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Hotter, Drier Climate in Region's Future?

A new study predicts that water levels in the Great Lakes could drop significantly over the next 50 years. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article
Christopher Swain hopes to complete his Hudson River swim by July 28th

Environmentalist Begins Swim of the Hudson

Last Thursday, Christopher Swain dove into Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest source of the Hudson River on Mount Marcy. Over the next eight weeks Swain will swim the entire 315 mile length of the Hudson in support of clean water. He'll swim through everything from whitewater rapids to raw sewage before stroking past Manhattan and out into the Atlantic in late July. Swain told Todd Moe his purpose is not an athletic one, but educating the public about cleaning up the Hudson.  Go to full article

Power Plants Top Polluters in North America

North America's environmental watchdog agency created by NAFTA has released its annual report on industrial pollution. It's called Taking Stock. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation looked at chemical releases by companies in 2001, the latest data available. David Sommerstein spoke with William Kennedy, the commission's executive director, about the report. Kennedy says the most important finding is that electric power plants were the worst air polluters in North America in 2001.  Go to full article

Scientists Watch Farm Pastures for a New Tent Caterpillar Threat

Rising populations of the coming eastern tent caterpillar this year may be a danger to horses and cows in the North Country. Steve Van Der Mark is the point person on this...  Go to full article

Clayton to Host Seaway Study Meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is three years into a comprehensive look at the present and future of the massive St. Lawrence Seaway, a 45 year old engineering marvel. The...  Go to full article

Big Bucks Spent to Fight NY's Bottle Bill

Advocates for an expanded bottle bill in Albany say they think they know why the measure can't pass in the legislature, despite widespread public support. They say the key is...  Go to full article

Tent Caterpillars on the Rise

It's always something, it seems. This year, it's cicadas to the south, and it's tent caterpillars here in the north. Tent caterpillars are nothing new, their silky nests are...  Go to full article

Report: Humans Contaminated by Pesticides

A new report finds the average person carries pesticide residue in their body that exceeds government-approved levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article
Purple Loosestrife damages Northeast wetlands

Gardeners Have Hand in Invasive Species Control

Gardeners have been ordering new plants and digging in the dirt this spring, but if they're not careful, they could be introducing plants that can cause havoc with forests,...  Go to full article

USDA Withdraws Organics Law "Clarification"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a "guidance statement" regarding organic food production. Some feared the directive was an attempt by the government to relax...  Go to full article

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