Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
6:15 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 24 - 30, 2014

Credit Nate Swart / Flickr Creative Commons

It seems this time of year that the garden weeds always get out of hand. They follow their own mind, jump the boundaries I've established, and the heat convinces me to let them do it.

And I believe that there are more weeds than there used to be. Since no one ever actually does an annual weed count, I can't prove there are more, but experience leaves no doubt in my mind.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Our Carbon Dixoide?

Mauna Loa Observatory
Credit Abby Swann / Flickr Creative Commons

Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is at a level that is unprecedented in human experience. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains how we know that we are responsible for the excess CO2.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2 is an important natural part of our atmosphere. Right now, CO2 levels are increasing rapidly. How much of this is part of a natural cycle or is it due to humans?  Scientists know how to answer this question.
 

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Health
7:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Many Amish Breaking Tradition, Getting Measles Vaccine

Nurse Jacqueline Fletcher prepares an Amish boy to be vaccinated against measles.
Credit San Hendren / WOSU News

The Knox County village of Danville calls itself the gateway to Amish country.  It’s here that the county health department has set up a makeshift clinic.  It’s attracting dozens of families who come in to be vaccinated against measles.

In a handful of central Ohio counties, public health officials are traveling back roads and setting up these clinics in churches and town halls.  They’re trying to contain a measles outbreak among the mostly unvaccinated Amish community.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 17 - 23, 2014

Credit Terry Dunn / Flickr Creative Commons

From the middle of May until early July, the days are the longest of the year.

And the abundance and the lushness of these days may have us wonder if life is not actually measured in quantity, measured like the longest days.

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Nature
10:55 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 10 - 16, 2014

Credit Cindy Cornett Seigle / Flickr Creative Commons

Walking the path that follows the cliffs along the river near my home, I often think about the people who lived here thousands of years ago.

They must have found this place an oasis of shelter, water, fish, and game in the middle of the harsh virgin forest. I imagine them making camp along the limestone outcroppings, keeping their fires and defenses close to the stone, bathing and playing in backwaters, picking berries, hunting deer.

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