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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 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.
Apr 16, 2014 — A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.


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EPA Changes Mercury Rules

The new chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is introducing rules for reducing mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. But environmentalists and others say the rules actually rollback provisions in the Clean Air Act. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Second Winter Storm Smacks North Country

Another winter storm smacked the North Country Wednesday. As of 6:30 this morning, the storm had dropped more than ten inches of snow at the airport in Burlington, with fresh six inches in Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga. Snow combined with freezing rain and ice to snarl traffic across the region, closing a half-dozen highways -- including stretches of I-87. As Brian Mann reports, the heavy precipitation has also triggered flood watches on lakes and rivers.  Go to full article

Christmas Tree Sellers Hoping for Better Season

Christmas tree sellers are in the height of their season right now. Truckloads of spruces, pines and firs are being delivered to stores and Christmas tree lots all across the region. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article
Transferred land (left of photo) as seen from Thomas Mtn.

Lake George: State Protects 1300 Acres

New York state will pay roughly 900 thousand dollars to preserve a big chunk of open space in the Lake George basin. The deal announced Tuesday will protect thirteen hundred...  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Critics Say Park Agency Missing Important Issues

The Adirondack Park Agency held its monthly meeting last week in Lake Placid. The two-day session drew little attention, in part because very little happened. The agenda...  Go to full article

Report: Aging Sewer Systems Plague Ontario

A new report finds outdated sewage systems are polluting waters throughout Ontario. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Critics: International Paper Concealed Test Results

International Paper's move to use old tires for fuel at the company's mill in Ticonderoga may have hit another snag. A pro-environment group has released results from a...  Go to full article
Photo from the Yorktown Technologies website

Glo-Fish: Fun Pet or Dangerous Trend?

The public release of a little aquarium fish that glows in the dark is stirring the waters of the genetic engineering debate. The fish is billed as the world's first...  Go to full article

NY Enviros Call for More Green Funds

Last week a coalition of environmental groups called on Governor Pataki and the state legislature to double New York's fund for environmental preservation. They point to a...  Go to full article

"Biosafety Engineers" for GMO Industry?

Genetic engineering, especially when it comes to food, is a battleground. On one side: people who fear a world of contaminated food, harming humans and the environment. The...  Go to full article

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