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How White-Nosed Syndrome is Affecting Bats in Upstate New York

White-Nosed Syndrome (WTS) has destroyed 90 percent of the northern bat population. Photo Courtesy of Mother Nature Network.
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Attempts to Cure an Epidemic Affecting Bats in New York The Bat Health Crisis in Upstate New York Most of us that live in upstate New York are totally unaware of the wildlife health crisis occurring in our own backyards. The bat epidemic called White-Nosed Syndrome (WTS) has destroyed 90 percent of the northern bat [...]

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Earthquakes in the Adirondacks: Why Seismic Activity is a Common Occurence

Seismic Activity in New York State. Chart Courtesy of the New York State Museum
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Seismic Activity in Upstate New York Numerous Fault Lines Exist in the Adirondacks Warrensburg residents were awakened Sunday morning August 25th to the startling sounds of shaking and rumbling from a magnitude 2.7 earthquake. Although no major damage had been reported, the United States Geological Survey states the Adirondack State Park is among the most [...]

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Invasive Species in Lake George: An Ongoing Problem

Lake George. Photo by Dave Bower
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Asian Clams Continue to Wreak Havoc on Lake George Combatting the Invasive Species Proves a Tricky Endeavor We seem to be losing the battle of destroying the invasive species that, in some cases, have infested the great waters of Lake George for decades. Adirondack Park Agency (APA) scientists tried eradicating the Asian claims by using [...]

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Farmers Assaulted by Converging Effects of Climate Change

The Potato-Tomato Psyllid. Photo Courtesy of Quest
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How the Tomato-Potato Psyllid Has Affected Agriculture Throughout the World Pests and Climate Change Threaten Crops World Wide There is little doubt that climate change will have and has already had profound global effects on agriculture. While warmer weather means a longer growing season in many regions, with the potential of more harvests and more [...]

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California’s Battle: Do Consumers Really Need to Know What They Are Eating?

Proposition 37 and Genetically Modified Food Products. Photo Courtesy of Grist.org
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How Proposition 37 in California Could Affect All of Us So, What Are We Eating…Exactly? This November, Proposition 37 will allow California voters to decide if they would like to see genetically modified food products labeled as such. If it passes, California would become the first state in the nation to require the new labels, [...]

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How to Deal With Gluten Intolerance

Members of the bread family, which contain gluten. Photo Courtesy Dr. Mark Hyman
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Gluten Sensitivity and Related Health Issues That Crazy Little Thing Called Gluten Among food-related buzz words like low-fat and vegetarian, a new phrase everywhere: gluten-free. Forget peanut allergies which cause an obvious and immediate reaction. The gluten intolerance is a hidden evil that its sufferers are only slowly starting to discover. While people occasionally undergo [...]

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Farmers, Once the Ogallala’s “Biggest Threat” Now Poised as its Savior

The Ogallala Aquifer and the planned route of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Photo Courtesy of Environmental Defense Fund
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Environmental Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline How the Keystone XL Pipeline will Affect the Ogallala Aquifer As American farmers chart a course into a hotter, drier future, there’s no avoiding the fact that they will begin to depend less on rainwater and more on aquifers for irrigation.  It is a future that in many [...]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Common Cause of Infertility

A Case of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Several Ways to Treat a Syndrome that Affects all Women Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Pam Schaier is getting married in two months, and like most brides-to-be, she talks about having children. However, because of her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, this may not be a possibility. PCOS, which is more common than many women realize, [...]

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The Sterile Life: What We’ve Lost and Gained

The Sterile Life: What We’ve Lost and Gained. Photo Courtesy of blog.lib.umn.edu
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Getting in Touch With our Immune Systems The Sterile Life: What We’ve Lost and Gained Before refrigeration, sewer systems, hand sanitizer, indoor living, water treatment and germophobia – that is, most of human history – allergies and autoimmune disorders were pretty rare. People came into contact with intestinal worms and a huge range of viruses [...]

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Lessons from the Pink Slime Frenzy

Lean Finely Textured Beef (aka Pink Slime). Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post
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Pink Slime: What the Heck is it? The Ominous Sludge that Your Kids are Eating The “pink slime” uproar – the campaign against lean finely textured beef, used as filler in ground beef products – illustrated, above all, the power of words and language to mobilize people like little else. The Washington Post put it [...]

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