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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 safe ourselves?
Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. — Carl Sagan
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Opening Salvo: “Intolerable acts of denial, the 2012 Presidential race and Climate Change”
Doesn’t it seem odd to you that most of the scientists and most of the countries on this planet understand Climate Change, while the US media and the US presidential elections almost completely ignore it? In this country, the media makes billions of dollars detailing the horse race, how low the President is in the polls, how much money a candidate has in their coffers, and questioning candidates on the latest slap from their opponents, yet we hear nothing on the most important issue of this century. We seem hell-bent on electing a President of the United States without even discussing Climate Change at all. What’s the point of having an election if you can’t talk about important things?
That’s not only very odd, but tragic. A US president is going to have to address this issue because it involves every aspect of being a president: wars, infrastructure, regulations, public lending, public health, and you-name-it. And Climate Change isn’t going to go away because a candidate’s handlers are uncomfortable with the issue as it threatens funding from large corporations like the fossil fuel industry.
Somehow, we here in the US have got to get over Climate Change denial and get going on grappling with it. Climate Change isn’t just an ordinary issue that you tack on to a laundry list of endless worries that end up paralyzing you into inaction. It has to be adapted to and reversed—or we cook. It is the one issue upon which all other issues in our future will revolve. It is caused by humans putting more greenhouse gases (GHG) into our atmosphere and it is steadily increasing:
2010 Carbon Dioxide Output Shows Biggest Jump Ever – NYTimes.com “Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery. Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis released Sunday by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the numbers. Scientists with the group said the increase, a half-billion extra tons of carbon pumped into the air, was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003.”
The Republican race for president is winding up, and the US public still doesn’t have a clue as to what the candidates will do about the next UN Climate Change talks, or how much public funds will be allocated to buttress our water, wastewater, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructures as extreme weather threatens them. There’s no plan among the candidates to deal with Climate Change. In fact, the Republican candidates are falling all over themselves to appease their base and ignore the elephant in the room.
Still Searching for Republicans With Climate Concerns – NYTimes.com The Climate Desk, a collaborative journalism project of Mother Jones and several other publications, has produced a video searching in vain for a Republican presidential candidate willing to make any science-based statements on climate. (January 5, 2010)
So, how does that work? Though denial plays well in the bizarre world of US politics, how does dismissing Climate Change work with the laws of physics and the growing concerns of the other nations around the world? (Australia just implemented a carbon tax.) At what point will the next president get tired of swatting every fly, that is, addressing every extreme weather event separately, until he or she finally connects the dots and calls for a comprehensive Climate Change action plan and summons up the courage to speak about it to the public? What will the mood of the American people be when they awaken from their slumber on Climate Change and start looking for those who have been lying about what most scientists and other countries have known for quite awhile now. Will there be accountability?
If we cannot talk about Climate Change in our politics, how can we choose a candidate who will address it? How do you have a conversation when one side won’t talk? How do we measure our chances of survival if a president won’t even mention it in his State of the Union address—as President Obama failed to do last year? How do we talk about economics and trade with other nations who are trying to reduce their GHG? Are we just going to get angry when other nations implement changes and these measures start to tread on our inalienable rights to warm the planet?
Carbon Emission Fees for Flights Upheld “PARIS — The European Union’s highest court on Wednesday endorsed the bloc’s plan to begin charging the world’s biggest airlines for their greenhouse gas emissions starting Jan. 1. The move sets the stage for a potentially costly trade war with the United States, China and other countries. A group of United States airlines had argued that forcing them to participate in the potentially costly emissions-trading system infringed on national sovereignty and conflicted with existing international aviation treaties.” (December 21, 2011) The New York Times
Shouldn’t the American public demand that their next president define his or her position on how they will address Climate Change? Sure it’s uncomfortable. There is no denying that understanding Climate Change implies a lot of inconvenient actions our nation must take—like moving to a carbon-free economy instead of one that continues to prey on our future. Heads will roll; there will be winners and losers, and if we do nothing, we’ll cook.
