Environment & Science

CARBON POLLUTION
7:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

EPA Hosts Discussion Panel in Syracuse on New Proposed Regulations

A view from the roundtable discussion held at the Syracuse City Hall Commons atrium downtown
Credit Sarah Brechbill / WAER News

A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

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HONEYWELL SUMMER SCIENCE WEEK
1:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Science Camp at the MoST Engages Middle Schoolers With Onondaga Lake

Middle schoolers take a cruise of Syracuse's Inner Harbor and Onondaga Lake as part of Honeywell's Summer Science Week at the MoST.
Credit Sarah Brechbill / WAER News

Honeywell Summer Science Week at the Museum of Science and Technology, or the MoST, is underway this week.   It began with water sampling and plant and wildlife monitoring, with a special boat navigating the waters of Onondaga Lake.

 “I’m happy to be with you today for the Honeywell Most Summer science week. I’m going to help you identify birds today.”

70 middle schoolers from around the area were on board the boat… identifying birds…

 “look at him! Look out for the ostrich and the eagles”

Getting close and personal with some of the fish…

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Water Pollution
5:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Environmental Research Group Reports Widespread Water Pollution in New York State

One information graphic from the Wasting our Waters report from Environment New York
Credit Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.

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EPA Carbon Rule Changes
9:09 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Strong Carbon Rule for Power Plants Could Reduce Other Pollution, Improve Health, says SU Reseracher

Pollution from power plants in other states impacts New York's air, health and environment.
Credit greenpeace.org

A Syracuse University Researcher is part of a team trying to get the most out of upcoming changes to carbon emissions from power plants.  A new study shows the right regulations could cut pollution that makes people sick, damages crops, and hurts the environment.

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International Institute of Species Exploration
11:34 am
Fri May 23, 2014

A Tiny Wasp, Flowering Tree, Fungus, Microbe part of Top 10 New Species List by ESF Intl Center

Olinguito, cousin to the racoon found in Ecuador, on the top 10 list
ESF.EDU

Scientists identify thousands of new plants, animals, microbes, fungus and the like every year.  And a center here in Syracuse keeps track. The science of taxonomy is being celebrated today with the Top 10 List of new species by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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