Making Monarch Oases

A winery, a 4-H club, some lawn-owners and others are learning to serve and save pollinators.

In the publication ‘Tri-State Lookout’ writer Jessica Cohen details the efforts of Orange Environment Inc and its board member Dr. Joe Grizzanti and science advisor Dr. Anne Wibiralske on starting a regional initiative to create habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators by asking local homeowners to convert some or all of their lawns to pollinator habitats filled with native pollinator plants.

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U.N. warns of looming global water crisis. Here are some solutions.

“A newly released U.N. World Water Development Report warns that humanity is walking a dangerous path toward losing its most precious resource….  despite the stark warning, the report actually focuses on solutions. A global water crisis is only imminent if not addressed in time, and the good news is we already have a lot of the projects and initiatives we need to tackle the problem”.

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US Sea Levels Could rise 10-12 inches

The US coastline is expected to experience up to a foot (30 centimeters) of sea-level rise by the year 2050, as much rise over a 30-year period as the previous 100-year period of 1920-2020, because of climate change, making damaging floods far more common than today, a US government study said Tuesday.

Read more….https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/hazards/sealevelrise/sealevelrise-tech-report.html

See where flooding is expected…https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/#/layer/slr/0/-8272882.729902666/5072536.016884262/14/satellite/none/0.8/2050/interHigh/midAccretion

What is the full price of widening Route 17?

OE President Emeritus Michael Edelstein, cited in this article, lays out the issue of of poorly controlled growth, inadequate planning and weak environmental reviews as the making of this proposed “need”. He recommends that any future widening proposals must be studied in much greater depth, weighing alternative solutions, the potential impact on air pollution and most importantly should consider climate change as a key factor in any widening studies.

https://www.recordonline.com/story/news/local/2021/12/02/ny-state-report-estimates-widening-route-17-orange-county-costs/8793165002/?fbclid=IwAR0v4TEuqQFnmQ4mbRc8_UbdqUI3ew2paNcXoymssFy2kPhJkbCA8FJ0sqo

Danskammer Appeals Air Permit Denial

And the fight for clean air and mitigation of climate change impacts in our region continues……

Danskammer Energy announced on 11/24/21 that it will appeal the NYSDEC 10/27/21 ruling that denied the required air permit for operation of the power plant in Newburgh.

In its denial, the NYSDEC stated “…..The proposed project would be inconsistent with or would interfere with the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits established in the Climate Act. Danskammer failed to demonstrate the need or justification for the proposed project notwithstanding this inconsistency.” Danskammer Energy says it disagrees with the denial saying the State DEC is holding them to “standards that don’t even exist.” The CLCPA was developed in response to the climate change crisis that mandates carbon emissions reductions. The law outlines goals of reaching 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 in New York, 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2040 and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The proposed expansion was the first large scale gas-fired power plant to be considered by state authorities since the 2019 passage of CLCPA.