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

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

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

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


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Rochester area NewsLinks.

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


Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

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

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News Highlight

The market won’t save us from Climate Change, but government might                                                                           

by Frank J. Regan

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If it were the case that Climate Change had a prayer of being solved by the responsibility of consumer choices, I suspect that ameliorative effect would have kicked in by now. It hasn’t. Nor is it likely given that this unfounded faith in the invisible hand of the free market has put us on an unstoppable trajectory of environmental (life support system) collapse. The great experiment in replacing our moral system with our economic system has failed.  The predicted temperature increase from Climate Change for Rochester NY is between 3°C and 5°C (5.4°F and 9.0°F). (5°C above pre-industrial warming is probably game over.)

“Collapse” is not hyperbole when prioritizing this crisis. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report released last Thursday (7/17/2014) ‘State of the Climate in 2013’ states that in 2013 “Greenhouse gases continued to climb, warm temperature trends continued near the Earth’s surface, sea surface temperatures increased, sea level continued to rise, the Arctic continued to warm; sea ice extent remained low, Antarctic sea ice extent reached record high for second year in a row; and South Pole station set record high temperature…”.1 Folks, Climate Change is happening and it’s happening now and for all the sound and fury from the deniers, it’s jeopardizing our existence.

The belief that our economy will magically address Climate Change has been dealt a fatal blow with the news that Australia’s new leader, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, killed the Carbon Tax. The Carbon Tax is not a “useless, destructive tax”2, nor is it a penalty for polluters. It is payment for environmental goods and services rendered. Australia’s rollback of the Carbon Tax proves that the marketplace only works when it doesn’t have to include the externalities, the costs of exploiting our natural resources. If anything good can come from abolishing the Carbon Tax in Australia, it must be the lesson that when the public finally gets a Carbon Tax installed, they’ve got to make it stick—voting for science, election year after election year. The threat by those who will always take advantage of the inconvenient changes that will come from transitioning to a system where the environment doesn’t get paid for, to where it does, will always loom. Climate Change and environmental degradation are the price we have paid for an economic system that has for centuries been piling up a debt it refuses to pay.  

This is why President Obama’s long and tortuous climb up to the bully pulpit to address Climate Change is so important: Without political leadership, neither the marketplace nor our government can summon the economic strategy or political will to maintain the roads and bridges, the infrastructure, that give our gas-guzzlers something to move on.  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:

  • Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste.   "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area] 
  • Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming.  More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Community Compost Food waste in a big problem in the U.S., but two local men are making it easy to compost food scraps.  Brent Arnold and Steve Kraft have made a business out of picking up other people's leftovers. "We've been composting for a long time and really feel that it' s real important because so much of the waste stream in America gets put in the landfill; but really taking valuable materials and being lost forever," Brent said. The men started a compost pile for friends a few years back and soon outgrew the space. So they decided to start up a pick-up service to help combat the food waste problem. (March 20, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area

Event Highlight

People's Climate March 

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


This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a historic UN summit on climate change.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, let’s take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.

Let’s make The Peoples Climate March the largest-ever demonstration demanding action on climate change. Together, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.

This is the moment to bring our different movements together, articulate our common challenges and solutions, and go big.

Sign up now  – or read Bill McKibben’s more formal invitation in Rolling Stone here.      

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


Green Events.

