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RENewsletter | August 12, 2012

 

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Opening Salvo: “Strike while the Climate Change iron is hot”

The small, but financially powerful, klatch of Climate Change deniers must be feeling beleaguered as so much information contrary to their belief system surfaces wildly throughout our media. Besides major articles that connect the present warming in the US (The New Climate Dice: Public Perception of Climate Change by James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Reto Ruedy — July 2012 and Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone by Bill McKibben), there are innumerable articles that make it plain that our present warming is like nothing else in the past several hundred years:

  • · To date, 2012 is hottest year on record for the Northeast “New data released by the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell shows the Northeast's seven-month average (January through July) of 49.9 degrees was the warmest such period since 1895, the year such record keeping began. It has been the second warmest such period in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the warmest first seven months of the year in the rest of the Northeast.”  (August 7, 2012) Chronicle Online
  • · California prepares for harsh realities of changing climate “Climate change is real and unfolding, and the outlook for California is bleak. A series of state-sponsored scientific studies released Tuesday warns that California can expect more scorching heat waves, severe and damaging wildfires, emergency room visits and strain on the electric grid as the Earth continues to warm and sea levels rise along the state's 1,100-mile long coast.” (July 31, 2012) Home - San Jose Mercury News

Climate Change champions must use this present heatwave as a teaching opportunity for the public before their attention wanes—like it did after Love Canal and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill when we returned to business as usual. For without public understanding and support of Climate Change, most will continue to see this summer’s heatwave as merely a unique string of weather events.

However, Climate Change champions should also take heed of NYT environmental reporter Andrew Revkin’s warning of the irrational exuberance that followed NASA’s story about a remarkably quick melting of Greenland’s glaciers this July.

‘Unprecedented’ Greenland Surface Melt – Every 150 Years? The flow of news releases and background science content from NASA is generally excellent, but the space agency badly blew it earlier this week with this headline, which has now reverberated around the Web: “Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt.” (July 25, 2012) Dot Earth

I mention Revkin’s article to highlight several points about the tangled web of Climate Change. It’s complicated and easily confused by those who benefit from sowing doubt. Environmentalists shouldn’t overstep the real facts with misleading facts, for the accumulated evidence over the past thirty years has been quite enough to convince an overwhelming majority of climate scientists that our atmosphere is indeed warming up.

Let’s be clear; this is the message from the UNFCCC Seventeenth Conference of the Parties, Durban Wednesday, 30 November 2011:

“Warming in the climate system is unequivocal; Most of the observed increase in global average temperature since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations; Continue greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates would cause further warming and induce many changes in the global climate system during the 21st century that would very likely be larger than those observed during the 20th century.”

Climate Change is like no other issue humanity has ever faced, where our actions and inactions will affect the fate of the entire planet. Absurdly, and almost impossible to imagine, the series of heatwaves, wildfires, and droughts that have ravaged our country this summer are absent from the one arena where it might actually result in action on an issue of this magnitude—the presidential elections. Even though it was only last April that President Obama released Administration Releases 10-Year Global Change Strategic Plan -- “… prepare for anticipated changes in the global environment, including climate change”, the issue of Climate Changes goes ignored (although not ignored by Climate Change champions like US Senator from Nevada Harry Reid and US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders.)

Already we have missed great opportunities to take responsibility for our planet, and that means years of continued warming even if we could stop all anthropogenic greenhouse gases right now. One such missed opportunity was President Carter’s July 15, 1979 ‘malaise’ speech in which he told the American people:

We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.

All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we begin to solve our energy problem. The American Experience

Because President Carter’s opponents successfully characterized the speech as dismal, our country leaped down ‘a mistaken idea of freedom’ path and voted in a president who unleashed the full power of free market fundamentalism, therefore removing any chance of addressing energy issues that are directly connected to Climate Change. Considering the threat of Climate Change now, what if we had listened more closely to President Carter then?

Winston Churchill said of us, "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." While that may garner hope for some, Climate Change champions would do well not to let this summer’s Climate Change reality disappear back into business as usual. For ‘business as usual’ is interpreted by most Climate Change studies as the worst case scenario for those who follow us.

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com (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?

