plants and Energy in our area]

  • Federal Government Should Release Agency Opinions About Safety of Power Plant Water Rule Harvard Law School filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), arguing that the federal government should make public Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service opinions about whether an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) power plant water discharge regulation would adequately protect fish. The services provided their biological opinions for the EPA to consider when finalizing the rule. The Endangered Species Act requires the EPA to consult with the services about regulations that may affect threatened or endangered species. (November 21, 2017) Union of Concerned Scientists (more on Water Quality and Wildlife in our area]


News Highlight

Climate Change is not just an individual responsibility      

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

This mostly wonderful essay by the Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board about local efforts, including those of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), gets at the heart of what folks in our region can do to address Climate Change.

Editorial: Climate change is everyone's problem While the United States is no longer leading the world against climate change, state and local efforts aimed at helping stabilize the earth’s temperature are building steam. While these initiatives are critical, they are also not enough. We must do more. Even New York state, which has set some of the nation’s most ambitious targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, is falling short according to a new report from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Economic researchers outlined a more dramatic clean energy investment plan that they say would “put the state on a true climate stabilization trajectory,” create jobs, and show the world what needs to be done. Now. The reason for urgency is obvious. A time series heat map created by NASA shows the average variation of global surface temperatures between 1884 and 2016. Cooler averages are marked in shades of blue. Warmer averages are colored red. Blue goes from being the overwhelmingly dominant color, to nearly disappearing off the map within the past 35 years. (November 15, 2017) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Climate Change in our area]

While I agree that Climate Change is everyone’s problem, I’m having a problem with the last sentence: “We do not need to be participating in this week’s United Nations climate talks in Bonn to increase our own knowledge about what needs to be done, and to take individual responsibility for helping change the world.” The statement is literally correct, but sidesteps the responsibility of all the players (including media, government, and businesses) involved in this crisis.

First, I’m not sure who the ‘we’ in this sentence refers to: the D&C newspaper, ‘we’ (as in the public), or ‘we’ as in the US federal government. If the “we” refers to the D&C, I think that this major print publication should be reporting to the local public what is going on at the COP23 climate talk in Bonn and why it is important that our government chose to pull out of the Paris Accord, but showed up anyways peddling more fossil fuel use. In this quickly warming world, we must be able to continually depend on our local major media to communicate accurately and effectively how this crisis will affect our ability to plan sustainably in this region. The media is our collective information system that we now depend on for a precise model of reality—a reality that is already changing with more harmful algae blooms, more flooding, and more disruptive winters due to a warming Arctic. [See Rochester, NY’s Climate Action Plan.]    

However, the federal government is also ‘we’, and its forfeiture of our responsibility is incredibly important, and should not be depicted as insignificant, as this editorial and many other recent pronouncements have implied. Efforts by other actors, such as New York State, California, Jerry Brown, and Michael Bloomberg are to be applauded. [See: ‘America’s Pledge’]

But these efforts are no replacement for a strong federal role. The United States needs to participate in the climate talks in a leadership and responsible role both for moral reasons (most of the greenhouse gas emissions that have already changed our climate are ours) and because only nations can enter into treaties, change a nation’s laws, and make sure public monies are directed towards the sciences that tell us Climate Change is a clear and present danger. In order to effect change on a scale and time frame that will matter, nations working together are the most likely (or perhaps only) actors who can make it work.

If left only to “individual responsibility”, this crisis is most likely to be ignored by the majority, or result in ad hoc, conflicting, and insufficient solutions until it’s too late.

Time passes.   more...

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive

Green Business.

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

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

  • Rochester Regional Health announces green energy initiative Rochester Regional Health says it intends to source 100 percent of the electricity it uses from renewable energy sources and carbon free production by the year 2025. President and CEO Eric Bieber says that's a big deal, and the organization will have to things differently as they go forward.  But he maintains it's the right thing to do, and it equates to taking scores of cars off the road and burning many tons less coal. (October 20, 2017) WXXI News [more on Green Business and Energy in our area]

  • Organic farming operation to bring 50 jobs to Brockport Organic farming is bringing 50 jobs to the Brockport area. That according to Governor Cuomo who says that Duncan Family Farms, a leading organic grower based in Arizona, has expanded into Monroe County. Duncan is partnering with Newstead Ranch on an $11.8 million dollar project. The company will be growing baby leaf items including spinach and romaine for customers throughout the region and along the East Coast. They eventually expect to expand into other specialty vegetable crops. (September 6, 2017) WXXI News [more on Food and Green Business in our area]

  • Company to open nation's largest hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester A company is set to open what Governor Cuomo's office says will be the biggest commercial hydroponic facility in the nation in Rochester. The governor says Clearwater Organic Farms  will build a 15 acre, 650,000 square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park, creating 137 new jobs. About half of those positions will be reserved for veterans and the unemployed, the state says. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. "The new Clearwater Organic Farms facility will drive innovation, create jobs for New Yorkers who need them most, and bolster economic growth throughout the region," Governor Cuomo said in a release. "Our economic strategy continues to generate new activity, attract high-growth industries to the region and build momentum to move the Finger Lakes forward." (May 10, 2017) WHEC Rochester [more on Plants and Food and Green Business in our area]

  • RIT-led consortium wins $70M in funding for clean energy institute A Rochester Institute of Technology-led consortium has won a nationwide competition and secured $70 million in federal funding to bring a public-private clean energy manufacturing institute here, officials announced Tuesday. The competition was held by the U.S. Department of Energy. The consortium will match the federal award of $70 million for a total investment of $140 million, officials said. The RIT-led consortium includes Xerox Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. (January 3, 2017) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight:

Join us on October 28th in Rochester, NY!      

Saturday Evening  October 28th, 2017 8AM – 5PM   

Harley School, 1981 Clover St. Rochester, NY  

The Rochester People's Climate Coalition has been working with a number of other organizations from around the state to put together a "NY Climate Solutions Summit" that will take place on October 28 here in Rochester.  

 

The summit aims to build a larger movement across NYS that is prepared to take action to implement effective climate solutions.  We will provide an opportunity for clean energy and climate organizers from communities across the region to come together to share projects, resources, experiences and skills to tackle climate change and implement solutions.

 

The Climate Solutions Summit will offer:  Case studies and workshops in renewable energy (solar, wind, renewable heating and cooling), energy efficiency, green transportation, sustainable land use, environmental justice, technical skills, movement building skills and networking with members of the climate movement.

