Environment & Science

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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EMERAL ASH BORER
6:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

City of Syracuse Begins Treating Ash Trees Against Invasive, Deadly Beetle

Lori Brockelbank with Forcon drills the injection site in an ash tree on Houston Ave.
Scott Willis WAER News

The City of Syracuse is  starting to treat some 1,800 ash trees in its right of way to protect them from fatal emerald ash borer infestations.  Licensed contractors demonstrated the treatment method Tuesday on an otherwise healthy looking tree in front of a house on Houston Avenue in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.    Harris says the 18-inch diameter tree on Houston Ave costs about $86  to treat.  He says it would take about 30 years of treatment to equal the roughly $850  removal and replacement cost of a tree, which is what would happen if left untreated. 

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SUSTAINABILITY
7:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

OCRRA Unveils New Food Waste Recycling Facility

Food waste arrives at the Amboy Facility
Scott Willis WAER News

The pizza crust or potato peel leftover from your meal at places like the OnCenter or Destiny USA restaurants ends up at a facility in Camillus that turns it into garden compost.  The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency unveiled its Amboy food scrap composting facility on Thursday, which is  the largest in the state.  Spokesperson Kristin Lawton says haulers deliver the scraps, which enter a very specialized recycling process:

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