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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NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

· Bat populations fall 90% from white-nose syndrome; Hudson Valley caves are research target

· Discovery Part of New York State's EAB Early Detection Program An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at a state-owned campground,

· Drought Forces Reductions in U.S. Crop Forecasts

· West Nile virus outbreak causes Dallas to declare emergency

· California Gathers Facts to Plan for a Hot, Dry Future

· Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water

· Governor Cuomo Announces $107 Million Available Through NY-Sun Inititiative for Large Solar Power Installations

· Anti-frack signs go missing in Richmond

· Cleanup planned at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park Green living catching on in the suburbs

· Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Protect Public Health by Requiring Sewage Plants to Notify Public When Discharge Occurs

· Series of Test Results at TCI Site and in the Surrounding Community Indicate No Threat to Public Health

· PCB tally isn't known

· Canada must focus on energy sector to meet emissions target

· Storms linked to climate change may be depleting the ozone layer, study shows

· Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas

· U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions

· Obama Fast-Tracks Renewables on Military Bases, Public Lands

· Cape Vincent’s Planning Board mulls termination of BP wind application

· Green growth plagues south end of Canandaigua Lake

· Andrew Cuomo signs sewage discharge bill

· Papers show heavy PCB traffic at TCI

· Drought Prompts Attack on U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard

· Cayuga County legislators oppose new BV7 plan

· Drought: Farmers dig deeper, water tables drop, competition heats up

· State of the Lake: new report investigates water quality and health of Lake Champlain

· Fossilized polar bear jawbone speaks to scientists about climate change

· It's official: It's been hot in the Northeast

· Beekeepers are abuzz over climate change and mounting bee losses

· Offshore Wind Energy in New York…Coming Soon!

· To date, 2012 is hottest year on record for the Northeast

· Governor praises coal-to-biomass plant conversion at Fort Drum

· Rochester Hearing & Speech to recycle hearing aid batteries

· DEC's fracking review grows to 4,000 pages

· Fracking poses risk to water systems, research suggests: U.S. study

· Heat tough on Great Lakes fisheries

· EWG Responds to Report that New York is About to Approve Fracking

· End of the anti-frack world near

· Analysts Conclude Fracking Wastewater Poses Substantial Risk to Drinking Water

· Lump of Coal: Promising Mine Deal Hits Headwinds

· Fracking concerns voiced in Ontario County

· City of Canandaigua ponders bottling water

· Governor Cuomo Announces Unprecedented Acquisition of 69,000 Acres of the Former Finch Pruyn Lands in the Adirondack Park

· Climate change is here — and worse than we thought

· GreenSpace: Parents' groups urge action on climate for children's sake

· Growing willows for fuel

· UPDATE: Cuomo commits to spend $49 million in "historic" expansion of Adirondack forest preserve

· Dryden, NY: A Year at the Center of Debate Over Fracking

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UpdatesDaily 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.]