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

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

July 2014

  • Thur, July 17: 6-7:30pm High Falls Center & Museum 74 Browns Race Rochester 14614
    • Green Drinks for July: Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field & the sustainably minded meet over drinks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who’s doing what & spread the word on what you’re doing, find employment leads & make new friends. Thur, July 17: 6-7:30pm High Falls Center & Museum 74 Browns Race Rochester 14614 - Sponsored by Center for Environmental Initiatives
  • Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 PM in The Space @ GreenStar, 700 West Buffalo St., Ithaca.
    • Public Meeting about Cayuga Lake Modeling Project and Related Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project is scheduled for July 17th at 7 pm The Tompkins County Water Resources Council will host the next in a series of public meetings to discuss progress with the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project on Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 PM in The Space @ GreenStar, 700 West Buffalo St., Ithaca. Representatives from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in Albany will lead the meeting, which will include an update on the overall project status followed by review of the technical findings to date. Research scientists from the Upstate Freshwater Institute will discuss the preliminary results of their extensive 2013 water quality monitoring program of Cayuga Lake and the tributary streams, with a focus on phosphorus sources and impacts. Cornell Professor Todd Walter will review the progress of the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering’s Soil and Water Lab in constructing the Cayuga Lake watershed model. His research team is exploring approaches to incorporating site-specific processes, such as stream bank erosion and farming practices, on phosphorus transport from the watershed to the lake.     The NYSDEC representatives will moderate questions and lead an open discussion of the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project.  All are welcome to attend. Get more information about the project here 
  • Sun., July 20  10 am Morning trip. Meet at the trailhead parking lot, 403 Whiting Road, on the west side of Whiting Road, approximately 1 mile north of Klem Road and approximately a half mile south of Lake Road.
    • Rochester Butterfly Club  "Sandy area species"  WHITING ROAD NATURE PRESERVE, WEBSTER  Sun., July 20  10 am Morning trip. Meet at the trailhead parking lot, 403 Whiting Road, on the west side of Whiting Road, approximately 1 mile north of Klem Road and approximately a half mile south of Lake Road.  Wear long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring a cool drink.   Contact: 385-4725  www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • Tues., JULY 22 | Meet at Rush Park and Ride at 9 am to explore areas near Canadice and Hemlock Lakes
    • Rochester Butterfly Club  "Midsummer's Butterflies and Birds"  CANADICE LAKE ROAD    Tues., JULY 22    All day trip. Joint trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Meet at Rush Park and Ride at 9 am to explore areas near Canadice and Hemlock Lakes. Includes visit to a private property.  Directions: Rush Park and Ride lot is at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251 off I-390, exit 11 for Rush. Lakes area is about a half hour drive from Rush. Wear long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring a cool drink, lunch, and a folding chair.   Contact: 385-3907. www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 to 8 pm | If interested, contact Chris Benard at 924-4979 or e-mail czbenard@gmail.com to sign up
    • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club  "A  Family Walk in the Woods"   Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 to 8 pm Families with children are invited to go on a Tree Walk, an early evening stroll to identify trees and learn about the forest with Marigrace Piazza. If interested, contact Chris Benard at 924-4979 or e-mail czbenard@gmail.com to sign up. Please reserve as soon as possible.
  • Thursday, 7/31:   Spectrum Gallery, Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave., Rochester, 14607. 
    • "Thursday, 7/31:  THE GROUND: Photo Exhibition by Tate Shaw at the Spectrum Gallery, Lumiere Photo, 100 College Ave., Rochester, 14607.  It features images from hydrofracking sites in PA, where Tate lived for a while before fracking began.  His photos show in an artistic way the impact on the landscape that had once been lovely to see.  It also addresses other landscapes where the footprints of the energy industry are highly visible: sites such as the ones used in Iceland for the production of geothermal energy, abandoned sulfur mines and hydro-fracking sites in Tioga County, PA, and finally the site of an ongoing, underground fire in abandoned coalmine tunnels below what was the town of Centralia, PA. "

August 2014

  • Tuesday, Aug.5 and Wednesday, Aug. 6, | The event is held on 300 acres of the Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls
    • Talking locally about farming and weather and Climate Change all in one place. Times are a ‘changing.  Back in the day, maybe it was yesterday, these three groups did not even talk to each other. Empire Farm Days to host experts on weather and climate change  The Cornell Climate Change Institute and a WHEC News 10NBC meteorologist will be at Empire Farm Days on Tuesday, Aug.5 and Wednesday, Aug. 6, respectively, to offer insight of interest to farmers. The Aug. 5 presentation will be by Allison M. Chatrchyan, director of the new Cornell University Institute for Climate Change. She will speak on Farming in a More Extreme and Variable Climate. The Aug. 6 presentation will be by WHEC News10 NBC Meteorologist Josh Nichols, who also teaches weather and climate at Monroe Community College. He will speak on Weather from the Farmers’ Point of View. Both presentations will be at 10:30 a.m. See http://www.empirefarmdays.com/  (July 7, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Plants and Climate Change in our area]

September 2014

  • “Circle September 20th and 21st on your calendar…” NYC, the next great movement on Climate Change. Come!
    • People's Climate March | A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it's too late  This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced. Bill McKibben on global warming's terrifying new math My guess is people will come by the tens of thousands, and it will be the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change. Sure, some of it will be exciting – who doesn't like the chance to march and sing and carry a clever sign through the canyons of Manhattan? But this is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch. You'll tell your grandchildren, assuming we win. So circle September 20th and 21st on your calendar, and then I'll explain. Since Ban Ki-moon runs the United Nations, he's altogether aware that we're making no progress as a planet on slowing climate change. He presided over the collapse of global-climate talks at Copenhagen in 2009, and he knows the prospects are not much better for the "next Copenhagen" in Paris in December 2015. In order to spur those talks along, he's invited the world's leaders to New York in late September for a climate summit. (May 21, 2014) Rolling Stone [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls)
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour  Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.


