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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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Since 1998, RochesterEnvironment.com has been an ongoing experiment to completely inform one community [Rochester, NY] of all its environmental Newslinks, Events, Daily Updates, Resources, Environmental Education, regional Climate Change, and Environmental Issues. Green Apps, and more...    * Please read this carefully, it's not the usual Yada Yada

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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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Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.-- Carl Sagan

 

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

 

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Rochester area NewsLinks.

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

 

Today's Rochester-Area Environmental News:

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

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News Highlight

After the People’s Climate March, a Rochester manifesto                                                                                   

by Frank J. Regan


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The public has delivered a clear mandate on Climate Change. The People’s Climate March (PCM), which drew 400,000 concerned souls, demanded that their governmental leaders act on the most pressing crisis of our age.  However milquetoast the UN Summit in NY turns out to be (the summit the PCM tried to kick start), the march will change everything. The media, despite their intentional use of the word ‘activists’ to dismiss most of the world’s peoples as only a special interest group, will have to change too.    

Never again. Never again will it be fashionable to deny or dismiss what most people know to be true: that our present way of living is causing our planet to warm up far quicker than most plants, animals and we can adapt to. Never again will our leaders be able to speak as if Climate Change is not occurring. Never again will public pressure cease to compel businesses and governments to respond to the climate crisis with actions that actually bring down greenhouse gases. Promises will be held to a strict standard of compliance—regardless of weak-kneed leaders. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, whose “objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world”1 must not fail.   

Even in Rochester, where the Climate Change crisis goes unheeded by the public, the media, and our leaders, there will be change.  Rochester runs with the top third of fastest growing cities, but it is also the 5th poorest city in U.S.  Though most think there are more pressing issues to be addressed, it will become increasingly clear that the ‘we’re-too-busy’ approach demolishes any chance to plan properly. Growth and making Rochester habitable for all can only work through the lens of Climate Change because Rochester (as with every other community) will be in climatic chaos. The stance that addressing Climate Change can only occur within the confines of our present economic zeitgeist will have to give way to reality. Already, within many of the organizations that comprise the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, a group that helped propel hundreds of Rochesterians to the PCM in NYC, excitement for change is growing. A major press conference in front of Rochester City Hall on local Climate Change concerns and a local march in support of the PCM show that change is happening—even in Rochester. But it’s not enough and it’s not soon enough, not even close.

Over a span of several years, I have suggested many local solutions to Climate Change in my essays and Daily Updates on RochesterEnvironment.com. (Also, I have been chair, transportation chair and zero waste chair for the Rochester Sierra Club, and endured polite Climate Change denial from the trenches.) At this pivotal moment, I reemphasize the need to act locally to this worldwide crisis on the level that will matter.  If the moral imperatives of our region acting immediately on Climate Change are not enough to drive us, then the need to plan adequately in the proper time frame should. As climate scientist Michael Mann says there is a "procrastination penalty" for not acting 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:

  • Environmental moves make good business sense  Bob Bechtold built a successful manufacturing company by embracing new technology, not treating it as a threat. Bechtold founded Harbec, Inc., almost 40 years ago in the Wayne County town of Ontario as an all-purpose machine shop. Computerized machine tools were just starting to make their way to shop floors, and some in the toolmaking and machining industries worried that the technology would supplant highly skilled workers. Bechtold says he believed that computers would be the best tool that toolmakers ever had. "And so I began wherever I could to change Harbec general purpose machine shop into Harbec, utilizer of technologies and opportunities to forge new business opportunities," he says. (July 30, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper [more on Green Business in our area]
  • Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it. “We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said. He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter. Once all is collected, they take the organic waste to a composting plant. It’s a process the team says could also ease pressure on local landfills. (May 28, 2014) Innovation Trail [more on Recycling and Green Business in our area]
  • Go Green: Clearcove Systems A local company is working to change the way wastewater is treated. It's hard to imagine anything clean can come from waste water, but ClearCove Systems is making clean energy from organic waste.   "We are taking the organics off early spending less energy to get rid of the remaining part and then using organics we draw off early for digestions purposes," ClearCove CEO Gary Westbrook said. The company was founded by two RIT alums. Right now, their system is being tested in Ithaca. A grant from NYSERDA is helping with this project and another one they'll be starting soon in the Albany area. If they can convince towns and villages to use their technology, they say it will save taxpayers money in the long run because the system can make as much energy as it uses. (May 22, 2014) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business and Water Quality in our area] 
  • Young Farmers NY launched to prompt young adults to take up farming A new initiative called Young Farmers NY is designed to call attention to the issue and encourage young people to take up farming.  More than 150 farmers from across New York attended state Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Days that kicked off March 3 with tasting of New York farm products at the Convention Center in Empire State Plaza in Albany. (April 5, 2014) Daily Messenger [more on Food and Green Business in our area]

Event Highlight

People's Climate March 




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

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With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march.

Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,350.org, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions. 

We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March

Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses: http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/

If you'd rather train it, Amtrak is offering a 10% discount for those who travel to NYC Sept. 15-24. Call 1 (800) 872-7245 and reference Convention Fare Code X22T-908 when making your reservation.

Discount not available with online reservations. (Note also that the Senior discount is 15% and you can only get one or the other discount.)  If you can't go but want to support this effort, we are hungrily seeking donations so that students and those on fixed incomes can participate.

We need to raise $1020 in order to offer 20 Reduced Rate tickets (about $20)and 8-10 free tickets (not yet being offered since our Fundraising is just starting). The bus website has a DONATE button-- please use it generously. 

Please spread the word! Send the links around.    

Top Ten Things You Can Do for Rochester’s Environment .

