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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...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
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...

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Aug 20, 2014 — Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
Aug 18, 2014 — This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan
The "Phantom of the North", photo by Brian Sullivan

Great Gray Owl Glides Into NNY

The Great Gray Owl usually lives deep in the boreal forests of Canada. It's the official bird of the province of Manitoba. But due to scarce food and severe weather, thousands of the raptors have drifted south this year. They've invaded Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, even southern Ontario and Quebec. But a Great Gray hadn't been spotted in New York State since 1996, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Until last Wednesday, that is, when ornithologist Gerry Smith spotted one in the farm fields between Clayton and Cape Vincent in Jefferson County. It so happened that David Sommerstein was there too and has the story.  Go to full article

Owl Invasion Affords Close-Up Observation

Great Gray Owl invasions, also called "irruptions", happen about once every ten years. But this one is the largest on record. Brian Sullivan is the project leader of the website, ebird.org, at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Birders have posted Great Gray sightings from Minnesota to Montreal. Sullivan says it was only a matter of time until one was spotted in New York. Great Grays are one of the largest owls in North America, and they have a mysterious air about them. They're also known as the "Great Gray Ghost" and the "Phantom of the North". Sullivan told David Sommerstein despite those monikers, they're active during the day as well as night.  Go to full article

Risks of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

A recent study indicates expectant mothers who are exposed to air pollution see damage to the genetic make up of their newborns. That might increase the babies' risk of contracting cancer later in life. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports  Go to full article

A Cleaner Coal-fired Power Plant

A new kind of cleaner, coal-fired power plant will soon be built somewhere in the Midwest. American Electric Power, the nation's largest producer of electricity, says the...  Go to full article

Chester Town Plan Expands Adirondack Development Options, Worries
Environmental Groups

Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a land-use plan for the town of Chester, in Warren County. APA officials describe the document as a model for local...  Go to full article
Now that the river otter's population is recovering, some worry that they are plundering fish farms. The proposed solution to this problem is stirring up some debate.

River Otters on the Rebound

There have been many wildlife success stories in the region. For instance, the numbers of white-tailed deer and Canada Geese have rebounded so strongly that many consider...  Go to full article

Winter Air Quality An Issue

Earlier this month, Environment Canada issued smog warnings for the Montreal area for six straight days. Higher elevations gave a clear view of the brown smog layer on the...  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article

Increased Funding for Great Lakes Legacy Act?

President Bush is recommending more money for a program designed to clean up contaminated sediment around the Great Lakes. But the program has a track record of not being...  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley Called For Further Review

Special Report: APA Staff Divided On Big Tupper Great Camps

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a proposed resort development in Tupper Lake that would mean construction of more than 800 vacation homes and condos. A cornerstone...  Go to full article

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