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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

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CheckerRecent Daily Average Mauna Loa CO2: July 29:   406.04 ppm  (from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Division

 

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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 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Solar Panel Tariff Threat: 8 Questions Homeowners Are Asking If the ITC ruling leads to tariffs on cheap solar imports, it could send shock waves through the market. What would that mean for solar prices and jobs? The stage is nearly set for the Trump administration to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Friday that two bankrupt solar manufacturers had been harmed by the flood of competition from overseas. But the surge of low-cost panels from China and elsewhere, which the ITC said harmed manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld, has been a boon to American consumers, making power from the Sun much more affordable. Installers and financiers of solar power systems have warned that a Trump administration effort to protect the moribund U.S. manufacturers would undercut the market, forcing sharp price increases after years of price declines for photovoltaic energy. And that, they warned, would also put tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and billions of dollars of investment at risk. (September 22, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • Over $2 Billion In US Fire Suppression Costs From This Year’s Wildfire Season There has been more than $2 billion spent on fire suppression efforts so far this budget year in the US (the budget year runs from October 1 through September 30), according to the US Forest Service. (September 19, 2017) Clean Technica [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord? WASHINGTON — In the months since President Trump declared that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate deal, 14 state governors have vowed to continue upholding the agreement and press ahead with policies to fight global warming. But a key question has always lingered: How much can these states really do on climate by themselves, without help from the federal government? Now some numbers are emerging. On Wednesday, three governors in the United States Climate Alliance — Jerry Brown of California, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Jay Inslee of Washington — unveiled a new studyby the research firm Rhodium Group that said the 14 alliance states were on pace to meet their share of the Obama administration’s pledge under the Paris accord, thanks in part to local mandates on renewable energy and electric vehicles. “Together, we are a political and economic force, and we will drive the change that needs to happen nationwide,” Mr. Brown said at a news conference in New York, held as world leaders were gathering for the United Nations General Assembly. (September 20, 2017) New York Times [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • RTS to study redesign of public transit system Rochester’s Regional Transit Service will study the public transportation system in Monroe County beginning next month, culminating in a redesign of the 40-year-old system. “Imagine you wake up in the morning to catch the bus and the trip on that bus is faster and more direct. Across the transit system, buses on busy roads are reaching their destinations faster and more direct,” said RTS CEO Bill Carpenter at a press gathering Friday. “That so many buses run every 10 to 15 minutes that our customers no longer feel the need to take a look at a schedule. And if we don’t get customers directly to their destinations they’re able to rent a bike with Zagster or pay for and schedule a ride with Uber and Lyft on their RTS smartphone app. “When I imagine the future of public transit, what it could look like in our community, that’s a snapshot of what I see,” Carpenter said. (September 22, 2017) Rochester Business News [more on Transportation in our area]

  • The Energy 202: Climate change terms altered in another corner of EPA’s website Numerous mentions of “climate change,” “greenhouse gasses” and other phrases related to global warming have been found to be altered or deleted from another portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, according to a new environmental watchdog report. At the beginning of President Trump's term, the EPA’s SmartWay program, designed to help businesses looking to lower their impact on the environment find ways of doing so when shipping goods, told visitors that “many companies monitor their carbon emissions and establish inventories or overall 'carbon footprint' to help decision makers identify the best strategies for reducing climate impacts." But by May, those descriptions had been replaced by more generalized terms. Instead of tracking carbon emissions, firms could monitor “fuel consumption.” Instead of shrinking their carbon footprint, companies could address their "environmental footprint." Instead of reducing climate impacts, they were told they could “improve sustainability.” (September 22, 2017) The Washington Post [more on Climate Change in our area]



News Highlight

Past time to talk about Climate Change                 

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

When is the best time to talk about Climate Change? Now, after record-breaking hurricanes, before our elections, in elementary school where we start to learn about the sciences, at Thanksgiving or Christmas family gatherings, at community gatherings, over a drink at the local tavern, on social media, while driving and connected to our Smartphones, only when taking a college course on Climate Change, at a meeting where people already agree on addressing this crisis, while on a vacation or a long bike ride, at a bus stop while waiting for a bus, during a doctor visit, while walking the dog, on a date, jogging down the street with a friend, intermission at a movie or basketball game, or after every environmental emergency, every appointment, while watching a sports event, TV show, or only after every other thing has been exhausted and there’s nothing left to talk about (and even then just keeping quiet about Climate Change would be preferable)? My guess, after watching this issue unfold over the decades, is that NEVER is the answer most people would like. Of course, that would be suicidal for us and our children.

Did your media mention the Climate Change connection to Hurricanes Harvey or Irma? If not, why not? Too divisive, too much info, too boring, too wonky, too scary? (What else is your media keeping from you?)

To solve Climate Change, to plan for our future in a time frame and scale that will matter, the public needs to be engaged with this crisis. That is going to be more unlikely to happen when their media is not reporting fully on extreme weather, why these storms are getting so big, causing so much damage, and what can be done to adapt to them in a warmer world.

