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It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Love it or hate it, it’s back. Earth Hour will be marked by many around the globe tonight from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, local time. This hour of action represents a magnificent rallying point, silly symbolism, or something in between,...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...
  New rules came out last month from the U.S. Department of the Interior designed to help stomp out the illegal trade which led to the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants in 2012 alone. Rhino are killed for their horns too and...

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Apr 16, 2014 — A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.
Apr 15, 2014 — After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
Apr 13, 2014 — Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.


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Critics Blast Seaway Study in Clayton

Last night in Clayton, more than 200 people had a clear message for the directors of a comprehensive study of the St. Lawrence Seaway system: don't dredge deeper and wider shipping channels in the St. Lawrence River -- ever. The Seaway links the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, and it's almost 50 years old. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Transport Canada say their study only concerns how to maintain the existing locks and channels as they are, not how to expand them. But as David Sommerstein reports, Thousand Islands residents weren't convinced.  Go to full article
Dave Dempsey

Great Lakes Need Citizen Input

The Army Corps of Engineers brought its meeting to Clayton last night after pressure from community environmental groups. A recent study indicates many of the problems troubling the Great Lakes system are due to poor governance - and says what's often missing are citizen voices. Dave Dempsey is the lead author of the report. He's a policy advisor to the Michigan Environmental Council, which published the report. It's called "Restoring Greatness to Government: Protecting the Great Lakes in the 21st Century." Dempsey told The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham it's important to make it easier for people around the waterway to have their say.  Go to full article
A-10 Warthog at low altitude

Military Flyovers: From Controversy to Collaboration

In the 1980s, low-level military flights elicited passionate reactions and often rancorous debate. It got so bad then-Governor Mario Cuomo created a joint citizen-military committee to resolve the problems. A toll-free hotline (800-228-3567) was set up for complaints and is still in operation today. Now the military is preparing a new plan for using North Country airspace. But this time, the dialogue with citizens on the ground is far more civil than in years past. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Water Quality Data Collection Inefficient

A government report has found federal agencies collect a lot of data on water quality, but don't always share the information in a way that can help the environment. The...  Go to full article

Interview: Bruce Chassy - GM Foods are Safer

Critics of genetically engineered foods question the safety of using genes from different species to alter the behavior of plants. But the supporters of bio-engineered...  Go to full article
Jay Nash

Preview: Rock for the River in Clayton

Musicians from around the country gather at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30) for Rock for the River, a benefit concert for the environmental group "Save the...  Go to full article

Interview: Jeff Smith?Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

Products made from genetically engineered crops are appearing in more and more foods. There's a good chance just about any prepackaged food that's made with soybean oil, soy...  Go to full article

Air Pollution's Link to Heart Disease

The American Heart Association says air pollution appears to be a risk factor when it comes to heart disease. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Lehman reports.  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Reduced During Blackout

A new study indicates that air pollution dropped significantly the day after last year's power blackout in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Cleaning Up School Bus Fumes

The Environmental Protection Agency has picked school districts in the Great Lakes region as the first to receive its so-called "Clean School Bus" grants this year. The...  Go to full article

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