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

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

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

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

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

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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, May 28, 2016

  • State energy plan that would support nuclear plants gets warm welcome in Oswego During nearly two hours of testimony in Oswego City Hall Tuesday, community leaders and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant employees begged staff from New York's Public Service Commission to support the proposed "clean energy standard" underGov. Andrew Cuomo's goal to generate half of the state's energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. That plan includes subsidies for financially stressed nuclear plants, which is why most of the audience at the hearing spoke in favor of the effort. Some who testified said that Cuomo's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could not be achieved without nuclear plants, which don't emit carbon dioxide. (May 26, 2016) Innovation Trail [more on Energy in our area]

  • Bike rentals come to downtown Getting out on the trails or just exploring downtown got a little easier this week with a new "bike hire" station at the Radisson Rochester Riverside. The Spinway station based at the hotel might just be the beginning. City Hall is preparing a broader request for proposals, due out in about a month, seeking an operator on a larger, citywide bike-share program similar to the Reddy system set to launch in Buffalo this summer. If all goes well, a pilot program could launch this fall, with the first phase of the city program ready to go in spring 2017, said Erik Frisch, transportation specialist for the city. (May 27, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Transportation in our area]

  • Editorial:  In a word, why climate change matters: Water Think climate change and what comes to mind? The Arctic Ocean melting like an ice cube under a July sun? Island paradises swallowed up by rising seas? Beefier hurricanes crashing into coastlines with greater frequency? There's a ring of truth to all of the above, and it should make all of us think and act greener. Now, the World Bank has come out with a report that sums up one of the gravest of climate change consequences with just one word: water. As in, not enough of it. (May 26, 2016) Chicago Tribune [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • U.S. Leads Globe in Oil Production for Third Year The U.S. led the world last year in producing both oil and gas, federal government estimates published Monday show, even as the country committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. was the globe’s leading producer of crude oil for the third year in a row in 2015. Government estimates show that crude oil production has continued to grow across the country, from nearly 8 million barrels of oil per day in 2008 to about 15 million in 2015. The U.S. produced about 14 million barrels per day in 2014. (May 23, 2016) Climate Central [more on Energy and Climate Change in our area]

 

News Highlight

Rochester, NY’s Climate Action Plan survey                

by Frank J. Regan


“Photo by Frank J. Regan: "

Consider completing Rochester, NY’s Climate Change Action Plan survey. This plan will affect how our local government addresses Climate Change. Your input into this process is vital.

Critical to addressing Climate Change are our local community governments because they set the rules, enforce the rules, maintain our infrastructures, educate the public on issues vital to our way of life, and prepare the public for clear and present dangers. The City has been working on shoring up its own clean energy and transportation in the first phase of addressing Climate Change and now it’s moving to the second phase: Our community’s role.

Many local groups have been a part of the process to complete the second phase where much is being planned to address the local consequences of Climate Change and engage the public on this issue. Climate Change is affecting our lives now and it will increasingly affect our children’s lives.

Please take a moment and fill out this survey on the Climate Action Plan which will demonstrate to the City that you want this worldwide crisis addressed here in Rochester too.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN "We want to hear from you!  Take our community-wide Climate Action Plan survey. What is a Climate Action Plan? Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the community-wide efforts that will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.  CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected community-wide greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to monitor the plan's progress. ”City of Rochester, NY

The urgency and importance of helping Rochester by filling out this survey can be expressed more emphatically by appreciating the backdrop from which the request is made: It’s getting hotter.

If the Paris Agreement is going to work, it had better do so quickly. Earth's thermostat is still going up dramatically. It is in this way that Climate Change is quite simple to understand; when we overheat we’re going to cook. What we have done thus far to bring temperatures down has not worked. Just doing something is not enough. Just getting a little more environmentally friendly doesn’t cut it anymore. What we do must actually fix the problem.

Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating The latest greenhouse gas inventory from NOAA shows CO2 and methane 'going completely in the wrong direction.' The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not just rising, it's accelerating, and another potent greenhouse gas, methane showed a big spike last year, according to the latest annual greenhouse gas index released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CO2 emissions totaled between 35 and 40 billion tons in 2015, according to several agencies. Some of that is absorbed by forests and oceans, but those natural systems are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new CO2. As a result, the inventory shows, the average global concentration increased to 399 parts per million in 2015, a record jump of almost 3 ppm from the year before. (May 19, 2016) Inside Climate News

Though many may still view Climate Change as political, trust me, whatever your political persuasion, frequent extreme weather events will ruin your day, your economy, and your future.       more...

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Green Business.

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

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

  • Investors' Circle hopes to fund Rochester's clean energy scene People in Rochester's startup scene already know about the popular venture capital firms Excell Partners and Cranberry Capital. However, a North Carolina-based firm is joining the mix and looking to pass out money. Investors' Circle of Durham, North Carolina, has been funding startups for 24 years, but now wants to fund companies across New York state. The firm invests in different types of companies, such as software and education. However, the firm's biggest emphasis is on clean energy companies. (February 12, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Waste Management-owned site receives conservation award High Acres Nature Area, owned by Waste Management Inc. in Perinton, has been honored with the 2015 International Conservation Award by the Wildlife Habitat Council, an international non-profit that accredits programs that create wildlife habitat on corporate lands. It has recognized 600 sites around the world.  The High Acres Nature Area comprises 250 acres with four miles of nature trails adjacent to the High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center in Fairport. Employees and community volunteers invest in conservation and education efforts through the nature area, officials said. (November 24, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

  • Energy storage looks promising for Rochester At first glance, they do not look like much: cylinders the size of commercially available watch batteries and foil-wrapped packets the size of cell phone batteries. From small packages, however, the staff of NOHMs Technologies Inc. are working to produce big results.  “We’re a cell manufacturer only to make prototypes,” explains Richard Delmerico, CEO and chief operating officer of the 17-person startup, which is based out of 6,000 feet of laboratory and industrial space within Eastman Business Park. (October 2, 2015) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Business in our area]

  • SolarCity seeking suppliers Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Bob Duffy is encouraging Rochester-area businesses to check into opportunities for suppliers of SolarCity, the solar-panel maker expected to open in 2016 in Buffalo. SolarCity is looking for suppliers for gases, chemicals, aluminum, copper, extrusion, stamping, anodizing, solar glass, junction boxes, tapes, pastes, labels, logistics, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, compressed dry air, professional services, and more. (June 24, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Solar Power and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

  New York mothers for offshore wind Statewide Campaign Kickoff at Liberty Pole, Tuesday May 31 at 5 p.m.     

