Energy

Commentary
6:30 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Nuclear Power: The Solution To Future Energy And Climate Challenges?

The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power plant, on Lake Erie.
Credit James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists have traditionally been very skeptical of nuclear power, but recently some climate scientists have been gaining attention because of their support for nuclear power as a tool to help reduce carbon emissions. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha is doubtful that this is a constructive path for sustainable energy.

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Health, Science & The Environment
6:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

New Study Links Small Quakes To Fracking In Ohio

A gas well
Credit Gerry Dincher

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new study suggests that fracking triggered hundreds of too-small-to-be-felt earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the oil-and-gas extraction technique.

The study, in the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013. That included 10 quakes of magnitudes of 1.7 to 2.2 — significantly more intense than expected, though still minor.

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Health, Science & The Environment
9:25 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Tech Companies Breaking Up With ALEC Over Climate Change

A Paulding County wind farm. Ohio Republicans connected to ALEC sponsored a bill to roll back the state's renewable energy standards.
Credit David Grant / Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

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Water
10:58 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dayton Water Resources Key To Future Economy, Stability

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

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.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

What is Sustainability?

Credit photologue_np / Flickr Creative Commons

Sustainability has become a buzzword in contemporary society, but University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha thinks sustainability is a matter of survival,  something citizens should things about in a deep and serious way.

In the dictionary, to sustain means “to keep in existence," also “to support from below”, or “to keep from falling or sinking”. That’s more direct than we often state it.

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