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Eco-News in Brief 1/19

Welcome back to Ohio University for this Spring Semester 🙂

We at College Green Mag hope that you all had a wonderful holiday break and a refreshing month with family and friends. Here is our first installment of Eco-News in Brief for the spring. We hope that Eco-News is a fun way to bring big stories from across the nation to your home, some may be just for fun and some need to be read and passed on.

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From Social Change to Climate Change: Lessons from the 1960s?

Take a ride back into the counterculture spirit. Is there any way we can grasp some of the prime principles sprouted from this time to lead us into climate change activism? We live in a new world of speedy technology and ever-increasing risks from ecological disaster. Often we rely on sound science and good judgement to solve our most complex societal problems. Climate change may demand a change of heart.

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Environmental groups say Obama needs to address climate change more aggressively

“The rift — reflected in a letter sent to President Obama by 18 groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund and Earthjustice — signals that the administration is under pressure to confront the fossil-fuel industry or risk losing support from a critical part of its political base during an already difficult election year.”

 

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How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

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Here’s the bottom line:

“One in six Ohio residents works in the agriculture industry, and the food and ag industries contribute an estimated $79 billion to the state’s economy each year. Yet nearly 90 percent of the food Ohioans buy comes from outside the state, according to a 2011 report from food systems analyst Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center. The result, Meter estimates, is that Ohio’s economy loses $30 billion a year.”

*A great opportunity for Ohio University students to research and take action.

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This is a map of the District of Columbia showing where researchers found natural gas leaks under city streets, with colors indicating the concentration in parts per million of methane at each location. Credit: Duke University
This is a map of the District of Columbia showing where researchers found natural gas leaks under city streets, with colors indicating the concentration in parts per million of methane at each location. Credit: Duke University

 

Washington D.C. not only a source of hot air, but now “planet killing methane” too

 

Over 5,900 methane leaks found all over D.C. Research led by Duke University and Boston University. A dozen locations had concentrations high enough to ignite an explosion.

 

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Despite decline, states still spending billions to import coal

“Thirty-seven states spent $19.4 billion in 2012 importing 433 million tons of coal from other states and other countries, according to the report, “Burning Coal, Burning Cash,” released this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists.”

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“The average age of both American and African farmers is more than 55 years — making engagement of the next generation of food producers and leaders a critical issue.”

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