A Storm of Silence: Study Finds Media Is Largely Ignoring Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change "A Storm of Silence." That’s the title of a new report by the watchdog group Public Citizen that looks at the media’s failure to discuss climate change in its wall-to-wall hurricane coverage. While all the television networks commented on the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey and "extreme weather," virtually none explained how warmer ocean temperatures lead to heavier winds, warmer air causes more precipitation, and higher sea levels exacerbate storm surges. The report examined 18 media sources’ coverage of Hurricane Harvey—looking at 10 major newspapers, three weekly news magazines and national programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News over the course of eight days’ worth of Hurricane Harvey coverage. The report concludes, "Many failed to discuss the issue [of climate change] much or failed to cover important aspects of it. ... Two of the three major broadcast networks, ABC and NBC, did not mention climate change at all in the context of Hurricane Harvey." We speak to David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program. (September 12, 2017) Democracy Now! [more on Climate Change in our area]

The Miami Herald pushed back only a teeny-weeny bit against the Trump version of science (‘We’ve had bigger storms than this”) when they said,

"However, some scientists have found that the effects of global warming — namely warmer oceans and hotter air — can intensify hurricane formation and result in higher rainfall, though just how much those factors might affect the storms remains uncertain. Higher sea levels can contribute to more devastating storm surge. "(Irma doesn’t persuade Trump on climate change: ‘We’ve had bigger storms than this’, September 14, 2017) Miami Herald [more on Climate Change in our area]

“Some scientists”? Really? Does the characterization of 98% of the world’s scientists constitute “some scientists”? Could the Miami Herald sound more equivocal on the science behind Climate Change?

Would our media have covered the recent record-breaking hurricanes and the Climate Change connection better if we had not plunked a climate denier into the top office? If we had voted into office a responsible leader who acknowledged the importance of science, would the US mainstream media have stood up against climate denial? We’ll never know because some things cannot be undone and time is running out on addressing Climate Change.  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:

  • 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]

  • SED launches Community Solar Array in Greater Rochester Area Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., a clean energy company, will launch the first Community Solar Array project in the Greater Rochester Area in partnership with SunCommon. This offer allows all Rochester Gas & Electric customers to power their homes or businesses with locally generated solar energy, with no upfront cost and anticipated savings on their electric bill. SunCommon is a Vermont-based solar company that has helped thousands of Vermonters go solar through home and Community Solar Installations. (June 14, 2016) Fairport-East Rochester Post [more on Green Business and Solar Power in our area]

Event Highlight:

Genesee River Bash      A Rochester River Romance Event     

RiverWatch

Saturday Evening  October 7th, 2017 5:30-10:00pm  

Port of Rochester Terminal Building, 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY  

A River Celebration featuring Food, Music and Entertainment    With Awards, Networking, Silent Auction and Exhibits from Outdoor Lifestyle Suppliers and River-Focused Organizations

Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch   Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.  We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.

GeneseeRiverWatch, Center for Environmental Initiatives, 700 West Metro Park, Rochester, NY 14623

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...      

September 2017  

  • September 24th 7pm - 8:30pm Brue Coffee 960 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611
    • SUSTAINABILITY MIXER September 24th 7pm - 8:30pm Brue Coffee 960 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611 This is Max Sheldon coming to you live from the EcoReps program. On behalf of the sustainability-oriented student groups at the University of Rochester, I would like to invite you to a mixer at Brue Coffee between student leaders (of all walks) and community members actively seeking to make the city a more habitable, greener place.  This event will serve as a networking platform where volunteer opportunities and avenues for the formation of mutually constructive partnerships will come to fruition. The ultimate objective here is to nurture the connection between the university and the community; to interweave needed lines between neighboring human resources; and to shed light on the niches in which we can support the eco-renewing efforts on both sides of the Genesee. Expect coffee (of course), wine, light refreshments, ambient music, and passionate people. "
  • Wednesday, September 27 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre #1 Reserve Your Seats Now
    • Rochester Street Films: Transportation & Poverty 111,000 Monroe County residents live below the poverty line. 68,000 people in the city of Rochester (including over 50% of children) live in poverty. This event will explore the connection between poverty and transportation and some possible solutions. Wednesday, September 27 6:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre #1 Reserve Your Seats Now
  • September 29th at 8pm | Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222  
    • Bill McKibben, author and climate activist, will be speaking at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on September 29th at 8pm. His talk is titled "The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment." More information here.
  • Sat., Sept. 30, 3:30-8 PM  Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564 
    • "The Art of Conservation/Annual Picnic"  Sat., Sept. 30, 3:30-8 PM  Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, 301 Railroad Mills Rd., Victor, NY 14564  Enjoy a photo exhibit, picnic, a program by wildlife artist Jennifer Miller, and activities related to the program.  Ms. Miller was the winner of the 2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp design.  She will talk about the role art can play in promoting conservation and better environmental practices.  Bring a dish to pass (local ingredients) and a table setting.  Contact: 381-2189  www.facebook.com/banc.roc/

