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Opening Salvo: “Climate Change is still too boring”

At this late date, decades into our understanding of Climate Change, I am amazed that articles such as “Climate change: extreme farming” are so rare.

On Thursday, Greentopia’s Film Festival sponsored “The Island President,” at The Little Theatre, about a nation and a culture 3, 000 years old that is sinking under the sea because of Climate Change, to only about 30 folks.

During this incredible heat wave and drought that is even reaching us here in the East, our local media is still not connecting the dots (except City Newspaper, of course) between our extreme weather and Climate Change.

Jeremy’s series of articles on Climate Change should be galvanizing the public about the how Climate Change in our region is something to be addressed at both the world level and at the local level. In this article, we learn that to keep our region viable for agriculture in our warming future, all of us must understand the changes that are going on, so we can help plan to adapt and eventually survive this change.

Last Friday night, my wife, my nephew and my sister-in-law, tried to walk a block to another film at the Little Theatre, but there were so many people in the streets drinking and swaying to the music festival going on that we barely made it.

If we only cared about the plight of our planet as we do about self-absorbed gaiety. (Click on my email for feedback)


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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?

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  • 7/20/2012 - Watch some great stuff on Fracking, like your representatives in NLYS speaking out against the worst possible idea to hit NYS’s environment in the last century. Especially engaging is Senator Avella in NYC’s 11-minute interview on a no-holds-barred talk about no Fracking. Sen Avella means business. "Yesterday's fracking forum, organized by Senator Avella in NYC, is available now through the links below. It's like taking an honors class in fracking given by the best professors! In total it's about 4 hours long but if you watch it in increments there's so much to be learned: Part One: Hydrofracking forum, Recorded on 7/18/12 NYSenDems on USTREAM. Other Entertainment Part Two: fracking part 2, Recorded on 7/18/12 NYSenDems on USTREAM. Other Entertainment ALSO, from YNN's Capital Tonight, Senator Avella speaks about the forum (about 11 minutes): Sen. Avella on Fracking Forum Anna Anna Sears and Nedra Harvey R-CAUSE (Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction) "
  • 7/20/2012 -‘Island President’ film in Rochester, escaping to reality The filming of the Island President by the Greentopia Festival at the Little Theatre was a great experience, a real-life experience. Usually, we go to the movies to escape reality, but increasingly, because the dysfunctional mainstream media and our government fail to connect the dots between Climate Change and the extreme weather around us and rising sea levels, we have to go to the movies to get real. Last night, we got real, watching the Maldives’ President’s struggle to get the world to understand that his 3,000 old culture was about to be overwhelmed by Climate Change via flooding from a rising sea. At the Copenhagen talks, the president made a difference. This guy is Mr. Relentless. more...
  • 7/20/2012 - Is there common ground between physics and economics? Yes , if you believe in life. NCPR News - Is new "sustainable life" vision for the Adirondack achievable? (07/20/12) Yesterday, we reported on a new planning effort in the Adirondacks, one that aims to find a common ground approach to environmental protection and economic development. (July 20, 2012) NCPR: North Country Public Radio
  • 7/20/2012 - If you don’t read anymore long articles on the fate of this planet this month, read this one by Bill McKibben : Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is | If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe. (July 19, 2012) Rolling Stone | Music News, Politics, Reviews, Photos, Videos, Interviews and More [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 7/19/2012 - Brownfields are why it would be insane to relax environmental regulations – business won’t move to an area another business polluted. Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones | Innovation Trail Syracuse will use money from a state program to take another step in the long process of redeveloping former industrial sites. Syracuse is getting a $500,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for work on 113 acres just south of downtown and a 478 acre strip through the east side of the city. The grant is for the development of a revitalization strategy, the second of three phases of the BOA program, according to Owen Kerney, the city's deputy director for planning and sustainability. (July 18, 2012) Innovation Trail [more on Brownfields in our area]
  • 7/19/2012 - The really scary part of not addressing Climate Change rationally is that we’re left with loony geoengineering schemes on a planetary scale. Wouldn’t it be smarter to stop Climate Change and so decrease the ocean acidification instead of a playing god with technical acts of desperation? Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming? : NPR A noted oceanographer once quipped that if you gave him a tanker half-filled with iron, he could give you an ice age. He was only half-joking. Adding iron to the ocean can cause blooms of algae, which have the potential to take huge amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air and by so doing, cool the planet. And a report in Nature magazine now offers some support for that idea. (July 18, 2012) Environment : NPR [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 7/19/2012 - Dairy heat stress and Climate Change, connect the dots, make wise plans for NYS farming Disturbing as today’s news about how overheated cows are producing less milk; this is an anticipated effect of Climate Change in our region. If the local media connected the dots between milk production and the local effects of Climate Change we could better prepare for higher milk prices and garner public support for the energy increase that will be need to cool the dairy industry and keep it thriving as we adapt to Climate Change. more...
