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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...
The list of dangerous topics best avoided in polite company often includes religion, politics, money and sex. But what would be left to blog about if we honored that wisdom? So today I’ll hit up money. Specifically my new guilty pleasure,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...

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Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
Aug 29, 2014 — Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves.
Aug 29, 2014 — Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.


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Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

McKibben: New York state should get out of the oil business

Oil tanker trains have become a major issue in the North Country. Now, Vermont-based environmental activist Bill McKibben, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, is urging New York state to get out of the oil business altogether.

McKibben, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont and founder of 350.org, wants the state Comptroller's office to stop investing state pension funds in companies and corporations involved in oil and other carbon-polluting industries.

McKibben appeared last week on the public radio program Capital Pressroom, speaking with Susan Arbetter.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Officials to discuss Champlain Valley oil trains

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A public forum is planned to discuss oil train safety in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

The forum Thursday evening in Plattsburgh will include emergency services directors, federal spill-response officials, environmental groups, lake ecologists and advocates for healthy schools.  Go to full article
A shelf of chachkes at Candy Cottage in Old Forge, NY. Photo: Natasha Haverty

In Old Forge, can bears stay wild and coexist with humans?

The hamlet of Old Forge sees huge numbers of tourists this time every year. Many people come from all over the country to have their annual wilderness experience, along with all the creature comforts of Old Forge's main street.

But for years, residents of Old Forge and wildlife experts have been working to strike a balance with tourists: how to let humans have their fun but keep the wild animals of the Adirondack park like bears, wild, without turning any of that tourism away.  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

The fire danger is low and waters remain well...  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

100 gallons of oil spill at Port of Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's environmental agency is investigating a 100-gallon oil spill at the Port of Albany but officials say there's no risk of contamination to the...  Go to full article
Skiing at Killington. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlaurente/79704493/">Robert Laurente</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Snow gun exchange program to help energy costs

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Ski resorts in Vermont are upgrading their snowmaking equipment with help from a statewide energy efficiency program.

Efficiency Vermont is...  Go to full article
A crew from New York state builds a fuel break in a fire in Washington state. Photo: NYS DEC

Big Western fires pose challenge and opportunity for NYS crews

This summer we've been hearing about those big wildfires raging out of control in the western United States. Drought conditions have left California and parts of Oregon and...  Go to full article
Eye of the Needle, Lake George. Photo: Sarah Harris

Boat inspections to keep invasives out of Lake George

Lake George is no stranger to invasive species. Spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels, Asian clam, and curly-leaf pondweed have all made their way into the...  Go to full article

Work begins on $1.7M flood project in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Work is underway on a $1.7 million project to remove sand, gravel and silt from a creek in western New York to reduce the risk of flooding.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/evanblaser/8655954187/">Evan Blaser</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Caesars opens upstate office amid casino bid

WOODBURY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators are not expected to decide on upstate New York casino licenses until this fall, but applicants are still staying active.  Go to full article

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