Health, Science & The Environment

Health, Science & The Environment
4:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Environmental Groups Call for Audit of Ohio EPA Permits

The Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council want federal agents to take a closer look at the permits distributed by the Ohio EPA to coal companies and the relationship between the two entities.

Their call for an audit comes in light of the recent resignation of the Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water chief.

The chief, George Elmaraghy, said in an email to his staff last month that he was forced to resign by Governor John Kasich and Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally due to pressure from the coal industry.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: September 10 - 16, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user jayandd

As frost time comes closer, I bring in the tomato plants I seeded in July, and I set up the greenhouse for winter.

The bugs and I will fight there until the new year. It will be a fair fight up until then, but they will begin to win as January ends, their ability to breed outlasting my ability to keep up with them, or my hope of overcoming them.

I could, I suppose, eliminate the insects with strong andefficient poisons, but they are part of a psychological system as well as an ecological system I set in place each year.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Poor Wil's Almanack: September 3 - 9, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Joe Dsilva

The past fifty years have demonstrated how small the world really is. We all live under threat of the same atomic storm. The continents have been homogenized by data and technology. We have learned we are part of one another.

This awareness of interdependence has done much good. The world, however, is even smaller than some would have us think, and, unfortunately, the art of defining that space for oneself has been lost. It is considered back-to-the-landish for any layman to read the sky; reading one's own environment is almost unheard of.

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Health, Science & The Environment
8:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Medicaid Hearings Wrap Up in Dayton

The Ohio Senate’s Medicaid Finance Subcommittee wrapped up a three-part state tour with a stop in Dayton Tuesday. The committee heard from six major insurance providers.

At the crowded hearing the state’s large Medicaid providers started by touting their accomplishments. For example, Kim Crandall of United Healthcare said companies are getting better at helping patients navigate the system, which in turn cuts costs.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: August 27 – September 2, 2013

Credit tgpotterfield

As September begins and bird migrations intensify, Taurus and the Pleiades rise late in the dark sky, and those constellations remain visible at night until middle spring when their disappearance coincides with the birds' return. The day's length drops below thirteen hours all along the 40th Parallel now, down about 120 minutes from its longest span at the middle of June.

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