Health, Science & The Environment

Energy
7:38 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Freeze On State Energy Standards Closer To Passage

A measure to overhaul Ohio’s energy policies is on its way to the House after the state Senate held a vote very early Thursday morning. The bill would freeze the state’s efficiency and renewable standards for two years.

The standards, which have been in place since 2008, require utilities to achieve a certain amount of energy efficiency and use a certain amount of renewable sources by 2025.

Commentary
7:15 am
Tue May 6, 2014

New Ways of Thinking

Solar panels
Credit Mike Baker / Flickr Creative Commons

When thinking about how much we are willing to do to prevent climate change, University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha wonders if we worry too much about economics alone.

Questions and comments often come up when I start talking about renewable energy. They go something like this: “I would like to install solar panels, but the payback time is just too long.” Or, when I bought a hybrid car ten years ago, friends said, “That’s nice, but how long will it take for gas savings to make up for the extra cost?”

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: May 6 - 12, 2014

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When Torricelli invented the mercury barometer in 1644, he gave a novel gauge to the world of meteorological medicine.

A decrease in atmospheric pressure, the calm before the storm, had been associated with pain since the Golden Age of Greece. Theophrastus, one of Plato's students, knew that "if the feet swell, there will be a change to the south wind."

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Riverside Pollution Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

A map from the EPA shows the original boundaries of the investigation in Riverside: Hypathia Avenue on the east, Rohrer Boulevard on the west, Guernsey Dell and Minnesota Avenues on the north and Valley Pike Street on the south. The investigation has since expanded by several blocks.
Credit USEPA Region V

  A problem with pollution in Riverside is more widespread than environmental protection officials originally thought. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already inspected approximately 110 homes for toxic vapors, and found problems in more than half. In December WYSO reported the EPA would be testing dozens of homes after being contacted by the Ohio EPA to assist; the area to be inspected has since expanded by several blocks.

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Nature
1:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: April 29 - May 5, 2014

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I had been set to name the upcoming new moon the Tulip Moon, which would have presided over the flowering of mid-season and late tulips throughout my village.

However, on Easter Sunday, my neighbor Moya announced over her south fence that she had found a preying mantis ootheca (egg sack) in her spirea bush, the same place she had found one last year.

We talked about the timing of her discovery, and I realized I had forgotten all about oothecas and should have anticipated her suggestion that the May moon really be called the Preying Mantis Moon.

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