  • 8/11/2012 - Because our Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club’s Zero Waste Committee is going to be the Recycling Rangers, helping orchestrate recycling for theGreentopia Festival, we thought you ought to see this amazing feature to this year’s festival recycling.  The video “The Great Recycle 2012” is as must see. "The Great Recycle" is Coming to Greeptopia | ECOFEST Honest Tea will be bringing "The Great Recycle" to Greentopia | ECOFEST September 15th and 16th, making Rochester the third stop on their nation-wide campaign!    Having launched only a few months ago in New York City's Times Square, "The Great Recycle" is Honest Tea's effort to get people excited about recycling again. Featuring the world's largest recycling bin at 30ft. in height, Honest Tea is aiming to recycle as many bottles as they've sold by 2020.   Donations will earn prizes such as: a free cold bottle of Honest Tea for one bottle recycled; t-shirts, reusable bags, or sunglasses for five or more bottles recycled; and a gift certificate for a mountain bike for 200 or more bottles recycled (while supplies last).     To get a better grasp on how large the bin really is, see for yourself in the video below! (August 10, 2012) Greentopia Festival
  • 8/11/2012 - Local media publishes article on West Nile Virus in our area. Even suggests influence of Climate Change (warming) Natural and necessary ways to Keep West Nivle Virus at bay (August 10, 2012)  RochesterHomePage.net
  • 8/11/2012 - Just in case you’ve missed how extraordinary hot this summer has been, go here to get top stories on the heat that is US.  Heat Wave: The Best Reporting on Our Rising Temperatures July was the hottest month ever in the continental U.S., and the past twelve months have been hotter than any such period on record. Half of all counties in the country have been declared disaster areas, mainly due to drought. We’ve rounded up some of the best journalism on the effects of rising temperatures. Got others you’re burning to share? Add them in the comments. (August 10, 2012) ProPublica
  • 8/11/2012 - The state of the Climate Change issue is tightly packed into this short video by Bill McKibben.   It gets to the heart of the matter: Bill McKibben's Thought Bubble: The Fight of Our Time "Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, global thinker and leader, and author of several books; including The End of Nature, and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, shares this call to action for what could not only be the biggest fight of our time, but of all time. The fossil fuel industry is quickly destroying the planet, and making the fight to protect our future increasingly challenging as industry lobbying, and unabated growth continues. We all need to come together and rally behind leaders like Bill McKibben, 350.org, and countless others, to save this planet. How? With passion, spirit, and creativity, and as Bill says, sometimes putting our bodies on the line. Will you join the fight? "
  • 8/10/2012 - Major step forward in NYS by Governor Cuomo addressing Climate Changeby informing public of sewage discharges – as there will be more frequent combined sewer overflows due to an increase and frequency of extreme rain fall as predicted byClimate Change studies for our region.  Until the public gets the information they need to know, that sewer discharges are happening, they will be oblivious of some of the worst consequences of Climate Change in our area. Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Protect Public Health by Requiring Sewage Plants to Notify Public When Discharge Occurs Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will require publicly owned sewage treatment plants and sewer systems to notify the general public whenever the facility discharges untreated or partially treated sewage.   "New Yorkers have a right to know when potentially harmful, untreated sewage is discharged into waterways in their communities," Governor Cuomo said. "These new notification requirements will let the general public know when untreated sewage is released in water bodies, especially swimming beaches and fishing areas. In addition, this new law will also raise awareness to the need for upgrades and maintenance of our state's wastewater infrastructure. I thank the bill sponsors for their work on this important law."  (August 9, 2012) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/Newsroom [more onWater Quality in our area]
  • 8/10/2012 - It shouldn’t take an economic crisis to get us on a bike.  The tragedy that is forcing many Greeks out of their vehicles and onto a bike for commuting to work and other short distances highlights how inexpensive bicycling is instead of owning, paying for gasoline, insurance, and maintenance for a car.  Moving towards a more environmental mode of travel is what we should all be moving towards as we take more responsibility for our environmental footprints.  Our way of transportation, vehicles that emit 27% of our greenhouse gases, is not sustainable and one factor or another is going to force us to change our ways.  Squeezed by debt crisis, Greeks ditch cars for bikes (Reuters) - Greece's dire economic plight has forced thousands of businesses to close, thrown one in five out of work and eroded the living standards of millions. But for bicycle-maker Giorgos Vogiatzis, it's not all bad news. The crisis has put cash-strapped Greeks on their bikes - once snubbed as a sign of poverty or just plain risky - and Greek manufacturers are shifting into fast gear. The high cost of road tax, fuel and repairs is forcing Greeks to ditch their cars in huge numbers. According to the government's statistics office, the number of cars on Greek roads declined by more than 40 percent in each of the last two years. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 bikes were sold in 2011, up about a quarter from the previous year.  Reuters (August 8, 2012)
  • 8/09/2012 - Learn more about Fracking in NYS at this event: Economic Impacts of Hydrofracking, Aug. 16, Bully Hill, Hammondsport Forum on the Economic Impacts of Hydrofracking Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:00 to 7:00 pm Bully Hill Vineyards 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive Hammondsport, NY A discussion of the economic impacts of hydrofracking compared to sustainable alternatives will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport.  Bully Hill is located at 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive. The forum will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Discussion and questions will follow the presentations. A reception with refreshments will be held before the presentations. During the reception, photographer Steve Knapp from Barrington will show slides of his photographs of Keuka Lake. The program is free and open to the public.  Reservations requested.  RSVP to sean.king@bullyhill.com.
  • 8/08/2012 - Other stuff kills birds than wind turbines.  One of the main arguments against putting up wind farms in New York State has been the toll on birds—though even major bird organizations realize that Wind Power is a major component in driving down Climate Change that has already threaten many bird populations.  Wonder if those same people who march out the bird/kill argument and also addressing these threats to birds: more...
