Environment & Science

Onondaga Lake Visitors' Center
5:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

“Birds of Onondaga Lake” Exhibit Reveals Beauty of Local Birds, Ecosystems

Part of Birds of Onondaga Lake Exhibit
John Savage

Birdwatchers and local spectators will be able to experience the wildlife of Onondaga Lake in pictures as part of a new exhibit. “Birds of Onondaga Lake” consists of wildlife photography of bald eagles and other birds. But according to Erin Crotty, President of Audubon New York, it also tells a story about a recovering habitat that is becoming a place for bird conservation.  

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New York State Canal Clean Sweep
5:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NY Parks & Trail Urges Community Members to Participate in Canal Clean Up

This photo was taken at Camillus Erie Canal Park on the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. The next Clean Sweep for this location is Saturday, April 26.

The agencies that run the Erie Canal recreation trail and waterway are trying to get the community into the Earth Day spirit by having them sign up for clean-up events. This week the Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York will host its ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep. The Canalway Trail runs 277 miles and is open to a variety of recreation. Fran Gotcsik with Parks and Trails says people can get a group together, and they’ll find some work for them.

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GREEN BUILDINGS
6:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Destiny USA Celebrates LEED Gold Anniversary

A poster shows which tenants at Destiny USA have taken steps to become LEED Certified
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Destiny USA marked its second full year of LEED Gold certification Thursday by recognizing 44 store owners for also being energy efficient. The award for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” or LEED, is given to tenants that meet the sustainability requirements.  Puma took top honors for going LEED Platinum.

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ENERGY
4:12 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Syracuse Activists Urge Pres. Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

An activist holds a sign during a vigil in front of the federal building in Syracuse.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

About two dozen activists held vigil today in front of the federal building in Syracuse urging President Obama to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline.   The action follows the release late last week of the State Department’s final environmental impact review, on which the president is expected to base his decision.  Long-time activist Sandy Porter says the process harms the environment from the time huge earth movers dig out the tar sands, to where they process it.  

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Changing Research on Fracking
5:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Concerns in the Debate over Hydro-fracking, Natural Gas Drilling

Sane Energy Project expanding fracking debate
Credit saneenergyproject.org

  Some of the scientific community that’s been studying Hydro-fracking for natural gas is trying to broaden the discussion about impacts and expectations.  A series of forums will look at emerging knowledge around gas drilling in Marcellus shale here in New York.  

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