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


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

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

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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.

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

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

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

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News Highlight

Rochester officials are critical components of Climate Change solutions    

by Frank J. Regan


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We should take seriously the Pope’s message that local officials, mayors (and in our case, the county executive), play a crucial role in leading on Climate Change. Bold demonstrations by our local officials to lead on Climate Change adaptations—encouraging private citizens and business to adopt renewable energy, connecting the dots in the media between active transportation (walking and bicycling) and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and pushing our Governor and President to do more to make the Paris Climate Treaty a success—would do much to convince the public that this clear and present danger needs to be addressed. Our local leaders should be speaking forthrightly to the press about how Rochester and Monroe County fit into the problems and solutions for Climate Change. Many around the world already get the Pope’s message:

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight VATICAN CITY — About 60 mayors from around the world gathered here on Tuesday and pledged to combat global warming and help the poor deal with its effects, at a conference swiftly organized by the Vatican barely a month after Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment. The two-day conference, which also focused on fighting forms of modern slavery, was not the first time that the Vatican had organized a meeting on the issue. But it was the first time that it specifically invited local officials, hoping to mobilize grass-roots action and maintain pressure on world leaders for action ahead of a global summit meeting on climate change scheduled for December in Paris. In Tuesday’s declaration, the mayors pledged to urge world leaders to pass a “bold climate agreement that confines global warming to a limit safe for humanity, while protecting the poor and the vulnerable from ongoing climate change that gravely endangers their lives.” (July 21, 2015) New York Times 

Proactive leaders who explain to their constituents that the science behind Climate Change also pertains to our region would go far in squashing the denialist zeitgeist that pervades our region. On a water stop while biking along the canal the other day, I got talking into an old codger (like myself) about our many decades in the Rochester region. All was jolly talk until I mentioned “Climate Change.” He said, “Oh, Climate Change, that’s something Al Gore cooked up.” Then he walked off. Harrumph.

Al Gore did not cook up Climate Change any more than he invented the Internet. But no amount of facts and reasoning will stop Climate Change denialists from making discussions about the most important issue of our age almost impossible for ordinary folks. That’s tragic because the science is settled. 97% of the world’s scientists tell us we are in serious trouble on our climate and yet we here in Rochester are still uncomfortable about mentioning the obvious. They say, don't talk about religion or politics in a bar. Now, added to the list of things not to talk about when fueled by intoxicants is Climate Change.

But it’s not just unfashionable to talk about Climate Change while stopping along the canal. It’s unfashionable to connect the dots on Climate Change and the consequences when commenting on local online articles. In fact, even though I always site scientific references, my comments often get yanked by some nervous media online gatekeeper. It not fashionable to mention Climate Change in Rochester outside the confines of college classes, during family discussions, while at work or play, anywhere near the front pages of our media, on a public official’s website, or forgodsakes when attending an official comment forum on protecting our wildlife.

Also, it’s not fashionable in the Monroe County region to talk about Climate Change during our local elections—even though it is our mayors and our county executives who establish regulations and make sure they are enforced. Encouraging ordinary folks and business to make their homes and buildings more energy efficient, encouraging public transit, and promoting a green culture among all residents would have an enormous effect on everyone else’s attitudes.  Including the media, who would start to realize that suppressing the facts on Climate Change is no longer fashionable. Our media might even begin pressing all candidates for public office on how they would lead on Climate Change. 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:

  • 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]

  • Irondequoit development project goes green A major development project in Irondequoit is focused on going green. The Market at I-Square is now complete with a rooftop garden. The garden is just one part of the project's goal to be eco-friendly. "It's a sustainable measure to eliminate storm water runoff from reaching Lake Ontario which is the goal for everyone in Irondequoit," Owner Mike Nolan said. Whatever water isn't absorbed by the garden is filtered through the tiling and even the sidewalk outside into a tank underground. The water is then re-used for irrigation and landscaping. (May 29, 2015) WHAM [more on Green Business in our area]

  • EPA Funding Helps Businesses in Upstate New York Prevent Pollution; $268,000 Will Help Small and Medium-Sized Companies The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $268,383 to organizations in New York to fund projects that will help small and medium-sized businesses reduce pollution. These grants were awarded to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and Empire State Development. “EPA helps businesses reduce the use of toxic materials, save energy, protect human health and save money,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The strategy is simple: it’s always better not to generate waste in the first place. It’s better for the environment and it’s better for a company’s bottom line.”  (November 10, 2014) EPA News Releases from Region 2 [ more on Green Business in our area]

  • You’re a student wanting a career in Sustainability or you’re and industry that wants to be more sustainable- meet at Climate Corps. “EDF Climate Corps is the premier fellowship program from Environmental Defense Fund. We recruit and train top graduate students and embed them in leading organizations to provide expert hands-on support for your energy management initiatives.”

Event Highlight

  Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11

    

 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015 

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

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...    