This list assumes you are ready to take responsibility (as a member of the only species capable of doing so) for your presence at this critical time in our planet’s history.  And, it isn’t about just your personal fulfillment thing—our environment isn’t politics, religion, a fad, or a cause; it’s science all the way down. Pollute the planet, stuff happens.  Finally, in order for the effects of this list to be effective a lot (I mean billions) of humans need to do them too.  In the deepest practical sense, everything you do (where you live, what you eat, what you buy, what you throw away) matters to our environment. Ready folks, here we go:

  • Be engaged with the issues surrounding our local environment by monitoring the media, books, reports, and the Internet using the laws of Nature as your guide to monitor how our lifestyle is affecting our environment.
  • When you consume anything--food, water, cars, gadgets, whatever—do so as though you were demonstrating how to consume for the rest of the world—considering the lifecycle of the products you buy, how they are made, how they are used, and how you get rid of them.
  • When you have someplace to go, consider all your options in order of their affect on our environment: walking, biking, car-pooling, mass transit, and lastly a personal vehicle. 
  • Conserve energy until we find a non-polluting, renewable energy source.
  • Vote. If you’re doing good for our environment and your representative in government doesn’t get it, you’re just making yourself feel good without much effect.
  • Recycle, reuse and encourage your local government to create a place where recycling just about everything is the norm.
  • Think twice before using toxic chemicals that make your yard look like a golf course and your house like a hospital.
  • Consider other species (plants and animals) and their role in sustaining our environment.  Our environment, our life support system, IS plants and animals and soil. When they don’t function neither will we.
  • Adopt green business practices: your business will save our environment and be able to compete with the rest of the world.
  • Communicate your concerns about the state of our environment to everyone. Sustainability isn’t going to work unless everyone gets on board quickly.    Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.

 350.org

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

 

Green Events.

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

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

September 2014

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014   Time:   9am – 2:30pm (8:30am check in time – so we may begin promptly at 9am) Topic:  Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Location:  MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH 1008 MAIN STREET, EAST ROCHESTER, NY  14445
    • Presenter:  Sue Staropoli This Symposium provides a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information & inspiring multimedia, we will explore the current state of our planet from a new perspective and connect with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future. For more information on workshop, see www.pachamama.org “Awakening the Dreamer” or www.uptous.org Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream is Free, please RSVP if possible to Colleen Brown 764-6651 or Colleenmb1@gmail.com Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if needed.
  • September 27, 1:00 PM, Colgate Rochester - Bexley Hall - Crozer Divinity School 1100 Goodman St S Rochester, NY  14620-2530
    • NY Council for the Humanities Sponsored Conversation on Stewardship   The Fight for Conservation September 27, 1:00 PM   This conversation invites adults to discuss the ways in which New Yorkers were early and passionate stewards of the environment and how we continue to grapple with finding a responsible balance between using and protecting our natural resources. This conversation uses an excerpt of Gifford Pinchot's "The Fight for Conservation" as a starting point for discussion around environmental stewardship in the twenty-first century.   Community Conversations brings together adult members of a group, organization or neighborhood to join in a facilitated discussion of a short text about immigration. The facilitator introduces thought-provoking questions and encourages participants to reflect on the issues raised by the reading and their impact on our communities.     Colgate Rochester - Bexley Hall - Crozer Divinity School 1100 Goodman St S Rochester, NY  14620-2530           George C. Payne Founder and Director Gandhi Earth Keepers International www.gandhiearthkeepers.org George@gandhiearthkeepers.org pinterest.com/gandhiearth/ 585-703-9230
  • Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls)
    • The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Come join us to celebrate CEI's 40th Anniversary, our Environmental Award recipients and our ambitious new Genesee RiverWatch initiative. Date: Tuesday, September 30th 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm Location: La Luna Italian Restaurant and Banquet Center 60 Browns Race, Rochester, NY 14614 (at High Falls) The Community Salute is CEI's main fundraiser and your support will further the work of the organization to protect the environment in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. This event is considered the area's premier environmental networking opportunity with up to 200 individuals in attendance from government, business and industry, civic and environmental groups, professionals and concerned citizens. Agenda includes: Exhibits from local environmental service and product vendors Networking cocktail hour  Dinner Community environmental leadership / excellence awards Featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future For Registration and Information: www.ceinfo.org Join those who have already signed on as sponsors: Sponsor Registration Individual Registration Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.

October 2014

  • Saturday October 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Public Market:
    • Join the Great Lakes Committee on Nature at the Market – TAP vs BOTTLED WATER TASTE TESTING! Nature at the Market!  - The Great Lakes Committee will participate in this new initiative that seeks to engage the people at the Public Market in Environmental Issues.  Our interactive exhibit will be Tap vs Bottled Water taste testing to promote our message that Tap water is a good alternative to Bottled water. This initiative, sponsored generously by Hunt Engineers/Architects/Land Surveyors, is the result of a vision to share important environmental information with the folks from all walks of life that attend the Market on busy Saturdays. Nature at the Market will feature lively displays by the participating environmental organizations--like yours!--from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on select Market Saturdays. We envision these displays being highly engaging and interactive, to pique the interest of both adults and youth.
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014  10 am start  Meet at the parking area for the Pond View Shelter on Hopkins Point Road (2nd park entrance off Clover St./Rt. 65) in Mendon Ponds Park.
    • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, "Fungi and Foliage at Hopkins Point"   Saturday, October 4, 2014  10 am start  Meet at the parking area for the Pond View Shelter on Hopkins Point Road (2nd park entrance off Clover St./Rt. 65) in Mendon Ponds Park.   Explore the variety of habitats along Hopkins Point Road ~ pond, woods, and swamp. Be surprised by the number of mushrooms to be found amidst the fallen leaves!  A hand lens would be helpful so that you can see small details.   Leader:  June Johnston, 377-0259   http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • Friday, October 10, 2014 from2:00-3:30 pm | University at Buffalo,  114 Wende Hall, South Campus, Buffalo, NY
    • Must attend lecture on Climate Change by Dr. David Walter Wolfe foremost climate expert, co-author of many regional climate studies. Cornell Scientist to speak on Climate Change and Food Security "Climate Change and the Future of Food" is the title of a presentation by Dr. David Walter Wolfe, a prominent climate scientist from Cornell University. The talk will be delivered on October 10th, 2014 at the University at Buffalo, South Campus.  Dr. Wolfe, is a Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. He has worked and published extensively in the area of agriculture and climate change. Dr. Wolfe's presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and a casual reception soon after. The presentation will take place in 114 Wende Hall, South Campus from2:00-3:30 pm and it is Open to the Public. Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo
  • Friday, October 10, 2014   St. John's Meadows, Johnsarbor Drive West, Rochester 14620  7:30 pm  Briarwood Multi-purpose Room
    • Burroughs Audubon Nature Club, "The Historic Hamlet of Fishers" Friday, October 10, 2014   St. John's Meadows, Johnsarbor Drive West, Rochester 14620  7:30 pm  Briarwood Multi-purpose Room   Learn about the history of the hamlet of Fishers, where the BANC Sanctuary is located (Railroad Mills Road).  Babette Huber, Victor Town Historian, will talk about the period from the Civil War until the early 1900's.  She will explain the significance of railroads to the area as well as how the tiny hamlet became the seed potato capital of the world!   http://bancny.org/ www.facebook.com/BANC.roc
  • October 11, 2014 9:00am |  Rochester, New York 707 E Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
    • Where on Earth  are we going? And what can we  do about it?   These are two of the questions that are at the heart of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium. The symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision:  to bring forth an environmentally sustainable,  spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. If you are ready to explore what this vision means for you and your community, and to explore the opportunity to create a sustainable and just future, we invite you to attend.
  • Friday October 17, 2014 9:00AM-2:00PM | 2485 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623
    • National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Friday October 17, 2014 9:00AM-2:00PM All shapes and sizes of light & heavy Commercial Fleet Vehicles and fueling vendors will be on-site Want to display your Alt Fuel Fleet Vehicle? Contact David Keefe at dkeefe@grcc.us  or 585-301-2433. - Alternative fuel vehicles & fueling infrastructure on display – Electric, LPG/Propane AutoGas, CNG/Natural Gas, Bio-Diesel, & Fleet Related Products - FREE lunch from 11:30 to 2:00

