Health, Science & The Environment

Climate Change
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Ohioans Prepare For People's Climate March

Demonstrators at the 2010 Cancun Climate Summit.
Credit Velcrow Ripper / Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: September 16 - 22, 2014

Credit Jeffrey James Pacres / Flickr Creative Commons

I often think about an old notebook my friend Diana loaned me decades ago, the journal of a man, long deceased, containing notes in pencil for almost every day between September 1950 and December 1952.

The entries placed weather statistics and baseball scores side-by-side with phrases about marriages, anniversaries, election results, births, deaths, fishing and digging for worms. I assume that some of these things were more important to him than others, but the journal gives no clues.

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Water
5:02 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Ohio's U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation To Address Toxic Algae

Senator Sherrod Brown (right) compared algae-filled water with clear water on a recent visit to Stone Lab on Lake Erie. Researcher Justin Chaffin is on the left.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Ohio’s U.S. Senators have introduced two bills that address the problems with toxic microcystins, a result of the bacteria known as blue-green algae, in the state’s waters. Toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie caused a two-day shutdown of Toledo’s water system in August, and algal blooms have been reported in lakes around the state including Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Buckeye Lake.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: September 9 - 15, 2014

Credit Celina Massa / Flickr Creative Commons

Catching late summer in its great circular web, the giant arabesque orbweaver spins its patterns in time with the last wildflowers and the first dusky shadows on the high trees. In the woods webs of the smaller but more common micrathena spiders often block your August paths.

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Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ohio Organizations Gear Up For Another Round Of Obamacare Outreach

President Barack Obama speaks about affordable health care at an event in 2013 with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

As the time for open enrollment in federal health plans rolls back around, the federal government has announced a new round of grants for Ohio health insurance navigators.

Even after a bumpy start last year, the feds report more than 154,000 Ohio residents got new health plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace between October 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. People signed up through local health centers, food banks, libraries and churches, or just went online at home.

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