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NY, CA & WA GOVERNORS ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF CLIMATE ALLIANCE

In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017, that same day, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.,...

 

How to Dispose of Paint

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to inform the community of the proper way to dispose of paint and paint cans. Recently, a well-intentioned individual attempted to dispose of a paint can...

 

US Attorneys General Band Together to Fight Trumps Rollbacks of Air Quality Standards and Reconfirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

April 26, 2017. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in urging Congress to reject the rollback of critical protective ozone air quality standards. In...

 

Native American & Environmental Groups File Law Suit Against Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) have filed suit in Federal District Court in Great Falls, Montana, challenging the Presidential Permit issued by...

 

GOVERNOR CUOMO AND GOVERNOR BROWN REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO EXCEEDING TARGETS OF THE CLEAN POWER PLAN

(March 28, 2017) With the announcement that the United States will begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the...

 

Bad Emeralds

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Kermit the Frog may have lamented “It’s not easy bein’ green,” but t...

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Establishment of Clean Energy Standard that Mandates 50 Percent Renewables by 2030

(August 1, 2016) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard, the most comprehensive and ambitious clean en...

 

River Institute Monitoring Bats in Eastern Ontario

Cornwall – Thanks to grants from the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the Ontario Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, the River Institute is busy...

 

US Government Upholds Its Treaty Obligations - Rejects Giant Coal Export Terminal

By Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign (May 9, 2016) This is big—for our climate, for clean air and water, for our future. It’s also big because the U.S. government...

 

Do you really need to use a pesticide?

Like humans, pests need three critical elements to survive: food, water, and shelter. Before using pesticides, try these three simple steps to control or kill pests: STARVE THEM OUT! Pests will eat...

 

Former VP Al Gore Leads Coalition of AG's on Historic State Based Effort to Combat Climate Change

Unprecedented Coalition vows to defend climate change progress made under President Obama and to push the next President for even more aggressive action; Attorneys Generals from California,...

 

2,696 Sewage Overflows into NY Waters Endanger Public Health

Albany – Environmental Advocates of New York has released a new report – Tapped Out: New York’s Clean Water in Peril – which documents sewage overflows and the rampant underreporting of such...

 

Are Your Trees Over the Hill?

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Senescence is the decline in vigor that happens to all creatures great and diminutive as they close in on the life expectancy of their species. People my age suddenly find...

 

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

 

President Obama Signs Ban on Plastic Microbeads in Beauty Products

WASHINGTON— On December 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill phasing out the manufacture of facewash, toothpaste and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and the sale...

 

DEC INVESTIGATES DEATH OF LAKE ONTARIO WATER BIRDS

(11/20/15) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is investigating the deaths of waterbirds found along the shores of Lake Ontario in Wayne, Oswego and Jefferson counties si...

 

Albany Becomes 5th County to Pass Microbeads Ban

Albany – Recently, the Albany County Legislature became the fifth statewide to pass a ban on microbeads, the tiny plastic pellets found in personal hygiene products like face wash and toothpaste; th...

 

Government of Canada mandates an independent scientific panel to review City of Montreal's proposed discharge of raw sewage

October 18, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Environment Canada Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and...

 

New York State Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) on June 29, 2015 in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement,...

 

Microbeads In Our Waters

You’ve probably heard of these dastardly microbeads by now: The tiny pieces of plastic, billed as miraculous exfoliators in facial wash and whitening scrubbers in toothpaste, are basically impossibl...

 

Hurry Up Already With Global Warming

Paul Hetzler I had such high hopes for global warming, but when the first week in March was just as cold as February, I felt so disappointed. Betrayed, even. I thought the planet was supposed to be...

 

Winter Tree Identification: Buds Are Your Friends

Paul Hetzler, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Every winter I teach several tree identification classes to Biology students. Cold or colder, it’s always outdoors, but if student...

 

Winter Survival Tips: Bird-Brained Ideas

Paul Hetzler, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Given the prolonged deep-freeze we’ve been having, it’s hard to believe vacationers are flocking to the North Country for its...

 

National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 22-27, 2015

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Seems odd to put National Invasive Species Awareness Week smack in the middle of winter—whose idea was that anyway?...

 

Snow Jobs

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Where agriculture is concerned, dairy is king (or is dairy queen?) in northern NY State. But with the kind of winter...

 

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