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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...
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...

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Aug 27, 2014 — Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.
Aug 27, 2014 — One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.
Aug 26, 2014 — Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.


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

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 bet that there wasn't a school or scout troupe that didn't make "Litter Bug" posters and clean up the playground. But grownups participated, too. It was really a pretty big deal. For commentator Betsy Kepes, a self-proclaimed "Green Person", it still is.  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 poll as a mandate for elected officials to pass laws removing the chemicals from air and water. David Sommerstein has more.  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

Senate Considers Acid Rain Legislation

The Adirondack Council will testify today before a U.S. Senate panel considering acid rain legislation introduced at the request of President Bush as his "Clear Skies...  Go to full article

Bush Administration to Redefine Auto Standards?

The government is considering redefining what is a truck and what is a car. The difference will affect the federal fuel economy standards. The Great Lakes Radio...  Go to full article
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. ...  Go to full article

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