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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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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. 

Posted Today - Friday, July 01, 2016

  • State Identifies 324 Cases Of The Zika Virus New York's Health Department says it has identified 324 cases of Zika, all associated with travel to areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit it. The department says Thursday it has found no cases so far from mosquito bites in the state. It has reported 22 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection may cause birth defects. (July 1, 2016) WXXI News [more on Climate Change and Environmental Health in our area]

  • Arctic Lakes Permafrost Thaw Quickens Permafrost below shallow Arctic lakes is thawing quicker than expected as a result of changing winter climate in Alaska. Warmer winters combined with an increase in snowfall during the last 30 years have limited the growth of seasonal lake ice, scientists say, that has caused lakebed temperatures to increase. The temperatures in lakes less than 3 feet deep there have gone up by 2.4 degrees Celsius (4.3 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past three decades. But during five of the last seven years, the mean annual lakebed temperature has been above freezing. (June 28, 2016) Lake Scientist [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 5 Food Commodities Produce More GHGs than Any Country Apart from China, U.S. New research commissioned by Oxfam shows that rice, soy beans, corn, wheat and palm oil together lead to more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than any country’s individual footprint, with the exception of emissions giants China and the United States. The organization asserts that without making drastic emissions cuts to these five food commodities’ supply chains, the Paris Agreement’s goals to reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will not be met. (June 27, 2016) Sustainable Brands [more on Food and Climate Change in our area] 

  • El Niño And Climate Change Are Making The Amazon Dry And Flammable The Amazon could be facing fire risks in the coming dry months greater than those experienced in the last 14 years due to the long lasting effects of El Niño, according to the Amazon fire forecast unveiled by NASA and the University of California, Irvine, Wednesday. Drought in the world’s largest rainforest seems like a contradiction in terms, but what were once considered once-in-a-century events are increasing as global warming takes hold. Just in the past decade, the Amazon suffered from two record drought years in 2005 and 2010, as well as massive fires thought to have been mostly caused by humans. (June 30, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress [more on Climate Change in our area]

 

News Highlight

Your city can dramatically amplify your ability to address Climate Change 

by Frank J. Regan


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Climate Change has grown so ominous that individuals cannot have much of an impact on necessary solutions. (I know, this is environmental heresy.) However much a single person dedicates their lives to living sustainably, he or she cannot effect addressing this particular crisis unless a large percent of the population is also engaged. With seven billion people (9 billion by 2050) who need food, energy, transportation, and waste removal, a relative few are not going to change the environmental footprint of humanity’s effect on Climate Change on a level and speed that will matter. We have squandered too much time dragging our feet, too much time listening to folks offering to make the Climate Change crisis magically disappear with lies and denial.

But collectively in the form of cities around the world we can play an important role in what Michael Bloomberg describes as an alliance of cities.

Our new alliance unites 600m city dwellers in fight against climate change Cities are huge carbon emitters but are ideally placed to tackle climate change. When it comes to confronting climate change, the world’s cities are proving that there’s strength in unity. The historic climate agreement reached in Paris in December, which was approved by nearly all of the world’s nations, was made possible in part by the progress that cities have made by working together. Today, the two biggest coalitions of cities in the world – the EU-based Covenant of Mayors and the UN-backed Compact of Mayors – are forming an alliance to link more than 600 million city dwellers in the fight against climate change. (June 22, 2016) The Guardian

A city exists in much the way a single individual exists in our environment, though on a much larger scale. By the 2050 most of the world’s population are going to reside in our cities offering both great challenges and opportunities for dealing with Climate Change. Check out this incredible video (see below) of humanity’s move to cities over the millennia.

Watch 6,000 years of people moving to cities Humans have been building and living in cities for thousands of years. But only very recently — in the past few years — did the scales tip to more of us choosing to settle in cities than in rural areas. According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world's population now lives in urban areas. That figure was 30 percent in 1950 and is expected to rise to 66 percent by 2050. In the video below, you can watch the stunning rise of human cities, from their humble origin in the Fertile Crescent in the year 3700 BC to the boom of the past century. (June 19, 2016) VOX

Each city around the world impacts our environment in similar ways—bringing in water, taking out waste, providing infrastructures, setting codes, and enforcing laws—acting more or less like huge living beings whose behavior towards our life support system matters a lot. The city you live in amplifies every impact you have on our environment. If your city is curbing its greenhouse gas emissions and recycling its waste so are you. In short, if your city is existing sustainably you are a part of that.

Each of us can significantly increase our effect on our world environment by becoming an integral part of our city’s efforts in addressing Climate Change.     more...

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive

Green Business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Highlight

  March for a Clean Energy Revolution Sunday, July 24 - Philadelphia, PA      

    

Climate change presents the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge and poses a threat to future of life on this planet. Now more than ever, it is imperative that our political leaders take swift action to keep the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground including oil and gas from fracking and other extreme extraction methods. They must commit to swiftly attaining a full and just transition to renewable energy. Hundreds of organizations have joined Americans Against Fracking to endorse the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. See the full list of endorsements here. For more information on the march, you can check out our March Details page.

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers:

Ban Fracking Now

Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Stop Dirty Energy Quickly

and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

Convened by Americans Against Fracking & Pennsylvanians Against Fracking   

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...    

