Spotted Lanternfly has Finger Lakes on Edge

Grape vines infested with spotted lanternfly. (Heather Leach) ITHACA, NY — The Spotted Lanternfly is raising alarm bells in the Finger Lakes. The invasive pest is a threat to the region’s wine industry with a serious appetite for grapes. The lanternfly has devastated vineyards in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, but it also poses a larger ecological…

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New York Bans Pesticides Containing Nervous System Damaging Chlorpyrifos

Farmer in Watsonville, California spraying crops with pesticides. (EPA) ITHACA, NY — Pesticide products containing  the active ingredient chlorpyrifos are completely prohibited in New York State. Governor Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday. Research has shown that chlorpyrifos can harm nervous system development in infants and young children.  The pesticide can also kill insect pollinators, which…

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Converting CO2 to Jet Fuel, Ithaca Area Economic Development Invests in Green Tech Startup

Dimensional Energy’s solar-to-fuels reactor in Gillette, Wyoming (Dimensional Energy) ITHACA, NY — Ithaca Area Economic Development, or IAED, is investing in the startup company, Dimensional Energy. They aim to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into jet fuel through what’s known as “artificial photosynthesis.” Artificial photosynthesis aims to do what plants and bacteria have been doing for…

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Severe Flooding in Watkins Glen

Flooding in the Village of  Watkins Glen on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. (Watkins Glen Police) WATKINS GLEN, NY — Watkins Glen has been hit with severe flooding. The village was suffered a flash flood catalyzed by a severe thunderstorm and heavy downpour last night. Watkins Glen Police report that some parts of the Village were…

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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Cargill’s Salt Mining Beneath Cayuga Lake Until the DEC takes a ‘Hard Look’ at the Risks

Inside the Cargill’s Cayuga Salt Mine in Lansing, New York. (DEC) ITHACA,  NY — Cargill and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are being challenged in court over a modified mining permit the DEC issued the company.  Cargill operates a salt mine of over 3,000 acres beneath Cayuga Lake. The lawsuit alleges that…

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Kelles Takes to Task DEC’s Study on Phosphorus and HABs

A harmful algal bloom that occurred on the southwest shores of Cayuga Lake on July 13th, 2019. (Community Science Institute) ITHACA, NY — New York State Assemblymember Anna Kelles has raised concerns about a report calculating the maximum amounts of phosphorus allowed in Cayuga Lake. Limiting phosphorus pollution is vital to protecting the lake from…

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Ithaca Seeks a Sustainability Specialist to Work on Green New Deal

Dan Burgevin’s Mural, “Sunrise on the Green New Deal,” located on the corner of West Buffalo Street and North Fulton Street in downtown Ithaca, NY. (Ithaca Murals) ITHACA, NY — The City of Ithaca is seeking to hire a Sustainability Specialist to help implement the City’s Green New Deal. The ambitious plan, adopted in June…

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