August

  • August 11 - 14, 2015- / Conservation Program/PO Box 113/ Victor, NY 14564
    • Ganondagan Conservation Camp August 11 - 14, 2015 The Ganondagan Conservation Program is designed to help students interested in environmental science explore multiple areas in the field. Hands on experience using field techniques that would not be available to most students until reaching college. Presentations from prominent members of the environmental field and working with camp counselors who are current college students with environmental majors will further explorations by participating students. Camp goers will discover how Native People encouraged the succession and endurance of natural areas and gain a scientific perspective on what is being done to preserve our natural areas in the NYS Parks and Historic Sites.  Students in grades 7th - 12th contemplating a major in the environmental sciences will benefit greatly from the Ganondagan Conservation Camp as well as students with a love of science or general interest in the outdoors. 
  • August 11, 2015 - 5:30 – 7:30 pm 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street
    • Solar Assembly 5:30 – 7:30 pm For East Ave. neighbors Pathstone Corporation 400 East Avenue, enter lot from Prince Street Light refreshments will be served. Solarize The Flower City SE Solar. Simple. Together. You’re invited to a neighborhood Solar Assembly! Pathstone will start the evening off with a Home Energy Improvement Workshop followed by ROCSPOT with a brief presentation about the Solarize campaign. You’ll meet the participating installers, leaving plenty of time for you to ask questions. This is a great chance to learn how effective and affordable solar power is today! Space is limited! Register today at www.solarizeflowercity.com  See flyer.
  • August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.
    • New Soil Health Seminar Center at 2015 Empire Farm Days Seneca Falls, NY.   The New York State Interagency Working Group for Soil Health will host two speakers and a panel of farmers daily starting at 9:30am at the new Soil Health Seminar Center at Lot 922 at Empire Farm Days, August 11-13, 2015, at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. The trio of 45-minute sessions will cover a variety of soil health practices including cover cropping, reduced tillage, and nutrient management. --from Cornell Field Crop news
  • August 23 at 11:15 AM | First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South, room 110 
    • 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

September

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm) and Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm) (two UR locations)
    • Two important meetings on local environmental and health issues: Environmental Health Sciences Research Day Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Health Sciences Research at The University of Rochester Please note the upcoming speaker (June 11) and our Research Day (Sept 24).  Both are open to the public – please come and invite your colleagues!*Save the Dates * Wednesday, September 23, 2015 (7pm), Science Café Series, Featuring a University of Rochester, Environmental Health Science Center Faculty Speaker, Barnes & Noble (Pittsford) AND Thursday, September 24, 2015 (9am-4:30pm), Seminars, panel discussions, and a poster session, Flaum Atrium/ Class of ’62 Read more here.

October

  • Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives 41st Annual Community Salute to the Environment   Thursday Evening  October 1st, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm   La Luna Banquet Center at High Falls,  60 Brown Race, Rochester, NY   Please plan to join us for this unique event as we Celebrate the Genesee River Valley   with Exhibitors, Dinner, Awards and Networking   Visit our web site for Sponsorship and Donor opportunities    www.geneseeriverwatch.org 

November

  • 30 November to 11 December 2015 | Paris, France
    • Paris 2015 |COP21-CMP11 France from 30 November to 11 December 2015  “In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” from November 30th to December 11th. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. France will therefore be playing a leading international role to ensure points of view converge and to facilitate the search for consensus by the United Nations, as well as within the European Union, which has a major role in climate negotiations.”