  • 4:15-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • WHERE: The Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY
    • Rally: Mothers and Others Remember Train Victims, Warn of Danger Rochester, NY Wednesday, July 6, at 4:15 p.m., citizens decrying the continued passage of explosive Bakken crude oil trains through Monroe County will line the sidewalks in front of the Federal Building to name and mourn the 48 victims of the 2013 Bakken train oil derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The Toronto Star recently stated that apart from war, the destruction from this event was unprecedented in Canadian history. 30 buildings, about half the downtown, were destroyed, and most of the remainder are too contaminated to allow to stand. The memorial rally was called to draw attention to the tragic consequences of Bakken oil trains. There have been 11 explosive derailments since 2013, including the most recent one on June 3, 2016 in Mosier, Oregon. The Fire Chief there has called shipping Bakken Crude by rail “insane.” Monroe County sees a daily average of over 200 Bakken oil tanker rail cars, “and each tank car of crude holds the energy equivalent of two million sticks of dynamite (WSJ, May 22, 2014:  The National Transportation Safety Board calls these unit trains of Bakken crude “an unacceptable public risk.” “Lac Megantic has been the only accident in a populated area so far. In Monroe County, trains run through highly populated areas, past dozens of schools, and across sensitive waterways. Derailments have happened here before, but this kind of explosive derailment would be worse than anything we have seen, with fireballs larger than our downtown skyscrapers,” explains Linda Isaacson Fedele of the Rochester Mothers Out Front Bakken Research Team. Mothers Out Front of Rochester and Monroe County researches the dangers of fracked Bakken crude, and has recently been presenting to local governments and school boards about the risk. The most effective prevention for all the risks involved would be to leave the oil in the ground. This memorial protest will call on congress for a national ban on transporting this oil by rail. • WHO: New York Mothers Out Front (“Mobilizing for a Livable Climate”) and supporters • WHAT: Lac Megantic Memorial/Action Rally • WHEN: 4:15-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 • WHERE: The Federal Building, 100 State Street CONTACT: Linda Pratt at (585) 729-2558 or lspeechgirl1@gmail.com  WEBSITE: www.mothersoufront.org
  • July 6  Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, 10 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Creek-side entrance near intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County. 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon NY 14502
    • Butterfly Walk  July 6  Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, 10 am - 12:30 pm Meet at Creek-side entrance near intersection of Wilkinson and Victor Rd. in Wayne County. 727 Wilkinson Rd, Macedon NY 14502  Wear long pants and tuck socks into your pants to protect from ticks.   Bring a hat, water, insect repellent, close-focusing binoculars (if you have some). Optional:  bring lunch and folding chair. www.rochesterbutterflyclub.org   
  • July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY.
    • A CommonBound  conference is occurring July 8-10 in Buffalo, NY. It will bring together leaders and organizations from across North America to examine visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change. Participants will share insights and stories, build relationships, highlight achievements, and chart a shared path toward a society that puts people and planet first. Participants will include a cross-section of community leaders, thinkers, and practitioners.  A network gathering Friday the 8th covers self-governance using dynamic governance/sociocracy – see here. Self governance is also a topic for a Saturday workshop.
  • Monday July 11 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm UU Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo. 2nd Floor Alliance Room
    • The July Writers Group session will feature Renee Vogelsang and Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Energy (on the 2nd Monday) as part of their Electric Vehicle powered tour of New York State. Please Join Us Monday July 11 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm UU Church 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo. 2nd Floor Alliance Room The Writers Group meets monthly to hear a short presentation on a relevant topic, discuss energy related news, letters and articles, and encourage each other to write for publication on topics of interest. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the flyer.
  • July 12   Butterfly Walk at Oatka Creek Park, 9797 Union St., Scottsville NY 14546  10 AM to noon   
    • Meet at the parking lot just inside the park entrance at junction of Quaker Rd. and Union St. just west of Scottsville.  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent, water, and a hat.  Optional: bring lunch and folding chair. Contact: (585) 385-4725   rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:30 pm | First Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY
    • Move to Amend: Legalize Democracy 7:30 pmFirst Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd One critical step to move quickly towards a Low Carbon Future is  to abolish Corporate Personhood! Join David Cobb from Move to Amend for a call to action, to learn how corporations are using OUR legal system against us and how we the people can overrule the courts. Event sponsored by: Rochester Pachamama Alliance Admission is free, donation gladly accepted :) All donations go to Move to Amend For more information or to register: here.
  • July 15   Butterfly Walk at Letchworth State Park, South end   9 am to 5 pm  
    • Meet at the Park and Ride lot at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251, off I-390, exit 11 for Rush.  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent, water,  lunch, and a folding chair.   Contact: (585) 383-8168     rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • July 16   Wildflowers and Butterflies  Erie Canal Park, off Rt. 350 in Macedon, NY  10 AM 
    • Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Macedon Erie Canal Park Butterfly Trail, as well as a glimpse of the original canal.  Meet at the rear of the park. Contact: 585-678-4005    https://www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • July 17   Butterfly Walk for Beginners at Mendon Ponds Park  10 AM to noon    
    • Meet in the Visitors Center / Wild Wings parking lot, 27 Pond Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, just off Clover St. (Rt. 65).  Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent and water.  Contact: (585) 383-8168  rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • MON 18 JUL 2016 Citizens' Climate Lobby Chapter Meeting 7:00 pm First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd S, Room 228
    • Monthly strategy meeting for Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
  • July 19  Butterfly Walk at Rattlesnake Hill WMA and Mt. Morris Dam Area  9 am to 5 pm   
    • Meet at the Park and Ride lot at Rt. 15 and Rt. 251 off I-390, exit 11 for Rush. Wear a hat, long pants and appropriate footgear. Bring insect repellent,  water, lunch, and a folding chair.    Contact: (585) 425-2380 rochesterbutterflyclub.org
  • July 22   "Secret Life of Flowers" and a Potluck Dinner  BANC Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mills Road, Victor, NY 14564   6-8 PM    
    • Following dinner, naturalists Carol and David Southby will delve into the inner workings of flowers.  Bring binoculars or a magnifier for the hands-on aspect of their program.  For dinner, bring a dish to pass and place setting.  Contact:  425-7293    https://www.facebook.com/BANC.roc/
  • July 24 - Philadelphia, PA, March for a Clean Energy Revolution Sunday,  
    • March for a Clean Energy Revolution March for a Clean Energy Revolution: Sunday, July 24th, Philadelphia, PA; On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers: Ban Fracking Now; Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground; Stop Dirty Energy; Quickly and Justly Transition to 100% Renewable Energy. Convened by Americans Against Fracking & Pennsylvanians Against Fracking. Details: Sunday, July 24; 4:45am: leave St. John Fisher Park n’ Ride, 3690 East Avenue (Lot S); 5:45am: second pick-up at Waterloo Thruway Exit 41 Park N’ Ride; 11am: estimated arrival in Philadelphia; 4:30pm: leave Philadelphia to come home; 9:30pm: estimated arrival @ Waterloo Thruway Exit 41; 10:15pm: estimated arrival @ St. John Fisher Park N’ Ride, Rochester; Cost: Full fare: $70, student/subsidized rate: $36; Go here to reserve a ticket(for best results copy the link to your browser); See cleanenergymarch.org for more information. Got questions? Email: chante.ishta2012@gmail.com )from THE PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE PACHAMAMA OF GREATER ROCHESTER July 2016 Newsletter )

 

