Environment

Stephen Gottlieb: Environmental Time Wasted

Jul 28, 2015

A news director at this station, about a decade ago, wanted me to engage in what some call pack journalism, to talk about whatever was occupying the press’s attention. I understood his point; people’s interest was already peaked. Plus the more people talk about the same things, the more it tends to sink in. But I’ve never liked piling on. If you heard it elsewhere, I feel no need to restate it. I like to bring up something else, or a different perspective. I feel more useful that way.

  This Friday and Saturday, the The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY will have a bioblitz.

A bioblitz is a community event designed to quickly compile information on biodiversity in a relatively small area. Community members participate in the events alongside trained naturalists and scientists to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible in, generally, a period of 24 – 36 hours.

The Thorn Preserve is owned by The Catskill Center and is comprised of 60 beautiful acres in the heart of Woodstock. Thorn Preserve is operated in partnership with Woodstock Land Conservancy.

  Josh Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the dangers of fracking and extreme energy development. He is best known as the writer/director of Gasland Part I and II.

Josh's new effort: The Solutions Grassroots Tour: A Solar Home Companion is making several stops in our region this weekend and early next week.

EPA

  EPA Regional Administrator and College of St. Rose alum Judith Enck will be speaking at the College on Thursday night at 7PM. The subject? Climate Change.

2014 was the hottest year on record. Enck says the only way that we can rise to the challenge of climate change is if every one of us gets involved. She says it is important to learn the scope of the problem and the steps that the EPA is taking to fight climate change and tips on how you can help. The title of her talk is: A Call to Action.

In 2009, Judith was appointed US Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator of Region 2 by President Barack Obama. Previously, Enck was deputy secretary for the Environment in the NYS Governor's office, responsible for policies and operations of the state’s environmental protection agencies.

    In This Changes EverythingNaomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Groundswell At Olana

Sep 9, 2014

  Hudson River School painter Frederic Church designed Olana in Hudson, NY - his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, landscape, and conservation ideals. Considered one of the most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a 250-acre artist- designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.

This weekend, The Olana Partnership and Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM co-present a new iteration of their award-winning exhibition event Groundswell. It’s a site- specific performance and works and in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.

Audio Pending...

  Scientists say extreme weather and climate change are current crises – not issues down the road.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that anti-intellectualism among leaders is harming the country.

  One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.

For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river.

The story is told in Dan Fagin's book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation - winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

    

  Alan Weisman is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller The World Without Us. In his new book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? the award-winning journalist traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?

People for Positive Action, an advocacy and environmental action group in Plattsburgh, hosted a “People’s Summit on Energy and the Environment” at SUNY Plattsburgh Tuesday evening.

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