  • 7/18/2012 - Climate Change and the potential collapse of our environment are easy to explain when you think about it. We thought we could devise an economic system without considering the environment. (What were we thinking? future generations will ask) Now, we just have to change that. Here's a great encapsulation of the issue and your role in it: 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. "
  • 7/18/2012 - For those who think nuclear power is the answer to everything including Climate Change and aren’t dissuaded by points that challenge their position, they might reflect on human hubris at operating very complex operations where there is little room for error-a microcosm for running the planet as it warms. How Fukushima Challenged a Core Tenet of U.S. Nuclear Safety: An Expert's View | InsideClimate News "Nuclear power is an unforgiving technology," says Peter Lam, nuclear safety expert, whose thinking was changed by Japan's disaster. Peter Lam's resume reflects a lifetime of experience in the nuclear energy industry–including 20 years in the private sector, followed by 18 years as an administrative judge at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He's a retired nuclear engineer with 110 published judicial decisions and more than 70 technical papers in industry journals and company publications. And he's considered an international expert on nuclear reactor safety and risk assessment strategies. (July 16, 2012) | InsideClimate News
  • 7/18/2012) - On Climate Change from Al Gore: Al Gore: Extreme Weather Disaster Area: This Is What the Climate Crisis Looks Like The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named over 1,000 counties in 26 states as disaster areas -- the largest declaration in history -- as a result of the recent drought, wildfires and other extreme weather events threatening agriculture and many other industries across the entire country. As scientists have told us, this is what the climate crisis looks like. " (July 15, 2012) Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post
  • 7/17/2012 - At some point along the continuum of Climate Change, from normal to too-hot-to-handle, all of the generations will wake up on Climate Change—hope it’s in time. Generation X on climate change: Meh — The Daily Climate Pre-occupied with careers and families, the Gen Xers – adults in their 30s and 40s – remain almost as indifferent to climate change impacts as their parents The study is the fourth in a series following Gen Xers – those born between 1961 and 1981 – since 1986. The new "Generation Report" [pdf], funded by the National Science Foundation, focused on the responses of some 4,000 Gen Xers' to questions about climate change each year from 2009 to 2011. Participants were asked a number of other questions about their lives and beliefs as a part of these annual surveys, which will be the focus of future reports. (July 17, 2012) The Daily Climate
  • 7/17/2012 - As parts of our Adirondacks burn from wildfires and the governor puts a ban on outdoor brush burning, we should connect the dots with all that and Climate Change. How Climate Change Is Turning Our Forests into Kindling The effects of global warming on temperature, precipitation levels and soil moisture are turning many of our forests into kindling during wildfire season. As the climate warms, moisture and precipitation levels are changing, with wet areas becoming wetter and dry areas becoming drier. (July 9, 2012) EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement
  • 7/17/2012 - In terms of effect, the Asian Carp is one of the largest and perhaps the most potentially devastating Invasive Species to our Great Lakes; see what they look like (5 minute video): How to Identify Bighead, Silver, Grass and Common Carps - YouTube How to Identify Bighead, Silver, Grass and Common Carps Created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region, this video will teach you how to identify bighead and silver carps using grass carp and common carp as points of comparison (July 2, 2012) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - YouTube
  • 7/17/2012 - Since back in the 1980’s, David Attenborough’s programs on the persistence of life on Earth has had a profound effect on my own thinking about our planet’s biology. How finely tuned life has become after billions of years of evolution and the profound and immediate disturbance of human’s to that balance and interdependency (which Attenborough reveals in so many programs) has given me a sense of perspective on the rapidity of change that is occurring now in our environment. Glad to see that Attenborough is finally speaking up on Climate Change: For my part David Attenborugop programs on the persistence of life on Earth has had a profound effect on my own thinking about our planet’s biology. Sir David Attenborough: 'This awful summer? We've only ourselves to blame...' - Profiles - People - The Independent "Attenborough on... climate change "There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it," he says. "Personally I would be absolutely astounded if population growth and industrialisation and all the stuff we are pumping into the atmosphere hadn't changed the climatic balance. Of course it has. There is no valid argument for denial." " (July 14, 2012) The Independent | News | UK and Worldwide News | Newspaper