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: June 21
    • "Call Congress and ask them to take action on climate! Monday June 20th Congress needs to hear from citizens that we want them to take action on climate change. On June 21st, hundreds of citizens from across the nation will be meeting with members of Congress in DC to push for a revenue-neutral carbon fee.  Visit this website to log your call (and get the phone numbers and a prompt on what to say):  Call your legislators on Monday June 20th to amplify our voices and help move Congress a step closer to legislation that addresses climate change. Time and again we hear from members of Congress that they don't hear enough from their constituents that climate change matters to them. Calling your Senators and Representative is the first step in building a relationship with your congressional offices and creating the political will needed to solve global warming. "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • SIGN + SHARE Tell your state senator: Support NYS Climate & Community Protection Act, 100% clean renewable energy, good jobs, and justice for all‪#‎NYRenews‬ Tell Your State Senator to Support The Climate & Community Protection Act! "In New York, both upstate and downstate, we know firsthand the impacts of inequality and of climate change. We know that poor and working class families are hit first and worst and we know that all New Yorkers deserve better. Now is the time to demand action in Albany. An unprecedented movement of New Yorkers upstate and downstate have come together under the banner of NYRenews to hold politicians accountable for investing in our communities, our environment, and our economy. If passed, The NYS Climate & Community Protection Act (S8005 / A10342) will help create a bright future for all New Yorkers; a future with good jobs and healthier communities; a future all New Yorkers deserve. Tell your State Senator to support The NYS Climate & Community Protection Act for good jobs and climate justice, with 100% clean renewable energy. "
  • ACTION: Due Date: NOW!
    • CLIMATE ACTION PLAN "We want to hear from you!  Take our community-wide Climate Action Plan survey. What is a Climate Action Plan? Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the community-wide efforts that will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.  CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected community-wide greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to monitor the plan's progress. " City of Rochester, NY
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Act on giving bicyclists a 3-ft break from vehicles, making biking safer, and reducing greenhouse gases. 3 FT PASSING LAW Thanks to the strong leadership of Board President Jim Reed and Board Member Emeritus Ivan Vamos, who himself was hit by a car, and support from Transportation Alternatives, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) has launched an all-out campaign this legislative session in Albany to amend the vague and impossible to enforce 2010 Safe Passing law. At the very least, we think there should be a 3 feet passing standard, which is now the law in 26 other states across the country. Email your legislators now by sending an email through this very easy-to-use form.
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Take Action on Clean Energy, from Mother's Out Front Sign the petition to move the Clean Power Plan forward! "You know that climate change is real, and we need to take action. According to the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most recent decade was the Nation’s and the world’s hottest on record, and human activities – like burning fossil fuels – are the primary cause of these changes. As mothers, this kind of change is an immediate concern. Regardless of where you live, climate change is shifting weather patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. As mothers we’ll do anything to protect the health of our children. That’s why we need to be concerned about – and do something about -- climate change. Wildfires and burning fossil fuels threaten air quality, increasing pollution and rates of asthma, especially among children. Heavy rainfall and severe flooding threaten water quality as well. Fortunately, the National Climate Assessment is hopeful and so are we. We can avoid the worst consequences of a changing climate with immediate public policy that promotes energy production from clean and renewable sources. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency published a Clean Power Plan requiring states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Yet it’s up to state officials to create policies to implement the plan. Those that promote clean energy the most will have the biggest benefit. Today, please sign our petition to let your state officials know that you support the fastest and most just transition to 100% clean energy. Together we can ensure a clean energy future and a livable climate for all children. Thanks for taking action,  Ellen van Bever Communications Team Lead Mothers Out Front Mothers Out Front "
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now!
    • Stop Explosive Oil Trains! Find out if you are in the blast zone and sign the petition. There is a fiftyfold increase in local transport of volatile crude oil trains (which are not and cannot be properly designed to carry this dangerous oil) through our region. Check to see if you are in the blast zone, and Take action and put a stop to this! From our friends over at Mothers Out Front! Really take a moment to find out about this clean and present danger in our community and take action here.
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • "The 100% Renewable Now NYS Campaign is beginning to organize! This Campaign is aimed at getting the 100% Renewable Energy by 2030 bill passed by the NYS legislature. This project is anchored in sound science: Read this critical study: “Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight” If your organization wants to be more involved that is welcome.  Also, please call your legislators to ask them to co-sponsor (Assembly - A. 7497 or Senate - S. 5527). And see:  The Solutions Project (especially New York) to sign your organization up as a supporter.  Please help in this way!" (If someone in your group wants to attend some meetings in October to hammer out strategy and organizational details, contact me and I’ll get you in touch with the group organizing this issue in our region.) 
  • ACTION: Due Date Now!
    • Just about the last thing Henrietta needs is to chew up a wildlife area for more development. Sign a petition to Save Beckwith Park. "Save Beckwith Park Neighbors working together to save 12.8 acres of wild land in Henrietta, New York Since 1965, this scenic wildlife area has been a treasure for many families in Henrietta, New York. The Catholic Diocese of Rochester is in the process of selling this beautiful land to a developer, who intends to put single-family houses on the property. In a grassroots effort to save the land, neighbors and friends have banded together to stop the development of the land that makes our neighborhood our home.  "Consider signing this petition to save undeveloped land in Henrietta, NY. To find out more watch this short TV coverage on Channel 10.
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    • Our home environments can be healthy. Help get the word out. This from Elizabeth McDade, Program Manager Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 224-3125 www.letsmakeleadhistory.org "The newly revised Healthy Homes Guides have arrived and I need YOUR help to get this cubical emptied by Labor Day. HELP! If you need some resource guide books or can help distribute Healthy Homes, Healthy Families POSTERS, please contact Elizabeth McDade elizabethmcdade@flhsa.org  (585) 224-3125 Also, feel free to share this link to the Resource Guide book
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    • "Call on Governor Cuomo and The Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to take immediate action to protect the public and the environment from the dangers of crude-by-rail." Stop the Bomb Trains "As much as 7 billion gallons of crude oil could move by train through New York State annually under current and proposed permits as the nation’s “virtual pipeline” for crude oil expands. The Department of Transportation can take immediate action to reduce the risks of derailments, which have caused catastrophic spills of crude oil elsewhere in the United States and Canada, including the tragic loss last year of 47 lives and the destruction of a business district in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The volatility of Bakken crude oil combined with the inadequacy of the DOT-111 railcars used to transport much of this cargo has led rail workers to dub them "bomb trains." Spills of heavy crudes, such as those from Alberta, Canada, tar sands, would have particularly damaging impacts to water and the ecosystems they support – because heavy crude oils can sink, clean-up is next to impossible. " Riverkeeper
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    • New York needs to transition to renewable energy (like Wind Power) now:  "New York has been slow out of the gate when it comes to opportunities like offshore wind. We can change that. Few states have the potential to be a national and global clean energy and climate leader like New York.  And right now, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments on how to structure a new Large Scale Renewable Energy Program – and Environmental Advocates is urging the PSC to act on three critical fronts: Establish enforcement mechanisms to hold the state and utilities accountable for supplying 50 percent of our energy from clean renewables by 2030. Make the state’s Large Scale Renewables Program statewide (currently Long Island is excluded from the Renewable Portfolio Standard). Add offshore wind power to New York’s energy mix.  You can urge them to prioritize these initiatives, too!     Despite our state being home to some of the most attractive and productive wind farm locations in the nation, this plentiful source of renewable energy remains completely untapped. With Rhode Island constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm, and Europe utilizing this same renewable energy source on a large scale, New York can step up and become a global clean energy leader.     Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to ensure 50 percent of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030. That means dramatically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and building a clean, green energy economy with offshore wind and other sources of renewable energy.    Take Action Today! " (from Environmental Advocates of New York)
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    • Fracking ain't over in New York until it's over: Take action: Call on the NYS Senate and Assembly to ACT NOW to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill! Read more: Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can contain a number of pollutants, such as chemicals, metals, excess salts, and carcinogens like benzene and naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Due to a loophole in state law, oil and gas industry waste is exempt from hazardous waste requirements, meaning that – no matter what it contains – fracking waste is not classified as hazardous. This “hazardous waste loophole” also means that fracking waste can be disposed of at facilities unequipped to handle it, and in ways that can put our health and environment at risk. (June 3, 2015) Riverkeeper [more on Fracking in our area]
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    • Submit letters to the Democrat and Chronicle Editors about oil trains passing thru Rochester and gas storage in the Seneca Lake salt mines concerns: Editorial submissions
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    • Been wondering how your group can help our environment? Help monitor our Water Quality by being Citizen Scientists. “Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.” Learn more, get training, get equipment, get started. EPA Region 2 Citizen Science |  Equipment Loan Program [PDF 437 KB, 5 pp] Apply for the Region 2 Citizen Science equipment Loan Program [PDF 318 KB, 2 pp] Citizen Science is a vital fast-growing field in which scientific investigations are conducted by volunteers.  Individuals and community groups have long collected data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern to them.  Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of citizen science projects as tools have advanced and people have become more empowered.  These projects have been remarkably successful in expanding scientific knowledge, raising people’s awareness of their environment, and leveraging change. EPA Region 2
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    • Please sign this petition: Sign the petition: Stop NPR from gutting its climate coverageAs tax-paying citizens of the USA, whose government supplies 4.6% of NPR’s income (and 39% from individual contributors), we insist that you restore your climate reporting team—or rather, actually increase it. At this critical juncture, with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is coming up where our leaders need to act on Climate Change, our public needs more day-to-day, accessible, and thorough coverage. NPR’s reasoning that “because so many other staffers cover the subject, along with their other beats”, it’s OK to gut your climate reporting teams ignores the fact that so many Americans are uninformed about an issue that requires long-term planning and public support for long-term adaptation strategies as noted in most climate plans and studies. more...
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    • New York State needs a clear and enforceable climate action plan so we can prepare our state for damage to our public health, our water, waste, transportation, telecommunications infrastructures and agriculture.  This cannot be done ad hoc, or just with grants, or just using the market forces.  Properly planning for something as pervasive as Climate Change needs top-down direction from our leaders.  Urge Governor Cuomo to Develop a Climate Action Plan "Governor Cuomo,  The world is changing. New York communities have been caught devastated by the growing climate crisis, suffering through hurricanes and other extreme weather events. World leaders, assembled by the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis, have recognized the need to act now to protect communities worldwide from the ravages of climate change, and to create an economy that works for the people and the planet.  Governor, you’ve already made a commitment to an 80 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2050. We applaud you for this. We ask that you articulate your plan for getting us there. It is time for you to take the bold step to pull our state out of the dirty energy ways of the past and to move us forward with energy sources that are clean, healthy and beneficial for all New Yorkers.  We, the undersigned are asking your administration to seize the moment by creating a climate action plan for New York. We believe that without such a plan, piecemeal efforts to offset or mitigate the hazards of climate change will too little and too late. New York should be a clean energy leader, and a leader in cutting climate-altering pollution. We are calling on you to prepare a plan to fight climate change, keep our communities safe, and move New York away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past.  Sincerely, " from Environmental Advocates of New York
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    • Pound for pound, getting community leaders to pledge to the state’s ‘Climate Smart Communities’ program is one of the most effective things people can do to address Climate Change. Take action! It’s all spelled out for you here: Take Action on 'Climate Smart Communities': New York State's Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program supports municipalities as they identify, plan and carry out projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and prepare for the challenges climate change will bring. This program provides resources that enable localities to act on climate, without mandating which programs or policies they should adopt. 
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    • Interested in the water quality of our rivers and streams and want to get trained to help monitor them?  "Reminder -- Volunteers for Stream and River Monitoring Wanted: DEC is looking for citizen scientist volunteers for stream and river monitoring as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. Volunteers visit stream sites once between July and September to collect macroinvertebrates -- insects and other small organisms -- from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom.  In 2014, volunteers can participate by joining a local WAVE group led by a trained local coordinator, or by sampling independently. Volunteers working under a trained local coordinator do not need to attend a training session; however, volunteers who want to work independently must attend a training session.  WAVE training sessions rotate around the state on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year.  Three training sessions remain for 2014: June 14 in Esperance, June 21 in Wyoming and June 29 in New Hartford. " (June 13, 2014) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
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    • Give Feedback to open.ny.gov! Back in March of 2013,  Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched "open.ny.gov," a new and comprehensive state data transparency website that provides - for the first time - user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website, featuring economic development, health, recreation, and public services information, was unveiled today during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open government.”  open.ny.gov is now up and running and filled with a lot of data, most of not really helpful in learning about the state of our environment.  This data site is a good start, but it could use some more datasets focused on information we need to monitor the health of our New York State environment—especially as Climate Change affects our state. Consider giving open.ny.gov suggestions on new datasets, like Brownfield sites that need cleaning up, what kind of toxins are still the in Genesee River, where are all the landfills, what routes to hazardous materials take through our state, in what areas are folks getting cancer and what kind of cancers, and a lot more.  Give Feedback to open.ny.gov!
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    • Chance to volunteer and help largest wetland in Northeast. "Montezuma Audubon Center Seeks Volunteers   Savannah, NY - September 20 - The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC), located at 2295 State Route 89 in Savannah, is seeking volunteers to strengthen the current staff’s ability to fulfill Audubon’s mission in conservation.  The MAC is dedicated toward providing opportunities for youth, families, and communities to connect to conservation and enhance the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as an Important Bird Area. We are looking for volunteers interested in routinely supporting day to day needs as an information desk receptionist, animal caretaker for our live reptiles and amphibians, and office supporter to help with clerical tasks. Please call Chris Lajewski at 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org for more information or to sign up today! "
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    • New website by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to demand clean energy and do away with dirty energy to prevent more Climate Change. "Tell President Obama to reject the climate-destroying, Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and lead the way to a clean energy future instead. " DemandCleanPower.org
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    • Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change?  Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby.  Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group." The contact information for the local Rochester group: nyrochester@citizensclimatelobby.org We meet monthly, and people can contact us for more info on getting involved!
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    • Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post

