Free movies that free the mind: The Spring Sustainability Film Series

A free, thought-provoking, environmental documentary may be one of the more therapeutic ways to process the socio-political-environmental state of affairs in the United States and around the world. Each semester, the Common Experience Project on Sustainability provides students with this opportunity, followed by meaningful discussion, with its Sustainability Film Series. Playing at the Athena Cinema…

Nelsonville at the National Level: The spread of weatherization

UpGrade Athens County (UAC), the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD), Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) and L’Heureux Properties banded together on Nov. 17 to present a national webinar on Weatherize Nelsonville, a program at the forefront of the county’s latest efforts to reduce energy consumption. Hosted by the National Association for State Community…

Geothermal: The Heat Beneath Our Feet

Geothermal energy, a technology that takes advantage of the Earth’s ability to supply and transfer heat, is quickly infiltrating the public consciousness. There are, however, some key questions that those who are not familiar with the technology may have about how it works. The word “geothermal” actually refers to two completely different technologies—one for heating…

Saved For Now –– Environmentalists vs. Keystone XL Pipeline

By Bethany N. Bella American environmentalists celebrated a victory last Tuesday, Nov. 18, when the controversial Keystone XL pipeline was struck down in the United States Senate, with a narrowly-missed 59-41 majority in favor of the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” But environmental activists shouldn’t get too comfortable –– Republicans take over the Senate…

Debatin Talks: How Countries Respond to Climate Change

By Bethany N. Bella After discussing the implications ofrising sea levels, due to rapidly-advancing climate changes in the Earth’s atmospheric concentrations, Dr. Bernhard Debatin of Ohio University’s environmental journalism program argued that each nation’s response to these sea level changes will ultimately affect citizens’ opinions in preventing further atmospheric warming. “Different countries have different traditions in…

Debatin Talks: Rising Sea Levels

By Bethany N. Bella In a relatively recent National Geographic issue titled “Rising Seas,” the magazine speculates on the current rate of melted polar ice and the future of coastal-lying regions within the next few decades, should this rate continue to accelerate as in previous years. Dr. Bernhard Debatin, professor at Ohio University, mentioned a…