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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.
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
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My hope is that you will read these stories and connect them to the world we now live in, one that is warming because of Climate Change. Then pass these stories to those you are connected to and have them spread the word. Mainstream media is either unwilling or incapable of reporting responsibly and adequately on a world that is warming, which is why many still don’t understand the vast changes we must make to adapt and mitigate Climate Change.
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by Frank J. Regan
“Photo by Frank J. Regan: Alas, it was a very warm spring last year with little rainfall and many folks probably thought it too soon to worry. This year is different."
Home, the movie by artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, is quite an amazing film about our home, Earth: how we have radically compromised its health in a very short time, and how we have to fix it quickly as our planet warms from Climate Change. You can watch the entire film at no charge on YouTube (as a gift to the public) here, though I recommend getting a hold of the Blu-ray version because the photography and music are incredible. I mention Home to open this essay on waste, sewage, and Climate Change in our region because it provides the proper perspective (“HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage.”) from which we must now view our local environmental issues. There are no environmental borders that our planet understands.
Last year I wrote “Water, sewage, and Climate Change in the Rochester, NY region” to make the case that, according to various Climate Change studies, frequent heavy rainfalls in our Rochester, NY region should be high on our priority list. My thesis was, and is, that combined sewer systems, which dominate the urban Northeast, are going to be increasingly overwhelmed by frequent heavy rains, thus spewing raw sewage into the waters where we drink and fish. Alas, it was a very warm spring last year with little rainfall and many folks probably thought it too soon to worry. This year is different. Flooding due to heavy rainfall has inundated local news: Look here, here, and here, just in case you haven’t been outside traipsing through the mud in the last month.
But despite all the high-water stories that our local news loves to march out during flooding events, none of them attempt to connect the dots to Climate Change. Here are a few major Climate studies that do connect the dots: more...
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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:
- Local Businesses Help Others Go Green Socially Good Business take a different approach to keep the environment in mind. Socially Good Business is the dream of Rochester native Liz Brenna. She started hercareer at Ben and Jerry's in Vermont and then decided to branch out on her own. "While I was there, I noticed how much Ben and Jerrys has really infused their societal and environmental mission into every nook and cranny of the business," she said. She saw there was a need for that kind of expertise. (May 23, 2013) RochesterHomePage.net [more on Green Business in our area]
- General Motors First Automaker to Sign Climate Declaration General Motors is the first automaker among 40 U.S. corporations to sign a new climate declaration, asserting that responding to climate change is good business. The campaign is organized by the sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, coalition. Originally launched in April 2013 with the endorsement of 33 corporations, the Climate Declaration has now been signed by 40 businesses that in total provide some 550,000 U.S. jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of roughly US$611 billion. GM’s participation was announced Wednesday in San Francisco at the Ceres annual conference. GM has worked with Ceres for more than 20 years to refine its sustainability strategies and performance. (May 2, 2013) Environmental News Service [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
- Climate fight needs businesses to sway consumers, says Method pioneer Governments are not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges, says the co-founder of the green brand Stopping climate change and biodiversity loss will not happen without business and marketing professionals, says the co-founder of a pioneering US green cleaning brand that was bought by Ecover last year. Eric Ryan, who launched Method with Adam Lowry 12 years ago before selling it to create a group with combined revenues of $200m (£131m) and around 300 staff, told the Guardian that governments were still not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges because of vested interests. (April 19, 2013) The Guardian [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
- U.S. Business Leaders Urge Strong Policy Action on Climate Change Starbucks, Intel, Levi Strauss & Co., others sign ”Climate Declaration,” highlighting the American economic opportunity of responding to climate change As the President unveils his budget for the coming year, 33 major U.S. companies, including eBay Inc., Nike and Limited Brands signed a “Climate Declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold response to the climate challenge is one of the greatest American economic opportunities of the 21st century. Signatories of the Climate Declaration are among the country’s best-known consumer brands, including EMC Corporation, IKEA, Jones Lang LaSalle, L’Oréal, the North Face, the Portland Trail Blazers, Timberland and Unilever, among others. (A full list of signatories is available at www.climatedeclaration.us.) Over the course of an ongoing campaign organized by Ceres and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy) coalition, other leading businesses, as well as individuals, will be encouraged to sign the Declaration and join the call to action. (April 10, 2013) CERES [more on Climate Change and Green Business in our area]
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. Some are annoying and critical. Some are cute and a burden.
- 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. 11. Encourage all your news sources to have an environmental section daily and help move environmental investigations and news to mainstream media.
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Here are some events coming up soon & lots more...
- Monday, 6/17/13, noon – 3PM
East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY
- New York Crossroads Rally in Albany Monday, 6/17/13, noon – 3PM East Capitol Lawn, Albany Speakers & Performers: Natalie Merchant, Arun Gandhi, Sandra Steingraber, Lois Gibbs, & others TBA! Join the march to say NO to fracking and YES to renewable energy! NY stands at a crossroads. This is our moment to decide the course of history. Click here to reserve your seat on the Buffalo-Rochester-Albany bus. Albany directions
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:30
am-12:30 pm Meet at the north end of the Wegman's
parking lot on Holt Road (off Rt.104) in Webster at 8:30
- Exploring Zurich Bog, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:30 am-12:30 pm Meet at the north end of the Wegman's parking lot on Holt Road (off Rt.104) in Webster at 8:30 am. Learn more about this unique area as you approach it on a boardwalk, crossing a swamp forest and a bog forest. You will walk into an open muskeg formation, thickly carpeted with peat and hair-cap mosses, which give a springy, wet feel to your footing. The walk will also include a loop trail around a drumlin. Wear sturdy waterproof boots and bring insect repellant. Led by Paul Brach, 342-5629 *100th Year Celebration and Pot Luck Dinner, as well as a presentation by John James Audubon (aka Mark Carra) Saturday, June 29, 2013 3-8 pm Burroughs Audubon Nature Club 's Sanctuary, 301 Railroad Mlls Rd., Victor, NY 14564 Help the club celebrate its 100th birthday! Starting at 3 pm, there will be a guided hike, butterfly display, mineral display, water watch event, and refreshments. John James Audubon will be strolling the grounds, as well as making an evening presentation. Bring your table setting and a dish to pass, and stay for dinner. Dessert will be a 100th anniversary cake! For more information, contact Julie Clayton, 249-9489 | Audubon Nature Club* www.bancny.org
- 5 to 9 p.m. on June 20th at
Rochester Museum &
Science Center 657 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14607
- “Go Green with Michael Viggiani” on June 20 will be largest gathering of area businesses with green products and services Sustainable initiatives showcased in expo at Rochester Museum & Science Center; leaders in field exhibiting offerings at Rochester’s first event with zero-landfill-waste ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The act of “going green” has become a buzz phrase in the 21st century, but many leading Rochester organizations are now dedicated large amounts of talent and resources to offer sustainable options to their customers. And they are coming together for the third annual “Go Green with Michael Viggiani” Expo on Thursday evening, June 20 — which will be the largest gathering of Rochester businesses offering green and sustainable products and services. The public is invited to attend the free event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center, to experience the latest in sustainable offerings, from carpeting and roofing to restoration and energy. The museum will run on green energy that day in conjunction with the Go Green event, which will be the first zero-landfill-waste event in Rochester. The Expo will feature more than 20 companies and is being organized by Michael Viggiani, a pioneer in the field of sustainable energy who introduced the first sustainable lighting technology in Rochester in 2008. In the five years since he brought LED technology to Rochester, he has seen technology and product lines for green initiatives grow rapidly as the world is being more aware and aggressive regarding sustainability Pre-registration is required for those wishing to attend the Go Green Expo. Please RSVP by email at email@example.com. (June 4, 2013) GoGreenInternational
- June When: June 20th at 6:00 PM
to 7:30 PM Where: Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield
- Green Drinks June When: June 20th at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Where: Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield Road) Is hosting the last day of Spring! So. Clean out your closets, attics and garages! • E-scrap collection (sponsored by Sunnking) • Textile/clothing collection (sponsored by St. Pauly) • The Garden Center will be open for business, and 10% of any/all sales for the event will go to sponsor our Broccolo Explorer Scout Troop #2059 • Renewable Rochester will be on-site to discuss their newly installed system • Broccolo has purchased a Chevy Volt (come, check it out) • Join us to celebrate the last official day before the summer solstice • Looking forward to seeing you there! Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field and the sustainably minded meet over drinks (alcoholic or non), in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who's doing what and spread the word on what you're doing, find employment leads and make new friends and contacts. Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
- Thursday June 20 from 8:00 AM—11:00 AM | Montezuma
Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146
- Montezuma Birding Van Tour Migrating songbirds, marsh birds, and raptors are back on their breeding grounds and raising their young. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center’s van on Thursday June 20 from 8:00 AM—11:00 AM for an excursion to Montezuma’s backcountry birding hotspots where dozens of breeding birds like sandhill cranes, bald eagles, American bitterns and others can be seen and heard! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and binoculars. Fee: $7.50/child; $12.50/adult, $35/family. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 315-365-3588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY 13146 The Center is Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am- 4 pm. Visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma for more information about our facilities, trails, and events.
- Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7 PM |
The Cinema Theater, 957 Clinton Ave. South, Rochester
- Bring your friends and neighbors to see local filmed and produced Climate Change film: “Comfort Zone” June 24th "If you missed the premiere of our film COMFORT ZONE in February, or if you'd like your friends to have a chance to see it, there's another local screening coming up in June as part of RCTV's 20th Anniversary Film Forum. If we missed you at the premiere, we hope to see you on June 24th! And if you were at the premiere, then please help spread the word! " 20th Anniversary Film Forum and Speaker Series at The Cinema Theater, 957 Clinton Ave. South, Rochester Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7 PM – COMFORT ZONE What kind of problem is climate change? A scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? How do we even begin to think about it? Many films show the shocking impacts of climate change on faraway places and peoples, usually the people and countries that have the least leverage on solving the problem. This feature-length documentary explores the effects of climate change locally in Upstate New York where it's not an obvious threat, where sea level rise isn't a factor, and where people might like it to be a little warmer. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level as three filmmakers set out to answer questions. Co-producers and directors Kate Kressmann-Kehoe, Sean P. Donnelly and Dave Danesh will share their insights on this film and the topic’s local impact. $6 per ticket. To pre-order tickets (they'll also be available at the door, of course):
- Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Noon
EST for a webinar on how local communities are
implementing strategies to prepare for the impacts of
climate change. For more information or to register for
the webinar, please
- How are New York State communities adapting to Climate Change? Join this critical conversation online Tuesday, June 25, 2013. From New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Adapting to Climate Change: Please join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Noon EST for a webinar on how local communities are implementing strategies to prepare for the impacts of climate change. For more information or to register for the webinar, please click here. (Note: This webinar will be hosted through GoToMeeting.) Presenters: Annie Chiodo, Water Plant Manager, Mount Pleasant, TN Scott Doyle, Senior Planner, Tompkins County, NY Madison Quinn, Program Manager, Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County, NY Moderator: Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA This webinar will be the third in the ClimAID webinar series. The series will provide vital information and resources to help communities take action to reduce local impacts of and adapt to climate change. NYSERDA is pleased to offer these webinars at no cost. Recordings and PDFs of the presentations from the first two webinars are posted on the NYSERDA website. The webinars draw heavily from findings in the comprehensive report ClimAID: the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State. Read the whole report or its components at Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) .
- Sunday, June 30th at 7:30PM at
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd. Rochester,
- Very important movie and panel discussion on Climate Change locally. "Do the Math | The Movie" The “Do the Math” documentary is a 42-minute film about the rising of the movement in the United States to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry. You’ll come away inspired to act! Sunday, June 30th at 7:30PM at the First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd. Rochester, NY 14610 Additional Details: See Bill McKibben at this best. Panel discussion follows the movie. Free and open to the public. More Info at 350.org/math
Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:00am until 12:00pm | Meet at
the kiosk behind the pines at the top of the reservoir
road off Highland Avenue.
- Washington Grove Forest Nature Walk and then Coffee and Brunch | Meet at the kiosk behind the pines at the top of the reservoir road off Highland Avenue. Join us and meet some of the staff and volunteers from our Albany-based state-wide Atlantic Chapter! All are invited to enjoy the tranquility and mystery of a beautiful old growth forest at Cobb’s Hill Park in the city of Rochester. Peter Debes, a life-long naturalist will identify some of the giant trees and will share the stories of their long lives — some exceeding 250 years — from telltale scars on their trunks. Peter will explain how he organized, with the support of the Atlantic chapter, City of Rochester, and community volunteers, a project to restore and protect the Grove. Now in its fifth year, many invasive plants have been removed and native species planted. When we’re finished in the Grove, we’ll go to the Corner Bakery in Pittsford, 3300 Monroe Ave., 14618, for some coffee, brunch, and conversation. RSVP appreciated but not required: 585-234-1056.
- Tuesday 9/10 and Wednesday
9/11. The Theater on the Ridge facility at Ridge Road
West near Lake Avenue in Rochester, NY
- FUTURES SUMMIT In 2012, Greentopia, in partnership with the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI), presented its first Innovation Conference. This was a one-day, B2B gathering of speakers who addressed sustainability and green practices. The conference was wildly successful, drawing attention and building support for a larger effort. For 2013, we have expanded to a two-day event called Greentopia | FUTURES SUMMIT with a more contemporary approach to sharing knowledge and practices among people who are working towards building sustainable communities and businesses. While we will have a handful of individual speakers, the bulk of our program will consist of plenary discussion groups and a variety of panels so that we can offer as many viewpoints and share as much experience as possible in two days in a relaxed but dynamic setting. The FUTURES Summit will be held at The Theater on the Ridge facility at Ridge Road West near Lake Avenue in Rochester, Tuesday 9/10 and Wednesday 9/11. Please save this date as we know you will want to be a part of this. Greentopia
- September 2013| 10th -15th |
High Falls, Rochester, NY
- Greentopia Festival "We’re proud to announce and confirm today, that the estimates of Greentopia’s weekend street traffic and attendance at all affiliated events reached new highs of 23,000 people this year. With the resounding successes of Greentopia | FILM, INNOVATION, ECOFEST and MUSIC, along with sanctioned events – WXXI’s Open House, Foodlink’s Festival of Food, Nazareth College’s NAZ GREEN DAY Farmers Market,Sunnking’s Electronics Recycling Drive and The Single Origin Fashion Project at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters – we look forward to seeing that number grow every year. As you read this, we’re already ecstatically brainstorming ideas to make next year’s event even better. Sustainability, a practice that we preach the necessity of, is “the capacity to endure” and, if we’ve proven anything thus far, it’s that Greentopia has the vigor to not only endure but GROW! We’re excited about the outpouring of support we received throughout Greentopia 2012, and can’t wait to explore the possibilities of what we can create next year. Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and sponsors. Thank you to all of our enthusiastic volunteers. And,most of all, thank you Rochester for rallying around us! None of this is possible without ALL of you. "
Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is working for environmental protection and enhanced quality of life in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region through education, collaboration and informed action.