November 2014

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 01:00pm - 05:00pm Rochester, Monroe County
    • Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop Wednesday, November 05, 2014, 01:00pm - 05:00pm Rochester, Monroe County The Introduction to Solar Policy Workshop provides local policymakers with the basic strategies and best practices used to develop a regulatory framework to support a growing solar market. Participants in this half-day event will learn how to take advantage of economic development opportunities offered by solar development through smart policies and local programs. The workshop will review nationally accepted planning and zoning best practices, strategies to reduce administrative burdens through transparent and streamlined permitting processes, and programs that expand financing options and drive adoption of cost-effective solar projects. Policymakers that complete this course are eligible to receive free one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their jurisdiction.

 

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

 

ACTION highlight

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

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

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

 

Greentopia Festival 2012

Green Action.

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

  • ACTION: Due Date: September 21, 2014
    • Peoples Climate March - "This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. To change everything, we need everyone on board. Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us. "Organizations in Rochester, NY that support local folks to get to the People’s Climate March grow each day.  Think of joining this effort and getting the word out to everyone by finding out more at http://peoplesclimate.org/westernny/ .
  • ACTION: Due Date: September 21, 2014
    • Got a nomination for an environmental leader in our Rochester, NY region? Nominate here: 2014 Community Salute to the Environment "The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) plans to present several Environmental Excellence Awards at its 40th Annual Community Salute to the Environment on September 30, 2014. Please help us recognize our region’s environmental leaders by making a nomination now. The process is easy, just use the forms provided on our website. Nominations have been extended to September 1, 2014, so please do not delay. See our website for more information about the Community Salute including registration and sponsorship opportunities. This year's featured topic: The Genesee River - Its Past, Present and Future. "--from The Center for Environmental Initiatives
  • ACTION: Due Date: December 17th 2014
    • Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov  or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Please make comment on a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. Transportation issues are strongly related to Climate Change because our transportation infrastructure (roads and bridges) is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather—heat, flooding, and very expensive to repair. Most of your transportation dollars ($15 billion annually in New York State) go to keeping this vast system in repair, and now it must do so in a time of warming. If the public doesn’t urge our transportation authorities to strongly make our system more robust and resilient, and provide more and more access to alternative transportation (bicycling and walking) in a time of increased extreme weather, the transportation system as a whole might be in jeopardy. We have many bridges and roads and disrepair already and much will have to be done at a high cost to ready the transportation system to Climate Change. More folks walking and bicycling would reduce the amount of infrastructure wear (after they are built) more safety, and a lot less greenhouse gas emissions. Without public support for this increase attention to our transportation infrastructure it may compromise our most robust and viable adaptation efforts in our region. All climate studies in this region call for major updating and repair of our transportation infrastructures. Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by  1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTC-LRTP-2040.  2. Go to the Public Input Map at http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/gtc-lrtp-2040/p-71950 and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now:  
    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now. 
    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
  • ACTION : Due Date Now:
    • Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems.  For more information:  NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
  • ACTION: Due Date Now
    • Don’t need those massive phone books?  Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees .  Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle  solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year.  (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical.  We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait.  Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.  But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up.  Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse.  It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures.  Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State.  Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here.  Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now. 
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather?  Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.

