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Michigan getting sick over climate change

Rising temperatures and altered precipitation coincide with state illness spikes. Talk to folks in Michigan this time of year, and a little bump up in the thermometer doesn’t sound half bad. But disease-carrying bugs, pollen-induced asthma and soupy, algae-filled lakes that might make us sick? Eh, no thanks. It’s these health impacts, coinciding with northern Midwest climate changes, that worry health officials: Breathing...

Oil and gas drilling prospects dim here, expert sa...

YOUNGSTOWN If oil and natural-gas prices increase substantially, new well drilling likely will get a boost in Columbiana County, but the prospects aren’t good in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, an industry expert said. “Right now, you’re really just looking at Belmont, Harrison, Monroe, and maybe a little bit of Noble County” as the focus of drilling activity, said Mike Chadsey, public-relations director for the Ohio...

Bowling Green, OH council to reconsider solar proj...

BOWLING GREEN — City-owned farmland northeast of Bowling Green soon could convert to a solar panel field and power station. About half of a 317-acre site at Carter and Newton roads would host a 20-megawatt solar field, if approved by city council. The project has been on council’s agenda for about a year as it went through changes, but the city’s board of public utilities approved its latest iteration April 25, and...

Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air...

WASHINGTON — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth’s atmosphere. Along with its chemical...

I Was Wrong About the Limits of Solar. PV Is Becom...

Harvard’s David Keith revisits his assumptions about solar costs: “Facts have changed.” Over the last few years, solar PV has gotten cheap. Cheap enough to start impacting some commodity energy markets today. Cheap enough that with continued progress, but no breakthroughs, it might alter the global outlook for energy supply within a decade. I have long been skeptical of solar hype. In 2008 we did an expert judgment...

Study indicates lingering saltwater contamination ...

A published and peer-reviewed Duke University study finds that thousands of saltwater and frack flowback spills throughout the oil patch have left a legacy of toxic contamination, including radioactive soils and polluted streams unsafe for human consumption and aquatic health. The Duke team of researchers, which advocated that more study is needed, published the findings Wednesday in the Environmental Science & Technology...

Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil...

Despite formal disapproval by Pennsylvania House and Senate Committees, the Commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, on April 21, 2016, in a 3-2 decision, approved contentious oil and gas regulations that the Governor’s Office claims will improve protection of water resources, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency and improve data management. The regulations include updates to the well...

Address carbon emissions now to leave world a bett...

It’s spring and time to care for creation. The article “Global jump in temperature in February stuns climate scientists” published on March 15th, highlights the critical need for people to understand where greenhouse gases come from and the need to improve oversight of the facilities which produce them. Protecting creation is a core value. We long for a healthy and vibrant world that we can pass along to the...