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Candidate Profiles 2020 – Climate Change: Wh...

In 2020, more than ever before, climate change has taken center stage as a major electoral issue.But where do the presidential candidates stand on climate change? How do their climate policy platforms compare? What would they do as president to relieve or worsen the climate crisis?To help you make sense of this critical issue, we’ve published profiles of each of the candidates – both Democrat and Republican. Our in-depth...

Report: Trump’s Tariffs On Solar Panels Cost...

The solar panel tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump have cost America’s solar industry dearly, according to a new analysis, with more than 62,000 jobs lost and almost $19 billion in investment down the tubes. The Hill reported that the study, conducted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), found job losses to be more than twice the number SEIA had previously predicted when Trump first announced the...

Columbus ranks among top cities for climate action

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The City of Columbus earned an “A” grade for its efforts to stem climate change, according to the CDP Global report. Columbus was one of 105 cities worldwide to receive the top grade for 2019. “Climate Change is a social justice issue affecting our most vulnerable residents,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Ninety plus degree days and intense rains are not merely inconvenient...

A LOST CHANCE TO BRING THE GREEN NEW DEAL HOME

During the past year, in addressing the crisis of climate change, the Democratic Presidential candidates have spoken earnestly, if evasively, about the Green New Deal. But in December, at the last minute, the Democratic leadership in the House agreed to strip a provision from a corner of the tax code—a capitulation that will prove damaging to the environment and to job opportunities. The provision was cut from the omnibus...

The Coming Reality of Sea Level Rise: Too Fast Too...

Summary The reality of accelerating rates of sea level rise as the result of human-induced global warming is becoming increasingly dire and urgently needs to be addressed. In 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published United States Government sea level rise projections as a part of the National Climate Assessment (Parris et al., 2012). Those projections, which included anticipated acceleration...

New and recent books about hope in a time of clima...

These books explore how people might sustain their optimism and hope in the face of the often bleak news of a steadily warming world. A warm day in winter used to be a rare and uplifting relief. Now such days are routine reminders of climate change – all the more foreboding when they coincide with news stories about unprecedented wildfires, record-breaking “rain bombs,” or the accelerated melting of polar ice sheets. Where,...

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms?

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms? “We would die from starvation. It’s that simple.” Or so TV botanist James Wong recently tweeted in response to the title question, taken from a BBC feature. In this post I’m going to make the case that we wouldn’t, that it isn’t simple, and that in fact our chances of starving are probably higher – albeit in some quite unsimple ways – if we don’t start eating more food from local...

Solar option for Knox County back in play

MOUNT VERNON — For a decade, Knox County commissioners have explored the idea of using solar for electricity but continually encountered obstacles. National and international issues stymied a planned switch in 2017. Now it’s back in play. On Thursday, the commissioners signed a letter of intent to put 20 to 25 percent of their electric use toward solar, a move that Commissioner Thom Collier said would save the county...

How to Turn Your Yard Into an Ecological Oasis

For years, Toni Genberg assumed a healthy garden was a healthy habitat. That’s how she approached the landscaping around her home in northern Virginia. On trips to the local gardening center, she would privilege aesthetics, buying whatever looked pretty, “which was typically ornamental or invasive plants,” she said. Then, in 2014, Genberg attended a talk by Doug Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the...

Coronavirus may be the straw that breaks the back ...

Consumers have some good news at the service station. Prices at the pump for gasoline and diesel are down about 6% since the beginning of the year. For that they can thank the coronavirus (now called Covid-19) outbreak—although it comes at the heavy cost of almost 47,000 people ill and 1,369 dead so far according to the Feb. 14 statistics from the World Health Organization. At $2.42 regular and $2.91 diesel, these...

Editorial: Path to Ohio’s clean-energy future migh...

This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the publisher, editor, editorial page editor and editorial writers. Editorials, like opinion columns, represent a particular viewpoint and are not to be confused with news stories. When it comes to building a clean-energy economy, the Ohio Statehouse long has been a black hole of backwardness. In 2019, majority Republicans reached a new low...

Trump Admin Finalizes ‘Atrocious’ Plan...

The Trump administration finalized plans Thursday to open public lands in Utah to the fossil fuel industry. The move completes a process begun in 2017 when the administration announced the largest rollback of land protection in U,S. history: It shrank Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and its Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half. Now, the Interior Department is releasing a land-use...

Inside Clean Energy: The Case for Optimism

You might say I’m the climate change therapist in my neighborhood. When people find out that I write about climate change and clean energy, they often react with some version of a despair story. And that’s when I launch into my case for optimism. It goes like this: I spend just about every day talking to the researchers, entrepreneurs and advocates behind the transition to clean energy. Their enthusiasm, plus the...

A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a ...

Grassroots Rising (Excerpt) Ready to organize and do your part to prevent ecological collapse? Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins is your shovel-ready instruction manual for fixing a broken climate. Educational and inspiring, this new book shows that a worldwide grassroots Regeneration Movement based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance can offer realistic climate solutions...

Ohio Officials Know How to Stop Lake Erie from Tur...

Voluntary Measures Lake Erie turns toxic every summer. Officials aren’t cracking down on the source. Get your daily dose of good news from Grist Subscribe to The Beacon This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity and The World. It was sunny and 82 degrees, a perfect August day for a trip to the public beach just outside Toledo. But hardly anyone was here. And no one was swimming. “DANGER,”...

Why is Valentine’s Day the perfect day to talk abo...

Our friends at The Climate Coalition discuss love and climate change for Valentine’s Day. CAFOD joins the Show the Love campaign every Valentine’s Day to start conversations about how the things we love are affected by climate change.  As we approach February the 14th, The Climate Coalition’s annual Show The Love weeks, now is the perfect time to ask ourselves: What does it mean to love? Share green hearts on Valentine’s Day...

The Biggest Municipal Solar Farm in the US Is Comi...

“This really is a big deal.” In 2017, when the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty that attempted to avert climate catastrophe by cutting global emissions—John Cranley, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined other mayors across the country to announce his intention to remain faithful to the agreement’s primary goal of keeping the rise of global temperatures...

Has Admitting Climate Change Is Real Put House Rep...

History is likely to show that 2020 is the year climate issues finally mattered enough to voters to guide their hands when it came time to mark their ballots. Recognizing that it is no longer prudent or wise to continue playing the denial card Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been attempting to bring House Republicans in from the cold on climate change. It appears that his closed-door discussions with certain...

World’s Largest Producer of Toxic Pesticide Chlorp...

Corteva, formerly part of the chemical manufacturing giant Dow Chemical, announced today that it would stop making chlorpyrifos — a toxic, brain-harming pesticide commonly sprayed on various U.S. food crops, including apples, oranges, and berries — by the end of the year. The decision by the chemical’s biggest producer, which cited declining sales, marks a watershed moment in the drawn-out fight by environmental,...

The EPA’s Science Restrictions Go from Bad to Wors...

New rules on what studies the agency can cite in making regulations would endanger the public’s health and safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has one job: to protect public health and safety and the environment we live in, based on the best available science. It’s a mission that saves lives if it’s carried out correctly. But that mission could become a dead letter if EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler succeeds in...