Many folks just don’t understand Climate Change, or don’t want to hear about it, but that isn’t going to stop the planet warming up. There are things we the people can do to start a national conversation and at least put this issue on the one platform where Americans speak about crucial matters–our presidential elections:
- We could use our social media programs to encourage that media outlets address all our concerns about Climate Change in our region.
- We could respond to the constant horserace by pivoting and challenging our local media to question our politicians on Climate Change.
- We could write letters to the editors of our local media and ask why they are not questioning our presidential candidates on what they would do to help us adapt and reverse Climate Change.
- When political candidates come for a visit, we can stand up and speak out for the US to take responsibility on Climate Change as Durban Climate Hero Abigail Borah did: Durban Climate Hero Abigail Borah: ‘I Am Speaking On Behalf Of The USA Because My Negotiators Cannot’ | ThinkProgress
- We could let our friends and family know that we are concerned about how politics as usual will jeopardize our future.
- We can visit our community leaders and let them know that we understand Climate Change and that we want to know what measures are being taken in our area to address it.
- We should contact the environmental groups we belong to and demand that they pressure the media to challenge the candidates on Climate Change. Some already do, like the League of Conservation Voters.
US mainstream media, backed by corporations who are not particularly fond of their puppets challenging the presidential candidates on Climate Change, must be replaced by a media that acts on our behalf, not the corporations. The present state of affairs, where the most powerful country in the world refuses to acknowledge the most important issue in the world, is intolerable. This craven idiocy cannot go on:
Climate coverage down again in 2011 — The Daily Climate Climate change dropped even further from the world’s headlines and newscasts last year. Weird weather, Australia’s carbon tax and Solyndra fracas weren’t enough to stem a decline that started in 2009. Media coverage of climate change continued to tumble in 2011, declining roughly 20 percent from 2010’s levels and nearly 42 percent from 2009’s peak, according to analysis of DailyClimate.org’s archive of global media. (January 3, 2011)
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NewsLinks– Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]
- What he didn’t say: Cuomo omits fracking, despite prepared remarks | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com
- Environmental group announces natural gas guidelines
- SED: Friends fight together for wind power | Innovation Trail
- 01/05/2012: EPA Issues Annual Report on Chemicals Released Into Land, Air and Water in New York
- Warm weather threatens to extend U.S. drought | Reuters
- Toxic releases rose 16 percent in 2010, EPA says – The Washington Post
- Solar Panels Compete With Cheap Natural Gas : NPR
- 2012: A new year and a new ban on e-waste
- Chicago Waterways Study Stirs Debate on Their Future – NYTimes.com
- NCPR News – Anti-Hydrofracking protestors gather outside State of State
- New York ban on landfilling electronic waste begins | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com
- SUNY Geneseo earns grant to study extinctions | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information
- “Superhero” Ads, Protesters Pressure Cuomo on Fracking
- National Public Health Conference explores shale gas production – Canandaigua, NY – MPNnow
- RIT scientist heads team to measure polar ice melt | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- Climate coverage down again in 2011 — The Daily Climate
- Western Canada Loosens Rules for Drilling, Attracts Massive Fracking Operations | InsideClimate News
- Oil-Drilling Wastewater Seen Causing Earthquake : NPR
- NCPR News – Landowners may get less in shale lease deals
- NCPR News – Comptroller wants fee to build drilling accident fund
- NCPR News – Ohio delays four fracking wastewater wells in wake of quake
- NCPR News – Fracking emissions raise questions about “green” gas
- N.Y. gas drilling opponents aim for local bans | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- County makes plans for bigger landfill | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- Smart-growth trend shifting focus away from sprawl | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
- Whoops: 2010 had the largest-ever jump in greenhouse emissions | Grist
- Marcellus shale: Gas leasing in Western Maryland spurs calls for reform – baltimoresun.com —
- DEC: NY Electronic Waste Law Takes Effect in 2012 | Long Island Press
- Home energy efficiency expected to get boost this summer | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
Updates– Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]
- 1/06/2012 – Take Action on Fracking in Albany, NY Monday January 23, 2012: “Do you care about New York’s waters and communities? Are you worried about the risks industrial gas drilling by means of fracking poses to our shared environment? Then join us for the 2012 Fracking Day of Action! When: Monday, January 23, 2012 Where: Albany, New York Register: Click here to register Join residents and organizations from across the state to rally and talk with legislators about fracking! The day will start with a rally in the New York State Legislature and will be followed with legislative visits. Join us on this exciting day to bring your voice to Albany and express your concerns about fracking. You must register for your legislative visits. Click here to register. Need a ride? Buses will be coming from different parts of the state. Below, bus captains’ information is listed – please email them for additional information, including departure points, times, and cost. You must register separately for buses and lobby visits. Long Island – Tara Bono – firstname.lastname@example.org Syracuse/CNY – Lauren Petrie – email@example.com ***If you are a bus captain or organizing a bus and would like to have your information listed here, please email Lauren Petrie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there! The New York Water Rangers P.S. Are you on Facebook? Help us spread the word by sharing this Facebook event! The 2012 Fracking Day of Action is sponsored by: Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, EARTHWORKS, Environmental Advocates of New York, Riverkeeper, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC), and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.
