Environment

The Great Lakes are significantly cleaner today, now that many of the region's factories have closed. But environmental challenges -- including pollution and invasive species -- remain.   

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There may soon be some new faces at the helm of the International Joint Commission, which helps protect and regulate the Great Lakes. The White House has announced the names of the three new commissioners for the IJC.

Caitlyn Whyte, WXXI News

The Cumming Nature Center is a little oasis about an hour's drive south of Rochester, N.Y. Miles of quiet trails meander through swamplands and towering pine trees. It’s a great place to talk about citizen science.

Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what's out there.

Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it's thrown away, it doesn't just disappear. Much of it crumbles into small pieces.

To help mark the 40th anniversary of the emergency declaration at Love Canal, we dipped into the archives of WNED-TV for footage that captured the moment.

Video produced by Chris Thomas.

A movement that started with scared homeowners, strange smells and a collection of health symptoms celebrates an anniversary today. Forty years after President Jimmy Carter first declared Love Canal a national health emergency, former housewife and activist Lois Gibbs looks back and realizes that the people she mobilized were the start of something a lot bigger.


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