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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
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...

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Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.
Aug 29, 2014 — Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?

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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