ACTION highlightSign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, (October 9, 2012) over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature.
But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties.
Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
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: Now!
- New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- Sat 6/2/2013 - 4 time slots 6am-6pm - @ Monroe County Community College. Volunteer opportunity. Help make major Rochester event nearly zero waste. Sierra Club's Zero Waste Committee is seeking lots of volunteers for a fun event - ambitious waste minimization at the Tour de Cure bicycle tour with post-event conversion of organic waste to ethanol by Epiphergy. A.S.A.P. please volunteer (slots: 6a-9a, 9a-noon,noon-3p,3p-6p), contact Dave Goldman email@example.com and fill out Tour volunteer form to get a t-shirt.
- ACTION : Due Date Now:
- Join the New York Water Sentinels stream team! Training provided periodically. Sentinels test and document stream quality now, so future effects from gas drilling are more easily identified. Water Sentinels has trained over 100 citizens to use simple scientific methods to evaluate stream quality. With stream information (such as stream depth and conductivity), we can help regulators recognize trends and address problems. For more information: NYWaterSentinels@gmail.com | or FaceBook
ACTION: Due Date:
- We are so going to cook on our planet if we don’t have a media that covers Climate Change. Mainstream media must wake up. TELL NBC, CBS, AND ABC TO GIVE US BETTER COVERAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE! In a year that brought the U.S. record-breaking heat, massive wildfires, a historic drought, and devastating storms like Hurricane Sandy, the nightly news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC barely talked about what was fueling this extreme weather -- climate change. We need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution. Please sign our petition below to Michael Corn, Executive Producer of ABC World News, Patricia Shevlin, Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, and Patrick Burkey, Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News, asking them to give us more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year. " --from League of Conservation Voters
ACTION: Due Date Now!
- Stop Fracking, contact the Governor Cuomo. Email template makes it easy-peasy. Go Hog Wild! Calls to Action: Write Governor Cuomo! Toxics Targeting has made it super easy.. Just fill in the blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send" Write Governor Cuomo Today using a new "Public Health Impact Study" email application that you can customize to your heart's content. It could not be simpler. Just fill in a couple of blanks with as much or as little as you wish to say and click "send:" Email Application Request for a Shale Gas Public Health Impact Study
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Here’s your chance to use the power of the Internet to stop a major fossil fuel project that will spell game over on Climate Change. A Million Comments Against Keystone XL The State Department's official public comment period on Keystone XL Pipeline is now open -- and it's a crucial opportunity for us to flood them with comments. We'll take your comments and deliver them directly and immediately to the the State Department.
- ACTION: Make comment by 4:30 p.m. May 20, 2013
- on Midtown site: Be nice to see energy efficiency and easy access for pedestrians and bicyclists (think bike racks) around site. City seeks proposal for building next to Midtown site A request for proposals has been issued to purchase and rehabilitate a 13-story city-owned building on Elm Street next to the Midtown Plaza site. The property at 88-94 Elm St. presents a significant redevelopment opportunity in the heart of downtown on the east side of the 8.5-acre site of the former Midtown Plaza, city officials said late Friday afternoon. “The redevelopment of this property is a critical and timely piece to the repositioning of downtown,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement. (March 11, 2013) Rochester Business Journal [more on Green Living in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- If we are going to get serious about adapting to and mitigating Climate Change we need to increase renewable energy and drop energy from fossil fuels. Here’s a way to do that: Tell Congress to Expedite Renewable Energy Sign this petition to tell Congress to expedite renewable energy. We can transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future, but Congress needs to pass the legislation to get us there. Signing this petition sends an email to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chair of theSenate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and the House Energy & Commerce Committee. from EcoWatch
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Thinking it’s about time to do something on a big scale to combat Climate Change? Think about joining Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Here’s what Dr. James Hansen, head of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA say’s "Most impressive is the work of Citizens Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fastgrowing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group with 60 chapters across the United States and Canada. If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group."
ACTION: Due Date Now
- Don’t need those massive phone books? Just throw them away because you’re a digital kind of person? Opt out of getting those phone books, easy peasy, and save trees . Phone Book Opt-Out Program Gives Choice to Consumers Did you know you can control how many phone books you get every year, or whether you get one at all? In the age of smart phones and Wi-Fi, the way people search for information is changing. For many, online search options are the new go-to for finding contact information to local residences or businesses. That means when a printed phone book arrives on your doorstep, it might go to waste. Find your local recycle solution for Phone Books So why do phone books continue to show up? According to the Local Search Association, 70 percent of consumers still prefer to receive a printed phone book every year. (November 20, 2012) Earth 911 [more on Recycling in our area]
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Make downtown Rochester, NY even better for active transportation (walking & bicycling) by filling out this quick online survey. Express your desire for more pedestrian safely and accommodations, more bicycle accommodations and safety. As transportation accounts for 27% of our greenhouse gases, getting more folks involved in active transportation for those short distance destinations make sense in a warming world. (Go here to see what the City of Rochester has already done for active transportation Roc the Bike!. Read about: Center City Master Plan "Rochester’s center city master plan (CCMP) is similar to a business plan for the downtown area. Every successful business needs a viable business plan complete with a marketing strategy to assist with resource allocation and market changes. The CCMP essentially creates, manages, and implements a business plan for downtown. The city invests millions of dollars every year on public projects downtown that are intended to move the city towards a vibrant, sustainable future. Every thriving city should have a master plan that provides that inspiration and direction. " City of Rochester, NY
ACTION: Due Date: Now!
