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My mother was born on April 22, 1903, 67 years before Earth Day was born on the same day. She was a “senior citizen” by the time Earth Day was established. Mom lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and because she had her...
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...

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Apr 22, 2014 — On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
Apr 22, 2014 — For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.
Apr 21, 2014 — Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.


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Environmentalists Praise 2003 Legislature

One of the state's leading environmental groups says 2003 may have been a bad year in state government for budgets, but it was a good year for the environment. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Wilmington Wild Forest Plan Released

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft plan for managing 14,000 acres of Adirondack forest in Essex and Clinton Counties. The public will be allowed to comment at a meeting tomorrow. Those who've already seen the plan have mixed reviews. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Paul Hawken of <i>Natural Capitalism</i>

Sustainability Guru Kicks Off Series in Watertown

Jefferson Community College in Watertown kicks off a year-long look at sustainable economic development tonight with a nationally-known speaker on the subject. Environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author Paul Hawken will help JCC examine ways to increase business and jobs in the area while conserving energy and natural resources. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wilmington Officials Angry Over Lake Placid Sewage Plant

The town council in Wilmington voted earlier this month to consider suing the state and the village of Lake Placid. Town officials are pushing for Lake Placid?s new...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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