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Water levels a concern along Seaway

Boaters and businesses along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are suffering through lower-than-normal water levels this summer. Earlier this month, freighters on the St. Lawrence were cautioned to go slow because of low water. The low water is expected to prompt high turnout at a summit meeting called by the International Water Levels Coalition at the Clayton Opera House Saturday morning. Local conditions depend partly on how much water is coming downstream from Great Lakes at the head of the seaway system in the Midwest. There's increasing concern about lower water levels all along the Great Lakes system, both due to increased drainage, and possibly global climate change. Chuck Quirmbach has more.  Go to full article
Dr. Cameron Wake
Dr. Cameron Wake

Climate Change will alter Northeast

40 scientists from across the Northeast have collaborated to project the region's climate through the end of the century. The conclusion of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment, released last June, is that the very character of the Northeast is in danger. Cameron Wake is one of the team's co-leaders. He's a researcher at the University of New Hampshire's Climate Change Center. Wake told David Sommerstein the scientists used two future scenarios.  Go to full article
Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.
Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.

Climate Change: Will CO2 help farms?

For years, researchers studying the effects of climate change on agriculture have focused on two big issues: the availability of water and the impact of increasing carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide released from our cars and factories is the number one cause of global warming. But scientists have long theorized that more of the gas in the atmosphere could actually help grow bigger plants. New research is challenging that assumption. David Sommerstein went to the breadbasket in Illinois to learn more.  Go to full article

Canada CO2 plan called scam

Canada's conservative government recently unveiled the final details of its long awaited policy on fighting climate change... and it says it will not meet its Kyoto targets. And as Dan Karpenchuk reports, so far the proposed $8 billion policy has been a tough sell.  Go to full article
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which  rarely used to grow in the North Country.
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which rarely used to grow in the North Country.

Global warming on the farm: adaptation and risk

The global scientific community has reached consensus - the Earth's climate is getting warmer and humans are a major cause of it. Most of the country is projected to experience milder winters, more hot summer days, and stronger storms. This week we're looking at how global warming will affect the North Country. It's already affecting agriculture, the region's biggest industry. Plants are sprouting sooner. New crops are being sown. But fields are flooding more often. And new pests are taking hold. Farmers who adapt can take advantage of the changes, but the financial risks are great. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Water wanted for thirsty lands.
Water wanted for thirsty lands.

Global warming, growing thirst

Here in the North Country, we rarely think of drinking water as a commodity, as a resource as precious as oil or timber. But the growing demand for fresh water in other parts of the country -- especially in the desert Southwest -- is changing the value of water in places where supplies have always been plentiful. In this first report of our special coverage of climate change, global and local, Brian Mann looks at how this region's drinking water could wind up in faraway cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas.  Go to full article

Assessing Spitzer's energy policy

New wind farms in Clinton and Franklin counties will get state funding for generating renewable power for New York. Noble Environmental Power's wind turbines in the towns of Clinton, Ellenburg, Altona, and Chateaugay are among 21 renewable energy projects that will share $295 million under Governor Spitzer's energy policy. Spitzer unveiled the plan in a speech last week. He said it would also reduce state electricity usage by 15% by 2015. And it would also fast-track new power plants that emit low or no emissions, create jobs to retrofit buildings for energy conservation, and lower utility bills. Environmental and business groups, including National Grid, applauded the announcement. We turn to Ben Wiles for a closer look. He's a senior attorney with the Public Utility Law Project, which represents low income and rural residents on New York's energy issues. He told David Sommerstein Spitzer's proposal is a departure from the former Pataki Administration.  Go to full article
Step It Up activists on Whiteface Mountain (Photo:  Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer)
Step It Up activists on Whiteface Mountain (Photo: Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer)

On Whiteface, celebrating winter in a warming age

One of Bill McKibben's motivations for organizing the Step It Up event over the weekend was his love for winter. For thousands of people in the North Country, the season of snow and ice are an endangered experience. Brian Mann joined more than a dozen activists who skied up Whiteface Mountain's toll road to raise awareness of global climate change. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Step It Up skiiers offer advice for a warming planet

While on the summit of Whiteface Mountain, Brian Mann asked some of the skiers and activists to offer their thoughts on how global climate change might be confronted -- by governments and by individuals.  Go to full article
The SLU Step It Up photo
The SLU Step It Up photo

SLU 'steps it up'

Step It Up rallies were held in more than 1400 places around the country Saturday. All the events shared one thing in common. Participants took a group photo, which was then to be sent to Congress. David Sommerstein was at St. Lawrence University's student center when about 70 people gathered for the group shot. He sent this audio montage.  Go to full article

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