 

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  • My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
  • 10/01/2014 - There are many benefits to bicycle boulevards including addressing Climate Change, but you cannot say that in Rochester, NY. Bicycle boulevards and other street design options for slowing down traffic and making it safer for more active transportation (walking and bicycling) are low-cost ways of bringing down greenhouse gas emissions—27% which are caused by present vehicular transportation.  But in Rochester you can go on and on about the benefits of bicycle boulevards, just as long as you don’t include Climate Change adaptation because that is so unfashionable. Community Meetings Today to Discuss Bike Boulevards Plan  The City of Rochester wants to know what the public thinks about designated bicycle routes.  (October 10, 2014) Time Warner News Rochester [more on Transportation in our area]
  • 10/01/2014 - Does the Rochester region so hate renewable energy (solar and wind) that is willing put up with Fracking and this from nuclear power plants? Are we really so dead set against having a viable energy system of micro grids and solar and wind and increased batter power that we’ll keep just digging in deeper for more fossil fuels and an impossibly dangerous and financially unwieldy form of energy as nuclear? Really, in a time of Climate Change we cannot do better and safer and more adaptive to a warmer climate? The nuclear option  The Ginna nuclear power plant is in serious trouble. Is it worth saving?  (October 1, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 10/01/2014 - Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but Rochester NY has a long way to go to be a walkable city. In Rochester active transportation (walking and bicycling) have been languishing behind a tepid program to increase bicycling with painted road symbols that few understand and a sidewalk/trafficlight situation that turns individual pedestrians into packman-like casualties. Both pedestrians and bicyclists in Rochester are the first to be sacrificed for construction projects, trash collection, parking, deliveries, lawn service and telecommunications equipment parking. "Watchdog: Making roads safe for the unprotected At least twice a day for the past decade, a pedestrian or bicyclist on Monroe County's roadways was hit by a car, usually seriously enough to warrant medical treatment. And, at least 92 people walking or biking were killed. With residents increasingly interested in living in areas where a car isn't required for every single errand, local communities are taking notice and seeking out ways to make public roadways safer, more walkable and better suited for bicyclists. RocDocs database: Pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Monroe County RocDocs database: Fatal accidents between 2003-12 While a recent national study of roadway safety didn't place the Rochester region near the top of its list of the 50 most dangerous metropolitan places for pedestrians, there is still plenty of room for safety improvement, a Democrat and Chronicleanalysis of state Department of Transportation data has found. That data includes information on all crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists struck by motor vehicles from 2003 to 2012, the most recent year available. " (June 15, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Great Lakes cities found at the intersection of walkable and affordable We’ve always known that the Great Lakes are the center of the freshwater universe. But who would have thought that they are the intersection of affordability and walkability? A group that’s developed a method of scoring a community’s walkability recently listed neighborhoods in a dozen U.S. cities that are not only easy to get around, they’re affordable to live in. They produced the list with Walk Score data – which measures walkability – the Cost of Living Index and the average rents for every major city in the country. And guess what? Five of them are in cities on a Great Lake: Buffalo Rochester Chicago Milwaukee Cleveland (September 30, 2014) Great Lakes Echo
  • 10/01/2014 - We can’t have our cake and eat it too? We can’t have endless growth on a finite planet? Physics is so unfair to our economics. No, economic growth and climate stability do not go hand-in-hand Much has been made of last week’s report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, led by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón and famous climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern.  (September 30, 2014) Grist
  • 10/01/2014 - The momentum on addressing Climate Change from 700,000 people around the world must accelerate until binding agreements in Paris 2015.  Anything less probably means the end of our ability to mitigate the worldwide rise in greenhouse gas and commit ourselves and our children to catastrophic change. Sure, after a failed Paris 2015 Climate Conference we’ll still be able to adapt to some of those changes and we’ll keep having to adapt until we can’t. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris must not fail. Momentum gathers around UN climate summit but more needed from world leaders  (September 24, 2014) tcktcktck
  • 10/01/2014 - News of the People’s Climate March got headlines all over the world, except Rochester, NY, of course.  As a matter of fact when I mentioned that I went to the march, a local friend said, “How nice that must have been for you folks who believe in global warming.” (It’s like those of us in this special club had a great big part for ourselves.)  Local media has so much to make up for on messaging the crisis of our area.  People's Climate March Press Roundup  (September 30, 2014)  Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.
  • 9/29/2014 - On no, I cannot imagine that lots and lots of crude heating would have any negative impact on the environment during Climate Change.  Makes perfect sense to give the store away and let the fossil fuel industry cook as much fossil fuel as they want from all over the world right at our New York State capitol. Please. And we thought Fracking was the monster we had to keep at bay. Comment period extended on Port of Albany oil plant proposal DEC cites high interest, but critic says agency is putting off a decision The state Department of Environmental Conservation is again extending the public comment period on a proposal by an oil terminal operator at the Port of Albany to build a facility that would heat crude oil for shipment, the agency said late Friday.  (September 26, 2014) Albany Times Union
  • 9/30/2014 - How can we best address Poverty in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area? Address Climate Change. Jobs, health, economics, cleaning up those Brownfields that mostly exist in poor areas, can all be addressed through the lens of preparing for our future, a warmer future.  We will need all hands on deck, especially those we have burdened with an unconscionable economic system. We can do this by creating jobs to fix our infrastructures (water, transportation, waste, and telecommunications) mass education for a more sustainable transportation system (active transportation, public transit, and high speed rail) and our health system with education, education, and education.  Poverty and the Concentration of Poverty in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area A report was recently released by Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester detailing startling statistics behand our community's ongoing struggles with significant poverty issues. The Report finds that Rochester is:   • Fifth poorest city in the country among the top 75 largest metropolitan areas;   • Second poorest among comparably sized cities in those metro areas;   • Ranked third for highest concentration of extremely poor neighborhoods among cities in the top 100 metro areas;   • The poorest school district in Upstate New York and the poorest urban district in the entire state. ACTRochester