    

A kickoff rally for the first Mothers Out Front Statewide Campaign will be held at the Liberty Pole in Rochester, in conjunction with rallies across New York State, for approval of a wind farm off the shores of Long Island.  

WHO: New York Mothers Out Front (“Mobilizing for a Livable Climate”) WHAT: Kickoff for Mothers Out Front New York first Statewide Campaign:  “Mothers for Offshore Wind” WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 WHERE: The Liberty Pole, East Main Street and Franklin Street WHY: Wind power can be a crucial tool in breaking away from burning fossil fuels which cause atmospheric warming and disturb the climate.  

At the Saturday May 21st Building Power workshop in Keene, New York, mothers decided to kick off the Mothers Out Front New York statewide campaign on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST to coincide with a rally prior to the final Clean Energy Standard (CES) hearing that day in New York City.

The Mothers had previously decided the first statewide campaign would be to win approval of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island, as proposed by Deepwater Wind to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).   “More than once (after extreme weather events occur) my daughters have told me "Mom, you were so lucky to have grown up in a world without climate change." Approving this offshore wind farm is one of the best ways to ensure NYS makes a just, swift, and complete transition off of fossil fuels to a clean and renewable energy future for all children." - Neely Kelley, New York State Lead Organizer and Rochester Resident   This decision, made in the last hours of the workshop, is crucial as it provides a catalyst for mothers to move forward and take local action in their communities, making evident the effectiveness of the organization’s model of giving mothers the tools necessary to succeed as community organizers.  

“The Organizing Retreat was incredibly useful and inspiring while at the same time, it fostered bonds between the participants from out of town and strengthened those with our existing team members.  The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing and was the perfect time away to help ‘refill my well’ of energy to continue the work!” - Mary Lupien, Coordinator, City of Rochester Community Organizing Team  

About  Mothers Out Front: Mothers Out Front Is a group of mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers coming together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore.  We are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy.   

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...    

May

  • Tuesday May 31 at 5 p.m. | at the Liberty Pole, East Main Street and Franklin Street in Rochester
    • New York mothers for offshore wind Statewide Campaign Kickoff at Liberty Pole, Tuesday May 31 at 5 p.m.  A kickoff rally for the first Mothers Out Front Statewide Campaign will be held at the Liberty Pole in Rochester, in conjunction with rallies across New York State, for approval of a wind farm off the shores of Long Island.   WHO: New York Mothers Out Front (“Mobilizing for a Livable Climate”) WHAT: Kickoff for Mothers Out Front New York first Statewide Campaign:  “Mothers for Offshore Wind” WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 WHERE: The Liberty Pole, East Main Street and Franklin Street WHY: Wind power can be a crucial tool in breaking away from burning fossil fuels which cause atmospheric warming and disturb the climate.   At the Saturday May 21st Building Power workshop in Keene, New York, mothers decided to kick off the Mothers Out Front New York statewide campaign on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST to coincide with a rally prior to the final Clean Energy Standard (CES) hearing that day in New York City. The Mothers had previously decided the first statewide campaign would be to win approval of an offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island, as proposed by Deepwater Wind to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).   “More than once (after extreme weather events occur) my daughters have told me "Mom, you were so lucky to have grown up in a world without climate change." Approving this offshore wind farm is one of the best ways to ensure NYS makes a just, swift, and complete transition off of fossil fuels to a clean and renewable energy future for all children." - Neely Kelley, New York State Lead Organizer and Rochester Resident   This decision, made in the last hours of the workshop, is crucial as it provides a catalyst for mothers to move forward and take local action in their communities, making evident the effectiveness of the organization’s model of giving mothers the tools necessary to succeed as community organizers.   “The Organizing Retreat was incredibly useful and inspiring while at the same time, it fostered bonds between the participants from out of town and strengthened those with our existing team members.  The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing and was the perfect time away to help ‘refill my well’ of energy to continue the work!” - Mary Lupien, Coordinator, City of Rochester Community Organizing Team   About  Mothers Out Front: Mothers Out Front Is a group of mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers coming together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore.  We are building a powerful grassroots movement to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy.  

June

  • Wednesday, June 1st | Boarding Information Rochester: 6: 00 am in Pittsford Park and Ride at St John Fishers College in East Rochester, NY.
    • NYRenews A New York powered by 100% Clean Renewable Energy is a more just New York. JOIN US on JUNE 1st as we DEMAND Albany builds a better New York with safe, healthy communities for all! #NYRenews The time is NOW to demand good jobs, healthier communities, and frontline justice through 100% clean and renewable energy for New York. Join #NYRenews in Albany June 1st and together let’s tell Legislators in Albany that they were elected to represent ALL New Yorkers and that ALL New Yorkers deserve protection from the impacts of climate change. In the meantime, SIGN + SHARE to tell our elected officials to support #NYRenews. Climate change is already devastating our communities, don't let inaction in Albany continue the destruction:  Text NY to 97779 for more updates Organizer Contact: Brittny Baxter 716-381-1438 Bbaxter@workingfamilies.org Reserve your ticket HERE: Boarding Information Rochester: 6: 00 am in Pittsford Park and Ride at St John Fishers College in East Rochester, NY. Syracuse: 8:00 am boarding in the Park and Ride just off of exit 34A.
  • June 3-5th, Red House area of Allegany State Park, NY
    • Allegany Nature Pilgrimage  June 3-5  Red House area of Allegany State Park, NY  For the 58th year, Burroughs Audubon and three other Audubon clubs and the state park work together to plan a weekend of nature activities for participants of all ages. For information. www.bancny.org/    www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • June 9th, 6PM--7:30PM, Crane Library 633 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo , NY 14222  
  • Saturday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd. Victor NY 14564 
    • "Open House and Ice Cream Social"  Saturday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 pm  Burroughs Audubon Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Rd. Victor NY 14564  In this peaceful place, listen to natural sounds, visit with club members, walk the trails through woods and along a stream, and enjoy a dish of ice cream and a cool glass of tea.  www.bancny.org/    www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm EST | Webinar Online registration is available until: 6/14/2016 
    • Free Webinar | Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits in  Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits in Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (10:30 am -12:00 pm EST) In December 2015, the European Commission announced its new Circular Economy Package, a plan to “end our reliance on the rubbish heap and turn waste into a resource.” By incorporating eco-design, waste prevention, and reuse and recycling into business strategy, the European Commission hopes to save money, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the continent. This PSI webinar will explore how the concept of the “circular economy” emerged, how it is different from concepts we’re all familiar with – cradle to cradle, recycling, and zero waste – and why extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes play such an important role in accomplishing the European Commission’s goals. Those working closely to implement the Circular Economy Package will provide a status update and lay out next steps. Speakers will also offer concrete examples of the circular economy at work, including a deep dive into packaging EPR programs throughout Europe. Lastly, we will explore how we can translate these concepts, case studies, and plans to the U.S., joining Europe in their goal of simultaneously improving the environment and the economy.   
  • Wednesday, June 15 | Online
    • June 15, 2016 Webinar on Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT presented by the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD).  EPA’s Ron Williams will present on his research that is advancing the development and evaluation of air sensor technology and helping communities learn more about their air quality.  Webinar details can be found in the attached flyer.   In the meantime, please visit the EPA ORD Air Sensor Toolbox 

