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Pentagon calls climate change a matter of ‘nationa...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday described climate change as a national security threat — at a time when the U.S. military is battling the Islamic State in the Mideast, responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and monitoring tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The Defense secretary addressed the issue during a speech in Peru, as the Pentagon released a comprehensive report on the “national...

Climate change: How do we know?

The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet...

Report: Fossil Fuels Receive $5.3 Trillion A Year ...

The world pays $5.3 trillion a year in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world — write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes. In case these numbers are too big to imagine, $492 billion is enough to buy every taxable property in the city of Boston...

Push for local control of injection wells grows

WARREN, Ohio – Concerns mount over who has legal control of injection wells in Ohio. Leaders from seven counties gathered in Trumbull County Wednesday to iron out how to regain more local control of injection wells.  Township trustees and leaders from counties including Athens, Morrow, Portage and Mahoning aired out their concerns as they reviewed the steps they plan on taking. “I think our real goal is to say we...

Why Did NY Ban Fracking? The Official Report Is No...

The massive study finds that health, safety and environmental uncertainties regarding fracking’s dangers have ‘grown worse over time. New York issued its long-awaited environmental assessment of fracking Wednesday detailing a wide range of health and climate concerns that underpinned Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision last December to impose a statewide ban on the practice. High-volume hydraulic fracturing...

Net metering going under the microscope in Ohio

Ohio regulators are considering limitations to the state’s net metering rules that could, if adopted, resolve a challenge filed with the Ohio Supreme Court last summer. Such changes could please American Electric Power (AEP) and FirstEnergy, who both want to limit amounts paid for electricity they don’t produce but can sell to other customers through the grid. Net metering provides a way for utility customers to feed...

Concerned Citizens raising funds for rooftop solar...

NEWARK — Kasyn Verasso loves participating in the programs at YES Club. So when he heard the organization was hoping to raise money to install solar panels on its clubhouse roof, he thought it was a great way to reduce their utility costs. “Solar energy saves a lot of money,” the Heritage Middle School student said. “When our electric bill goes down, that means there is more money for us. The other students and staff...

This Public Utility Is Waging an All-Out War on Re...

America’s electricity landscape is changing dramatically. Clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal, global corporations like Walmart, Google and Facebook are pressuring utilities to increase their share of renewables, and the cost of investing in energy efficiency measures is now under half the cost of building dirty, coal-fired power plants. While some in the utility...