climate change

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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. 


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The New York State Senate began a series of hearings on climate change Tuesday. Democrats who lead the chamber back a measure to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions in New York by 2050, but that may come into conflict with a program being pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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Environmental groups in New York see danger…and opportunity in the Federal government’s series of reports last week about the implications of climate change.  The report cautioned that failure to address the issue could be detrimental, specifically that in-action would severely damage the American economy over the next half-century. 


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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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Syracuse Common Councilors jumped aboard a larger national movement that would levy a carbon fee on fossil fuels and return that money to households. The Carbon Fee and Dividend climate change resolution, sponsored by councilor Joe Driscoll, would add a $15 fee to every ton of fossil fuel. He said that figure is based on the environmental costs of CO2 emitted by the fuel.

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An event in Syracuse this weekend pointed out the differences in policy and support for climate change science between the Unites States and France.  Cornell Atmospheric Science Professor Louis Derry received a research grant from the French government, which was part of some international jockeying.

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There’s a faction of conservatives reaching out in Central New York and across the country to engage fellow conservatives with a different angle on climate change.

Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis is Executive Director of republicEn. 

 “We’re different than the Environmental Left. The Environmental Left ask, ‘Do you believe in climate change?’ We ask a very different question. We say, ‘Can free enterprise solve climate change?’ We think it starts a very different conversation that Conservatives can feel comfortable with.”

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