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Scott Willis / WAER News

Twenty-three billion. That’s the number of plastic bags New Yorkers use every year. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently launched a task force to address the issue. Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency Executive Director Dereth Glance says plastic bags never really break down and decompose. If they’re not recycled properly, Glance says they can cause harm to the environment.


Environmental activists say Central New York and the rest of the state could be breathing cleaner air if it weren't for a delays in fully implementing a decade-old law.

The act is called the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, DERA for short, and would apply to all heavy duty vehicles like plows and dump trucks in the state's fleet. The measure actually had nearly unanimous bi-partisan support when it was passed in 2006, but Travis Proulx with Environmental Advocates of New York says nearly 11 years later, they're still waiting. 


The recent occasional warm spells we’ve seen in Central New York not only get people outside to enjoy the weather, but also ticks.  Nick Piedmonte has conducted extensive research on ticks, specifically the prevalent Blacklegged or deer tick found in this region. 

New York Magazine

This week on Science on the Radio host Marvin Druger discusses the Octopus.  Dr. Druger tells us what is the correct term for more than one Octopus, as well as giving us some additional information about their amazing eyesight.

Hear Science on the Radio with Marvin Druger each Wednesday Night at 8:30 pm on WAER. 

Matt Ryan / WXXI News

Environmental groups are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to codify into law some of the steps he’s taken to protect the environment and cut down on pollution related to climate change. At a budget hearing Monday, lawmakers were focused on a more immediate concern — clean drinking water.

Legislative budget hearings were interrupted once again, this time by anti-climate change activists shouting that they want “climate justice in the budget.”

Robert G. Ortt / NY State Senate

As the Trump Administration withdraws green energy policies, Governor Cuomo is investing $15 million to support geothermal installs.  Environmental groups across the state are feeling relieved.  Bill Nowak of NY Geo says many homeowners will benefit with $6,000  installation rebates.

“It was a great day for New York State," Nowak said. "Not just for the industry, but for homeowners across the state that are concerned about their energy bills and also concerned about the impact we’re having on the climate.”


This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger uncovers the history behind The Nobel Prize. Also, the man after which the prize is named and a notable recipient of the Nobel Prize.


This week on Science on the Radio host Marv Druger gives us the inside scoop on Leaf Cutting Ants. What are the various species of these ants? Where can they be found? Marv has the answers.

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 (UPDATE:  The Morning Presentation and Birding Walk has filled; A second session has been added, running 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., also Feb 11th)

Contrary to what many Central New Yorkers might believe about Onondaga Lake’s ecosystem, it has become a winter home for many Bald Eagles. An event coming up February 11th aims to explain why.

(event registration & deadline info below)

Chris Lajewski is director of the Montezuma Audubon Center.