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May 18, 2013

Maple Ridge Wind Farm, Seven Years On

Wind farms are a touchy subject in the North Country of New York. As the town of Cape Vincent wrestles with a potential project, in neighboring Lewis County, another wind farm has been operating for seven years.


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Fracking Poll Shows Support for Moratorium

A new opinion poll shows the public's complex feelings towards fracking in Pennsyvlania. The University of Michigan poll shows general support for gas extraction in Pennsylvania. 49 percent of respondents approve, and 40 percent oppose. But almost two-thirds support a drilling moratorium in order to study the risks.  

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Climate Change Odometer Hits Sobering Threshold

The world’s climate odometer just crossed one of those big, round numbers. For the first time in human history, the atmospheric concentrations have reached 400 parts per million.

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Cemetery Trees Get New Life as Art

How do trees magically transform themselves into mushrooms?  With the help of local artists, of course.  A collaborative program in Pittsburgh's Homewood Cemetery pairs artists with felled and fallen trees for an art-inspired reuse event.

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Commentary: Scouting for the Nature Habit

If we want future generations to care about nature, it wouldn't hurt for us to get our kids into the woods occasionally. There's some question, though, about whether Americans are exposing their children to the outdoors. Commentator and search-and-rescue responder Ken Chiacchia tells us about how he got the nature habit.

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