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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 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."
Apr 17, 2014 — Farmers in the parched Central Valley are joining forces with farmworkers and a broad cross section of politicians to pressure the federal government to offer relief.
Apr 16, 2014 — Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.


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

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 didn't just wander in. They hitchhiked a ride into the Lakes in the ballast water of ships from across the Atlantic. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Carolyn Gramling reports, the combination of these invasive species is causing changes that concern scientists.  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 on going local. Martha Foley talks with Michael Shuman, author of the book Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, and Stephen Blackmer, President of the Northern Forest Center. They're both featured speakers at next month's Burt Symposium.  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 polluted sites. There are 26 such polluted sites located entirely within U.S. borders. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jerome Vaughn has more.  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

Wetlands Restoration Faces Cuts

A popular federal program that pays farmers to restore wetlands on their property is under funded in President Bush's proposed budget released this week. As David...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Indoor pollution

Breathe that clean country air--outdoors. In your house the mothballs give off carcinogens, the carpets harbor ancient DDT residue, and don't even think about what's under...  Go to full article

Market-based Approach to Mercury Reductions

For the first time, the U.S. government is preparing to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Part of the administration's proposal is to use a...  Go to full article

Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in...  Go to full article

Ice Coverage Greater on Great Lakes

During the past several years, ice coverage on the Lakes has been below normal. Now, for the second year in a row, ice coverage is up. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Rangers Say DEC Policies Jeopardize Public Safety

Forest rangers in the North Country say new Department of Environmental Conservation policies are making it harder for them to respond to emergencies. Rangers now need...  Go to full article

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