  • 9/30/2014 - Why we should plan with Climate Change consequences foremost in our minds: “Climate change makes all of them worse,” Climate change makes it harder to save Lake Erie Heavier rains cause runoff, feeding algae  Although not the primary source of Great Lakes algae, climate change is exacerbating the problem and making it harder to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients that help algae grow, experts say.  (September 29, 2014) The Blade
  • 9/30/2014 - I know, I don’t ever do “inspirational message of hope” but this 4 minute film before U.N. Climate Summit in NYC is, well, inspirational… 'What's Possible': The U.N. Climate Summit Opening Film Morgan Freeman narrates an inspirational message of hope and a call for action from world leaders. (September 23, 2014) takepart
  • 9/30/2014 - Will the People’s Climate March and the results of the UN Climate Summit in NYC make the Paris 2015 successful? It’s up to you. Certainly, if the public thinks all it had to do was MARCH! to make countries and corporations around the world keep their promises and then commit to legal agreements in Paris next year, the public will be deluded. It’s like placing a puppy at the other side of the room, walking away and expecting the puppy to stay. Only after some patient training will the puppy stay.  UN Climate Summit Achieves Successes, But Does It Really Matter?  (September 26, 2014) Inside Climate News
  • 9/29/2014 - Rochester, NY media mostly ignored the People’s Climate March and the rising concern of Climate Change, but not all media. We tried to stove pipe all that in our area, but it was a slog trying to get local media to give a rat’s ass.  Here are our attempts.  | 'Alarm Bells Keep Ringing': Live Coverage of Climate Week 2014 The biggest climate protest in history kicked off a week of debate, disruption and aspiration in New York. Here are the latest updates: (September 22, 2014) Bloomberg [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 9/29/2014 - Sure we can truck Brownfields toxic waste from one place to another, but can fix the soil we have broken? I know, in the present consumer zeitgeist it depends on the standard of use, our use. But more sanely, can we restore contaminated soil to its original state so that soil can do what is was intended to do—decompose and help life grow again? Love Canal Waste To Be Excavated From Landfill New York state plans to excavate Love Canal waste from a western New York landfill, where it was dumped a decade before the notorious Love Canal environmental disaster.   (September 29, 2014) WXXI News
  • 9/29/2014 - Green Drinks coming up in October: "Will be Thursday, October 16th, 6-7:30 at the Greenhouse Café at 2271 East Main Street Along with finding out about the greenhouse café (with cash coffee bar) and tasting some awesome kale smoothies, we will get up-close and personal with SeedFolk City Farm, In the City Off the Grid and Prosper Rochester. Together these dedicated folks are: • exploring urban agriculture, maximizing yields within a confined space • creating a living classroom to engage at risk youth in employment and education • using micro-climates, ground source thermo, passive solar and renewable energy • implementing a simple and replicable model integrated into communities throughout the City All phases of this project from planning, design, construction and implementation have been motivated by community need " -from The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) 
  • 9/29/2014 - The People’s Climate March, what now? 400, 000 was nice, but billions are needed. Kumi Naidoo: The Global Climate Uprising There are a lot of very hard working environmental activists in the world, but one person in particular that I think tops the list is Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International. Naidoo joined Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! two days after the UN Climate Summit and four days after the People’s Climate March, where 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City demanding climate action.  (September 26, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 9/29/2014 - If our local Rochester, NY media and public health were on the ball most folks would know Climate Change and Lyme disease spread are linked. Climate Change Linked to Spread of Lyme Disease As if we needed another reason to deplore the impacts of climate change, its warming effects are encouraging the northward spread of Lyme disease, carried by the black-legged tick which rides on deer, rodents and dogs, the Daily Climate reports.  (September 26, 2014) EcoWatch
  • 9/28/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter September  28, 2014 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe
  • 9/27/2014 - Looks like President Obama’s ‘All of The Above!” plan isn’t working. Maybe try more science, less politics. Climate Change has that irritating facility that it doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what form or energy is politically and economically preferable. Climate Change only cares about results. This must have been embarrassing when the President just said at the Sept. 23rd UN Climate Summit in New York City “"Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth," he said, adding the U.S. is on track to meet his 2009 pledge to cut carbon emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.” when it actually went up by 6%. Whoops. U.S. carbon emissions rise despite Obama climate plan  (December 26, 2014) USA Today
  • 9/27/2014 - Climate Change moving up the agenda of US Homeland Security, now that’s an attention grabber. Even Rochester media should be impressed.  If US Homeland Security is planning for Climate Change, why aren’t we?  US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks  Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.  (September 25, 2014) Reuters
  • 9/27/2014 - The real news on crude oil train cars that have been coming through New York State is the “increasing frequency.” When will local news do a great big story about why so much fossil fuels, in a time of Climate Change, are using New York rails to transport this dirty fuel when we should be going renewable energy? Is New York State, which still has a moratorium on Fracking, going instead to be a major US hub, a delivery system, for fossil fuels to the world? Why won’t the media investigate this?   New Report Out On Oil Train Inspections There's a new report out on the inspections of crude oil train cars that have been coming through New York State with increasing frequency.  (September 26, 2014) WXXI News
  • 9/27/2014 - Must attend lecture on Climate Change by Dr. David Walter Wolfe foremost climate expert, co-author of many regional climate studies. Cornell Scientist to speak on Climate Change and Food Security "Climate Change and the Future of Food" is the title of a presentation by Dr. David Walter Wolfe, a prominent climate scientist from Cornell University. The talk will be delivered on October 10th, 2014 at the University at Buffalo, South Campus.  Dr. Wolfe, is a Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. He has worked and published extensively in the area of agriculture and climate change. Dr. Wolfe's presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and a casual reception soon after. The presentation will take place in 114 Wende Hall, South Campus from2:00-3:30 pm and it is Open to the Public. Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo
  • 9/27/2014 - But ya gotta ask yourself, what’s the point of restoring lake sturgeon if it cannot tolerate a warmer Great Lakes due to Climate Change? All the kings horses and all the kings fishermen, no matter how much they want to bring back these historic fish that we butchered in the millions last century, won’t be able to do so if these fish that thrived in the Holocene cannot do so in the Anthropocene.   Ancient sturgeon finally catch a break  (September 24, 2014) Milwaukee Wisconsin  Sentinel Journal
