Health, Science & The Environment

Environment
12:20 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

US Survey Helps Shed Light on Forest-damaging Bug

Triangular, purple kite-like contraptions placed in trees nationwide are helping agriculture officials learn
more about a beetle that's threatening forests.

The 61,500 traps installed in 48 states are part of a survey of the emerald ash borer. The invasive pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada, including in Ohio.

The 2011 survey shows the tiny, green beetle hasn't been detected outside of the 15 states where it's already known to exist, but it has been found in more counties in those states than last year.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 20 - 26, 2011

Camel Cricket
Flickr Creative Commons user dogs&music

Poor Will's Almanack for the Third Week of Early Winter.

The daughter of a friend of mine came to see me the other day, enquiring about how one might go about studying the natural world.

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Health
12:07 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

New Head for Dayton VA Medical Center

The Dayton VA Medical Center has a new director.  The Center that serves some A southwest Ohio medical center that serves some 37,000 veterans says Glenn Costie took over today.

The Dayton VA Medical center, which was rocked by dental clinic hygiene problems, says he is committed to delivering high quality and safe care to veterans.

Costie was the director at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO, the last two-plus years. He spent much of his 27-year VA career at Cleveland's VA Medical Center.

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Environment
8:03 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Group Says Ohio Has Most 'Green' School Projects

A report praises Ohio for having more environmentally-friendly school projects under way than any other
state.

The nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council says the state has 315 school projects registered and certified under the council's LEED program. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides a set of international standards for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly methods and
materials.

Environment
7:17 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Boehner Backs Bill to Keep Alive Ohio Uranium Plant

House Speaker John Boehner says he would support legislation to allow the Obama administration to spend an estimated $150 million to help a uranium enrichment project in Southern Ohio move forward.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a bill is expected to be introduced by members of the Ohio congressional delegation and could reach the House floor next month.

The Piketon plant would be at the site of a former gaseous diffusion plant that enriched uranium during the Cold War.  It would produce enriched uranium for use in generating electricity at nuclear power plants.

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