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Warming to change Great Lakes ecosystem?

Some researchers say global warming will impact fish habitat in the Great Lakes. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Water levels a concern along Seaway

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

The virtues of PB & J

What could be more humble than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Jennifer Szweda Jordan recently visited a man who is campaigning for people to eat a PB & J once a week instead of a hamburger or chicken nuggets. He says it could reduce global warming emissions.  Go to full article
Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.
Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.

Climate Change: Will CO2 help farms?

For years, researchers studying the effects of climate change on agriculture have focused on two big issues: the availability of water and the impact of increasing carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide released from our cars and factories is the number one cause of global warming. But scientists have long theorized that more of the gas in the atmosphere could actually help grow bigger plants. New research is challenging that assumption. David Sommerstein went to the breadbasket in Illinois to learn more.  Go to full article

Sea ice melting faster than predicted

New research shows Arctic sea ice is melting much faster than predicted by computer models. Rebecca Williams reports the researchers say that could accelerate the impacts of global warming.  Go to full article
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which  rarely used to grow in the North Country.
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which rarely used to grow in the North Country.

Global warming on the farm: adaptation and risk

The global scientific community has reached consensus - the Earth's climate is getting warmer and humans are a major cause of it. Most of the country is projected to experience milder winters, more hot summer days, and stronger storms. This week we're looking at how global warming will affect the North Country. It's already affecting agriculture, the region's biggest industry. Plants are sprouting sooner. New crops are being sown. But fields are flooding more often. And new pests are taking hold. Farmers who adapt can take advantage of the changes, but the financial risks are great. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Assessing Spitzer's energy policy

New wind farms in Clinton and Franklin counties will get state funding for generating renewable power for New York. Noble Environmental Power's wind turbines in the towns of Clinton, Ellenburg, Altona, and Chateaugay are among 21 renewable energy projects that will share $295 million under Governor Spitzer's energy policy. Spitzer unveiled the plan in a speech last week. He said it would also reduce state electricity usage by 15% by 2015. And it would also fast-track new power plants that emit low or no emissions, create jobs to retrofit buildings for energy conservation, and lower utility bills. Environmental and business groups, including National Grid, applauded the announcement. We turn to Ben Wiles for a closer look. He's a senior attorney with the Public Utility Law Project, which represents low income and rural residents on New York's energy issues. He told David Sommerstein Spitzer's proposal is a departure from the former Pataki Administration.  Go to full article
Step It Up activists on Whiteface Mountain (Photo:  Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer)
Step It Up activists on Whiteface Mountain (Photo: Susan Bibeau/Adirondack Explorer)

On Whiteface, celebrating winter in a warming age

One of Bill McKibben's motivations for organizing the Step It Up event over the weekend was his love for winter. For thousands of people in the North Country, the season of snow and ice are an endangered experience. Brian Mann joined more than a dozen activists who skied up Whiteface Mountain's toll road to raise awareness of global climate change. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The SLU Step It Up photo
The SLU Step It Up photo

SLU 'steps it up'

Step It Up rallies were held in more than 1400 places around the country Saturday. All the events shared one thing in common. Participants took a group photo, which was then to be sent to Congress. David Sommerstein was at St. Lawrence University's student center when about 70 people gathered for the group shot. He sent this audio montage.  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

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