Environment

9:16am

Fri June 14, 2013
Environment

Another new St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario water levels plan

Green groups are hoping the new water levels plan improves wetlands along the St. Lawrence River.
Photo: Jenni Werndorf

People along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario will get a chance to weigh in on a new water levels plan next month.

Regulators say the plan, called “Plan 2014,” still helps the environment by returning more natural ebbs and flows to the water bodies. But they would have caused more shoreline damage on Lake Ontario.

Read more

8:49am

Mon May 27, 2013
Environment

Taxpayers bear the brunt of climate change costs

National Resources Defense Council

The impact and severity of weather events like the tornado that hit Oklahoma City are increasing due to a changing global climate, according to research from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Read more

4:22pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Environment

SUNY ESF working to bring back the American chesnut tree

SUNY ESF professor Bill Powell at the planting of an American chestnut tree on the campus
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

SUNY ESF is working to bring back a tree that once made up one quarter of the standing timber in forests in the Eastern United States. Now, researchers have come up with a variety of the tree that resists the blight that killed billions of American chestnut trees.

Read more

8:34am

Sat May 18, 2013
Environment

Why low Lake Ontario levels mean high St. Lawrence levels

Iroquois Dam.
Photo courtesy New York Power Authority

For quite some time, the Great Lakes -- from Superior to Ontario -- have been at historically low water levels. So many people were surprised  this week that regulators are lowering the gates at the Iroquois Dam near Ogdensburg because the St. Lawrence River is too high.

Read more

7:00pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Air Quality

Phytofilter tech cleans air with the power of 100 plants

Rexness Flickr

This week on Take Care, Martin Mittelmark, CEO of Phytofilter Technologies in Saratoga Springs, talks about a new developing technology that uses plants to remove germs, pollen, mold and cancer-causing chemicals from the air.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Martin Mittelmark.

Read more

12:08pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Environment

Court decision no deterrent for gas companies

Some rights reserved by SalFalko

New York’s second highest court upheld the right for two municipalities to ban gas drilling last week. But, that decision won’t deter gas and oil producer Lenape Resources from appealing a similar ban in the upstate community of Avon.

Read more

5:58am

Sat May 4, 2013
Environment

Rising concern about changes to Lake Ontario water levels

A marina on Lake Ontario near Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.
Hamilton Conservation Authority via Flickr

The water levels in Lake Ontario have a significant impact on the economic and environmental viability of harbors in upstate New York and Canada. As a result, a proposed plan to change the management of those water levels has raised some concerns in waterfront communities.

Read more

3:19pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Environment

Farm run-off is polluting Lake Erie, says new report

Map of Lake Erie
WBFO News file photo

A new report called Taken By Storm released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water.

Read more

6:27am

Wed May 1, 2013
Environment

Pondering the value of landfills in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is hope to two of the biggest landfills in the state.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via Flickr

Hundreds of Finger Lakes residents gathered in Geneva recently for what’s expected to be the first of several conversations about the region’s landfills.

Read more

1:58pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Environment

Fight to stop proposed gas storage facility continues with activists' release from jail

Supporters gather to celebrate the activists' release from jail
Sidsel Overgaard

Three opponents of a proposed gas storage facility near Seneca Lake were released from jail early Thursday. The activists were sentenced to fifteen days after trespassing on property owned by Inergy Corporation, but were released after about a week. Inergy is seeking approval to store millions of barrels of butane and propane in an old salt cavern near Watkins Glen.

Read more

9:16am

Fri April 19, 2013
Environment

Going green still a challenge for area businesses, governments

Central New York has a lot to be proud of when it comes to going green. That was the message at the Greening USA annual meeting in Syracuse yesterday. But there are still challenges when it comes to making the investment in green energy.

Read more

4:33pm

Fri April 12, 2013
Environment

Invasion - Landscapes in Crisis

Invasion: Landscapes in Crisis describes the effects of deer-browsing, buck rubbing and other environmental threats to plants and trees in and around Cornell Plantations Botanical Gardens and Arboretum at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Read more

2:16pm

Fri April 12, 2013
Environment

Schumer pushes for more inspection and emergency action plans for NY dams

As spring rain showers fall, Sen. Charles Schumer is warning that more dams in the state should be inspected and have emergency action plans drawn up. 

Read more

9:28am

Tue March 19, 2013
Environment

New York's forests in need of healthier regeneration

Deer on the Stackhouse property is a very common sight
Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

Imagine a New York autumn with almost no red or orange -- just brown, brown, brown. Experts say that could be the scene 50 years from now if people don’t start paying more attention to what’s going on with the shrubs, bushes and saplings in the forest. 

