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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 20, 2014 — California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.
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.


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

New Yorkers Sign Up for "Green" Power

About nine thousand New York electricity customers have signed up to receive power from "green" sources like hydro or wind. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

What's Your Ecological Footprint?

David Sommerstein talks with the co-directors of the Global Living Project about calculating how many natural resources each of us consumes. It's called an "ecological footprint" and was used to calculate consumption per student at St. Lawrence University, as a part of an energy-saving campaign.  Go to full article

Maple Syrup Flows With Tradition

April is the month for the highest maple syrup production in North America, and a time when many towns and villages in the Great Lakes states hold pancake breakfasts. The practice of tapping trees for syrup or sugar goes back centuries, long before European settlement. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Urycki reports, the methods used to make syrup have changed only a little with time and technology.  Go to full article

Commentary: Earth Day

If you were around for the first Earth Day, over 30 years ago, you probably remember a certain amount of what we call "hype". Litter was a big issue, and it's a pretty safe...  Go to full article

Cleanup Scheduled at Former Feed and Coal Site in Potsdam; Motel May be Built

Cleanup of a contaminated property in the village of Potsdam could make way for the development of a new motel. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Poll: Toxic Chemicals Big Issue With Voters

A poll released Thursday finds a majority of voters are very concerned about the most dangerous toxic chemicals, like mercury, dioxin, and PCBs. Environmentalists see the...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: What's Dust?

As we begin thinking about spring cleaning and all the dust that has accumulated in the house over the winter, Natural Selections tackles the questions "What is dust?" and...  Go to full article

Researchers Forecast Region's Warmer Future

Warmer weather might sound like a welcome reprieve to a lot of people spending early spring in our region. But a team of researchers is warning that in years to come,...  Go to full article

Warming Trend Impacting Great Lakes Plants, Wildlife

Within three decades, summers in the Great Lakes states might feel more like summers in Kentucky and Oklahoma. That's according to results of a two-year study conducted by a...  Go to full article

Ice-Breakers Finish Up Duty

Cargo ships are moving on the Great lakes, but Coast Guard icebreakers are still on duty on the north side of the lakes. The Coast Guard's massive icebreaker, the...  Go to full article

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