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: July 31, 2015
    • Make public comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31. Attend meeting in Rochester, Wednesday, July 15, Monroe Community College, Monroe B Warshof Conference Center,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 | Meeting will start at 7:00 PM DEC Accepting Public Comment on Sewage Pollution Right to Know Regulations Public Can Now Enroll For NY-Alert to Receive Notice of Sewage Discharges Four Public Information Sessions to Be Held The public is invited to submit comments on regulations to implement the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law from June 17 - July 31 and can now sign up for NY-Alert to receive notice of sewage discharges, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC will hold four public information sessions to provide background on the regulations. "The Sewage Right to Know Law is a critical tool for protecting public health by requiring municipalities to report sewage discharges," said Commissioner Joe Martens. "In developing the NY-Alert notifications for sewer discharges, DEC strived to find a way to provide New Yorkers with free and easy access to this information while minimizing the burden to municipalities. With the NY-Alert system in place, information can now be provided to residents in a timely manner." (June 3, 2015) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 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!
    • From a friend: Learn more about saving 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat in Henrietta: Save Beckwith Park "There is a group of neighbors working hard to save 12.8 acres of beautiful wild land and wildlife habitat. In view of the Pope's recent encyclical, we are mystified that the Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling it for development. We were able to have a wetlands surveyor look at arial photos of the land and he identified two likely areas of wetland on the property. In addition there is a waterway that runs through the property that is marked on the DEC classified water bodies map. Trees present include quite a few cherry, many slippery elm maple, some maple, a few large oaks, many large ash and even walnut. It’s a wonderfully overgrown home to fox, deer, skunk, raccoon, bats, woodchucks, turkey, ducks and a host of other wildlife. One neighbor has even seen a bobcat there! We saw fox cubs once. They looked like little fur-balls rolling around playing like puppies while the mama fox stood nearby. There are thickets, meadows, and even a wild blackberry patch. A recent bird watch walk through the property found 41 species of birds which are listed here:  We are looking to get more public awareness of the situation and will appreciate any help you might be able to give! There is more information on our newly developed website: www.SaveBeckwithPark.org
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • 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]
  • ACTION: Due Date, NOW!
    • Do this! DEMAND WORLD LEADERS SIGN A STRONG AGREEMENT AT THE PARIS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS IN DECEMBER. TAKE CLIMATE ACTION NOW Climate change threatens our lives and livelihoods. As the world’s leaders prepare to gather for the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December, now is the moment for the world to speak as one: A strong emissions reductions agreement is the key to our collective prosperity, and well-being for all. --from The Climate Reality Project
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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
  • ACTION: Due Date NOW!
    • 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...
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW! 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • 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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    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
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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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  • 7/28/2015 - 97.7% of United States citizens have at least heard of ‘Climate Change’. So, we cannot play stupid on this worldwide crisis. Global survey: Where in the world is most and least aware of climate change? Analysis of a global survey finds that more than a third of the world's adults have never heard of climate change.  (July 27, 2015) The Carbon Brief
  • 7/28/2015 - Something new for our officials to plan for in Climate Change: Compound Flooding. Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put U.S. Coasts at Risk  (July 27, 2015) Climate Central
  • 7/27/2015 - Humanity has known about Global Warming for some time now; when did we know it and what did we know? But more importantly, what will we do about it? Check out this short video: Climate Change: A Brief History of Global Warming
  • 7/26/2015 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter July 26, 2015 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 7/25/2015 - I do not know what to do with nuclear waste, but I do know that burying it near the Great Lakes is insane. You gotta ask yourself: Why would anyone build something that produces a waste that cannot be disposed of? Documentary searches for hope in nuclear waste  (July 24, 2015) Great Lakes Echo
  • 7/25/2015 - One of the problems with addressing Urban Sprawl is that Nature doesn’t have much clout in our present economic system. That is to say, when a community that is already over developed to the hilt, like Henrietta, leaving even a little 12.8 acre patch of wilderness can’t complete in paying taxes as a development project can. Somehow we need to adjust our tax system so that leaving the critical patches of wilderness, where Nature gets to do its thing (like providing invaluable ecosystem stuff) and educating our youth about the biological underpinnings of our existence, is as valuable to our present economic and tax structuring as the few remaining patches of untouched Nature are. Henrietta, as many other places, has areas that have already been developed and abandoned, so there is no need to tear up virgin land. Why can’t we create a system where it is more profitable for everyone to clean up and reuse existing developed areas (especially Brownfields) for more development before we even think of touching these micro parks like Beckwith Park? Why do neighborhoods have to prove the worth of Nature and fight for its survival because our present economic structure rewards more destruction and less reuse of compromised land? Micro parks like Beckwith Park within our communities provide innumerable benefits—wildlife corridors, cooling shade instead of the ‘heat island’ effect of asphalt, psychological benefits, water absorption instead of more runoff, and much much more—but that presently doesn’t fill the public coffers like another development project.  We need to change so that places like Beckwith Park are appreciated as the valuable components of our existence that they are. If you’ve fought against development projects like this in your neighborhood, you might want to help out these folks save this valuable land. Meet the Community, Join the Effort. Come to the brainstorming meetings! The next meeting is  Aug 7th at 7p.m. Please RSVP .  Children welcome.  Henrietta Neighbors Fighting Proposed Development In a sea of suburbs, Henrietta is not usually the place you think of when it comes to a tranquil spot to take in the sights and sounds of nature. But a little plot of land on the town's west side is one of those few places.   (July 23, 2015) RochesterHomePage
