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How a Pediatrician Became a Detective

Dr. Hanna-Attisha exposed the lead poisoning of children in Flint, MFLINT, Mich. — Lead. It was real. I could see it in the blood of kids who visited my medical clinic here. It was the end of the summer of 2015, and children were being poisoned. Ever since the city’s water source had been switched from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River 17 months before, residents had been complaining, holding meetings and...

More Than 400 Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits Can Go to...

A federal judge presiding over more than 400 lawsuits claiming that glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup weed killer—causes cancer ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs could present their evidence in court, ABC reported. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the evidence presented by experts in March hearings linking glyphosate to a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were “not...

Couple plans for renewable energy of solar panels ...

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their house in Kent to power everything in their house and an electric car. Most of the solar panels are on the sunny side of the house, with a couple on the front. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed the 22 panels in March, and they were operational by April. The system cost the husband and wife $17,000. Renee said they took out an...

9 Reasons to Buy Products Made From Organic Cotton

What’s the dirtiest crop on the planet? You may be wearing it. At a production rate of 25 million tons a year, cotton is one of the top four GMO crops in the world—and nearly 95 percent of that global cotton production is GMO and/or conventionally grown. Cotton earned the title “dirtiest crop” because it’s sprayed with some of the worst pesticides, including: Bayer’s aldicarb, which was banned...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...

Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdicti...

A local grassroots campaign to give Columbusites the “legal teeth” to fight air, water and soil pollution has garnered enough support to get on the November ballot. Dubbed the Community Bill of Rights, the ordinance is an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution that would establish local governance over oil and gas activities taking place within the City of Columbus. It’d also enable residents to hold companies liable for...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...

10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 percent of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs and benefits countless communities. Yet while travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, from putting increased strain on fragile ecosystems and culturally significant sites to...

Zinke, Burgum tout innovation over regulation at o...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum shared similar visions Wednesday for regulating oil development, focused on partnering with industry to spur innovation. “I don’t think the government should be in a position to be an adversary,” Zinke said as he delivered the keynote speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. “We have to, as Interior, be a better partner. We have to work...

Q&A: Business group offers Ohio candidates a ...

Ohio’s next governor could grow the state’s economy by supporting clean energy, according to a business group’s policy agenda released last week. Ohio Advanced Energy Economy urged Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Robert Cordray to adopt policies that promote clean energy. The organization is an affiliate of a national association representing companies in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. Midwest Energy News...

Worthington councilmen pushing for clean-energy pr...

Worthington voters could see a Nov. 6 ballot issue that would give them the option to invest in clean and renewable energy sources. Many details are uncertain, but like the city’s purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates earlier this year, for now the investment likely would be in the industry and its technology rather than direct use of “green” electricity to power their homes. In March, Worthington City Council members...

BY MAY 23, OHIO HOUSE COULD VOTE ON HB 393, OIL AN...

HB 393 Fact Sheet Say “NO” to HB393/SB 165, Say “NO” to Oil and Gas Waste on Our Roads Ohio state lawmakers are pushing ahead with Ohio House Bill 393 and Ohio Senate Bill 165 that will allow oil and gas waste, including fracking fluids, to be sold as a “commodity.” These products would be available in stores, and expand the use of hazardous waste as a road deicer by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Oil and gas...

Oberlin Council passes climate resolution

OBERLIN — City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to accept climate solution legislation. The resolution would call on Congress to pass “carbon fee and dividend” legislation that would give an economic incentive for people and companies to become more fuel-efficient. The policy would charge a rising fee at sources such as oil wells, coal mines, etc. The proposed fee...

Voters approve Athens carbon fee

Athens voters overwhelmingly approved a carbon fee in the primary election that will be collected to fund solar projects in town. There were 1,410 votes in favor of the initiative and just 437 against, according to figures provided Tuesday night by the Athens County Board of Elections. The results are unofficial. As The Messenger has previously reported, the opt-out carbon fee will only charge members of the Southeast Ohio...

Utah High Schoolers Convinced State Lawmakers to A...

Utah’s state lawmakers aren’t exactly friendly to climate change legislation. Their Republican governor said in 2015 that man-made climate change is “a little debatable.” In 2010, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution that implied global warming is a conspiracy and urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop all carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs. But thanks...