October 2017

  • Week October 1-7, 2017
    • Sign Up For Curb Your Car Week October 1-7, 2017  Join families throughout the greater Rochester area and beyond to pledge to leave your car home for one or more trips during the week. Can you walk, bike, take the bus, carpool, telecommute, or combine trips? It can be to school, to work, the library, nearby restaurants, to piano lessons, the grocery store, or anywhere you would otherwise normally drive your vehicle. Sign up now on our website. You can also sign up at our table at the Brighton Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings. (From our friends over at ColorBrightonGreen.org 
  • October 1 at 1pm. St. Monica Church 831 Genesee St. Rochester 14619
    • Community Choice Aggregation: local control over electric supply to provide lower prices to consumers and more renewable energy. What is it? How Could it Benefit you? What's the Next Step?  An informational presentation by Rochester People's Climate Coalition Sunday, October 1 at 1pm. St. Monica Church 831 Genesee St. Rochester 14619 ALL ARE WELCOME and encouraged to come.
  • Saturday, October 7 at 12 PM - 5 PM Pont De Rennes bridge Rochester, New York 14614
    • EcoDistrict Launch Greentopia is excited to announce that it will be participating in the City of Rochester’s River Romance event with the launch of Rochester’s new EcoDistrict! The EcoDistrict provides a framework for the High Falls Neighborhood to move towards ambitious environmental and social justice goals. To celebrate this launch we will be holding an EcoFair and beginning our first EcoDistrict project. Our launch project, the first of many in the EcoDistrict, is the revitalization of a greenspace beside the gorge which is envisioned to become a part of an “EcoLoop” walking trail. From 12-2pm, volunteers will gather in the EcoDistrict to clean, weed, and plant at along the Genesee Riverway Trail.  Our EcoFair will be a chance to learn how businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and citizens are making Rochester more resilient. There will be interactive displays along the Pont-de-Renne Bridge, including one describing the newly completed EcoDistrict plan, in addition to food trucks and other activities. If you are interested in volunteering to work on our gardening project or your organization would like to present an exhibit at the ecofair, please contact Rachel Walsh at rachel@greentopia.org and fill out the form here.
  • Saturday Evening  October 7th, 2017 5:30-10:00pm   Port of Rochester Terminal Building, 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY
    • Genesee River Bash      A Rochester River Romance Event      Saturday Evening  October 7th, 2017 5:30-10:00pm   Port of Rochester Terminal Building, 1000 North River St., Rochester, NY   A River Celebration featuring Food, Music and Entertainment    With Awards, Networking, Silent Auction and Exhibits from Outdoor Lifestyle Suppliers and River-Focused Organizations Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch   Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.  We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river. GeneseeRiverWatch, Center for Environmental Initiatives, 700 West Metro Park, Rochester
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017   10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. (please arrive 9:30-9:45 to sign in) Where: The Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene 17 S. Fitzhugh St.  Rochester, NY 14614
    • Protecting This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home: Through Environmental Sustainability, Social Justice and Spiritual Fulfillment When:  Saturday, October 14, 2017   10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. (please arrive 9:30-9:45 to sign in) Where: The Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene                 17 S. Fitzhugh St.  Rochester, NY 14614 Lunch provided Free will donation accepted Please RSVP here For more information contact Sue Staropoli – suestar1@rochester.rr.com
  • Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30pm, SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester - across the street from the RTS Transit Center”
    • ACTION: Considering the importance of public transportation during Climate Change, Rochester’s attempts to redesigning our bus system are welcomed. People in all walks of life, for all the reasons we must get around, it’s really important that we have a varied transportation system that suits all—and also be resilient and robust enough for the challenges the Climate Change brings. Transportation accounts for 27% of greenhouse gases and so taking public transportation, walking and bicycling must be real options for getting around and lower our carbon footprints. Get involved inReimagine RTS Information Session, Learn about the study and share your ideas on how we can improve public transit in Rochester—together. A formal presentation will be held followed by topic/activity stations. Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30pm, SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester - across the street from the RTS Transit Center”
  • Saturday, October 28th at the Harley School in Rochester, NY!
    • We invite you to join us at the NY Climate Solutions Summit on Saturday, October 28th at the Harley School in Rochester, NY! The climate summit aims to build a larger movement across NYS that is prepared to take action to implement effective climate solutions. We seek to provide an opportunity for clean energy and climate organizers from communities across the region to come together to share projects, case studies, 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- ground (geothermal) and air source heat pumps), energy efficiency, electric vehicles, clean mass transit, sustainable land use, environmental justice, technical skills, movement building skills and networking with members of the climate movement. Register here:  For more information, go to NYClimateSummit.org For comments, questions or to add your group as a supporter of the Summit, contact us at info@nyclimatesummit.org. The NY Climate Solutions Summit is brought to you by Rochester People's Climate Coalition, ACE NY, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Mothers Out Front, NY-GEO & the Alliance for a Green Economy. 

 

 

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 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]
  • ACTION due date: NOW!
    • 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]
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • 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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  • 9/23/2017 - Considering the priority of addressing Climate Change, shouldn’t solar power be as inexpensive as possible? Solar Panel Tariff Threat: 8 Questions Homeowners Are Asking If the ITC ruling leads to tariffs on cheap solar imports, it could send shock waves through the market. What would that mean for solar prices and jobs? The stage is nearly set for the Trump administration to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Friday that two bankrupt solar manufacturers had been harmed by the flood of competition from overseas. But the surge of low-cost panels from China and elsewhere, which the ITC said harmed manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld, has been a boon to American consumers, making power from the Sun much more affordable. Installers and financiers of solar power systems have warned that a Trump administration effort to protect the moribund U.S. manufacturers would undercut the market, forcing sharp price increases after years of price declines for photovoltaic energy. And that, they warned, would also put tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and billions of dollars of investment at risk. (September 22, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/23/2017 - With Climate Change, it is more likely that there will be more wildfires and they are more likely to be more costly. We should plan and not play with wildfires. Over $2 Billion In US Fire Suppression Costs From This Year’s Wildfire Season There has been more than $2 billion spent on fire suppression efforts so far this budget year in the US (the budget year runs from October 1 through September 30), according to the US Forest Service. (September 19, 2017) Clean Technica [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/23/2017 - It’s important that 14 state governors have vowed to support the Paris Accord, but there are things states can and cannot do. We need to get the USA back into the world community on addressing Climate Change—as in many ways there is no substitute.   How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord? WASHINGTON — In the months since President Trump declared that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate deal, 14 state governors have vowed to continue upholding the agreement and press ahead with policies to fight global warming. But a key question has always lingered: How much can these states really do on climate by themselves, without help from the federal government? Now some numbers are emerging. On Wednesday, three governors in the United States Climate Alliance — Jerry Brown of California, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Jay Inslee of Washington — unveiled a new studyby the research firm Rhodium Group that said the 14 alliance states were on pace to meet their share of the Obama administration’s pledge under the Paris accord, thanks in part to local mandates on renewable energy and electric vehicles. “Together, we are a political and economic force, and we will drive the change that needs to happen nationwide,” Mr. Brown said at a news conference in New York, held as world leaders were gathering for the United Nations General Assembly. (September 20, 2017) New York Times [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/23/2017 - ACTION: Considering the importance of public transportation during Climate Change, Rochester’s attempts to redesigning our bus system are welcomed. People in all walks of life, for all the reasons we must get around, it’s really important that we have a varied transportation system that suits all—and also be resilient and robust enough for the challenges the Climate Change brings. Transportation accounts for 27% of greenhouse gases and so taking public transportation, walking and bicycling must be real options for getting around and lower our carbon footprints. Get involved inReimagine RTS Information Session, Learn about the study and share your ideas on how we can improve public transit in Rochester—together. A formal presentation will be held followed by topic/activity stations. Wednesday, October 25, 6 - 7:30pm, SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St., Rochester - across the street from the RTS Transit Center”

