Human factors often prevent progress around a particular scientific issue even when the scientific consensus is strong. For vaccines, it’s irrational fear. For human evolution, it’s religious objections. For climate change, it’s frequently misunderstanding of the concepts of climate and weather.
Many people throw away their trash without considering where “away” really is. For Chautauquans, “away” is across the lake in the town of Ellery, where all the nonhazardous solid waste produced in Chautauqua County is collected and decomposed in the Chautauqua County Landfill.
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on natural gas extraction, including high-volume, horizontal hydrofracturing in western…
The first in a two-part series on natural gas extraction, including high-volume, horizontal hydrofracturing in western New York state.
When Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller drives along Route 394 outside Chautauqua Institution, her sympathy goes out to the bikers and walkers along the side of the curvy road, dodging speeding cars and inhaling exhaust and particulate matter.
At nearly every lecture and concert, several pairs of hands are busy with needles and yarn. Soon, some of the fruits of that labor might be warming the bodies of Chautauqua County’s neediest residents.
When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Chautauqua County, the answer might be blowin’ in the wind.
On a quiet Chautauqua evening, nearing dusk, there are 24 notes in the air — 24 notes that tap deep…
Chautauqua Institution co-founder Lewis Miller was ahead of his time, particularly when it came to sewage. Concerned about waterborne pathogens, Miller mandated that all homes in Chautauqua connect to a sewer system in 1893, making the Institution the first completely sewered community in the U.S.
After spending years lamenting the lack of political action on climate change, Julia Wilson decided to stop complaining and start acting. Wilson, a math professor at SUNY Fredonia, had heard talk about the largest climate change event in history, the People’s Climate March, which was scheduled to take place in New York City on Sept. 23, 2014.