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H1N1 flu still around

You might think the flu season is over, but H1N1 flu is still around. Rebecca Williams reports health officials still want you to get vaccinated against the virus.  Go to full article

Climate bill coming up, but might go down, in U.S. Senate

A long-awaited climate change bill will come up in the U.S. Senate next week. Among other measures, it includes a national renewable electricity standard, requiring more power to come from sources other than fossil fuel such as coal. It has bi-partisan authorship, and support on both sides of the aisle as well. But a prominent Republican says the bill won't pass. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Insecticide on trial

The future of an insecticide used on food is on trial. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to stop the use of the chemical. Rebecca Williams reports the pesticide company and some growers' trade groups have been fighting the EPA.  Go to full article
President Obama lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling last week, against the wishes of environmental groups. (Photo Courtesy of the US Minerals Management Service, Lee Tilton)
President Obama lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling last week, against the wishes of environmental groups. (Photo Courtesy of the US Minerals Management Service, Lee Tilton)

Drilling for climate change

There's been lots of speculation about why President Obama is allowing expanded gas and oil drilling offshore. Many environmentalists don't like it. Lester Graham reports the move might be part of a larger strategy to get a climate bill passed in the Senate.  Go to full article
Wind power supporters and opponents outside the Woods Hole Coast Guard station during a visit by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Curt Nikisch.
Wind power supporters and opponents outside the Woods Hole Coast Guard station during a visit by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Curt Nikisch.

Two sides of the great wind power divide

A decade-long fight over a proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts could be over soon. It's called Cape Wind. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will make a decision by the end of April. What would be the nation's first offshore wind farm is bigger than a simple "not in my backyard" issue. Like wind development proposals in this region, it has divided communities and even neighbors. Reporter Curt Nickisch met two people who've come down on opposite sides - both for environmental reasons.  Go to full article

Food safety on the farm

More than year ago peanut butter made in the southern U.S. sickened hundreds of people and killed as many as nine. The outbreak set off a scramble to make food safer. Large and small farms across the country are being urged, and in some cases required by markets, to implement food safety plans or hire outside experts to cerify their practices.

But there are questions about how much the push for "food safety" will make food...safer. Peter Payette has more on the story.

April 14 and 15, the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Learning Farm in Canton is hosting a two-day workshop to help farmers develop food safety plans that focus on prevention. The all-day sessions are for farmers whose buyers are requiring third party verification of their food safety practices, or for farmers who are thinking about becoming certified. call 315-788-8450 x268 for more information.  Go to full article

TV weather forecasters on climate change

A new survey reveals what TV weathercasters think about climate change. Lester Graham reports... that's important because many people look to the TV weathercaster for information about climate change.  Go to full article

No tax credit for biomass

When Congress approved production tax credits for renewable energy, not every industry got the same treatment. Biomass power is not getting the subsidies that other alternative energy sources get. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

The Future of Corn

You might think you know corn - as in corn tortillas, corn-flakes, corn-bread and so on. But do you really know corn? Like, did you know that our last harvest could be one of our biggest, or that most American corn is genetically modified? Shawn Allee reports experts want us to get re-acquainted with our biggest crop because we need to make huge decisions about its future.  Go to full article

Oil and the price at the pump

Energy analysts say a glut of oil means gas prices probably won't spike too much this year. Rebecca Williams has more.  Go to full article

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