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Editorial: Environmental sirens are sounding

If things don’t change soon, we’re toast. We saw it last week when Hurricane Michael wiped out entire communities in Florida and last month when Florence wreaked havoc in the Carolinas. We’ve seen it on Long Island, where we will face even worse flooding than the destruction from superstorm Sandy. The Earth is getting hotter, and more-intense storms are only one result. If we don’t stop the warming, the changes will be...

States can lead the way on climate change policy a...

As Trump guts environmental protections, states must take charge on smart climate policy. The world’s leading panel of climate experts sounded the alarm this week that we are running out of time to get rising temperatures under control. Its latest report calls for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, from worsening wildfires and extreme drought to rising sea levels and...

Ohio Residents Fed Up With Fracking Wastewater

Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvania’s fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio.  Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were  injected into underground wells in Ohio. Residents in at least one county say they’ve had enough. State representative Glenn Holmes (third from right) has introduced two bills in the Ohio House of...

Air quality still poor in Columbus; EPA gives metr...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a three-year deadline for the Columbus metro area to come into compliance with revised Clean Air Act standards. “Most recently, EPA has promulgated designations for the 2015 ozone standard, which became effective on (Friday),” said Joshua Singer, a spokesman for the federal agency, in a statement emailed to The Dispatch. The Columbus metro area, which includes Franklin,...

Planned Cincinnati Solar Project Could Be Largest ...

Cincinnati is trying to figure out where to put lots of solar panels in what could be the largest solar project on city owned property in the U.S. This picture is of existing solar panels on Beekman St. provided The City of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 mega-watt project would power 25 percent of the...

Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of...

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the...

Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio R...

AEP’s plan would bring jobs to an impoverished region, but its structure would break the established regulatory mold in a state that has pushed back on renewables. Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan Thursday evening to work with two developers to build 400 megawatts of solar in...

Designing Greener Streets Starts With Finding Room...

City streets and sidewalks in the U.S. have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years on average. Until recently, U.S. streets have also lacked cycle tracks—paths exclusively for bicycles between the road and the sidewalk, protected from...

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal a...

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. Cleveland’s climate action plan includes improving energy efficiency in buildings to help lower electricity demand as it shifts to 100 percent renewable power. Credit: Chris Gent/CC-BY-SA-4.0 Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as...

Solar energy tour designed to shed light on green ...

2018 Green Energy Ohio Tour 1. The Green Energy Ohio Tour Now in its 16th year, the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will take place the weekend of September 28-30. Last year’s Tour featured 71 open houses and 6 guided tours, showcasing 10 different green energy technologies. Over 300 participants took advantage of the opportunity to see firsthand the progress that is being made in Ohio. We are looking forward to another great Tour –...

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will h...

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis of the proposal, they add. And while...

In Ohio, solar co-ops unite neighbors to help with...

Solar United Neighbors has helped more than 200 Ohio homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar capacity. A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio residents overcome obstacles to installing solar panels on their homes. Since January 2016, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has formed 14 co-ops that have helped more than 200 homeowners collectively install 1.4 megawatts of solar PV capacity. The...

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

How a Family Surrounded by Shale Gas Plants Took A...

Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years, these facilities have taken over the boomerang-shaped ridge less than a half-mile from the Young’s home in Powhatan Point, Ohio. Soon after the compressor stations went into operation, Allen, his wife and two...

The Forecast for Jobs in Appalachian Ohio Looks Su...

Along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati lies The Point, a huge industrial park with room for new tenants. Hundreds of acres with access to the river and the railroad sit ready for development. And while the space would be appropriate for any number of businesses, the residents of Lawrence County have something particular in mind: a solar manufacturing hub to support what would be the biggest solar farm in this corner of the...