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


ACTION highlight

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

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

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


Greentopia Festival 2012

Green Action.

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

  • ACTION: Due Date: August 29, 2014
    • Even if you don’t care about this ugly little bat, you might want to save it so we don’t have to fill our environment with pesticides to compensate its loss. The Northern Long-Eared Bat is one of those little creatures whose existence in and of itself may not mean much to you, but you might care about some of the ‘environmental services’ it provides because we may have to make up for that by dumping tons of Pesticides into our environment (our life support system) as Climate Change brings in more bug pests.  So, if that seems like it might be something important to you, you have until August 29, 2014 to comment here or by mail.  Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for 60 days, through August 29, 2014, on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has also extended the agency’s deadline to April 2, 2015, to make its final decision on whether to list the species. The Service proposed to list the bat as endangered on October 2, 2013, citing white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats, as the greatest threat to the species. During the reopened comment period, the Service seeks information regarding the interpretation of scientific studies cited in the proposed rule, along with any additional scientific information not already considered in the proposal.  (June 30, 2014) US Fish and Wildlife Service [more on Wildlife in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: September 2, 2014
    • "A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today." DEC Announces Proposed Renewal of Hazardous Waste Management Permit for Eastman Kodak Company and Recycled Energy Development DEC Accepting Public Comments on the Draft Permit Through Sept. 2 A draft hazardous waste management permit for Kodak and Recycled Energy Development (RED) is available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Eastman Business Park (EBP), located in the city of Rochester and town of Greece, currently has two hazardous waste management operations: a multiple hearth incinerator (MHI) used to incinerate sludge from the Kings Landing Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a tank system at Building 322 for hazardous waste storage. The draft permit and related documents for Eastman Business Park (Kodak) are available for public review and comment on DEC's website. DEC will carefully consider all comments received before making a final determination on the permit. In 2013, DEC modified the existing hazardous waste management permit to add RED as an operator after the company acquired a number of utilities from Kodak, including the MHI. Kodak and RED filed an amended application for renewal of the permit in 2013. (July 2, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date Sept 20-21
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now:  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now. 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION : Due Date Now:
    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather?  Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.


