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Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, uses a Burkard Spore Trap to collect pollen on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photo: Julie Grant
Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, uses a Burkard Spore Trap to collect pollen on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photo: Julie Grant

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers

If even hearing the word "ragweed" makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Or you might be, next year.

Allergists say the number of people with sensitivities to ragweed and other plants is growing. Julie Grant looks at how climate change is fueling the rise in allergies and asthma.  Go to full article
Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off? Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann

Adirondack Summer 101: Pond swimming!

One of our Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann's assignments is to bring details of his beat to the larger regional audience. So we can forgive him when he turns a long lunch hour into a chance to bag a new pond for a cooling swim - especially if we get some vicarious enjoyment out of it. On a hot, muggy day last July, he sent this quick postcard from Bone Pond, near Tupper Lake. Today seems like a perfect day to go there again.  Go to full article
On Camelot Island. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightlounge/157504297/">Jason Roberts</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousand Islands controlled burn will protect rare pitch pines

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. - Parks Canada is to start a controlled blaze today in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help protect rare fire-dependent species. It says a 16-member team will descend on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees.

The fire will help them regenerate and open the canopy, giving more light for seedlings to grow. The federal agency says years of fire suppression has upset the balance of natural and essential processes needed to support healthy mixed forests in the park.  Go to full article
Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch

Vermont loon count gauging health of bird

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.

On Saturday,...  Go to full article
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters

Recreational projects funded for Adirondacks

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for several projects to expand and improve outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Indian...  Go to full article
The Pine Bush area. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarthur/11309604054/">Andy Arthur</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's Pine Bush named national landmark

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The National Park Service has designated the Albany Pine Bush a national natural landmark as an outstanding example of a globally rare ecosystem.
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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarki982/6997264737/"> Steve Sarkisian</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Meetings planned on Lake Champlain waterfowl

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The status of waterfowl populations and hunting seasons on and along Lake Champlain will be discussed at two publics meetings next month in Vermont and...  Go to full article
Microbeads in hand soaps and facial scrubs can wash into water bodies and be ingested by fish and birds. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lulupine/350922765">Lucille Pine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gillibrand: list microbeads as Great Lakes threat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Environmental Protection Agency to list microbeads as Great Lakes contaminants.

Microbeads in personal care...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) speaking in Long Lake at a meeting of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance.  Photo:  Brian Mann

A golden age of dialogue and cooperation in the Adirondacks?

This week, the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance met in Long Lake. It was the eighth annual meeting of a group that formed in an effort to improve dialogue and reduce the...  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has...  Go to full article

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