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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...
  New rules came out last month from the U.S. Department of the Interior designed to help stomp out the illegal trade which led to the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants in 2012 alone. Rhino are killed for their horns too and...

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Apr 16, 2014 — A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.
Apr 15, 2014 — After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.
Apr 13, 2014 — Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Green groups pressure Cuomo on rail oil trains in NY

National environmental groups are putting the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the expanding international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.

They call this Cuomo's "Keystone" moment.  Go to full article
The St. Regis Falls dam on Monday. Photo: John Carr, Blue Mountain Engineering, provided by Everett Smith

Surging rivers hit roads, damage hydro dam

Despite last night's cold weather, flood watches and warnings remain in effect for all of the North Country and Vermont. Significant flooding, sparked by rain and snow melt, has already been reported in much of the region, with a state of emergency declared in St. Lawrence County and roads closed by high water in many counties.

At this hour, the National Weather Service is reporting moderate flooding on the Black River in Watertown and the the Hudson River at North Creek.

A National Grid substation on Rt. 53 in St. Lawrence County was inundated by water on Tuesday, but National Grid spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis says the 1300 customers served by that substation are now getting their power from another feeder.

The high water is also putting pressure on the region's dams. On the east branch of the St. Regis River in St. Regis Falls, a hydro dam owned by Azure Mountain Power was damaged this week by ice and high water.  Go to full article
West Branch of the St. Regis River from route 11, Tuesday, April 15. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Flood update: SLC declares state of emergency, updated list of road closures

North Country rivers are running high with snow melt. And officials are warning of more water to come. Two inches of rain, possibly mixing with snow, are forecast into Wednesday.

Officials say that could mean flooding across the region. NCPR is providing updates as the situation develops.
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"A Beautiful Truth" by Colin McAdam

In Colin McAdam's new novel, a childless couple in Addison County, Vermont buys a baby chimpanzee. At first he's a cute little guy, but what happens when an ape is raised as...  Go to full article

NY updates oil spill preparedness plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.

The state's Department of Environmental...  Go to full article
Cranberry pool in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/6537926433/"> U.S. Fish And Wildlife </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Missisquoi delta recognized as important wetland

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's Missisquoi Bay delta and bay wetlands are being recognized as important wetlands.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuges and...  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

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

Higher than normal temperatures this weekend...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cindy47452/106023919/">Cindy Seigle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Brush burning banned in some towns until May 14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental regulators are reminding New Yorkers that residential brush burning is prohibited in towns with less than 20,000 residents until May 14...  Go to full article
Game protector Samuel Taylor's name will be added to the wall of the Police Officers Memorial in Albany. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3073/2580716878_3ac0f21ac7_z_d.jpg">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY environmental officer killed in 1914 honored

HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) A New York environmental officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered 100 years after his death.

Samuel Taylor was shot on April 5,...  Go to full article

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