Environment

The commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving his post, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York. Supporters say the ban is having an effect in other areas of the country.

Sarah Koenigsberg is documenting the efforts of six people across the US who are working to bring the big-tailed and bucktoothed beavers back to lakes and rivers across the country.

Like beavers themselves, the human subjects of Koenigsberg's documentary, The Beaver Believers, are climate change activists.

One year ago this week, at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave his most expansive speech on climate change. Central to his plans are regulations that would rein in CO2 emissions from power plants.

So, one year on, how’s it going?

“I think it’s going well,” says Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the main person in charge of implementing Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Seven leading democratic nations have announced their goal to make the world fossil fuel free by the end of this century.

The news came at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany held earlier this month. The G7 leaders, including those from historically reluctant Japan and Canada, agreed to call for a full decarbonization of the world’s economy by 2100.

Scientists at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn warn that new data about the melting of the Earth’s permafrost, and projections of a “permafrost carbon feedback loop,” suggest that the Earth is reaching thresholds where only a new ice age could reverse the impacts of global warming.

Pork from Lockport pig farm in high demand

Jun 24, 2015

A Lockport farmer has made a name for himself due to the high-quality pork his pigs produce.  WBFO contributor and Buffalo Spree food editor Christa Glennie Seychew visited the Niagara County farm to find out more.

When given an 'oven' — chimps will cook

Jun 23, 2015

It turns out that humans and chimpanzees share more than a common ancestor and a whole lot of DNA. A new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests that chimps have several of the capacities that allowed early humans to cook their food and evolve into the species we are today.

New music brings conservationist John Muir's story to life

Jun 22, 2015

Of all the figures that helped shape an early appreciation for the American landscape, John Muir is among the most iconic. Now his writing and his life are being celebrated in music and song.

The piece, created by a duo called Chance with two other performers, is called “John Muir — University of the Wilderness,” and uses the conservationist’s own words to tell his story.

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Local foodies are getting an unexpected addition to their shopping lists: broccoli grown in Western New York.

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A showdown is looming in Ontario between beekeepers and some farmers and seed companies over the use of a controversial pesticide.

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Cosmetics and other products that end up polluting local waterways could soon be banned from store shelves in Erie County.


Hostas abound at Southtowns garden

May 27, 2015
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Gardening season is in full swing in Western New York. WBFO contributor Elizabeth Licata, the editor-in-chief of Buffalo Spree magazine, recently visited the property of a Boston Hills couple who specialize in growing one plant in particular, the hosta.

Within the past several months the Buffalo area has gone from having too much snow to not enough rain.


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Tonawanda Coke Corporation will pay $12 million in what state and federal regulators hail as a "historic" environmental settlement that targets problems at the company's River Road plant.

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A stretch of undeveloped land along the Niagara River in Lewiston is about $100,000 away from having a new owner. The Western New York Land Conservancy has nearly the full amount required to buy 29 acres from the Sister of St. Francis, to be maintained as a nature preserve.

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The dredges are coming again to the Buffalo River, as a ten-year, $100 million project to clean the river winds down.

Erie County announces waste dropoff dates

Apr 27, 2015

Erie County residents will soon have two opportunities to safely and legally get rid of some unwanted household items.

Fish stocking effort aims to encourage inland angling

Apr 22, 2015

State environmental conservation and Erie County parks officials marked Earth Day by releasing thousands of fish into Cayuga Creek. At Como Lake Park, the creek was being stocked and officials were promoting fishing at inland waterways.

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Climate change and nature selfies are among the hot topics as we celebrate Earth Day today.

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The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

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Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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A new form of plastic pollution is showing up in waterways across New York. A study released by the office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found microbeads in three-quarters of the samples collected from wastewater treatment plants statewide.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on federal officials to expedite a long-awaited report on the potential threat posed by radioactive waste underneath the Tonawanda Landfill off Military Road.

Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

Dec 18, 2014
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PUSH Buffalo announced three renewable energy projects on the city’s West Side Thursday. The New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $902,980 for the projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Crews from the New York State Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation will begin to install the Ice Boom Monday. Buffalo District Chief of Water Management Keith Koralewski says the ice boom has been a standard on Lake Erie over the winter since 1964.

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One local agency has taken a comprehensive look at the health of the waterways across much of the Western New York region. WBFO’s Avery Schneider reports.

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Squaw Island State Park on Buffalo’s West side could be the site of some natural recycling.

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Oct 10, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Opponents of a plan to reopen a crematory in Tonawanda received a boost from a County Legislature panel Thursday. The Government Affairs Committee recommended revoking Amigone Funeral Home’s status as cemetery land, which is needed to operate a crematory out of its Sheridan Drive site.

Delaware Park named one of America's 'Great Places'

Oct 1, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The American Planning Association has designated Delaware Park as one of the ‘Great Places in America’ for 2014.

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