climate change

Central New York’s attention has understandably been on the COVID pandemic and racial justice.  But three area educators wanted to focus on another looming crisis – climate change.  

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To wrap up Earth Week, A Cornell University Climate expert shares some optimism and suggestions about New York State reaching its emissions goals.  Bob Howarth is on the task force for the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). 

Environment Groups Come Together for 50th Earth Day

Apr 22, 2020
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Many of New York’s largest environmental groups were not going to let the 50th anniversary of Earth Day pass without a celebration. Organizations ranging from the Adirondack Council to Sierra Club to Audubon Society and many more wanted to rejoice in progress the state has made.

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A wide range of elected officials is pushing New York to invest more in renewable energy and green jobs.  The County, City and Town leaders agree the state is more progressive than many others.  But they want more help with local actions to effectively fight climate change.

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Climate change can feel like a distant, heady topic. While fully understanding the nuances of the science behind it can be complicated, its effects are very real. And it is impacting people globally and in our community.


Community groups in Skaneateles want to expand the discussion around climate change and the impacts it’s having on Central New York.  Academic experts and local officials will look  at things such as local algae blooms, which experts never thought could happen, and ways to reduce fossil fuel use on Wednesday night.  The session is being put on by the Saint James Church Master Class, Skaneateles Lake Association, and

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Hundreds of concerned Central New Yorkers crowded into Forman Park Friday to join in the global Climate Strike.  Similar events were held in other U.S cities like Chicago and New York City, as well as across the world in France, Germany, Pakistan, and Thailand.  The strikes were primarily led by high school and college students.  Syracuse University student Jett Jonelis highlighted the destruction and loss of human life caused by climate change.

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The weather conditions might have put a damper on the first day of the New York State Fair in Syracuse.  However fairgoers still seemed to be finding their own fun … mainly inside. The Governor and other state officials also made some announcements. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a bill that could greatly reduce greenhouse gases in New York. He was joined by former Vice President Al Gore, a long time activist against climate change.

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Young Central New York students were learning about climate change Monday as part of what they’d need to know as an environmental scientist.  It’s one of a series of day camps held this week at the Museum of Science and Technology, with each day focusing on a specific career.