  • 9/27/2014 - Dear world leaders, Our life support system is not a golden goose. It is our life support system. Please adjust your economics accordingly. If humanity doesn’t understand that our life support system is more important than our present rapacious and delusional and dysfunction economic system, we are screwing all life henceforth for our inability to adapt our human-based schemes for how life actually works on this planet. Peru: Environmental 'Extremists' Threaten Revenue Peru's president warned Friday that environmental "extremists" could hurt the golden goose of mining revenue. . (September 26, 2014) ABC News
  • The Story of ChangeStory of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
  • 9/27/2014 - Antarctic used to be such a quiet and calm sort of place until anthropogenic Climate Change came along. Gravity Shift Reveals West Antarctic Ice Loss The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is headed toward “unstoppable” collapse according to recent studies. A new visual released by the European Space Agency show what the start of that collapse looks like both for the mass of the ice sheet and its signature on the planet’s gravitational field.  (September 26, 2014) Climate Central
  • 9/26/2014 - Actually, energy costs don’t just “boils down to the basic principle of supply and demand.” It boils down to making better energy choices, like renewable (wind and solar) energy, in a time of Climate Change.  For those who say we cannot fulfill our energy needs with renewable energy, they are not stating a fact, they are making a stance. They are condemning us to an impossible fuel choice.  However, it is possible to lower our greenhouse gases with renewable energy. Read Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight | Higher energy costs on the horizon Energy use is on the rise and, while the peak of the season isn't here yet, traders on the financial markets are already anticipating higher costs. (September 25, 2014) WHEC Rochester
  • 9/26/2014 - Why doesn’t the US care about Climate Change? Delusional gas prices make Climate Change go away—until it doesn’t.  Gas prices falling, headed below $3 in much of US The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.  The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn. This year they're getting a big push lower from falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline price of under $3 a gallon, according to a forecast from GasBuddy.com. (September 25, 2014) Wayne Post
  • 9/26/2014 - News out of Detroit that Great Lakes are in “Great Peril” cannot be true can it? My local news would have prepared me, right?  Seeing how I live in Rochester, NY on Lake Ontario and we are downstream, as it were, from anything going on in the Great Lakes basin region, I’m just sure my local media would have kept me informed of pending dangers to the largest fresh water system in the world so we had time to plan adequately, especially during Climate Change.  Detroit, tell me it isn’t so! Great Lakes in unprecedented danger, Chicago mayor says The discussion is no longer just about the environmental health of the five big lakes. It's also about the health of the millions of people who rely on them for their drinking water. When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran for Congress in 2002, he vowed that protecting the Great Lakes would be high on his agenda.  (September 25, 2014) Detroit Free Press
  • 9/26/2014 - Did your local news media shirk their responsibility to cover the biggest climate march in history? Go here--People's Climate March--to compensate.  As you scroll down the page, there is an incredible amount of photos and videos, and articles about a gathering of the people to get their voices heard on the most critical crisis of our age. Local media didn’t do their job, but many, many who came to the march became the media.
  • 9/26/2014 - Are the new pesticides in a warming world going to be a bad as the old pesticides? As we are slated to dump more we should find out. Unless we quickly change our farming ways, we will be dumping massive amounts of pesticides on the more crop pests that come with Climate Change. New generation: Growing up reading Rachel Carson, scientists unravel risks of new pesticides  |  [Read the rest of our series, Winged Warnings ] (September 25, 2014) Environmental Health News
  • 9/26/2014 - The reason we shouldn’t allow Fracking to work in New York State because it doesn’t work anyplace else.  Accumulated evidence from all over the world of the damage to public health, environment, and additional greenhouse gases in a time of Climate Change makes Fracking and absurd energy choice. We don’t need to try Fracking out because there is an incredible amount of information from places that have been forced to Frack and the damage that this dangerous fossil fuel extraction method has wrought. Essay: Give fracking a chance to work in NY  (July 5, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 9/25/2014 - Fracking, blasting through our bedrock, for more fossil fuels during Climate Change is insane. Take Action! Global Frackdown October 11 "The Global Frackdown is an international day of action initiated by Food & Water Watch to ban fracking —a risky technique that uses millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to break open rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas. The oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars on slick public relations campaigns and high-profile lobbying efforts to buy the ability to extract fossil fuels from our communities with as little government oversight as possible, all while destroying our air, water, health, communities and our climate. While the industry is working hard to protect its profits and drown out the worldwide demand for clean, renewable fuels, there is a tremendous movement afoot around the world to protect our global resources from fracking. The first Global Frackdown in September 2012 brought together 200 community actions in over 20 countries to challenge fracking. The second Global Frackdown in October 2013, was even bigger with over 250 actions in 30 countries spanning six continents. And we continue to grow. "
  • 9/25/2014 - Why you should never, never, never, never, never, never vote a climate change denier into office. Jon Stewart Obliterates Republicans By Highlighting Their Ignorance On Climate Change On Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, host Jon Stewart devoted the first segment of his program to the subject of climate change. He discussed the People’s Climate March that took place in New York City on Sunday, where over 100,000 people took to the streets to bring awareness to the dangers facing our planet due to rapid global warming. Stewart pointed out that, while you would think people around the world are now acutely aware of the existence of climate change and its effects on the environment, this march was necessary because House Republicans continue to deny its existence. (September 23, 2014) Politicus USA
  • 9/25/2015 - Local coverage of UN Summit in NY cheers non-binding agreements and non-binding billions to developing nations—billions but not from US.  This delusional statement about the summit kinda says it all: "We prove climate protection and a strong economy must go hand in hand." Of course, we didn’t prove any such thing. What we proved at the UN Climate Summit is that no what matter the peril to our environment and our people’s, we won’t be compelled to do anything that hurts our present economy.  Non-binding is another way to say that if what you promised in any way inconveniences you, you can renege in a second.  UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.   (September 23, 2014) Penfield Post
