Issue 1 will amend the Ohio Constitution to reform how district lines are drawn for the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. Right about now you may be wondering, What possible connection is there between clean air and water and how politicians draw the lines for their Statehouse districts? The connection is actually quite stark.
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When I was in college I lived in the Belizean jungle for three and half months interning for National Geographic.
I lived out of a tent, washed my three pairs of clothes on a rock with water, and washed my hands with a British army configured washing station made out of an old coffee can, rocks, and soap - just add water. I also drank the water right from a stream that flowed out of a mountain. I thoroughly loved this experience, despite being eaten by horse flies and pulling thorns out of my hands and forehead from time to time.
Today, I’d like to take you on a virtual hike of the area. I hope our virtual hike will give you a clearer picture of why this beautiful place is so special and worthy of protection.
So, here's the fine print in FirstEnergy's plan: the company is proposing to lock customers into a 15-year scheme to buy electricity from their old, inefficient coal-fired power plants, and one of its poorly maintained nuclear plants. If the PUCO approves their plan, folks will be on the hook for up to $3 billion!
Methane is the primary component of natural gas and comes packaged with other pollutants including VOCs and air toxics. VOCs are volatile organic compounds and they are the key ingredient in ground-level ozone, also known as smog. Smog has been linked to a variety of serious health problems including asthma attacks, increased respiratory problems and early death from respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
We Ohioans are a modest bunch. We don't like to toot our own horns. But the truth is we've got a lot to brag about - especially when it comes to clean energy. That's why we're rolling out a new, ongoing series that highlights these projects and in the process, shines a light on some of the amazing things happening right in our own backyard.
When a reporter asked me in 2011 what I thought about tinkering with Ohio's Clean Energy Standards, I essentially said "heck, no!" At the time, little was known about the new Ohio Governor and where he stood on renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. All clean energy stakeholders - supporters, detractors and passive observers alike - had their theory about what Gov. Kasich would do with the clean energy standards.
Today’s blog is the second in a series that I am writing to cover some of the most common toxic chemicals in our homes and every day environment. Today’s blog covers a class of chemicals commonly referred to as chemical flame retardants.
The impacts of global warming are happening right now in Ohio’s back yard and are not something that will be felt decades from now in countries far away. Things like an increase in: ticks in southeast Ohio, the frequency and intensity of toxic algae in Lake Erie, and extreme weather are just a few of the ways Ohio is already feeling the effect of global warming.
In 2014, from the early morning (2:00 am) of Saturday, August 2 to 10:00am Monday August 4, Toledo residents were warned not to drink their tap water. A massive growth of toxic algae parked over the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant’s water intake pipe in western Lake Erie. This type of algae produces a toxin called microcystin (see the section below), which makes water unsafe for humans and animals to drink and in many cases even touch.