  • 8/08/2012 - We’ve been hearing that High Speed Rail in New York State isn’t exactly dead (High-speed rail for Upstate NY picking up speed without Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle, Richard Hanna onboard ) and we’d like to think that it is inevitable.  High speed rail could be a major solution to the greenhouse gases we release via how we get about because folks could use a single train system for medium (across state) distances.  And, if you bike to the train station, load your bike on the train, and then continue on your trip by bike, then your carbon footprint gets reduced a lot.  So, maybe there’s hope:   Q&A: Amtrak President Joe Boardman on the Rational Inevitability of High-Speed Rail"Amtrak plans to build a next generation high-speed rail network along the east coast zipping business travelers from New York to Philadelphia (or D.C.) fast enough to get them to their cheesesteak power lunch in a little more than half an hour. But the $151 billion plan lacks a dedicated funding source–a source that railroad executives are asking Congress to provide at a time of hostility to big projects. So Transportation Nation’s Alex Goldmark chatted with Amtrak President and CEO, Joe Boardman about the future of our nation’s rail network, and the prospects for Northeast corridor bullet trains in particular. " (August 6, 2012)  Transportation Nation
  • 8/08/2012 - Did you know another major Climate Change talks--Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012 -- are coming up this fall?  Understandable if you didn’t because our mainstream media has been not been doing their job on adequately informing the public on Climate Change.  But you can find out about the talks and what they are going to do here: FACTBOX-Main issues to be resolved in U.N. climate talksLONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Almost 200 countries face the tough task of agreeing a new global climate deal by a deadline of 2015, forcing all nations to curb emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. Environment ministers will meet in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 for two weeks to start preparing the new accord. Below are the main issues they face: (August 6, 2012)  AlterNet
  • 8/07/2012 - How about a security Fracking deposit by drillers for 1 trillion dollars, so when they ruin our water we at least get a fraction of our state’s value back?  We make tenants do this when they rent our homes and apartments, so why not these folks who are going to use our state as their drilling grounds and have promised they won’t ruin our water, our roads, our environment, and our existence?  Put their money on the line, like we are putting our existence on the line for Fracking. Fracking poses risk to water systems, research suggests: U.S. study A new scientific study of the risks associated with Hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — in the United States, found that current methods for wastewater disposal put drinking water at risk. Fracking involves pumping a mixture of water, sand and other chemicals deep underground at high pressure to fracture rocks, allowing the trapped natural gas to flow and then be pumped to the surface. While resource companies have used technology in Canada and the U.S. on a small scale for decades, it’s expected to ramp up significantly in B.C., Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick, as deep shale gas reserves are tapped in an effort to exploit natural gas deposits and diversify Canada. (August 6, 2012) The Vancouver Sun [more on Fracking in our area]
  • 8/07/2012 - What we're reading: 2052-A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years"This website is a supplement to the book 2052-A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years, written by Jorgen Randers, and to be published by Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA on June 1, 2012. The book can already be ordered fromwww.chelseagreenpublishing.com or www.amazon.com and will later become available in bookstores, most likely in more languages. The German translation is published by www.oekom.de  After the launch of the book, this website will also provide links to reviews of the book. "
  • 8/07/2012 - There’s enough reason for a majority of the public to accept #climatechange into their hearts and act for their children.  A group of mothers thinks it’s time to act on Climate Change: GreenSpace: Parents' groups urge action on climate for children's sake And our top Climate scientist thinks so too:  The New Climate Dice: Public Perception of Climate Change By James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Reto Ruedy — July 2012. Are Recent Heat Waves A Result Of Climate Change? The last couple of years have certainly felt unusually hot in many parts of the U.S., but are they really all that unusual? Many people wonder whether a warming climate is turning up the temperature or whether it's all just part of the normal variation in the weather. Among scientists, there's a growing view that these latest heat waves are indeed a result of climate change.  (August 6, 2012) NPR Environment [more on Climate Change in our area]
  • 8/07/2012 - Looks like a great documentary about something we should be finding more about: environment and cancer. Documentary traces links between cancer and the environment Finger Lakes, N.Y. — A free screening of a feature documentary based on a book by cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber takes place Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St. Naples.  The documentary, “Living Downstream,” is described as a poetic film that follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The event is free, with donations appreciated. (August 6, 2012) MPNnow.com
  • 8/07/2012 - Bottling and then selling Canandaigua Lake water sounds like Privatization of public waters to me.  Might want to watch this local talk on water privitization from the Sierra Club.  "Missed our 14th Annual Environmental Forum Our Water’s Fragile Future: Hydrofracking, Climate Change, & Privatization --Then watch the video:  Might want to think this one out: City of Canandaigua ponders bottling waterCanandaigua, N.Y. — While drinking bottled water one day, City of Canandaigua Councilmember David Whitcomb had an idea. “I thought, why doesn’t the city bottle water and sell it?” Whitcomb said. Bottling water from Canandaigua Lake and selling it would be a way to gain revenue without raising taxes, he said. The issue is on tonight’s planning committee agenda; however, discussion is still in the preliminary stage.  (August 6, 2012) MPNnow.com  [more on Water Quality in our area]
  • 8/06/2012 - Will Fracking be a Resource Curse for New York State? Be afraid; be very afraid if the Fracking moratorium gets lifted in New York State.  It’s hard to imagine but the possibility of New York State falling under the specter of Resource Cursebecause of Fracking looms.  A resource curse is where “…refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources.” Wikipedia Marcellus Shale becoming top US natural gas field more...
  • 8/06/2012 - Great idea for businesses to save energy dollars and help our environment: CEI - FL E$C: Geothermal Energy Seminar "Geothermal Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Buildings Are you a business owner, developer or facilities manager who wants to know more about how Geothermal Heat Pumps could work for your building? The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) is hosting a free seminar on: "Geothermal Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Buildings," followed by a guided tour of a local facility that currently utilizes geothermal technology, right here in Rochester, NY! Thursday, August 23, 2012, 7:45 AM - 10:30 AM More information and Registration Register Today! Space is limited. " Center for Environmental Information  - CEI
  • 8/03/2012 - ACTION: Another opportunity to be a citizen scientist in our NYS region. Citizen Scientists will be critical in gathering info for Climate Change. DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Game Bird Surveys New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in surveys for two popular game birds: wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants. "Citizen science efforts such as these provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to partner with DEC to help monitor New York's wildlife resources," Commissioner Martens said. "I encourage you to take the time to record your observations of turkeys or pheasants while exploring the outdoors or driving through the state's beautiful landscapes this summer."  (August 2, 2012) Press Release of NYS DEC