 

Please consider joining us for this event, and don't hesitate to invite others in your network!  You must register here:  For more information, go to NYClimateSummit.org or visit our FB event page. Let me know if you have any comments or questions.  To add your group as a supporter of the Summit, contact info@nyclimatesummit.org.

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

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

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

 350.org

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

 

Green Events.

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

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

November 2017 

  • Wednesday, November 29. 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre #1    
    • Rochester Street Films: Winter Edition Wednesday, November 29. 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre #1   Reserve Your Seat   Reserve your seat in advance with an online donation to Reconnect Rochester (suggested $5 – $25).   Rochester’s streets are alive with activity (when the weather is nice). But how to do we stay active when winter bears down upon us? Might Rochester even capitalize on its reputation as one of the snowiest places in America? Get inspired with these short films and clips from around the world. Our featured short film will follow Mona Seghatoleslami, host of WXXI Classical 91.5 FM on her winter commute as she bikes and buses into downtown. After the film Mona will lead a panel discussion with local leaders including…     PLUS...   Zagster will give a short presentation about the success of Rochester’s bike share this season, and what to expect for next year.  
  • Thursday November 30, 2017  6:30-8:30 PM  141 East Avenue  Rochester, NY 14604
    • How We Can Reverse Global Warming Some say it is already too late to save the planet from massive global warming. Come learn that’s not true - and  what are the most important projects we should be working on! In an inspiring workshop, you will learn and discuss the latest research about how we can reverse  global warming. Topics include: ●     Visionary Paul Hawken and his ground-breaking research ●     Hawken’s top 80 identified solutions ●     Discussion and reflection on  taking immediate action Move from “game over” to “game ON!” Christ Church  141 East Avenue  Rochester, NY 14604 Thursday November 30, 2017  6:30-8:30 PM    Register here Sponsored by Christ Church and the Pachamama Alliance
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., Goergen 101 Reception and Poster Session 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., Munnerlyn Atrium, Goergen Hall, University of Rochester.
    •  PBK Visiting Scholar: Victor S. Batista, "Converting Water into Fuel: Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis" The development of cheap, robust, and efficient photocatalytic cells for water oxidation would allow the sustainable production of fuel from renewable resources. An example of such a cell involves hydrogen evolution at the cathode, thermodynamically driven by photoanodic water oxidation. The underlying photocatalytic process generates fuel (e.g., hydrogen) from water by using solar light to extract cheap electrons and protons from a renewable resource (e.g., water). The generated fuel is environmentally benign since, upon combustion, it generates only heat and water | Free and open to the public. See flyer.

December 2017

  • December 1 – December 2 2 First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Rd S, Rochester, New York 14610
    • Alternative Fair 2017 Public · Hosted by Metro Justice December 1 – December 2 2 First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Rd S, Rochester, New York 14610 THE FAIR IS 2 DAYS--Friday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am until 4:00 pm! Metro Justice’s values are integral to our annual Alternative Fair. You can enjoy FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOPPING with a conscience at Metro Justice’s 35th annual Alternative Fair, featuring thousands of unique fair trade, earth friendly, and locally produced goods that support a strong local economy and a just and sustainable world. Want to be a vendor? Contact Andrew Thomas, Fundraising and Membership Director (andrew@metrojustice.org), for a vendor application and information. This is holiday shopping at prices the whole family can afford, and for many families, it’s their #1 shopping destination each year. Sale items include pottery, textiles, jewelry, fine art, toys & games, ornaments, and much more — all fair trade imports or hand crafted by local artists. There is a suggested donation of $5 for all those over age 12, and free child care is available for young children and babies. Bring the whole family for several hours, and enjoy the festive atmosphere as you shop with a conscience. Food will be available and chances are you’ll see many friends, too!
  • Dec. 5th from 6:30-8:30. Workers United: 750 East Ave., Rochester, NY
    • A "Reimagine RTS" Meeting-in-a-Box will be held at Workers United: 750 East Ave. in Rochester on Dec. 5th from 6:30-8:30. Members of local non-profit organizations with an interest in mass transit / sustainability are invited. The meeting is open to the public. The Reimagine RTS is a planning process that will study and explore changes to the RTS fixed-route transit system to better meet the changing needs of the region. For this meeting, we will be provided with guidelines by RTS's "Meeting in a Box". The "Reimagine RTS" process provides a rare opportunity to improve the public transit system in Rochester, thereby significantly reducing green-house gas emissions, providing more equitable transportation options for low-income residents, increasing mass transit ridership, and providing a stimulus for urban revitalization in downtown Rochester.
  • December 3, 2017   | 6:00 PM at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Ave., Rochester NY
    • PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE DRAWDOWN COURSE October 29, November 5, 12 and December 3, 2017  6:00 PM at First Unitarian Church. First Unitarian Church Environmental Task Force and Pachamama Alliance will be offering a 4 session series to enable you to go deeply into the solutions we need to pursue to bring down the global greenhouse gas concentration.  The Pachamama Alliance national group has put together a Drawdown course as an opportunity to come together with others on a journey to radically shift your relationship to global warming: to get more educated, inspired, empowered -- and to get in action. Through videos, presentations, individual research, and group interaction and learning we will come together over four sessions to explore the Drawdown solutions to Global Warming, how they are ranked and the overall plan. We’ll cover the science, the impact and the scale of the solutions in an inspiring and easily understandable way.  Participants will have the opportunity to research between sessions and go deeper on certain solutions that resonate with them and take on a project to get into action in their own community and to advocate for nationally and internationally. An important aspect of the course is building community among participants, sharing experiences and collaborating on ideas and opportunities for action.  The course is offered as a pilot and your input will help make it more effective to bring even more people on board.      For more information contact Sue Staropoli at suestar1@rochester.rr.com or 585-734-2816

 

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

 

 

ACTION highlight

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':

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

Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities':



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

Green Action.

