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John McHugh and George Pataki were architects of the national cap and trade system for fighting pollution. (File photos)
John McHugh and George Pataki were architects of the national cap and trade system for fighting pollution. (File photos)

GOP support for cap-and-trade erodes

In this year's mid-term elections, environmental issues have largely taken a back seat to jobs and the economy.

But here in the New York and across the Northeast, one trend is changing the political landscape and threatening to dismantle a model project aimed to fight climate change.

Many Republicans in the region once backed climate change legislation, and embraced a policy known as cap-and-trade to reduce greenhouse gases and other kinds of pollution

But a lot of Republican candidates in the Northeast are now campaigning aggressively against the cap-and-trade.

As Brian Mann reports, they're following the lead of conservative party leaders in other parts of the country.  Go to full article
Jenkins' <em>Climate Change in the Adirondacks</em>
Jenkins' Climate Change in the Adirondacks

Climate change heralds "unrecognizable" Adirondacks

For a couple of decades now, we've been hearing about climate change as something happening on a global scale. It's a story of polar bears and shrinking arctic ice. Ecologist Jerry Jenkins' new book aims to bring the discussion back home.

"Climate Change in the Adirondacks" paints a detailed, intimate picture of how the warming trend will affect our lives here in the North Country.

Jenkins works for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Program. He says temperatures in the Adirondack-North Country have already risen by roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Jenkins told Brian Mann that reducing carbon pollution will mean making decisions that no one is going to like.  Go to full article

Hot spell is a classic

The hot humid weather that's stalled over much of the eastern U.S. is a classic, a real Bermuda high, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Burlington, VT.

Jonathan Brown talked weather and weather patterns with Scott Whittier. He also got some advice for staying healthy in a heatwave. It was classic, too.  Go to full article

Tornado watch over stormy, cold weekend

It's a nice day in northern New York and Vermont. But it was a cold and stormy weekend--punctuated by a tornado watch across the region. No funnel clouds touched down in the North Country, but National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Fish says a small tornado caused some damage to a house in Vermont's Northeast Kindgom. No one was hurt. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Using art to combat climate change

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. A group of environmentalists at St. Lawrence University is collecting images for a large banner combating climate change. Todd Moe talks with SLU organizer Marilyn Mayer about the "350 Reasons to Combat Climate Change" banner. Next week is the deadline to submit images.  Go to full article

TV weather forecasters on climate change

A new survey reveals what TV weathercasters think about climate change. Lester Graham reports... that's important because many people look to the TV weathercaster for information about climate change.  Go to full article

The night sky and what about 2012?

St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue talks with Martha Foley about the sky above us, and what 2012 may really bring.  Go to full article

"Clean coal" technology test underway

"Clean coal" got a mention in President Obama's State of the Union address this week. Along with nuclear power and alternative energy sources, the President listed clean coal as an important sources for energy for the country.

He also promised to move forward on climate change reductions. And here, America is in a bind. Almost half of our electricity comes from coal. But compared to other power sources, coal produces the most carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

Industry is testing new technology in hopes of fulfilling the promise of "clean coal." Shawn Allee has this update on a test project that has some hard work left to do.  Go to full article
From left, Jon Rosales and SLU students Ben Ross, Jordan Garfinckle, Lauren Vorhees and Nicole Szucs at the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.
From left, Jon Rosales and SLU students Ben Ross, Jordan Garfinckle, Lauren Vorhees and Nicole Szucs at the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.

A veteran observer reports out from the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen

International attention to last month's climate change meeting in Copenhagen was intense. Tens of thousands of people were there, inside and outside the two-week long COP15 negotiations. There were street protests, traffic jams, lots of congestion and confusion as NGOs and heads of state gathered. A handful of developed nations, including the U.S. and China, reached a last-minute accord that fell short of hopes for a binding agreement on carbon reduction targets.

Reports and analysis since the climate change talks closed have not been enthusiastic. Jon Rosales teaches environmental studies at St. Lawrence University. He was in Copenhagen with four students, who blogged from the conference for NCPR. Rosales is a veteran observer; it was his eighth COP meeting. He spoke with Martha Foley about how the Copenhagen gathering was different, and what that could mean for future climate change negotiations and policy.  Go to full article

SLU students to lobby for tough climate treaty

Four St. Lawrence University students will be in Copenhagen for international climate change talks next week. The Environmental Studies majors are following different aspects of the climate summit: transportation, forests and carbon trading. They'll meet with other college students from around the world, attend workshops and blog about their experiences. Todd Moe spoke with senior Jordan Garfinkle about why climate change policy is an important issue for young people.  Go to full article

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