Environment

Town of Amherst

Snyder-area residents were told Monday night there are major changes coming in the way Amherst plans, zones and develops.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made two big announcements improving the quality of New York's drinking water - and environmental advocates are applauding the actions.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

It may not be the news lakeshore property owners want to hear. The organization that regulates water levels on the Great Lakes said it will continue with record outflows from Lake Ontario.

This May, Esther Kiobel came one step closer to justice in her battle against the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company.

Kiobel has pursued the oil giant for nearly 25 years, since the Nigerian government executed her husband in 1995 on trumped-up charges, allegedly in collusion with Shell.

The United Nations is gearing up for a climate summit in New York in September, and already a number of nations have hinted they plan to boost the "intended nationally determined commitments," or INDCs, they first made under 2015 landmark Paris climate agreement.

July 4th parade canceled due to high lake level

Jul 3, 2019
Alex Crichton / WXXI News

Susan Albright has lived on Edgemere Drive in Greece for decades and there's always been a neighborhood Fourth of July parade.

"Our son is 35, and when he was a toddler, we had him in a float. Behind our car in the parade," she said.

But this year, there will be no parade.

Chris Caya / WBFO News File Photo

On Sept. 20, workers will start putting up a playground in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Buffalo's East Side. On Tuesday, kids were asked for their ideas on what the park should look like.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Williamsville trustees voted Monday night to raise many of the charges for village park rentals, while admitting the parks aren't what they should be, but higher rates will pay for work.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Water Board is getting nearly $3 million toward a prevention project for its wastewater treatment plant on Buffalo Avenue.

Climate change was barely mentioned during the 2016 presidential election, but this time around many Democratic presidential contenders are pledging climate action.

With over twenty Democratic candidates it can be hard to keep track of where they each stand on the climate crisis. To sort it all out, Greenpeace USA put together a climate scorecard, grading each candidate on his or her support for a Green New Deal and for phasing out fossil fuels.

IJC to review Plan 2014, but asks shoreline residents to be patient

Jun 29, 2019
Office of Rep. John Katko

Although members of the joint U.S.-Canadian agency that oversees a water regulation plan came to Central New York on Friday, some of those attending a roundtable discussion weren’t necessarily pleased with what they heard.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Lake Ontario water levels continue to rise, affecting homes and businesses in many Western New York towns. Nowhere is this more prevalent than Wilson Harbor in Niagara County.

Corporate Challenge

The annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge foot race earlier this month took place with thousands participating on a rainy evening. It resulted in heavy damage to parts of Delaware Park.

Climate activists celebrate and call for action

Jun 21, 2019
Kyle S. Mackie/WBFO News

Several dozen students and activists gathered outside City Hall in Buffalo Friday afternoon to celebrate New York State's passage of the country’s most ambitious climate legislation. They also called for even greater action to combat climate change.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-led state Legislature have agreed on the most ambitious goals in the nation for reducing carbon emissions in the next few decades. They plan to pass it Wednesday.


Going green — after death

Jun 18, 2019

The ritual of bidding farewell to our deceased loved ones is an important step in the mourning process. Most of us are familiar with traditional casket burials and cremation. Now, there is a third option: natural organic reduction, or human composting.

On May 21st, Washington became the first state to legalize this form of death care.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) toured flood-ravaged portions of Lake Ontario Monday, saying he expects the entire Lake Ontario shoreline will be declared a disaster area shortly. That would allow homeowners, businesses and governments to access federal disaster dollars. He also presented a three-tiered plan to deal with the record high water levels.

Landowners threaten lawsuit over Lake Ontario flooding

Jun 17, 2019
Payne Horning / WRVO News

A coalition of New York property owners plans to sue the International Joint Commission, the international body that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario.

In the US, as much as a third of our food is wasted, left to rot on the vine or tossed in a landfill. Produce can pass through dozens of hands on its way to our plates, including packing houses, produce agents and storage facilities — and at every step there are opportunities for waste.

In fact, if food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.

In fact, if food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.

All week long, New Yorkers have been weighing in on a proposed project that would help preserve some of the oldest shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. The federal government is considering creating a 1,700-square-mile national marine sanctuary in the southeastern portion of Lake Ontario. And as part of the designation process, federal officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spent time visiting the communities that stand to be impacted by the transformative project.

In 1945, George Zipf, a linguist, discovered that every human language he studied had at least one feature in common, a phenomenon he named Zipf’s law.

Zipf’s law states that the most common word in a given language is used exactly twice as frequently as the second most common word and three times more often than the third most common word and so on. If you plot each word on a graph, they create a perfect 45-degree slope.

Resentment growing against IJC and Plan 2014

Jun 13, 2019
NCPR

As Lake Ontario lingers at record highs, public outcry against the group that manages lake levels continues to rise.

Growing concern about climate change and increasing political fragmentation have helped usher in a new wave of Green Party members to the European Parliament.

Green Party members gained roughly 20 seats on top of the 51 they already held, and many of the new seats came at the expense of center-left seats. These wins were big and they were unexpected, says Jon Henley, a European correspondent for the Guardian.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

To keep waters navigable, they have to be dredged to allow the removal of vast volumes of wet sludge so ships can get through. Experts from around the Great Lakes are in town to see what this area does with dredged materials.

Governor's Office

Officials who help regulate the level of Lake Ontario are pointing to some hopeful signs in the effort to deal with the ongoing flooding issues along the lake shore.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Getting Washington to come in and clean up the former Tonawanda Coke is the way to go, according to opinions expressed at a meeting Thursday night sponsored by the Clean Air Coalition.

Alfred Brownell thought he had breathed his last.

The Liberian attorney's work to stop the construction of a massive palm oil plantation in one of his country’s last remaining rainforests had enraged the company that wanted to build it. Now they wanted to have him killed.

So, Brownell, trapped in a car by a gang of company thugs and facing a roadblock of giant logs, sat and waited to die.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News File Photo

Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded.

As if crop failures, infrastructure damage and biodiversity loss linked to climate change weren't enough, new research finds that since 1961, global warming has reduced the gross domestic product of poorer countries an average of 25%, while some richer countries have actually benefited.

Science shows global average temperatures have been rising since at least the late 1800s, but the sharpest increases have come since the 1950s. In the short term, this is good for business in many rich countries, which happen to be in cooler parts of the world.

Beginning in 2021, getting around Manhattan should become a little easier: New York City has passed a new congestion pricing scheme that will charge fees to people who bring vehicles to Midtown and Lower Manhattan during peak business hours and then use that money to fund public transit.

New York will be the first city in the US to implement such a plan. London, Stockholm and Singapore have already done so.

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