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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...

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Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.
Aug 29, 2014 — Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.


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Wilds of Lake Champlain
Wilds of Lake Champlain

Wisdom in the Valley: a Conversation with Bill McKibben

People often describe the two shores of Lake Champlain as separate worlds, with distinct cultures and economies. Environmental writer Bill McKibben thinks western Vermont and the eastern Adirondacks should be seen as parts of one unique landscape. His new book, published next month by Crown, is called Wandering Home. The travel journal describes a long walk across the Champlain Valley. McKibben describes the valley and its communities as one of the most hopeful places in America.  Go to full article

Power Company Settles Pollution Lawsuit

More than five years ago, several eastern states filed suit against Midwest power companies. They claimed the power companies were violating the Clean Air Act, and their residents were suffering from air pollution that drifts eastward. Now, one of the power companies named in the lawsuit has settled. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jo Ingles reports, environmentalists think this agreement might prompt other utilities to follow suit.  Go to full article

New EPA Administrator to Prioritize Lake Cleanup?

Midwest officials say they hope the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to push for better coordination of Great Lakes clean up. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

New Car Mileage Estimates Overstated

Some federal lawmakers, along with a few environmental and consumers' groups, want the Environmental Protection Agency to change the way it calculates a vehicle's...  Go to full article

EPA Sources Say Mercury Rule Excluded Key Research

A report published this week in the Washington Post suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency may have excluded internal research when developing a...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Aquarium Plan Scaled Back

Nationwide, aquariums have increased 50% in the last 10 years. But the "aquarium boom" will not be coming to the North Country - officials at the St. Lawrence River Aquarium...  Go to full article
Arboretum America

Amazing Tomato: How to Keep Seeds, and Why

We follow a listener's story of long-keeping tomatoes another step. Martha Foley talks with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, researcher and author in Merrickville,...  Go to full article

The Dark Side of Bright Lights

Many of us say we want to be good environmentalists. But we often make choices based on other desires. One of those choices is lighting. Most of us use lights that are...  Go to full article
Damaged Campsite (Source:  Keven Prickett, Assc. Protection Adks)

Popular Adirondack Camp Sites "Hammered"

This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will flock to the Adirondacks. Many of them will go camping, hoping to find a true wilderness experience. Pro-environment and...  Go to full article

Mercury Rule's Impact on Great Lakes Fish

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency has a new rule to reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. But it might mean higher concentrations of mercury in fish...  Go to full article

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