  • 7/25/2015 - Keeping back Climate Change from compromising our infrastructures is going to be expensive and problematic and unavoidable and unlikely to be solved by putting our dams, levees, coastal hurricane barriers, flood gates, and flood walls under private ownership. Which is to say the real consequences of Climate Change must be addressed by our public officials who must be planning for a warmer world or we will be overwhelmed by it. Which is to say, if we put any more climate deniers into office we are in deeper trouble than we already are. GAO Report Sees Climate Risks to Army Corps Projects Thousands of dams, levees, hurricane barriers and flood walls built across the country by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be at risk from extreme weather and sea level rise driven by climate change, but the Army Corps has only just begun to assess how vulnerable they are and suffers from a lack of funding, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report.  (July 24, 2015) Climate Central
  • 7/24/2015 - The public is key in helping to keep our waters clean by making sure runoff doesn’t contain contaminants. And because heavy rainfall has increased in the Northeast by 71% since 1958 because of Climate Change, there will be more runoff. So this issue is something tangible where our local public can make a difference in our water quality. Go Green: H2O Heroes You've probably seen the ads or the billboards maybe even visited the website or Facebook page but do you know how to help the water in Lake Ontario? (July 23, 2015) RochesterHomePage
  • 7/24/2015 - Just like we did with the People’s Climate March in September, the public needs to demonstrate to their leaders that our leaders must lead on Climate Change in Paris. Paris must not fail. COP21 Paris Climate Treaty in December may be humanity’s last chance to keep greenhouse gases to a sustainable level. My guess is that if Paris does fail and the countries of the world fail again to construct a meaningful treaty to bind all to a real solution to Climate Change, the world’s public will not go quiet away until the next climate conference. I suspect we’ll be in new territory where humanity will be aghast at itself for its inability to adapt to new conditions. Adaptability is a feature of our specie’s character that has made us the dominant species. Not only is human-caused rapid Climate Change new, but the very rapid realization by most of the world’s population that Climate Change is tangible and urgent is a startling new global zeitgeist that will change who we are. Like planning your future after you’ve found out you have cancer, your plans will be different. Will our inability to adapt to Climate Change, to change our attitudes about our way of living with our life support system, be our epitaph? Time passes. The week climate change diplomacy went into overdrive  (July 23, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 7/24/2015 - Just because folks in the Rochester region are not focused on Climate Change doesn’t mean Climate Change isn’t getting worse. It’s physics. Global warming’s record-breaking trend continues Forget talk of a slowdown in global warming. Scientists say the climate is heading smartly in the opposite direction, with 2014 proving to be a record-breaking year. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the most respected sources of climate science, says that last year “the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet”. Some − including rising land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases − reached record highs. The authoritative report by the NOAA’s Centre for Weather and Climate at the National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI), published by the American Meterological Society, draws on contributions from 413 scientists in 58 countries to provide a detailed update on global climate indicators. “The variety of indicators shows us how our climate is changing, not just in temperature but from the depths of the oceans to the outer atmosphere,” says Thomas R. Karl, director of the NCEI. (July 22, 2015) Climate News Network
  • 7/23/2015 - These publishing awards are a dangerous delusion. The awards merely reflect the Democrat and Chronicle’s desire to pander to their reader’s desire for more sports, more sensationalism, and more happy news about everything looking rosy for Rochester which all help increase the likelihood of folks buying more newspapers. But the world in 2015 is a world that is warming and many of the consequences of that warming are occurring in our Rochester region—like the increase in heavy flooding. There has been precious little in this newspaper about the COP21 Paris Climate Treaty coming up in November which could decide whether we can ever bring down greenhouse gas emissions to a sustainable level. When a major publication like the D&C continually puts sports and development stories on the front page, instead of the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, the public and our leaders feel no pressure to address this crisis locally. The world is talking about Climate Change and what it means to our future, but not the United States, which as a leader in the Second Industrial Revolution caused much of this present crisis. The greenhouse gases that have unnaturally warmed our planet so quickly are ours.  Rochesterians are not talking about the most important issue of our age and the local media is one of the major reasons why. We elected a mayor last year and there was no public debate about how Climate Change in our region was to be address—and continual silence from the mayor’s office on Climate Change is the result. We are about to go into the race for Monroe County executive this fall and there is every indication that neither candidate will be pressed by the press on how they will lead on this crucial issue locally. So if the D&C only measures its ability to sell more newspapers by pandering to its readers, instead of stepping up to its responsibility to our region in a time of Climate Change, I’ll suspect they will continue to win awards for things that won’t matter much if we cannot adapt to a world 97% of scientist say is coming. The media, especially a major local media, like the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, needs to change and reevaluate its priorities in a time of Climate Change. D&C wins 6 New York News Publishers Association awards The Democrat and Chronicle Media Group won six first-place awards Wednesday night in the annual New York News Publishers Association contest. (July 23, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 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.
