12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

New England Fishermen Face Grim Vote On Cuts

New England's fishing fleet is facing grim news as regulators meet to consider steep cuts in catch limits that fishermen warn will trigger industry collapse.

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3:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Decarbonizing The Grid: Where Are We?

Cellulose insulation is piped from a Bruss Construction trailer into the attic of an old, drafty home in Hopkinton, NH
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

New Hampshire’s energy grid relies heavily on fossil fuels like oil and coal, and getting the grid off of those fuels will be a major hurdle in addressing the challenge of global warming.

But here in New Hampshire, it’s proving a steep challenge to get carbon out of the electric supply, without breaking the bank for customers or utilities. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t trying. As part of a weeklong look at New Hampshire’s Energy Future, we ask what’s being done about CO2?

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5:30 am
Mon January 28, 2013

A Decade Of Deregulation

PSNH's control center monitors the flow of electricity across the grid in New Hampshire.
Credit PSNH

New Hampshire is about to start re-thinking its 10 year energy plan. But to understand the future of energy, it’s important to understand the energy past, and how we got to our current energy mix.

In the first of a week-long series looking at where we are and will be getting our electricity, here is this look at today's grid.

You flick a switch, and the lights come on, the microwave starts, the computer boots up.

But apart from knowing that yes, there are some power plants around burning various things to generate juice, how does this all happen?

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5:44 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

N.H. Sees Drop In Toxic Emissions; PSNH Plant Big Driver

From 2010 to 2011 toxic releases from PSNH's Merrimack station saw a drop of nearly 40%. The plant had to be taken offline for part of the year while the scrubber was installed.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA says that releases of toxic chemicals into the environment in New Hampshire were down in 2011. 

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10:28 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Wind Critics Gather For Talk

A wind Farm in Groton, NH was finished in December, and is coming online now. Two more are in the works for the region.
Credit Donna Hiltz / NHPR

A prominent critic of ridge line wind power says such projects are wrong for New Hampshire. Ben Luce teaches natural science and physics at Lyndon State College in Vermont. He spoke to a group of residents in the Newfound Lake region Friday.

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8:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Innovation Comes To Ice Fishing

Mark Beauchesne of NH fish and game shows off a Bluegill.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This week the Granite state is playing host to an ice-fishing legend.  Dave Genz is the only ice-angler to make the freshwater fishing hall of fame and many credit him with sparking a revolution in the niche sport. And according to the so-called “godfather of modern ice fishing” and learned that the emblematic bob-house may be becoming an anachronism.

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5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Appeals Judges Focus On 'Legislative Intent' In Yankee Case

Credit John Dillon, VPR News

Lawyers for Entergy and the state of Vermont faced off in a federal courtroom in New York on Monday in a case that will determine the state’s power to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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5:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The White Mountains: Training Ground For The Greats

At just over 7,500 meters high, Saser Kangri II was the 49th highest mountain in the world. It's located in the eastern Karakoram range, in India, very close to the borders with China and Pakistan.
Frederick Wilkinson Courtesy Photo

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.

It’s a windy, but warm winter day.  Fred Wilkinson hopes the thaw will make for what he calls sticky ice over at Cathedral ledge, meaning easily pierced by the pointy end of an ice-axe.

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5:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Air Pollution In N.H. To Reach Unhealthy Levels

Environmental officials are warning that air pollution concentrations could reach unhealthy levels in parts of New Hampshire during an upcoming temperature inversion.

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4:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Money For N.H. Fishery Disaster Delayed By Fiscal Cliff

Cod-fish populations that aren't recovering as quickly as expected could mean as much as an 80 percent cut in fishing quotas in the New England Groundfish fishery.
Credit Derek Keats / Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire fishermen who are hoping for federal disaster relief funds will have to wait a bit longer for those dollars. Money slated to go to the Northeastern ground-fishermen was caught up in the discussions surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff.

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2:30 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Climate Science Is A Challenge For Ski Resorts

Credit Bretton Woods

On a sunny day at Shawnee Peak, a family-sized mountain about an hour northwest of Portland, Maine, faithful early-season skiers carve their first turns on a good choice of trails thanks to the numerous snow-blowers going full tilt to cover the otherwise brown slopes. Ski patrol, in their tell-tale red jackets, say something’s changed about winter.

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5:18 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Legislators Will Take Up Great Bay Issues In January

Fertilizer running of from immaculate lawns in the Great Bay watershed is in the cross-hairs of one Newmarket lawmaker.
Credit Flikr Creative Commons / GrahamKing

Come January, New Hampshire lawmakers will consider a bevy of bills dealing with the water quality of Great Bay. Some proposals confront waste-water treatment plant costs head-on, while others skirt that controversy.

The decline in the ecosystem of the Great Bay, coupled with Portsmouth, Rochester, and Dover's decision to fight the EPA over required wastewater treatment plant to upgrades is inspiring action in Concord.

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5:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Hunters Take 4% More Deer In 2012

A mild winter meant the best deer season since 2007. The deer harvest is controlled by Fish and Game, which issues permits based on the size of the state's deer herd.
Credit NH Fish and Game

Preliminary numbers for New Hampshire’s deer hunt are in, and it was a good year for hunters. A mild winter meant big deer populations, and a 4% increase on the hunting season from last year.

According to Fish and Game before the hunting season started there were about 85,000 deer in the Granite state. This year, hunters took about 14 percent of those animals, just fewer than 11,600 deer.

Sullivan, Strafford and Rockingham counties had the highest number of kills, and Belknap, Carroll and Cheshire had the least. It was the biggest dear season since 2007.

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5:32 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Report: $2.9 Billion Needed For N.H. Water Infrastructure

As unseen pollutants from runoff and other sources increase, N.H.'s water bodies could increasingly be filled with choking algae.
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The Governor’s Water Sustainability Commission released its report Monday. The report finds numerous challenges, the biggest of which might be a lack of political will.

The commission's list of threats to NH’s water quality is lengthy: too much pavement, aging dams and public water infrastructure, increased rainfall from climate change, and so on. The report estimates over the next ten years the state will need to invest $2.9 billion to confront just the infrastructure side of these issues.

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12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Gifts for the Budding Naturalist

Birds that could be seen by your birdfeeder.

As the year draws to a close, it's a great time to reflect on Rachel Carson's Silent Spring once more. 2012 marks the books 50th anniversary. The book encouraged many young naturalists and, with the holidays approaching, we've come up with two gifts to further one's love of nature: a pair of binoculars and a bird guide.

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