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It's been wonderful to see the Cary Institute expand its role as a resource for regional environmental programming. 

The earth's climate continues to warm

The growing season is getting longer. 

Aldo Leopold Society Autumn Celebration 2010

The Aldo Leopold Society's annual celebration was held at the Widdowson's Temple Farm in Millbrook. 

How to manage stormwater and reduce runoff

The next time you find yourself reaching for your umbrella, take a moment to consider the fate of rainfall after it hits the ground. While some rain is absorbed by natural ground cover, such as fields or forested areas, a high percentage becomes stormwater delivered to our rivers, creeks, ponds and lakes

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Collective carelessness has led to loss of many species

Once there were big stands of hemlocks in the ravines and on the steep creek-banks. Their shade was so deep that hardly any underbrush could survive, so the ground was clear between their big trunks.

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Tons of flakes and little rain put this winter among the snowiest

This has been a snowy winter. Our shovels have been put to good use, kids have had numerous snow days, and local retailers have had to restock essentials such as snow rakes and deicers.

Turning Forests into Fuel: Report Outlines Promise and Limits of Biomass Energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States.

Turning forests into fuel: Report outlines promise and limits of biomass energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States.

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Data show ozone turnaround

There was some good news on the environment last week. In the 20-state area that participates in a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of nitric oxide (NOx) from power plants, the emissions declined 32 percent from 1997 to 2005.

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Zooplankton diets go with the flow

Distant relatives of shrimp, zooplankton are an important food resource for aquatic animals. These free-floating crustaceans are considered one of the foundations of lake food webs, along with their plant counterparts, phytoplankton.

Biomass energy option may be small

Standing timber in the northeastern United States has waxed and waned according to society's evolving needs.

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State weighs gas drilling rules

On Dec. 11, in the final weeks of his governorship, David Paterson vetoed a six-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

Kids ID schools' ecosystems

How can we "green" our schools to make them more environmentally sustainable?

National action needed to save forests

On a glorious day several weekends ago, my wife and I hiked up Panther Mountain in the Catskills.

New inventory provides snapshot of county's natural resources

This month Dutchess County released its 2010 Natural Resource Inventory.

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Acorn glut signals Lyme risks

In our research sites at the Cary Institute and throughout the Hudson Valley, we are seeing acorn production of unprecedented proportions.

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Trees invaluable to community

Dave Strayer and Gary Lovett sounded a warning about the looming local extinction of ash trees. This almost certain event is because of the spread of the emerald ash borer.

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Ash tree faces die-off as Asian pest spreads

As you drive around Dutchess County this fall, try to get a look at the dusky yellows and purples of the ash trees, because they won't be around much longer.

Turning forests into fuel

Our forests provide a wide range of ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits.

My water comes from the Hudson River

A place-based curricula developed by Cary educators engages students in their local water cycle and teaches them how human activities and land-use can affect that cycle.

Ecological research in urban setting requires innovative methods

While most ecologists conduct field work in natural settings, Cary Institute scientists have pioneered the inclusion of urban and suburban landscapes in ecological research.

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Land-use plans will benefit region

Thanks to the efforts of committed environmental groups, government organizations and individuals, the Hudson Valley is poised to position itself as a model for melding environmental and economic interests.

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Rock snot growing in New York rivers

As we approach the cold and flu season, a few of our nearby streams and rivers are just now getting over some serious congestion.

Hydraulic fracturing poses risks to us, ecosystems

The issue of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits has become increasingly difficult to ignore.

Problems point to oil's impact

Oil: We're running out of it. It makes our country vulnerable to foreign powers. Burning it causes irreversible harm to our environment.

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