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

August 2012

  • Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St. Naples. 
    • Documentary traces links between cancer and the environment Finger Lakes, N.Y. — A free screening of a feature documentary based on a book by cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber takes place Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St. Naples.  The documentary, “Living Downstream,” is described as a poetic film that follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The event is free, with donations appreciated. (August 6, 2012) MPNnow.com
  • Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:00 to 7:00 pm Bully Hill Vineyards 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive Hammondsport, NY
    • Economic Impacts of Hydrofracking, Aug. 16, Bully Hill, Hammondsport Forum on the Economic Impacts of Hydrofracking Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:00 to 7:00 pm Bully Hill Vineyards 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive Hammondsport, NY A discussion of the economic impacts of hydrofracking compared to sustainable alternatives will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport.  Bully Hill is located at 8843 Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive. The forum will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Discussion and questions will follow the presentations. A reception with refreshments will be held before the presentations. During the reception, photographer Steve Knapp from Barrington will show slides of his photographs of Keuka Lake. The program is free and open to the public.  Reservations requested.  RSVP tosean.king@bullyhill.com.
  • Friday, August 17, 2012 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM | Irondequoit Bay Marine Park, 4993 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622 (Meet at the Barefoot Wine tent, in the parking lot at the end of Culver Road on the lake side!)
    • Barefoot Wine is teaming up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to host a public Adopt-a-Beach™ cleanup at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park. Following the cleanup, volunteer’s ages 21 and older are invited to attend a celebration featuring Barefoot Wine and surf-inspired fare at Marge’s Lakeside Inn. The event is part of a partnership between Barefoot Wine and the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ Program to help clean up Great Lakes beaches and shorelines and offer a special celebration to recognize volunteers’ efforts.  In 2011, more than 8,000 Adopt-a-Beach™ volunteers removed 32,668 pounds of trash at 254 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.  This cleanup is part of a series of events this summer with Barefoot Wine and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  For more info on additional events in your area, visit: www.greatlakesadopt.org. For more information about this event, please visit www.greatlakesadopt.org and search for Irondequoit Bay Marine Park! "
  • 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!
  • Wednesday, August 29th , 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Brook Street Playground, Geneva
    • Castle Creek Community Stream Monitoring Event Wednesday, August 29th , 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Brook Street Playground, Geneva A Family Friendly Event! To complement the FLI’s upcoming downtown Geneva window display, “Going With The Flow”, the Finger Lakes Institute is hosting a community stream monitoring event in Castle Creek, Geneva’s urban stream. With a focus on environmental awareness, participants in this event will learn from stream ecologist Dr. Susan Cushman about the health of Castle Creek and what indicators are used to measure stream health. Community members are encouraged to attend and to bring children and friends as they will all have a chance to get their feet wet finding stream critters and measuring water quality. Participants will receive a free take-home water monitoring kit, while supplies last. This event, sponsored by the Ontario County Water Resource Council and in cooperation with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center, is free and open to the public. Participants should meet at Brook Street Playground on Brook St., Geneva. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants MUST wear water-shoes to participate. Happenings | the monthly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Institute

