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Central New York and Syracuse are looking to expand local solutions to climate change by holding a summit on Saturday about the topic. Advocates say the issue is largely neglected on the national level, but state and local officials are trying to change that narrative. Climate Solutions Summit organizer Renee Vogelsang says there are reasons to be optimistic.      

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The city of Syracuse is starting to explore the feasibility of using the collective bargaining clout of its residents to negotiate a better rate with an energy supplier.  It’s called Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, and common councilor Michael Greene called an introductory meeting Tuesday to discuss how it works.

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The 100th year of the New York State Canal System was celebrated over the weekend with at least 100 Earth Day Events.  The “Canal Clean Sweep” had volunteers at sites along the 524 mile canal putting some gloves on and getting to work just ahead of the canal season.  Parks and Trails New York Spokesperson James Meerdink said he appreciates their hard work.  One community in the capital region lead a community effort that went beyond the canal system. 

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As Central New Yorkers and the Nation honor Earth Day, Renewable Energy experts and advocates looked to the future of power.  Experts – from industry, government and non-profit advocacy groups were in Syracuse to share their views about which technologies might be making our electricity … and helping save the environment. 


Hundreds of people from across the state interested in the future of renewable energy will gather in East Syracuse on Friday for the 14th annual Symposium  on Energy in the 21st Century that comes during what organizers are calling an exciting time in the industry.  Symposium Director Rhea Jezer said they’ve always tried to be on the cutting edge.

“14 years ago, at our first Symposium, we actually had to bring a solar panel for people to look at, and they were amazed because no one knew what a solar panel looked like. We’ve come a long way since then,” said Jezer.

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Young women worked in teams today to create robots out of cardboard and bridges out of paper.  It’s all part of an effort by Liverpool High School Senior Rebecca Dromms to get girls interested in STEM careers.  She partnered with the SRC in North Syracuse to pursue her Girl Scout Gold Award with an event to show young women what they could do in the field.

Through one avenue or another we are all probably familiar with The Nobel Prize. But how much do we actually know about the history of the award? This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger gets us up to speed on the award that dates back to 1895.

Who is eligible to win the Nobel Prize? What does one actually win when they are  awarded the prize? Find the answers to these questions and more on this weeks episode of Science On The Radio.

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New York Environmental Groups Hopeful State Lawmakers Might Fully Implement Pollution Law

Mar 27, 2018

Environmental groups across New York are cautiously optimistic that a measure aimed at reducing diesel pollution will finally take effect in the upcoming budget after 12 years of delays. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, or DERA, was first approved by state lawmakers in 2006, but has still yet to be fully implemented.  Conor Bambrick with Environmental Advocates of New York and several other groups recently thanked Senate Majority Coalition Leaders in hopes that they will go forward with the Act.  He hopes the praise is not premature.

Wildlife Photo Exhibit Showcases Resurgence of Onondaga Lake

Mar 23, 2018
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Bald Eagles.  A snowy owl.  A red-winged blackbird.  Even monarch butterflies.  All were captured by Syracuse-area wildlife photographers for the 5th annual photo exhibit this weekend at the Onondaga Lake Visitor’s Center.  The images are not only a demonstration of the beautiful wildlife in the area, they also document the resurgence of Onondaga Lake.



There’s no question the world of Science suffered a great loss with the passing of physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.  But experts on people with disabilities say his life was also important in other ways. 

Many people can envision pictures of Stephen Hawking, using a wheelchair and talking through a computer device due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.