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The Economic High Road

An editorial in Artvoice discusses some salient themes for economic development in Buffalo and Upstate New York that will be the focus of an upcoming conference on September 27-28 in downtown Buffalo called “The High Road Runs Through the City.” …

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EcoVillage at Ithaca

EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) is a local “ecovilliage” in upstate New York where residence live share in a variety of community responsibilities, attempt to maintain a sustainable, low-impact lifetyle, and present an alternative vision of suburban living. The “village currently …

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Cool v. Uncool Cities

The need to cultivate a “creative class” in a region has become a recurring theme in discussions about economic development and planning in Central New York – and elsewhere. The organization “40 Below” is certainly an outgrowth of this thinking; …

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TCE Testing in Binghamton

TCE testing has just mushroomed across the state as the DEC revisits hazardous waste sites looking for toxic soil gas. Here’s an example from today’s Press & Sun-Bulletin, TCE hunt expands in city: BINGHAMTON —The long, slow search for hazardous …

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Why the Media Stumble Over the Environment

Andrew C. Revkin, a science journalist for over two decades, has a chapter The Daily Planet: Why the Media Stumble Over the Environment, from “A Field Guide for Science Writers,” that provides insight into the pitfalls of scientific journalism that …

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Finding path to upstate renewal

Albany’s Times-Union has an interesting blurb on the seminar “Can Upstate Cities Save Themselves?” at the Albany Institute of History and Art. Of course it boils down to redesigning our cities, the young are fleeing upstate (oh dear!), economic development, …

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Mercury Levels Rising as Clark Reservation’s Glacier Lake

From Sunday’s Post-Standard, Tim Knauss reports on the rising mercury levels in sediments analyzed in Glacial Lake at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville. Glacier Lake at Clark Reservation State Park, in Jamesville, is an ideal barometer for measuring mercury …

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New York aims to clean waters of mercury

In an effort to push the Federal government to adopt more stringent mercury emission standards, more about New York is entering a regional pact with six New England States. From MSNBC/AP The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a …

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Pneumonia

From Wikipedia, diagnosis Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid… Typical symptoms associated with …

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Other Global Warming Tid-bits

Some other global warming articles that may be of interest: The Toronto Globe and Mail has an article discussing how our lifestyles and specifically urban sprawl need to be addressed with regard to global warming. Its from a decidedly Canandian …

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