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

  • ACTION: Due Date: November 21, 2017
    • Winter is coming – and so is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address. Let's tell Cuomo that we expect bold climate action to be the star of the show! RSVP to call Cuomo with other Rochesterians and New Yorkers on November 21: NY Renews Call-the-Governor Day!  
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Are we helpless in the face of the Trump administration’s attacks on our environmental protections? No, says the NRDC. Find out more: "FIGHTING THE TRUMP AGENDA, A step-b-by-step guide to Trump's attacks on the environment and how you can help NRDC stop him | President Trump faces many hurdles in his quest to dismantle our system of environmental protections. Here, we document those steps, alongside NRDC’s actions to thwart Trump policies that attack our air, water, and wild spaces. We will also continuously update the page with steps you can take—because the biggest obstacle to the Trump agenda is you. "Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • If you've been reading all the reports coming in about plastics in our oceans, you must be looking for a way to stop this kind of pollution. Take Action: Save our Oceans - End plastic pollution now! "By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish.  It’s shameful. Half of the plastic made we use just once and throw out, choking our seas and all the animals in it.  But in days, our governments can stem this tide when they meet at a historic summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure just got #2 polluter Indonesia to commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste! Now we need to go after the other top polluters. If one million of us get behind a global call the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let our oceans breathe again. Add your name. " (Avaaz )
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Don’t let all the work we have put into environmental protections since the 1970’s be gutted. Stand up for our absolute right to have a healthy, thriving life support system—our environment. There is no ‘balance’ between industrial rights and humanity’s fundamental right to clean water, air, and land. The silent majority must awake from what is being done to our EPA. Stop the Attacks on Our Environment and Health: Save The EPA! To be delivered to: New York and Connecticut Congressional Delegation The President has proposed to slash the EPA budget, eliminate funding for programs to restore the Great Lakes and Long Island Sound, and cut programs to fight climate change. This would decimate EPA's ability to address a broad range of its responsibilities and put our environment, health, and economy at an unacceptable risk! I urge Congress to provide full funding for the EPA and critical programs that it administers, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Long Island Sound restoration, and efforts to fight climate change. (from Citizens Campaign for the Environment)
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Got bike? Got an old bike not being used? Why not donate that bike to R Community Bikes (RCB) and help others get around—without carbon emissions. Action Transportation (walking and bicycling) is increasing in Rochester and you can help get our city more climate friendly. Find out more about BikeRochester and our city’s draft Climate Action Plan that we are still waiting for passage.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • I think it proper to now distinguish Pruitt’s epa from the former U.S. EPA, which used to be a respectable federal agency  CONDEMN TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON THE EPA Trump and his Republicans want to weaken the EPA. Say you won't stand for it: here.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Great local effort to grow our renewable energy supply. Find out more and how you can get involved: Click here to learn more about RPCC’s Community Choice Aggregation Project! "The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition is pursuing the development of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) as a way to use the market to grow our local renewable supply.  We began exploring this issue in September 2015 and formed a committee on CCA in December.  Our committee members have begun meeting with governmental leaders to inform them of this policy option. " Rochester People's Climate Coalition
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • From our friends over at the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition: Climate Friendly Food Choices |”Food Choices are extremely important for anyone who wants to take climate change action because: Food Choices have a profound effect on greenhouse gas emissions (one study shows as much as 51%). Food Choices are amongst the easiest changes that make a huge difference—the biggest bang for our individual buck.” Find out more about this issue and contact RPCC to see how you can help this issue locally. More on Food in our area.
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Consider stopping wasteful phone books that littler our neighborhoods and no longer provide a useful service by surfing over here: Department of Public of Service, Comment Form using this case number 17-C-0013. Back in the day, our Rochester Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee tried to halt the delivery of these phone books with little effect. That now the phone company admits that this is a 12-tons-of-waste each year that can be avoided is interesting. Our group noticed over the years how phone books were tossed on to apartment complex porches’ and left for months there while folks just walked over them, avoiding them completely. And for many, many people the phone books would go immediately into the recycling bin—at best. At worst, folks threw them into the trash or let them scattered throughout the neighborhoods. We were told by the powers that be that although many people don’t use these books the advertising dollars that came from the phone books were too important. Now, finally, after long last, phone books are on the way out because they waste paper and aren’t needed. Which has been the case for years. Consider putting the nail this this wasteful coffin by surfing over here: Department of Public of Service, Comment Form using this case number 17-C-0013. More: Phone books to disappear for good The phone book, a one-time necessity that many now consider a wasteful nuisance, is about to disappear from your life forever. Frontier Communications, which provides landline phone service in the Rochester area and some other areas in New York, has asked state regulators for permission to end mass delivery of phone books to its customers. The books contain business listings, government contact information and consumer information. (February 1, 2017) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Recycling in our area]
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    • Winds of Change by @revkin on Twitter, on Facebook  , or by email on ProPublica is a great way to “to keep track of subsequent changes on federal websites as the Trump administration settles in.” We must remain vigilant on making use our climate science is not being hijacked by ideology in these troublesome times. Much of the public’s and the media’s information on Climate Change comes from federal websites so you’re help is needed in tracking any wavering from the climate facts we need in order to have a sustainable life support system. Help Us Track Winds of Change as Trump Confronts Climate Issues If you see something, say something. ProPublica is eager to get tips on shifts in available government information related to climate change. Until late morning on Friday, the White House homepage had an “issues” link to a page on the environment touting former President Obama’s efforts to build a “clean-energy economy” and tackle climate change. It’s still viewable via archive.org, but almost as soon as President Donald J. Trump’s hand was off the Bible, White House websites flipped to content consistent with Trump’s campaign pledges to roll back such programs. The live White House homepage now reflects President Donald J. Trump’s agenda, including a link to his energy plan, which includes “eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan” of his predecessor. (January 20, 2017) ProPublica [more on Climate Change in our area]
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    • Act on giving bicyclists a 3-ft break from vehicles, making biking safer, and reducing greenhouse gases. 3 FT PASSING LAW Thanks to the strong leadership of Board President Jim Reed and Board Member Emeritus Ivan Vamos, who himself was hit by a car, and support from Transportation Alternatives, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) has launched an all-out campaign this legislative session in Albany to amend the vague and impossible to enforce 2010 Safe Passing law. At the very least, we think there should be a 3 feet passing standard, which is now the law in 26 other states across the country. Email your legislators now by sending an email through this very easy-to-use form.
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    • Stop Explosive Oil Trains! Find out if you are in the blast zone and sign the petition. There is a fiftyfold increase in local transport of volatile crude oil trains (which are not and cannot be properly designed to carry this dangerous oil) through our region. Check to see if you are in the blast zone, and Take action and put a stop to this! From our friends over at Mothers Out Front! Really take a moment to find out about this clean and present danger in our community and take action here.
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    • "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
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    • New York needs to transition to renewable energy (like Wind Power) now:  "New York has been slow out of the gate when it comes to opportunities like offshore wind. We can change that. Few states have the potential to be a national and global clean energy and climate leader like New York.  And right now, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments on how to structure a new Large Scale Renewable Energy Program – and Environmental Advocates is urging the PSC to act on three critical fronts: Establish enforcement mechanisms to hold the state and utilities accountable for supplying 50 percent of our energy from clean renewables by 2030. Make the state’s Large Scale Renewables Program statewide (currently Long Island is excluded from the Renewable Portfolio Standard). Add offshore wind power to New York’s energy mix.  You can urge them to prioritize these initiatives, too!     Despite our state being home to some of the most attractive and productive wind farm locations in the nation, this plentiful source of renewable energy remains completely untapped. With Rhode Island constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and Europe utilizing this same renewable energy source on a large scale, New York can step up and become a global clean energy leader.     Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to ensure 50 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. That means dramatically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and building a clean, green energy economy with offshore wind and other sources of renewable energy.    Take Action Today! " (from Environmental Advocates of New York)
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    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
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    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
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    • Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 
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    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
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    • 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! "
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    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post