- Can you imagine what our world would look like if everyone used their smartphones to report environmental crimes? Healthier! Become an environmental crime stopper Polluting a stream and getting away with it? Violating the Clean Air Act without detection? Now, anyone with a smartphone can help bust abusers of the environment. New York State Crime Stoppers announced a new phone app that makes it very easy for people to instantly report environmental crimes to the appropriate agency. Cellfare created the app in collaboration with Crime Stoppers, Waterkeeper Alliance, state police and local law enforcement agencies across the state. (November 21, 2012) Investigative Post
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- As Climate Change increase the changes of combined sewer overflows due to increase frequency of heavy rain fall in the spring, this issue will become more critical. We must plan for this and it will be expensive, but more so if we wait. Take action here: Help Keep Sewage Out of the Great Lakes Billions of gallons of combined raw sewage and storm runoff are dumped into the Great Lakes each year. Raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products — along with industrial wastewater, household chemicals, urban runoff, herbicides and pesticides — often flow into the lakes after heavy rains. Urge Congress and the president to support sustained and increased investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Help keep untreated sewage out of the Great Lakes! --from Alliance for the Great Lakes
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Sign this online petition against Fracking in Monroe County: Prohibit All Fracking Related Activities on Monroe County Properties, NY Last Tuesday, over 4, 000 petition signatures to ban all Fracking and related activities were delivered to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and members of the Monroe County Legislature. But presumably that wasn’t enough because the press didn’t even show up. Here’s the news that the local news media couldn’t bother themselves to print: Thousands Sign Petition to Ban Fracking and Related Activities On Monroe County Properties. Don't let New York State become a Resource Curse. It would be great if we could march into the Monroe County Legislature next time and fork over 20,000 signatures. Maybe that will wake our local government up to the fact that Fracking must be stopped here and in New York State. Find out more about this petition and download hard copies for your church group or other organization here. Numbers count. Don't be sorry after the fact, act now.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- When you think of how mad/crazy folks are for Fracking in NYS and that the fossil fuel industry gets billions each year in tax subsidies, taking away the tax credit for renewable energy is horrific. Take action on this critical issue: SAVE USA WIND JOBS "Don’t let wind and solar and other renewable energy die so the fossil fuel industry can thrive and warm the planet. SAVE USA WIND JOBS Congress is currently in recess and will reconvene for a “lame duck” session following the November 6th elections. We need to keep reminding our legislators of the urgency of extending the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) as soon as they return to session throughout this recess period. We urge you to write to your legislators today." from Power of Wind
ACTION: Due Date: Now.
- Feel like you’re stuck in an energy rut? You crave energy but almost everything out there warms the planet. How about Clean Energy Victory Bonds? There’s no getting around it: If you give the fossil fuel billions in tax subsidies they will take it and not give it back; and when they melt the Arctic with their greenhouse gases, they see opportunity with the pristine Arctic environment and start drilling. So what are you going to do? Why not launch a public effort to fund renewable energy, energy that won’t pollute the planet and warm it up beyond our sustainability level, with the collective might our own monies like we did back in World War Two? Victory Bonds. Help push this bill to put renewable energy out in front: Clean Energy Victory Bonds On August 2, Representative Bob Filner and 10 cosponsors introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275 in the House of Representatives. The bill, officially entitled “To promote the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies required for the 21st century,” will allow all Americans to invest in Treasury Bonds for as little as $25 each that will fund a clean energy future. The $50 billion raised from the bonds will fund clean energy programs that support wind, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles in the United States.
ACTION: Call Governor Cuomo Today.
- Stopping Fracking in New York State may be the most important thing you do today. Tell Governor Cuomo that Fracking is not a good idea for New York; don’t give into despair that this cannot be stopped; and, make sure your children can’t blame you for not trying stopping this disaster that will befall them. "Despite a record-breaking 74,000 public comments, we still need your help to make Governor Cuomo hear that fracking has yet to be proven safe. It will only take you a couple of minutes. Please tell Governor Cuomo not to put New Yorkers' health at risk. Call 1-866-584-6799 and leave a simple message like, "Protect New York's water, land and air by not permitting fracking in New York. Instead, support renewable energy that will bring good, long-term jobs to New Yorkers!" This phone number goes through Food & Water Watch who is keeping track of the number of calls, and is directed to a recording from the Governor's office asking for your name, address and comments. This is part of a state-wide initiative to get a record number of calls in to Governor Cuomo this August. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL THIS WEEK!!! "
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- Tired of meteorologists failing to connect the dots between Climate Change and our daily weather? Do something about it. Take action: Forecast the Facts WE NEED OUR TV METEOROLOGISTS TO REPORT THE FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. According to a recent national survey, more than half of TV weather reporters don’t believe in human-induced climate change. Meanwhile, their viewers are facing unprecedented climate-change induced heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
ACTION: Due Date: Now
- Tell the NRC: Expand emergency evacuation zones Today, NIRS and 37 other organizations submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors and make other improvements in emergency preparedness. We're calling this the Nuclear 911 campaign. You can join us as a co-petitioner below! The widespread radioactive contamination caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster (and Chernobyl before it) makes clear that the current 10 mile Emergency Planning Zones in the U.S. are woefully inadequate to protect the American people. "Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS
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- What to do something concrete about solving Climate Change? Go here: "Are you passionate about changing the conversation about the climate crisis? Are you interested in leading the climate movement? What if I said you have the chance to be personally trained by Al Gore to educate others about climate change? This summer, you could have that chance. I'd like to invite you to apply to be one of our esteemed Climate Reality Presenters -- impassioned volunteer leaders who bring the reality of climate change to people around the world. We call our grassroots network of Presenters the heart of our Climate Leadership Corps. Learn more: "Climate Reality "To reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us. " Climate Reality | Climate Reality Training Application
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- My companion book to RochesterEnvironment.com written in 2005 still holds true. Now, “We Don’t Get It!” is an E-Book on Amazon.com and Kindle Amazon.com: We Don't Get It! eBook: Frank Regan: Books
- 6/18/2013 - Without leadership in our communities like Mayor Bloomberg on recycling and keeping food waste from landfills it’ll happen too slowly to matter—or the volunteer aspect of this issue will disappear and mandatory laws to recycle and forbidding food waste from landfills will come about. It’s not about tyranny; it’s about trying to achieve sustainability in an economic system that treats our environment as an externality. NYC to ask residents to recycle their food scraps for composting (June 17, 2013) Syracuse.com
- 6/18/2013 - Walk out of your house, get on your bike, bike to the train station, put bike on train, and go very far. 40% of GHG’s are from transportation. Does this idea Roc or what? Push For Bicycles On Amtrak Baggage Cars Rensselaer, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are pushing Amtrak to add baggage cars to its passenger trains that would be capable of carrying bicycles. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sens. Betty Little of Warren County and Brad Hoylman of Manhattan say such a move would get more visitors and tourism dollars into New York state. They discussed their plan Monday at Amtrak's Albany-Rensselaer station. (June 17, 2013) WHAM [more on Transportation in our area]
- 6/18/2013 - So, pesticides may be causing massive biodiversity loss, there’s no money to monitor that, and we’ll be more likely to dump more pesticides on critters who will fare better during Climate Change. Sounds like we are at the mercy of big business and a disinclination to solve these issues in a sustainable way. Humans. Ya gotta laugh. Pesticides spark broad biodiversity loss (June 17, 2013) Nature
- 6/18/2013 - Excellent overview of where we human are on the Climate Change issue at the moment from London Review of Books LRB: Thomas Jones How can we live with it? How to Survive Climate Change
- 6/17/2013 - We need to start thinking about how Climate Change will change the rules on water. Historical guidelines may be useless. When large cities whose aquifers are running low or contaminated and droughts rein, who is going to say they cannot have our water? Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow? (June 15, 2013) NPR
- 6/016/2013 - This week's RENewsletter has been published RENewsletter June 16, 2013 Each week get all the environmental news, events, actions and comment free. Click Subscribe
- 6/15/2013 - Can’t really talk about water management plan for Lake Ontario without talking about Climate Change. Here’s a short video on that “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region” New water management plan for Lake Ontario open for comment (June 14, 2013) Innovation Trail [more on Great Lakes in our area]
- 6/15/2013 - I agree that our Northeast region “will attract more people seeking relief from severe weather in other parts of the nation…” because of Climate Change. We should make this Climate Change refugee issue part of our planning here in the Northeast, protect our fresh water from Fracking and sewage overflows, and prepare our transportation, telecommunications, and more for massive increases in population. Changeable weather trends affect NY (June 14, 2013) MPNnow.com
- 6/15/2015 - The ‘Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act’ may well be one of most salient ways the public will see Climate Change in our region, as increased heavy rainfall in spring in the Northeast is predicted by climate studies and so are combined sewer systems that will be increasingly overwhelmed as a result. It is critical that the DEC get up an adequate monitoring and reporting system as soon as possible, though it should have been done years ago. Of course, this inability of the DEC “to provide immediate notice to the public of discharges” has to make you wonder how the DEC can ensure the public’s health from the effects of Fracking wastewater if they cannot even monitor sewage discharges properly. N.Y. sewage overflow law flouted A state law approved last summer required that the public be warned immediately every time raw or partly treated sewage was dumped into New York’s rivers, lakes and bays from malfunctioning or overburdened wastewater systems. It was a victory for advocates who argued that swimmers, kayakers, boaters, anglers and others deserved the right to make informed decisions about entering the water. But that victory so far has proved hollow. Six weeks after the law’s effective date, state environmental officials have taken steps that, for now, undermine the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act. (June 14, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 6/14/2013 - “Home” is quite an amazing film about our home Earth, how we have radically compromised it in a very short time and how we have to fix it as our planet warms from Climate Change. (You can watch the entire film here online) Home un Film de Yann Arthus-Bertrand | "In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption. Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen."