 

 

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  • 7/01/2016 - Also, because the mosquitoes that carry the Zika Virus will fare better during Climate Change in NYS so with the Zika Virus. Read the NYT story: “In Zika Epidemic, a Warning on Climate Change” Our New York State public health department is sadly dropping the ball on informing the public on the need to prepare and adapt Climate Change. State Identifies 324 Cases Of The Zika Virus New York's Health Department says it has identified 324 cases of Zika, all associated with travel to areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit it. The department says Thursday it has found no cases so far from mosquito bites in the state. It has reported 22 pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection may cause birth defects. (July 1, 2016) WXXI News

  • 7/01/2016 - Plan for bald eagles complete in NYS, except we haven’t a clue how these majestic birds will fare during Climate Change. We never talk about how our NYS Wildlife is going to handle Climate Change, that is, how Wildlife will survive a very rapid warming that will affect their prey, their homes, and their future. We are so not paying attention to Wildlife and Climate Change, even though man studies reveal that they are in deep do do. New York State Conservation Plan for bald eagles complete (June 30, 2016) June 30, 2016) WHEC Rochester [more on Wildlife and Climate Change in our area]

  • 7/01/2016 - Some valuable citizen science programs on addressing Invasive Species from the Seneca Park Zoo Society for week of July 11-15th  Join us at the Zoo and in our local parks for hands-on invasive species citizen science programs. Come and experience guided hikes through Lower Seneca Park, where you will learn how to identify invasive and native species. If you’re looking to get even more hands-on, come to our invasive species pulls, where Zoo and Fingerlakes PRISM staff will work along the Genesee in boats and on the shore, pulling the invasive Water Chestnut. Become even more involved in citizen science with IMAP training, meeting representatives of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and learning about their invasive removal programs. Activities: Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Invasive species (Water Chestnut) pull with PRISM.  Guests can gather to remove invasive species.  Dress to get wet and messy!  We also encourage you to bring your own boat or canoe if you have one. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Nature Hike through lower Seneca Park. Staff will give guests naturalist information, nature journaling information, and identify the invasive species in the park, along with their effect on native species. Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. US Fish and Wildlife Services will be on grounds educating guests about invasive fish and aquatic plants. Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  iMapInvasives training with PRISM and a guided hike. Register on the Seneca Park Zoo website by 12 p.m. on July 8" [more on Invasive Species in our area]

  • 7/01/2016 - What does it mean about our ability to feed the world today if the result is no tomorrow? The greenhouse gas footprints of the world’s largest food commodities—rice, soy beans, corn, wheat and palm oil--must be brought down as we strive to push production up in an increasingly hungry world. Former projections about whether humanity could feed itself as its populations grew should have included the effects of producing so much food on our environment –especially on warming our planet. 5 Food Commodities Produce More GHGs than Any Country Apart from China, U.S. New research commissioned by Oxfam shows that rice, soy beans, corn, wheat and palm oil together lead to more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than any country’s individual footprint, with the exception of emissions giants China and the United States. The organization asserts that without making drastic emissions cuts to these five food commodities’ supply chains, the Paris Agreement’s goals to reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will not be met. (June 27, 2016) Sustainable Brands

  • 6/30/2016 - As temperatures get warmer with Climate Change there will be more Air Quality Health and Ozone Advisories. This is an alert from the DEC yesterday “Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for New York State Ozone Advisory in Effect for Long Island Region” (I know, it’s not Rochester but you should still care.) Here’s what the DEC says about the health effects of ground-level ozone “People, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening). When outdoor levels of ozone are elevated, going indoors will usually reduce your exposure. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.” What I suspect many people are hearing is that only young people or old or those with asthma should limit their vigorous outdoor work and exercise. But that’s not what the DEC is saying; they are saying that all people should take these advisories seriously—especially the young people, etc. Climate Change is going to limit the ability of workers and athletes to function outdoors more frequently. No matter how freaking tough you think you are.   

