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Monarchs Use Milkweed as Preventive Medicine—but C...

Most people know that monarch butterflies can’t exist without milkweed. As caterpillars, the monarchs feed on milkweed plants exclusively, absorbing the milkweed’s poisons in order to ward off birds and other predators. On their epic migration across the North American continent, the butterflies also lay their eggs on these plants, relying on the noxious taste of the leaves to keep their brood safe from grazers...

‘Climate Change’ Has Been Scrubbed Fro...

The Department of the Treasury removed mentions of “climate change” from an unpublished sustainability report it prepared for 2017, E&E News reports. Meanwhile, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—which researches risks to workers’ health—has removed “climate change” from certain webpages, according to work from the Environmental Governance and Data Initiative, an...

Global warming could be far worse than predicted, ...

This map shows Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980, according to an analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Yellows, oranges, and reds show regions warmer than the baseline.(Photo: NASA/GSFC/Scientific Visualization Studio)) Collapsing polar ice caps, a green Sahara Desert, a 20-foot sea-level rise. That’s the potential future of...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...

Three massive projects look to put Ohio on the sol...

425 MW of solar projects – including one on the site of a former coal mine – could exponentially increase the state’s installed capacity. When the words “Ohio” and “solar” are used in the same sentence, chances are that sentence is referring to the system we live in and not the energy source that provides me a job, and with fair reason. Ohio is the birthplace of 24 astronauts, more than any other state. Ohio is also...

Thanks To Batteries, Wind And Solar Could Power Ha...

Increasingly cheaper battery storage could help wind and solar rise to 50% of the world’s electricity generation by 2050, according to new predictions from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF says wind and solar power are set to surge to nearly “50 by 50” on the back of their own precipitous reductions in cost, along with the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and...

Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdicti...

A local grassroots campaign to give Columbusites the “legal teeth” to fight air, water and soil pollution has garnered enough support to get on the November ballot. Dubbed the Community Bill of Rights, the ordinance is an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution that would establish local governance over oil and gas activities taking place within the City of Columbus. It’d also enable residents to hold companies liable for...

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been se...

Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3 from American (GFS) weather model at two meters above the ground. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer) (This article, originally published Tuesday, was updated Wednesday to add all-time heat records at Mount Washington, N.H., and Tbilisi, Georgia set since Monday. On Thursday, the story was updated to include information on heat-related deaths in Canada and extraordinary heat...

Tesla’s Solar Plans Aren’t Working

If the acquisition of SolarCity was working out as planned, we would have seen the evidence by now. At this point, it’s hard to argue that Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) acquisition of SolarCity has been anything but a disaster. Ever since closing on the $2.6 billion solar business in late 2016, Tesla has been slowly shutting down SolarCity. Either the deal was a bailout of SolarCity and Tesla intended to shut it down all...

Solar Just Hit a Record Low Price In the U.S.

Even Donald Trump’s solar tariffs and desire to prop up the coal industry can’t stop renewable energy. A solar auction in Nevada just yielded the cheapest solar project in the country. It broke a record that was set [checks calendar] last week. Not only that, the price the plant will operate at is cheaper than new natural gas and coal plants. While the sunny weather in Nevada and federal tax credits certainly play a role,...

Radium found in commercial roadway de-icing, dust ...

An Ohio environmental organization is suing to learn more about unhealthy radiation levels in a commercial de-icing and dust suppression liquid made from gas well brine sold in several states, including Pennsylvania. The Buckeye Environmental Network filed suit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week, claiming the agency has illegally denied its request to inspect public records and documents pertaining to...

California’s Incredible New Solar Panel Law Could ...

In fact, the state has a law that at least 50 percent of all electricity will come from carbon-free sources by 2030. But on May 9, 2018, the state upped the ante, with the California Energy Commission unanimously approving a plan requiring all new homes and apartment buildings to have some form of solar power installed. That, in a word, is historic. Yes, similar mandates have been passed by US cities, but this one’s the...

Pruitt departure could boost Trump deregulatory ag...

Dive Brief: Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned his post as the nation’s top environmental regulator, President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter. Pruitt pursued an aggressive deregulatory agenda during his time at the helm of EPA, including attempts to weaken greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, fuel economy standards for cars and the nation’s...

Cleantech venture capital: Continued declines and ...

President Trump has stressed the importance of oil and “clean” coal in America’s economic growth, and meanwhile a wide range of emerging clean technologies—ranging from renewables and energy storage to nuclear power—also have tremendous potential. However, igniting an energy boom is going to require lots of innovation, which will in turn require more than just the stepped-up inventions and patenting we discussed a few weeks...

Major investor groups expand climate change target...

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A large group of global investors and asset managers have added 61 companies to the list of corporations they will push to take more action on climate change issues. When Climate Action 100+, which is backed by 289 investors with nearly $30 trillion in assets under management, launched in December 2017 it targeted the 100 energy and transportation companies that are among the largest...

United States energy independence – good or ...

U.S. energy independence relates to the goal of reducing the United States imports of petroleum and other foreign sources of energy. Energy independence is espoused by those who want to leave the U.S. unaffected by global energy supply disruptions, and to restrict reliance upon politically unstable states for its energy security. Energy independence is highly concerned with oil, the source of the country’s principal...

Air Pollution Increases Diabetes Risk at Levels EP...

A major study published Friday in The Lancet Planetary Health has confirmed a reported link between air pollution and diabetes in a big way, finding that particulate matter exposure can increase risk for the disease even at levels currently deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization, CNN reported. “This is important because many industry lobbying groups argue that...

How to Recycle Plastic Food Containers? Here Are S...

Recycling plastic is a no-brainer these days. Theoretically, it should be pretty easy. Use up the product, rinse out the container, toss it in the recycling bin. Voila! Off it goes to its inevitable reincarnation. Simple, right? Not so fast. The reality is unfortunately far more complicated. Americans are locked into a dysfunctional relationship with plastic. Collectively, we generate approximately 33 million tons of plastic...

Could Proposed Mission Statement Changes Shake NOA...

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the foremost U.S. agency focusing on weather, climate and oceans, reassured reporters Monday that it would not shift its focus away from climate change and conservation after a presentation last week suggested it might do exactly that, USA Today reported. Last week, acting NOAA head Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet spoke at a Department of Commerce summit and...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...