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Climate change activists gather at Paul's Bakery in Upper Jay on Saturday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Climate change activists gather at Paul's Bakery in Upper Jay on Saturday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A personal connection to climate change

Nearly 40 people gathered at Paul Johnson's home in Upper Jay on Saturday to draw attention to the ways climate change has affected peoples' lives.

The event, called Connect the Dots, was part of Climate Impacts Day, which featured hundreds of similar gatherings worldwide. It was organized by local members of the international climate action organization, started by former Adirondack writer Bill McKibben. Chris Morris was there and has this report.  Go to full article
There was no vote so there was no representation.

Suit would block NY cap and trade carbon auctions

A political activist from western New York is suing the state over its involvement in a 10-state carbon-trading program.

Lisa Thrun heads up the grassroots campaign for the New York chapter of Americans for Prosperity. She's also the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Thrun's lawsuit alleges that cap-and-trade policies in New York are placing an undue burden on taxpayers. The suit also claims that lawmakers didn't get a chance to properly vet the state's commitment to the program.  Go to full article
We dont really know what these chemicals are doing to the fish, to the wildlife, and to the people that live around the Great Lakes.

Report: new chemicals threaten Great Lakes

A new report calls on the U.S. and Canada to do more to protect human health and water quality in the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission's biennial report says beach closures, contaminated groundwater, and invasive species continue to be significant problems in the region. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Judge approves settlement for Massena GM factory cleanup

A judge has approved a deal between "Old GM" -- the bankruptcy offshoot of the auto giant -- and the Federal Government for the cleanup of contaminated sites across 14 states. As Innovation Trail's Ryan Morden reports, that includes two sites in Upstate New York.  Go to full article

Douglas faces waste charges

A prominent property-rights activist was arraigned yesterday in a Clinton County court for allegedly dumping hazardous materials on his property near Ausable Forks.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the felony charges against LeRoy Douglas could bring up to four years in prison and a fine of 150 thousand dollars.

Douglas - who has been an outspoken critic of state environmental policies - pleaded not guilty and was released without bail.

DEC officials say they began investigating the case in 2008 after they received complaints about the property near Silver Lake in Clinton County.

They say a state investigator found a wide range of contamination on Douglas's land, including a pile of lead acid batteries, dead animals and medical waste.

According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Douglas's attorney has requested that a special prosecutor be named to handle the case.

Douglas has claimed in the past that investigations of his property are politically motivated.  Go to full article
This is the third year in a row that a North Country company has topped the list of polluters in New York state.

Glens Falls: Finch, Pruyn sees 80 percent rise in pollution

A new report issued on Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency says the Finch, Pruyn paper mill in Glens Falls generates the most pollution of any manufacturing plant in New York state.

Other top polluters in the North Country include Alcoa, Fort Drum, and International Paper. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Questions about a GM clean-up

In a settlement deal between General Motors and the White House, the car maker will set aside nearly three quarters of a billion dollars for environmental clean up of contaminated properties. The public got to weigh in on plans for a site near Syracuse last night. As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Morden reports, there are worries about PCBs.  Go to full article
Missisquoi Bay has been hard hit by phosphorous pollution (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Missisquoi Bay has been hard hit by phosphorous pollution (Photos: Brian Mann)

Story 2.0: Are farms really the problem on Lake Champlain?

Lake Champlain is back in the news this week, as politicians from New York, Vermont, and Quebec signed a new compact aimed at cleaning up the lake. Phosphorous pollution has been a growing problem for decades, triggering noxious and potentially toxic algae blooms. A new film about the problem, called Bloom, airs tonight on Mountain Lake PBS.

Brian Mann first reported in-depth on this debate in 2007. In today's Story 2.0, we revisit Brian's trip to talk to the major players in the valley.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam students help with fall chores at a community garden
SUNY Potsdam students help with fall chores at a community garden

A workday brings attention to climate change

The group is spearheading a world-wide community workday Sunday. It's called 10.10.10. Volunteers across the region will pick up hammers, shovels and garden tools and join the Global Work Party. It's being called the world's largest day of practical action to fight the climate crisis. Todd Moe found some SUNY Potsdam students and community volunteers who got ahead of the game last weekend by helping with fall chores at a community garden in Potsdam.  Go to full article

Helping the environment by hanging out the wash

When you did laundry this week, did you hang it outside to dry? Alexander Lee is hoping so. He's the founder of Project Laundry List and is leading the "Right to Dry" movement. Lee is biking from New Hampshire to Canton for the Sustainable Living Festival this weekend. Todd Moe spoke with him about using traditional clotheslines instead of dryers. Lee has been featured in People magazine, the Colbert Report and even Swedish radio.  Go to full article

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