Climate Change

Tech Companies Breaking Up With ALEC Over Climate Change

Oct 13, 2014
A Paulding County wind farm. Ohio Republicans connected to ALEC sponsored a bill to roll back the state's renewable energy standards.
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Many big tech companies are breaking up with the national organization ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a group geared towards crafting free-market-based model legislation that’s introduced into state legislatures, usually by conservative Republicans—and Ohio is now caught in the middle of the dispute.

Austin Rinebolt-Miller

A group of Antioch College students got back Monday morning from the People’s Climate March in New York City. The march was expected to be the largest and most diverse in history at over 100,000 people. Now organizers are pegging the count at at least 310,000.

Several dozen Antioch students and several hundred Ohioans had planned to attend the march on buses. Antioch students hoped to bring back new energy about fighting global climate change.

Demonstrators at the 2010 Cancun Climate Summit.
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Hundreds of Ohio residents, including a large group from Antioch College, will get on buses, trains and take carpools to New York City this weekend for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21.

The People’s Climate March is being billed as the first of its kind and the largest climate march ever; it’s a protest against global climate change just as the United Nations convenes a climate summit.

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Human-caused climate change is expected to have devastating effects across the country and world. The Midwest is somewhat insulated from extremes of drought or rising seas, but a recent report finds Ohio could see costly effects ranging from flooding to dangerous extreme heat spells by the end of the century.

A bill that would put a hold on Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable standards is making its way through the state legislature after late-night passage in the state senate last Thursday. While opponents of the 2008 standards say they are costly for consumers, some are arguing the current standards are good for business and save money in the long run.

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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.

New Ways of Thinking

May 6, 2014
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When thinking about how much we are willing to do to prevent climate change, University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha wonders if we worry too much about economics alone.

Questions and comments often come up when I start talking about renewable energy. They go something like this: “I would like to install solar panels, but the payback time is just too long.” Or, when I bought a hybrid car ten years ago, friends said, “That’s nice, but how long will it take for gas savings to make up for the extra cost?”

Spring Flowers and Climate Change

Apr 11, 2014
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Climate change is already being felt by natural systems around the world – and locally. We can see how flowers react to temperatures as they first emerge in the spring. And now, we have a specific record for our area. For more than three decades, one avid local gardener has been keeping a diary of the first-flowering date of many species in her yard, like snowdrops, crocuses, bleeding hearts and crab apples.

The Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour will stop at Central State University on Wednesday. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on black communities.

Ten years ago, rap music stars Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Russell Simmons and Jay Z put together the Hip Hop Caucus to help young people become more engaged in the political process. The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. now leads the organization.

Yearwood says the Caucus is looking to lift up voices in support of political action on climate change.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 20, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Mike Ervin from the Downtown Dayton Partnership about the Dayton Foundation's recent grant towards Five Rivers Metroparks' River Run project.

-The latest installment in the SOCHE Talks: Modeling Climate Change in the Miami Valley

-Poor Will's Almanack: November 15 -21, 2011, by Bill Felker

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