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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 30, 2014 — Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.
Jul 30, 2014 — Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.
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.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
President Bush visits Adirondacks<br />Photo:  Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
President Bush visits Adirondacks
Photo: Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Bush?s Clean Air Plan Wins Cautious Optimism, Lawsuits & Distrust

Last week, the Bush Administration announced plans to relax key rules of the Clean Air Act, rules designed to clean up factories and power plants that contribute to acid rain. New York's attorney general immediately joined with other Northeastern states, filing a lawsuit to block the changes. Conservation groups support the lawsuit, but they disagree about President Bush's environmental agenda. Brian Mann has this report.  Go to full article

Canadians Prepare for Kyoto Protocol

Canadians are being asked to take public transportation and turn down the heat as Canada prepares to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. From Ottawa, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly has more.  Go to full article

Manmade Islands Stir Debate

For more than a hundred years, man has made changes to rivers and lakes. Locks, dams and redirecting waterways has raised water levels and increased river flows. One effect has been the near disappearance of islands that once provided habitat for fish, plants and birds. Some groups are trying to rebuild those islands. But the concept of a man-made island is not universally accepted. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Worry About Proposed Changes to Clean Air Act

Friday afternoon, the Bush administration announced it would move to change key provisions of the Clean Air Act. The rules, known as New Source Review, were designed...  Go to full article

Commentary: Gas Spill

Oil spills have been in the news as a huge tanker broke apart and sank off the coast of Spain last week. But it was a spill on a smaller scale that got commentator Tom Van...  Go to full article
East Branch of Fish Creek

Protecting the Tug Hill: Fish Creek

Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. It's the...  Go to full article

Tree Planting Branches Across the Country

Trees will be planted in every state capitol in all 50 states today. The non-profit group, the National Tree Trust, is organizing the coordinated planting. The Great Lakes...  Go to full article

Semen Quality Harmed by Farm Chemicals?

A new study shows that fertile men in more rural areas have lower sperm counts and less vigorous sperm than men in urban centers. It's the first study that shows that semen...  Go to full article

Electrical Charges Zap Pollution

One of the biggest challenges facing Great Lakes water quality comes from polluted harbors. Scores of underwater sites have been identified, but cleanup has been painfully...  Go to full article

Pataki Criticized for Not Enacting New Anti-Smog Rules

Public health groups say that Governor Pataki's administration has failed to follow through on new rules that could help reduce summertime smog and other air pollution. Karen...  Go to full article

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