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Wind Power: How "green" is it?

Over the last couple years, we've reported extensively on the explosion of wind power in the North Country and the passionate debate it's kindled. Are the wind turbines going up across the North Country ugly or beautiful? Do they make too much noise? Kill too many birds or bats? You can find a complete archive of stories on our website, ncpr.org. Today, we're going to put those issues aside and focus on one question: does electricity produced by the wind actually reduce carbon emissions and help stop global warming? In other words, how "green" is wind power really? David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Uihlein Maple Research Station, Lake Placid. Photo: Brian Chabot
The Uihlein Maple Research Station, Lake Placid. Photo: Brian Chabot

Study looks at climate change and maple season

Six North Country maple producers are working with Cornell University researchers on climate change and its effects on the industry. The climate patterns producing warmer winter weather and increased thawing in January are causing some maple producers to test their taps earlier in the winter. Todd Moe spoke with Mike Farrell, Director of the Uihlein Maple Research Station in Lake Placid, about climate warming and maple production. Will the North Country's annual Maple Weekend in 2080 be held in mid-January?  Go to full article

The story behind the Great Lakes compact

Even before he took the oath of office, one of David Patterson's first actions as Governor was to sign the Great Lakes Compact. The compact is a comprehensive plan to prevent water diversions out of the Great Lakes basin. All eight Great Lakes states AND Congress have to ratify the compact before it can become law. New York joins Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois as the first states to ratify it. Peter Annin is the author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, a narrative history of water diversions in the Great Lakes and of the compact itself. He told David Sommerstein that most people think of the parched Southwest when they think of water being piped out of the region.  Go to full article
Focus the Nation draws in North Country campuses
Focus the Nation draws in North Country campuses

Students uncertain about life after climate change

Last week, more than 1500 college campuses around the country joined in an effort called "Focus the Nation." The goal was to convince politicians and the public that climate change should be a top issue in this election year. As Brian Mann reports, students and faculty at St. Lawrence University agree that the planet is getting warmer and that humans are to blame. But they're still not sure what they or their leaders should do about it.  Go to full article

Colleges hold teach-ins on climate change

The four colleges in St. Lawrence County are among over 1700 schools across the country holding teach-ins and community gatherings this week about climate change. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Lower water levels on the Great Lakes make some channels such as the Muskegon River too shallow for big freighters to enter fully loaded. (Photo by Lester Graham)
Lower water levels on the Great Lakes make some channels such as the Muskegon River too shallow for big freighters to enter fully loaded. (Photo by Lester Graham)

Weather squeezes Great Lakes

Historic low water levels are an emerging concern for shippers and everyone else who uses the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. The St. Lawrence was more than a foot lower than normal last fall. Lakes Michigan and Huron are even worse. The water is so low that 1000-foot cargo ships are running aground. The issue appeared on Governor Spitzer's radar last week in his State of Upstate speech. He called on the legislature to pass the Great Lakes Compact, which would limit water diversions out of the Lakes. Illinois and Minnesota are the only states to ratify the compact so far. All eight Great Lakes states must pass it before it can go before Congress for final passage. Drought in the southeast and southwest are adding new urgency to the compact. There's debate about whether the low water levels are just part of the historic ups and downs of the Great Lakes, or if it's the effects of global warming. Lester Graham reports from Lake Michigan's Muskegon River, a trouble spot for some of the big ships.  Go to full article

Hydrogen from hydro power planned for Olympic village

Across the North Country, there are dozens of old dams and millponds sitting unused. A century ago, they provided vital hydro-power for the region's industries. Now the mayor of Lake Placid hopes to see a dam on one Adirondack river brought back to life. The goal is to put the Olympic village on the cutting edge of the new post-oil economy, testing a new system for producing environmentally friendly hydrogen. Independent producer Jacob Resneck has our story.  Go to full article

Ottawa lawmaker braces for global warming

Many people think of climate change as a national, even international, problem. But a growing number of local officials are beginning to see it as a local problem as well. Census figures show that more and more North Americans are now living in cities. For those who want to fight climate change, that means changing the way these urban folks live. Karen Kelly has the story of one Ottawa city councilor who's made that his mission.  Go to full article

Climate change raises public health concerns

Public health officials are more and more concerned about the effects of global warming. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Warming to change Great Lakes ecosystem?

Some researchers say global warming will impact fish habitat in the Great Lakes. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

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