  • 6/30/2016 - What if the credit rating industries  used the Paris Agreement as a guide for future credit assessments? Investors need to operate in a somewhat predictable world where they are assured that every country is doing its best to achieve a sustainable existence. The less a country does to prepare for Climate Change the less likely investors will look on it favorably.  Even the economic world is changing because of Climate Change. Moody’s calls for rapid Paris climate deal approval Credit giant says speedy ratification will calm markets, pledges to use UN climate pact as benchmark for rating companies Moody’s has called on countries to accelerate work towards ratifying the Paris climate deal, as it will lower the risks of a damaging transition from fossil fuels.1 On Tuesday, the leading credit rating agency said it will now use the raft of commitments delivered by nearly 190 governments last December’s UN pact to guide future credit assessments. (June 28, 2016) Climate Home

  • 6/29/2016 - It’s getting down to the wire, “universal support” (everyone, 100%) including businesses to fulfill their Paris Agreement promises. Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit “Universal support” is needed from businesses across the world to tackle global warming, the United Nations climate chief says. Business leaders and politicians are meeting in London to discuss how to implement the first comprehensive climate agreement, secured at UN talks in Paris in December, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid dangerous temperature rises. (June 28, 2016) The Guardian

  • 6/29/2016 - Monitoring wildlife’s response to global warming is critical to protecting them during Climate Change. You can be a part of that with Audubon’s Climate Watch Pilot Program. Here’s Your First Look at Audubon’s New Birds and Climate Project Climate Watch is getting volunteers across the country to admire bluebirds (for science). Bluebirds and lots of other species are on the move because of climate change, and Audubon volunteers and scientists are on the case to find out where and how fast. Earlier this year, the National Audubon Society launched a new citizen science project across 10 states, partnering with 19 Audubon chapters and one center to track how North American bluebirds are responding to global warming. The pilot project, Climate Watch, asks volunteers to visit 10-kilometer squares in their locale to count Mountain, Western, and Eastern Bluebirds and submit their data through eBird. The surveys take place in January and June, allowing participants to sample both the birds’ wintering and breeding seasons. (June 22, 2016) Audubon

  • 6/28/2016 - Climate Change should not be made funny. But then again, if it communicates the urgency and threat of this crisis…   CLIMATE CHANGE EXPLAINED IN 10 CARTOONS “Do I need to draw you a picture?”   If you’ve ever attempted to skim the latest 30-page scientific study from Nature Climate Change, or tried to go shot-for-shot with a climate change denier on Twitter, you’ve probably asked this question with at least some frustration in your voice. The fact of the matter is, showing a visualization can be very useful in understanding a subject – or even convincing someone of your point of view. With that in mind, we gathered some of the best cartoons to explain the climate crisis – and how we can solve it. (June 16, 2016) Climate Reality Project

  • 6/28/2016 - Important to remember, as this article does, that Climate Change must factor into any discussion about stopping harmful algae blooms in our Finger Lakes. Farmers helping to limit algae in Great Lakes Summers along the Great Lakes include fishing, boating -- and dangerous algae blooms that can shut down beaches. These blooms are caused by excess phosphorous, a lot of which comes from farms. Now some of the region's farmers are testing agricultural practices that could reduce harmful runoff. (June 28, 2016) WXXI News

  • 6/28/2016 - Trying to get humanity to do the right thing on Climate Change, not batshit crazy stuff, must be frustrating for climate scientists. If you knew, as 97% of climate scientists do, that our planet is warming quickly, perhaps beyond our capabilities of adapting to it, and every time you pulled away from the studies and mounting research that solidified the case of Climate Change and tried to message the urgency of this crisis to the world at large and every time to you did you got dismissed by the media and the public and their politicians, it must seem very surreal.  Like trying to explain to someone very stubborn that every time they try and throw an anvil into the air it’s going to come right back down immediately—not disappear magically down the street into a hardware shop. Scientists Plead With Australia To Get Off Coal To Save The Great Barrier Reef Coral reefs around the world are in a dire predicament, as warmer-than-usual waters are causing widespread bleaching and death among these crucial marine organisms. Now, more than 2,500 marine scientists and policy experts are urging the Australian government to protect the world’s largest and most well-known coral ecosystem: the Great Barrier Reef. “Coral reefs … are threatened with complete collapse under rapid climate change,” the scientists, who last week attended the International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii, write in their letter to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “Fifty percent of coral reefs have already been destroyed by a combination of local and global factors. Additional serious degradation will occur over the next two decades as temperatures continue to rise.” The scientists also offer up a way to protect the Great Barrier Reef from future climate change: Get off coal. (June 27, 2016) Think Progress/Climate Progress

  • 6/28/2016 - This simple sentence should give you pause then next time you dismiss Climate Change: “Ocean circulation is critical to the climate system because it distributes heat and helps store carbon dioxide in the deep ocean.” Our human induced Climate Change is messing with a profoundly complex system. And ignorance of the way climate works will be no excuse for the consequences of our meddling. The smart thing to do would be to get temperatures back where they were before we sent them through the roof. Wind-blown Antarctic sea ice helps drive ocean circulation Antarctic sea ice is constantly on the move as powerful winds blow it away from the coast and out toward the open ocean. A new study shows how that ice migration may be more important for the global ocean circulation than anyone realized. A team of scientists used a computer model to synthesize millions of ocean and ice observations collected over six years near Antarctica, and estimated, for the first time, the influence of sea ice, glacier ice, precipitation and heating on ocean overturning circulation. Overturning circulation brings deep water and nutrients up to the surface, carries surface water down, and distributes heat and helps store carbon dioxide as it flows through the world's oceans, making it an important force in the global climate system. The scientists found that freshwater played the most powerful role in changing water density, which drives circulation, and that melting of wind-blown sea ice contributed 10 times more freshwater than melting of land-based glaciers did. (June 27, 2016) PHYS.org

  • 6/28/2016 - The trend towards privatizing emergency services because public services go broke does not bode well for Climate Change adaptation. What will happened when private services go belly up during extreme weather events (flooding, heatwaves, and public health crises)? The answer to providing public services, including emergency services, is not to go private (which tend to focus on making money, not the public good). The answer is to find a way to make public services work by the public by prioritizing these fundamental services a government provides. Educate the public on Climate Change and plan for the future where there will be much disruption. However you view private verse public services, at the end of the day, in great emergencies, which are coming with Climate Change, it will be your government who will have to address these emergencies. Private services can walk away. When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers Today, people interact with private equity when they dial 911, pay their mortgage, play a round of golf or turn on the kitchen tap for a glass of water. Private equity put a unique stamp on these businesses. Unlike other for-profit companies, which often have years of experience making a product or offering a service, private equity is primarily skilled in making money. And in many of these businesses, The Times found, private equity firms applied a sophisticated moneymaking playbook: a mix of cost cuts, price increases, lobbying and litigation. (June 25, 2016) New York Times

