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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...
  A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...
Heavy rain – really heavy rain – that falls more often. Sound familiar? Why we’re seeing more damaging downpours may be controversial in political circles. But here it is. Cities, municipalities and insurance companies are tasked...

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Jul 9, 2014 — If you always end up killing your house plants, this week's innovation pick may help. This new microfarming appliance grows produce indoors with just seeds, an electrical outlet and a little water.
Jul 9, 2014 — Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
Jul 8, 2014 — According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.


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Pataki Taps Old Forge Resident For APA Board

Governor Pataki has named an Old Forge resident to the Adirondack Park Agency's Board of Commissioners. Lani Ulrich, who heads a non-profit planning group, will fill one of four seats designated for members who live inside the Park Boundaries. Brian Mann spoke with Ulrich Thursday morning.  Go to full article

Bush Acid Rain Plan Draws Fire From Enviros and NY GOP

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Adirondacks yesterday to address a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. Michael Leavitt says the Bush administration will act in the next year to curb acid rain and mercury pollution. But his plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups and from top officials in the Pataki administration. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Critics Say State Aid Needed To Beat Milfoil

For a decade, Eurasian watermilfoil has spread across the north country, choking lakes and killing native plants. Critics say the Pataki administration hasn't done enough to control the invasive weed. Department of Environmental Commissioner Erin Crotty spoke yesterday at a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. She says the DEC will be a partner in the fight against milfoil. But she offered no new programs or funding. In this second of a three part series on water quality, Brian Mann reports that many private groups are forced to go it alone.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Cheered by Dam Removals

60 dams are scheduled for removal this year across the country. 40 of them are currently located in the eight Great Lakes states. Environmentalists say the removal of these...  Go to full article
Eurasian watermilfoil. Photo: Dr. Richard Handler

On an Adirondack Lake, a Private Crusade Against Watermilfoil

This summer, more than a dozen scuba divers have fanned out across Upper Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. They're searching for underwater beds of an invasive plant called...  Go to full article

EPA Administrator Touring Great Lakes & Adks

This spring, EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt was asked to head up a task force to coordinate local, state, and federal agencies in cleaning up the Great Lakes. Now he's...  Go to full article

Beefy Guy Buys Organic Bovine

Each year, Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on diets and diet aids. Low carbohydrate diets like South Beach, the Zone, and Atkins are all becoming household words...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Call For Quick Inquiry Into Barge Accident

Lawmakers are calling for a fast and complete review of why a barge grounded on the St. Lawrence River and whether the emergency response was sufficient. Last week, the...  Go to full article

GAO: Companies' Environmental Risks Underreported

Corporations are required to make environmental disclosure statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The statements are intended to inform investors about the...  Go to full article
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State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic...  Go to full article

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