 

 

 

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  • 11/23/2017 - Slowing City traffic down make it safer for pedestrians, more survivable, and lower greenhouse gas emission as more people feel safe to walk. As I write, there are two pedestrian/car collision incidents in our area. Pedestrians always lose in a confrontation with a vehicle. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to slow down and protect the lives of people wanting and needing to walk to their destinations? Active transportation (walking and bicycling) is a critical transportation option for many people’s livelihood and active transportation must be made a viable transportation mode as Climate Change become more dire. Just this week, a study found “Transportation is the Biggest Source of U.S. Emissions” (11/21/2017 Climate Central) Wouldn’t it make more sense to adopt laws that brings our freaking car/pedestrian accident rate down, rather than the horrific toll being paid for a speedy ride through our neighborhoods? Group wants the city to lower speed limits The faster a vehicle is going, the more potential it has to injure or kill someone. And that, in a nutshell, is why the Healthi Kids Coalition, a children's advocacy group, is asking City of Rochester officials to lower the speed limit on neighborhood streets from 30 mph to 25 mph. Prior to the push, coalition staff asked parents across the city about what prevents them from letting their children walk to school or playgrounds. One of the most common reasons they gave was traffic, says Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator for the coalition. (November 22, 2017) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Transportation in our area]

  • 11/23/2017 - Sure hope the US Senate and Trump keep the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in their thoughts this Thanksgiving. The Great Lakes, the largest freshwater system in the world, needs to be ready for Climate Change. $300M for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress DETROIT - A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region's most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and declining wildlife habitat. (November 22, 2017) ClickOnDetroit [more on Great Lakes in our area]

  • 11/23/2017 - A truth about modern humanity that is much more so in Climate Change: If you’re poor, you’re screwed. We could fix this if we wanted to. How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums? When Nairobi gets hot, its slums get even hotter. That's what a new study published in PLOS ONE has found. In 2015, researchers put dozens of thermometers in poor communities and monitored them during Nairobi's warmest months of December, January and February — during what turned out to be the capital's hottest summer in 30 years. They found that slums were 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the city's official weather station less than half a mile away. (November 20, 2017) National Public Radio [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/23/2017 - Eleventh Commandment: Thy shall not waste food. “Amazingly, up to 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. intended for consumption is not eaten, …”  Food Waste, Methane and Climate Change As Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and celebrate, we can sometimes overdo it. Frequently, the food from Thanksgiving dinner doesn't all get eaten, and while that food often makes for good leftovers, some inevitably gets thrown away. The USDA estimates 35 percent of turkey meat cooked at Thanksgiving gets wasted. Food waste isn’t limited to Thanksgiving. Amazingly, up to 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. intended for consumption is not eaten, which equates to about 20 pounds of food per person each month.(November 22, 2017) Climate Central [more on Food and Recycling and Climate Change in our area]  

  • 11/23/2017 - We know the Trump administration is quietly scrubbing environmental information and information about Climate Change from its websites? Blinding us. But how much, where, in what way? In these dire times when an ideology is purposely scrubbing the scientific truth from the media and the public, we have an obligation to those who come after us to keep the truth alive. Find out what is happening on Climate Change and what our federal government is doing to cloak the truth. Website Monitoring |EDGI is monitoring changes to tens of thousands of federal environmental agency web pages because the effects of proposed changes to federal environmental governance under the current administration could be sweeping and long-lasting. Our work here involves documenting and analyzing data that disappears from public view, and also monitoring and analyzing how data, information, and their presentation may change, sometimes in subtle but significant ways. (Environmental Data and Government Initiative)

  • 11/22/2017 - How can you stop rising homeowners’ insurance premiums? Make sure your region is addressing Climate Change. Adapt to more extreme weather as even getting insurance will become more dear.

  • 11/22/2017 - The good news is that as populations move to urban areas there will be more shade because Climate Change helps urban trees grow faster. The bad news is that this is further proof Climate Change is warming things quickly. Time passes. Growing urban warmth helps city trees thrive City trees are responding to climate change and urban growth, making the most of the heat island effect. LONDON, 22 November, 2017 – City trees are feeling the heat – and loving it. As the global climate changes, trees worldwide are growing briskly, but those basking in the warmth of urban heat islands are growing even faster. Their root space may be more cramped, their leaves may be assaulted by more pollution, but the limes along Unter den Linden in Berlin, and the London planes of Paris, France are flourishing, to make life a little better for the citizens who walk in their shade. “We can show that urban trees of the same age are larger on average than rural trees because urban trees grow faster”, said Hans Pretzsch, a forester at the Technical University of Munich, who led the study that uncovered the trees’ behaviour. (November 22, 2017) Climate News Network [more on Plants and Climate Change in our area]