  • 9/23/2017 - Quietly, while you sleep, the Trump administration is addressing our environmental protections and Climate Change—but not in a good way. It’s the most amazing thing to watch an entire government backtrack on science and force reality to fit their ideological stance. There will be consequences to ‘we the people’ as our government turns away from science and justice to appease the fossil fuel industry. Sad. The Energy 202: Climate change terms altered in another corner of EPA’s website Numerous mentions of “climate change,” “greenhouse gasses” and other phrases related to global warming have been found to be altered or deleted from another portion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, according to a new environmental watchdog report. At the beginning of President Trump's term, the EPA’s SmartWay program, designed to help businesses looking to lower their impact on the environment find ways of doing so when shipping goods, told visitors that “many companies monitor their carbon emissions and establish inventories or overall 'carbon footprint' to help decision makers identify the best strategies for reducing climate impacts." But by May, those descriptions had been replaced by more generalized terms. Instead of tracking carbon emissions, firms could monitor “fuel consumption.” Instead of shrinking their carbon footprint, companies could address their "environmental footprint." Instead of reducing climate impacts, they were told they could “improve sustainability.” (September 22, 2017) The Washington Post [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/23/2017 - Think recycling is important and want to share and get info on this locally, check out this very useful Facebook site: RAD Rochester Recycler “Hello, my name is Karen and I’m a recycleholic. Recycling is an obsession of mine. There are so many environmental problems that I can’t personally impact, but I can control what I reduce, reuse and recycle. I’m really into it! So into it that people have been asking me for recycling info and advice. I thought it might be time to create a resource for people interested in doing what they can to reduce their waste impact in my town, Rochester, NY. Thus, the Rad Rochester Recycler was born. Please feel free to ask questions, add info and generally enjoy this facebook page.”

  • 9/22/2017 - Or we could approach climate silence by TV during the recent spate of record-breaking hurricanes by asking how effective was not mentioning the C-word? Or, how likely will it be that we will address Climate Change on a scale and time frame that will matter if we cannot even say, “Climate Change”? Time passes. Commentary: In TV hurricane coverage virtually no trace of the C-word. For all of its A-plus, life-saving urgency in backing up evacuation efforts, TV news still can't bring itself to even ask the question. I was in charge of CNN's Weather Department for five years, including the mind-boggling mid-2000's when Katrina was far from the only Atlantic coast catastrophe.   I've watched less and less of CNN and its cable competitors in recent years, despite the fact that turning 60 years old makes me a demographically-typical viewer.  With the twin horrors of Harvey and Irma raking the Texas Gulf coast, Caribbean and Florida, I've once again been immersed in following the drumbeat of storms and their aftermaths. I've found both great pride in how TV steps up to help save lives in advance of a major storm, and equal dismay in the utter silence about the potential links between extreme weather, severe storms and climate change.   Even if it's a little incongruous to be doing a live shot in thigh-deep water in a street intersection, declaring that emergency personnel are the only ones with any business being outside, TV reporters and meteorologists routinely play a heroic role when they chase potential viewers away from the couch and into the evacuation queue. (September 11, 2017) The Daily Climate [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/22/2017 - Hurricanes are getting stronger and getting strong more quickly with warmer waters and warmer atmosphere. I'm thinking Climate Change. Years of Living Dangerously September 20 at 5:09pm  "Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico is the latest tragedy in an extreme season fueled by warming waters. #YEARSproject  402K Views"

  • 9/22/2017 - Did you know it’s “Climate Week 2017” in New York State? I didn’t, and now there are only two days left. My local media must have missed that. Sad. There’s lots of information and resources on Climate Change for our state and it would be great if our media helped get our citizens engaged in the crisis of our age.  Time passes. Climate Week 2017 The Climate Group's ninth annual Climate Week NYC (link leaves NYSDEC) is being held September 18-24, 2016. There are a wide variety of events (link leaves NYSDEC) occurring in NYC throughout the week. Follow NYSDEC on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about climate change and climate action throughout the week. Call to Action Take simple steps in your everyday life, like getting energy efficient, switching to renewable energy, driving less (or driving electric), buying local (and buying less), and recycling, to bring down your carbon footprint. Many of these measures have the added benefit of saving you money. Also important are the steps you take to be informed, to support leaders and organizations who are taking action using the best available science, and to keep yourself and your family prepared and safe in the face of weather emergencies and climate-related health concerns. | Department of Environmental Conservation [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/22/2017 - Our Monroe County is one of the municipalities being acknowledged by New York State for their recycling efforts… Help Celebrate Recycling in New York State There are many reasons to celebrate recycling and waste reduction this Fall in New York. September 1st, 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the NYS Municipal Recycling Law in which all NYS municipalities were required to adopt a local law or ordinance that mandated the source separation and segregation of recyclable or reusable materials from solid waste. November 15th marks the annual celebration of New York Recycles Day. This is part of a nationwide campaign, America Recycles Day, in which communities organize outreach events related to recycling for schools and the public. DEC awarded a $329,300 grant to Columbia County to improve the amount and quality of recyclables recovered in the County. From September until NY Recycles Day on November 15th, the DEC will be celebrating recycling and waste reduction efforts across the state. Help us in acknowledging the following municipalities for their recycling efforts… City of Buffalo Fulton County Madison County Monroe County New York City Department of Sanitation Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority Town of Bethlehem Town of Brookhaven Westchester County (September 21, 2017) Department of Environmental Conservation [more on Recycling in our area]

