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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 16, 2014 — A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.
Apr 15, 2014 — After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
Apr 13, 2014 — Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.


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Tough Emissions Controls to Help Adirondacks?

Environmentalists say upstate New York's six million acre Adirondack Park is suffering the most damage from acid rain in the country. To help control that, the state could soon pass the toughest power plant emission regulations in the U.S. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brodie reports, some critics say the new regulations will not solve the problem.  Go to full article

Burn Barrel Ban Stuck in Senate

The legislature in Albany is taking up its last issues of the session, which could end next week. A bill restricting "burn barrels" and other kinds of garbage burning has passed the Assembly the past two years. But it continues to languish in the Senate. There's little dispute burn barrels pose a health and environmental hazard. But the issue still draws strong passions. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Burn Barrels

Drive down almost any country road in the North Country and you'll recognize the acrid smell of burn barrels. Commentator Chris Neurath says their time is up.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Relaxes Clean Air Act Rules: Raises Acid Rain Fears

New York's Attorney General says he'll sue to block a Whitehouse plan that could mean more acid rain for the Adirondacks. New rules announced Thursday would ease rules for...  Go to full article

Eurasian Milfoil May be Dying Off

An environmental group says lake-choking Eurasian milfoil is mysteriously dying on its own at three of four targeted sites in Lake George. The Adirondack Council says the...  Go to full article

Environmental Effects of Free Trade

When NAFTA was passed in 1994, environmentalists feared catastrophic results. Polluting industries would move to Mexico, where environmental protections hadn't caught up...  Go to full article

Oberstar on Seaway Expansion

David Sommerstein talks with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar (D)about possible expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes navigational system.  Go to full article

State Protects 45,000 Acres of Tug Hill

New York State has joined with the Nature Conservancy and a timber company to preserve almost 45,000 acres of land on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein reports the...  Go to full article

NYPIRG Releases New Report on Superfund Sites

A new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group shows nearly 1 in 4 state residents live within a mile of a Superfund or toxic waste site. With the state's...  Go to full article

Canada Pollution Increases

A new environmental study has found toxic emissions increased in Canada during the late 1990's, while pollution in the United States decreased over that same period. As the...  Go to full article

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