The controversies generated by climate science in recent years center around the human relationship with the natural world and with natural resources. This month, historian John Brooke puts that critical question in historical perspective—deep historical perspective. For most of human history, our species had to struggle to survive powerful natural forces, like climate and disease. In the past three centuries, however, things have changed dramatically: that struggle has been reshaped by the unprecedented growth of the human population—from under one billion to now over seven.
Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jack Shaner, a lobbyist for the Ohio Environmental Council. Shaner talks about Gov. John Kasich's new energy plan and insists that Ohio's "fracking" regulations are woefully weak.
The state board that certifies construction plans for new energy facilities has approved an agreement that authorizes a 91-turbine wind farm in north-central Ohio.
The agreement approved Monday by the Ohio Power Siting Board allows Black Fork Wind Energy to construct the farm on 14,800 acres along the Crawford and Richland county line. The board says the company plans to begin construction in March and be operating by December.
Officials say the farm will be capable of generating 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power tens of thousands of homes.