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  • My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
  • 7/24/2014 - This bike/van tragedy is totally unacceptable! Bikes are transportation. We demand an immediate public education program to continually address this issue.  Everyone should be continually reminded of the rules of the road. The media needs to be pro-active—education on bike/car/pedestrian safety before tragedies like this happen, not simply reporting afterwards. Bicyclist hospitalized in hit-and-run   A Rochester woman was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital after being struck by a van early Wednesday morning, according to Rochester Police. (July 23, 2014) WHAM Rochester
  • 7/24/2014 - When you’re trucking solar and wind power parts through your city, you don’t even have to alert emergency responders.  The nice thing about renewable energy—besides providing our way of life a way to use energy that doesn’t screw up our life support system with pollution and Climate Change, is that it’s pretty benign on public health.  Renewable energy parts don’t explode in the middle of your town. They might just fall off the truck and stop traffic for a little while. New safety proposals for oil trains Rochester, N.Y. - A new federal proposal would phase out thousands of older rail cars that carry crude oil and alert emergency responders when crude oil tankers are traveling through their state. "With these kinds of hazardous materials as volatile as they are, specifically crude oil, responding and initially knowing what we're getting into is certainly going to help us out," said East Rochester Fire Chief Mike Romach. (July 23, 2014) WHAM Rochester
  • 7/24/2014 - The #1 country responsible for Climate Change is the #1 country in climate change denial.  What’s wrong with this picture? Most of the manmade greenhouse gases in our atmosphere right now are from the developed nations. CO2, which is the main GHG, stay in the atmosphere for a long time. Sure, China is emitting more right now, but the GHGs that have warmed our atmosphere thus far are ours. So, it’s pretty dismal that our response to this fact is denial.  And, it’s even more dismal because there’s no one around except voters, who tend not to be paying attention to this issue, will vote in the folks who won’t take responsibility for this worldwide crisis—let alone not take a leadership role.  If the US and other developed nation don’t step up to the plate and make substantive agreements at the Paris 2015 climate talks, we are all screwed—developed nations, developing nations, wildlife, plants, and those little creatures that keep our soil health.  Just saying… It’s immoral for the US not to step up to the plate and address Climate Change, but more importantly it is suicide not to do so.  If morality doesn’t compel us to do the right thing, self-preservation should do so. Poll: U.S. Leads The World… In Climate Denial  (July 22, 2014) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 7/24/2014 - If you are asking if organic food is better for our life support system, farming that doesn’t screw up our environment is better.  No contest. Connections: Is Organic Food Better? (July 23, 2014) WXXI Connections
  • 7/24/2014 - If you don’t plan for Climate Change, low-income folks get screwed, then it goes higher up the money chain—or maybe it all happens at once and everyone gets screwed at once.  One thing is for sure, putting in leaders who don’t believe in Climate Change and aren’t preparing for it is a great injustice to everyone.  “Climate Change is a political term” This is nonsense on stilts. Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots  July 23, 2014) Washington Post
  • 7/24/2014 - Another way to deal with algae problems at Ontario Beach is to plan for Climate Change, as warming affects algae growth.  Check out EPA’s three-page doc on this: “Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms  We are pretty good at getting rid of the symptoms of environmental problems (like shunting algae away from our beaches) but not so good at addressing the underlying causes, like dealing with the rise in algae growth due to warming waters and more phosphorus (non-point pollution of fertilizers) pollution throughout our Great Lakes and Finger Lakes. Climate Change is about planning.  | Ontario Beach Algae Removal Project Begins  (July 22, 2014) WXXI News
  • 7/23/2014 - What’s missing from this report on Monroe County by ACT Rochester? Our environment.  Hard to get a full picture of reality without including the state of our life support system.  Especially, as Climate Change is changing everything.  ACT used to focus on our environment, but now I guess they see it as an externality. Monroe County Report Card The Monroe County Report Card aggregates data from more than 100 community indicators on the site and use symbols, colors and arrows to provide a quick, at-a-glance overview of the well-being of the county. This data cover the topics of Arts, Culture and Leisure, Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Economy, Education, Financial Self-Sufficiency, Health, Housing, and Public Safety. ACT Rochester
  • 7/23/2014 - Today’s lesson boys and girls is “non-point source pollution.” That’s where you get to pollute but nobody knows who you are.  Many of our waters are tragically polluted and we cannot even find the culprit because if you don’t see an obvious cause (a pipe draining toxins in the lake) it’s hard to pin down who is responsible, or to even find out how to stop the pollution. Lots of folks are spending lots of money trying to figure out non-point sources of pollution and guess what?  It will probably involve grants by your government to find and clean up our waters, or probably just your government.  All of our lakes and streams will have to be cleaned up and my guess is that it won’t be industry clamoring to do that.  It only pays for industry to dump waste into our water, which they don’t have to pay to clean up.  What a racket. Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video)  (July 22, 2014) The Winsor Star
  • 7/23/2014 - Let’s pretend for a moment that New York State lifted the moratorium on Fracking. Would we be as unprepared as Pennsylvania?  A major issue of not addressing the real problem, which is researching what our best energy options are in a time of warming and seizing on the most popular fossil-fuel alternative instead (Fracking), is that our energy options are treated as a clash between two opposing groups—instead of deliberative thoughtful inquiry given Climate Change. If the pro-Fracking groups happen to win in New York State, will there be a mad rush to Frack like there was in Pennsylvania, where they have to back up and address all the fallout? This didn’t have to happen to Pennsylvania and it should be a warning to New York:  Pennsylvania Auditor: State Department of Environmental Protection Was Unprepared For Shale Industry’s Growth The Pennsylvania auditor general on Tuesday confirmed what was never up for debate for environmental groups and residents—the state was unprepared for the growth of the shale gas industry.  (July 22, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 7/23/2014 - This is rich, sneaking into the Climate Change deniers’ coven of pathetic lies. By now, 2014, serious people don’t doubt the planet is warming because of human energy use. A few still, after all the evidence has accumulated in the past 30 years, hold on to their crazy ideology  and some of these people have a lot of ability to thwart the efforts for the rest of us to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change.  The very apocalyptic scenarios that the deniers accuse Climate Change proponents of scaremongering with will actually be the result of deniers blocking the effort of the rest of us.  The worst of Climate Change will occur because adequate planning and funding was prevented by deniers. Shouldn’t there be some sort of accountability for those who stop the majoring of us from intelligently planning for this worldwide crisis? I CRASHED A CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS I’ve been researching the climate denial industry for almost three years and the best way to gather information about this incredibly small yet influential clique is to hang out with them.  (July 22, 2014) Vice News
  • 7/23/2014 - It’s not a good start for addressing Climate Change if your water and air are bad. But what if your soil is bad too?  Sure, we go into Climate Change with the environment (life support system) we have, but what if that environment has been deeply compromised already, before the really bad stuff comes. Climate Change is about planning and we should make sure the essentials, like the health of our soil, is ready for the stress on food and soil that a warmer planet will bring. China’s Dirty Pollution Secret:  The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops Soil pollution has received relatively little public attention in China. Despite the fact that it poses as big a threat to health as the more widely covered air and water pollution, data on soil pollution has been so closely guarded that it has been officially categorized as a “state secret.”  Until recently, the Chinese government also resisted media efforts to draw attention to local epidemics of cancer in China’s newly industrial areas. It was not until February 2013 that the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) finally admitted that “cancer villages” existed in China, and released a list that included the area around Lake Tai and the villages of Fenshui and Zhoutie. Some civil society experts have estimated that there are 450 cancer villages in China, and they believe the phenomenon is spreading.  (June 30, 2014) Yale: Environment 360
  • 7/22/2014 - What’s missing on this report of the Ganondagan festival is that this event 100% recycles and has done so for years. Creating no waste in the great tradition and values of the Native American peoples is paramount. It would be nice for the media to mention that this event recycles all food and container waste and maybe even hint that total recycling should be one of the goals of all area events.  We have much to learn from Native American’s about our environment and learning that our relationship to Mother Earth includes the concept of no waste. Ganondagan festival 'bigger and better' (July 22, 2014) Victor Post
  • 7/22/2014 - When major sports start messaging the importance of addressing Climate Change, millions more will get the message. An entire swath of folks who have mostly been unreachable by the worldwide crisis of Climate Change may now find it on their radar. 2014 NHL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT The NHL represents the highest level of hockey in the world. But before many of our players ever took their first stride on NHL ice, they honed their skills on the frozen lakes and ponds of North America and Europe. Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors. The purpose of the 2014 NHL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT is to address our recent efforts and the challenges we face from an environmental perspective. NHL
  • 7/22/2014 - We had such a nice temperate June in Rochester; it’s hard to believe worldwide it was very hot. Climate Change, it’s not just about us.  For those who think of Climate Change in apocalyptic terms, something like the nuclear scares we had back in the 1960’s, Climate Change will not be like a nuclear apocalyptic disaster.  Climate Change is not the kind of worldwide crisis where the specter of a nuclear holocaust looms and everyone throws up their hands in despair, where one day it’s nice outside and the next everything might be in ashes. Climate Change is instead a relentless ratcheting up of weather anomalies, each that will have to be addressed because it’s not in our nature to throw in the towel each time a drought or a hurricane hits. Climate Change is going to happen just slowly enough so that the uneven rise in temperatures makes it look like there’s hope, when the trajectory proves that there isn’t. Kind of like torture tactics. Climate Change also means planning, where we have the choice of addressing the worst of the consequences so things don’t get so bad.  And Climate Change includes mitigation where we stop GHG’s accumulating even more, so it’s not so bad for our grandchildren. Climate Change is about our choices. World marks hottest June since 1880: NOAA  (July 21, 2014) The Raw Story
  • 7/21/2014 - Take home message: If Paris Climate talks in 2015 fail, there is no Plan B. If this 20+ Climate talk attempt doesn’t work, then we’ll just we swatting every fly hoping we can address and mitigate Climate Change in an ad hoc way and we won’t be able to on a level that will actually matter.  The importance of this last-ditch effort for a world-wide binding agreement to bring down greenhouse gases cannot be overstated. Anything you can do to support the success of this effort is good—like attending the People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City to demonstrate support for UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon’s who will be  urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.  Don’t sit this one out.  It’s big, really big. 500 days from crucial Paris summit, momentum grows for climate deal  500 days ahead of a crucial UN climate summit in Paris, momentum is growing for a global climate deal. (July 18, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 7/21/2014 - Concern over late summer droughts as predicted by Climate studies for New York, make this Fracking decision in Calf. pertinent.  If we lift the moratorium on Fracking in New York, will we have to complete with Fracking companies for water when more late summer droughts occur? California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.  (July 18, 2014) ProPublica
  • 7/21/2014 - ‘All of the above’ and ‘all of the below’ energy strategy is NOT right for Climate Change. Think. Obama Administration Opens Eastern Seaboard To Oil Drilling Surveys On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the use of seismic airguns to explore the seabed from Cape May to Cape Canaveral for oil and gas. (July 18, 2014) Think Climate/Think Progress
  • 7/21/2014 - Unless the plastics we throw away are sorted properly, they’re murder on our life support system. Why Do Plastics Have to Be Separated When Recycled? Not all plastics are created equal. In fact, different plastic polymers have different characteristics and mixing them together would alter those characteristics. So, when recycling plastic, different polymers should be separated. This way, the outcome of each recycling process is a single type of plastic polymer, rather than a mixture of polymers. However, even with a comprehensive numbering key for sorting, obstacles remain for efficient recycling. Seattle PI
  • 7/20/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter July 20, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 7/19/2014 - Active transportation (walking and bicycling) will be a true transportation option and address Climate Change but it must be safe.  Whatever helps to make active transportation safe is good, education, media exposure about sharing the road, and, oh yeah, apps for that.  Turn signals for bicycles? SU student creates app to advance bike safety (July 17, 2014) Syracuse.com
  • 7/19/2014 - If you care about the Great Lakes, our fresh water, and how they will adapt to Climate Change this watch 9-min. video. Andrew Gronewald | Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region Conference
  • 7/19/2014 - Pope Francis’s strategy to make Environmental Degradation the moral issue of our time is right. But will it work? If we as a species were mostly driven by morality, wouldn’t we have long ago been compelled to stop Climate Change, or racism and genocide for that matter? With Climate Change coming to a point where it is unstoppable, it is absolutely clear that it is immoral to put future generations in great peril—but that knowledge has not slowed down greenhouse gases at all. I hope Pope Francis’s efforts to compel all of us to take responsibility for our life support system will work, but appealing to man’s humanity up to this point in time hasn’t bode well.  Mostly, what compels us to do anything is self-interest, or fear, or gathering up more stuff.  To solve Climate Change we’ll have to be the people Pope Francis thinks we can be—and that will be quite a transformation. The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation the sin of our time. He is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature. Christiana Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics at Fordham University and author of the book Just Water, discusses the Pope’s call to “care for God’s creation” with host Steve Curwood. (July 18, 2014) Living On Earth
  • 7/19/2014 - As we move towards the historic Paris 2015 Climate talks, how are US efforts to become climate leader stacking up? Looks like we have a lot to do to not only lead, but contribute to a realistic world-wide binding agreement to address and mitigate Climate Change. U.S. Ranks Near Bottom on Energy Efficiency; Germany Tops List Overall dismal report shows the U.S. outperformed only three of the world's largest economies on energy efficiency—Russia, Brazil and Mexico.  (July 18, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 7/19/2014 - If we don’t get major polluters to make major commitments to carbon reduction for Climate Talks by Paris 2015, there’s no Plan B. Australia’s carbon reversal sets new tone for global climate talks Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s move to repeal his country’s carbon tax provides an international boost for the Harper government, which has regularly attacked opponents who propose putting a price on emissions in Canada. (July 17, 2014) The Globe and Mail
