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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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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.
Aug 29, 2014 — Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.
Aug 29, 2014 — The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill, but won't pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Commissioner Erin Crotty. Photo: DEC
Commissioner Erin Crotty. Photo: DEC

State Moves To Buy More Land In Adirondacks

Over the weekend, top state officials committed themselves to buying more land in the Adirondacks, to protect the environment and to expand recreation opportunities. Strong support for the policy came at a gathering of the Adirondack Council, where Environmental Conservation commissioner Erin Crotty received an award. Brian Mann has our story.

Fast Facts: In his 2002 State of the State Address, Governor Pataki committed the state to preserving "1 million additional acres of land over the next 10 years" according to the DEC. Since 1995, the state has invested more than $400 million to preserve more than 400,000 acres of land across New York, much of it in the North Country.  Go to full article

Small Forests Can Breed Disease

Small chunks of forest, often split up by farm fields or new housing developments, are everywhere in the North Country. But you may want to wear long pants when you walk through them. According to new research, small patches of woodlands breed more ticks with Lyme disease. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

All Terrain Vehicles: More Popular and Problematic Than Ever

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles is booming in New York state. A new study published this week by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that ATV registrations jumped from thirteen thousand to nearly a hundred thousand in the last decade. As Brian Mann reports, thousands of 4-wheelers are being sold here in the North Country, but there are few places where people can ride the machines legally.  Go to full article

Reducing Ground Level Ozone Pollution

Summer can be a perfect time for barbeques, weekend trips, and yard work. But those very things contribute to a summertime health hazard. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Tribe Wants Clean Air Zone

The first Native American tribe in the Midwest to seek a special air pollution protection for its reservation has run into some roadblocks. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

New Website for Food-Borne Illnesses

People who suspect they're sick because of something they ate can go to a new Web site to find out if others are having similar symptoms. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Black Bear Woes in Blue Mountain Lake

At least one very aggressive black bear has been plaguing the residents of Blue Mountain Lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed reports that the...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Old Growth Forest

While there is more forest in the Northeast now than there was a century ago, the amount of original forest cover left is tiny. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about...  Go to full article

Major Water Polluters Rarely Fined

An Environmental Protection Agency internal document indicates that about one-quarter of the largest industrial plants and wastewater treatment facilities are in serious...  Go to full article

School Connects Kids to Healthy Eating

American kids are overweight. Nutritionists say one major reason is that kids are eating too much junk food, and not enough fresh produce. A government pilot program is...  Go to full article

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