- 6/13/2013 - Learn about invasive species about Hydrilla and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid: "SATURDAY June 15: Public Info Briefing about Hydrilla and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid 11:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Cass Park Pavilion, Ithaca. The West Shore Homeowners Association (WSHA) is hosting an open information briefing on two invasive species, Hydrilla and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. This session is open to all interested. You don’t need to be a member of WSHA or a lakeshore resident to attend. A concise training/refresher will be provided for new or renewing volunteer “Hydrilla Hunters” who periodically check for possible presence along their waterfront. New improved hydrilla i.d. sheets will be available, free. The briefing on detection and treatment for HWA will be by local expert Mark Whitmore, a forest entomologist with Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources. Bonus opportunity for “citizen scientists” – how to volunteer for lakeshore water-quality sampling in cooperation with CSI, the Community Science Institute"
- 6/13/2013 - Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Check out The Cornell Weed Garden. Remember weeds are predicted to flourish during Climate Change in NYS. Tour allure: Enjoy Cornell's 'garden of weedin'' If you’re looking for an unusual tourist spot this summer, consider Cornell’s garden of “weedin’.” The Cornell Weed Garden is a scientific utopia that features 85 of the Northeast’s most tenacious, loathsome and frustrating plants known to farmers and home gardeners, but sometimes surprisingly tasty to naturalists. (June 11, 2013) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 6/13/2013 - How are New York State communities adapting to Climate Change? Join this critical conversation online Tuesday, June 25, 2013. From New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Adapting to Climate Change: Please join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Noon EST for a webinar on how local communities are implementing strategies to prepare for the impacts of climate change. For more information or to register for the webinar, please click here. (Note: This webinar will be hosted through GoToMeeting.) Presenters: Annie Chiodo, Water Plant Manager, Mount Pleasant, TN Scott Doyle, Senior Planner, Tompkins County, NY Madison Quinn, Program Manager, Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County, NY Moderator: Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA This webinar will be the third in the ClimAID webinar series. The series will provide vital information and resources to help communities take action to reduce local impacts of and adapt to climate change. NYSERDA is pleased to offer these webinars at no cost. Recordings and PDFs of the presentations from the first two webinars are posted on the NYSERDA website. The webinars draw heavily from findings in the comprehensive report ClimAID: the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State. Read the whole report or its components at Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) .
- 6/12/2013 - The likelihood of more combined sewer overflows that put raw sewage into our drinking and fishing waters is one of the most important issues we must face, though you wouldn’t know it except for Buffalo’s Investigative Post. However, what the Investigative Post fails to do is connect the dots with this issue and Climate Change. Most Climate Change studies on our region predict that more rainfall in spring (like this year) will increase and this frequent and heavy rainfall will put more raw sewage into our waters—unless we update all waste water sewer systems around the Great Lakes. I know, it’s unpleasant to talk about and not a sexy news item and expensive as hell, but there you go. At least the Investigative Post is staying on this story. Updating and replacing combine sewer overflow systems is an expensive problem and one of the most important issues of Climate Change in our Western NYS region. Ugly month for sewer overflows in Erie County (June 11, 2013) Investigative Post
- 6/12/2013 - Yikes! In U.S. you can talk Truth about energy options as long as you don’t piss off the Fracking industry. Fracking -- No Complaints, No Problems -- Right? Drillers Silence Fracking Claims With Sealed Settlements Chris and Stephanie Hallowich were sure drilling for natural gas near their Pennsylvania home was to blame for the headaches, burning eyes and sore throats they suffered after the work began. The companies insisted hydraulic fracturing -- the technique they used to free underground gas -- wasn’t the cause. Nevertheless, in 2011, a year after the family sued, Range Resources Corp (RRC). and two other companies agreed to a $750,000 settlement. In order to collect, the Hallowiches promised not to tell anyone, according to court filings. The Hallowiches aren’t alone. In cases from Wyoming to Arkansas, Pennsylvania to Texas, drillers have agreed to cash settlements or property buyouts with people who say hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, ruined their water, according to a review by Bloomberg News of hundreds of regulatory and legal filings. In most cases homeowners must agree to keep quiet. (June 11, 2013) Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo
- 6/12/2013 - Major event coming up showcasing green businesses and services at 5 to 9 p.m. on June 20th at Rochester Museum & Science Center657 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14607 : “Go Green with Michael Viggiani” on June 20 will be largest gathering of area businesses with green products and services Sustainable initiatives showcased in expo at Rochester Museum & Science Center; leaders in field exhibiting offerings at Rochester’s first event with zero-landfill-waste ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The act of “going green” has become a buzz phrase in the 21st century, but many leading Rochester organizations are now dedicated large amounts of talent and resources to offer sustainable options to their customers. And they are coming together for the third annual “Go Green with Michael Viggiani” Expo on Thursday evening, June 20 — which will be the largest gathering of Rochester businesses offering green and sustainable products and services. The public is invited to attend the free event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center, to experience the latest in sustainable offerings, from carpeting and roofing to restoration and energy. (June 4, 2013) GoGreenInternational
- 6/12/2013 - Some Leaders don’t have the luxury of dragging their feet on Climate Change, those on the front lines. Bloomberg Outlines $20 Billion Storm Protection Plan (June 11, 2013) New York Times
- 6/11/2013 - Plans to create volunteer boat washing stations to combat Invasive Species in NYS won’t do the trick. Consider Climate Change. The Invasive Species issue is complicated and more so as our state warms up: Read: “Emerging Consensus Shows Climate Change Already Having Major Effects on Ecosystems and Species” from US Geological Survey | New battle plan against invasives (June 7, 2013) Albany Times Union
- 6/11/2013 - When indicators of Water Quality are collapsing, time to pay attention. Caddisflies are missing from Ogdensburg, and no one really knows why OGDENSBURG — You might not know their name, but every spring along the St. Lawrence River typically brings swarms of caddis flies filling the air with millions of tiny wings. But this year those swarms of bugs known locally as shad flies aren’t where they are usually found, and experts aren’t sure of the reason. Clarkson biology professor Michael R. Twiss, director of the Great Rivers Center, said caddis flies are an important part of the region’s ecosystem and an excellent way to judge the water quality of local rivers. Because the bugs are extremely sensitive to pollution levels in the water, Mr. Twiss said, “The fact that they’re in the water is good because it means the water quality is really good.” Yet caddis fly populations are not evenly distributed throughout the region. This year has seen swarms of them in Lisbon, for instance, but only a few in Ogdensburg. (June 10, 2013) Watertown Daily Times
