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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 20, 2014 — California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.
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.


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

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 customers agree to pay higher rates. Niagara Mohawk allows customers to choose from four mixes of wind, hydro and bioenergy. But only 7,700 of NiMo's more than half a million customers have signed on. Municipal - or public - power companies are having the same trouble, despite their smaller scale and closer relationship with their owners. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner has more.  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 DeWitt reports.  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

Tire-Chip Fuel Test Concerns Vermonters

The International Paper Company mill in Ticonderoga won't start burning tire chips as fuel until the concerns of Vermont officials are met. That's the latest word from plant...  Go to full article
Atrazine is commonly used by corn farmers.

Enviro Group Sues to Ban Herbicide

One of the nation's largest environmental groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to get the agency to ban an herbicide widely used by farmers. The...  Go to full article

Study: Rural Living Unhealthy

A new study from Canada finds people living in rural and northern areas are in worse health than their urban counterparts. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly...  Go to full article

Gov't Expands Farm Preservation Program

For almost 20 years, the federal government has paid farmers to convert some of their land to natural habitat for plants and animals. The Conservation Reserve Program is...  Go to full article

New Contaminants in the Great Lakes?

The U.S. EPA is launching studies to look at a new class of chemicals that is being found in water and fish. So far, very little is known about these so-called emerging...  Go to full article

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