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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 18, 2014 — It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.
Apr 18, 2014 — A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."


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New Trust Fund For Nation's Sewer Systems?

A group that represents sewer and water agencies is calling for the creation of a federal trust fund to help rebuild antiquated pipelines. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

Blackout Leads to Sewage Overflows

Tens of millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage were dumped into the Great Lakes basin during last month's massive power outage, but environmentalists say that's a drop in the bucket compared with the overall problem of contamination from sewage spills. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

Senate OKs Brownfields, Superfund Programs

David Sommerstein talks with state Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine about what the new Superfund and Brownfields bill will mean for North Country industrial sites.  Go to full article

Weeding Out Invasive Purple Loosestrife

We've all heard about exotic species invading the Great Lakes states. Zebra mussels, gypsy moths, and Asian carp all pose serious threats to the ecosystems they invade, but...  Go to full article

Study Challenges Seaway Expansion Benefits

Shippers and politicians in the Midwest say opening the St. Lawrence Seaway to so-called 'container' ships, which carry cargo boxes that fit on trucks and trains, would add...  Go to full article

Fighting West Nile Virus With Native Fish

Much of the debate over preventing the West Nile virus has focused on when and how to use pesticides to get rid of the mosquitoes that transmit the disease. But one community...  Go to full article
Dr. Ross Whaley<br />Source:  SUNY CESF

New APA Chairman Ross Whaley Confirmed By Senate

The Governor's choice to lead the Adirondack Park Agency was confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate. Ross Whaley, who lives in Tupper Lake, will take over chairmanship of the...  Go to full article

State Senate Meets in Special Session

The New York State Senate met in a special session and passed two bills, on the environment, and the budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Zebra Mussels Affecting Biodiversity

David Sommerstein talks with Timothy Mihuc, associate professor of environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, about the effect of invasive zebra mussels on zooplankton in...  Go to full article

Hunt of ?Problem? Black Bears Concerns Environmentalists

State forest rangers and environmental conservation police are hunting two black bears near a popular campground in the Adirondacks. The decision to kill the bears follows...  Go to full article

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