- 6/11/2013 - One of the more amusing aspects of NYS’s 2011 Complete Streets law, and now the Complete Streets bill considered by Albany, is that while officials cannot be forced to make our roads, streets, and highways accommodate active transportation (walking and bicycling) they have to think about it. When I talked a an official a while back on a major Rochester, NY highway alteration, he said they have always thought about making roads more accommodating to walking and bicycling during major improvements, so the law is not big deal. This is all amusing because no one can be forced to think about something even when they proceed regardless. The end result of all this Complete Streets stuff is that cars and truck are almost always considered before the pedestrian and bicyclist—even though walking is a fundamental right for everyone. Because transportation accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, because over 30,000 deaths occur each year because of vehicular accidents, and because a big part of our taxes goes to maintain our existing transportation infrastructure, we should do more than ‘think’ about making it safer and easier to walk and bike to those short distances (most folks use their vehicles for less than 6 miles from their homes) and actually make our streets more complete. More awareness for walkers, bicyclists (June 4, 2013) Albany Times Union
- 6/11/2013 - The ‘fits and starts’ of Climate Change: the many unknowns about Climate Change are not reasons to dismiss it, but to find out more. What to Make of a Warming Plateau (June 10, 2013) New York Times
- 6/10/2013 - The big question about mosquitoes, which will continually thrive in our warming world, is whether we will continually dump more pesticides on them. But I suspect because dumping more pesticides on mosquitoes is such a convenient way to combat the symptoms of a warmer wetter NYS late winter and early spring (as droughts will be more common in late summer and early fall) rather than combating the underlying problem of Climate Change, that’s what we’ll do. Then we will have to address what to do about all the more pesticides in our environment. What Mosquitoes Have in Store for NY This Season (June 10, 2013) Public News Service
- 6/10/2013 - Interesting thoughts on Climate Change if you are just coming of age in a world that is warming. Don’t give up before you start. Climate change is happening but we can meet the challenge As carbon emissions rise inexorably, it's easy to feel powerless as catastrophe looms. But activism is a chance to take control Young people like Alex are coming of age in a world that's changing much faster than was predicted just a few years ago. Already, scenes of wildfires, floods, drought, and storms border on apocalyptic. And so far, temperatures have risen less than one degree centigrade. So what does a young person do when confronted with a global climate crisis? What does anyone do? Based on a roundtable discussion with young leaders and informal conversations with others of all ages, I've come to believe that these three steps are essential: (June 8, 2013) The Guardian
- 6/10/2013 - Was Hurricane Sandy a fluke or the new normal? Only Climate Change knows for sure. And, insurance business wants to know for sure. Those who think that extreme events are merely ad hoc fluke events are going to have to convince insurance companies and our government that extreme events won’t increase because of Climate Change denial. This presents an interesting dilemma because both insurance companies and our government will be overwhelmed by using their monies trying to put back together again a world that most climate scientists believe doesn’t exist anymore. Insurance, like flood insurance, is where Climate Change is going to get very real for the public—even if it isn’t in their belief system. After Sandy, a new threat: Soaring flood insurance (July 9, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 6/8/2013 - Though I am not particularly interested in extending the life of our landfills (as landfilling any waste should be ended altogether), this county sponsored waste collections is an excellent opportunity to get rid of hazardous waste in Monroe County safely and correctly. Please consider: Brooks Announces Northwest Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) has partnered with the towns of Ogden, Hamlin, Clarkson, Sweden, and Parma and the villages of Hilton, Brockport, and Spencerport to hold a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon at the Village of Hilton DPW located at 50 Henry Street in the Village of Hilton. “This collection gives all Monroe County residents the opportunity to safely dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals, which in turn extends the life of our landfill,” said Brooks. “In our effort to go green, this program shows how Monroe County and our local municipalities are teaming up to better meet the needs of our residents in order to make our community a more sustainable place.” Monroe County Government
- 6/8/2013 - Has the Ski industry in NYS and the Northeast waited too long to get active on Climate Change? According to ClimAid “snow-based activities (e.g., skiing and snowmobiling) may be particularly vulnerable.” (pg.68) Report 11-18 Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) | 115 U.S. Ski Areas Seek Climate Change Action From Congress (June 6, 2013) Environmental News Service
- 6/8/2013 - “The window of opportunity to deal with the climate crisis is closing” should galvanize sentient beings around the planet into action, but it probably won’t. UN Climate Negotiators in the Hot Seat (June 6, 2013) Environmental News Service [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 6/8/2013 - Find out where those Blue Green Algae Blooms (not a good thing) are occurring in NYS. Blue-Green Algal Bloom Notices Sign up for MakingWaves to receive weekly email updates about blue-green algae bloom notifications. To subscribe to MakingWaves, first subscribe to GovDelivery, and check the box next to MakingWaves on the list of topics. - from NYS DEC
- 6/04/2013 - Green Drinks June When: June 20th at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Where: Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield Road) Is hosting the last day of Spring! So. Clean out your closets, attics and garages! • E-scrap collection (sponsored by Sunnking) • Textile/clothing collection (sponsored by St. Pauly) • The Garden Center will be open for business, and 10% of any/all sales for the event will go to sponsor our Broccolo Explorer Scout Troop #2059 • Renewable Rochester will be on-site to discuss their newly installed system • Broccolo has purchased a Chevy Volt (come, check it out) • Join us to celebrate the last official day before the summer solstice • Looking forward to seeing you there! Green Drinks is a monthly networking event where people in the environmental field and the sustainably minded meet over drinks (alcoholic or non), in an informal setting to exchange ideas, find out who's doing what and spread the word on what you're doing, find employment leads and make new friends and contacts. Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI)
- 6/01/2013 - A curious observation about this article’ focus on how warming affects the life-cycle of the Emerald Ash borer (EAB) is how clever the issue of Climate Change and how the spread of the EAB will be affected by all that was avoided. That the EAB can fly to up to a half mile, and perhaps survive better in our warmer winters, suggests that Climate Change, as much as transporting wood, could be why this EAB infestation is occurring so quickly. Keep your eyes peeled for borers A curious fact about the invasive emerald ash borers that are beginning to ravish local ash trees is that it’s easy to predict the time when a new generation of the pests will appear. That time may come today or Friday in the Rochester area. Adult ash borers mate and lay eggs on the bark of ash trees in late spring and early summer. The eggs hatch into larvae in a few weeks’ time and begin boring into the tree (their boring of connected channels known as galleries is what will disrupt the flow of water and nutrients inside the tree and eventually kill it). The larvae spend the winter inside the ash trees and pupate in the spring. They complete the EAB life cycle by morphing into winged adults and tunneling their way out of the tree in search of mates when sufficient warming has occurred the following spring. (May 30, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 520