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

  • 11/22/2017 - If your media failed you and didn’t report on the most important issue in the world, the COP23, go here and catch up: Cop23 UN climate talks: Everything you need to know The US’ split personality, a stronger China and all the technical outcomes of the 2017 Fiji-in-Bonn summit in one place, compiled by Carbon Brief Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks. COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn. (November 20, 2017) Climate Home [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/22/2017 - Rather than slow and gradual, scientists are finding that Climate Change is moving quite swiftly—with potential Holy Cow! moments thrown in. We, ourselves, can see wildfires, extreme floods and ocean surges with more dramatic hurricanes, and heatwaves that threaten many lives. We are living in a warmer world and that means big change. An extreme event due to Climate Change that’s probably not on a lot of our radars are big chunks of ice falling into the water. Not big? Check this out: “Next to a meteor strike, rapid sea-level rise from collapsing ice cliffs is one of the quickest ways our world can remake itself. This is about as fast as climate change gets.” Holy Cow! Ice Apocalypse Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage. Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 miles long, these glaciers, named Pine Island and Thwaites, have marched steadily for millennia toward the Amundsen Sea, part of the vast Southern Ocean. Further inland, the glaciers widen into a two-mile-thick reserve of ice covering an area the size of Texas. There’s no doubt this ice will melt as the world warms. The vital question is when. The glaciers of Pine Island Bay are two of the largest and fastest-melting in Antarctica. (A Rolling Stone feature earlier this year dubbed Thwaites “The Doomsday Glacier.”) Together, they act as a plug holding back enough ice to pour 11 feet of sea-level rise into the world’s oceans — an amount that would submerge every coastal city on the planet. For that reason, finding out how fast these glaciers will collapse is one of the most important scientific questions in the world today. (November 21, 2017) Grist [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/22/2017 - Transportation produces more carbon dioxide emissions than electricity generation now. So, how we get around is an important source of individual responsibility for addressing Climate Change. Getting more active transportation (walking and bicycling) into our lives can have a big overall effect on reducing greenhouse gases. And walking and bicycling are good for your health. Transportation is the Biggest Source of U.S. Emissions The busiest travel day of the year brings a renewed focus on transportation, and for the first time since the 1970s, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from transportation have eclipsed emissions from electricity generation as the top source of greenhouse gases. The change comes as U.S. electricity generation relies less on coal and more on renewables and natural gas (a less carbon-intensive fossil fuel). Transportation emissions have also declined from a peak in 2008 due to steadily improving fuel economies, although there has been a small uptick recently as a result of a drop in gas prices. The projected growth in electric vehicles suggests decreases in CO2 transportation emissions are on the horizon. Even when accounting for how electricity is generated, an electric vehicle emits less carbon dioxide than a comparable gasoline car in a majority of U.S. states. A typical gasoline-powered passenger car emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide for each gallon of gas burned, or about a pound for each mile traveled, and both electric and hybrid vehicles can cut back on those emissions. A recent Climate Central report, Climate Friendly Cars, shows which cars are the most climate friendly in each state. The rankings are based on the type of engine and the method in which electricity is generated in each state. (November 21, 2017) Climate Central [more on Transportation and Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/21/2017 - Building a great big trash incinerator near Rochester, NY is a really, really bad idea. It would put more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere during Climate Change. It would reduce the public’s inclination to recycle, which is vital to create more recycling companies, reducing mining for more natural resources, and help many reuse agencies that help distribute our discards for use by others. Food waste should not be burned (which would be then be a fossil fuel), nor should they be land-filled. Food waste needs to be composted and go back in our soil. We need an incinerator in the Finger Lakes region like a lung cancer patient needs to smoke. Good grief. Rochester firm seeks to build huge trash incinerator in Seneca County A Rochester company with no known track record and uncertain ownership has proposed a massive trash-burning incinerator in Seneca County. The incinerator, which would burn up to 175 truckloads of solid waste each day, would be built on a 48-acre parcel that once was part of the storied Seneca Army Depot. The facility, which would loom 180 feet high over the landscape with a smokestack that reaches even higher, would generate electricity and create ash that the developers say could be re-used. The plant would be able to receive trash via rail as well as truck. (November 20, 2017) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Recycling in our area]

  • 11/21/2017 - OK, maybe…. the shape of Lake Ontario has something to do with heavy snowfall but I’m thinking Climate Change is more likely to be a factor in how much snow we get as we move into a warmer world. When they talk about snowfall, it would be nice if all media in the Great Lakes region brought in Climate Change to the discussion. Climate Change already affecting and will greatly affect the weather, water level, and much more of the Great Lakes’ ecology. Our media needs to reflect this reality. How Lake Ontario’s Shape Generates Local, Persistent Snowstorms OSWEGO – A six-foot-wide snowblower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill plateau. Tug Hill, in upstate New York, is one of the snowiest places in the eastern U.S. and experiences some of the most intense snowstorms in the world. This largely rural region, just east of Lake Ontario, gets an average of 20 feet of snow a year. Hence the tractor-mounted snowblower. The region’s massive snow totals are due to lake-effect snowstorms, bands of snow resulting from warm lake water fueling intense, long-lasting storms. Lake-effect snow is common in the Great Lakes region and in areas downwind of large bodies of water, including the Great Salt Lake. (November 20, 2017) Oswego County Today [more on Great Lakes in our area]

  • 11/21/2017 - When you consider how much more rainfall is falling in the Northeast since 1958 (71%) and how outdated combined (sewage and stromwater) sewer systems around the Great Lakes are continually spilling sewage into our drinking water, programs to “protect the Great Lakes by changing how cities handle rain water” are necessary strategies of how we in this region address Climate Change. Partnership aims to protect the Great Lakes by changing how cities handle rain water The Great Lakes Commission and Lawrence Technological University are teaming up to protect the Great Lakes by changing the way cities think about rain water. They want to explore new ways communities can handle storm water to prevent things like flooding and sewage overflow into the lakes. Michael Polich is a program specialist with the Great Lakes Commission. He says cities often view alternate storm water technologies as different and untested, making them hesitant to implement new ideas. (November 19, 2017) Michigan Radio [more on Water Quality and Great Lakes in our area]

  • 11/21/2017 - Seeing (that is, over time and a larger perspective) is believing. Watch this amazing data-based animation of 20 years of Climate Change. Humanity tends to focus on the here and now. But in order to address the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, we must adopt a more intelligent way of looking at reality—one that is scientific and wise and more focused on making our existence sustainable. We must free climate science from politics. Time passes. Nasa map of Earth over 20 years highlights astonishing impact of climate change Animation captures planet's seasonal fluctuations as seen from space An astonishing new map that highlights the unprecedented impact of climate change over the last 20 years has been captured by Nasa.  The animation shows our planet’s seasonal fluctuations as seen from space after the US space agency condensed two decades of data into just a few minutes.  The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. But as time passes the Arctic can be seen getting greener, as shrubs grow more widely in the warmer temperatures. (November 18, 2017) Independent [more on Cimate Change in our area]   

