What haunts me — and should haunt all of NY — about neonic pesticides

Kathy Nolan, MD, for the Poughkeepsie Journal — Those who don’t learn from history generally repeat it.

That’s what worries me as we continue to learn more about neonicotinoid pesticides or “neonics,” the nicotine-like chemicals that are now the most used insecticides nationwide. Specifically, I’m haunted by the echoes of our unfortunate history with DDT—the long-banned neurotoxic insecticide whose multigenerational harms to wildlife and people we are only still beginning to appreciate.

Kathy Nolan, MD, is Catskill Mountainkeeper's Senior Research Director, president of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, New York Chapter, a member of the Ulster County Legislature, and a pediatrician. Read her full opinion piece at the Poughkeepsie Journal.

 

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Concerns Over Terramor Glamping Site

From the Times UnionSAUGERTIES — With more than 500 campsites in the U.S. and Canada, no one knows camping better than Kampgrounds of America. Now, the world’s largest camping company is hoping to tap into the growing glamping market with Terramor Catskills, a 77-acre wooded property in Saugerties near the town border with Woodstock. But the project is not without controversy.

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Planning for the Catskill Park's Future

From the Capitol PressroomCatskill Center for Conservation and Development Executive Director Jeff Senterman and Catskill Mountainkeeper Katherine Nadeau discuss new recommendations designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Catskill Park.

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Catskill Advisory Group Calls for Better Park Management

From the Times Union: HUNTER — A report released by a governmental advisory group suggests the 700,000-acre Catskill Park must be managed more intensively to deal with the deluge of new visitors since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Catskill Mountainkeeper Calls on Governor to Protect Native American Burial Sites

Midhudson News, November 27, 2022 - HURLEYVILLE - “Burial sites are sacred places; they hold beloved and revered ancestors’ remains, as well as culturally significant funerary items,” said Katherine Nadeau, Mountainkeeper deputy director. “They’re located throughout New York State, wherever Native peoples gathered together, and many are unmarked, leaving them vulnerable to developers backhoes, looting, and desecration.” Click Read More to see the full piece.

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Hughes Energy Conversation Continues

By Joseph Abraham, MONTICELLO –– ..Wes Gillingham, Associate Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, challenged [Hughes Energy Chief Executive Officer] McSpedon’s answer to the Assemblywoman’s question, believing the problem lies in a lack of information, calling  a lot of what Hughes was saying “misleading.” Furthermore, Gillingham claimed that the DEC has continually asked Hughes Energy for more information and that the company has yet to submit an Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed project in Roxbury, Delaware County. Click "read more" to read the full piece.

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...Voters across New York state approved a $4.2 billion environmental bond measure during last week’s midterm elections that is intended to bolster climate mitigation and land preservation projects. But while the act has been applauded by environmentalists, many are calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to do even more now that she has won her first full term as governor. 

The bond act “is a beginning, not the end. We need an ongoing commitment to funding environmental justice and climate justice and climate solutions,” said Katherine Nadeau, the deputy director of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “If we don't put substantial funding into our communities, the consequences will be dire.” Click 'read more' to see the full piece.

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Hype Aside, Gas is Anything but Clean

Kathleen Nolan for the Albany Times Union
Oct. 22, 2022

We’ve known for years that fossil fuel pollution from cars, trucks, ships and power plants is a menace to our health. As a physician and public health researcher, I feel the responsibility to ensure that the public also knows about an omnipresent yet silent and rarely noticed source of pollution that is continually making us sick, right beneath our noses: the gas we burn in our homes.

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Climate Week Reflections

Ramsay Adams for the Daily Freeman

The words of the week are ‘climate’ and ‘urgency’. This summer was an unusually and extraordinarily hot one all over the globe; in fact, the U.S alone has seen so many incidents of extreme drought, wildfire, flooding, and other climate-related disasters that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed a countrywide online mapping tool to keep track of them all. 

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