- 6/01/2013 - Mainstream media, more news like this please: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation prepares for Climate Change | More than any of those dreary climate change debates, which are so last century, news about how our environmental protection agency is actually preparing and helping us adapt to Climate Change goes far in dispelling climate change doubt. Our governmental agencies do not have the luxury to sit around and wait for the consequences of Climate Change to overwhelm us. The message, beyond the specifics on Climate Change planning, is that Climate Change is clear and present danger and we have a lot more planning ahead of us, a lot more. Grants Will Assist Piermont, Catskill and Stony Point with Planning for Sea-Level Rise, Storm Surge, and Flooding (May 30, 2013) NYS DEC Press Releases
- 6/01/2013 - More ground-level high ozone alerts for New York State are predicted in Climate Change studies Air Quality Health Advisory Issued for New York State (May 31, 2013) NYS DEC Press Releases [more on Air Quality and Climate Change in our area]
- 5/31/2013 - Catching a big fish is a very catchy news item, but we have other fish to fry during Climate Change. Instead of gloating over a big trout (probably stocked) caught in a NYS river, I’d be more impressed if our conservation department (DEC) focuses on retaining a trout population in our rivers as our climate warms—as trout do not tolerate warmer water well. Despite information we are getting from climate reports, it still seems as though our conservation department is acting as if we aren’t going to experience Climate Change. Hence, why else would the DEC continually prepare to Frack fossil fuels out of our state when we know water quality is going to be very problematic as more combine sewer overflows fail putting more raw sewage into our drinking water and more evaporation occurs causing the loss of lake ice lowers water levels, reducing hydroelectric power and challenging nuclear power plants to remain cool? DEC Announces New Record Set for Brook Trout (May 30, 2013) NYS DEC Press Releases
- 5/31/2013 - So, Fracking is providing energy so cheaply that it’s knocking out nuclear power plant development. Hmmmm…. What if we made renewable energy so cheaply that it would knock out Fracking? It would be like fixing the externality problem (where our environmental health figured into our economic system) so we could provide ourselves with a sustainable energy option. Hope is almost imaginable when you remove the tax subsidies and other advantages that the nuclear and fossil fuel industry enjoy in the US and around the world. Fracked off (June 1, 2013) The Economist
- 5/30/2013 - Our region’s fish are so contaminated with toxins that we take it for granted not to eat many—if any at all. Why not clean up or rivers, streams, and lakes of contaminants instead of enduring year after year of public health warnings on eating fish? Why are our fish contaminated with our toxic waste in the first place? Why did we let companies dump toxic waste in our drinking and fishing water? Why is it so normal to expect that our environment is full of industrial waste. Why do constant public health warning on fish toxins so bore us that it barely surfaces to our attention? State Health Department Issues Updated Fish Advisories (May 29, 2013) NYS Dept. Of Health
- 5/30/2013 - GardenAerial project moves an important step further to green up the center of Rochester, NY. Very nice. Non-profit GardenAerial acquires St. Paul St. parcel (May 29, 2013) Rochester Business Journal
- 5/30/2013 - Who’s using Great Lakes’ water? Check the graph. Updated water use data assists planning, management (May 29, 2013) Great Lakes Commission
- 5/30/2013 - Some probably think Climate Change is like the lottery, some will get nailed by Climate Change disasters and some won’t. It’s not like a lottery; it’s an entire planet warming. Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come? Extreme weather Down Under may foreshadow events on a global scale. (May 24, 2013) National Geographic
- 5/29/2013 - Of course, if we passed Fracking in NY (unlike PA.) we wouldn’t find Fracking wastewater in our rivers, Right? Pa. water plants fined by EPA for drilling waste (May 24, 2013) PressConnect
- 5/29/2013 - Just a great story from Cornell Chronicle Online about one of my Environmental Heroes, 'Story of Stuff' creator After 25 years, 'Story of Stuff' creator finishes her degree Annie Leonard, environmental activist and creator of the 2007 viral hit video “The Story of Stuff,” spent nearly 25 years traveling the world investigating environmental health issues and ecological sustainability. This spring, she finished a long-overdue project she had put on hold during that time: completing her Cornell master’s degree. (May 25, 2013) Cornell Chronicle Online
- 5/29/2013 - The fish disease that killed so many in Irondequoit Baby, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), has a history in these here parts. Irondequoit Bay fish die-off caused by disease (May 28, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more in Wildlife and viral hemorrhagic septicemia or VHS]
- 5/28/2013 - Bring your friends and neighbors to see local filmed and produced Climate Change film: “Comfort Zone” June 24th "If you missed the premiere of our film COMFORT ZONE in February, or if you'd like your friends to have a chance to see it, there's another local screening coming up in June as part of RCTV's 20th Anniversary Film Forum. If we missed you at the premiere, we hope to see you on June 24th! And if you were at the premiere, then please help spread the word! " 20th Anniversary Film Forum and Speaker Series at The Cinema Theater, 957 Clinton Ave. South, Rochester Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7 PM – COMFORT ZONE What kind of problem is climate change? A scientific problem? An engineering problem? A psychological problem? How do we even begin to think about it? Many films show the shocking impacts of climate change on faraway places and peoples, usually the people and countries that have the least leverage on solving the problem. This feature-length documentary explores the effects of climate change locally in Upstate New York where it's not an obvious threat, where sea level rise isn't a factor, and where people might like it to be a little warmer. Comfort Zone brings the global issue of climate change to a local and personal level as three filmmakers set out to answer questions. Co-producers and directors Kate Kressmann-Kehoe, Sean P. Donnelly and Dave Danesh will share their insights on this film and the topic’s local impact. $6 per ticket. To pre-order tickets (they'll also be available at the door, of course):
- 5/28/2013 - Learn about gas leases and your landowner rights: Landowners and Gas Leases: What are your rights? Thursday, May 30 at 7 PM, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 408 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY |Are you thinking of leasing your land or renewing an existing lease? Possible impacts include inability to get mortgages and homeowners’ insurance, property uses and values, decline in royalty payments, and mechanic’s liens. Is it possible to sign a “Good Lease”? | Experienced Expert Advicewith Attorney Joseph Heath, Esq. & leased landowner Ellen Harrison | FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Organized by People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. Co-sponsored by Fleased, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Citizens for Healthy Communities. For More Information, Contact Us At: 607-739-2648 firstname.lastname@example.org ***Landowners who wish to do so are encouraged to bring copies of their leases.***
