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3:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Mnookin: Climate March

Last week, I was one of more than 2,000 Vermonters who traveled to New York for the People’s Climate March. Spearheaded by Bill McKibben’s 350-dot-org and planned to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, 400-thousand people hit the streets of New York calling for climate justice.

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commentary
9:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

McCallum: River Sweep

Vermont's scenic Black River, beloved by fly fishermen, begins in Plymouth and rushes south for 41 miles through Windsor County villages, recreational lakes and a dramatic gorge until it finally joins up with the mighty Connecticut River at a place called Hoyt's Landing. I got to know this popular little boat landing and fishing spot up close and personal when I participated in the fifteenth annual Black River Action Team River Sweep this September.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Vermont Rivers Headed For 'Wild And Scenic' Status

The Missisquoi River winds through several communities in northern Vermont. It has been recommended for "wild and scenic" status under federal law.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Two rivers in northern Vermont appear headed for federal recognition as wild and scenic waterways.

The Missisquoi and Trout Rivers would be the first in Vermont to get that status. Supporters say the law would protect and bring national attention to the unspoiled resources.

One of the gems in the Missisquoi near Troy is a majestic waterfall well hidden off a dirt road.

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Vermont Edition
2:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Vermont And The War Of 1812

The Battle of Lake Champlain, also called the Battle of Plattsburgh was a key moment of the War of 1812 for Vermont.
Wilson Ring AP Photo

Vermont may not have been the site of the major battles of the War of 1812, but the state was still impacted by the war. Vermont Edition spoke with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson about Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, September 24 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Environment
8:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

'The Woodchuck Returns To The Garden' With A New Book

Kale grows in the Tommy Thompson Community Garden in Burlington. Author Ron Krupp has a new book, The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.
Angela Evancie VPR

Fall is here and for many Vermonters that means wrapping up the gardening season. But others are thinking about getting their hands in the soil, and planning ahead for next year's garden.

Author, gardener and VPR commentator Ron Krupp has a new book out where he chronicles the full year of a garden. It’s called The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.  He views it as a companion to his first book, The Woodchuck’s Guide To Gardening.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

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Environment
6:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermonters Turn Out For People's Climate March

Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday. The march, along with similar gatherings scheduled in other cities worldwide, comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit.
Jason DeCrow Associated Press

More than a thousand Vermonters marched in New York City yesterday as part of the People’s Climate March.

Some marchers were dressed as polar bears, some carried small wooden windmill replicas in their hands and some of the older activists held signs saying they were marching for their grandchildren. Contingents affiliated with colleges, labor unions and religious groups marched banners denouncing hydro-fracking, the tar sands oil project in Canada and the XL pipeline. Magdeline Valetis came from Putney with her 13 year-old daughter Ashley.

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The Frequency
5:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Donka At Odds With Welch, Climate Science

Mark Donka, a Republican running for Congress against Rep. Peter Welch, has views on climate change that are in conflict with widely-accepted science on the matter.

On Vermont Edition Friday, Donka confirmed that he believes climate change is real, but argued that humans aren’t necessarily the primary cause.

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Commentary
10:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Vogel: Solar Sense

Solar panels seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days: on roof tops, on walls and even in fields. Between 2008 and 2012 the cost of photovoltaic panels plunged by 77 percent. With these lower costs, many Vermonters wonder if it now makes financial sense for them to install solar panels on their homes.

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Commentary
3:34 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Woolf: Cost of Efficiency

Recently the media reported that fifteen Vermont ski areas would receive $5 million from Efficiency Vermont to help them purchase more than 2,000 energy efficient snow-making guns, replacing older, less efficient ones, and saving the ski resorts millions of dollars.
 

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