  • 9/25/2014 - The only true marriage of countries addressing Climate Change is a shotgun wedding—binding agreements.  At the UN Summit in NY no one wants to be held to their lackluster promises.  As for helping developing countries that did not cause Climate Change and who should not develop the way we did, it looks like we demand they do the impossible because we aren’t going to give them anything we got from using up the world’s commons—air, water, soil, natural resources, and ecologies.  Looks like despite the People’s Climate March, a demand that real change occurs, business as usual rules—making it look like we are doing something but not really.   I can understand why a lot of businesses and countries and many who don’t really want what needs to be done to address Climate Change are happy with the UN Summit in New York: it doesn’t upset their agenda. “But, as anticipated, the leaders held back on making new commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions or to give significant climate finance to developing countries, leaving it to business, cities and campaign groups to produce the real action on climate.” Nelson Mandela's widow calls for urgent climate action at UN  (September 24, 2014) The Guardian
  • 9/24/2014 - For me at least, the People’s Climate March has changed everything because I used to look for Climate news, now I cannot keep up. The march has given the public a show of strength and solidarity on Climate Change and it must become the wedge from which to shove progress on a successful Paris 2015 Climate Conference: binding agreements. No wishy washy, ad hoc non-agreements.
  • 9/24/2014 - It’s heartening that NYT’s Revkin find results of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s summary of commitments heartening. Maybe the People’s Climate March, the public efforts to kick start the UN Climate Summit in New York, has indeed ‘changed everything’, even media coverage of Climate Change. U.N. Climate Summit Harvests a Host of Commitments It’s heartening to review the summary of governmental and private climate and energy commitments compiled by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the end of his daylong climate change summit.  (September 23, 2014 ) NYT Dot Earth
  • 9/24/2014 - The Big Ask: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s summary of what’s being asked to address Climate Change. 2014 Climate Change Summary – Chair’s Summary The purpose of the 2014 Climate Summit was to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and to galvanize transformative action in all countries to reduce emissions and build resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change.  (September 23, 2014) UN Headquarters New York
  • 9/24/2014 - The People’s Climate March and now on the road to the Paris Climate Conference in 2015 for the real deal. U.N. climate summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy  (September 23, 2014) Reuters
  • 9/23/2014 - Can’t find hardly anything on Rochester, NY media about People’s Climate March, so let’s ask Bill McKibben…  The People’s Climate March: An Interview with Bill McKibben On Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to join the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan; its Web site describes it as the “largest climate march in history.” In May, Bill McKibben wrote an article in Rolling Stone, “A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change,” which laid some of the groundwork for this weekend’s events. We spoke about the march with McKibben, one of its lead organizers, and a former New Yorker staff writer. According to the Los Angeles Times, anywhere between a hundred thousand and four hundred thousand people are expected to come to New York City for the People’s Climate March. Can you tell us about how you, and others, came up with the idea for a large demonstration and how you turned it into what it is now?  (September 20, 2014) The New Yorker
  • 9/23/2014 -  Whoops! Wrong Rochester. I thought Rochester, NY media had mentioned hundreds of us going to the People’s Climate March.  For that you have to go here People’s Climate March/Western NY | Rochester environmentalists spread the message of action with Climate Summit  (September 21, 2014) KTTC
  • 9/23/2014 - Don’t forget scientists too like a march, especially one as critical as the People’s Climate March in getting the public’s attention. Science Shows Up in Force at People's Climate March Scientists who do not typically take a policy position make an exception for climate change The People's Climate March may end up being the biggest protest to urge action to restrain global warming yet. The march in New York City on September 21 is predicted to draw more than 100,000 people, which would top the tens of thousands who showed up in Copenhagen back in 2009. But how many scientists, whether they study climate change or not, will be there? (September 20, 2014) Scientific American
  • 9/23/2014 - Though Rochester media avoided greatest climate march in history on Sunday, they did catch a little violence on Monday’s demonstration on Wall Street. 400,000 marching for attention on the greatest issue of our time gets little notice but the specter of some violence afterwards does seem to catch their notice. Demonstrators 'Flood' Wall Street with Environmental Message  (September 23, 2014) Time Warner Cable News Rochester
  • 9/23/2014 - People’s Climate March makes front-page news around the world but not in Rochester, NY. In fact, it is the dickens trying to find a local mention. People’s Climate March Makes Front-Page News  (September 22, 2014) Climate Central
  • 9/22/2014 - In the immediate aftermath of the People’s Climate March it feels like the low roar that came down the long, long march after the moment of silence, then quickly increasing to an avalanche of a deafening call for humanity to pay attention to Climate Change.  
  • 9/22/2014 - Just awakening from People’s Climate March return. As Peter Debes, chair of Rochester Sierra Club, say’s “it's difficult to measure the potential impact of something like this.” Glad that our public airwaves has given the greatest climate march in history a local mention.  More to come: People’s Climate March/WesternNY | Rochester Area Residents Take Part in Climate March There were about 100 Rochester area residents marching in the People's Climate March in New York Sunday.  The event drew more than 300,000 people. One of the participants, Peter Debes, chair of the Rochester chapter of the Sierra Club, said it's difficult to measure the potential impact of something like this. (September 22, 2014) WXXI News
  • 9/19/2014 - ACTION: Your input needed on shaping Western New York trails for the future, a future when less greenhouse gas emissions for transportation is a must.  Help shape western New York’s trail network "The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its trails plan for the Genesee Finger Lakes Region and wants your input. This is your opportunity to help further shape a truly regional, interconnected trail network for Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Use the short needs assessment survey  and online interactive map to provide feedback on existing and planned trails and ideas for new connections and other corridors or locations for future trail development. The map even lets you see what others have already suggested. "
  • 9/19/2014 - ACTION: Got short film abilities and want to message importance of our environment?  "Fast Forward Film Festival Showcasing New Environmental Perspectives Presented by WXXI/Little Theatre, George Eastman House, RIT,  and the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute The Fast Forward Film Festival invites residents in the greater Rochester area to submit independent short films (5 minutes or less) that inspire a deeper connection to the environment. As an incubator for innovative thinking and artistic expression, FFFF encourages films that tap into the local experience, compel audiences to engage with the community, and raise environmental awareness. An acclaimed jury will review the films and select winners who will receive a $1,000 cash prize for each of these categories: (1) most inspiring, compelling, and engaging, (2) most unique perspective, (3) strongest call to action. Submission deadline is February 27, 2015 "