  • 9/22/2017 - This is what happens when environmental protections and science are dismissed and vital infrastructures are not maintained. We go into Climate Change with the environment and our infrastructure we have, which is to say everything that causes or is affected by a quickly warming planet must be ready. Our leaders must be planning for all the consequences of Climate Change and making sure our water systems are always clean is very important. Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper. That decline was primarily driven by what the authors call a “culling of the least healthy fetuses” resulting in a “horrifyingly large” increase in fetal deaths and miscarriages. The paper estimates that among the  babies conceived from November 2013 through March 2015, “between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had Flint not enacted the switch in water,” write health economists Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University and David Slusky of Kansas University. In April 2014, Flint decided to draw its public water supply from the Flint River, a temporary measure intended to save costs while the city worked on a permanent pipeline project to Lake Huron. Residents immediately began complaining about the odor and appearance of the water, but well into 2015 the city was still assuring residents that the water was safe to drink. (September 21, 2017) The Washington Post [more on Water Quality in our area]

  • 9/22/2017 - Magic Mirror on the wall, who now is making America great again? Over the country in the West is a governor doing the best for California and all the rest. American cannot be great if we are not joining the world with addressing Climate Change. In a quickly warming world, only those leaders focusing on leading us quickly through this crisis will be thought as great. Jerry Brown’s climate coalition now covers 39% of the global economy California governor’s list of city, state and national governments nears 200 and is shifting climate diplomacy beyond the caprices of national leaders The Marshall Islands and Mozambique have joined a growing group of governments convened by California governor Jerry Brown that have committed to deep carbon pollution cuts. The Under2 coalition has now been signed or endorsed by 187 governments. Signatories agree to reduce their CO2 emissions drastically by the middle of the century. On Sunday, on the eve of the UN’s Climate Week in New York, Brown announced ten new members, including the low-lying Pacific islands. “Climate change threatens the very existence of the Marshall Islands and many other places,” said Brown. “Cities, states and countries are joining the Under2 Coalition to curb emissions and prevent a horrible catastrophe.” (September 18, 2017) Climate Home [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/21/2017 - There are a lot of repercussions to a rapidly melting Arctic, none of them good when you think about it. Besides changing our jet streams and screwing up our weather here in NYS, a major ecosystem is undergoing a profound change that will have ripple-effects in other ecosystems, oil companies and shipping companies are tempted to drill and ship through this pristine environment where oil spill are more likely to be devastating and very hard (if not impossible) to clean up, and people’s way of lives are being disrupted because that Arctic is no longer stable. Quickly turning off one of our planet’s refrigerators and warming up the methane-loaded permafrost, which has the potential to release a lot of potent greenhouse gases, should cause humanity alarm and stimulate major efforts to address Climate Change and make sure this compromised part of our planet is not compromised. Time passes.   Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average • This summer’s minimum is the eighth lowest on record Shrinking ice cap increasingly linked to extreme weather events around the world, say scientists The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer, according to data released late on Tuesday. Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79m sq miles at the end of the summer melt season. This is the time when it reaches its lowest area for the year, before starting to grow again as winter approaches. The 2017 minimum was 610,000 sqmiles below the 1981-2010 average and the eighth lowest year in the 38-year satellite record. (September 20, 2017) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/20/2017 - Climate scientists need federal support both funds and attitude to monitor and help us plan for Climate Change. Champion our scientists. Budget cuts to critical climate science and fostering climate doubt is reckless at this important time in history. Time passes. With Maria Threatening Puerto Rico, How Climate Science Can Improve Forecasts Understanding how much heat has been trapped in the ocean is one critical piece of more accurate hurricane forecasts. Another hurricane—Maria—is barrelling across the islands of the Caribbean, and scientists with the National Hurricane Center are warning that it could hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a "potentially catastrophic" storm. In less than a day, the hurricane blew up from Category 1 to Category 5 with 160 mph winds that tore away roofs as it struck the tiny island nation of Dominica.  Forecasters are able to predict hurricane behavior fairly accurately a few days out now. But to determine more precisely and earlier how hurricanes like this will strengthen and move, they need a better understanding of how oceans are warming, how land temperatures and vegetation are changing, and the impact these changing climates will have on the storms themselves. That knowledge can be a matter of life and death for people in the path of storms as communities and relief agencies prepare for storm impacts and recovery efforts. (September 19, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Climate Change in our area]  

  • 9/20/2017 - We would know better if “Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria have rapidly strengthened” because of Climate Change if Trump administration would turn towards science instead of away. We need to find out if “rapid intensification could get worse in a warming climate” quickly. We need more climate scientist and they need their equipment to help us monitor Climate Change and help us plan. Time passes. #ScienceMatters #ClimateFacts The scariest thing about 2017’s hurricanes: They keep getting really strong, really fast “Maria is developing the dreaded pinhole eye,” wrote National Hurricane Center forecaster Jack Beven on Monday evening, as the storm reached Category 4 intensity. That inward contraction of a hurricane’s eye can be one telltale indicator of what hurricane gurus technically call “rapid intensification,” although a more evocative word might simply be “explosion.” Whatever you call it, it’s something we keep seeing this year. Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria have rapidly strengthened — and all too often, have done it just before striking land. It’s a dangerous and scary phenomenon that scientists and forecasters are still trying to understand. (September 19, 2017) The Washington Post [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/20/2017 - According to this responsible local Rochester NY article, there are “… 55 water bodies in the state with confirmed or suspected blue-green algae blooms…” adding that “other lakes are now at risk due to the effects of climate change and other contributing factors.” Along with these algae blooms, our region is experiencing more heavy rainfall (71% increase since 1958), and several other consequences. New rash of algae in Canandaigua Lake People are warned to watch out for blue-green algae that is back in Canandaigua Lake. Water samples taken Monday are being tested for toxins. Canandaigua Lake Watershed Program Manager Kevin Olvany, who has been out collecting samples with other staff, said areas of most concern are mid-lake and along the east side, though you may see blue-green algae anywhere in the lake. The warm, sunny weather is adding to troubles. “It is popping up more each day,” Olvany said. Results from samples sent to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for testing could be back today. (September 19, 2017) WHEC [more on Wather Quality in our area]

