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Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

Weed Killer in $289 Million Cancer Verdict Found in Oat Cereal and Granola Bars Report by the numbers Conventional Organic Samples Tested 45 16 Glyphosate Detects 43 5 Detects Above EWG’s Health Benchmark (160 ppb) 31 0 Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG. Glyphosate, an herbicide...

Monsanto Cancer Ruling Sparks Backlash Around the ...

Glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is at the center of international scrutiny after a San Francisco court on Friday decided in favor of a California school groundskeeper with terminal cancer. The jury ruled that the plaintiff, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, developed cancer from repeated exposure to Roundup, Monsanto‘s widely used glyphosate-based weedkiller, and ordered the company to pay $289...

Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Clo...

Under the most favorable market dynamics for coal, “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural-gas prices rising to $4 per 1 million British Thermal Units (mmbtu), along with more rapid...

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Perc...

The controversial gas and oil drilling method threatens to exacerbate a looming crisis over water. Fracking companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011 across all the United States’ major gas- and oil-producing regions, according to a new study. The number of new fracking wells decreased as gas prices fell, but the amount of water used per well skyrocketed, with up to 1,440 percent more toxic...

Plans to allow mining, logging and more all-purpos...

Debate is already underway through public meetings and on social media over draft plans to allow mining and logging of hundreds of acres and expanding by miles all-purpose vehicle trails in some of Ohio’s 21 forests. Ohioans have just under a month to submit any concerns or other comments in writing to the state’s Division of Forestry, which has published drafts online of annual work plans for the forests. Combined, the...

Proposed Icebreaker wind project is not what it se...

It is hard to know where to start dissecting the slick spin-doctoring recently published in The Blade’s Op-Ed pages by LEEDCo, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., which wants to erect North America’s first freshwater offshore wind-turbines in central Lake Erie off Cleveland. So-doing would reach far beyond the scope of a newspaper “op-ed.” Beth Nagusky, LEEDCo’s director of sustainable development, is a master at...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to create jobs? Reduce foss...

We’ve all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels. Energy efficiency jobs in the United States totaled 2.18 million in 2016, more than double the total of fossil fuel...

Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration&...

Attorneys and scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration’s proposal of a “significant new use rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, according to internal agency emails obtained by the The New York Times. Trump’s former EPA boss Scott Pruitt quietly announced the proposal in June, framing the plan as an “important, unprecedented action on...

Let’s keep mileage goals and clean up our air

Opinion/Editorial: Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 5:00 AM    Central Ohio got the worrisome news on Friday that air quality here is subpar. That came just two days after the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended a White House proposal to significantly relax fuel-economy standards for new cars. The irony is obvious, but not surprising; it falls right in line with President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for backward...

Don’t drive Endangered Species Act into extinction...

GUEST EDITORIAL As the Endangered Species Act approaches its 45th anniversary, it remains one of the most popular and successful laws in modern history — even as lobbyists, lawmakers and the Trump administration target parts of it for extinction. Produced by a near-unanimous Congress (the votes were 92-0 in the Senate and 394-4 in the House) and signed by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1973, the act has saved 99...

Scientists Warn We May Be on Track for ‘Hoth...

In two recent studies, scientists have looked into the future and into the past to see what might happen to the global climate if we fail to curb greenhouse gas emissions in time. The results are frightening. A study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined how, once a certain threshold was crossed, feedback loops could push the planet’s climate towards a “Hothouse...

Trump Admin Reverses Ban on ‘Bee-KillingR...

The Trump administration has lifted an Obama-era ban on the use of genetically modified crops and pesticides linked to bee decline in certain national wildlife refuges where farming is allowed, Reuters reported Saturday. In a memo signed Aug. 2, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Gregory J. Sheehan said the move was necessary to provide adequate food for waterfowl. “There may be situations,...

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energ...

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal. In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants,...

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy...

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is...

Trump Fuel Efficiency Proposal Is Attack on Global...

The Trump administration followed through on a move long dreaded by environmental groups and several states Thursday, publishing an official proposal to rollback Obama-era vehicle emissions standards and to revoke California’s waiver to set stricter air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act, E&E News reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety...

New wind farm in Randolph County will help power F...

More than 50 new turbines will be built and installed throughout Randolph County in the year ahead, as part of a new, $300 million investment. New wind farm in Randolph County will help power Facebook data center in Ohio (New Albany). RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind.– Rural eastern Indiana will soon be home to a hefty, $300 million wind energy investment expected to be utilized in part by Facebook at its Midwest data center. More than...

Renewables on the Rise: Ohio Increases Solar Capac...

Yes, 2,600% We did a double take too! Columbus, Ohio – As the Trump Administration puts efforts into weakening the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy is still increasing in Ohio. According to a ​new report​ by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy....

(Ohio Rep.) Cera unveils new coal research project...

COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Tuesday the approval of about $1 million in funding by the Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee on which Rep. Cera serves. The grants will go toward pilot programs that explore novel uses for coal and associated byproducts. Cera highlighted two projects that explore methods of extracting rare earth elements from coal. REEs have emerged as an essential component for...