  • 6/27/2016 - When we find ourselves unprepared for the threats Climate Change poses remember those whose powerful denial ideologies dismissed our concerns. Why the GOP is trying to stop the Pentagon's climate plan The Defense Department, long in the vanguard in dealing with climate change, may see its latest plan defunded. In Washington, big agencies rarely get high marks for innovation and foresight. But when it comes to coping with climate change, the largest federal agency—the Pentagon—has taken a spot in the vanguard. As far as back as the George W. Bush administration, the Defense Department was warning that global warming posed a threat to U.S. national security, and that the military needed to be preparing accordingly. This year it went further, laying out a new game plan that assigns specific top officials the jobs of figuring out how climate change should shape everything from weapons acquisition to personnel training. Last week, however, House Republicans voted to block it. By a 216-205 vote Thursday, the House passed an amendment prohibiting the department from spending money to put its new plan into effect. (June 23, 2016) Politico

  • 6/27/2016 - From our friends over at THE PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE PACHAMAMA OF GREATER ROCHESTER July 2016 Newsletter "Building a critical mass of committed global citizens… to create a human presence on the planet that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just.”

  • 6/26/2016 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter June 26, 2016 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free.  Click Subscribe

  • 6/25/2016 - Stay cool in Rochester, NY with Cool Sweep as we heat up …, for a while anyways, then we’ll need more robust measures. Mayor Warren announces Cool Sweep program On Friday Mayor Lovely Warren announced this year’s Cool Sweep program, the season of which will begin Monday and go until August 27, according to the City of Rochester. The City of Rochester says that Cool Sweep operations take place when temperatures are expected to get up to, at least, 85 degrees. During these operations there are cooling sprays at fire hydrants, as well as extended hours at places such as Durand Eastman Beach, and City spray parks and pools. (June 24, 2016) WHEC Rochester

  • 6/25/2016 - The June edition of the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s newsletter (the Ecologue) has been published. Lots of local environmental news and more…

  • 6/25/2016 - A lot organizations, including your government, are taking Climate Change seriously and providing lots of specific information for everyone on how to adapt. U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit "In response to the President’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order to help the nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts, U.S. federal government agencies, led by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality, gathered resources that can help people take action to build their climate resilience. The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier downpours, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, and floods, and sea level rise—are affecting communities, businesses, and natural resources across the nation. "

  • 6/25/2016 - Local news connects the dots between more outbreaks of blue-green algae and Climate Change in our Finger Lakes. “Outbreaks of blue-green algae are become more and more common, with warming temperatures and other aspects of climate change partially to blame.” Last year Seneca Lake had its first official case of blue-green algae. Canandaigua Lake continues to be plagued by toxic algae. And the shallow Honeoye Lake usually has a blue-green algae problem. Climate Change is changing our Finger Lakes and this needs to be on our list of present consequences of this crisis so we can plan properly. Health advisory issued for blue-green algae in Conesus Lake Conesus Lake has the dubious distinction of sporting the first confirmed outbreak of blue-green algae in the Rochester region this summer, prompting the Livingston County Department of Health to issue an advisory. Thirteen lakes now appear on the DEC's harmful algal bloom alert page. Among them is the Avon Marsh Dam Pond, also in Livingston County, where there is a suspicious but unconfirmed bloom of something nasty-looking. (June 24, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 6/24/2016 - New Initiative by DEC and DOH to allow pharmacies to take back unwanted drugs could have huge impact on water quality. OK, many know that’s it’s now insane to flush unwanted drugs down the toilet because our waste water treatment plants cannot filter out these drugs so these drugs go back out into our drinking water. Clearly, that’s mad. So, what do you do with unwanted drugs besides wait for a legal (must have security measures) unwanted drugs event or take them to your local police station to drop them off.? One of the best solutions would be for pharmacies to be able to accept unwanted drugs because they know drugs and pharmacies are everywhere. (Ok, there’re not ‘everywhere’, but there are probably several close to where you live.) This should be happening so our waters are free of unwanted pharmaceuticals. DEC and DOH Announce Initiative to Improve New Yorkers Ability to Dispose of Unwanted Medication New Yorkers now have more options to safely dispose unused, unwanted, and expired drugs, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker announced today. Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation that will facilitate drug collection efforts by now allowing pharmacies to take back unwanted drugs. "Many New Yorkers want to properly dispose of their unwanted drugs, but collection events and locations were not always convenient," Commissioner Seggos said. "Now that pharmacies are allowed to be a collection point, people can take their medicine to the same location where they get their prescriptions filled, which helps keep them out of our waterways. The state encourages everyone to properly dispose of their unwanted medications." (June 23, 2016) New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • 6/24/2016 - Threats to food production in places like Africa because of Climate Change means regions like US Northeast, which has great soil and water, must prepare. We must prepare to keep our soil and water free from contamination and we must prepare for an increase in agriculture to help feed the world. More knowledge about how Climate Change is impacting the world and vital systems like food production can help our region prepare for what’s coming. Race is on to feed warming world Scientists warn that plant breeders will need to accelerate development schedules if they are to ensure the ever-growing population can be fed as global temperatures rise. It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly warming world suggest that the answers may lie not just in future weather but in today’s soils. (June 22, 2016) Climate News Network

  • 6/24/2016 - Climate Change causes some diseases and perhaps that knowledge can help us predict disease outbreaks. Climate Change is going to have a profound effect on public health but if we plan properly in a warmer world we can prepare so that the consequences are not as bad. Denying Climate Change is blinding ourselves to solutions. Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases Model can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, such as Ebola and Zika, based on changes in climate British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases - those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans - based on changes in climate. Describing their model as "a major improvement in our understanding of the spread of diseases from animals to people", the researchers said it could help governments prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks, and to factor in their risk when making policies that might affect the environment. (June 12, 2016) Reuters

  • 6/23/2016 - As Climate Change presses on, Water, clean potable water for all, is crucial. Continual testing of our water must happen. Many areas of our country and the world are already experiencing water shortages vital to life because of Climate Change. We in the Northeast have plenty of water and we also have a long history of discharging waste, including industrial waste, into our precious waters.  We need a major attitude change towards our water where we continually monitor our water and make sure every source of contamination is removed from this vital substance. When you cannot drink the water, your life changes. But not in a good way. New York searches statewide for industrial chemical in water New York environmental regulators are looking statewide for potential sites of groundwater contamination from a cancer-causing industrial chemical previously used to make Teflon and other non-stick, stain-resistant and water-repellant products. The Department of Environmental Conservation sent formal surveys last week to more than 150 facilities that may have manufactured or used PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, Peter Walke, the agency’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press in a recent interview. Surveys also were sent to fire departments, airports and major storage facilities that may have used the related chemical PFOS, a component of firefighting foam. (June 22, 2015) The Post Star

