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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...

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Jul 29, 2014 — Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.
Jul 29, 2014 — Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.
Jul 29, 2014 — The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.


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Spreading the Word on Burn Barrel Hazards

If you shop at a P&C supermarket, you may have noticed a new message on the plastic bags there. It says, "Please Don't Burn This Bag." The message is a part of an aggressive education campaign originating in St. Lawrence County to cut down on the common practice of burning garbage. The evidence that the practice threatens human health and clean air and water is growing. It's illegal in cities and villages. But as David Sommerstein reports, those who want to rid the rural landscape of burn barrels face an uphill battle.  Go to full article

IJC Hears Concerns Over Task Force Report

An international group that monitors the health of the Great Lakes is working on a report that they hope will help policymakers manage the waters in the basin. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Annie MacDowell reports on a public hearing that took place in Chicago.  Go to full article

Web Exclusive: Helping Farms Reduce Burning

David Sommerstein talks with Dr. Lois Levitan of the Environmental Risk Analysis program at the Cornell Center for the Environment. This week she completed a report entitled "Recycling Agricultural Plastics in New York State".  Go to full article

President's Budget Leaves Seaway Study in Limbo

The Bush administration's 2004 budget proposal includes a modest amount to continue to review the St. Lawrence Seaway. As David Sommerstein reports, Congress and Canada are...  Go to full article

Study Outlines Threat to Lakes

A 4-year study on the health of the Great Lakes is halfway finished. So far, the biggest threat is private and commercial development along the region's shorelines. The...  Go to full article

Budget Cuts Hit Environmental Protection Plan, APA

Pro-environmental groups say the governor's budget proposal would mean a "raid" on the state's Environmental Protection Fund. The fund is designed to help with land...  Go to full article

SUV Hybrids On The Horizon

The world's largest automaker says it will offer hybrid engines on pickup trucks beginning this fall. The new type of engine is a combination of gasoline and electric...  Go to full article

Drivers Turn to Car Sharing

Cars are among the largest polluters in the world. They contribute to the smog that hangs over many large cities and they're a major culprit in the creation of greenhouse...  Go to full article

Wetlands Policy Leaves Some High and Dry?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers recently announced plans to change their policies on enforcing the Clean Water Act on some wetlands. The...  Go to full article

Native Americans Weigh Contaminated Fish Risks

There's a trend among some Native Americans. They're trying to return to more traditional diets. Many believe various health problems among indian populations are due, in...  Go to full article

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