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Scientists’ warning on affluence

Abstract For over half a century, worldwide growth in affluence has continuously increased resource use and pollutant emissions far more rapidly than these have been reduced through better technology. The affluent citizens of the world are responsible for most environmental impacts and are central to any future prospect of retreating to safer environmental conditions. We summarise the evidence and present possible solution...

Planting Projects, Backyard Habitats Can Re-Create...

The world’s wildlife is in danger of dying off, and inevitably taking humanity out with it. Humans have destroyed enormous portions of the planet’s natural spaces, and caused a climate disaster as well as the unprecedented acceleration of mass extinction events. Among the many species struggling to stay afloat are the butterflies, birds, bats, bees and other pollinators we depend upon in order to grow basic food...

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms?

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms? “We would die from starvation. It’s that simple.” Or so TV botanist James Wong recently tweeted in response to the title question, taken from a BBC feature. In this post I’m going to make the case that we wouldn’t, that it isn’t simple, and that in fact our chances of starving are probably higher – albeit in some quite unsimple ways – if we don’t start eating more food from local...

A Dangerous Secret That Could End Fracking

Investigative Journalists Justin Nobel and Joshua Pribanic come together in this explosive podcast to discuss one of the hottest topics to come out of fossil fuels. The idea of “safe” fracking transformed oil and gas in America for the 21st century and helped create a worldwide resurgence for an otherwise dying industry. But as we hear in this episode of newsCOUP, a dangerous secret protected by regulators threatens the...

2019- Your Year For Solar Electric?

2019 Solar Co-op Newsletter 2019- Your Year For Solar Electric? This statement is an understanding based on experience with the Licking County Solar Cooperative and within the solar electric industry. Initially in 2010 we were seeking an understanding of the principles of solar electric use and a fair hearing and local demonstration of the viability and production of solar electric in Licking County. Thanks to those early...

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...