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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?

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd Moe talks with Chris Neurath, of DeKalb, one of the cyclists participating in the trek. The riders will join a rally at the state capitol Monday.  Go to full article

Sled Trail Raises Enforcement Concerns

Snowmobilers and local leaders praised Wednesday's announcement of $250,000 in state funding for a new snowmobile trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. The Alice Brook trail will connect networks in St. Lawrence County and the Tug Hill Plateau. As David Sommerstein reports, environmentalists are most worried about what happens off the trail.  Go to full article

Tapping Nature's Cupboard for Pollution Cleanup

Often our first impulse to clean up a mess is to reach for a chemical cleaner. It's the same kind of approach in environmental clean-ups. Often the experts first turn to chemicals to clean up badly polluted areas. A new approach to cleaning up pollution has been evolving in recent years. Instead of creating new chemicals to clean up contaminated areas, researchers are trying to use what Mother Nature already provides. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Victoria Fenner has more.  Go to full article

Clinton and Spitzer Call for Hearings on Bush Mercury Plan

45 US Senators, including seven Republicans, and nine Attorneys General asked President Bush last week to withdraw his proposal to regulate mercury emissions from power...  Go to full article

Non-toxic Alternatives for Waterfowl Hunters

The federal government is getting ready to approve new types of non-toxic ammunition for shooting ducks and geese, but the government isn't even thinking about tackling a...  Go to full article
Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez

Rethinking the Underachieving Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 46th shipping season two weeks ago. It's trying to reverse a three year trend of declining cargo. Albert Jacquez is administrator for the...  Go to full article

UV Disinfection of Lake Placid Wastewater Funded

A sewage feud in the Adirondacks moved one step closer to resolution this week. Congressman John Sweeney says $1.4 million in federal money will go to upgrade Lake Placid's...  Go to full article

Sierra Club Bashes Bush Administration

One of the leading environmental groups is traveling the country criticizing the Bush Administration's environmental policies. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester...  Go to full article
Bill McKibben

Crossing Borders: Global Warming and the Human Scale

Bill McKibben has been working on global warming since 1989. McKibben is a journalist, author and environmentalist. That year, his book, The End of Nature, sounded one...  Go to full article

Commentary: Global Warming

The commission charged with reviewing security before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11 hasn't finished its work yet, but two days of public hearings last week...  Go to full article

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