  • 11/21/2017 - Sorry Trump, world and America want real efforts to address Climate Change not fake solutions. UN Climate Talks Conclude with World Leaving Trump Behind ‘However much Trump wants to take us backward on climate change, the rest of the world — and the rest of the U.S. — is intent on moving forward.’ Two weeks of international climate talks in Bonn made only incremental progress toward resolving disputes that have been lingering since the Paris Agreement of 2015. The main achievement may have been cementing a firebreak to prevent the Trump administration from torching the whole process. The strategy is to assert a broad new leadership among nations big and small, to bolster their resolve with high-profile commitments from American cities and states, to muster corporations and financial institutions in an attempt to kickstart renewable energy and assist poor countries, and to leave Washington isolated on the world stage. It's a strategy pinned on the hopes—although diplomats would never put it so bluntly—that either Donald Trump will change his mind or that the United States will change its leader. (November 18, 2017) Inside Cimate News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/21/2017 - What if climate scientists have been actually holding back on some of their deepest concerns when communicating about Climate Change? In the name of hope and optimism and scientific reticence could many of our climate scientist not be giving us a full picture of what Climate Change looks like? How can we plan accurately if we don’t see the whole picture? James Hansen - Scientific Reticence: A Threat to Humanity and Nature James Hansen, Pam Peterson, and Philip Duffy join us to discuss how the hesitancy among scientists to express the gravity of our situation is a major block to our understanding and response to climate change, The reticence results from a combination of factors: political pressure, institutional conservatism, the desire to avoid controversy, aspiring to objectivity, etc. But when the data and the conclusions it leads to are alarming, isn't it imperative that the alarm be transmitted publicly? Here is another facet of society's apparent inability to assess and respond appropriately to the present immense, existential threat of climate change. (November 19, 2017) United Planet Faith and Science Inititiave on YouTube [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/20/2017 - Toxic algae blooms are a growing threat to our region’s water quality and lake ecosystems and greatly impacted by Climate Change. Our growing toxic algae problem needs to be addressed as a Climate Change problem. This statement from the article below must instill a sense of urgency of addressing Climate Change locally. The South is being woken up to Climate Change with its extreme hurricanes; these toxic algae blooms are our wake-up call: “Within the past decade, outbreaks have been reported in every state, a trend likely to accelerate as climate change boosts water temperatures.” Toxic Algae: Once A Nuisance, Now A Severe Nationwide Threat He recovered, but Lake Erie hasn’t. Nor have other waterways choked with algae that’s sickening people, killing animals and hammering the economy. The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms. Pungent, sometimes toxic blobs are fouling waterways from the Great Lakes to Chesapeake Bay, from the Snake River in Idaho to New York’s Finger Lakes and reservoirs in California’s Central Valley. (November 19, 2017) The Post-Journal [more on Water Quality in our area]

  • 11/20/2017 - Got friends (maybe even a president) that don’t believe in Climate Change is happening and is human caused? Watch is short (5:31) from the UN climate change conference COP23 and then distribute widely to those we still need to convince. Time passes. Busting climate myths Know any climate change deniers? Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions they use — debunked and busted by high-profile climate leaders at the UN climate change conference COP23. (November 17, 2017) Deutsche Welle [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/20/2017 - How will Climate Change affect our region’s Lake Effect Snow season? One of the great known unknowns in our region is that we may or may not have a lot of heavy lake-effect snows, with incredible amounts of snow. Our Great Lakes region is known for this phenomenon. Climate Change appears to be even changing the changes even within this very changeable weather pattern. Towards the end of this century, it’s looking like there will be more precipitation falling as rain, not snow. However you view this jagged trend (see graph), it should impress upon you that Climate Change is already and will continue to have a dramatic effect on our region’s winters. It also means we need to plan. Time passes. Lake Effect Snow Season is Shifting and Contracting Arctic air begins to race across the relatively milder water of the Great Lakes every fall, generating lake effect snow. These snowfalls can be intense, but are often localized. Several inches of snow can fall a few miles away from a place that only gets flurries. As the planet has warmed from the increase in greenhouse gases, so have the lakes, meaning more evaporation into the atmosphere during the winter. Paradoxically, this had led to an increase in lake effect snow, but that trend is not expected to last. A recent study used a regional climate model to investigate these changes in lake effect snow if our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continues. By mid-century, the amount of seasonal lake effect snow is projected to increase modestly, as the Great Lakes will remain ice-free longer into the winter. However, as the air warms, the amount of snow during the transitional seasons of late fall and early spring is expected to decrease, with more of the precipitation falling as rain. (November 15, 2017) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/18/2017 - There are many reasons why we should not continue to set the table for fossil fuels as Climate Change gets worse, major oil spills are one. Trying to build more fossil fuel infrastructure as our planet warms will continue to hijack our attention, our money, and our environment if we don’t stop cold and move towards renewable energy. Time passes. Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota About 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, gushed out of the Keystone Pipeline on Thursday in South Dakota, blackening a grassy field in the remote northeast part of the state and sending cleanup crews and emergency workers scrambling to the site. “This is not a little spill from any perspective,” said Kim McIntosh, an environmental scientist with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. No livestock or drinking water sources appeared to be threatened, Ms. McIntosh said, and no farm buildings or houses are within a mile. The spill, near Amherst, S.D., comes just days before regulators in neighboring Nebraska decide whether to grant the final permit needed to begin construction on a different pipeline proposal, the Keystone XL, which would be operated by the same company. An announcement in Nebraska is expected on Monday. (November 16, 2017) The New York Times [more on Energy in our area]

