Marie Cusick, WMHT

@MarieCusick

WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail.

As a multimedia journalist, Marie contributes television, radio, and digital reports to the Innovation Trail.

Her radio work has appeared nationally on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and regionally on WNYC and public stations throughout New York.

Marie's television reports can be seen on WMHT's award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She also contributes reports to WNET Thirteen's New York City public television show, MetroFocus.

Marie joins WMHT from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she reported for a cable TV news station. She  previously worked as a reporter and anchor for an ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. Marie began her broadcasting career as an intern on the assignment desk at WBZ-TV in Boston.

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3:39pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Fracking

Health commissioner tells DEC: fracking review needs more time

A gas drilling rig in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG

Department of Health Commissioner Nirav Shah sent a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens today, asking for more time to complete a review of the public health impacts of fracking.

This means that the DEC will miss tomorrow's deadline to complete its overall environmental review of fracking (known as the SGEIS), and the regulations it's written to govern the industry will expire at the end of the month.

This development could stall a final decision on fracking for months, but in a statement Martens says his agency will still be able to issue well permits if the health review concludes that the SGEIS is adequate.

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2:30pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Fracking

FrackNation film screening takes bizarre turn

A promo for FrackNation:

After Josh Fox's 2010 documentary, Gasland, was nominated for an Oscar and galvanized an environmental movement to ban fracking, an Irish filmmaker named Phelim McAleer has now come out with a rebuttal.

About 200 people turned out for a screening of McAleer's pro-gas documentary FrackNation in Albany last night, and the filmmaker was on hand to take questions from the audience.

But the evening took a bizarre turn when McAleer started talking about gay rights and equated buying foreign energy to supporting "a country that hangs gay people."

"When was the last time someone was hung in Pennsylvania for being gay?" McAleer asked the crowd.

"I don't think we're here to talk about gays," said a woman in the audience.

"Look, give your money to Saudi Arabia," replied McAleer, "Hang the gays tomorrow. That should be the slogan."

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4:56pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Fracking

DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations

At Monday's budget hearing, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens was grilled by legislators as a crowd of fracking opponents cheered and hissed.
Matt Ryan WMHT

New York’s DEC Commissioner Joe Martens suggested today that the state may miss a February 27th deadline to complete its proposed fracking regulations.

And that could stall a decision on gas drilling for months. 

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3:15pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Climate Change

Forget the groundhog, scientists predict an earlier start to spring

In a new paper, researchers from Princeton say spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests in the coming century.
Nicholas_T via Flickr

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, and the famous rodent isn’t known much for his accurate weather predictions. Instead, he's more of a cash cow to the tiny town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

But scientists now say that thanks to climate climate change, spring may arrive up to 17 days earlier in U.S. forests during the next century and that, could have an unexpected silver lining.

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7:13am

Fri February 1, 2013
Science

Study shows cities can impact weather over 1,000 miles away

New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations.
Tony Ficsher Photography via Flickr

It's been another strange and deadly week of weather. 

And while the forces that shape the daily forecast are complex, one factor people may not always think about is cities.

If you’ve ever been in a big city during the summer, you may have felt the "urban heat island" effect. It's caused when heat gets re-radiated by pavement and buildings.

According to a new study published the week in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers now say that large cities around the globe are more like an “urban heat archipelago,” and together they influence the flow of the jet streams circulating in the earth’s atmosphere.

And that can change weather patterns thousands of miles away.

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