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Environmental Gratitude and Ecological Action

Environmental gratitude is an approach that can help to inspire ecological action. We need a new way of communicating the urgency of environmental action because it is becoming increasingly apparent that standard fact-based approaches are not getting through. Environmental gratitude encompasses an approach that engenders a full compliment of sentiments required to augur change. As reported in Psychology Today, gratitude is...

#ClimateThanks: 5 Things I’m Thankful for this Yea...

This Thanksgiving, people around the country are using the hashtag #ClimateThanks on Twitter to share who and what they’re thankful for in the fight against climate disruption. As director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, I have the great honor of working with people across the U.S. who are winning big climate victories week after week, and then seeing those wins add up to real progress on climate change. From...

Granville High School Students Erect a Solar Array

Solar Friends, Just wanted to share a photo of some Granville High School students standing by the array that they, their teacher – Jim Reding – Richard and I helped put up last week and this week.  It’s by their greenhouse and once operational will completely offset the electric needs of the greenhouse. Cheers, Jeremy   Share...

World’s Scientists Warn: We Have ‘High Confidence’...

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. and world. The world’s top scientists and governments have issued their bluntest plea yet to the world: Slash carbon pollution now (at a very low cost) or risk...

Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohi...

The way companies report the fracking chemicals they use in Ohio could change under a bill moving through the Statehouse. Environmental activists say the legislation would make it more difficult for firefighters and people who live near fracking sites to get information about what chemicals they could be exposed to during an emergency, such as an explosion or spill. But the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which oversees...

Drillers draw 136 million gallons of water from th...

Drillers in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale have withdrawn nearly 136 million gallons of water from three reservoirs in 2014. The water was taken from Piedmont, Clendening and Seneca lakes, according to a new report from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. That volume — a 22.5 percent increase from 2013’s total water sales of 111 million gallons — is comparable to what the city of Akron pumps in four days to its...

How EPA Could Cut National Methane Leaks Almost In...

Three top environmental groups released a report on Thursday detailing how the federal government could cut the country’s methane emissions almost in half. “” frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; vertical-align: bottom;” Methane is the primary component of natural gas. As...

Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal...

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains. The report, created as a request by seven Democratic U.S. Senators and Congresspersons, studied eight states where fracking has become widespread—California, Colorado,...