  • 7/17/2012 - Dragging our feet on addressing Climate Change will mean that we’ll attempt geoengineering the planet as a cure. We don’t know how to curb our cravings let along run a planet. Geoengineering Could Backfire, Make Climate Change Worse Deploying giant space mirrors and spraying particles from stadium-sized balloons may sound like an engineer’s wild fantasy, but climate models suggest that the potential of geoengineering to offset rising atmospheric carbon dioxide may be significantly overstated. Through a variety of computer simulations used for reporting to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the team investigated a scenario where an increase in the world’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was balanced by a “dimming” of the sun. (July 16, 2012)
  • 7/16/2012 - NYS Health Dept. has been mum on protecting public health during this heatwave since June 20th State Health Department, Office of Emergency Management Advise New Yorkers to Protect Themselves Against Excessive Heat, maybe they should read Go. Patterson’s New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report - November 9, 2010: New York Climate Change Advisory Group :: Interim Report 'To effectively manage the natural resources of New York State, practitioners must understand the baseline condition of species, habitats, and population trends. Rapidly changing climate and associated changes in habitats and ecological community structure will likely increase fish and wildlife exposure to stressors (both existing and those caused by climate change), compromise their ability to adapt to stress, and affect the ability to detect harmful trends in fish and wildlife ecology and health. An increase in the capacity to identify key stressors is needed to inform management decisions and abate threats. Assessments of species’ and habitats’ climate vulnerabilities, including exposure sensitivity and adaptive capacity, should be used to prioritize conservation actions. ' (page 11-33)
  • 7/16/2012 - Could be a way to rein in Fracking in NYS. Hey, you never know. Pollution Prevention Grants to be Awarded | WXXI News The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology is awarding grants around the state to implement programs that will raise awareness about pollution prevention. (July 12, 2012) WXXI News | The Public Media news source for Rochester, NY and the Finger Lakes
  • 7/16/2012 - On now for something totally new on the Fracking front, individuals can register themselves as landowners opposed to fracking at: REALNYS | Responsible Associated Landowners of New York State "We hope that you will join us in our fight to stand up as landowners in New York state who are working to protect our beloved land from the impacts of hydro-fracking. You can learn more about what we’re up to by checking our Our Mission and Our Work. Most importantly, if you own land and don’t want to have it fracked, please, add your name and property information on the Join Us! page. " --from REALNYS | Responsible Associated Landowners of New York State
  • 7/16/2012 - Green Drinks, Don't forget CEI: Center for Environmental Information - Green Drinks Events ": UGBN Green Drinks Don't forget, This Thursday, July 19, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, the Upstate Green Business Network (UGBN) Green Drinks will be hosted by the Rochester Civic Garden Center at 5 Castle Park Rochester, NY 14620 Sponsored by: Experienced Bricks "
  • 7/16/2012 - So, I’m just thinking out loud here: What if damage due to Climate Change was admissible evidence in our courts, like health damage due to frequent extreme weather events, heatwaves, wildfires… you know, science. Development of the Third Edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence "The third edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence was developed in collaboration with the Federal Judicial Center, which produced the previous editions, and is intended to assist judges with the management of cases involving complex scientific and technical evidence. " Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL)
  • 7/16/2012 - We cannot ‘shrink away in disgust’ over environments we have damaged because it’s all one planet – it never really goes away. 'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution : NPR In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found some beauty. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China. Blackwell says his ode to polluted locales is a bid for re-engagement with places people have shrunk away from in disgust. (July 14, 2012) Environment : NPR
  • 7/16/2012 - It makes sense that as we warm the planet animals and plants as they always have in their evolutionary past will respond to the challenges of Climate Change along with their other challenges. Eco-evolutionary responses of biodiversity to climate change : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group "Climate change is predicted to alter global species diversity1, the distribution of human pathogens2 and ecosystem services3. Forecasting these changes and designing adequate management of future ecosystem services will require predictive models encompassing the most fundamental biotic responses. However, most present models omit important processes such as evolution and competition4, 5. Here we develop a spatially explicit eco-evolutionary model of multi-species responses to climate change. We demonstrate that both dispersal and evolution differentially mediate extinction risks and biodiversity alterations through time and across climate gradients. " (July 15, 2012) Journal home : Nature Climate Change
  • 7/16/2012 - Mosquitoes and dragging our feet on Climate Change Here in New York State, Climate Change is not expected to affect the net amount of rainfall we get in the next half-century. Mosquitoes that drive vector-borne diseases like Lyme disease, malaria, and West Nile Virus will probably increase. We will have more rainfall in the early spring and late fall according to many Climate Studies that address our region, but even in our drier summers and early fall; man-made pooling of waters will allow the mosquito populations grow. more...