July

  • March for a Clean Energy Revolution Sunday, July 24 - Philadelphia, PA
    • March for a Clean Energy Revolution SundayOn the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers: Ban Fracking Now Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Stop Dirty Energy Quickly and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Convened by Americans Against Fracking & Pennsylvanians Against Fracking

 

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: Before Earth Day, April 22, 2016

    • In just 30 seconds, tell the world what the ‪#‎ParisAgreement‬ means for you http://bit.ly/Means4You ‪#‎Means4Me‬ UN asks: What does Paris climate agreement mean for you? Climate body launches social media campaign to raise profile of global deal ahead of April ceremony The UN is launching a social media blitz to drum up support for last December’s Paris agreement. It calls on politicians, business leaders and citizens to upload a 30-second video on channels like Twitter or Facebook under the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me. Almost 200 countries agreed for the first time in 2015 on a global framework to curb carbon emissions. This April, they are invited to sign the document at the UN’s base in New York. For renewable energy companies it might mean new jobs. Health bodies might highlight the benefits of better air quality. Faith leaders might pick up on the moral message. To kick it off, here’s the UN’s top climate official, Christiana Figueres. The campaign runs to 28 February. (February 2, 2016) Climate Home [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.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Take Action on Clean Energy, from Mother's Out Front Sign the petition to move the Clean Power Plan forward! "You know that climate change is real, and we need to take action. According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most recent decade was the Nation’s and the world’s hottest on record, and human activities – like burning fossil fuels – are the primary cause of these changes. As mothers, this kind of change is an immediate concern. Regardless of where you live, climate change is shifting weather patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. As mothers we’ll do anything to protect the health of our children. That’s why we need to be concerned about – and do something about -- climate change. Wildfires and burning fossil fuels threaten air quality, increasing pollution and rates of asthma, especially among children. Heavy rainfall and severe flooding threaten water quality as well. Fortunately, the National Climate Assessment is hopeful and so are we. We can avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate with immediate public policy that promotes energy production from clean and renewable sources. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency published a Clean Power Plan requiring states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Yet it’s up to state officials to create policies to implement the plan. Those that promote clean energy the most will have the biggest benefit. Today, please sign our petition to let your state officials know that you support the fastest and most just transition to 100% clean energy. Together we can ensure a clean energy future and a livable climate for all children. Thanks for taking action,  Ellen van Bever Communications Team Lead Mothers Out Front Mothers Out Front "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • 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.
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • "The 100% Renewable Now NYS Campaign is beginning to organize! This Campaign is aimed at getting the 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 bill passed by the NYS legislature. This project is anchored in sound science: Read this critical study: “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight” If your organization wants to be more involved that is welcome.  Also, please call your legislators to ask them to co-sponsor (Assembly - A. 7497 or Senate - S. 5527). And see:  The Solutions Project (especially New York) to sign your organization up as a supporter.  Please help in this way!" (If someone in your group wants to attend some meetings in October to hammer out strategy and organizational details, contact me and I’ll get you in touch with the group organizing this issue in our region.) 
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Just about the last thing Henrietta needs is to chew up a wildlife area for more development. Sign a petition to Save Beckwith Park. "Save Beckwith Park Neighbors working together to save 12.8 acres of wild land in Henrietta, New York Since 1965, this scenic wildlife area has been a treasure for many families in Henrietta, New York. The Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling this beautiful land to a developer, who intends to put single-family houses on the property. In a grassroots effort to save the land, neighbors and friends have banded together to stop the development of the land that makes our neighborhood our home.  "Consider signing this petition to save undeveloped land in Henrietta, NY. To find out more watch this short TV coverage on Channel 10.
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Our home environments can be healthy. Help get the word out. This from Elizabeth McDade, Program Manager Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 224-3125 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org "The newly revised Healthy Homes Guides have arrived and I need YOUR help to get this cubical emptied by Labor Day. HELP! If you need some resource guide books or can help distribute Healthy Homes, Healthy Families POSTERS, please contact Elizabeth McDade elizabethmcdade@flhsa.org  (585) 224-3125 Also, feel free to share this link to the Resource Guide book
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • "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
  • ACTION:  Due Date: Now!
    • 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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    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
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    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
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    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
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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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    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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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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    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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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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  • 5/28/2016 - When I spoke in Rochester about the state’s "clean energy standard", where I emphasized addressing Climate Change, our meeting too was clogged with nuclear (Ginna, in this place) proponents. I spoke about the need to address the issues of NIMBY’s fighting large scale wind farms which are critical in reaching NYS energy standards. (You can read my article: “Ground rules for deciding on large-scale wind farm placement” Aging nuclear power plants are obviously using these state meetings around the state to save their industry—which is understandable given the role the power plants affording their community with good paying jobs. But the issue of clean energy standards is a bigger issue than local jobs—which renewable energy options can provide. The problem of the public funding these outdate nuclear power plants is a major problem that is not being addressed at these meetings. Also, how safe are these nuclear power plants that are being asked to serve beyond their intended working life? Nor is the argument from the nuclear proponents that without nuclear power, NYS cannot reach it goals. NYS can reach it clean energy goals by eliminating old nuclear power plants and they can do this by educating the public about the importance of large wind farms providing the bulk of our future energy needs. When locals fight wind farms in their region, which will mean we will have to continue paying for unprofitable old nuclear power plants. Also, consider this new report: “Nuclear Near Misses: A Decade of Accident Precursors at U.S. Nuclear Plants”  It’s too bad that our local media even when they do cover issues related to Climate Change and energy end up only pandering to folks losing their jobs instead of the issue at hand: Clean Energy Standards as we move into Climate Change. Our media needs to change. Energy use in time of Climate Change is the major issue of our time and we need a media that’s up to the job. State energy plan that would support nuclear plants gets warm welcome in Oswego During nearly two hours of testimony in Oswego City Hall Tuesday, community leaders and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant employees begged staff from New York's Public Service Commission to support the proposed "clean energy standard" underGov. Andrew Cuomo's goal to generate half of the state's energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. That plan includes subsidies for financially stressed nuclear plants, which is why most of the audience at the hearing spoke in favor of the effort. Some who testified said that Cuomo's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could not be achieved without nuclear plants, which don't emit carbon dioxide. (May 26, 2016) Innovation Trail

