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How Can You Talk to Kids About Factory Farming? Th...

By Reynard Loki Many children play with toys that evoke the bucolic life on a farm. And many will likely visit a small local farm, where animals have space and access to sunlight and the outdoors. But most kids are probably not aware that, for the vast majority of farmed animals, life is anything but happy. Consider the life of a chicken trapped on a factory farm. If she is one of the 9 billion chickens who suffer and die on...

Ohio State and city celebrate Smart Columbus victo...

President Michael V. Drake discusses the importance of Smart Columbus Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons Leadership for The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus celebrated a national championship-type victory Friday in a challenge for the future of transportation. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined College of Engineering Dean David Williams to highlight Smart Columbus to the university Board of Trustees. Smart Columbus...

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...

Nuclear Energy Needs Truth, Not Truthiness

Nuclear waste storage and disposal is an incredibly safe activity with a worker safety record better than working in Walmart. But nuclear scientists are nowhere in its public discourse and media coverage. No one has ever died from nuclear waste storage and disposal, and no one is likely to in the future, although you wouldn’t know that from watching the news. Shown here are spent nuclear fuel stored in dry casks, safe for...

How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste str...

When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer of fog and the sea. Surfers floated in a line off the shore. It looked like any other California beach — except for the row of signs that warned “Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Area,” and the twin reactor domes rising above the bluffs. I was there to see the San Onofre Nuclear...

New Survey of 63,000 Scientists Across 16 U.S. Age...

A new survey of 63,000 scientific experts across 16 federal agencies reveals that as the Trump administration continues to brazenly attack national environmental regulations, it is also “sidelining science” within agencies, with staffers reporting issues including “censorship and self-censorship, political interference in scientists’ work, low morale, decreased agency effectiveness, and dwindling...

Plans to allow mining, logging and more all-purpos...

Debate is already underway through public meetings and on social media over draft plans to allow mining and logging of hundreds of acres and expanding by miles all-purpose vehicle trails in some of Ohio’s 21 forests. Ohioans have just under a month to submit any concerns or other comments in writing to the state’s Division of Forestry, which has published drafts online of annual work plans for the forests. Combined, the...

Don’t drive Endangered Species Act into extinction...

GUEST EDITORIAL As the Endangered Species Act approaches its 45th anniversary, it remains one of the most popular and successful laws in modern history — even as lobbyists, lawmakers and the Trump administration target parts of it for extinction. Produced by a near-unanimous Congress (the votes were 92-0 in the Senate and 394-4 in the House) and signed by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1973, the act has saved 99...

How smart cities & IoT (Internet-of-Things) w...

BII People continue to flock to cities for several reasons, such as employment opportunities, lifestyle, and more.The latest U.S. Census Bureau data showed that all but one of the 20 largest cities in the U.S. experienced population growth last year. And with the exception of New York City, the 15 cities that had the greatest population growth were in the southern and western portions of the country. As this migration...

11 Turbines Successfully Installed at Wind Farm Tr...

The world’s most powerful wind turbines have been successfully installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen Bay in Scotland’s North Sea. The final turbine was installed on Saturday just nine weeks after the first foundation for the 11-turbine offshore wind farm was deployed, according to the developers Vattenfall. Incidentally, the project was at the center of a contentious legal...

In Blow to Monsanto, India’s Top Court Uphol...

In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country. Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG‘s...

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hun...

A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump’s family WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy...

‘Climate Change’ Removed From FEMAR...

Last year, one of the hottest years in modern history, was also the costliest year ever for weather disasters, setting the U.S. back a record-setting $306 billion in spending aid and relief cost. But it appears the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency that responds to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires, is ignoring a critical factor that exacerbates these natural disasters: climate change. On Thursday, FEMA...

Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Powe...

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines...