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The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...

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Aug 18, 2014 — This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
Aug 18, 2014 — A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.


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

Buying Organic: Grocery Stores or Local Farm-raised?

It can be tough deciding whether to buy organic foods at the market. Organic produce often costs more, sometimes doesn't look as nice, and can compete with locally-produced products that might be raised organically but don't carry the government's certification. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant looks at what you're getting when you buy the organic label.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines Company After Paper Mill Death

A Hudson Falls company has been fined by the Federal government, after one of its workers died this spring at a paper mill in south Glens Falls. Frances McNaughton was killed in May while doing maintenance on a paper machine. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Tug boat <i>Salvor</i> & barge

Seaway Barge Hits Shoal, Leaks Salt

Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway reopened at 6:20pm yesterday as officials work to remove a grounded tanker barge from the river near Alexandria Bay. The barge was carrying liquid calcium chloride, a kind of salt. Some 12,000 gallons of the chemical escaped into the river before the leak was stopped. As David Sommerstein reports, Vicki Garcia of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation says the Canadian owned tug boat Salvor was pushing the barge downriver early yesterday morning when the tug's steering malfunctioned.  Go to full article

Canadian Pacific Suit Challenges APA Tower Limits

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency established a new policy, designed to limit the visual impact of broadcast towers. Despite their convenience, many people see cell...  Go to full article

Environmentalists say DEC Needs More Money, More Staff

Environmentalists say Governor Pataki's environmental agency is failing to adequately protect New York's air and water. They say many senior staff have been encouraged to...  Go to full article

DEC Shortfalls Affect Adirondacks, Businesses

In the Adirondacks, business owners, environmental activists, and DEC employees say lack of funding and personnel affects local projects. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Proposals to Limit Great Lakes Water Diversion

Leaders of the states and provinces around the Great Lakes have released two draft agreements to manage the region's water supply. The proposals' aim is to block any attempt...  Go to full article

Great Lakes States Support Ballast Water Lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by several environmental groups in California seeks to increase protection against invasive species. The groups hope to force the Environmental Protection...  Go to full article
From "The Privately Owned Adirondacks"

The Privately Owned Adirondacks Caps a Writing Career

For more than thirty years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondack Park's leading thinkers and conservationists. Though often controversial, McMartin is more than a...  Go to full article
Zebra mussels from Lake George Source: LGA

Zebra Mussels Found In Lake George

A pro-environment group says a new colony of invasive zebra mussels has been found in Lake George. Zebra mussels have already damaged ecosystems in Lake Champlain and the...  Go to full article

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