  • 5/28/2016 - Rochester NY is getting moving on bike sharing with bike rental project in downtown. Think #bike is #transportation  Bike rentals come to downtown Getting out on the trails or just exploring downtown got a little easier this week with a new "bike hire" station at the Radisson Rochester Riverside. The Spinway station based at the hotel might just be the beginning. City Hall is preparing a broader request for proposals, due out in about a month, seeking an operator on a larger, citywide bike-share program similar to the Reddy system set to launch in Buffalo this summer. If all goes well, a pilot program could launch this fall, with the first phase of the city program ready to go in spring 2017, said Erik Frisch, transportation specialist for the city. (May 27, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 5/28/2016 - At least one major media finally gets it on Climate Change. Check this out from Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. (Maybe Rochester Democrat and Chronicle will be next?) Of course, Climate Change is a whole lot more than water scarcity and “The Arctic Ocean melting like an ice cube under a July sun? Island paradises swallowed up by rising seas? Beefier hurricanes crashing into coastlines with greater frequency?” for that matter. Climate Change is the mother of all problems and we need our local media to continually report and investigate the local consequences of it and how our local governments are helping their citizens to address it. Editorial:  In a word, why climate change matters: Water Think climate change and what comes to mind? The Arctic Ocean melting like an ice cube under a July sun? Island paradises swallowed up by rising seas? Beefier hurricanes crashing into coastlines with greater frequency? There's a ring of truth to all of the above, and it should make all of us think and act greener. Now, the World Bank has come out with a report that sums up one of the gravest of climate change consequences with just one word: water. As in, not enough of it. (May 26, 2016) Chicago Tribune

  • 5/28/2016 - Uh oh, leading the world on oil and gas production for 4 straight years doesn’t make US leader on Climate Change. In fact it make it looks as if all our efforts at renewable energy look pretty paltry. With Climate Change the only thing that will really matter is bringing down greenhouse gas emissions—not talk or just good intentions. U.S. Leads Globe in Oil Production for Third Year The U.S. led the world last year in producing both oil and gas, federal government estimates published Monday show, even as the country committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. was the globe’s leading producer of crude oil for the third year in a row in 2015. Government estimates show that crude oil production has continued to grow across the country, from nearly 8 million barrels of oil per day in 2008 to about 15 million in 2015. The U.S. produced about 14 million barrels per day in 2014. (May 23, 2016) Climate Central

  • 5/27/2016 - Of course, this media report about how warm the Great Lakes are this year doesn’t mention Climate Change—as mainstream media rarely covers the local consequences of Climate Change. (Lake Ontario - 51.0° (6.7°F warmer)) Though to be fair, this article is just about the difference in temperatures of the Great Lakes from last year to this year. Last year was a cold winter, this year was a warmer winter. (Which probably does have something to do with Climate Change…) But this is part of the problem of the media on Climate Change: they so narrowly focus their attention on certain items about our environment that the long-term and inevitable consequences of Climate Change are easily avoided. If nothing else, this article should remind us of how sensitive the entire Great Lakes are to temperature changes. Temperature changes affect fish, weather, the proliferation of invasive species, and a likely increase of the toxic blue-green algae. Our media need to expand their horizons so that the public will be adequately informed about Climate Change. All Great Lakes warmer than last year, 2 are much warmer All of the Great Lakes currently have average surface water temperatures warmer than this time last year. Two of those Great Lakes are significantly warmer than last year. The image above shows a comparison of the current surface water temperatures on the left, and last year at this time on the right. On average, many areas are three to six degrees warmer than last year. (May 25, 2016) MLive

  • 5/27/2016 - Interesting that a Great Lakes media can do an article about “the future for Great Lakes salmon” and not mention Climate Change. Maybe the writers of the salmon article should have read the National Wildlife Federation’s Report: Swimming Upstream.” Here’s a quote: “The introduction of non-native species and diseases creates additional stress. Climate change will interact with these various stressors, in many cases creating even more challenging conditions for fish. Invasive Species Invasive species are a leading factor in freshwater fish extinctions and endangerments, damage our natural ecosystems, and are costly to manage.62 In the Great Lakes region alone, aquatic invasive species cost local people, businesses, utilities, and communities at least O Flickr/andresmusta 4. Climate change will pose further challenges for management and control strategies by altering the way invasive species interact and spread” Mainstream media needs to get up to par on Climate Change. What's the future for Great Lakes salmon? But after a spectacular five-decade arc, Lake Michigan’s salmon fishery appears to be in decline. Anglers are catching fewer fish, and the ones they’re getting are nowhere near the 30-pounders longtime fishermen recall from decades past. Some fear the collapse will be as hard as the one that hit Lake Huron a dozen years ago, forcing some charter operators to move to Lake Michigan or forcing many others to go out of business. Overall, sport fishing in the Great Lakes is a $4 billion-a-year industry. (May 26, 2016) WZZM

