Chris Bowser, left, of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation checks a net for American eels with Kingston High School students on the Black Creek in West Park, N.Y., in this April 18, 2011, file photo. An academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.

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