  • 7/18/2014 - EPA regional expert says time to address Climate Change in our region was “YESTERDAY” Listen and watch: Climage change with EPA's Judith Enck: New York NOW The Environmental Protection Agency recently released plans it argues will lower the nation's collective carbon footprint through the Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The plan aims to cap the C02 emission from coal-fired power plants, identified as the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. EPA Region 2 (including New York and New Jersey) Administrator, Judith Enck sits down with the Innovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan to discuss the Greenhouse Gas Initiative, acid rain in the Adirondacks and the beginning stages of the clean-up of the Hudson River.  (July 16, 2014) Innovation Trail
  • 7/18/2014 - If this story from NOAA on Climate Change isn’t top priority (headlines) then it’s time to switch media. Even at this late date, where most know about Climate Change and what it means, our media is burying reports that all the indicators of Climate Change are getting worse—from the US agency whose responsibility it is to inform the public of this critical information.  How can we possibly exist on a planet where our information systems our media, don’t give us the information we need to know? Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 reflect trends of a warming planet Increases in temperature, sea level and CO2 observed; Southern Hemisphere warmth and Super Typhoon Haiyan among year’s most notable events In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online today by the American Meteorological Society. Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., served as the lead editors of the report, which was compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world (highlightsvisualsfull report). It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on air, land, sea, and ice. (July 17, 2014) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 7/18/2014 - Hard to get the kids to eat their dinner after they’ve eaten candy all day. Hard to go renewable when it’s so Fracking easy to do otherwise.  Going to be really hard to address and mitigate Climate Change if we don’t recognize that clean energy must replace fossil fuel burning energy really quickly. One of offshore wind power's best hopes is fading on Lake Erie Offshore wind farms power more than six million homes in Europe. How many homes in America? Zero.  (July 16, 2014) PRI
  • 7/18/2014 - Dear Mr. Abbott, the Carbon Tax is not a “useless, destructive tax”, nor is it a penalty for polluters. It is payment for environmental goods and services rendered. Australia’s role back of the Carbon Tax proves that those who preach the power of the market place mean that the market place only works when it doesn’t have to include the externalities, the costs of taking our natural resources. If anything good can come from abolishing the Carbon Tax in Australia, it must be the lesson that when the public finally gets a Carbon Tax installed, they’ve got to make it stick—voting for science election year after election year. The threat by those who will always take advantage of the inconvenient changes that will come from transitioning to a system where the environment doesn’t cost, to where it does will always loom. Climate Change and environmental degradation are the price we have paid for an economic system that has for centuries been piling up a debt it refuses to pay. Environmentalists Denounce Repeal of Australia’s Carbon Tax SYDNEY, Australia — Opposition politicians and environmentalists in Australia reacted with dismay Thursday to the country’s repeal of laws requiring large companies to pay for carbon emissions, saying that it made Australia the first country to reverse progress on fighting climate change.  (July 17, 2014) New York Times [more on Energy
  • 7/17/2014 - Our focus shouldn’t be on what particular issue trumps environmental degradation, until ‘all of the above’ are addressed. It’s going to be hard to prioritize environmental issues in a time of Climate Change because all our environmental issues are coming to a head in Climate Change. We are going to have to solve invasive species, pollution, warming, loss of biodiversity, over population and a lot more if we are to have a sustainable environment.  It’s what happens when you only address the symptoms of environmental degradation instead of the causes.  Putting off environmental issues doesn’t make them go away, they accumulate. Zebra, quagga mussels trump pollution as change agents in lake erie  (July 16, 2014) Phys.org
  • 7/17/2014 - I’ve been thinking about Soil Health and Climate Change. If Climate Change adversely affects our breathable air, potable water, leaves, and healthy soil, our life support system (we often refer as our environment) will fail.  For those (especially politicians who are our deciders) who think we must strike a balance between our environmental and economic health, they have gotten their priorities seriously out of whack. You cannot drive a fancy new car if you’re dead. Cornell Soil Health "Soil Health is the capacity of the soil to function to sustain life.  " Cornell University
  • 7/17/2014 - I know US Politics has made us stupid, but if you don’t get the President’s message on infrastructure and Climate Change we’re screwed. Not do we only have an aging infrastructure for (water, wastewater, sewage, telecommunications, and transportation) that all need serious repair, which will be expensive, we need those infrastructures’ to be ready for the extremes of Climate Change—something every freaking climate study says must happen.  Only your government, with you behind it 100%, can deliver on the kind of very expense, long-term commitment this will take. This has absolutely nothing to do with politics; it has to do with proper preparation for our disturbed climate. Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change |  (July 16, 2014) White House
