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One of the big reasons the ethanol mandate has become such a controversial political football, and the subject of the Associated Press' investigation into ethanol's environmental harm, is that there was another, greener kind of ethanol...
Bats are struggling to survive white-nose syndrome. Bees are battling several problems, known and unknown. Monarch butterfly numbers have plummeted this year. These creatures are small in size, but important in the larger scheme of life. Now come...
According to a TED talk that went viral, essentially, yes. Biologist Allan Savory argued in March that aggressive rotational cattle grazing can save land in danger of becoming desert. And that, in turn, Savory says, can help halt climate change....
It's no longer too cold to produce soybeans in Northern New York. A researcher at Cornell University conducted field trials, and found that the combination of new high-yield soybean varieties and warmer summers have improved growing...
Here's a way shareholders in the U.S. can make a difference in agriculture and treatment of the natural environment around the world. New York owns about $1.9 million in Dunkin' Brands stock. According to the Associated Press, and other...
News stories tagged with "climate-change"
by Todd Moe
Apr 01, 2008 — 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
Mar 20, 2008 — 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
by Brian Mann
Feb 05, 2008 — 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
Jan 22, 2008 — 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
Dec 28, 2007 — 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
by Karen Kelly
Nov 26, 2007 — 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
Aug 23, 2007 — 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