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A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
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...

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Aug 22, 2014 — Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.
Aug 22, 2014 — Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
Aug 21, 2014 — Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.


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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 emissions in the U.S. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  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 Environmental Conservation joined with 7 Northeast states and the U.S. EPA to work to stop backyard burning. As David Sommerstein reports, the announcement has rekindled the volatile issue of a statewide burn ban.  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. The IP deal would protect almost a quarter of a million acres of forest and wetland in nine Adirondack counties. Colton, Hopkinton, Piercefield, and Parishville say they won't approve the easements within their town limits unless the state agrees to build ATV trails on the land. David Sommerstein spoke with Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Michael Fraser yesterday. He says the vetoes don't kill the deal in St. Lawrence County.  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

DEC Launches Burn Barrel Campaign

State environmental officials are renewing attention to the health and environmental dangers of burning trash outdoors. The Department of Environmental Conservation has...  Go to full article

Plan For Emergency Towers in Adirondacks Clears Hurdle

Officials in Saratoga County have moved a step closer to winning approval for a new emergency communications system in the southern Adirondacks. The plan calls for 90-foot...  Go to full article

Outdoor Lab Forecasts Global Warming Effects

Scientists from around the world are studying how higher levels of carbon dioxide will affect forests 100 years from now. They're doing that by pumping higher levels of...  Go to full article

New Power Line to Connect St. Lawrence County, Tri-Lakes

Locals in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid hope to end electricity shortages by extending a power line from St. Lawrence County. State Senator Betty Little is supporting a plan...  Go to full article

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