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How we can combat climate change

Last year’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded the alarm: The world has until 2030 to implement “rapid and far-reaching” changes to our energy, infrastructure and industrial systems to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of warming, which could be catastrophic. But the scale of the challenge can appear so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to start. The Post asked activists, politicians and...

How to sort out good-faith questions about climate...

Sure, there are trolls out there – but don’t rule out productive conversations with others because of them. The comment haunted me in its wrongness: “One volcanic eruption dwarfs human CO2.” I jumped in. “No, not even close, Don. Humans emit 100 times the CO2 that volcanoes do, every single year. Your willingness to spread false information doesn’t speak too highly of your judgment.” My finger hovered over the...

How to identify people open to evidence about clim...

People resist climate information for varying reasons. Start by understanding your audience.   A confession. That cartoon where someone is hunched over the computer, unable to tear away from furious typing, because someone is wrong on the internet? That was me. Or at least it used to be. As a lifelong scientist and educator, I simply could not let stand an idle comment about volcanoes emitting more CO2 than humans....

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...

How to Raise an Environmentalist

We often talk about leaving the world a better place for our children. But our kids are not standing idly by while we wonder how to clean up the mess we’ve made. Energetic, adept with technology and enthusiastic to create change, kids already have the tools to become stewards of the planet’s ecological health. And they are ready to start now. Meanwhile, part of our job as parents, educators and mentors, is to...

Green Energy Ohio — Newark Event

            I want to invite you to attend the first of Green Energy Ohio’s regional events to solicit input on our 2018 agenda.  Details are in this note and in the attached invitation — please feel free to circulate or post through Licking County Concerned Citizens.  Let me know if there are other people or groups who you think might be interested and I will send a note to them as...

Ohio House to OK Use of Fracking Waste as Road Dei...

Imagine if your child or family pet were accidentally poisoned by just playing in the snow.  Imagine if there were no way to determine what the poisoning chemical could be. If the Ohio House has its way this could be a reality when they approve House Bill 393 which would give “beneficial” use status to fracking waste to be used on Ohio’s roadways. We know from other states’ experiences that this is a terrible and dangerous...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Edu...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Education Dr. Olivia Aguilar’s Environmental Studies Practicum class at Denison University is working with the Solar Co-op to educate YES youth about the solar panels on their YES Club roof in downtown Newark. Denison students are also helping develop a plan for signage at the YES Club with information about the impact of the 44 solar panels on saving energy. Dr. Aguilar’s class...

Sustainability in Granville Meeting, November 16, ...

Sustainability in Granville Meeting November 16, 2017   On Thursday November 16, there will be a meeting of those interested in the future of Granville.  The focus of this meeting will be Sustainability and how to preserve and protect the land, water, and air of Granville while accommodating the changes brought on by the economic/business and housing needs of our community. When:         Thursday, November 16 Time:         ...

Solar Co-op Meeting Notes – Property Tax on ...

Solar Enthusiasts, We had a good meeting yesterday with lots of updates and lots of great ideas.   Thank you Jack Shaner for the excellent status summary of Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards.  If you missed it, the Ohio legislature voted to essentially continue the freeze, however, Gov. Kasich vetoed that bill.  Thus, the standards went back into play in January.  Here is a nice article that outlines...

Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison sol...

    Enlarge Image Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison solar array Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch | Nov 08, 2016  Two years after it was proposed, it appears a solar project on Denison University’s Biological Reserve will finally see the light of day. After pushing back against the solar array, residents on Welsh Hills Road whose properties border the reserve are walking away from the battleground. The...

Residents appeal Denison solar energy project

In the nearly two years since Denison University announced its plan to install about 5,000 solar panels on its Biological Reserve, not a single ray of sunlight has been harnessed into electricity on the 350 acres of woods and wildlife. Still, there’s plenty of energy surrounding the project, from both supporters and opponents, as the matter continues to work its way through local governing boards and, most recently, through...

A tilapia farm is just the latest ecological proje...

GRANVILLE, Ohio — When classes at Granville schools end for the day and the flurry of after-school commotion dies down, there’s one spot in the school district that continues to flutter with quiet activity. Behind Granville High School is a different type of school: one that consists of about 130 finger-length, iridescent tilapia, swimming together in two large, black tanks within a greenhouse nestled between the school...

Solar panels give a bright future for YES Club

NEWARK — Since its start 23 years ago, the YES Club of downtown Newark has been providing a positive educational environment for the children of Licking County. With its latest project, the club is looking toward not just its own future, but that of the community. In the last two months, the members of YES Club managed to raise enough funding to install solar panels on their roof. The panels, which were installed and...

Granville Zoning panel fields comments for solar p...

GRANVILLE — New zoning rules regarding residential solar energy installations should be flexible enough to accommodate future trends in the industry, Granville Township Zoning Commission officials were told last week. During a public comment session that invited comment on adding solar energy language to the zoning code, speakers advised that residential roof- or ground-mounted systems should be allowed to have capacities of...