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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 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.
Apr 16, 2014 — A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.


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

House Approves Energy Bill

The House has approved and sent to the Senate an energy bill that contains $23 billion worth of energy-related tax breaks. The bill faces a tough fight in the Senate, where some Democrats are threatening to filibuster because of a provision that protects the makers of a gasoline additive from lawsuits. North Country Congressman John McHugh lauded the bill's increased funding to promote energy efficiency in the North Country.  Go to full article

Seaway Study to Get More Funding

Congress is poised to earmark another $2 million to continue a study of shipping on the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Logo from St. Lawrence County burn barrel campaign

Farmers Give Open Burn Ban Cold Shoulder

The St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau has distanced itself from a proposal to support a ban on burn barrels and other forms of garbage burning. The group's president pushed for the measure last summer after reading a government report warning of open burning in agricultural areas. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Study Ranks Pesticide Residues on Produce

A report from an environmental group says peaches, strawberries, nectarines, and apples are more likely to be contaminated by pesticides than other produce. As the Great...  Go to full article

Timberland Sales Could Reshape Adirondack Park

Half of the Adirondack Park's six million acres are privately owned. Big timber companies like International Paper and Finch Pruyn control much of that land. But in recent...  Go to full article

Utilities Struggle to Sell "Green" Power

Many utilities across the country have begun so-called "green power" programs. They offer customers energy produced from renewable resources, such as wind or water - if...  Go to full article
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.

Farmers Get Help Protecting Creeks

The state and federal government Wednesday announced $62 million to help New York farmers protect rivers and streams from agricultural run-off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Adk Council Urges Congress to Approve Anti-Acid Rain Bill

An Adirondack based environmental group is urging Congress to act to curb pollution emissions that lead to acid rain, before this year's session comes to a close. Karen...  Go to full article

Clarkson Cited for Hazardous Waste Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining Clarkson University more than $60,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations. The EPA filed the complaint yesterday. ...  Go to full article

NYers Worried About New EPA Chief

The Senate has overwhelmingly confirmed Utah Governor Mike Leavitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday. The 88-to-8 vote came a day after a small group...  Go to full article

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