  • 9/19/2017 - The ‘right conditions’ under which the US should stay in the Paris Accord would be to take responsibility for much of this present Climate Change. The greenhouse gas emissions that have already caused warmer oceans, acidification of our oceans, a warmer atmosphere which holds more water vapor and causes heavier precipitation, and is probably responsible for the extreme weather we have been experiencing for the past decades—is ours. Other nations, like China, are now putting more greenhouse gases into our weather system, but it is our nation’s major contribution to past greenhouse gas emissions that is now causing the present consequences of Climate Change. We should get ourselves back into the Paris Accords with a different attitude—a responsibility to right what we have wronged. Time passes. Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord The United States could remain in the Paris climate accord under the right conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday, signaling a shift in tone from the Trump administration, which angered allies with its decision to pull out of the agreement. President Donald Trump is willing to work with partners in the Paris agreement if the United States could construct a set of terms that are fair and balanced for Americans, Tillerson said on the CBS’ “Face The Nation.” Asked if there was a chance the United States could stay in the accord, Tillerson responded, “I think under the right conditions.” (September 17, 2017) Reuters [more on Climate Change in our area]  

  • 9/19/2017 - If we had acted robustly decades ago to the potential threat caused by Climate Change, we would be far ahead in both adapting to the consequences of Climate Change and slowing down the rise in heat. But we argued with ourselves for decades and held stubbornly to attitudes that did not like the kind of major changes we would need to actually make a difference on a planetary scale. Now, rather than finding  that our slow, wait-and-see approach put us in a better position to deal with this crisis, we find that we’ve ratcheted up dramatically the consequences of Climate Change and our inability to work together to solve it. (The election of Trump has sent us back decades in achieving a worldwide effort to address this crisis.) We have been reacting to Climate Change, a complex, existential problem for our species, very badly (as we have many past disasters) but with this crisis we are running out of time. We need to become stewards of our life support system very quickly—and the signs are that we aren’t doing that. We don’t need hope as much as we need to just dig in, and get moving quickly. Check out this great essay about #ClimateChange: The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior (September 18, 2017) New York Times [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/19/2017 - Record-breaking hurricanes amplified by Climate Change offer us a chance to do what we do best: Adapt to changes. Changing our electric grid with many outlets for renewable energy and backup batteries will get us back in action faster than one large grid power by fossil fuels that will shut millions down for weeks and maybe months. We need to adapt to energy sources that don’t pollute and leave themselves vulnerable to wholesale blackouts. Climate Change is perhaps humanities greatest challenge (besides curbing our own destructive tendencies ((one of which is to stick to past energy sources that caused Climate Change)) and we may still have the means to adapt and lessen the horrific consequences warming up an entire planet will ensue. Time passes. After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City's Traffic Lights Running By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery. Just after midnight on Sept. 11, Eugenio Pereira awoke to the sound of tropical-storm-force winds slamming his Gainesville, Florida, home. Hurricane Irma had arrived. At 1:45 a.m., the power flickered out, and he was in total darkness. Unlike large swaths of Florida that were facing days if not weeks without electricity, Pereira knew he would have power when the sun rose. He had installed rooftop solar panels two weeks before the storm, along with an inverter that allows him to use power from the solar panels without being connected to the grid. The next morning, he plugged an extension cord into the inverter, flipped it on, and let his 7-kilowatt rooftop solar array do the rest. He was able to use his appliances and his Wi-Fi, so he could continue his work as a home-based IT consultant while the neighborhood waited for grid power to came back on. (September 15, 2017) Inside Climate News [more on Solar Power in our area]

  • 9/18/2017 - Exploring the possibility of drilling for oil in the melting Arctic caused by the use of fossil fuel is beyond reckless and immoral. If we don’t still the human propensity to continue doing the same things that jeopardize our future, we won’t have one. Drilling for oil in the Arctic doesn’t need to be discussed and explored; it needs to be abandoned as depraved and a stalling tactic to keep renewable energy from the sensible energy source for our future. Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling. The document proposes ending a restriction that had limited exploratory drilling to the period from Oct. 1, 1984, to May 31, 1986. It also directs the agency to provide an environmental assessment and a proposed rule allowing for new exploration plans. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, was first reported by The Washington Post. (September 16, 2017) New York Times [more on Energy and Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/16/2017 - The steady increase in the number of lakes in our Rochester, NY region getting nailed by Blue-green algae blooms spells Climate Change. More nutrients and warmer waters and heavier rainfalls are a sign of Climate Change in our region and this problem isn’t going to go away by ignoring it. Our drinking water, our shoreline property values, and the invaluable ecosystems that are our lakes are under threat and we must address this. Time passes. Blue-green algae blooms reported in 7 Finger Lakes, including Skaneateles It's been a bad week for the Finger Lakes and blue-green algae — a very bad week indeed. Canandaigua, Keuka, Cayuga, Conesus, Honeoye and Owasco, all Finger Lakes, appear on the NYS DEC harmful algal bloom notification list that was updated this afternoon. Joining them is a real eye-opener: Skaneateles Lake, which reported a bloom this week for the first time since public tracking of them began in 2009. The discovery set off alarm bells in Syracuse, which draws unfiltered drinking water from the lake. Until now, many had thought it all but impossible for blue-green algae to bloom to any great degree in Skaneateles, one of the cleanest of the Finger Lakes. (September 15, 2017) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Cimate Change and Water Qualiity and Finger Lakes in our area]

