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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...

Environment
Apr 15, 2014 — After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
Apr 13, 2014 — Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.
Apr 12, 2014 — Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.


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

Raw Milk Advocates Petition Small Farmers

Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. Modern science doesn't support that, and the idea of milk going straight from the cow onto a bowl of cereal is unthinkable for most doctors and food safety officials. But advocates aren't convinced, and they're waging campaigns across the country to legalize distribution of raw milk. Now they're finding a new audience for their message: small farms looking for a niche in the global dairy market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Peter Payette reports.  Go to full article

State To Poison Ponds, Restore Trout Fishery

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to poison two ponds in Franklin County. The project approved Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency is part of a plan to re-introduce native species of rainbow and brook trout. As Brian Mann reports, some pro-environment groups say the project will do more harm than good.  Go to full article

Canada's Prime Minister Renews Support for Kyoto

Environmentalists are praising Canada's new prime minister for his promise to meet the goals laid out by the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Adaptation, Absolutes and Ecology

Unwanted polliwogs in Adirondack ponds. Too many moose in Vermont. Our news today is full of animals that threaten the human idea of balance in the environment. Paul...  Go to full article

Survey: New Yorkers Want Bottle Bill Expanded

A statewide survey conducted by a non-partisan research firm finds that most New Yorkers would like to see the state's bottle bill expanded to include bottled water and other...  Go to full article

SLC Lawmaker Supports Expanded Bottle Bill

St. Lawrence County Legislator Tedra Cobb believes the bill will have a positive impact on the state's environment and local waste programs. She recently attended a New York...  Go to full article

Invasives Altering Great Lakes Food Web

For decades, aquatic invaders have been plaguing the Great Lakes. They've changed the way the ecosystems work and affected the balance of life in the lakes. Most of them...  Go to full article

Going Local: SLU to Host 2nd Burt Symposium

Last March, a group of St. Lawrence County stakeholders -- government officials, economic developers, educators, planners, environmentalists and residents -- set their sights...  Go to full article

More Money for Great Lakes Cleanup?

The Bush Administration is seeking $45 million from Congress to fund efforts to clean up parts of the Great Lakes. The money would go toward cleaning up four severely...  Go to full article
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday,...  Go to full article

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