  • 7/23/2015 - “rainstorm after rainstorm” is code for Climate Change in our region which has experienced a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. Check out “Heavy Downpours Increasing” from the nation’s latest National Climate Assessment report. If we really want to clean up our beaches and prevent them from the increasing likelihood of contamination from heavy rainfall, we are going to have to address this water quality issue through the lens of Climate Change. Which is to say our media and our local water authorities need to connect the dots between Climate Change and our beach closings so there will be more support from the public on the measures we need to take to accomplish this. Yes, there are many factors contributing to beach closing, but they are all made worse as our atmosphere warms and causes heavier rainfall events which will continually overwhelm our waste water infrastructures. After storms and dredging, Lake Ontario’s name is mud Complaints about Lake Ontario water quality have piled up this summer like waves on a stormy shore.  (July 22, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 7/23/2015 - Pope’s message that local leaders, mayors (and county executives), play a crucial role in leading on Climate Change. Bold demonstrations by our local leaders to lead on Climate Change adaptations—like making renewable energy more prominent, connecting the dots between active transportation (walking and bicycling) and lower greenhouse gas emissions, and pushing our governor and President to do more to make the Paris Climate Treaty a success—would do much to convince the public that this clear and present danger needs to be addressed. Our local leaders should be speaking forthrightly to the press about how Rochester and Monroe County fit into the problem and solution to Climate Change. Time passes. At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight VATICAN CITY — About 60 mayors from around the world gathered here on Tuesday and pledged to combat global warming and help the poor deal with its effects, at a conference swiftly organized by the Vatican barely a month after Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment.  (July 21, 2015) New York Times
  • 7/23/2014 - ACTION: "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
  • 7/23/2015 - It’s time for the key players to ante up for the Green Climate Fund or no one gets to play in a viable future.  People and countries in great desperation because they are at the front of extreme weather and forced to consume the last of their valuable natural resources because the countries who created the Climate Change crisis won’t help redistribute the wealth caused by an unfair grab of the ecological commons does not a sustainable situation make. The Green Climate Fund is not a gift or a handout. It is in the best interest of the developed nations to make sure the many developing nations do not destroy their part of our global environment trying to stay alive. No country will be sustainable if all countries aren’t sustainable because the planet is one ecosystem. Climate Treaty's Finances on Shaky Ground This primer explains why faith is beginning to wane in the Green Climate Fund, designed to heal divisions between rich and poor nations.  (July 20, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 7/21/2015 - “Excess rain” is code for Climate Change in our region which has experienced a 71% increase in heavy rainfall since 1958. Check out “Heavy Downpours Increasing” from the nation’s latest National Climate Assessment report.  If we really want to clean up our beaches and prevent them from the increasing likelihood of contamination from heavy rainfall, we are going to have to address this water quality issue through the lens of Climate Change. Which is to say our media and our local water authorities need to connect the dots between Climate Change and our beach closings so there will be more support from the public on the measures we need to take to accomplish this. Yes, there are many factors contributing to beach closing, but they are all made worse as our atmosphere warms and causes heavier rainfall events which will continually overwhelm our waste water infrastructures. Community reacts to beach closures  (July 20, 2015) WHAM Rochester
  • 7/21/2015 - Which is to say, if you care about bees (and all that they do for us) cool it on the pesticides. The best solution would be to treat our entire environment (our life support system) as a preserve and curb the use of pesticides altogether—a feat which many of our friends in the organic farming movement (Like NOFA ) know all about. Preserves provide havens for stressed bees The Genesee Land Trust’s acquisition of woods and fields in Pultneyville won’t just preserve opportunities for people to enjoy the picturesque property. It also will preserve safe havens for wild bees — a move that aids not only the valuable insects but the nearby apple orchards they help pollinate.  (July 20, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 7/21/2015 - I know, Rochester NY is mild at the moment and the deniers are thriving, but Climate Change is making much of the world burn.  We in Rochester should show as much concern about the quick (very, very quick) warming of our planet as much of the rest of the world—even though it this particular moment we are not burning up. We should be planning and doing so publically for how for this worldwide crisis. Europe and Pacific Northwest face record heat For two weeks in late June and early July 2015, western Europe and the Pacific Northwest of North America endured record-setting heat and parched landscapes.  (July 15, 2015) NASA - Global Climate Change
