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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...

Environment
Jul 24, 2014 — So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
Jul 23, 2014 — Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.
Jul 23, 2014 — Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.


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The Politics of Acid Rain: A new Proposal, A Bitter Fight Among Old Friends

For years, environmental groups have been pushing Congress to clean up the pollution that causes acid rain. In February, President Bush unveiled his own plan. The "clear skies" initiative has sparked a bitter debate among environmentalists. Some say the President wants serious reform. But critics say the plan is a sham that gives too much freedom to big factories and power plants. The issue has opened a rift in the way environmental groups see the Bush Administration. As Brian Mann reports, the opening may be enough for the President to move "clear skies" forward.  Go to full article

New Acid Rain Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

On Earth Day, President George Bush visited the Adirondacks to talk about acid rain. Each year, power plants and factories in the Midwest spit out tons of pollution. Clouds of sulfur and mercury drift across the north country, sterilizing lakes and killing forests. The President says his new "clear skies" plan would revolutionize environmental law - ending acid rain, without crippling industry. Critics say the plan would allow heavy pollution to continue for decades. In this second of a three-part series on acid rain, Brian Mann looks at how the "clear skies" plan would work.  Go to full article

Water Quality Monitoring Program Available for Adirondacks Lakes and Ponds

A program to monitor water quality is looking for volunteers on Adirondack lakes and ponds. Martha Foley talks with Mike DeAngelo, of the Adirondack Watersheds Institute, who says acidity is only one concern.

For more information about the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, contact Mike DeAngelo: 518-327-6270, or Peter Bauer: 518-251-4257  Go to full article

Coal Burning Power Plant Buys Out Angry Neighbors

Coal burning power plants in the Midwest are considered the number one cause of acid rain. Smokestacks pump out tons of sulfur and mercury that drifts north and east,...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Proposed ETF Loan to Help Balance State's Budget

As Governor Pataki and the legislature continue to write and negotiate budget bills in secret, environmentalists are left wondering whether a proposed loan of 200-million...  Go to full article

Cleaning the "North Coast"

David Sommerstein talks with Linda Gibbs, Natural Resources Coordinator for the New York State Tug Hill Commission, about last weekend's "North Coast" conference in...  Go to full article

Nuclear Waste To Set Sail on Great Lakes?

A proposal under consideration by the Bush Administration to ship nuclear waste across one of the Great Lakes is getting a cool response north of the border. As the Great...  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from...  Go to full article

Shipping Waste Across State Lines

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that state governments could not prevent waste management companies from importing garbage across state lines. That's upset residents in...  Go to full article

Bill Moore: Building a Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

David Sommerstein talks with Bill Moore, founder and principal of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, about the present and future of wind-generated electricity. Moore is...  Go to full article

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