Health, Science & The Environment

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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Health
12:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Radio Rounds: Gesundheit! Featuring Patch Adams

This Season 6 finale of Radio Rounds features physician and social activist Patch Adams, founder of the world-renowned Gesundheit! Institute. In this episode, Patch energetically discusses his outlook on medicine, life, and the human community, and he shares his feelings about the 1998 film “Patch Adams” starring Robin Williams.

Origins Podcast
9:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Conserving Diversity at the Dinner Table: Plants, Food Security and Gene Banks

In the last fifty years, global agricultural practices have favored growing ever fewer varieties of high-yielding crops, leading to fears that the loss of genetic diversity in food leaves the growing human population exposed to risks of food shortages.

With the ongoing East African drought crisis, the persisting threat of global climate change, and the world population now estimated at 7 billion, global concerns about food insecurity are again in the news. Little mentioned, however, is the continuing loss of genetic diversity of the foods we eat today—a trend that has rapidly accelerated since the twentieth century and that raises troubling questions about the vulnerability of the world’s food supply.

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Nature
9:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: December 13 - 19, 2011

Bulldog Puppy
Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user w1ld0n3

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

Several years ago, I took our two bulldogs out for a walk in the woods. It had snowed a few more inches over night, for a total of several feet in some places, and we were the first to navigate the path.

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