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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.


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Forests in the Age of Global Warming

Scientists are growing trees in a Northern Wisconsin forest, in a bath of greenhouse gasses. There's a theory that forests can help limit the predicted increase in world temperatures from global warming, and its dire consequences. But early results suggest that Great Lakes forests might struggle to survive the century; doing little to help the survival of the planet. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bob Kelleher has more.  Go to full article

Cedarlands Conservation Deal Near Long Lake Draws Praise, Raises Eyebrows

Conservation groups in the Adirondacks are praising a deal that will protect more than four thousand acres of forest and shoreline near Long Lake. But the project also allows a prominent environmentalist to buy a 60-acre piece of shoreline property. As Brian Mann reports, a plan to build a private home on the parcel has drawn sharp criticism:  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Fires Cause Smoke in St. Lawrence County

Ground fires at Fort Drum are causing residents north and east of the army base to complain of smoke and brown skies. David Sommerstein reports state officials have fielded calls from towns throughout St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

EPA To Give States Clean-Up Authority?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to give states more authority to decide whether to clean up pollution in rivers and lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

Hunting Hazard: Chronic Wasting Disease

New York is taking precautions regarding chronic wasting disease. The death of three hunters in Wisconsin are being investigated for a possible link to the brian-wasting...  Go to full article

Midwest Slow on Pollution Controls

In December 2000, several Midwest states considered prime sources of the pollution that produced acid rain in the East failed to submit new pollution control rules to the...  Go to full article

Trumpeter Swans' Comeback?

Efforts to reintroduce the trumpeter swan in the Great Lakes region are exceeding expectations. In fact, officials in one state are trying to find out if the swan population...  Go to full article

Building a Better Septic System

In many places around the Great Lakes, people depend on on-site septic systems to handle their household wastewater. The number is growing as people move to rural areas and...  Go to full article

Automakers to Fight California Law

Car makers are gearing up to fight a law recently passed by the state of California to control greenhouse gas emissions. The likely court challenge is the latest development...  Go to full article

Profile of Families Along Nassau Lake: One of the State's Superfund Sites

The New York State legislature adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement with Governor Pataki on how to refinance the bankrupt state superfund. According to a...  Go to full article

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