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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...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...

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Aug 22, 2014 — Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.
Aug 22, 2014 — Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
Aug 21, 2014 — Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.


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States to Crack Down on Ship Ballast Tanks?

A Michigan lawmaker is urging other states in the region to enter into a multi-state compact aimed at limiting the influx of invasive species into the Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

In Search of Something Lost

Naturalist Ed Kanze chased memories of passenger pigeons in an award-winning essay. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Wilds of Lake Champlain

Wisdom in the Valley: a Conversation with Bill McKibben

People often describe the two shores of Lake Champlain as separate worlds, with distinct cultures and economies. Environmental writer Bill McKibben thinks western Vermont and the eastern Adirondacks should be seen as parts of one unique landscape. His new book, published next month by Crown, is called Wandering Home. The travel journal describes a long walk across the Champlain Valley. McKibben describes the valley and its communities as one of the most hopeful places in America.  Go to full article

Power Company Settles Pollution Lawsuit

More than five years ago, several eastern states filed suit against Midwest power companies. They claimed the power companies were violating the Clean Air Act, and their...  Go to full article

New EPA Administrator to Prioritize Lake Cleanup?

Midwest officials say they hope the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to push for better coordination of Great Lakes clean up. The...  Go to full article

New Car Mileage Estimates Overstated

Some federal lawmakers, along with a few environmental and consumers' groups, want the Environmental Protection Agency to change the way it calculates a vehicle's...  Go to full article

EPA Sources Say Mercury Rule Excluded Key Research

A report published this week in the Washington Post suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency may have excluded internal research when developing a...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Aquarium Plan Scaled Back

Nationwide, aquariums have increased 50% in the last 10 years. But the "aquarium boom" will not be coming to the North Country - officials at the St. Lawrence River Aquarium...  Go to full article
Arboretum America

Amazing Tomato: How to Keep Seeds, and Why

We follow a listener's story of long-keeping tomatoes another step. Martha Foley talks with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, researcher and author in Merrickville,...  Go to full article

The Dark Side of Bright Lights

Many of us say we want to be good environmentalists. But we often make choices based on other desires. One of those choices is lighting. Most of us use lights that are...  Go to full article

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