  • 7/21/2015 - Too little being done to reach 2C even when 2C is too high. “2C limit is inadequate.” Find out what pledges what countries have submitted before the COP21 Paris Treaty: INDCs as communicated by Parties The Marshall Islands just submitted their pledges and just before that, Japan. Hansen: 2C warming will raise sea level several metres  Scientists warn feedback effects will melt polar ice faster than thought, causing “highly dangerous” impacts this century  (July 20, 2015) Responding To Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 7/20/2015 - Thought for today: When you turn on a light in your house do you know what implications this has on our life support system? Are the wires connected to that light switch connected to possible threats to our public health and our environment? Is that light switch switching on more greenhouse gas emissions that are warming up the planet? Switching on our lights is a moral action—and it doesn’t have to be bad. Consider getting your representatives to support a 100% renewable energy solution by 2030. |  A.G. Schneiderman Wins Fed Ruling On Indian Point, Impacting Relicensing Indian Point Cannot Ignore Severe Accident Measures & Licenses Cannot Be Renewed Before Review Of Upgrades Completed Any Decision Not To Upgrade Severe Accident Measures Must Be Explained In Full Latest Success In AG’s Work To Improve Nuclear Regulation & Enforcement NEW YORK –   (July 15, 2015) New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
  • 7/20/2015 - Ok, there is a plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure but it involves many years of tragic and frustrating attempts to adapt to a continually warming climate that will eventually fail. The window to mitigate Climate Change, to keep GHG emissions at a point where our way of life can be sustained, is quickly closing and that window is Paris. No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief Exclusive: Miguel Cañete urges world leaders to force their ministers to agree a deal  (July 6, 2015) The Guardian
  • 7/18/2015 - Please join in and make comment on this City article --Unsafe at any speed. Don't be silent on this immediate threat to our community and the larger issue of Climate Change. Make noise! As another Bomb Train derails in Montana yesterday (“Montana train derailment spilled 35,000 gallons of crude oil”), it can be added to these -- July, 2013 - Lac Megantic, Canada |November, 2013 - Aliceville, AL | December, 2013 - Casselton, ND | January, 2014 - New Brunswick, Canada | April 2014 - Lynchburg, VA | February 14, 2015 - Timmins, Ontario, Canada | February 16, 2015 - Mount Carbon, WVA | March 5, 2015 - Galena, IL |March 7, 2015 - Gogama, Ontario Canada | May 6, 2015 – and Heimdal, ND.  Please note that the thrust of “Unsafe at any speed?” is the clear and present danger of exploding Bomb Train in our communities for which there is not sufficient emergency measures or evacuation plans. The immediate answer to this problem is stopping transporting this dangerous crude oil through our communities that will never be safe. Pipelines are not an answer either. Go here to see the “List of pipeline accidents in the United States in the 21st century” There are hundreds and hundreds. Because climate denial is still so prevalent in our community there are those who dismiss the most important issue about increase use of fossil fuels in a time of warming. I hope the public will take the time to read Pope Francis’s encyclical, which is the most profound insights into the moral, scientific, economic, and social implications of the Climate Change disaster published recently: (It’s free, it’s in English, It’s very readable, and it’s profound.) The Bomb Train threat is the most immediate threat to our community’s safety and it must not be hijacked by those who cannot see beyond their fossil fuel addiction. The Paris Treaty is coming up in a few months and it will be one of the most historic human events ever to bring greenhouse gas levels to a sustainable level. It would be nice in Rochester if we could have a thoughtful discussion about the dangers of fossil fuels at all levels and bring our community into the world community’s discussion about a phenomenon that must be addressed. The climate deniers have lost. That is a fact. Because they won’t give in, they continue to hijack all local discussions about how we must adapt and mitigate this crisis of our age—even though all official climate studies for our region map these adaptation strategies out.  More folks need to speak up on addressing Climate Change locally and worldwide—and drown out the voices who continue thwart our efforts for a rational conversation on this crisis and viable future. Shame on those who won’t give up on their denial ideology that threatens all their friends, and neighbors, and children. Stop listening to climate deniers and start reading climate studies.
  • 7/18/2015 - A bit late, but a publicly accessible searchable database that reported ALL the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing would be nice for those states still being traumatized by this fossil fuel extraction method in a time of Climate Change. Maybe New York, now that we have banned Fracking, can show the other states the road to 100% renewable energy. Though we must still shake off the Bomb Trains and the increase in gas storage at Seneca Lake. Pa. will stop using industry-favored FracFocus database  (July 16, 2015) E&E Publishing, LLC
  • 7/17/2015 - “… although scientists say it’s well short of what is required to avert disaster” isn’ just a caveat, it’s a disaster.  So, at least from this article, it seems as though we are moving towards a COP21 Paris Treaty that will “make submitting national climate plans compulsory, but the greenhouse gas cuts countries propose are unlikely to be legally binding…” And the 2C goal is set too low because even a 2C world is too hot and we aren’t even going to be able to achieve 2C anyway under the accumulated pledges being made so far. But countries (well, the developed countries anyway) are getting excited because they are likely to make some kind of agreement, which might be a platform from which to make better agreements down the road. This is leading towards a pathetic Paris Treaty and we must ask ourselves (even in the light of the past twenty years of failed climate agreements) whether this is OK. Should we not kill the good in pursuit of the perfect? Or, should we heed climate scientists (over 97%) who say  we are on a trajectory that is leading us to dangerous tipping points and therefore nothing less than a treaty with a very aggressive approach that will actually keep temperatures down to a sustainable level will actually work in a world where physics (not politics) rule? To be at a point in human existence where we must ask ourselves these incredible questions is one thing. To sit back and be quiet while our fate and the fate of all living things on this planet is in jeopardy is quite another. Time passes. Top climate envoys confident Paris on course for success  Summary of negotiator meetings show broad strokes of global climate pact, though carbon cuts unlikely to be legally binding  Top climate envoys from the US, China, Brazil, Russia and 18 other countries have offered the clearest signal yet they feel a UN climate deal will be reached in Paris this year.  (July 16, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)
