Health, Science & The Environment

The Environment
7:04 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ohio State Park Tries Crackdown On Feeding Animals

Officials concerned about the growing population of cats roaming an area state park say they're trying to crack down on people illegally feeding animals or abandoning their pets there.

The Springfield News-Sun reports officials have stepped up patrols and posted signs warning visitors not to feed animals at Buck Creek State Park.

The local humane society's director says food left out can attract animals that pose more danger, such as coyotes.

A park law enforcement official says cutting off the improper food supply will help persuade the animals to move on.

Nature
8:15 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: February 4 - 10, 2014

Credit arsheffield / Flickr Creative Commons

A friend of mine sent me the “Hermit Songs” of anonymous Irish monks and scholars who, over a thousand years ago, scribbled their verses in the margins of the manuscripts they were copying. One of those poems, translated by W.H. Auden, expresses the pleasure of sitting in front of the fire beside a white cat named Pangur.

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
alone together, scholar and cat,
Each has his own work to do daily….
Thus we live ever
Without tedium or envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are.

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The Environment
6:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood Burning Suspected Source Of Higher Pollution Levels In Yellow Springs

Credit Flickr Creative Commons User linus_art

The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, or RAPCA, is investigating several instances of elevated levels of PM 2.5, a fine particulate that contributes to air pollution. RAPCA is responsible for monitoring air quality in a six-county area and officials there say several days during the months of December and January registered higher than other places in the region.

"One of the primary sources of fine particulate matter is wood burning," says RAPCA's John Paul. "There's a lot of wood burning in the Yellow Springs area."

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HIV & AIDS
11:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Aids Resource Center Opens New Medical Center, Pharmacy

Staff and supporters gather on the 2nd floor of the Wright Health Building, where the new ARC medical center is located. The pharmacy set up to help fund the center is on the first floor.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The AIDS Resource Center of Ohio, or ARC, has opened a new medical center near the University of Dayton campus. The center will be funded in part by its own in-house pharmacy on the first floor of the Wright Health Building, where the center will take over the second floor.

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Energy
11:24 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Middletown Plant Part Of Trend Towards Natural Gas, Away From Coal

A sketch of the proposed natural gas power plant in Middletown.
Credit NTE Energy

Plans for a new natural gas-fired power plant have been announced in Middletown. The plant would employ 300-400 people for about three years of construction, and 25-30 when it is up and running in 2018.

Middletown is part of a statewide trend towards natural gas and away from coal. From November 2012 to November 2013, energy generated from natural gas in Ohio increased 16 percent, in part because natural gas prices have become competitive with Appalachian coal.

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