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Report: Cleveland Has Lead Levels As High As Flint

Children in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have a higher risk of lead exposure than other parts of the state, according to a report out of Case Western Reserve University this week. The report found 10.7 percent of kids born in 2012 who were screened for lead in Cuyahoga County had an elevated blood lead level by age 5. In Cleveland, 17 percent of kids screened for lead showed elevated blood lead levels. “In Cuyahoga...

What Ohio’s latest net metering ruling means for u...

Utility regulators ruled last month that customers who shop around for power suppliers are still eligible for net metering. Ohio utility customers can participate in net metering regardless of whether they shop around for a power provider, but they will only be credited for generation on part of their electric bill under the latest ruling by state utility regulators. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s December 19...

Impact of climate change on central Ohio detailed ...

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Soggy fields and lawns are still the rule in early January, following the wettest year in Columbus’ history, with official records back to 1879. During 2018, John Glenn Columbus International Airport received 55.18 inches, eclipsing 2011 (54.96 inches). Other parts of the city had even more, including 57.91 inches on the northwest side of town. In Hocking County, an observer in Rockbridge...

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...

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute finds cost parity is nearly a reality in some locations in the U.S. If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t...

Some waters would lose protections from coal minin...

Ohio coal interests welcome the Trump administration proposal to narrow the definition of federal waters. Proposed changes to rules under the Clean Water Act would expose Ohio waters to greater risk from coal mining, according to environmental advocates. The Dec. 11 proposal would limit federal protection by changing the definition of “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, to exclude many wetlands and streams whose flow...

The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting...

While big oil and gas companies provided the cash for anti-regulation campaigns, the farm lobby offered up a sympathetic face: the American farmer. When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn’t reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed for the resolution. Instead, he talked...

Worthington’s electricity-aggregation process will...

With the approval of issue 39 in November, Worthington officials are moving forward with a plan for the city to buy electricity in bulk. The plan was proposed by Worthington City Council members David Robinson and Doug Smith in March and sent to the ballot in June by City Council. The measure allows the city to explore the possibility of becoming a governmental aggregator, a community that buys energy on behalf of its...

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...

Pitt Ohio’s new Parma facility boasts innova...

PARMA, Ohio — Construction continues on Pitt Ohio’s new 100,000-square-foot Chevrolet Boulevard trucking terminal, with recently added structures turning heads for their futuristic design. It turns out that the vertical wind turbines are part of the Pittsburgh-based trucking company’s $3.3 million investment to build the facility’s microgrid, which will also include solar panels, in an effort to make...

Retired Monroe Twp. (Mansfield) couple fears water...

Ann Robinson stands in front of her home near Perrysville with an anti-fracking sign. Behind Robinson, a large mound can be seen at the adjacent property where a well is being installed.(Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)Buy Photo PERRYSVILLE – A retired Monroe Township couple fears their quality of life will be disrupted and their groundwater supply will be contaminated by a new oil and gas well expected to be...

Study Finds Health Threats Posed By Oil And Gas Wa...

Unpaved roads are large sources of dust in the U.S., which can contribute to heart and lung disease. Photo: Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a common and cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But a new study found the practice — which the state recently ended — could threaten environmental...

How Fossil Fuel Allies Are Tearing Apart Ohio̵...

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported. This ICN story was also published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. COLUMBUS, Ohio—On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the adoption of solar and wind as significant sources...

Climate change impacts report presents risks, oppo...

Clean energy advocates hope the increased threats highlighted in the federal report will push the state to embrace climate action. Clean energy advocates say last month’s federal report on climate change underscores the need for action in Ohio, which faces increased risks from flooding, heat and pollution, according to the report. “There is dire certainty if we do not act on climate: loss of clean energy investment to other...

LG Fuel Cell Systems quitting Ohio after receiving...

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — LG Fuel Cell Systems is shutting the doors on its Fuel Cell Prototyping Center, laying off about 70 employees and unilaterally ending a 12-year relationship with the state of Ohio and Stark State College. The state spent $4.7 million to build the lab on the Stark State campus in 2006 for Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems and SOFCo-EFS Holdings, a small Ohio company that had developed a fuel-cell and...