  • 7/17/2015 - Great as they are you blue bin cannot ‘eat’ everything. They ‘hate’ plastic wrap and Styrofoam makes them gag. We are not even close to the magical age when we can throw everything we’re done with into the blue bin and expect everything to be recycled properly. Recycling a lot of materials is still just about impossible. But some stuff (furniture) can be reused and some other stuff you shouldn’t buy in the first place. It shouldn’t be the case that recycling is characterized as a simple, no regrets operation that will encourage the public to believe that a throw-away way of life actually works. The trouble is that those leaders who present the public with the delusion that we can just buy stuff endlessly and then throw this stuff away in a blue bin or march their trash to the curb and everything will be green and wonderful will probably get these folks elected again and again. Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified It's easy to think we're being virtuous when we fill up the blue recycling bin and put it on the curb. But it's clear we have embraced some magical thinking when it comes to what can be recycled.  (July 17, 2015) NPR
  • 7/17/2015 - I know, the eastern U.S. gets a break from the heat recently, but Climate Change is getting worse nevertheless. Thinking that we are in a ‘sweet’ zone where we won’t be greatly affected by the consequences of Climate Change because we aren’t baking now is like thinking that because you’re in a caboose of a train running off a cliff you won’t follow. With Climate Change on Earth there are no ‘sweet’ zones, no places to jump off when the going gets rough. The idea of addressing Climate Change is to make sure it doesn’t get too rough. Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends. The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land. (July 17, 2015) NPR
  • 7/16/2015 - Today’s question boys and girls: What the difference between a consumer and a citizen? Ans: Climate Change. Are we a species that just buys stuff or are we engaged stewards of our planet so that when we leave, others will be able to enjoy their shot a life too? Are we going to let the fossil fuel industry rule our existence until the place warms up beyond our ability to cope? Or not? Time passes.
  • 7/16/2015 - If we don’t address Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem through the lens of Climate Change, one of our Great Lakes could become a ‘Giant Incubator’ for toxic scum. All media coverage of algae bloom in our Great Lakes and Finger Lakes should be connected with Climate Change so the public can understand what’s going on. Warmer water with more heavy rainfall will make fertilizer runoffs more likely. Heavier Rains Mean More Toxic Blooms for Lake Erie Come September, Lake Erie might face a toxic algae bloom that could rival the record-setting spread of scum that happened in 2011. And such blooms could become more common as the warming climate fuels more downpours that wash bloom-fueling fertilizers into the lake.  (July 15, 2015) Climate Central
  • 7/16/2015 - If COP21 Paris treaty is to work it must be binding. The best way to keep your horses in a pasture is NOT to remove the fences. Climate Change isn’t a koan, it’s a problem of science and morality and survival. We must not treat Congress’s unlikelihood of honoring its UN pledge as a preordained fact. The public can raise their voice by expressing outrage and letting the presidential candidates who are in climate denial know (which will get to the media) that they are not fit for office. Fossil fuels must be phased out whether the Republican majority in the Senate likes it or not. We are at a tipping point in history as to whether we can hold off the worst of Climate Change and the US Congress must not stand in our way for a viable future. Global Climate Treaty May Hinge on the Strength of Its Teeth Negotiators working toward the Paris talks debate whether strict requirements will endanger cooperation, particularly from the U.S.  (July 15, 2015) Inside Climate News
  • 7/15/2015 - Finally, a thorough investigative report on Bomb Trains running through Rochester. This issue needs your immediate attention. The practice of putting highly volatile crude oil on train cars not built for them are (along with plans to drill for more oil in the warming Arctic) the signs of a lethal addiction. With Climate Change upon us, more dire reports every day from scientists, the public is often so overwhelmed that they don’t know what fire to put out first. For Rochesterians, the answer is now clear, for us at this moment, putting out an imminent Bomb Train disaster should take top priority. This very likely catastrophe of an exploding ‘unit train’ (see photos Google “Bomb Train crude oil photos”.) in our region should be galvanizing the public to act. Sign a petition to Governor Cuomo from PAUSE. And come to Brighton Farmer's Market (in the Brighton High School parking lot, 1150 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY) this Sunday between 9am-1pm in massive numbers and sign a local petition. Don’t sit this one out. Unsafe at any speed? A fiery derailment of a CSX oil train in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, in February showed the destructive potential of these trains. Twenty-seven of the train's 109 oil cars went off the tracks — some catching fire or exploding. A nearby home was destroyed in the fire, which continued to burn for five days. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The derailment occurred right next to the Kanawha River, and environmental crews had to work quickly to keep hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude from seeping into the water. A downstream drinking-water treatment plant was also shut down as a precaution. "This accident is another reminder of the need to improve the safety of transporting hazardous materials by rail," said Christopher Hart, acting chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, in a news release. Mount Carbon was one of five fiery oil train derailments in the US and Canada between January and May. Though the high-profile accidents have not claimed any lives, they do have a lot of people — from environmental and community activists to emergency responders —concerned about what might happen if an oil train derails in their communities. (July 15, 2015) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 7/15/2015 - I know, this report on more damaging impacts from Climate Change is dreary but the answer is not to elect a climate denier. Every day there are more reports that connect serious environmental damage and more possible tipping points we won’t be able to walk away from. The answer to this crisis of manmade Climate Change is to elect leaders who will lead us through this crisis, not stick our heads in the ground and install a denier into public office.  Time passes. Human impact on the oceans is growing — and climate change is the biggest culprit (July 14, 2015) The Washington Post