  • 5/27/2016 - With Climate Change you are more likely to hear the term “Climate Refugees” more often—whether you like or not, whether it fits into your political ideology or not, or whether you’ve planned for massive social upsets or not. The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time A Native American tribe struggles to hold on to their culture in a Louisiana bayou while their land slips into the Gulf of Mexico. (May 25, 2016) National Geographic

  • 5/27/2016 - However we view the importance of individual wildlife species ultimately it is the ecosystems they sustain that will matter in Climate Change. Helping wildlife to endure, that is to adapt, to the extreme changes coming with Climate Change may force us to revisit how we view wildlife in the future. Some species may already be doomed, some may be critical to preserving critical ecosystems and keeping them vibrant, some species that evolved in frigid temperatures may not be able to endure the heat, while some invasive species will tolerate the heat just fine. What are we doing about Wildlife as Climate Change outpaces their ability to adapt and our need to have our ecosystems intact? With Endangered Species Act Under Attack, Obama Manages to Score 99 Wildlife Wins As part of a final-year push to tackle major environmental challenges, the Obama Administration appears to be doubling down on its efforts to slow and reverse the declines in American wildlife populations. Though the United States has enacted and implemented some of the world’s most effective wildlife conservation laws, one in five animal and plant species in the United States — nearly 1,300 total species — is at risk of extinction. Through a recently-released Council on Environmental Quality white paper, the Obama Administration calls attention to the challenges facing U.S. wildlife and identifies 99 milestones in wildlife conservation that it has achieved over the past seven years. (May 25, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress

  • 5/27/2016 - The insurance industry is very concerned (which is to say you should be concerned) about Climate Change because they can only fund so many disasters. Building in places that are going to be continually assailed by extreme weather and expecting the insurance industry to rebuild is unsustainable. US insurance aid props up climate-risk homes Major insurer calls for an end to government subsidies that encourage expensive house-building schemes in areas of the US at high risk of floods and storms. Lloyd’s, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, says the US government must stop providing insurance subsidies to homeowners building on flood plains and in coastal areas exposed to mounting risks related to climate change. According to a report in London’s Financial Times, Lloyd’s says the US government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which subsidises insurance cover for householders in regions vulnerable to floods and storms, encourages irresponsible house building. Lloyd’s also says the NFIP subsidy regime is financially unsustainable. Because of claims related to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and superstorm Sandy in 2012, the NFIP has now run up debts of more than $24 billion. (May 24, 2016) Climate News Network

  • 5/26/2016 - Let’s face it, mainstream media mostly sucks on reporting on Climate Change making folks stupid. Fix this with Climate Feedback @ClimateFdbk

  • 5/26/2016 - Seems like most folks like the idea of Wind Power until it comes home to them. Then, they tend to ask what they gain or lose from the industry. I thought we wanted to increase renewable energy by 100%. We cannot do that if every time it comes to placing wind farms and help the world adapt to Climate Change people get selfish. Like it or not, the placing of wind farms is where we demonstrate our commitment to really keeping fossil fuels in the ground and shifting to renewable energy. How North Country communities can make big wind work for them Across the North Country, wind energy has forced communities to ask tough questions about what they stand to gain or lose from the industry. Most recently, the town of Clayton, in the Thousand Islands, has barred all wind development for six months. The move came after developers showed renewed interest in building the Horse Creek Wind Farm. Clayton's moratorium gives town leaders time to consider ways to protect their interests. (May 26, 2016) North Country Public Radio

  • 5/26/2016 - Yes, boys and girls, we have rattlesnakes in NYS; Yes, they are integral to our environment; No, we don’t have a clue how they’ll adapt to Climate Change.  Wildlife, even rattlesnakes who don’t get a lot of attention (except when they rattle, then they get plenty), are part of how our environment developed. We ought to cherish them by making sure they survive by focusing on their issues as our climate gets warmer. Yes, we do have rattlesnake in the Rochester region Rattlesnakes — like tornadoes, wildfires and cockroaches — are in the category of “things you know exist in Western New York but you hope you never experience.” But an avid hiker at Letchworth State Park knew the creatures make homes in the rocky crags and crevices of “the Grand Canyon of the East,” and he came face-to-face with one of them on a park road this week. (May 25, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 5/26/2016 - ACTION: "Call Congress and ask them to take action on climate! Monday June 20th Congress needs to hear from citizens that we want them to take action on climate change. On June 21st, hundreds of citizens from across the nation will be meeting with members of Congress in DC to push for a revenue-neutral carbon fee.  Visit this website to log your call (and get the phone numbers and a prompt on what to say):  Call your legislators on Monday June 20th to amplify our voices and help move Congress a step closer to legislation that addresses climate change. Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don't hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative is the first step in building a relationship with your congressional offices and creating the political will needed to solve global warming. "

  • 5/26/2016 - Sneaky new bill would allow more shippers to dump more ballast water, the practice that brought us the Zebra Mussel? Really? We cannot find a way to treat ballast water in ships so that it’s not too burdensome to shippers and not bring in crazy effective Invasive Species like the Zebra Mussel? Really? We are condemned to bring in Invasive Species that will screw up the greatest fresh water system in the world? Is this the best our economic system can come up with: If environmental regulations are too burdensome some industries, then screw our life support system? This is humanity at its best? House measure supports shippers on water dumping TRAVERSE CITY — A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast. The proposal was tucked into a $602 billion defense bill that the House passed last week, the latest twist in a longstanding struggle over how to handle water that ships carry in huge tanks during overseas voyages. Ballast provides stability in rough seas but harbors fish, plants and even viruses, which find new homes when vessels discharge the water in distant ports. Some multiply rapidly, out-compete native species for food and spread disease (May 24, 2016) Detroit Free Press

