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Report tracks effects of climate change

Supporters of an ambitious bill to reduce risks of global warming say they don't have the votes to pass it in the US Senate today. The bill would require dramatic cuts in greenhouse gases, and nudge the nation's energy priorities away from fossil fuels. Even if it passes, President Bush says he'll veto it. Meanwhile, a new government report says climate change is already affecting crops, forests, water and wildlife. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article
Karen Roy co-author, <i>Acid Rain in the Adirondacks</i>
Karen Roy co-author, Acid Rain in the Adirondacks

National climate change debate builds on Adirondack fight against acid rain

This week, the US Senate will debate a landmark bill that aims to sharply cut the nation's greenhouse gas pollution. The climate change measure is modeled closely after a policy that was first used to curb acid rain in the Adirondacks. The so-called "cap and trade" system would set new limits on carbon pollution. But it would also leave industry to decide how to reach the goals. As Brian Mann reports, the measure puts the Adirondacks back at the center of the national environmental debate.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service

Open water in the arctic

Polar bear researchers off Alaska's northern coast found striking differences in sea ice conditions recently. Lori Townsend reports.  Go to full article
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.

Local Flavor: local meat in town and online

When it comes to healthy, environmentally-friendly eating, "local" has become the new "organic." More and more people want to know what's in their food, who produced it, and how far it traveled to get to the dinner table. Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, are a growing way to bring consumers and farmers closer. Think of a CSA as a subscription service for food. A farm in St. Lawrence County is just as comfortable marketing its CSA on the Internet as at the local farmers' market. As David Sommerstein reports, The 8 O'Clock Ranch is challenging what it means to "eat local."  Go to full article

A framework for making energy choices

In any discussion of producing and consuming energy, it can be incredibly difficult to sort out all the variables. A scholar with the National Research Council says we need a framework to make sound energy choices. David Policansky spoke with David Sommerstein. He says in the face of climate change and dwindling oil supplies, we have to learn to make better decisions on how we use and produce energy.  Go to full article

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, 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

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