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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."


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Christopher Swain hopes to complete his Hudson River swim by July 28th
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 entire 315 mile length of the Hudson in support of clean water. He'll swim through everything from whitewater rapids to raw sewage before stroking past Manhattan and out into the Atlantic in late July. Swain told Todd Moe his purpose is not an athletic one, but educating the public about cleaning up the Hudson.  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 year's tent caterpillar outbreak for St. Lawrence County's Cooperative Extension Service. He says researchers in Kentucky and now New York are looking at unexplained abortions among grazing animals.  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 process has been highly political. Some critics say it may pave the way for dredging and blasting a deeper channel in the St. Lawrence River. As David Sommerstein reports, the Army Corps is holding a series of public meetings, including one in Clayton, to address those concerns.  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

Report: Humans Contaminated by Pesticides

A new report finds the average person carries pesticide residue in their body that exceeds government-approved levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Tent Caterpillars on the Rise

It's always something, it seems. This year, it's cicadas to the south, and it's tent caterpillars here in the north. Tent caterpillars are nothing new, their silky nests are...  Go to full article
Purple Loosestrife damages Northeast wetlands

Gardeners Have Hand in Invasive Species Control

Gardeners have been ordering new plants and digging in the dirt this spring, but if they're not careful, they could be introducing plants that can cause havoc with forests,...  Go to full article
Former J&L Steel site

Study to Help Determine Toxic Wastes on Adirondack Brownfield site

Environmental testing could begin this summer at the abandoned Jones and Laughlin Steel site in Star Lake. St. Lawrence County officials have applied for a state Brownfields...  Go to full article

USDA Withdraws Organics Law "Clarification"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a "guidance statement" regarding organic food production. Some feared the directive was an attempt by the government to relax...  Go to full article

Schumer Visits Adirondack Gov't Leaders

Senator Chuck Schumer was in Lake Placid on Friday to outline a number of North Country issues at a government affairs breakfast. New York's senior senator discussed the...  Go to full article

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