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.
  • Friday, September 14, 2012 | Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614
    • A business-to-business conference on green practices for our region:   Greentopia | INNOVATION | Rochester, NY "CEI and SWBR Architects would like to invite you to attend the first annual Greentopia: INNOVATION conference on Friday, September 14, 2012. This business-to-business conference is meant to enlighten, inspire, and ignite green ideas, action and innovation. Formerly CEI’s Triple Bottom Line (CEI: Center for Environmental Initiatives - Triple Bottom Line Conferences) conference, this event is geared towards professionals from all walks of life, creating the perfect opportunity to network, obtain new insights, and share business practices. As an innovation conference including presentations, case studies, and panel discussions, our aim is to promote cutting edge concepts in business incubation, innovation, green practices, and showcase brilliance in environmentally conscious technological design and implementation. Engaging and dynamic speakers will be joining us from all over the northeastern United States to present the latest innovations in business practices, sustainability and technology. You may even be able to pick up some CEU credits for selected topics. Complete details about the conference, including registration and exhibiting can be found at:Greentopia | INNOVATION | Rochester, NY "

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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.

  • ACTION: Due date: August 17th :  
    • Friday, August 17, 2012 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM | Irondequoit Bay Marine Park, 4993 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622 (Meet at the Barefoot Wine tent, in the parking lot at the end of Culver Road on the lake side!)
  • Barefoot Wine is teaming up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to host a public Adopt-a-Beach™ cleanup at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park.Following the cleanup, volunteer’s ages 21 and older are invited to attend a celebration featuring Barefoot Wine and surf-inspired fare at Marge’s Lakeside Inn. The event is part of a partnership between Barefoot Wine and the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach™ Program to help clean up Great Lakes beaches and shorelines and offer a special celebration to recognize volunteers’ efforts.  In 2011, more than 8,000 Adopt-a-Beach™ volunteers removed 32,668 pounds of trash at 254 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.  This cleanup is part of a series of events this summer with Barefoot Wine and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  For more info on additional events in your area, visit: www.greatlakesadopt.org. For more information about this event, please visit www.greatlakesadopt.org and search for Irondequoit Bay Marine Park! "
  • ACTION: Due Date; this summer
    • Another opportunity to be a citizen scientist in our NYS region.  Citizen Scientists will be critical in gathering info for Climate Change. DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Game Bird Surveys New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in surveys for two popular game birds: wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants. "Citizen science efforts such as these provide our wildlife managers with invaluable data and give people the opportunity to partner with DEC to help monitor New York's wildlife resources," Commissioner Martens said. "I encourage you to take the time to record your observations of turkeys or pheasants while exploring the outdoors or driving through the state's beautiful landscapes this summer."  (August 2, 2012) Press Release of NYS DEC
  • ACTION: Due Date now
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • 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
  • ACTION: Due Date: Now
    • 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
  • ACTION: Due date: Now

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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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