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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
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...

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Sep 2, 2014 — To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.
Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.


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Critics Say State Aid Needed To Beat Milfoil

For a decade, Eurasian watermilfoil has spread across the north country, choking lakes and killing native plants. Critics say the Pataki administration hasn't done enough to control the invasive weed. Department of Environmental Commissioner Erin Crotty spoke yesterday at a water quality conference at Paul Smiths College. She says the DEC will be a partner in the fight against milfoil. But she offered no new programs or funding. In this second of a three part series on water quality, Brian Mann reports that many private groups are forced to go it alone.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Cheered by Dam Removals

60 dams are scheduled for removal this year across the country. 40 of them are currently located in the eight Great Lakes states. Environmentalists say the removal of these dams will improve water quality and help restore fisheries. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Celeste Headlee reports.  Go to full article
Eurasian watermilfoil. Photo: Dr. Richard Handler

On an Adirondack Lake, a Private Crusade Against Watermilfoil

This summer, more than a dozen scuba divers have fanned out across Upper Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. They're searching for underwater beds of an invasive plant called Eurasian watermilfoil. Organizers of the project hope to prove that the weed can be contained before it chokes miles of shoreline. As Brian Mann reports, the one-and-a-half-million dollar experiment is being funded entirely by private donors.  Go to full article

EPA Administrator Touring Great Lakes & Adks

This spring, EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt was asked to head up a task force to coordinate local, state, and federal agencies in cleaning up the Great Lakes. Now he's...  Go to full article

Beefy Guy Buys Organic Bovine

Each year, Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on diets and diet aids. Low carbohydrate diets like South Beach, the Zone, and Atkins are all becoming household words...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Call For Quick Inquiry Into Barge Accident

Lawmakers are calling for a fast and complete review of why a barge grounded on the St. Lawrence River and whether the emergency response was sufficient. Last week, the...  Go to full article

GAO: Companies' Environmental Risks Underreported

Corporations are required to make environmental disclosure statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The statements are intended to inform investors about the...  Go to full article
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State Drops Ski Hut Plan for Whiteface

State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic...  Go to full article
EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt

With Lawsuits Pending, EPA Chief Visits Adirondacks

The Bush administration's top environment official will travel to the Adirondacks next week. Michael Leavitt will attend a water quality conference at Paul Smiths college. ...  Go to full article

Online News Versus the Sunday Paper

A new study compares reading the news online to having the paper dropped at your door - and it has no good news for lovers of the Sunday paper. The Great Lakes Radio...  Go to full article

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