  • 7/15/2015 - As a member of RGGI (along with eight other states) and a ban on Fracking is New York on the road to 100% renewable energy? We’ve had our environmental issues (Love Canal, PCBs in the Hudson), but New York has been a leader in environmental reforms (think the establishment of the Adirondack Park). (Check out The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State, by David Stradling)  So it’s not impossible to dream that we can make it all the way to be sustainable. Of course, no community, no state, no country can become sustainable unless all communities are on board. We all live on the same planet. But other places may be able to look at New York as a model for cleaning up their act. The Northeast’s Electricity Bills Have Dropped $460 Million Since They Started Paying For Carbon A regional cap-and-trade program has added $1.3 billion in economic activity to nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states since 2011, while decreasing their carbon emissions by 15 percent, according to independent analysis released Tuesday.  (July 14, 2015) Think Progress/Climate Progress
  • 7/14/2015 - Transportation options will change during Climate Change and with so many crashes we should re-think how we get around. When we do think about it, why are we so willing to put up with so many crashes and injuries just to get from one place to another? (I know, bad as it looks, it used to be much worse and there’s fewer ‘accidents’ and injuries than before because we’ve made our vehicles more safe, blah, blah, blah. Let’s get real: Our crash rates are intolerable.) Because transportation in the US accounts for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions, we are going to have to adjust our transportation system anyways. Our transportation system must have a lighter footprint on our environment. With leadership on Climate Change, the public would be more willing to make our transportation system part of our adaptation and mitigation strategies for Climate Change and work with our local government to make getting around safer (more public service announcements (PSAs) on the media about sharing the road and slowing down), and drivers more accommodating to active transportation (walking and bicycling) which would dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions—and make us healthier.  We’ve gotten so used to a reality that vehicles rule our community and high crash rates are the norm, that we think this is normal. But it ain’t normal and it certainly is not sustainable. Transit group maps local traffic crashes A public transportation advocacy group has createdan interactive map of Monroe County traffic crashesthat led to injuries or deaths from 2010 to 2014. Reconnect Rochester released the tool to the public on Monday. Livadas Consulting worked with the transit group free of charge to map crash data provided by the state Department of Transportation. The public can explore the information based on criteria including the type of crash, locations and dates. Mike Governale, founder of Reconnect Rochester, said his group wants to raise awareness of traffic safety issues in greater Rochester and see what people make of the data. (July 13, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 7/14/2015 - If you don’t address our lakes’ s annual onslaught of toxic algae via Climate Change, you won’t solve it. Many of our persistent environmental problems are going to get much worse until we understand them in the context of Climate Change. Our leaders, those whom we vote into office, must understand the mother of all problems or they will be only addressing the symptoms—until they cannot anymore. There have been many articles over the years about the toxic algae problem in Lake Erie and some of our Finger Lakes, but rarely have our local media mentioned the influence of Climate Change on this issue—even though the EPA has made the connection clear (see EPA’s “ Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms “) Finally, this article begins to show how those trying to address toxic algae cannot do so without understanding the Climate Change link. LAKE ERIE Climate change muddies algae solutions Phosphorus reduction key, but is it enough?  GIBRALTAR ISLAND, Ohio — In 2013, leading Great Lakes scientists convinced a state task force that western Lake Erie’s annual onslaught of toxic algae could be reversed — in only a year or two — if the vast Maumee River watershed across northwest Ohio and into Michigan and Indiana could achieve an ambitious 40 percent reduction in phosphorus loading. Most of that load comes from agriculture, in the form of animal manure and commercial fertilizer that escapes fields after heavy rains. Now, just as that lofty goal is gaining traction from the region’s governors and premiers, U.S. and Canadian environmental regulators, and other key policy makers, scientists are seeing more evidence that climate change is the real wild card. (July 13, 2015) The Blade
  • 7/14/2015 - The wild wildfires in Canada and Alaska are Climate Change. “This year isn't a one-off because of El Niño, he says, but part of a larger trend driven by human-caused climate change.” Wildfires In Canada And Alaska Drive Thousands From Homes "Extreme." "Unprecedented." "Historic." Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the start of this year's fire season in North America.  (July 11, 2015) NPR
  • 7/14/2015 - I don’t know exactly what a legally binding UN climate deal look like, but I do know that a deal that isn’t binding will be ‘business as usual’, which is to say a complete disaster that we may never be able overcome. What could a legally binding UN climate deal look like? Countries agreed to target a ‘legally binding’ climate pact in 2011, but four years later it’s still not clear how it will work  (July 13, 2015) Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)