- 1/06/2012 – Get your gardens ready for spring from experts. Free local event and please register: February 8th, 2012 6:30pm Winter Garden Symposium Wide Water Gardens, The City of Rochester and the Monroe Library are teaming up to help you get ready for the 2012 gardening season. Come to swap seeds, pick up free plant materials, rent a community garden plot and get all kinds of great gardening tips. No experience required! Reservations appreciated, so adequate materials can be provided.
- 1/06/2012 – Good environmental tour and program coming up: ” Saturday, Jan.14, 10-11:30 AM | Directions: Entrance to the Grove by the Reservoir. Park by the Pine Trees at the top of the hill. BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREES – Learn how to identify 10 different species of trees, just from their bark and branches! We’ll wander among the mighty giants of the Washington Grove forest at Cobb’s Hill Park, with oaks and tulip trees, standing like columns in an ancient temple. Your guide, a brother of these trees, having grown up with them since 1952, will help you pinpoint the clues needed to call their names and understand their life stories such as lighting strikes and ice storms. He has promised to eat his hat if you can’t name the trees when you finish. You’ll also see how the City is working to protect the Grove and control the invasion of invasive plants such as Norway maples. Easy walk with little elevation change on well groomed trails. Warm (insulated) boots and wool socks recommended. Dress really warm. Leader: Peter Debes “
- 1/06/2012 – What being done by whom on one of the greatest Invasive Species threat to the Great Lakes, the Asian Carp? Keep up on this issue here: AsianCarp.us – Leading the way in Asian carp control and management. “Welcome to Asiancarp.us, where you can find up-to-date information on the efforts to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Interest and involvement from the public is essential to preventing the spread of this formidable invasive species. We hope this site provides a useful tool for you learn more about Asian carp, as well as the multi-tiered and collaborative actions underway to keep them from establishing in the Great Lakes, and how you can participate in this effort. “
- 1/06/2012 – Finding thatGreen Job in our region. Here’s some good advice and information finding jobs that help our environment and you too. A First Hand Account of the Hunt | Happenings “A “green job” can mean many things to different people. According to the New York State Department of Labor there are three types of green jobs. First, “green economic activities” include undertakings that produce goods or deliver services that increase energy efficiency or generate renewable energy. Second, a “green employer” is one engaged in targeted green economic activity, such as retrofitting buildings or generating power from wind energy. Lastly, a “green employee” is a worker engaged in producing green products or services. ” (January 3, 2012 Happenings | the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute
- 1/06/2012 – Save energy for you and our planet:A Free Home Energy Workshop Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Ave. Penfield NY Free Home Energy Workshop Tuesday, January 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY
- 1/06/2012 -Unfortunately, politics as practiced in the United States has gone haywire on the understanding of Climate Change. President Obama doesn’t want to say “Climate Change” in his State of the Union Address, and the Republican’s dismiss Climate Change as a hoax. We need our country, as all countries must, to rid ourselves of an attitude of denial, dismissal, and ignorance of Climate Change in our political system. All branches of government, regardless of who is in charge, are going to have to preserve and protect our country through the lens of Climate Change. This site helps expose Climate Change denial in our political system. The Climate Desk | A journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. “The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s new public-affairs show Need To Know. “
- 1/05/2012 – Find out how our public health is going to change with Climate Change in our region–Climate Change Threatens Health: New York—because of Air Pollution, Extreme Heat, Infections Diseases, Drought, and Flooding by using this mapping tool from Natural Resources Defense Council – The Earth’s Best Defense | NRDC: Global Warming Effects and Threats on Human Health | NRDC “Climate change is one of the most serious public health threats facing the nation, but few people are aware of how it can affect them. Children, the elderly, and communities living in poverty are among the most vulnerable. Click on a state on the map for more information on climate-health threats, actions being taken to prepare communities, and what you can do. “