- 5/27/2013 - Important rally against Fracking, for renewable energy, and great speakers coming up: New York Crossroads Rally in Albany Monday, 6/17/13, noon – 3PM East Capitol Lawn, Albany Speakers & Performers: Natalie Merchant, Arun Gandhi, Sandra Steingraber, Lois Gibbs, & others TBA! Join the march to say NO to fracking and YES to renewable energy! NY stands at a crossroads. This is our moment to decide the course of history. Click here to reserve your seat on the Buffalo-Rochester-Albany bus. Albany directions
- 5/27/2013 - Water scarcity in other regions is why Great Lakes states need to stop Fracking, replace combine sewer overflow systems, and protect our freshwater in a time of Climate Change. Great Lakes Region Pins Economic Hopes on Water (May 27, 2013) ABC News
- 5/27/2013 - Wondering if our local media, like Buffalo’s Investigative Post, conducted traffic pollution studies in Rochester, NY what it would reveal? Just because our local media doesn’t do investigative reporting and studies on environmental threats do not mean we don’t have these environmental threats. There’s probably lots we don’t know about how our environment is faring because our local media doesn’t report on them until they are in our face—like the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, which by the time it’s a real problem it’s too late to do anything but damage control. Asthma plagues Peace Bridge neighborhood (May 25, 2013) Investigative Post
- 5/25/2013 - Taxpayers paying for Climate Change disaster is why we need to plan—insurance companies cannot handle the amount and soon tax payers won’t be able to either. There are so many economic costs to adapting to and mitigating Climate Change that we are going to have to choose our priorities more carefully, instead of business as usual where we swat every Climate Change disaster with large amounts of public monies. The sooner every community develops a coordinated Climate Change plan connected to all other communities, the better prepared we will be for future disasters. Until then, we’re going to go broke. Taxpayers bearing the brunt of climate change costs (May 24, 2013) Innovation Trail
- 5/25/2013 - ‘Combined sewer overflows’ is major news story that is under-reported. As Climate Change increases heavy rainfall, our waters get polluted. Our sewer systems around the Great Lakes are aging and they release raw sewage into our bathing, fishing, and drinking water in heavy rainfall, which will happen more frequently as our region warms because of Climate Change. This issue needs far more attention than it is getting, so much so that we here in NYS would probably drop Fracking as an energy option immediately if this issue was front page news because our fresh water is going to be challenged enough without the further burden Fracking would put on our fresh water. Investigative Post is almost there. Now they need to connect the dots between combined sewer overflows and Climate Change. Sewer overflows now public (May 24, 2013) Investigative Post
- 5/25/2013 - Wondering if we will address shifting fish populations in Great Lakes by addressing Climate Change or just restock the fish? One method addresses the cause, the other the symptom. Warming Lake Superior already affecting fish (May 23, 2013) Lake County News Chronicle
- 5/25/2013 - Doesn’t look like fossil fuel industry’s tactic to throw Tim DeChristopher in jail to shut him up on Climate Change has worked all that well. Why Tim DeChristopher Went to Prison for His Protest (May 24, 2013) Moyers and Company
- 5/24/2013 - ACTION: New way to mobilize volunteers for local environmental causes: Clean up events, Fracking demonstrations, whatever it may be, feel free to post it on “Rochester GreenCorps.’ Good place to get volunteers for your event and a good place to look for volunteer opportunities.
- Story of Change « The Story of Stuff Project "Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world. "
- 5/24/2013 - Connecting the dots between Climate Change information and what’s actually being done to adapt. Find out more at “Great American Adaptation Road Trip” Aspiring policymakers hit the road to learn about climate change adaptation After graduating from the University of Michigan with masters’ degrees in environmental policy, Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein understood the plans and policies created in response to climate change. What was missing, they said, was an interaction with what was actually being accomplished in towns, cities and states across the country. “We wanted see adaption to climate change through the everyday decisions of people and communities,” Howard said. “And we wanted to get that perspective to inform our future policy work.” So they decided to take on a new, more hands-on educational experience – their “Great American Adaptation Road Trip.” (May 23, 2013) Great Lakes Echo
- 5/24/2013 - News on Rochester, NY becoming a major player in Solar Power is a breath of fresh air in a world gone Fracking crazy. Rochester rising as a solar energy hub (May 24, 2013) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
- 5/24/2013 - Great insights on Climate Change attitudes: “495: Hot In My Backyard” by This American Life 495: Hot In My Backyard | After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire. Lots of people were wondering if global warming had finally arrived, here at home. This week, stories about this new reality. (May 17, 2013) This American Life [more on Climate Change in our area]
- 5/23/2013 - Important message from NYS Dept. of Health on preventing vector-borne diseases, including a note on climate change’s role. State Health Department Advises New Yorkers to Protect Against Ticks and Mosquitoes As Memorial Day Weekend Approaches (May 22, 2013) NYS Dept. of Health
- 5/23/2013 - Been wondering on whether terrible tornadoes in OK were caused by Climate Change? It’s messy: Seeking Clarity on Terrible Tornadoes in a Changing Climate (May 22, 2013) NYT Dot Earth
- 5/23/2013 - Very important movie and panel discussion on Climate Change locally. "Do the Math | The Movie" The “Do the Math” documentary is a 42-minute film about the rising of the movement in the United States to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry. You’ll come away inspired to act! Sunday, June 30th at 7:30PM at the First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Rd. Rochester, NY 14610 Additional Details: See Bill McKibben at this best. Panel discussion follows the movie. Free and open to the public. More Info at 350.org/math
- 5/23/2013 - Potential Fracking of NYS still in Limbo, a boundary at the edge of Hell, where NY could become a fossil state. Fracking Not in NY's Economic Development Plans (May 23, 2013) North Country Public Radio
- 5/23/2013 - Major local study “to help decision makers and stakeholders understand how to maximize the positive health impacts of water resource related decisions, while minimizing negative effects on the health of Rochester’s communities” just released. Learn about impacts of waterfront uses on community health and how this Rochester-area study can become a model for other communities. Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterways was a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the City of Rochester, NY's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) update. The project was supported through a grant from the Health Impact Project - a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. In the Healthy Waterways report, we provide information and recommendations to help decision makers and stakeholders understand how to maximize the positive health impacts of water resource related decisions, while minimizing negative effects on the health of Rochester’s communities. In so doing, we hope to create a statewide model for incorporating HIA in the LWRP process. University of Rochester Medical Dept. of Environmental Medicine
- 5/22/2013 - Citizen Scientists, collecting data with guidance by experts, are making a difference and could be critical in addressing Climate Change. There are a lot of unknowns about how manmade chemicals are affecting our environment and how subtle changes in our flora and fauna are reacting to warming that we need to know. Training Citizen Scientists, part of several Climate Change studies, could be the answer to this information dearth. [Find out more EPA Region 2 Citizen Science] EPA spotlights Tonawanda’s ‘citizen science’ (May 21, 2013) Investigative Post