  • 11/18/2017 - The Trump administration’s positions at the COP23 climate talks were an embarrassment to our great country. If the world will be patient with us, we’ll get our senses back. 'Tobacco at a cancer summit': Trump coal push savaged at climate conference The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil fuels were vital to reducing poverty around the world and to saving jobs in the US. While Donald Trump’s special adviser on energy and environment, David Banks, said cutting emissions was a US priority, “energy security, economic prosperity are higher priorities”, he said. “The president has a responsibility to protect jobs and industry across the country.” Other attendees at the summit condemned the argument. (November 13, 2017) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/18/2017 - Looks like Trump administration is losing both science and moral arguments on Climate Change, arguments climate deniers have long lost. Their intransigence threatens us all. Time passes. Pope Francis Blasts ‘Perverse Attitudes’ Of Climate Change Deniers The U.S. remains the only country in the world to reject the Paris climate agreement. Pope Francis is once again proving he has absolutely zero patience for climate change deniers.  Climate change is “one of the most worrying phenomena our humanity is experiencing,” the pontiff wrote Thursday in a letter sent to world leaders gathered for the United Nations’ annual climate change conference. He also warned participants against falling prey to certain “perverse” attitudes on the issue, including denial, indifference and resignation. Such attitudes “certainly do not help honest research or sincere and productive dialogue on building the future of our planet,” Francis wrote, according to a translation provided by Vatican Radio. “We need an exchange that unites us all, because the environmental challenge we are experiencing, and its human roots, regards us all, and affects us all.” (November 17, 2017) Huffington Post [more on Cliamte Change in our area]

  • 11/18/2017 - At the close of the COP23 climate talks in Bonn the world agrees on Climate Change—that Trump’s way is wrong. Be nice if Trump listened to scientists and world leaders. Climate talks close with Trump administration on one track, world on another The world climate conference ended Friday much the way it began two weeks ago — with the Trump administration bolstering legacy fuels like coal and gas, separating itself from much of the world. The lone panel sponsored by the U.S. government was interrupted by singing and chanting protesters, who said support for coal power went against the thrust of talks centered on promoting renewable energy and 21st century technology. The result was a fundamental disconnect at the gathering in Bonn, Germany. “California is not waiting for Trump,” Gov. Jerry Brown told some of the 20,000 attendees. "We are not waiting for all the deniers, we are committing ourselves to do everything possible to get on the side of nature instead of fighting it, to deal with the climate change challenge in a real way." (November 17, 2018) NBC News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/17/2017 - It looks that Climate Change is playing an important role in the worsening algae plague in our lakes. Our media fails us when they fail to mention the possible role of Climate Change as making these harmful algae blooms more likely. Consider pressing your press to connect the dots with more harmful algae bloom and Climate Change so we can actually address this growing problem with all the factors—which will also keep the public informed that Climate Change is already greatly influencing our region. Time passes. A look at farm runoff and the worsening algae plague Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. Here's a look at the algae menace and what's being done: IS CLIMATE CHANGE BEHIND THIS? Many scientists believe global warming is making conditions more favorable for algae blooms, primarily by raising water temperatures and causing heavier rainstorms that wash more nutrients into waterways. (November 16, 2017) ST. Louis Post-Dispatch [more on Water Quality and Cimate Change in our area]

  • 11/17/2017 - Climate Change is affecting and will keep affecting our weather and climate around the Great Lakes. Be nice if our media began to see our weather in this longer context, which is necessary in a warming world. To be properly informed by our media so we can plan for our future at all levels—buildings, infrastructures, real estate, businesses, housing, and much more—we need a media that continually reports on the changes coming so we can adapt. Our media needs to rethink its priorities and how it reports on them. Time passes. Global Warming’s Impact on Lake Effect Snow: Fewer Flurries, More Rain Lake Michigan is getting warmer, and eventually it will mean winters with less snow in Chicago. But don’t plan yet for winters free of the white stuff. According to a recent study by climate scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute Center for Climactic Research, lake effect snow will continue to make modest increases over the next few decades. But in the late 21st century, as the air continues to warm, the amount of lake effect snow from the Great Lakes is expected to decrease, with more of the precipitation falling as rain. Like other weather events, lake effect snow has been impacted by the warming of the planet from an increase in greenhouse gases. Rising global temperatures have made lakes warmer, too, causing more evaporation into the atmosphere during the winter. The result has been an increase in the amount of lake effect snow, which in this region occurs when cold arctic air blows across the relatively milder water of the Great Lakes. (November 25, 2017) WTTW Chicago Tonight [more on Climate Change and Great Lakes in our area] 

  • 11/17/2017 -   Do you live in America and are you worried by global warming? More than likely your friends and acquaintances are. Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017 Our most recent nationally representative survey finds that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high (22%) since first measured in 2008. A majority of Americans (63%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried about the issue. Likewise, Americans increasingly view global warming as a threat. Since Spring 2015, more Americans think it will harm them personally (50%, +14 points), their own family (54%, +13 points), people in the U.S. (67%, +18 points), people in developing countries (71%, +18 points), and future generations (75%, +12 points). Nearly two in three Americans (64%) think global warming is affecting weather in the United States, and one in three think weather is being affected “a lot” (33%), an increase of 8 percentage points since May 2017. (November 16, 2017) Yale Program on Climate Change Communication [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/17/2017 - The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) has become the largest and most influential umbrella organization with over 120-member organizations to address Climate Change in our region. Consider helping them with their efforts by donating "RPCC is now a 501c3 organization, which allows RPCC to accept donations that are tax deductible for the donor! If you've been looking for a way to get involved in climate action, but don't have much time to spare, this could be the opportunity for you!  Your donations are greatly appreciated! Use the Donate button above, or look for it on our website: rocpcc.org. "

  • 11/17/2017 - New York State officially banned Fracking on June 29, 2015 because of potential threats to our drinking water. Why didn’t other states follow suit? Interesting story. Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government Hid Fracking's Risks to Drinking Water A pivotal EPA study provided the rationale for exemptions that helped unleash the fracking boom. The science was suppressed to protect industry interests. For Latkanich and all those who believe their water has been tainted by fracking, there are few remedies. Congress took away the most powerful one in 2005, prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from safeguarding drinking water that might be harmed by fracking and even denying the regulator the authority to find out what chemicals companies use. That provision of the Energy Policy Act was justified by an EPA study about fracking into coalbed methane reservoirs, completed under the George W. Bush administration, that concluded that fracking posed no risk to drinking water. Concerns about the study emerged from the outset, including a 2004 whistleblower complaint that called it "scientifically unsound." Now, InsideClimate News has learned that the scientists who wrote the report disagreed with the conclusion imposed by the Bush EPA, saying there was not enough evidence to support it. The authors, who worked for a government contractor, went so far as to have their company's name and their own removed from the final document. (November 16, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Fracking in our area]