- 1/05/2012 – Check out this environmental course at MCC and get an idea how our environment works: “A unique course offering from Monroe Community College in 2012: Field Studies in the Geosciences – the Grand Canyon Region GEO 195 (Field Studies in the Geosciences – the Grand Canyon Region) is a 4-credit hour field-based Geology course that focuses on students learning about the natural environment of the American Southwest through a hands-on, field work approach. From March 12th through May 14th (except April 9th) there will be class meetings on Monday evenings to cover fundamental material and learn observational techniques, in preparation for the field portion, described below. From July 9 – 19th, the group will travel to the American Southwest, visiting the following locations: Hoover Dam/Lake Powell Barringer Crater impact site Sunset Crater volcanic field Grand Canyon National Park, on the Colorado River for six days/nights Red Rocks State Park in southern Nevada There are no college level course prerequisites for this course. However, registration is “by permission of instructor only” and interested parties should contact: Dan Robertson Assistant Professor of Geology Monroe Community College email@example.com 292-2422 Details on the travel portion of the course can be found at this website: General Information Gratefully, Daniel Robertson Chair, Chemistry and Geosciences Monroe Community College “
- 1/04/2012 – NYS Fracking decision looms; it’s getting intenseThree years ago I had never heard of Hydraulic fracturing (Fracking), until it was brought up at a Sierra Club conference I attended. Someone at the meeting said then that this issue will be big in New York State. Still, even a year ago it was barely mentioned in the Rochester, NY region—as the local media failed to mention for a long time that Fracking regulations are being shaped for both theMarcellus Shale and the Utica Shale, which includes Rochester, NY. . Now, things are getting intense. Even the governor is going to feel the heat: more…
- 1/04/2012 – Transportation accounts for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Here in Rochester, NY we encourage you to bike for those short distances. Here’s a program that will help: Bicycle Benefits is now here in Rochester | Rochester Cycling Alliance “Bicycle Benefits is now here in Rochester Happy New Year, cyclists! The fantastic nation-wide program Bicycle Benefits is now here in Rochester. Kick off 2012 by getting your $5 membership helmet sticker at participating locations, and then ride your bike to other participating businesses to receive your discount on products and services. The first local business to join was Park Ave. Bikes (thank you, Andy!); other recent businesses joining include Java’s, Callan-Harris Physical Therapy, and the Owl House. You can read more about the program at http://www.bicyclebenefits.org Click on “New York” on the left side of the home page, and then on “Rochester,” and you will find new businesses added as they join. You can also see the location of each business as well as the details about the discounts offered. If you know of any businesses that would like to join, please contact us at the RCA, or the business can contact Bicycle Benefits directly. It is virtually a cost-free program for businesses, and is one that encourages cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community. Please join us to help make Bicycle Benefits a success in the Flower City. And let’s put more people on bikes and continue to bring active transportation to Rochester! The Rochester Cycling Alliance Board of Directors” Rochester Cycling Alliance
- 1/03/2012 – Get the big picture. Carl Sagan the great scientist and science communicator used to ask, Who shall speak for Planet Earth? Of course, we human are the only ones who can:Spaceship Earth: A new view of environmentalism – The Washington Post Spaceship Earth enters 2012 belching smoke, overheating and burning through fuel at a frightening rate. It’s feeling pretty crowded, and the crew is mutinous. No one’s at the helm. Sure, it’s an antiquated metaphor. It’s also an increasingly apt way to discuss a planet with 7 billion people, a global economy, a World Wide Web, climate change, exotic organisms running amok and all sorts of resource shortages and ecological challenges. (January 2, 2012) Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis
- 12/31/2011 – New Year’s resolution to pay attention to the Climate Change Crisis As times goes on it will get easier and easier to experience first-hand the consequences of Climate Change, it will also get harder and harder and to adapt and reverse those consequences. By the time Climate Change gets in our face with wildly extreme weather that breaks through the denial of the most ardent deniers, it will be far too late to actually turn Climate Change around. We already have 50 years of warming stored in our atmosphere and oceans to keep us busy even if we stopped one more molecule of carbon dioxide or any of the other greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere. more…
Events– Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.] If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line.
