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Several Central New York communities are being recognized for town-wide green energy initiatives that are saving tax-payers money.  The Village of Pulaski, the Town of Cazenovia, and the Village of Cazenovia are eligible for $50,000 in state grants to continue alternative energy development. Village of Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler finds that green initiatives are something everyone in a community can get behind. 

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The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers”.


Officials with the Army Corps Engineers say they’re working diligently to finalize the permit decision for the Owasco Flats restoration plan.  The project will help reduce algae blooms on Owasco Lake that threaten drinking water and recreation.  

The update comes after Senator Chuck Schumer paid a visit to Owasco Lake last week to push the project forward.   It’s been six years in the making, slowly going through a series of state and local approvals. 

Got Mercury? Here's How to Dispose of it Properly

Aug 4, 2017

Monday morning might be a good time to take advantage of the opportunity to safely dispose of old thermostats and prescription drugs sitting around the house.  The Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency is holding its Mercury and Medication Drop-off Event at the Rock Cut Road Transfer Station.  OCRRA spokesperson Kristen Lawton says the event is vital for getting old mercury thermostats and thermometers out of homes and disposed of properly.

Did you know that the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America at one time with over five billion birds at it's population peak? This week on Science on the Radio Dr Marvin Druger will not only discuss the rise of this one-time popular bird but also ultimately it's fall.

Also, listen this week to hear about some theories on ways to restore the Passenger Pigeon to existence. 

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Senator Chuck Schumer stopped on the shores of Owasco Lake Monday to call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do its part to allow a wetlands restoration project to go forward.  Officials say it would reduce sediment and nutrient run-off that’s causing algae blooms and affecting the drinking water supply for Auburn and a dozen other towns.


This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses marijuana. You won't hear a debate whether to legalize the drug or not. What you will hear is a description of what makes up the controversial plant. You'll also hear about the potential use of medicinal marijuana.

Hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday night at 8:35.


Are you feeling hot today? No, not because of the Summer weather but rather the Global Surface Temperature. That's the topic of conversation this week on Science on the Radio with your host Dr. Marvin Druger. What contributes to the steady rise of our average global surface temperature? And what roles does El Nino play in all of this? Find out this week on Science on the Radio.

Hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:35 on WAER.


A renowned Syracuse University Scientist is arriving in Rhode Island to co-chair an international conference on the continued global threat posed by mercury.  Civil and environmental engineering professor Dr. Charles Driscoll says the U.S. and most developed countries have reduced emissions of the toxic metal from coal-fired power plants and other sources.  Now he says the largest source of mercury pollution comes from developing countries that use it to extract gold from deposits.


Many of us recognize the image of three-dimensional DNA when we see it, but how much do we actually know about its discovery? Who deciphered it? When was it is discovered? And what are the components that make up the three-dimensional image that we have come to recognize?  Wonder no more, Dr. Marvin Druger has the answers this week on Science on the Radio.

You can hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:35 on WAER.