  • 5/26/2016 - Much like the invisible and potent greenhouse gas methane itself the new rule for curbing methane at reconstructed and modified oil and gas sources could have a profound effect—though it would be more profound if this new rule included all gas sources. Just saying…. Obama administration announces historic new regulations for methane emissions from oil and gas The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of much-anticipated — and first ever — steps to regulate oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas second only to carbon dioxide in its role in the climate debate. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new rule that will target emissions from new or modified oil and gas wells — and prevent 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by the year 2025, the agency said. And while this would not apply to the vast numbers of existing rigs, well pads and auxiliary equipment that have driven a historic boom in domestic oil and gas production, the agency also signaled that it plans to regulate these as well. It issued a new request for more information from industry to help study how to contain emissions from these sources. (May 12, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 5/26/2016 - Unlike many who think Climate Change can be put off, ignored, or denied, insurance companies don’t have that luxury. Fossil Fuel Investments Growing Riskier for Insurers, Report Warns With nearly $500 billion invested, a new analysis recommends insurance companies take a harder look at the consequences of climate change and a lower-carbon future. The 40 largest insurance companies in the United States have $237 billion invested in electric and gas utilities, $221 billion tied to oil and gas companies and nearly $2 billion locked into coal, a new report reveals. With nearly a half-trillion dollars in bonds, equity and other holdings tied to the fossil fuel industry, an analysis published Tuesday by the sustainability group Ceres says insurers should be evaluating their investment exposure to climate change risks. Insurers "cannot afford to overlook this," warned Cynthia McHale, director of the insurance program at Ceres. (May 24, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 5/25/2016 - Neat video and slideshow of the Albany Break Free rally on May 14th from our friends over at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo: Video & Slideshow: Albany Rally to Break Free from Fossil Fuels

  • 5/25/2016 - Interesting that it’s only May and we’re getting air quality health advisories already. If we continue burning fossil fuels and the heat goes up, it is likely we’ll get air quality advisories even sooner than May—which means those in July and August will be a doozy. Climate Change is going to dramatically affect our public health. Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for New York State Ozone Advisory in Effect for Long Island, New York City Metro and Western New York New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D. today issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the Long Island, New York City Metro and Western New York regions of New York State for Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The pollutant of concern is: Ozone The advisory will be in effect: 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. DEC and DOH issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value indicating a greater health concern. (May 24, 2016) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • 5/25/2016 - Are you sure nuclear power is the way we should power our future when there’s no room for error—when to err is human…. 10 Near Misses at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Considered Precursors to a Meltdown Following the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Greenpeace USA released a new report Tuesday on the 166 near misses at U.S. nuclear power plants over the past decade. Of the incidents identified in Nuclear Near Misses: A Decade of Accident Precursors at U.S. Nuclear Plants, 10 are considered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to be important precursors to a meltdown. (May 24, 2016) EcoWatch

  • 5/24/2016 - NYS residents can help our environment by not giving the EAB a free ride all over the place. DEC Announces Sixth Annual Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week Residents Urged to Become Aware of Emerald Ash Borer and Report Infestations to DEC The Sixth Annual Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week is now underway, running from May 22 - May 28, 2016, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. In observance of EAB Awareness Week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a proclamation urging all New Yorkers to exercise environmental stewardship to protect trees from infestation that can be devastating to landscapes, habitats and forest product industries. State residents and visitors are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the emerald ash borer, how to prevent its spread and the destruction it causes to trees. "EAB Awareness week is an opportunity to inform the public about the various means through which this invasive beetle is commonly spread and encourages them to join the fight against them by reporting any signs of infestation they witness," Acting Commissioner Seggos said. "With the beginning of camping season in full swing it is important to remind travelers to New York State to use only local firewood. The spread of these insects, and other forest pests, has been dramatically increased through human transport." (May 23, 2016) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • 5/24/2016 - ACTION: Bus to Albany from Rochester June 1st to demand %100 Clean Renewable Energy for NYS. Get on board. A New York powered by 100% Clean Renewable Energy is a more just New York. JOIN US on JUNE 1st as we DEMAND Albany builds a better New York with safe, healthy communities for all! #NYRenews The time is NOW to demand good jobs, healthier communitites, and frontline justice through 100% clean and renewable energy for New York. Join #NYRenews in Albany June 1st and together let’s tell Legislators in Albany that they were elected to represent ALL New Yorkers and that ALL New Yorkers deserve protection from the impacts of climate change. In the meantime, SIGN + SHARE to tell our elected officials to support #NYRenews. Climate change is already devastating our communitites, don't let inaction in Albany continue the destruction: Check here. Text NY to 97779 for more updates Organizer Contact: Brittny Baxter 716-381-1438 Bbaxter@workingfamilies.org  Reserve your ticket HERE:  Boarding Information Rochester: 6: 00 am in Pittsford Park and Ride at St John Fishers College in East Rochester, NY. Syracuse: 8:00 am boarding in the Park and Ride just off of exit 34A.

  • 5/24/2016 - Because the railroading of Dangerous Crude Oil has increased dramatically through our communities, monies for emergency training is critical. But our money? Isn’t this corporate welfare when the public has to pay for emergency training for shipping dangerous crude oil (Bomb Trains) on their rails? This corporate welfare of Bomb Trains is a reminder to those who say our government cannot do anything right and everything should be privatized that the truth is that our government has to babysit these dangerous energy options all through their dangerous infrastructures. Shouldn’t we shift quickly to renewable energy—wind and solar—where the public doesn’t have to insure and fund training for the kind of energy that will warm the planet and explode at any moment? NYS To Help Pay For Training For Oil Fires New York State is making a new investment in helping first responders train for oil fires. The state will use $500,000 in federal funds to purchase a "live fire" training prop to help fire fighters and other emergency personnel learn how to respond to crude oil fires. It is part of a broader effort to prepare for possible accidents involving oil shipping by rail or boat. The money will go to the New York State Academy of Fire Science, which trains more than 6,000 first responders each year. (May 22, 2016) WXXI News [more on Dangerous Crude Oil Trains

  • 5/24/2016 - Been thinking it’s time to go solar? Google’s Project Sunroof looks at your roof, tells you how much sun it gets, and even how much you’ll save on electricity. Incredible. Check it out. And it’s free. Google’s Project Sunroof Expands to 42 States and Millions More Rooftops With the recent expansion of Project Sunroof, tens of millions of potential solar customers from across the U.S. can now Google their own rooftops to find out if their home is suitable for solar panels. Google launched Project Sunroof last August in three cities -- San Francisco, Fresno and Boston. In January, the program expanded to 20 U.S. metropolitan markets in the most active solar states in the U.S., including California, Massachusetts, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, Colorado and North Carolina. (May 20, 2016) GreenTeckMedia