  • 11/17/2017 - Satellites like these are going to be crucial feedback as we try and survive in our warming world. Back in the day, back when our numbers were much fewer and we needed less infrastructure to exist, we didn’t need eyes in the sky tracking changes we make to our environment around the globe. Now, these monitoring satellites are a necessary part of our existence. Do we have enough of them? What measurements might we be missing in order to track the health of our planet? We are now dependent on instruments like these. Time passes. This new satellite could produce the most accurate weather predictions yet Now that’s science we can all get behind! The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, a joint project of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday. Once JPSS-1 makes it into orbit, its suite of five state-of-the-art instruments will collect the most high-resolution observations yet of our planet’s atmosphere, land and oceans, NOAA officials said. “These instruments are so precise that they can measure temperatures to better than one-tenth of a degree in the entire atmosphere, from the Earth’s surface up to the edge of space,” said Greg Mandt, director of the JPSS program for NOAA. (November 14, 2017) Los Angeles Times [mmore on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/16/2017 - Since US feds have forfeited its leadership role in addressing Climate Change, others are filling that gap. As for the rest of us Americans, #WeAreStillin. Macron: France will replace US funding for UN climate science French president said Europe must step into the leadership role the US had abandoned, while Angela Merkel struggled with Germany’s political uncertainty French president Emmanuel Macron sent a pulse of excitement racing through the Bonn climate summit with a speech seizing the mantle of climate leadership from the US. In an address to a conference charged with writing the rules of the deal struck in Paris in 2015, Macron promised to replace the $2 million annual donation withdrawn by the US from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (November 15, 2017) Cimate Home [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/16/2017 - While Trump Administration pushes for more fossil fuel at COP23 in Bonn, our country is warming up right now because of fossil fuels. Sad. Climate Change Is Happening in the U.S. Now, Federal Report Says — in Charts The National Climate Assessment shows rising global temperatures are having ripple effects across the environment our economy was built on. For decades, the world has been told that the climate is changing—that the build-up of fossil fuel-driven greenhouse gas emissions would irrevocably change the Earth's systems. Those changes are already happening across the United States, the newest volume of the National Climate Assessment says. The exhaustive report, written by scientists and released Friday by 13 federal agencies (and, to the surprise of some, signed off on by the Trump Administration), also clearly states that humans have directly contributed to the warming of the globe. "This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization," the report's authors wrote. (November 7, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/16/2017 - The fossil fuels that warm our planet warm the whole planet; but regions are affected differently and the health effects of using fossil fuels are even more disproportional. African-Americans taking brunt of oil industry pollution: report African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry, and the situation could worsen as President Donald Trump dismantles environmental regulations, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a pair of advocacy groups. The report, issued by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People civil rights group and the Clean Air Task Force, said more than a million African-Americans live within half a mile (0.8 km) of an oil and gas operation, and more than 6.7 million live in a county that is home to a refinery. (November 14, 2017) Reuters [more on Air Quality and Climate Change and Energy in our area]

  • 11/16/2017 - Are we prepared for more ‘Biblical’ storms? Harvey’s ‘Biblical’ rainfall is getting more likely The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says. Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that what was once an extremely rare event — 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas — could soon be almost common. From 1981 to 2000, the probability of 20 inches of rain happening somewhere over a large chunk of Texas was 1 in 100 or even less, Emanuel said. Now it’s 6 in 100 and by 2081, those odds will be 18 in 100, he said. “The changes in probabilities are because of global warming,” Emanuel said. The study was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (November 13, 2017) AP News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 11/16/2017 - The New York Time full coverage of the COP23 Bonn climate talks: The Bonn Climate Conference: All Our Coverage in One Place 

  • 11/16/2017 - ACTION: Monday, November 20, 2017 6pm in the clubhouse of The Reserve on the Erie Canal housing complex, at 1 Reserve View Blvd. PUBLIC MEETING Monday NOV 20 Brighton - Plan to clear cut major sections of the Erie Canal | In the Great Lakes Watershed - Proposed Plan for Clearcutting trees from earthen berms of the Erie Canal:   PUBLIC MEETING Monday, November 20, 2017 6pm: Open House Format: people at displays to answer questions, written public input collected, no formal presentations.   The meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 20 in the clubhouse of The Reserve on the Erie Canal housing complex, at 1 Reserve View Blvd.   Did you see that NYS Canal Corporation is planning to clear cut trees and grind out stumps and replace with mowed grass to stabilize the earthen berms along the sections of the Erie Canal where the canal is above grade and walled by earthen berms?  Reason: According to FEMA, woody roots destabilize earthen dams/berms and make it more likely to leak, burst or fail in very wet, heavy rain conditions.  Recall 1972 Bushnell's Basin canal breach during very wet season.   (See attached FEMA doc and D&C news article.)  This activity will remove big areas of wooded & diverse wildlife habitat and be boring, hot, sunny and exposed, with the increased expense and pollutants of mowing a boring grass lawn instead of a beautify canopy of trees sequestering excess carbon from the atmosphere and creating a long wildlife migration corridor along the canal...   ... unless a possible alternate plan can be adopted, such as: to replace the trees with diverse native plants to intentionally create a native grassy meadow habitat home to bluebird, butterfly and other wildlife populations that can be mowed just once a year or two to prevent woody plants from taking over. 

  • 11/15/2017 - Was last spring’s Lake Ontario flooding due to abnormally heavy rainfall because of Climate Change, or a bad Plan 2014? We’ll probably never know because we aren’t listening to the scientists and this issue has gotten political—which is to say it’s another environmental issue that’s been hijacked. Regulators blamed for flooding on Lake Ontario Sen. Pam Helming says lake-level plan failed, caused historic flooding along Lake Ontario shoreline While scientists say nothing could have prevented the historic flooding this year along Lake Ontario, politicians blame regulators. At a public hearing last week, state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, blamed lake-level managers for flooding this spring along the lake and the St. Lawrence River. Helming was one of four state senators and six Assembly members on a panel Thursday to hear concerns and question authorities at the hearing at Wayne Central High School in Ontario, Wayne County. More than 150 people attended. (November 13, 2017) Daily Messenger [more on Water Quality and Great Lakes in our area]

  • 11/15/2017 - News about our Air Quality from the NYS DEC: Air Mail: News About NY Air Quality This Week’s Topics: A Bit of Air History 1966 Thanksgiving Day Smog New York Recycles Day (November 14, 2017) Department of Environmental Conservation

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