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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 18, 2014 — It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.
Apr 18, 2014 — A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."


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Chatham Plant Court Challenge Continues

A planned chipboard factory in St. Lawrence County that would employ more than 100 people remains stalled in court cases. A federal appeals court ruled recently that people who live near the site could continue a lawsuit seeking tighter pollution controls. The ruling reversed a lower court's decision. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fort Edward: PCB Search Moves Downtown

The search for PCBs in the Hudson River valley will soon move to downtown Fort Edward. According to the Glens Falls Post-Star, state environmental officials plan to begin testing soil and groundwater later this month. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Cormorant Control Spreads West

Cormorants are large, fish-eating birds. They were nearly wiped out by the now-banned pesticide DDT. They began to colonize Little Galloo Island on the eastern end of Lake Onratio in the early 1970s. Their populations have flourished - too much so for commercial and recreational fishermen. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been studying cormorants' diets and habits since the 80s. They began shooting cormorants to control the growing population in the mid-90s. Now, eggs are oiled and nests destroyed every spring, and some birds are shot by DEC personnel. New York began working on cormorant control with other states along the Great Lakes in the mid-90s, as the birds continued to expand their reach. The Great lakes radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill explores one lake Superior community's experiment in cormorant control.  Go to full article

New Life For Old Running Shoes

Runners often wonder what to do with their shoes once the treads have worn too low to give enough foot support. People who have donated old shoes to charities or thrown them...  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...  Go to full article

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...  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

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