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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.


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

Protecting the Adirondacks, Pt 2

The State of New York is pushing hard to finish dozens of unit management plans, the blueprints that govern recreation and environmental protection in the Adirondacks. The process is controversial in the North Country, but it's also drawing attention outside the Park. Brian Mann attended a meeting in Albany soon after the initiative was launched.  Go to full article

Anglers Urged to Hand In Lead Sinkers

Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program.
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Planning In the Adirondack Park: Process Is Slow & Controversial

When the Adirondack Park Agency was created, in the early 1970s, the act called for creation of dozens of unit management plans. The plans were meant to be detailed blueprints, shaping recreation and environmental protection in the Park's state forests. But in the decades since, few of those plans have been created. A $12-million initiative launched two years ago was meant to fill in the blanks. But as Brian Mann reports, there are worries that the planning process is behind schedule and facing some tough debates.  Go to full article

Ballast Slime Hatches Aquatic Invaders

New research shows that having ships dump their ballast water before entering the Great Lakes might not be enough to stop the growth of invasive species in the region. The...  Go to full article

Loon Study

Researchers in the Adirondacks are working to learn more about the common loon. The latest field study is raising questions about mercury contamination in the lakes and...  Go to full article

Ephemeral Wetlands

Biologists are becoming concerned about the disappearance of a habitat for wildlife that can be found in rural areas, in sprawling suburbs, and even in cities. The...  Go to full article

Rural Fire Fighters Get Help With Wildfires

Like the rest of the Northeast, the North Country is experiencing drought or near-drought conditions. Climatologists are expecting high fire danger in the region's forests...  Go to full article

Survey: Most New Yorkers Favor Smoke-Free Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups say a new survey of New Yorkers shows wide support for statewide protections for non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Hummingbirds: The Tropical Connection

Martha Foley talks with naturalist Bill Hilton Jr. about how to protect hummingbirds in North America and the tropics. Hilton is Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center...  Go to full article

Motorboat Restrictions Draw Hot Debate

A proposal to limit motorboats on waters near Saranac Lake sparked a heated debate last night. The meeting was held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to...  Go to full article

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