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Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...
  A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...
Heavy rain – really heavy rain – that falls more often. Sound familiar? Why we’re seeing more damaging downpours may be controversial in political circles. But here it is. Cities, municipalities and insurance companies are tasked...

Jul 9, 2014 — If you always end up killing your house plants, this week's innovation pick may help. This new microfarming appliance grows produce indoors with just seeds, an electrical outlet and a little water.
Jul 9, 2014 — Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
Jul 8, 2014 — According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.

Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Photo: <a href="">Putneypics</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Putneypics, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US EPA uses Vermont flood planning to help others

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

In a report and checklist released Tuesday, the EPA released details of planning for floods being done in the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown. The checklist offers steps communities can take to prepare for flooding.  Go to full article

Third man faces charges in Vermont Gas protest

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Police say a third suspect sought after a protest at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has turned himself in.

Police say Willy B. Levitt of Hardwick was issued a citation Tuesday to appear in court July 22 on a charge of simple assault.  Go to full article
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: <a href="">Yngve Roennike</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.  Go to full article

Hudson rafting company troubles

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that the brakes may have failed on a tubing company tour bus over the weekend, leading to the death of a 15-year-old...  Go to full article
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Let the moon be your guide

So much to see in the sky these nights, including a view into the center of our galaxy. That's where radio astronomers can see a bunch of stars orbiting the big black hole at...  Go to full article
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: <a href="">Daniel X. O'Neil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY takes aim at invasive species

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials in New York are enlisting the public's help in going after invasive species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help...  Go to full article
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb.  Photo: Julie Grant

Ontario may restrict insecticides harmful to bees

Ontario has no plan to ban a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, but the government will consider restricting its use.

The governing Liberals say they'll...  Go to full article
Invasive wild parsnip. Avoid contact; avoid a nasty rash. Photo: <a href="">Douglas Mills</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Beware the invasives; and small strawberries are good too!

Right about now, the roadsides can look more like flower gardens than some gardens do. Wonderful abundant mixes of color, texture, height: all the qualities you look for....  Go to full article
Bat with white nose syndrome. <a href="">Microbe World</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A study in a Vermont cave has found that up to 96 percent of the little brown bats tagged with radio chips remained for the winter, an indication they...  Go to full article
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Plattsburgh rally to demand stop to dangerous crude oil trains

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of a train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. This Saturday, local activists will gather in Plattsburgh to...  Go to full article

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