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No Fracking in New York State

nofracknowaynyAfter literally years of study, New York State and Gov. Cuomo have made a decision: There will be no fracking for natural gas in New York State.

If you haven’t been following so far, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process whereby large amounts of chemically-laced water are forced through relatively fragile shale rock formations, breaking them and forcing trapped gas to flow into wells. There is an immense shale formation called the Marcellus Shale, part of which lies under New York State’s Southern Tier (the area near Binghamton).

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Hot Tips for a Cool Green Holiday Season

The holiday season, while full of joy, family and good cheer, is also a time of hectic travel, rich food and sometimes overwhelming gift lists. Hannukah is already upon us and Christmas is right around the corner, and with holiday parties filling everyone’s calendar, it can be hard to maintain your sustainable ideals in the midst of so much shopping and celebrating. So here are some helpful tips to keep your sanity and enjoy the holidays without throwing Mother Earth under the bus (or the sleigh, ho ho ho):

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More Humpback Whales Than Ever Are Swimming Around NYC

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When most people think of whale watching in NYC, they’re most likely envisioning an afternoon at the NY Aquarium. But actually within the last few years, whales have been seen feeding off the shores of the city, and in ever-increasing numbers.

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Teachers! National Geographic Wants to Take You on the Adventure of a Lifetime

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Are you a K-12 teacher currently teaching in the US or Canada? Have you always wanted to visit places like Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, or even Antarctica? National Geographic is offering professional development opportunities just for you.

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Home Depot & BJ’s Wholesale Club Will Limit Bee-Killing Pesticides

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After a number of years of studying mysterious bee behavior and colony collapse disorder, this past May Harvard researchers announced a connection between massive bee die-offs and neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are responsible for pollinating as much as a third of our food supply- without them, foods like strawberries and almonds would disappear completely, along with many other favorite foods. Gardeners and fresh food advocates have been lobbying for something to be done, and now Home Depot and BJ’s Wholesale Club are responding by agreeing to limit or eliminate neonicotinoids from all nursery plants by the end of 2014, or else have suppliers add warning labels like “caution to pollinators”. The hope is that this will add a cost burden to the production of pesticide-laden plants.

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