- 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Rush Methodist Church, 6200 Rush-Lima Road (Route 15A), Rush, NY,
- Fracking’s impact to be discussed in Rush | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Rush Methodist Church, 6200 Rush-Lima Road (Route 15A), to discuss the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the town of Rush. (December 30, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York | democratandchronicle.com [more on Fracking in our area]
- January 11th, 2012 Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Library, Green St., Ithaca NY Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- “The Future of Ithaca’s Drinking Water: The State of Sixmile Creek” Date: January 11th, 2012 Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Library, Green St., Ithaca NY Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the new drinking water plant, the success of stream restoration projects and what volunteer monitors are discovering about the health of Sixmile Creek. Find out how you can be a part of it all. Volunteer Creek Monitors and scientists from the Community Science Institute’s certified lab will present their findings on the state of Sixmile Creek at the Tompkins County Library on January 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’ll be covering such questions as: “Does the stream support fish?” “Why is Sixmile Creek so muddy?” and “How much does Sixmile Creek contribute to the phosphorus problem in Cayuga Lake?” Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District will share successes of recent restoration efforts affecting both agricultural and developed areas of the watershed. Sixmile Creek also serves as the drinking water source for the City of Ithaca. The treatment facility will be rebuilt in the next few years, with work in the watershed updating the reservoir and collection system. Representatives from the City will be on hand to provide updates. The Sixmile Creek Volunteer Monitors have been partnering with the Community Science Institute’s certified lab since September, 2004, to sample the stream at 14 locations several times a year from the headwaters in State Forests to Plain St. in downtown Ithaca. Results of analyses for bacteria, nutrients and sediment, are reported on the CSI website at www.communityscience.org. The CSI-volunteer monitoring partnership provides citizens a way to actively engage in science and contribute to the management of our local resources, a project supported by several municipalities and Tompkins County as well as the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District. For further information about volunteering to monitor the water quality of Sixmile Creek, contact Dan Karig at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-277-3380. ### NOTE: Under CSI leadership, volunteer groups monitor several other creeks in the Cayuga Lake Watershed, and in the uppermost Susquehanna Basin headwaters creeks. Find these creeks and data at www.communityscience.org
- Thursday, January 12th – 3:30pm – 4:30pm Where: Williamson High School Auditorium 5891 Route 21, Williamson, NY 14589 RSVP or for more information: email@example.com
- The International Joint Commission (IJC) is proposing a new regulation plan for the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River system, Plan BV7. Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle wants to hear from you and your community as to how these new proposed changes would affect you. Congresswoman Buerkle is hosting a listening session on Thursday, January 12th at Williamson High School in Wayne County. You are invited to attend and share your concerns regarding the proposed plan with the Congresswoman. When: Thursday, January 12th – 3:30pm – 4:30pm Where: Williamson High School Auditorium 5891 Route 21, Williamson, NY 14589 RSVP or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saturday, Jan.14, 10-11:30 AM | Directions: Entrance to the Grove by the Reservoir. Park by the Pine Trees at the top of the hill.
- BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREES – Learn how to identify 10 different species of trees, just from their bark and branches! We’ll wander among the mighty giants of the Washington Grove forest at Cobb’s Hill Park, with oaks and tulip trees, standing like columns in an ancient temple. Your guide, a brother of these trees, having grown up with them since 1952, will help you pinpoint the clues needed to call their names and understand their life stories such as lighting strikes and ice storms. He has promised to eat his hat if you can’t name the trees when you finish. You’ll also see how the City is working to protect the Grove and control the invasion of invasive plants such as Norway maples. Easy walk with little elevation change on well groomed trails. Warm (insulated) boots and wool socks recommended. Dress really warm. Leader: Peter Debes “
- Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Ave. Penfield NY
- A Free Home Energy Workshop Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Ave. Penfield NY Free Home Energy Workshop Tuesday, January 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Penfield Town Hall 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY
- Tuesday January 17, 2012 Open house 3 – 5p.m. and 6 – 7:15p.m. Hearing 7:30p.m. Monroe Community Hospital Auditorium 435 E. Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620
- This is a very important NYS DOT project that will have a major impact on transportation to/from the University of Rochester. The NYS DOT web site for the project is Access 390: Interchange 16. Access 390: Interchange 16/ I-390 Rehabilitation at Routes 15 and 15A Project I.D. No. 4390.17 Public Hearing: Tuesday January 17, 2012 Open house 3 – 5p.m. and 6 – 7:15p.m. Hearing 7:30p.m. Monroe Community Hospital Auditorium 435 E. Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620″ Rochester Cycling Alliance
- January 23, 2012, Albany, NY Register now for visits with legislators
- Join residents and organizations from across the state to rally and talk with legislators about hydro-fracking. The day will start with a rally in the New York State Legislature and will be followed with legislative visits. Come join us on this exciting day to bring your voice to Albany and express your concerns about hydro-fracking. 2012 Hydro-Fracking Day of Action – Citizens Campaign for the Environment
- February 8th, 2012 6:30pm | Monroe Branch Library 809 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
- Winter Garden Symposium Wide Water Gardens, The City of Rochester and the Monroe Library are teaming up to help you get ready for the 2012 gardening season. Come to swap seeds, pick up free plant materials, rent a community garden plot and get all kinds of great gardening tips. No experience required! Reservations appreciated, so adequate materials can be provided.
- Friday, April 27, 2012 At “The Links” in East Syracuse, New York
- Eighth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century | DescriptionofSymposium A Division of Synapse Sustainability Trust Inc. Looking Ahead to a Future in Renewable Energy A Local & Global Perspective Friday, April 27, 2012 At “The Links” in East Syracuse, New York Symposium on April 27, 2012. Registration opens today. This Symposium is noted as one of the most important energy conferences in the Northeast. This will be a very well attended Symposium and I encourage you to register ASAP. Last year we closed registration early at 360 attendees. This year we are going global, and including successful models of energy sustainability from other countries. Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser, will be flying in from Berlin exclusively for this Symposium to speak Germany’s success in using renewable energy, particularly solar voltaic. Willett Kempton, Ph.D, Visiting Professor at Denmarks Tekniske Universitet, will be speaking on Denmark’s model, particularly in wind energy. Other esteemed speakers include Garry Brown, Chairman PSC, Laura Morton, Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy, U.S.D.O.E, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Paul Tonko, Congressman, Nathanael Green, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, NRDC, Michael Gerrard, Director Climate Center, Columbia Law School, and Kit Kennedy, Counsel to Air & Energy Program, NRDC, who will be the moderator. Our keynote will be Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Included in the program is greetings from Frank Murray, President & CEO NYSERDA, and Joe Martens and, Commisioner DEC. We are giving a special award to Joanie Mahoney, County Executive of Onondaga County for her exceptional work. This will be a landmark Symposium!!
Action– Take Action – Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date.
