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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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Many local groups would have traditionally used this week to raise awareness and inspire action about environmental causes, from climate change to clean water and air, to pollution.  Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, though attention to it is overshadowed by the corona virus pandemic. 

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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.

Green Lakes State Park Expands

Mar 10, 2020
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Green Lakes State Park is expanding with the purchase of 160 acres of bordering land previously owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.  The State is making the purchase and will include walking trails.  Right now, there are areas to bird watch and see the panoramic views of the hills and nature. 


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


Many of New York's streams and wetlands are now at risk for pollution after President Trump lifted provisions of the Clean Water Rule. Environmental advocates are expressing concerns about the possible contamination that could result.

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It may not carry the same name recognition associated with trees like Pine, Elm, or Maple, but the Ash Tree is quite popular among landscapers or simply those seeking shade. And while you might not be aware of it, they come in a number of shapes and sizes with a unique branch layout.

Dr. Marvin Druger will get to the root of what makes the Ash Tree special, this week on Science on the Radio.

Town of Clay Continues Support & Shift toward Green Energy

Oct 17, 2018
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The Town of Clay has already placed itself on the map for green energy initiatives by installing solar panel arrays.  Now the Town Hall will be a pit stop for those with Electric Vehicles.  The town cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new dual-charging E-V station through a $150-thousand state grant that will also implement further green-energy initiatives in the town. 


Central New Yorkers have a chance this weekend to see up-close some of the latest changes to 90 acres of restored wetlands around Onondaga Lake. The free event put on by Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps aims to help restore the bond between the lake and the community.