Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Global Environmental Resources

Global Environmental Resources (originally called "Green Solitaire" is a project that began in 1998 to map all the Environmental Information online. Though it will never be complete, it provides all the online resources for individuals to monitor and help our environment. I've tried to organize these sites as simply as possible according to these groups.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Landfill problems

Trying to buttress our local economy with bad environmental solutions is going to be a constant threat in our future. An example of this conundrum are the attempts to 'save' Rochester and the fast ferry with casinos. We need comprehensive economic plans to construct strong and sustainable economic programs, not quick and chancy short-term solutions like gambling--which always bring with them a host of social and personal problems. The latest in environmental and economic quick-fixes is the Riga Landfill Plan to accept trash outside the community. Without commenting specifically on this plan to increase monies for Riga that offer residents tax breaks while they bring in more trash from around the country, I want to say that these kinds of solutions for economic growth and removing trash are incredibly short sighted. The sustainable solution to trash is recycling. Done properly, recycling can be a boon for manufacturing, creating job, and keeping our environment clean. Throwing more trash into the ground is always a bad solution (except for the land fill companies) because trash poisons the ground, the water and encourages more destruction of natural recourses instead of using our trash as a great potential for resources. As times get tough for more communities, there will always be these bad ideas, gambling and throwing more trash into the ground, and they will always be presented as the best solution, when they are not. Rochester has a lot more going for it than just another place to gamble and recycling is always a better idea than trashing.

Global Warming Has Arrived: Arctic Study

Global Warming Has Arrived: Arctic Study

This major study on Global Warming should concern you.

Study Links Ozone, Mortality in Urban Areas - Nov. 16, 2004 | Yale's Environment School | Press Release

Study Links Ozone, Mortality in Urban Areas - Nov. 16, 2004 | Yale's Environment School | Press Release
Smog is not good. Read the new study: Study links ozone, mortality in urban areas More people die daily in U.S. urban areas when the level of ground-level ozone is higher during the previous week, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “This is one of the largest ozone pollution studies ever conducted,” said Michelle Bell, the study’s lead author and assistant professor of environmental health at Yale’s environment school. --from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

My Thoughts

My Thoughts
The State of our environment after the 2004 Elections: It is clear that the 2004 presidential elections did not focus much on the state of our environment. The candidates hardly discussed our deteriorating environment and the media did not give us much of a snapshot of where we are in maintaining a sustainable environment. Moreover, it is clear that the Bush administration will consider corporate interests before the collected knowledge of environmental experts when instituting policy. Pretty weird when you think of the ultimate consequences of an environment gone bad. Like Carl Sagan said, “If you cannot drink the water or breathe the air, anything else you want to do isn’t going to happen.” So, with everything else going on—Iraq, taxes, Social Security, gay marriages, political wrangling, etc—in the next several years, there is probably not going to be much attention on our environment from the major media and our politicians. Does this all mean that our environmental concerns can be thrown on the backburner? I think not. Nature is not much influenced by our short-term, human priorities; it pretty much has its own agenda. If we wish to have a healthy environment, ordinary people are going to have to pay attention to environmental issues and get involved. They are going to have to actively look for environmental news and information (and then act) because the environmental news they get from the major medias and politicians will probably come too late to do anything about potential disaster. The pubic is going to have to share that information with those who do not think the health of our environment is important. There are now lots of places online to get crucial environmental information, but most of that is directed to the country or world at large. Here you are lucky: RochesterEnvironment.com is a conduit for all environmental information and online links to our specific community. However, it is only one component of keeping ourselves informed. We must demand that our media and our politicians focus on our environment so that next time our citizens get it. If not, all our other concerns will be on the backburner.