  • 9/16/2017 - If we allow Climate Change to wreck ecosystems, spaceship Earth cannot call Houston. They’re flooded Glacial melt will wreck ecosystems The alarming rate of glacial shrinkage worldwide threatens our current way of life, from biodiversity to tourism, hydropower to clean water supply. Glaciers cover one-tenth of the planet’s land surface – but not for much longer. Glaciers worldwide are in retreat, and losing mass. They are shrinking and melting, and that will create problems almost everywhere, according to new research. Between 2003 and 2009, glaciers melted on a gargantuan scale, with an estimated 1,350 cubic kilometres of meltwater streamed from what had once been vast streams of slowly flowing ice. Ice has been in retreat in the Gulf of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica. In the European Alps summers have become measurably warmer during the last 30 years, snowfall has diminished and 54% of the ice cover in the mountains has disappeared since 1850. By 2100, Alpine summits may have lost around nine-tenths of the ice that still covered them in 2003. In South America, the glaciers of Bolivia lost almost 50% of their mass in the last 50 years. In western Canada, somewhere between 60% and 80% of the ice measured in 2005 will have disappeared, and flowed into the sea to raise sea levels everywhere. (September 15, 2017) Climate News Network [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/16/2017 - When is the best time to talk about Climate Change? Now, after record breaking hurricanes, before our elections, in elementary school where all the other sciences are taught, at Thanksgiving or Christmas family gatherings, at community gatherings, over a drink at the local tavern, on social media, while driving and connected to our Smartphones, only when taking a college course on Climate Change, while on a vacation or a long bike ride, at a bus stop while waiting for a bus, during a doctor visit, while walking the dog, on a date, jogging down the street with a friend, intermission at a movie or basketball game, or after every emergency, every appointment, every game, TV show, or only after every other thing has been exhausted and there’s nothing left to talk about (and even then just keeping quiet about Climate Change would be preferable)? My guess, after watching this issue unfold over the decades is that NEVER is the answer most people would like. Of course, that would be suicidal for us and our children. Time passes. Now really isn’t the best time to talk about climate change Experience shows extreme weather is a poor catalyst for changing minds about climate change, the conversation needs to begin before times of distress Hurricanes Irma and Harvey were unprecedented in many ways. But of greatest interest to us, as people who have been fascinated by climate change communication, was that for the first time we heard climate scientists in the media making a confident (albeit hedged) connection between an extreme weather event and climate change. Recent breakthroughs in modelling have enabled scientists to attribute the role of climate change in an extreme weather event quickly and accurately. But this raises an important question: are people in Florida, Texas, the wider US and the Caribbean going to make that connection, or accept it when made by others? In short, will storms like Harvey and Irma increase public concern about climate change and generate increased demands for collective action? Those who are already actively engaged – including activists and climate scientists – tend to assume that extreme weather events lead to increased public concern. After all, this is the point where the rubber hits the road, where the models and the graphs become tangible and real. Of course people can deny something which is theoretical and placed in the future, but how, it is often argued, can people deny the evidence in front of their own eyes? (September 14, 20170 Climate Home [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/16/2017 - Important podcast where experts talk about our recent spate of record-breaking hurricanes and Climate Change on Climate One: HARVEY AND IRMA: A HURRICANE’S HUMAN FINGERPRINTS

  • 9/16/2017 - What folly it would be to end NASA’s role in monitoring Climate Change with satellites. Just when we should be ramping up our commitment to helping the world monitoring the state of our environment and how Climate Change is affecting our life support system, we are ramping down. To gut NASA’s Climate Mission would be blinding ourselves to some of our greatest threats about how our environment is responding to our warming it. This makes it a moral issue. The public should be aware of this issue and encourage Congress not to let this NASA program end. What Could We Lose if a NASA Climate Mission Goes Dark? Researchers are racing to replace the pioneering Grace satellites, which are threatened by both dying batteries and Trump-era budget cuts. In late August, as Hurricane Harvey began smashing into the Texas coast, a flood of data began pouring in along with the catastrophic quantities of rainwater. It wasn’t from the nonstop news coverage on CNN and elsewhere; it was from the transmissions that lay behind it, in the pulses of information coming down from space. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, crucial tools for monitoring big storms in the Gulf of Mexico, were capturing cloud formations, surface temperatures and barometric pressures, which were then fed into computer models tracking the storm’s strength and intensity. At the same time, NASA was using a group of satellites to keep tabs on soil moisture, flood patterns and power failures all over East Texas. In various ways, this torrent of data was being collected continuously from hundreds (or even thousands) of miles overhead, through radar instruments and spectroradiometer sensors and exquisitely calibrated imaging cameras. The machines being used aren’t household names — they go by acronyms like GOES-13, Modis and SMAP — but they demonstrate why the popular view of Earth as a big blue planet with only the Moon as its companion could do with some revising. We are also surrounded by a constellation of satellites spinning elliptical webs of environmental observation, day and night. (September 12, 2017) New York Times [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/15/2017 - Pruitt’s EPA “back to basics” agenda might have made sense in 1492 before we ramped up Climate Change—and launched an industrial assault on our environment. Pruitt cannot ensure “the core mission of the agency charged with protecting the nation's air, water, and public health” without seriously addressing Climate Change. We have to wonder if we can recoup after Pruitt is out of office and we’re done with his out-of-date ideology on our life support system. Time passes. Scott Pruitt criticizes Obama as 'environmental savior,' moves EPA away from climate change Few Trump administration agency chiefs have moved as decisively to implement an agenda as Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and he's quite clear about what he wants to do. He calls it a "back to the basics" agenda, removing the government from what he considers extraneous activity — namely, the climate change battle taken up by former President Barack Obama, who he questioned as an "environmental savior." Asked to define his early legacy, Pruitt, in a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at EPA headquarters Monday, reached for his coffee mug, leaned his small, stout frame forward in his chair, and embarked on a lengthy denunciation of the Obama administration. (September 13, Washington Examiner [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/15/2017 - Water is life. Climate Change is threatening fresh water supplies, like glaciers for millions. This must be addressed because Water is Life. #WaterIsLife Asia's glaciers to shrink by a third by 2100, threatening water supply of millions High mountains of Asia hold biggest store of frozen water outside the poles and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges Asia’s mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by the century’s end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers have said. This is a best-case scenario, based on the assumption that the world manages to limit average global warming to 1.5C (2.7F) over pre-industrial levels, a team wrote in the journal Nature.  Tibet's fragile ecosystem is in danger. China must change its flawed environmental policy Lobsang Sangay   Read more “To meet the 1.5C target will be a task of unprecedented difficulty,” the researchers said, “and even then, 36% (give or take 7%) of the ice mass in the high mountains of Asia is projected to be lost” by 2100. (September 13, 2017) The Guardian [more on Climate Change and Water Quality 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.

