RENewsletter | February 22, 2009



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    Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |


*** The February Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to Climate Change Central.  Go Award.


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Opening Salvo:  “Moving to Higher Ground”


Odds are if your great, great, great, great, (…all the way back to caveman days) grandfather heard a rustle in the grass in the night, he assumed the worst. Good bet there’s a predator out there, better take evasive action. Not to have taken immediate action in the face of insufficient information in this case would probably have meant you wouldn’t get to be his great, great, great, (…all the way to now) grandchild.


Much of our history involved this sort of thinking: reacting quickly to perceived danger instead of waiting until all the information was in.  By the time our primitive ancestors waited for a lion in the night to reveal itself in full attack mode, he would have been lion dinner.  And, we are descendants of those intelligent wary individuals, who, when they erred, did so on the side of caution.


Though we are a lot more intelligent, more capable of discerning and combating real danger, we too benefit from this precautionary faculty that some say is hard-wired into our brains.  If we hear a rustle in the air that it (the air itself) is warming up, backed by an avalanche of data leaning in that direction, the better genius of our nature would tell us to take preventative action.  Skedaddle or die. Waiting for leaping lions and solid month of 100 degree days in New York State is not who we are. That foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, not minds that passed into future generations.  


So it with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision this week to raise “…equipment such as pump motors and circuit breakers from 25 feet below sea level to 14 feet above sea level” (from (Bloomberg: City must adapt to global warming now --, Feb. 22, 09) in New York City, we evidence that ancient faculty for prudent caution has not deserted us.  The new report, “CLIMATE RISK INFORMATION  NEW YORK CITY PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE  FEBRUARY 17, 2009 says “Climate change poses a range of hazards to New York City and its infrastructure. These changes suggest a need for the City to rethink the way it operates and adapts to its evolving environment.”


I note this story about Mayor Bloomberg’s actions because it is the first time I have read about a major political figure doing something so concrete about the threat of Global Warming.  Bloomberg is not wrangling with his staff about whether or not that ‘rustle’ of climate change heard throughout the world means we should wait until Earth becomes a Venus: he’s moving equipment to higher ground.  By the way, the mayor has also been gearing up New York City in many other ways, assuming the worst about Global Warming and also trying to mitigate those threats.  Taking evasive action.


Instead of staring dumbfounded into the night, paralyzed by the great inconvenience of dealing with the climate change threat, the mayor of our state’s largest city is acting in the best tradition of a species intent on surviving.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]


         Ren. Square Environmental Report

         Water Worries

         Ontario Rising

         NYC Mayor on Climate Change

         Reversing Bush - EPA

         DEC - Upgrade Bottle Bill

         Gasification Meeting Geneva

         Great Lakes Water Future Study

         Brighton Bikes

         Nuclear Reactor  Application

         Climate Smart Communities - DEC

         Green Educations - EPA

         Great Lakes Cleanup Needs Money

         New Yorkers Use Solar Panels

         Turning the Grind Green

         Money for Great Lake's Wastewater

         Farms Without Toads

         Lead Law & Libraries



UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]




EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.




ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 




AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [Each month, included in the RENewsletter goes out an environmental award for the best Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best helps promote the need to protect and offers solutions to our area's environmental issues.] Award to be made on the Last Sunday of each month.


The February Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to Climate Change Central.  If you haven’t stopped over and talked to the good people (Holly and Mary) over at Climate Change Central at 545 Park Ave., you should do so soon.  They are moving, though not their web site  The great thing about Climate Change Central is that Global Warming discussions get a warm, friendly face—and a cup of coffee.  You can sit down and talk about one of the most important issues of the day, anthropogenic climate change in a friendly atmosphere.  Climate Change Central also conducts many programs, book discussions, and events trying to raise public consciousness about Climate Change.  After this month we hope they land safely in new location because this kind of friendly environment is what environmental issues need. 


Climate Change Central "climate change central is a community resource  center and forum for climate change dialogue in  Rochester, New York.  We believe improved access to  climate change information will empower citizens in  our community to recognize climate induced  hazards, and to make positive changes for their  families and neighborhoods. given the right  resources and tools, people can protect their  families and help their communities in the face of  this crisis." - February, 2009