EventsRochester 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: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.

July 2012

  • July 23 at 11AM @ East Bank - Baush and Lomb Park (U of R Campus) At the foot of the Bridge
    • Due to several logistical issues, the City of Rochester has changed the date of the Ribbon Cutting for the Erie Lackawanna Bridge Rails to Trails project to the following: Erie Lackawanna Bridge “Rails to Trails” Conversion Ribbon Cutting Event July 23rd, 2012 Monday at 11:00am East Bank - Baush and Lomb Park (U of R Campus) At the foot of the Bridge (Note: new date: Monday - July 23rd) City of Rochester | Erie Lackawanna Rails-to-Trails Pedestrian Bridge "The City's efforts to improve and develop new shared use walking and biking trails, especially along the Genesee River, include converting the abandoned historic Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Bridge over the Genesee River into a Rails-to-Trails pedestrian bridge. "
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2012 3:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. EDT To register, visit: Using Health Impact Assessments to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health.
    • Learn how to make active transportation (walking and bicycling) safer and better mode of Transportation in the Rochester, NY region. PBIC and APHA Offer Free Webinar on Health Impact Assessments and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) in conjunction with the American Public Health Association announces the next free webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series: Using Health Impact Assessments to Connect Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Health Tuesday, July 24, 2012 3:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. EDT To register, visit: Using Health Impact Assessments to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health. Health impact assessments are a valuable tool for estimating the health impact of various projects and policies. This webinar will explore what health impact assessments are and how they can be used to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health. Bethany Rogerson, senior associate for the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, will provide an overview of HIA programs and how they can add value to a decision-making process.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2012, 10:00 AM | The Thousand Acre Swamp 1581 Jackson Rd - between Atlantic Ave & Plank Rd, opposite Penfield Center Rd Penfield, NY 14526
    • Summer Wildflower Hike Saturday, July 28, 2012, 10:00 AM This event is free & open to the public The Thousand Acre Swamp 1581 Jackson Rd - between Atlantic Ave & Plank Rd, opposite Penfield Center Rd Penfield, NY 14526 Parking lot is at the end of the access road. Trails are uneven, can be muddy and bordered with poison ivy; please wear appropriate footwear. Mosquitoes thrive in warm weather; protect yourself with insect repellent and suitable covering. For more information contact Marie Heerkens 585-586-8911 The Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary is a property of the Central & Western New York Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Susan Pixley, Chair Thousand Acre Swamp Preservation Committee