Read more

9:15am

Tue February 12, 2013
Environment

Dueling filmmakers dispute over fracking in Albany

As they await Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision on whether fracking will go forward in New York, dueling pro- and anti-fracking filmmakers held screenings and promotions for their films in Albany. At one point in their visit, the two sides confronted each other in the halls of the Capitol.

Read more

11:11pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations

At Monday's budget hearing in Albany, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens was grilled by legislators as a crowd of fracking opponents cheered and hissed.
Matt Ryan/WMHT

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens suggested Monday that the state may miss a February 27 deadline to complete its proposed fracking regulations. And that could stall a decision on gas drilling for months.

Read more

4:38pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away

New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations.
Tony Ficsher Photography Flickr

If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings.

Read more

7:33am

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring

In a new paper, researchers from Princeton say spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests in the coming century.
Credit Nicholas_T / via Flickr

The groundhog predicted an early spring this year -- and he isn't the only one.  Scientists now say that thanks to climate climate change, spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests during the next century and that, could have an unexpected silver lining.

Read more

10:45am

Tue January 29, 2013
Agriculture

State budget puts more focus on agriculture

The state budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for new efforts to boost sales of New York produce, a change from previous administrations, says a pro-farming group.

Read more

6:19am

Sun January 13, 2013
Environment

Madison County recycling agriculture plastics

Rich Carrier with plastics to be recycled on his family farm in Madison County
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Madison County hopes to become a hub for the recycling of agricultural plastics.  It's a waste that's created on farms that's been a problem for years.

Read more

4:24pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Environment

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon deliver letter to Cuomo on last day for fracking comments

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon protest fracking at the state Capitol
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Anti-fracking activists, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, attempted to present the state’s environmental agency with over 200,000 comments, on the last day of a public comment period on the gas drilling process.  They and other anti-fracking activists also tried to deliver a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Read more

5:44am

Thu January 10, 2013
Environment

Central New York prepares for the Emerald Ash Borer

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Flickr

It's only a matter of time before the ash tree population in central New York is decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. A task force is at work getting ready for the invasion of the deadly insects, that are now in massive numbers only two counties away from Onondaga County.

Read more

9:11am

Wed January 2, 2013
Environment

Last year's Christmas tree is this spring's mulch

Onondaga County will be collecting Christmas trees to be turned into mulch.
lizard10979 via Flickr

If you're putting away Christmas decorations and taking ornaments off the tree, Onondaga County's recycling agency wants to make sure that old tree gets re-purposed.

Read more

6:32am

Tue January 1, 2013
Environment

Reintroducing Atlantic salmon to the Salmon River

Fishers on the Salmon River
David Chanatry/New York State Reporting Project

In recent years both the federal and New York state governments have been studying how best to re-introduce – salmon -- to New York’s Salmon River.  That might come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever fished the river, known for its salmon of eye-popping size. 

Read more

7:38am

Mon December 24, 2012
Fracking

Fracking opponents respond to new fracking regulations

New Yorkers Against Fracking founder Sanda Steingraber speaks at Unitarian Church of Ithaca.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Helen Slottje is an Ithaca-based lawyer who helped develop town bans against drilling. She spoke to a friendly crowd on Monday night at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca.

Read more

7:29am

Mon December 24, 2012
Environment

Syracuse college students push for climate change divestment

Students at SUNY ESF and Syracuse University are pushing their schools to participate in
Credit runJMrun / via Flickr

When environmentalist Bill McKibben visited Syracuse in October as part of the University Lectures series, he urged students to get their schools to make more sustainable investments. His words encouraged Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students to start the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.

Read more

9:34am

Sun December 23, 2012
Environment

What can, and can't, be recycled this holiday season

While cats may love tissue paper, recycling centers do not.
doviende via Flickr

Central New Yorkers make the most trash over the holiday season, which only makes recycling all the more important this time of year, says one of the region's recycling agencies.

Read more

8:55am

Tue December 11, 2012
Environment

Onondaga Lake's mercury levels dropping more than expected

Dredging equipment sits on Onondaga Lake this summer.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Even though dredging and capping operations to clean up contamination in Onondaga Lake is in its early stages, a scientist consulting on the project says mercury levels are dropping better than expected.

Read more

8:46am

Fri December 7, 2012
Environment

Fracking water regulations leave some wanting more

Susquehanna River Basin
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently released regulations on water withdrawals that would cover the natural gas industry in New York.

Read more

3:27pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Environment

Sandy sparks belief in climate change

A new poll finds that, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more than two thirds of New Yorkers say they now believe in climate change.

Read more

Pages