Environment

The Environment
10:35 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Lake Erie Algae Threatens Ohio Drinking Water

This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than last year and considerably less than the record outbreak of 2011. But it’s likely still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Our Carbon Dixoide?

Mauna Loa Observatory
Credit Abby Swann / Flickr Creative Commons

Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is at a level that is unprecedented in human experience. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains how we know that we are responsible for the excess CO2.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2 is an important natural part of our atmosphere. Right now, CO2 levels are increasing rapidly. How much of this is part of a natural cycle or is it due to humans?  Scientists know how to answer this question.
 

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Environment
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Dayton's Rumpke Recycling Talks Expansion, Paper Cups

The Rumpke Recycling processing plant is increasing its capacity with an expensive upgrade.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Rumpke Recycling is close to completing a major upgrade of its Dayton recycling plant this week. Rumpke takes in and processes about 350,000 tons of recycling per year in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and surrounding areas, from residential, commercial and municipal sources.

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Climate Change
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Survey Of Dayton Residents Finds Climate Change Concerns

On a sunny day in April, the bike path on the Great Miami River was covered completely by river water. Climate change will likely mean more frequent extreme rain and flooding in the region.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Scientists around the country are ringing alarm bells about climate change, and some of the effects are already hitting the Dayton area. A local study of attitudes on climate change finds many people are concerned, but it also finds people are not sure what to do about climate change nor confident that it will be addressed.

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Energy
7:38 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Freeze On State Energy Standards Closer To Passage

A measure to overhaul Ohio’s energy policies is on its way to the House after the state Senate held a vote very early Thursday morning. The bill would freeze the state’s efficiency and renewable standards for two years.

The standards, which have been in place since 2008, require utilities to achieve a certain amount of energy efficiency and use a certain amount of renewable sources by 2025.

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