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“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...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

Environment
Jul 22, 2014 — South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.
Jul 22, 2014 — A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.
Jul 22, 2014 — A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.

Biodiesel: Brew Your Own Fuel

Tomorrow in Canton the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair showcases alternative energies and conservation techniques, from wind and solar power to "green" construction. One presenter will share his experience turning used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel to power his car. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article
Zebra Mussel

Natural Selections: Invasive Species

Lately, the subject of "invasive species" gets lots of attention. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the facts, misunderstandings and ecological impact of invasive species.  Go to full article

Dirty Dozen Awards Today in Albany

A statewide coalition of environmental groups is accusing the state health department of ignoring environmental health problems in St. Lawrence County. The Citizens' Environmental Coalition is handing out its first Dirty Dozen polluter awards today in Albany.  Go to full article

Oil and Gas Industry Exempted From Permits

The Bush Administration is giving the oil and gas industry an exemption from pollution permits that other industries don't get. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester...  Go to full article

The DEC Warns Anglers on the Dangers of Ice Covered Waters

State officials are urging anglers to scout out locations before trekking to their favorite fishing spots on Tuesday - the opening day of trout season. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Gray Wolf Protections Reduced

The federal government has downgraded the Gray Wolf from "endangered" to "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The move reduces the amount of federal protection for...  Go to full article

Biologist Devotes Life to Island Wolves

It's been a cold winter this year, especially for Rolf Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife biologist who studies wolves and moose on Isle Royale. Every year starting in January...  Go to full article

River Ice Moves: Still Some Risk of Floods

After a hard winter, the North Country's frozen rivers are breaking up, sending rafts of ice a foot thick downstream. In parts of the region, ice jams have formed, flooding...  Go to full article

Chemical Plant Security in Question

The General Accounting Office has released a report saying that there's no way to know how secure the nation's chemical plants are from terrorist attacks. The Congressional...  Go to full article

NY Senate Argues Over Anti-Smoking Bill

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his Republican members argued over a sweeping anti-smoking bill in a closed door meeting. But the Senator says he's still...  Go to full article

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