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My mother was born on April 22, 1903, 67 years before Earth Day was born on the same day. She was a “senior citizen” by the time Earth Day was established. Mom lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and because she had her...
It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Love it or hate it, it’s back. Earth Hour will be marked by many around the globe tonight from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, local time. This hour of action represents a magnificent rallying point, silly symbolism, or something in between,...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...

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Apr 22, 2014 — On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
Apr 22, 2014 — For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.
Apr 21, 2014 — Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
The rusty blackbird may vanish from the Adirondacks. Photo: Larry Master, used with permission
The rusty blackbird may vanish from the Adirondacks. Photo: Larry Master, used with permission

Iconic Adirondack birds face sharp decline

A new study is raising alarm about the future of some of the Adirondack Park's most iconic birds. The report from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Program found sharp decline among six bird species that live in the Park's boreal wetlands.

Michale Glennon is the group's science director and her study was published this month in the journal Northeastern Naturalist. Glennon told Brian Mann that some of these birds may eventually vanish from the North Country, pressured by habitat loss, pollution and climate change.  Go to full article
Nearly $5 million of the funding will go to North Country parks; nearly $3 million of that going to upgrades at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands, pictured above. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ransomtech/7611901380/">Steve Ransom</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo announces parks that receive $90 million

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $90 million is going to repair and improve several parks and historic sites.

On Tuesday Cuomo announced that he is advancing 69 projects to improve 53 state parks and historic centers as part of a $90 million commitment in the state budget enacted earlier this month.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coalition seeks answers on NY crude oil shipments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A coalition of environmental groups and local residents is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to set a deadline for a crude oil shipper to provide more details on its Albany port operations.

A letter sent to DEC Monday by Earthjustice, other environmental groups and Albany residents and officials seeks details on Global Companies' current and planned operations by May 3.  Go to full article
SLU junior David Smith is an Environmental Studies major and organizer of NC350.

"Do One Thing" to help the planet, says Canton environmentalist

A St. Lawrence University student is hoping everyone does something on Earth Day tomorrow to help the planet. David Smith is junior at SLU and also organizer for NC350, a...  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

NYS fracking review thorough, says group, so why secret?

A group opposed to hydrofracking says documents it's obtained show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial...  Go to full article
The new Center for Working Landscapes will be housed at the Paul Smith's VIC. Photo: Nora Flaherty

The Adirondack North Country: a "working landscape"

People across the North Country are grappling with big questions about sustainability and the future of the region. Today The Adirondack Center for Working Landscapes, a new...  Go to full article
Andrea Malik applies a BTI treatment by a beaver dam in Colton. Black fly eggs need running water to hatch, so they're an easy target. Photo: David Sommerstein

Hate black flies? Hug this woman.

It's one of the cruelest fates dealt the North Country. The snow's gone. The warm sun's finally back. And just when we're dying to bask in spring, the black flies begin to...  Go to full article
43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3646/3601931725_066a0fe319_o_d.jpg">Stephen Cochran</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When it's right to plant peas

The sun is out. The air is warm. It's late April. The crocuses are up and the daffodils aren't far behind. So, time to plant some peas, and maybe some lettuce, right? ...  Go to full article
Happy Earth Day Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eraphernalia_vintage/4544738487">Cheryl</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state....  Go to full article
Champlain Valley Hiking Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperedjane/9528253385">Peppered Jane</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New NY group to promote Champlain Valley hiking

WESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) A new nonprofit group that has been developing trails in the Champlain region for the past five years is planning an inn-to-inn trekking event to showcase...  Go to full article

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