  • 7/17/2014 - As we make our way to the Paris 2015 Climate Change talks, we find our way littered with a Plastics Pollution crisis too. And there are no lingering questions from anyone that this crisis is manmade or not. Spiders don’t spill water bottles. Plastic Planet "Over the past century, plastic has revolutionized the way we live. So far, we've produced about 6 billion tons of plastic - and most of it has ended up in the trash. On today's edition of Living Planet, we're following its trail, around the world and even through time. " Living Planet  | Deutsche Welle (DW)
  • 7/17/2014 - Just because one of the Climate Change scenarios is a Jellyfish Ocean, should we freak out whenever we see signs? Maybe. As jellyfish come in waves off Maine coast, questions follow The early summer invasion appears to be heavier than normal this year, surprising some and distressing others.  (July 16, 2014) Portland Press Herald
  • 7/16/2014 - Since when did it become the job of our government to balance safety issues against economics and politics? I thought our government was to protect us and our environment (life support system) so we could flourish—period. Balancing acts are for seals, and even then that’s not so good. We really need to question this underlying assumption that our government is the balancing agency that makes sure everyone one and every corporation gets a shot at all our ‘environmental services’. This is madness because our life support system in the 4.5 billion years it has been operating has never had to balance itself with our economic and political needs.  Mother Nature really doesn’t make bargains nor does she tend towards balancing acts. Over protests, Schuyler lawmakers maintain support for gas storage facility (July 15, 2014) The Ithaca Journal
  • 7/16/2014 - Dear EPA, Climate Change is not only going to affect Syracuse, NY but Rochester. Please come here. I suppose Rochesterians could race over to Syracuse today  to hear EPA on Climate Change in our area, but why not come here too? We’re mostly in sleepy Climate Change denial here in Rochester. Maybe a visit by the EPA could wake us up. Top regional EPA official will talk climate change, carbon emissions in Syracuse (July 15, 2014) Syracuse.com
  • 7/16/2014 - One predicted temperature increase from Climate Change for Rochester NY is between 3°C and 5°C (5.4°F and 9.0°F). I don’t know what the time scale is for these figures, but 3°C is 1°C above what the world is seeking to attain by the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. 3°C would be very hot and a dramatic change in our region’s environment.  5°C is moving into the territory where it’s intolerable and not in a good way. When you’re moving into the 5°C region, you don’t have to worry about your legacy, what your grandchildren will think of your life efforts, because living itself for anyone might be very problematic. This info comes from Climate-Charts.com “The largest accessible collection of climate data on the web.  Climate data and sunrise/sunset displayed in charts and tables for 149 countries and regions, more than 12,000 specific locations.”
  • 7/16/2014 - Life of a Leaf” is critical reading if you’re thinking our life support system is worth sustaining.  My favorite sentence in The Life of a Leaf is this: “Leaves are really, really important.” Steven Vogel’s book is one of those books that should be required reading for all sentient beings on this planet. We see trees and leaves everywhere, but we don’t usually see what we need to see:  “For our earth the sun provides the source, and the sink is outer space or, in immediate terms, the cold sky. What’s the coupling system? One system exceeds in importance by some factor all others put together. It’s photosynthesis, as done by green plants, algae, and some kinds of bacteria. Without photosynthesis (or some substitute), nothing like the present kind of complex, highly ordered life could exist.”  You cannot really plan for a sustainable future if you don’t understand one of the basic features of our life support system and this book does so in a friendly, wise, and even sometimes humorous way. So yeah, this book is really, really important. 
  • The Story of ChangeStory of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
  • 7/16/2014 - So now emergency responders can respond properly to potential disasters because the folks who transport fossil fuel industry’s ‘stuff’ had to disclose its whereabouts.  How about the Fracking business disclosing their secret goop they want to inject under our ground near our water? I cannot imagine why the public is so distrustful of such a secretive and potentially dangerous business that is not so secretively (anymore) warming up our planet. CSX: 20-35 oil trains per week cross upstate NY  CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries. Canadian Pacific says it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County. The information was released to The Associated Press Tuesday by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request. (July 16, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 7/15/2014 - Breaking! New use for wildlife discovered: Bomb detection robots. If birds don’t drop dead from our manmade toxins, we’re safe!  Sorry, for the ironic humor.  But this way of using wildlife, because we are incapable of trying to understand why they exist independent of our existence and provide us with ‘environmental services’ is pathetic. We shouldn’t be using our environment for our industrial toilets in the first place and we should monitor our environment for manmade toxins ourselves, instead of blood-testing wildlife because we’re too lazy to discover the obvious—we’ve polluted the place. Scientists use birds to track pollution Research project measures contaminants in Great Lakes swallows that likely affect humans, too Birds are providing some insight into contamination in the Great Lakes. (July 13, 2014) Columbus Dispatch