  • 9/19/2014 - If Climate Change is a moral issue (it is) and a practical issue, then we must morally aid those who did not cause warming, but will get nailed by it. The People’s Climate March coming up in a few days is an effort to wake up the world and its leaders to the moral obligation to make the Paris 2015 Climate Conference a success. The window of opportunity for binding agreements to lower greenhouse gases emissions and protect the most vulnerable that will actually work is quickly closing.  After that we’ll be scrambling to adapt to the warming for ourselves, and will probably have little to offer those nations begging for help.  Canary in a coal mine: Extreme weather, rising seas plague atoll nation  (September 18, 2014) Aljazeera American
  • 9/19/2014 - Yikes! Looks like human population growth assumptions are off and there will be many more mouths to feed. How many other assumptions our ability to handle a warming world without planning have we got wrong? I guess if we continue business as usual, we’ll find out. Boom! Earth’s Population Could Hit 12 Billion by 2100 Earth is fast becoming a more crowded place — and it may become even more crowded than expected. According to a new projection of human population growth, there could very well be 12.3 billion people by century’s end, up to 2 billion more than some estimates.  (September 18, 2014) Wired
  • 9/19/2014 - Instead of racing to market microbial cocktails maybe we should take care of the soil we have. When treated nicely, soil is good at what it does. And soil does a lot more than help provide us with food. Why Tiny Microbes Mean Big Things for Farming The soil-dwelling bacteria that we walk on every day are working their way into technologies that could help feed the world.  (September 18, 2014) National Geographic
  • 9/18/2014 - This local fight over waterways and the EPA is interesting in light of Climate Change. Who is best able to protect all our waters, locals or fed? Addressing Climate Change means addressing aspects of our life support system on a planetary scale and that is going to clash with our traditional way of viewing local environments, such as waterways. Trying to address Climate Change is likely to step on a lot of toes and be very inconvenient to many who think there is no such thing as Climate Change.  Gonna be very tough to address Climate Change if we are not all on same science page.  Reed bill aimed at blocking EPA water rules  The Ontario County Board of Supervisors' fight against definition changes to the Clean Water Act — which officials say would take away the local responsibility for area waterways — has received support in Congress.  (September 18, 2014) Victor Post
  • 9/18/2014 - Folks protesting about the threat Fracking poses to NYS health and environment couldn’t come to Cuomo’s party because they weren’t invited. Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside Cuomo fundraiser  (September 17, 2014) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • 9/18/2014 - Soil, like leaves, are really really important to our life support system. How will soil fare in Climate Change? Check out this important study: Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming As we consider the entire scope  of the Climate Change issue, we should consider the vital environmental components we need to have intact as we move into a quickly warming planet. Soil, hitherto been given little consideration, should be paramount. Not just for food production for 9 billion people by 2050, but because soil breaks down and renews life. There are so many unknown unknowns about soil and human development and Climate Change that we should learn about soil and Climate Change.
  • 9/18/2014 - Making comment on open space in NYS and Climate Change, it’s no longer fun and games. This is critical ”…the Commissioners now ask the public to make recommendations on how open space conservation programs can make the state better prepared and more resilient in preparation of future storms and climate change.” “Public comments can be submitted by email to LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov  or mailed to DEC by December 17 to: Open Space Conservation Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233” DEC and State Parks Release State Open Space Conservation Plan for Public Comment Public Comments Accepted Through December 17; Public Hearings to be Held Statewide Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Commissioner Rose Harvey today released the 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan for public comment. The plan guides State Environmental Protection Fund investments in open space protection. Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted from September 17 until December 17 and a series of public hearings will be held across the state from October 21 to October 23. (September 17, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • 9/18/2014 - If anything, a new climate study probably shows what we are actually seeing, a disruptive climate, means weather will be very hard to predict Polar vortex visits to U.S. linked to climate change WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that's because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia. Normally, the polar vortex is penned in the Arctic. But at times it escapes and wanders south, bringing with it a bit of Arctic super chill. (September 2, 2014) USA Today
  • 9/18/2014 - This statement that deeply concerns Climate Change is not a fact, it is a stance: “Fossil fuels aren’t disappearing anytime soon …” Once we accept that no matter what cost to our lives and our life support system we will burn fossil fuels, we are screwed. It is possible to move to renewable energy quickly, farm so that soil captures carbon not releases it, and live sustainably. But many with money and power will not even entertain anything but an existence based on fossil fuels. Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution? Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels. (September 8, 2014) Yale Environment 360
  • 9/17/2014 - I’ll be reading Klein’s “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” on bus to People’s Climate March.  Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system.  (September 16, 2014) Moyers and Company
  • 9/17/2014 - Powerful article about Rochester, NY local making climate a career. Should be an inspiration to all. Making climate a career  'Its not easy to talk about climate change. The fundamental premise sounds simple enough: decades of burning fossil fuels has unleashed vast amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, causing global warming.  (September 17, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • 9/17/2014 - Wonder if Bear Lecture will include how bears in our region will adapt to Climate Change and what our efforts will be to help them. Learn the latest on the thriving black bear population in upstate New York  (September 16, 2014) Irondequoit Post
  • 9/17/2014 - I know, I shouldn’t carp, we should be prostrate gratitude with every crumb thrown at our environment, but isn’t this too little too late? Scientists get federal grant for Great Lakes study A federal grant will enable University of Michigan scientists to study how climate change affects water quality and water levels in the Great Lakes. U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan say the $321,448 grant was awarded by a research arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (September 16, 2014) petoskey news
  • 9/17/2014 - Get trained and Help monitor previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario Tues 9/23 & Thurs 9/24 8a-10:30a -WAVE Training (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) at Durand Eastman Park! - citizen scientists program sampling previously unmonitored tributaries to Lake Ontario. Also see Lake Ontario LAMP website www.lakeontarioforum.org   (see slide presentation, notes, interactive maps, calendar, etc.)
  • 9/17/2014 - One of the great unknowns in Climate Change is how soil will be affected and affect Climate Change. No soil, no life on Earth.  Before those who dismiss Climate Change as an issue, they might want to look over this report.Soils and Climate Change: Gas Fluxes and Soil Processes” Published in Soil Horizons (2012). Received 5 Apr. 2012