  • 6/23/2016 - Discovering Blue-green algae blooms on the shallow Finger Lake’s Conesus Lake so soon is all over local media, but not the Climate Change connection. The predictions of the EPA (and DEC for that matter)  is that there will be more of these toxic algae bloom sooner and more often in our local waters because of Climate Change. In order for the public to understand why this is occurring so frequently and how Climate Change is really affecting us our media needs to get on the stick. Read:  Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms Climate change is predicted to change many environmental conditions that could affect the natural properties of fresh and marine waters both in the US and worldwide. Changes in these factors could favor the growth of harmful algal blooms and habitat changes such that marine HABs can invade and occur in freshwater. An increase in the occurrence and intensity of harmful algal blooms may negatively impact the environment, human health, and the economy for communities across the US and around the world. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide climate change researchers and decision–makers a summary of the potential impacts of climate change on harmful algal blooms in freshwater and marine ecosystems. Although much of the evidence presented in this fact sheet suggests that the problem of harmful algal blooms may worsen under future climate scenarios, further research is needed to better understand the association between climate change and harmful algae. May 2013 US Environmental Protection Agency | Blue-green algae blooms found on Conesus Lake Blue-green algae has been found in the southeast area of Conesus Lake, according to the Livingston County Department of Health. (June 22, 2016) WHAM Rochester

  • 6/23/2016 - Climate Change means more heat and you’re thinking you can just tough it out. Think again. Humans, even the toughest of us can only handle so much heat then our natural cooling system shuts down.  We need to prepare for a world where oftentimes it will be too hot for us to do what we want and need to do outside. Dangerous Heat Wave to Grip the US: Top 10 Lessons to Survive Extreme Heat The US National Weather Service heat index forecast for June 18, 2016 looks scary.  It indicates a dangerous situation that everyone who lives in the red areas in the map below should take steps to prepare for. I am not kidding. Extreme heat can be life threatening if not taken seriously. (June 15, 2016) Union of Concerned Scientists

  • 6/23/2016 - We’re going to have to be energy smart about our future. How we use energy is both a moral and existential feature of Climate Change. The more we know about Energy the better chance we have. Ten interesting things about energy Always turn off lights when you leave the room, unless you have CFLs To save energy, you should always turn off unneeded incandescent and halogen lights, since they're the most inefficient bulbs. Only 10 percent of the energy they use goes toward light; the other 90 percent just generates heat. But if you have CFLs, turning them on and off too many times shortens their lifespans. Turn them off if you'll be gone for 15 minutes of more. If you'll be right back, you can leave them on. (June 17, 2016) NASA Global Science Change

  • 6/22/2016 - Let’s try something totally different: Let’s focus on the value of starting up bike sharing in Rochester instead of the price. Let’s, instead of obsessing on the cost, which is what it takes to start up this kind of service in a small city like Rochester, obsess about the advantages of bike rentals as a real transportation option in Rochester that will help your health and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The more people who walk and bike and rent bikes, instead of gas guzzles, the safer bicycling in Rochester get, the more healthier and friendlier our populations gets, the lower the price will be for bike rentals, and the more effect (27% of greenhouse gas emission come from Transportation) Rochesterians  will have on addressing Climate Change. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. If you want a city that is bicycle friendly and easy use, you’re going to have to prioritize your values. Someone has to pay to wrestle active transportation (walking and bicycling) back into our transportation system so we can live sustainably. Would you rent a bicycle in Rochester for $11 an hour? Kudos to the arrival of a bike hire station in downtown Rochester. ► Bike rentals come to downtown Cycling along the Genesee River sounds like a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer afternoon, right? But the price tag. Oh. My. (June 21, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

  • 6/22/2016 - Cities are part of the problem and definitely part of the Climate Change solution. Cities are where we must live sustainably on a warmer planet. Our new alliance unites 600m city dwellers in fight against climate change Cities are huge carbon emitters but are ideally placed to tackle climate change. Michael Bloomberg on how the Global Covenant can give them the tools to do so When it comes to confronting climate change, the world’s cities are proving that there’s strength in unity. The historic climate agreement reached in Paris in December, which was approved by nearly all of the world’s nations, was made possible in part by the progress that cities have made by working together. Today, the two biggest coalitions of cities in the world – the EU-based Covenant of Mayors and the UN-backed Compact of Mayors – are forming an alliance to link more than 600 million city dwellers in the fight against climate change. (June 22, 2016) The Guardian

  • 6/22/2016 - Of course, you really start to notice the problem of transporting dangerous crude oil by rail when they explode nearby. Increasing the transport of volatile oil via Bomb Trains is a fossil fuel infrastructure that is unsustainable and dangerous. Many communities, including Rochester, are threaten by this vast increase in crude oil transport on a system of cars and rails not designed for this crazy scheme. Protesters Arrested for Blocking Railroad in Call for Oil-by-Rail Moratorium Arrests come as Oregon's governor and others urge the Obama administration to ban oil trains in that state after a fiery crash in the Columbia River gorge. Twenty-one activists were arrested in Vancouver, Wash. on Saturday in a protest calling for a permanent moratorium on shipping oil by rail in Oregon and Washington, to protect people and the environment. Approximately 100 protesters took part in the event, blocking trains along the Columbia River gorge. The protest followed the derailment of an oil train in the gorge on June 3 that erupted in flames, spilled 42,000 gallons of crude oil and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. The crash came three years after a derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people in July 2013. (June 21, 2016) Inside Climate News

  • 6/21/2016 - If you like growing produce and eating them (and who doesn’t?), then you should know the Climate Change connection on extreme, unpredictable weather with agriculture. Climate Change cannot be ignored and we have to plan for it on a massive scale. Alumni learn about effects of extreme weather on farming Thor Oechsner ’87 spent years cultivating a rich layer of topsoil essential to growing lush fields of organic wheat, rye and buckwheat. But it took just a few minutes for those years of hard work to be washed away when more than 5 inches of rain fell on his Newfield, New York, farm last summer. Extreme weather events like the one experienced at Oechsner Farms are becoming more frequent and devastating, warnedToby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  (June 17, 2016) Cornell Chronicle

  • 6/21/2016 - What are phragmites and why you should care about this Great Lakes invasive species? Mayors tackle scourge of the Great Lakes wetlands A new satellite-aided model shows that phragmites — invasive, feather-topped reeds twice the height of a basketball net — are forecast to spread exponentially across the Great Lakes. And officials say they’re barely able to manage existing stands of it, much less control its spread. “When I go into coastal wetlands and they’re infested with phragmites, it’s absolutely astonishing. We’re losing our wetlands because of them,” said Janice Gilbert, a wetland ecologist and a founder of the Ontario Phragmites Working Group. An analysis using NASA satellite mapping shows vast swaths of urban and rural land overtaken by phragmites by 2020. (June 17, 2016) IFP.com

  • 6/21/2016 - Incredible video shows humanity’s move to cities over the millennia. Cities, where most of humanity will soon be, will factor large in addressing Climate Change. Each city around the world impacts our environment in similar ways—bringing in water, taking out waste, providing infrastructure, setting codes, enforcing laws—acting like huge beings whose behavior towards our life support system matters a lot. Each city should have a strong Climate Action Plan that coordinates with other cities on how to address planetary Climate Change. Watch 6,000 years of people moving to cities Humans have been building and living in cities for thousands of years. But only very recently — in the past few years — did the scales tip to more of us choosing to settle in cities than in rural areas. According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world's population now lives in urban areas. That figure was 30 percent in 1950 and is expected to rise to 66 percent by 2050. In the video below, you can watch the stunning rise of human cities, from their humble origin in the Fertile Crescent in the year 3700 BC to the boom of the past century. (June 19, 2016) VOX

