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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 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.
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.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Activist and author Bill McKibben, above, and Greenpeace executive director John Passacantando, below,  spoke in Lake Placid
Activist and author Bill McKibben, above, and Greenpeace executive director John Passacantando, below, spoke in Lake Placid

North Country Activists Condemn Bush War, Envionment, and Energy Policies

Activists gathered near Lake Placid over the weekend to protest the policies of President George Bush. At a rally organized by the group Adirondack Voices for Peace, speakers linked the conflict in Iraq to the environment and last week's blackout. As Brian Mann reports, many in the peace movement see this as a dangerous chapter in U.S. history.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Profile: Ross Whaley is Pataki's Choice to Lead APA

The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week in Saranac Lake. Governor Pataki has announced his choice for a new chairman for the agency. Ross Whaley is former President of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and also worked a researcher at the U.S. Forest Service. Whaley has a home on Upper Saranac Lake. He spoke with Brian Mann about his career and his hopes for the Park Agency.  Go to full article
GM's PCB landfill from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation

New Work at GM's PCB Landfill

Twenty years ago, the federal government declared General Motors toxic waste dump by the St. Lawrence River a Superfund site. That designation made it a high priority for...  Go to full article

Paul Smith's Conferees Link Phosphorous Pollution to Development

Scientists at a water quality conference at Paul Smith's College say phosphorous pollution is damaging lakes and rivers across the Adirondacks. Despite decades of...  Go to full article

State Task Force to Study Invasive Species

Governor Pataki has signed a law that sets up a task force to come up with a solution to curb zebra mussels and other invasive species. The plan is to not use any chemicals...  Go to full article

Bugs Released to Munch on Invasive Plant

Purple loosestrife is a beautiful plant. It's tall? and each cone-shaped stem produces hundreds of flowers. When the plants bloom in mid-summer they can create a sea of...  Go to full article
Barbara McMartin, Author, Activist

Barbara McMartin, Adirondack Historian, Guide & Activist

For 30 years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondacks' most prolific authors. From her home in the southern Adirondacks, McMartin has also played a leading role in...  Go to full article
A researcher, her turtle net, and her turtle-tracking antenna

Saving Turtles From Traffic

Driving in the North Country can sometimes be like navigating an obstacle course of wildlife -- deer, skunks, raccoons, frogs, and throughout much of the summer, turtles. ...  Go to full article

Paul Smith's Hosts Water Quality Conference

Paul Smith's College is hosting the first Adironrack Water Quality Conference in collaboration with the state and environmentalists. The conference will address the...  Go to full article

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