Category Archives: mercury contamination

Study: Mercury can hurt Adirondack Common Loons

This is actually a long-existing problem, but you wouldn’t figure that out from the headline over this newspaper article. Makes me recall the night I lay in a bunk at the Adirondack Loj and heard a loon’s yodeling song from nearby Heart Lake. I think that was in the summer of 1987.

RFK Jr. on coal: It corrupts and posions

“Anybody who touches coal gets poisoned by it,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the environmental advocacy group Waterkeeper Alliance. “You don’t just get sick. It poisons democracy, it poisons communities, it poisons values.” He’s right. So why do we keep doing it? Duh?

Mercury’s harmful reach has grown, study finds

And the Northeast, being downwind from the coal-fired power plants that emit the toxin, bears the brunt of the damage, that’s now being detected in the region’s songbirds, as the study described in this piece illustrates.

Springtime for toxics

Toxics; as in mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants. The EPA has taken action to finally stop the pollution, but the pro-pollution Republicans are pissed off now, as NY Times columnist Paul Krugman explains. People who care – and I mean really care – about the future have got to ensure that one of these polluter-friendly Republicans is NOT elected (or is “selected?”) president in 2012.

Common loon’s call stirs good memories

Here is my latest newspaper column, in which I recount a pleasing wildlife experience of a week ago and another such moment experienced from our yard at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y., in the late 80s.

Long-delayed rules for cleaner air

Anyone who, over the years, has followed the decimation of North Country lakes by fallouts of mercury and acid rain should read and appreciate this editorial on the Obama administration’s just-announced Clean Air Act rules. The Common Loons of northern New England and the Adirondacks would appreciate it.

EPA proposes tugh rules on coal-fired power plants

Only carbon dioxide is not among the emissions targeted by the new proposal. Read about Administrator Lisa Jackson’s decision here. Greenhouse gases? What greenhouse gases?