- ACTION Due Date: in Albany, NY Monday January 23, 2012
- Take Action on Fracking: “Do you care about New York’s waters and communities? Are you worried about the risks industrial gas drilling by means of fracking poses to our shared environment? Then join us for the 2012 Fracking Day of Action! When: Monday, January 23, 2012 Where: Albany, New York Register: Click here to register Join residents and organizations from across the state to rally and talk with legislators about fracking! The day will start with a rally in the New York State Legislature and will be followed with legislative visits. Join us on this exciting day to bring your voice to Albany and express your concerns about fracking. You must register for your legislative visits. Click here to register. Need a ride? Buses will be coming from different parts of the state. Below, bus captains’ information is listed – please email them for additional information, including departure points, times, and cost. You must register separately for buses and lobby visits. Long Island – Tara Bono – email@example.com Syracuse/CNY – Lauren Petrie – firstname.lastname@example.org ***If you are a bus captain or organizing a bus and would like to have your information listed here, please email Lauren Petrie at email@example.com. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there! The New York Water Rangers P.S. Are you on Facebook? Help us spread the word by sharing this Facebook event! The 2012 Fracking Day of Action is sponsored by: Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, EARTHWORKS, Environmental Advocates of New York, Riverkeeper, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC), and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.
- ACTION:Due Date Now
- Request from the DEC for some help on keeping our Great Lakes healthy: “Your Observations Can Help the Health of the Great Lakes! If you spend time around the Great Lakes shoreline, please consider sharing your observations of injured or dead animals, or algal blooms by using the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Wildlife Health Event Reporter (http://glri.wher.org/) (GLRI-WHER). Scientists working in state, federal and non-profit agencies are looking for your help to identify events that are important in research of avian botulism and algal bloom outbreaks, in the interest of protecting wildlife from this disease as well as algal neurotoxins. For a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem, do your part and share what you see by setting up a reporter account (http://glri.wher.org/users/add) on the GLRI-WHER website. E-mail any questions regarding reporting to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details on avian (type E) botulism (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28433.html), visit the DEC website. “
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- Think Fracking is a bad idea for New York State, and maybe even around Rochester, NY? Then, go here and sign yet another petition to stop it: Ban the gas harvesting process known as Fracking in the United States. | The White House Ban the gas harvesting process known as Fracking in the United States. Hydraulic Fracturing, or “Fracking” as it is more commonly referred to is the process of extracting natural gas from beneath the planet’s surface by pumping pressurized fluids deep underground, causing fractures and releasing gas. There have been many reports of health problems that may have been caused by this process as well as well documented videos showing people who live near these facilities turning on their kitchen sink, and being able to light the running water on fire because of how much gas is in it. There is even evidence that fracking may be the cause of some earthquakes. Congress exempted fracturing fluid from regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005, despite the fact that they contain carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, biocides, and other petroleum products.
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- Take action for our Great Lakes “Speak Out Now to Set the U.S.-Canada Strategy for Protecting our Great Lakes The health of our Great Lakes is threatened by new challenges — including invasive species, climate change, habitat loss and emerging contaminants. The United States and Canada are now completing negotiations on an updated version of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a binational agreemet to address Great Lakes threats. ” from Alliance for the Great Lakes
- ACTION: Take action, due Date: January 11, 2012, make public comment, on the most important and immediate environmental concern in our area.
- Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS – Comment period extended to January 11, 2012. Information available for hydraulic fracturing in Marcellus Shale area: updated studycomment formproposed regulations –from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
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- Take action against hydrofracking. Not enthralled with the possibility of hydrofracking in New York State possibly contaminating our drinking water? Take ACTION: Take Action to Help Food & Water Watch Protect the Commons | Food & Water Watch “With mounting evidence that fracking for natural gas is poisoning our air and water, and a national movement against fracking that continues to grow, why is Congress poised to commit us to an energy policy that will encourage even more fracking? Please fill out the form below to take action. Your message will be sent directly to your legislators. To edit the letter, take action here. “–from Food & Water Watch
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- Join a new local Hydrofracturing Action Alert email list by contacting Anna Sears email@example.com. Also the local Sierra Club’s Global Warming & Energy Committee has been addressing the topic of Hydrofracturing. They meet the 2nd Monday evening of the month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Also – you may wish to review this coalition letter Coalition Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Executive Order No. 41: Requiring Further Environmental Review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Combined With Horizontal Drilling | Toxics Targeting and Governor Cuomo issued a “continuation” of Executive Order No. 41 on his first day in office, as he earlier signaled he would. See: No. 2 REVIEW, CONTINUATION AND EXPIRATION OF PRIOR EXECUTIVE ORDERS | Governor
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