August 2012

  • Saturday August 4 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm for a presentation about his conservation work with grassland and shrubland birds and their habitats. Space is limited. Registration required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center please call 315-365-3588 or email
    • Nature of Montezuma Lecture and Hike: Conserving Our Most Imperiled Grassland Birds The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to welcome Mr. Andrew Hinickle, Conservation Biologist with Audubon New York, on Saturday August 4 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm for a presentation about his conservation work with grassland and shrubland birds and their habitats. The talk will provide landowners a chance to learn about the habitat needs of New York’s grassland and shrubland birds like the American kestrel, bobolink, short-eared owl and golden-winged warbler, hike through one of Montezuma’s most extensive grasslands and learn about what land owners can do to improve habitat for these birds. As Audubon New York's Conservation, Mr. Hinickle works closely with agencies and organizations to engage landowners in cost-share or other incentive programs, drafting conservation and management plans for project sites, and monitoring the bird response to management activities. Andrew comes to Audubon from the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where he was employed as a Wildlife Biologist. Previously, he held positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, restoring wetlands and grasslands on public and private lands. Andrew has degree in Environment Science from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Fee: $3/child, $5/adult, $15/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Space is limited. Registration required. To register or for more information about the Montezuma Audubon Center please call 315-365-3588 or email Photo captions: Bobolink courtesy USFWS American kestrel courtesy USFWS
  • Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm | Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford
    • Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Spokes and Ink at the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education Saturday, August 25, 2012 Noon to 6pm Monroe Avenue at Oxford/Rutgers Spokes and Ink is a new festival in Rochester that brings bicyclists and artists together. This event on Monroe Avenue showcases the diversity of both groups – avid cyclists, recreational riders, the environmentally aware, letterpress printers, graphic designers and talented artists of all sorts! There will be poster art, food and merchandise for sale, live music and activities to attract a crowd. In the inaugural year of 2011, Spokes & Ink drew 600+ guests. 2012 is expected to be bigger and better! If you are interested in reaching this wide-ranging demographic who are into bicycles and art or just want to support this activity for others, please consider a sponsorship. Your business or organization could benefit from the exposure that is possible at Spokes and Ink. What: Spokes and Ink – A Bike and Poster Party Where: Monroe Avenue between Rutgers and Oxford When: Saturday, August 25, noon to 6pm Proceeds from the event will benefit the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education and R Community Bikes. The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is a community-based 501(c)3 organization that educates, encourages and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. We have 40+ years of experience in serving the Rochester community with great arts programming including classes, exhibits, studio access and special events. R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Their mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. If you have any questions about the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education or about Spokes and Ink, please call the office at 585-244-1730. We look forward to hearing from you!

September 2012

  • September 10th - 16th - High Falls region, Rochester, NY
    • Greentopia 2012 Greentopia 2012 is a week-long celebration of inspiration through art, music, organic and locally grown food and beverages, ideas and activism. The expanded event will contain four programmatic aspects, which include Greentopia Innovation, Greentopia Film, Greentopia Music and Greentopia EcoFest. In its first year the event drew between 18-20,000 people to the historic High Falls district. Through how-to workshops and cutting-edge films, visitors learned about big green ideas and how to apply them creatively in everyday life. There are special family activities, a community recycled art installation, mouthwatering organic and local food and beverages, and all kinds of live music. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help to restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money.


ActionTake 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.


AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]

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