Issue 7 Passes, Bans Fracking in Athens

By Cassie Kelly, Editor-in-Chief Video by Cassie Kelly On Nov. 4, Election Day, Athens’ Bill of Rights Committee gathered around the television, awaiting the fate of their proposed mandate to ban fracking operations within city limits, known as Issue 7. After years of petitioning, picketing, fundraising and registering people to vote, Issue 7 passed by…

The New-Wave Future of Energy

By Nicaylen Rayasa, Staff Writer There is a new renewable energy in the air; a technology that uses air to power its own energy cycle into clean, sustainable power. In the arid and barren regions of Chile’s Atacama Desert, this inhospitable spot on Earth is showing itself to be the perfect host for a different…

Another Silent Spring

By Bethany N. Bella North American bird populations are disappearing faster than the noticeable climate shifts that seem to be impacting their traditional migration patterns, and it could only get worse over the next 75 years. According to the National Audubon Society, 314 of 588 North American bird species surveyed over the past three centuries…

The Pledges and Promises of Climate Change

Story by Bethany N. Bella Since Al Gore’s infamous film An Inconvenient Truth thrust the idea of global warming into everyday American politics, climate change has become a highly-contested, highly-controversial issue. Despite results from the “Global Carbon Budget of 2014” (recently published in the journal Earth System Science Data Discussions) indicating global greenhouse emissions have risen…

The 2014 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

  Story by Cassie Kelly, CGM Editor-in-Chief Photos by Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor With a diverse selection of entertainment, record attendance and a zero waste initiative, this year’s Pawpaw Festival was a huge success for the community and the environment. Chris Chmiel, Athens County commissioner and founder of the Pawpaw Festival, said he started the…

Athens Groups Seek Federal Intervention — Original Press Release

Appalachia Resist! and Athens County Fracking Action Network Athens, Ohio June 4, 2014 For Immediate Release   Contacts: Madeline ffitch, 740-331-1007, appalachiaresist@gmail.com; Heather Cantino, 740-594-3338, acfanohio@gmail.com; Andrea Reik, 740-591-1736   ATHENS GROUPS SEEK FEDERAL INTERVENTION, CLAIM ILLEGAL NEGLIGENCE IN OHIO INJECTION PROGRAM Athens, OH June 4, 2014 –– Today Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) and Appalachia Resist! (AR!)…

The Future of OHIO’s Energy video

BOBCATS BEYOND GAS  put on a panel in Walter Hall in February where a group of outspoken and innovative members of the Athens and Southeastern Ohio community came together to discuss the future of Ohio University in terms of sustainability and climate change in the years to come. Currently the University’s Climate Action Plan states…