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Preview: "On the Wild Side" in Saranac Lake

Last week, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced cutbacks, layoffs and program restructuring. Its Adirondack group was spared job cuts, but will narrow its focus. The organization studies wildlife, climate and Adirondack Park management. On Sunday, the public is invited to its "On the Wild Side" program at the Trudeau Laboratory in Saranac Lake. It's an open house, of sorts, and a chance to chat with local WCS staff. Todd Moe talks with Zo Smith, director of the Wildlife Conversation Society's Adirondack Program, for an update on the group's work in the region.  Go to full article

A backyard view of climate change

Ecologist Amy Seidl writes about climate change and life in a small town in Vermont in her new book, Early Spring: An Ecologist and her Children Wake to a Warming World. It looks at climate change through family walks in the woods and the garden. Todd Moe spoke with Amy Seidl about the book and signs of climate change in her backyard. She'll sign copies of her book tonight at 7 at Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, VT.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: another look at climate change

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager look at climate change today, and in centuries past.  Go to full article

Obama pledges to take climate change seriously

President-elect Barack Obama says America will open a new chapter in dealing with climate change. Lester Graham reports the Senator confirmed he will work toward the plan he outlined during the presidential Campaign.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake conference aims to redefine US climate change debate

This week in Tupper Lake, more than two hundred scientists, activists, policy analysts and corporate executives are trying to hammer out a new action plan for climate change. The conference at the Wild Center lacks some of the political heft of earlier meetings in Europe and Asia. But organizers hope that the closed-door session will allow more creative and ambitious thinking. As Brian Mann reports, the goal is to develop an action plan for the U.S. that will help head off the worst impacts of global warming.  Go to full article

Birds springing north too early

Some migratory birds are heading North earlier because of climate change. That's causing problems for some bird species. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article
SLU students Shelly Martin, Kate Olsen and Environmental Studies professor Jon Rosales
SLU students Shelly Martin, Kate Olsen and Environmental Studies professor Jon Rosales

New roadmap to combat climate change

Delegates to a United Nations climate conference in Bali agree to a "roadmap" earlier this month. The deal sets the agenda for negotiators to work to find ways to reduce pollution. The conference nearly broke down, but the U.S. dropped last-minute demands and signed the new pact after much outrage and disappointment from other countries. Joe Rosales teaches environmental studies at St. Lawrence University. He and two students were observers at the conference. Todd Moe asked him about what took place in Bali and what might happen in the years ahead.  Go to full article

Climate and plant extinction

A new study finds that as plant species go extinct around the world, ecosystems could become a lot less productive. Rebecca Williams reports, this could be bad news for the services people depend on from nature.  Go to full article

McKibben leads national climate change rally

A Vermont activist has sparked a national protest over global warming set for this Saturday, with more than 1300 events planned in all 50 states. Late last summer, environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming. On Saturday, thousands are expected to take part in rallies to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution 80% by 2050. The campaign, organized by McKibben and some of his students at Middlebury College, has won widespread support from a wide variety of environmental, student, and religious groups. McKibben told Todd Moe that Saturday's event will be the largest grassroots environmental protest since Earth Day 1970.  Go to full article
Skaters warned off -- for now.
Skaters warned off -- for now.

Ice builds in Ottawa

The Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa. It's scenic in summer. In winter, it emerges as a dominant feature of city life, nearly five miles of outdoor skating. Students and businessmen commute on skates. Tourists come from both sides of the border. The Skateway is the star attraction for Winterlude. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the ice during the three-week-long carnival held every February, bringing $150 million dollars into the region's economy. The unusually warm start to this winter cast doubt on any skate season at all. January may be a write-off, but deep cold has finally arrived, making Winterlude's prospects look--nearly solid. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

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