Vermont’s fifth season, mud season, is here in all of its rutted and sloppy glory.
But if you’re among those struggling to keep your car on the road and your muffler in one piece, we’ll let you in on a dirty little secret: For an increasing number of back road residents, mud season isn’t so bad anymore.
Vermont is poised to pass a GMO labeling bill before the end of the session. The labeling issue is framed as a right to know what's in our food. But that's not the only thing people talk about when they argue about GMOs. There's also a controversy about whether GMOs might be bad for our health, or whether enough research has even been done on the health effects. And there's an argument over whether GMOs lead to an overuse of herbicides, which in turn may create species of super-weeds. Or whether GMOs help farmers use fewer insecticides and till the soil less often.
When a group of scientists led by UVM’s Paul Bierman started studying a sample of ice taken from the very bottom of Greenland’s ice sheet, they expected to find a mix of ice and dirt or rock. But what they discovered surprised them. It revealed a landscape very unlike what everyone had envisioned, and changes our understanding of what’s been happening to Greenland’s ice over the last several million years.
When consumer products such as carpeting, jewelry or cosmetics contain toxic chemicals, who should decide how they should be labeled or if they should banned?
A bill passed by the Senate would give that authority to the state health department. But the House version limits that jurisdiction to just children’s products. And industry leaders would like to further limit its reach.
Bill-sponsor State Senator Kevin Mullin of Rutland and Associated Industries of Vermont Vice President William Driscoll discuss the pros and cons of the bill.
A bill moving through the Legislature sets ambitious new broadband goals for Vermont.
If the goals are met, it would mean high speed fiber optic service for every Vermont location within the next 10 years. But it's not clear how that goal will be reached, or how the improvements will be paid for.
Until now the state has set incremental targets for broadband coverage – beginning with the goal of simply providing some kind of service to every Vermont address.