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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 — The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
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.


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Owls Crossing Border Into U.S. for Food

Owls have been moving from their native habitat in Canada into the U.S. Researchers say the number of owls making the trip is unprecedented. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Christina Shockley reports.  Go to full article

Carp Barrier Clears Another Hurdle

Two federal agencies say they've worked out safety problems that might've caused delays at a new electric barrier designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Tower Feud: Saratoga County & APA Square Off

The Adirondack Park Agency has worked hard to improve relations with local governments in the region. But last week, a dispute with Saratoga County erupted into public. Town and county officials hope to build three emergency broadcast towers on prominent mountain summits inside the Park. They've accused the Park Agency of delaying a project that's vital for public safety.
APA officials say the towers could do unnecessary harm to forests and scenic views. They say Saratoga County has been uncooperative and has refused to consider more environmentally-friendly technology. As Brian Mann reports, the feud could shape the APA's response to other government-sponsored projects.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Development Will Require Big Public Investment

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its review of a massive new housing development in Tupper Lake. The proposal would mean more than eight hundred new condos and high-end...  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Affects Birth Weight

Cars, trucks and coal-fired power plants contribute to fine particle pollution, or soot. That type of pollution can be harmful for adults with heart or lung problems, and...  Go to full article

Looking Ahead to 2005's Great Lakes Issues

This coming year will likely see some major policy decisions regarding the Great Lakes. Because the lakes stretch out along eight states in the U.S. and two provinces in...  Go to full article

State Reaches Settlement on Lower Emissions for Coal Plants

The operators of six New York coal-fired power plants have agreed to slash nitrogen and sulfur emissions. Governor Pataki and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say the...  Go to full article

Birders' Passion Helps Scientists

Every year, tens of thousands of avid birdwatchers wander through frozen fields and marshy swamps. Their job is to record as many birds as they can find in a given area. ...  Go to full article

Open Burning Issue Smolders at Farmers' Conference

Last week in Syracuse farmers touted their environmental stewardship at the annual conference of the New York State Agricultural Society. Farmers presented new ways to build...  Go to full article

Two Perspectives on Open Burning

David Sommerstein talks at length with Assemblyman David Koon and the New York Farm Bureau's Patrick Hooker about the issue of open burning in the agricultural community.  Go to full article

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