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Heavy rain – really heavy rain – that falls more often. Sound familiar? Why we’re seeing more damaging downpours may be controversial in political circles. But here it is. Cities, municipalities and insurance companies are tasked...
If everyone was a vegetarian, would it reduce global warming and slow down climate change? This question is addressed in a recent article from Slate reproduced in Mother Jones summarizing research from a study done in 2009 by the Netherlands...
Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...
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 always on the...
News stories tagged with "climate-change"
Apr 23, 2008 — 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
Apr 21, 2008 — 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
Apr 02, 2008 — 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
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