Earth Day

Max Schulte / WXXI News

This Earth Day, environmentalists called attention to the pollution caused by disposable face masks.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A survey released two days before the 51st annual recognition of Earth Day shows a majority of New Yorkers are somewhat or very concerned about climate change and environmental conservation. The Siena College Research Institute poll also finds sixty percent of those responding believe pro-environment policies will ultimately be good for the economy.

Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation

Today, the University at Buffalo will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual event calling attention to environmental protection, by announcing its new Climate Action Plan. Meanwhile, a UB professor is releasing an updated audio version of a book he first published seven years ago, about the history and "genius" of the original Earth Day.

Buffalo Olmseatd Parks Conservancy

Local environmentalists and volunteers are being offered an unusual variation on the standard Earth Day cleanup: a cleanup followed by some time in some local bars on a Monday night.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political opponents were at an Earth Day rally on climate change attended by hundreds at the State Capitol, where they said the governor’s energy policies are far from adequate.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is urging city residents to recognize Earth Day today.

Karen DeWitt

Environmental advocates say that New York State officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Cuomo’s environmental aides defend their record.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On Earth Day 2016, officials from the City of Buffalo delivered statistics showing an increase in recycling by residents. Leaders are hopeful the upward trend will continue as the city looks to reach the goal of an initiative introduced one year ago.

Robert Creenan

A small army of volunteers planned to hit the streets Saturday to plant about 400 trees throughout Buffalo.

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.

Courtesy of EPA.Gov

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

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Apr 22, 2015
New York State Senate

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?

Chris Caya/WBFO News

April 22 marked Earth Day and on Buffalo's waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced legislation to help clean up the Great Lakes through upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.

Sunday marks the 42nd Earth Day observance in the United States.

Much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970.  Back then, many bodies of water in the US, including Lake Erie, were considered dead.  And air pollution was rampant. 

Judith Enck is regional administrator of the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.  On the Capitol Pressroom on WBFO and AM 970, Enck said while real progress has been made on improving the environment, challenges remain.