Environment

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3:26pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Environment

Lockport GM facility goes green

A General Motors facility in western New York has announced they are going green. The site in Lockport makes heating and air conditioning components for GM radiators and is the 103rd facility for the company to become landfill-free.

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8:00am

Sun December 2, 2012
Environment

Researchers work to expand Northeast's biofuel industry

Cornell researcher Brian Richards stands in a switch grass field that's part of NEWBio project.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Solar and wind power have gotten a lot of the attention as promising alternative power sources. But energy extracted from plants, known as biofuels, is also the subject of ongoing research.

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5:58am

Sun December 2, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Sight Of Road Kill Makes A Pretty, Data-Rich Picture

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:26 pm

When wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau finds roadkill, she uploads data about it onto her smartphone.
Sarah Harris NCPR

Wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau is making a habit of tracking down roadkill. She actually seeks it out, hunting for clues about larger ecological trends. Garneau records it all on a free smartphone app, EpiCollect.

Standing by the side of the road in upstate New York, phone in hand, Garneau peers down at a dead, bloody and smelly skunk.

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9:43pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Environment

CNY working on its part of state-wide sustainability plan

A central New York planning agency is moving into the public comment period as it works to create its contribution to a state-wide sustainability plan.

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5:28am

Mon November 26, 2012
Environment

DEC says discussion about pollution on Watertown's north side to continue

Joanna Richards WRVO

At a packed public meeting November 7 in Watertown, state environmental and health officials began a dialogue with members of the public concerned about pollution on the city's north side, with the New York Air Brake plant at the center of concern. Now, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials talk about what they'll do with the new information from the meeting, and what might come next.

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6:00am

Sun November 18, 2012
Environment

Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections

Greg Thompson, USFWS Flickr

The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

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10:06am

Tue November 13, 2012
Environment

Groups hope for post-election focus on environment

Vladimer Shioshvili Flickr

While environmental issues did not play a prominent role in this year's presidential election, some activists were cheered when the president mentioned global warming in his election night speech. And one area group says this is a crucial time in determining how the federal government will focus on issues of climate, pollution, water levels and invasive species.

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8:00am

Sat November 10, 2012
Environment

Insurance industry prepares new products to deal with fracking

baasiilb15 Flickr

Nationwide Insurance announced earlier this year that damage from hydraulic fracturing won't be covered under its homeowner policies.

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8:00am

Sat November 10, 2012
Environment

Buffalo cemetery promotes green burials

It's nearly impossible not to leave a carbon footprint on the planet... Even in death. But Buffalo's largest cemetery is trying to make dying more environmentally friendly.

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7:45am

Fri November 2, 2012
Environment

Officials to hold public meeting about Watertown Air Brake site

The New York Air Brake industrial site in Watertown has been the subject of resurgent concerns among residents of the city's north side neighborhood. Some have come forward about illnesses they say are linked to pollution at the site. The state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation are holding a community meeting Wednesday, November 7 in Watertown to hear those concerns.

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9:10am

Thu October 25, 2012
Environment

Kids study water levels' effects on invasive species at Eel Bay

Construction of the giant hydropower dam near Massena in the 1950s forever tamed the once wild St. Lawrence River. It allowed engineers to harness the river’s natural ebb and flow for energy production and to protect homes and ports at the same time. But in the process, it hurt the indigenous plants and animals that depend on those highs and lows to survive. The environmental group Save The River has been leading a charge to persuade the agency that controls water levels to return more natural ebbs and flows to the St. Lawrence. One way is by giving the younger generation of River residents a hands-on lesson.

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