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“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...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 24, 2014 — So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
Jul 23, 2014 — Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.
Jul 23, 2014 — Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.


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Containing Chronic Wasting Disease

Throughout most of the Great Lakes region, there are huge numbers of white-tailed deer. Deer don't have the natural predators that they once did, so states rely on hunters to manage the deer herds. Recently, that's become even more important with the discovery of a fatal disease. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams reports there's extra pressure on hunters to keep the disease from spreading.  Go to full article
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.

Cell Tower "Frankenpine" an Eyesore, or a Clever Solution

Cell phones are taken for granted in most of the U.S. They're a part of everyday life. But in parts of the country where scenery is cherished, cell phone towers are often described as "visual pollution". Now, companies like Verizon and Nextel are disguising their antennas as pine or palm trees -- even the occasional cactus. As Brian Mann reports, a camouflaged tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is drawing mixed reviews.  Go to full article
A full house at Lawrence Ave. Elementary, Potsdam

Walmart Friends, Foes Face Off in Potsdam

In Potsdam and the surrounding area, more than a thousand "Walmart Yes" lawn signs line the roads. Supporters of a 188,000 square foot proposed Supercenter outside the village have collected two thousand signatures. Opponents have written hundreds of letters against the project. The two camps made their cases last night before the Potsdam town planning board. More than 300 people packed a public hearing over Walmart's draft environmental impact statement. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Buys Hydrogen-fueled Cars

Governor Pataki has announced that the state has bought two new experimental hydro-powered cars from Honda. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Administration Stays Course on Global Warming

Despite warnings that global warming is causing the Arctic to warm up at twice the rate of the rest of the world, the Bush administration is not changing its policies on...  Go to full article

Burn Barrel Campaign Fires Up Debate

A new multi-state initiative to reduce air pollution from burn barrels and other forms of trash burning is receiving mixed reviews in New York. Last week the Department of...  Go to full article

DEC, Towns to Negotiate on IP Deal

State environmental officials say they'll continue to work with towns in St. Lawrence County that have vetoed their portion of a massive land deal with International Paper. ...  Go to full article

EPA Takes Heat on New Chemical Exposure Study

The Environmental Protection Agency is drawing fire from some environmental groups for accepting money from the chemical industry for a study on children's exposure to...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Towns Veto IP Land Deal

At least three towns in southern St. Lawrence County are taking on Albany over a massive land deal with International Paper. Colton, Piercefield, and Hopkinton have vetoed...  Go to full article

Greens React to Bush Re-election

Environmental groups worry that the Bush administration will further dismantle environmental protection laws during its next term. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester...  Go to full article

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