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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...

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Apr 19, 2014 — A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.
Apr 19, 2014 — Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.
Apr 18, 2014 — It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.


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Oregano: rich in natural pesticide
Oregano: rich in natural pesticide

Natural Selections: Health Risks

Assessing the health risk of small quantities of man-made toxins is complicated by the presence of natural toxins. Even though Dr. Curt Stager says oregano contains up to 100,000 times the level of naturally-occuring pesticides than would be allowed if it was a manmade substance, Martha Foley says she will continue to wash her fruits and vegetables.  Go to full article

Earlier Spring Thaws to Accelerate Global Warming?

Satellite imaging shows that spring thaws in the northern latitudes are happening almost a day earlier each year. Environmental scientists worry that faster melts could accelerate global warming. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Corbin Sullivan explains.  Go to full article
 	Winter cyclists in Ottawa brave the weather on their daily commutes. (Photo © Richard Guy Briggs)

Bike Commuters Coast Through Winter Weather

By the first snowfall, most of us have long ago put our bicycles away. But in every city, there are a few die-hard souls who keep pedaling all winter long. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly offers a profile of the winter cyclist.  Go to full article

Toronto Kickstarts Recycling Initiative

Ontario appears to be ready to take more steps to protect the environment on the north side of the Great Lakes. The new liberal government wants to rid the province of its...  Go to full article

DEC Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: More Details

Last week, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft comprehensive snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. If approved, the plan would reshape...  Go to full article

Mayors Push For Larger Role In Great Lakes Future

Mayors from around the eight Great Lakes states met in Chicago this month and delivered a unified message: They want a voice in the future of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes...  Go to full article
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Inlet: A Snowmobile Town that Offers Trails & Safety

With the Christmas holidays, the snowmobile season is underway in the North Country. It's a popular sport for many locals -- and it's also big business. Brian Mann spoke...  Go to full article
Snowmobile Plan unveiled for Adirondack Park

Adirondack Snowmobile Plan: Quiet Release, Loud Response

Late yesterday, the Pataki administration released a landmark plan for snowmobiles in the Adirondacks. State conservation officials say the proposal would create a new...  Go to full article

FDA to Revise Fish Consumption Advisories

The Food and Drug Administration is going back to square one in its attempt to come up with guidelines for fish consumption. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham...  Go to full article

New Research: Adirondack Wetlands Holding Steady

The Adirondack Park Agency has completed a survey of wetlands in the Park, based on analysis of aerial photographs. In other parts of the country, wetlands have been overrun...  Go to full article

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