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  • 5/21/2016 - To say that the sturgeon in the Genesee River was plentiful back in the day is a major understatement. I would like to think that a healthy sturgeon population reinstalled into the Genesee River would be an indicator of a healthy river, but I wonder how an ancient, cold-water species like the sturgeon is going to deal with the warming waters of Climate Change. This all begs the question: What are we doing to help our Wildlife in NYS adapt to Climate Change? Four-foot sturgeon found in Genesee River A 47-inch, 26 pound sturgeon was found in the Genesee River, reports United States Geological Survey research ecologist Dawn Dittman. Dittman has led efforts to reintroduce thousands of baby sturgeon into the Genesee River.  Her recent nettings and observations show that they are growing up. In the 20th century, pollution, over-fishing and habitat loss nearly drove sturgeon into extinction. The USGS, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Seneca Park Zoo have made efforts to rebuild the population, placing more than 5,000 sturgeon into the river since 2003. (May 20, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 5/21/2016 - Considering that the Great Lakes is the largest freshwater system in the world we here in Rochester have a responsibility to protect it—from ourselves.  Consider this important statement from local EPA rep: “Everything you put in the ground will eventually wind up in the Great Lakes.” Judith A. Enck, an EPA regional administrator. Watersheds ahead: Officials hope new road signs make environmental sense Taking care of the Great Lakes means more than watching out for lake water and shorelines. What happens on the onion fields in Elba, cornfields in Eden, the Erie Canal in Lockport and even the Youngmann Highway in Amherst impacts the health of lakes Erie and Ontario. What residents spray on their lawns from Ripley to Rochester also matters. So signs are being installed marking designated Great Lakes watersheds. “It’s an opportunity to remind people that we all have a responsibility to protect watersheds,” said Judith A. Enck, an EPA regional administrator. “Everything you put in the ground will eventually wind up in the Great Lakes.” (May 20, 2016) Buffalo News

  • 5/21/2016 - I wonder: How long do we use as an excuse not to address Climate Change when we hear, “It's impossible for scientists to say global warming caused this specific …” but … ???? The fire in Canada looks a lot like climate change -- and that should scare you The fire, which has burned at least 325 square miles, forcing the evacuation of some 88,000 people, is so hot and so intense that's it's formed its own weather. The thundercloud produced by the blaze actually is creating its own lightning, and consequently spreading the fire's rage, setting more trees alight. True, there have been fires in Canada's boreal forest for ages. But scientists and researchers say this fire looks a whole lot like climate change. And that should be alarming for all of us. (May 7, 2016) CNN News

  • 5/21/2016 - Besides acidification is hypoxia (lack of Oxygen) also on the rise in our oceans because of Climate Change? We are in new territory. Suffocating the Ocean Oxygen-depleted oceans have preceded many mass extinctions in Earth’s past, including the worst one of all 252 million years ago. Are hypoxic dead zones from California to Namibia a harbinger of the next extinction? It was crabbers who first reported something amiss. In 2002, they began pulling in traps full of corpses. (Crabs should be alive when you catch them.) And they mentioned something else: Little octopuses had followed their crab lines to the surface, as if fleeing inhospitable conditions below. Then heaps of dead crustaceans began washing ashore along a stretch of Oregon’s coast. When scientists sent a robotic submersible offshore, they discovered mile upon mile of dead crustaceans, the water brown and murky with detritus. The killer was low oxygen, or hypoxia. Nearly all animals require oxygen to live, and, that year, dissolved oxygen had fallen so low off Oregon’s coast that whatever mobile creatures could had fled, while more-sessile life had simply suffocated. (May 9, 2016) Pacific Standard

  • 5/20/2016 - As we degrade our soil with pesticides, pollution, development and bad agricultural practices we might remember the crow’s role in cleaning up our environment. Crows eat carrion and carrion eaters are vital. Returning carrion to our life support system is still something we cannot do. Remembering this might help us be more tolerant of crows. Bye Bye Birdy: harassing the crows that harass Watertown The Historical Society isn’t alone. Businesses and organizations throughout downtown Watertown have crow complaints, citing damage to buildings, bad smells and a big mess. That’s where the city’s crow management program comes in. (May 20, 2016) North Country Public Radio

  • 5/20/2016 - Some of the basic processes of our life support system are still unknown. Especially on a warming planet that’s very concerning. All in the NAAMES of ocean ecosystems and climate Let’s face it — relationships can be complicated. And the relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere is no exception. NAAMES, or the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, is a five-year NASA-funded study that aims to define that relationship better. NAAMES is the first NASA Earth Venture-Suborbital mission focused on studying the coupled ocean ecosystem and atmosphere using ships and aircraft simultaneously. Plankton ecosystems of the global ocean profoundly affect climate and life on Earth. NASA's ocean color satellite record tells us that these invaluable ecosystems are highly responsive to climate variability, with changes in ocean plankton production impacting food (e.g., fish), uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide by the ocean, and ocean emission of climate-regulating aerosols. (May 17, 2016) NASA

  • 5/20/2016 - If the Paris Agreement is going to work, it had better do so quickly. Earth's thermostat is still going up dramatically. It is in this way that Climate Change is quite simple, when we overheat we’re going to cook. What we have done thus far to bring temperatures down has not worked. Just doing something is not enough. Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating The latest greenhouse gas inventory from NOAA shows CO2 and methane 'going completely in the wrong direction.' The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not just rising, it's accelerating, and another potent greenhouse gas, methane showed a big spike last year, according to the latest annual greenhouse gas indexreleased by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CO2 emissions totaled between 35 and 40 billion tons in 2015, according to several agencies. Some of that is absorbed by forests and oceans, but those natural systems are being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new CO2. As a result, the inventory shows, the average global concentration increased to 399 parts per million in 2015, a record jump of almost 3 ppm from the year before. (May 19, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 5/19/2016 - It’s more than bikes. "R Community Bikes" is about folks getting from here to there and volunteers helping them do that. Volunteers at "R Community Bikes" help thousands every year Spring is busiest time of year for volunteer-based group The volunteers at "R Community Bikes" know they are helping people in Rochester go places.   Shop Manager Steven Sparer and his small army of volunteers fix and build bikes and put them in the hands of those in need.   "Flat tires, shifting problems, brake problems are pretty much the standard fare," says Sparer.     "R Community Bikes"  began 15 years ago.   Director, Dan Lill wanted to give back to the community and bikes were about the furthest thing from his mind.     Lill says, "we started serving lunch at a soup kitchen actually, had nothing to do with bicycles.  But a gentleman came in and asked if we could fix a flat tire." (May 15, 2015) RochesterFirst.com