  • 9/15/2017 - In New York State “September is preparedness month!” which means preparing for Climate Change. Check out the NYS Department of Health’s “Climate, Weather & Health” website for how Climate Change is going to impact our public health and what we can do about it. News from the Office of Climate Change September 2017 September is preparedness month! Check out New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) great tabletop presentation (below), designed to support counties in tackling preparedness for climate change health issues. Even if you’re not a county, NYSDOH has a variety of useful tools, guidance, and videos on their Climate, Weather & Health page. Community News The European Union’s International Urban Cooperation initiative in North America has launched a call for U.S. cities that wish to cooperate with a city in the EU to participate in a new City-to-City Exchange Program. Interested U.S. cities are encouraged to apply for a pairing by Friday, September 22, 2017. Successful cities will be paired with EU cities tackling related challenges, allowing the pairs to build cooperation, share experiences, and exchange knowledge. Representatives from each city will take part in study tours, staff exchanges, trainings, and seminars. (September 14, 2017) Department of Environmental Conservation   [more on Climate Change in our area]  

  • 9/15/2017 - Water is life. Do you know all seven categories of the water cycle? With Climate Change, you’ll be tested. Know your water. Can’t fix waterworks without knowing how water works Most people don’t know where their water comes from or where it goes after it runs down the drain. That’s according to a study researchers at Indiana University recently published in the academic journal Judgment and Decision Making. The team asked 500 students to draw a diagram depicting the journey water takes as it reaches the tap and returns to the environment. They compared these to diagrams drawn by experts. Most students omitted significant stages: 64 percent didn’t depict a wastewater plant; 29 percent did not include a water treatment plant. Only 7 percent of the student diagrams included all seven categories of the water cycle – source, treatment, distribution, household use, collection, wastewater treatment and environmental return. (June 29, 2017) Great Lakes Echo [more on Water Quality in our area]

  • 9/14/2017 - Why would the major media outlets not communicate Climate Change connections to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Climate denier money? Keeping the public dumb on the crisis of our age will serve what ends? Just because people voted for Trump doesn’t mean they accept his version of science. There will be consequences of allowing Climate Change to get worse and not addressing it properly, so why not educate the public that Climate Change is a real threat? Time passes. Major news networks are failing to explain that Hurricane Harvey was fueled by climate change Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm that has laid waste to Barbuda and inundated Puerto Rico, is headed for Florida. The most powerful storm ever to descend on the Atlantic, Irma has produced winds so fierce some scientists have suggested it deserves a new classification — Category 6. Will the major broadcast networks report on the role of climate changein shaping this storm? If Hurricane Harvey is any indication, the answer is ‘probably not.’ But by ignoring climate science, they are missing an opportunity to tell a great story. Last week, Harvey tore through Texas, killing dozens of people and displacing more than a million. The National Weather Service describedthe storm as “beyond anything experienced.” The agency had to add new colors to its maps to portray the unprecedented volume of rainfall. Brock Long, the head of FEMA, said, “You could not dream this forecast up.” (September 9, 2017) QUARTZ [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 9/14/2017 - It’s unlikely that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will convince Trump that Climate Change is happening. That convincing is up to us. For some reason or another, many Americans voted Trump into office. But that doesn’t mean putting a climate denier at the top will address Climate Change—by trying to bury it in a dazzle of incompetency and White House chaos. In our own interest, we must convince the Trump administration that the clear and present danger of Climate Change must be orchestrated at the top. Time passes. Irma and Harvey lay the costs of climate change denial at Trump’s door The president’s dismissal of scientific research is doing nothing to protect the livelihoods of ordinary Americans As the US comes to terms with its second major weather disaster within a month, an important question is whether the devastation caused by hurricanes Harveyand Irma will convince Donald Trump and his administration of the reality of climate change. The president’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida may escape Irma’s wrath, but with the deaths of so many Americans, and billions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, the costs of climate change denial are beginning to pile up at the door of the White House. Just days before Harvey formed in the Atlantic last month, Trump signed an executive order to overturn a policy, introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama, to help American communities and businesses become more resilient against the risks of flooding, which are rising because of climate change. (September 9, 2017) The Guardian [more on Climate Change in our area]

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