  • 6/21/2016 - Cities, like Rochester NY, are critical to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and addressing Climate Change. Consider filing out the survey on Rochester’s Climate Action Plan and give the City important feedback: CLIMATE ACTION PLAN | Hundreds of Cities Commit to Emissions Limits Cities today host more than half of the Earth’s human beings and account for about 70 percent of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Now, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action, setting greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these cities, with a combined population of 439 million people, could ensure that countries meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), the national greenhouse gas reduction pledges embodied in the Paris Climate Agreement. At the UN’s annual climate conference in December 2015 in Paris, 195 countries adopted the world’s first universal, legally binding global climate deal. (June 9, 2016) Environmental News Service

  • 6/20/2016 - Our national parks are being ravished by Climate Change, not to mention the threats to public health, our infrastructures, and just about everything else. Obama at Yosemite attacks 'lip service' to natural beauty amid climate inaction Barack Obama warned on Saturday that climate change could ravage many of America’s vaunted national parks, criticizing political opponents who “pay lip service” to areas of natural beauty while opposing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During a visit to Yosemite national park, Obama said climate change was “no longer a threat, it’s a reality”. The first sitting president to visit Yosemite since John F Kennedy in 1962 said the famed glacial valley was already experiencing changes due to rising temperatures. (June 18, 2016) The Guardian

  • 6/20/2016 - Remember: Where there’s wildfires there is smoke far beyond the fires themselves and Climate Change isn’t helping matters. Only you and everyone else can prevent Climate Change. Everything You Need to Know About Wildfires in One Map Summer's heat is settling in early in parts of the West, and is forecast to arrive in earnest this weekend. With sweltering days ahead, the rising specter of wildfires isn’t far behind. To get the big-picture, we’ve created a brand new wildfire tracker that shows where every wildfire is burning with a side of climate. Hover over a red circle to see how much area has been burned. Click on it, and you’ll get more climate context and the number of people at risk. No wildfire happens in a vacuum anymore. Large wildfires — those greater than 1,000 acres — have doubled since 1970 due in part to a warming climate. And with more people living in harm’s way, that’s raising the risk of losing life and property (a risk that became reality in California last year with the Valley and Butte fires). (June 15, 2015) Climate Central [more on Climate Change in our area]

  • 6/20/2016 - It's hot. Climate Change? Public health threat. Wildfires. Too alarmist? Not alarmist enough? Time passes. Deadly heat wave hits southwest U.S. A lethal, record-setting heat wave has hit the southwestern United States. So far four people have been killed in Arizona. At least three large wildfires are burning in the region, covering an area larger than Paris. And over 30 million people are under heat warnings or advisories. It's the hottest start to summer ever in three states -- California, New Mexico and Arizona -- according to CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri. (June 20, 2016) CNN

  • 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.

  • 6/18/2015 - It is quite likely that whether we argue for a 1.5C or a 2C world is moot because at our present trajectory we’re going to blast by both thresholds. We are deluding ourselves if we are doing anything   full court press on addressing Climate Change. What Would a Global Warming  Increase of 1.5 Degrees Be Like? The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target? How ambitious is the world? The Paris climate conference last December astounded many by pledging not just to keep warming “well below two degrees Celsius,” but also to "pursue efforts" to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C. That raised a hugely important question: What's the difference between a two-degree world and a 1.5-degree world? (June 16, 2016) Yale: Environment 360

  • 6/18/2016 - Climate scientists are becoming more sure that the consequences of Climate Change are upon us and our situation is more dire.  Our fate may well be determined on our ability to make their warnings our top priority. Time passes. Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn Unprecedented temperature levels mean more heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes as experts say global warming is here and affecting us now May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records according to figures published this week that are the latest in 2016’s string of incredible climate records which scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency. The series of smashed global records, particularly the extraordinary heat in February and March, has provoked a stunned reaction from climate scientists, who are warning that climate change has reached unprecedented levels and is no longer only a threat for the future. (June 17, 2016) The Guardian

  • 6/17/2016 - The trouble with aging nuclear power plants is that they are always near the brink, timing is always tight, and there’s no room for error. Why cannot we have renewable energy options to power our future where we the people are in control of our future instead of the continual threat of nuclear power’s threats and demands?  Another Oswego County nuke threatens to close: Nine Mile 1 on the brink The owner of the Nine Mile 1 nuclear reactor told state officials Tuesday the plant is likely to close if new "clean energy" subsidies are not in place by September. Plant owner Exelon Corp. notified the state Public Service Commission in a letter that it will not undertake the $55 million cost of refueling the plant in March 2017 without a contract in place guaranteeing extra payments the plant needs to stop losing money. (June 15, 2016) Syracuse News

  • 6/17/2016 - Some people are really, really effective in communicating the moral imperative of addressing Climate Change.  “The world is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si”, and much of those celebrations are focused on taking climate action.” World celebrates Pope’s words as faith groups shift into action The world is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si”, and much of those celebrations are focused on taking climate action. In Australia Thursday, four Catholic orders shifted their investments away from coal, oil and gas companies in the first ever joint Catholic divestment announcement. The moral case against fossil fuels has powered countless actions around the world, including the Interfaith Climate Statement, the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, and the Hindu Declaration on Climate Change this year. (June 17, 2016) tcktcktck

  • 6/16/2016 - After the fossil fuel industry has had their way with our life support system, will they clean up their mess or just walk away? You don’t leave behind a scarred and damaged environment if and when you remove renewable energy infrastructure.  Regulators Fear $1 Billion Coal Cleanup Bill Regulators are wrangling with bankrupt coal companies to set aside enough money to clean up Appalachia’s polluted rivers and mountains so that taxpayers are not stuck with the $1 billion bill. The regulators worry that coal companies will use the bankruptcy courts to pay off their debts to banks and hedge funds, while leaving behind some of their environmental cleanup obligations. The industry asserts that its cleanup plans — which include turning defunct mines back into countryside — are comprehensive and well funded. But some officials say those plans could prove unrealistic and falter as demand for coal remains weak. (June 6, 2016) New York Times

  • 6/15/2016 - Thinking of Green Businesses, businesses and industries and institutions, that want to do the right thing for our environment like composting for example: At a recent conference someone talked about a composting program that his institution started that runs the risk of not being able to make it financially doable for very long if there are no economic mechanisms or incentives in place to do so.  They’ll have to abandon the program if its bringing them down.  I think this is a good reminded that many of the changes we need to make to address Climate Change and live more sustainable are going to have figure in the economic externalities so that businesses and individuals can do the right thing without risking their survival. Take composting: It is definitely the right thing to do for a large institution to compost all of its food waste. But so doing can be a financial burden if the institution is using up too many financial and human resources to make this work. As budgets become tight, composting programs will be abandoned. So it’s important that our local governments put a legal structure or maybe a composting program in place so that businesses and institution that want to compost can do so a part of much larger program that can help distribute the burdens for those wanting to do the right thing. If we made the tipping fees (charges for dumping trash into a landfill), for example, very high for dumping food and waste into our landfills there would be a great incentive to do otherwise. Recycling, reducing, reusing and composting would flourish. We have long kept the externalities of environmental degradation out of our economics and we need to put it in so we can live sustainably, so doing the right thing pays. A carbon fee would be the right financial incentive for using fossil fuels, which are warming and polluting our planet, less desirable and renewable energy more desirable.  Time passes.