  • 5/19/2016 - Consider completing Rochester, NY’s Climate Change Action Plan survey. This plan will affect how our local government addresses Climate Change. Your input into this process is vital. Critical to addressing Climate Change are our local community governments because they set the rules, enforce the rules, maintain our infrastructures, educate the public on issues vital to our way of life, and prepare the public for clear and present dangers. The City has been working on shoring up its own clean energy and transportation in the first phase of addressing Climate Change and now it’s moving to the second phase. Many local groups have been a part of the process to complete the second phase of the City’s Climate Action Plan where much is being planned to address the local consequences of Climate Change and engage the public on this issue. Climate Change is affecting our lives now and it will increasingly affect our children’s lives. Please take a moment and fill out this survey on the Climate Action Plan to demonstrate to the city that you want this worldwide crisis addressed here in Rochester. This is what democracy looks like. CLIMATE ACTION PLAN "We want to hear from you!  Take our community-wide Climate Action Plan survey. What is a Climate Action Plan? Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the community-wide efforts that will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.  CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected community-wide greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to monitor the plan's progress. " City of Rochester, NY

  • 5/19/2016 - I listen to the podcast of Climate One @climateone regularly and find that is one of the most insightful and useful ways to learn about Climate Change. This week’s program on how public health will be affected by Climate Change is an excellent example of how aspects of Climate Change are discussed by experts who, more often than not, have to solve these consequences of Climate Change in their day jobs. THE HEALTH HAZARDS OF ONE DEGREE Global warming is hitting closer to home than we think, from a neighborhood child gasping with asthma to a parent collapsing from heatstroke. These realities led U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to assert in April that climate change presents the most complex threat to public health in U.S. history. (April 17, 2016) Climate One

  • 5/18/2016 - Considering how close Rochester, NY is to the Great Lakes you’d think our local media would be more interested in this radioactive waste storage issue. Plan to store nuclear waste near Great Lakes proves radioactive KINCARDINE, Ontario — If there was an off-key moment during the otherwise flawlessly executed trip to the U.S. Capitol this spring by the new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, it might have come when he was cornered by Rep. Debbie Dingell. “We never want to see nuclear waste in the Great Lakes,” the freshman Democrat from Michigan sternly told Trudeau during a visit to the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Trudeau knew what Dingell was talking about. A few weeks earlier, his administration delayed an expected final ruling on whether Ontario Power Generation (OPG) could blast an area twice as big as the White House in a hole as deep as four Washington Monuments and then dump and seal inside 50 years’ worth of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste amassed by the province’s three nuclear power plants. (May 16, 2016) The Washington Post

  • 5/18/2016 - Pedantically, some folks remind us that everything around us is made up of chemicals and so we should just get over our fear of them. But not all manmade chemicals are equal, especially most pesticides and other toxic chemicals we cook up. Many chemicals are unsafe even when use as directed. Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA Piecemeal, and at long last, chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic bisphenol-A (BPA) from products they sell. Sunoco no longer sells BPA for products that might be used by children under three. France has a national banon BPA food packaging. The EU has banned BPA from baby bottles. These bans and associated product withdrawals are the result of epic scientific research and some intensive environmental campaigning. But in truth these restrictions are not victories for human health. Nor are they even losses for the chemical industry. For one thing, the chemical industry now profits from selling premium-priced BPA-free products. These are usually made with the chemical substitute BPS, which current research suggests is even more of a health hazard than BPA. But since BPS is far less studied, it will likely take many years to build a sufficient case for a new ban. (May 16, 2016) Independent Science News

  • 5/18/2016 - In order to sustain our reliance on pollinators for agricultural and natural ecological systems we need to commit to protecting the pollinators. Local Commitments to a Global Pollinator According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States, approximately 80 percent of all flowering plant species are specialized for pollination by animals, mostly insects, and they affect 35 percent of the world’s crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide. This global significance raises concern for our reliance on pollinators, such as honey bees, for food production, the global economy, and our livelihood. (May 16, 2016) Happenings: the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute

  • 5/18/2016 - In the last ten years Climate Change has changed (“CO2 levels have increased 5.5 percent,”) and so have we. We have the capacity to change; physics, not so muchAN INCONVENIENT TRUTH THEN AND NOW: WHAT’S CHANGED FOR OUR CLIMATE SINCE 2006? Here’s what’s changed for our planet since An Inconvenient Truth sparked a global movement against climate change a decade ago. If you saw An Inconvenient Truth featuring former Vice President Al Gore back in 2006, chances are you left the theater a little stunned and asking a whole lot of questions. Questions like, “What can we do?” “What can I do?” If so, you weren’t the only one. Fortunately. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking film that prompted millions to start asking questions about climate change and doing something about it, helping shape the modern climate movement we know today. And in the decade since, a lot has changed as a result. Climate science has made major advances, helping us better understand the challenge we face. Renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is cheaper than fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world. Electric cars are even becoming mainstream (well, for some). (May 11, 2016) The Climate Reality Project

  • 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.

  • 5/18/2016 - Burning biomass is not a renewable energy option because it affects the long-term stability of carbon in the soil. Our soil needs to be replenished by the dying going back to that from whence it came. When we burn the biomass instead of putting it back into the ground we are robbing soil of its resources and ourselves of a major carbon sink to address Climate Change. Soil Carbon Unstable After Clear-Cutting We’ve all heard that clear-cutting forests has many adverse effects on the environment. But humans have been cutting down forests for agriculture and to harvest wood for millennia. So what’s the big deal? There are now more humans on Earth than ever before, so demand for wood and food is unprecedented. And for the past few years, people have been clear-cutting forests for biofuel. Clear-cutting is chopping down all the trees in an area, as opposed to selective logging, which is removing only the mature trees. A new study has found another downside to clear-cutting: It makes carbon compounds in the soil more loosely bound to mineral surfaces and therefore more likely to escape into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, which further contributes to global warming. (May 17, 2016) GotScience.org