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Canada Debates Revival Of Nuclear Power

At a recent meeting in Detroit, the G-8 energy ministers were looking for alternatives to non-renewable resources such as oil and gas. Nuclear energy was high on that list of alternatives. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, at least, renewing the drive towards nuclear power is becoming too costly.  Go to full article

IBM Layoffs

The IBM Microelectronics Division plant in Essex Junction, Vermont cut 988 jobs yesterday. It's part of a companywide restructuring designed to focus on more profitable business areas. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Algae Mops Up Heavy Metals

The Great Lakes suffer from all kinds of pollution, but among the most dangerous pollutants from industrial waste are mercury, cadmium, and zinc. Researchers at Ohio State University are perfecting a way to clean up those heavy metals using algae. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Cohen explains.  Go to full article

Water Quality Monitoring Program Available for Adirondacks Lakes and Ponds

A program to monitor water quality is looking for volunteers on Adirondack lakes and ponds. Martha Foley talks with Mike DeAngelo, of the Adirondack Watersheds Institute, who says acidity is only one concern.

For more information about the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, contact Mike DeAngelo: 518-327-6270, or Peter Bauer: 518-251-4257  Go to full article

Coal Burning Power Plant Buys Out Angry Neighbors

Coal burning power plants in the Midwest are considered the number one cause of acid rain. Smokestacks pump out tons of sulfur and mercury that drifts north and east, poisoning Adirondack lakes and forests. The toxic pollution is also a threat to small towns that neighbor the power plants. Last summer, "blue clouds of sulfur gas" blanketed the village of Cheshire, Ohio. But rather than clean up their emissions, the utility company has agreed to a surprising solution. American Electric Power is buying the entire town for twenty million dollars. Natalie Walston explains.  Go to full article

Benefits and Risks of Cloned Cows

Milk production is big business in New York and the upper Midwest. Now the president of a biotech company in Wisconsin is milking a herd of cloned cows that he says could give the Great Lakes dairy industry a boost. But there are still questions about the health of cloned cows and whether the milk they produce is safe for human consumption. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gil Halsted has the story.  Go to full article

Clarkson Receives $30-million Gift

Clarkson University has announced the largest gift in its history -- $30-million dollars to support engineering and science programs at the Potsdam school. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Bill Moore: Building a Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

David Sommerstein talks with Bill Moore, founder and principal of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, about the present and future of wind-generated electricity. Moore is designing and building a wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. He'll be speaking as a part of the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair this weekend.  Go to full article

PSC Studies Rural Telecommunications

A study of rural areas by the Public Service Commission will demonstrate ways to improve access to telecommunications in the North Country. State Senator Jim Wright says rural communities continue to fall behind more populated areas in technological infrastructure.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Asteroids

Asteroids have left their mark on the earth and moon, but how big do they need to be in order to make it through the earth's atmosphere?  Go to full article

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