Sustainable Spring Break

  It can be difficult to thoroughly enjoy a vacation when considering all the environmental impacts of traveling. For spring break, consider the following tips and suggestions to make any vacation more sustainable. If traveling far, the environmental impacts of air travel can be quite harmful; however, some airlines offer an environmentally-conscious option for their…

DIY: Stay warm this winter with less impact

Whether you currently reside in a dorm room or have your own place, you have likely already cranked up the heat. Keeping your living space heated takes a significant amount of power, which in turn takes a significant toll on the environment. Icicles hanging from your ceiling are not the answer, but taking a few extra steps to insulate your abode can really lessen your impact.

DIY: Purify your air with plants

Research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has shown common house plants provide a number of benefits besides adding color to your space. NASA’s studies conclude that rooms with plants have up to 50% less airborne microbes. They also found that plants remove ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde – all toxins that originate from common household products – from the air.

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By CG News Editor Kelly Doran Scientists discover that BP oil spill damaged coral Scientists discovered that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged a coral colony in the Gulf of Mexico, seven miles from the spill. Charles Fisher, Penn State University biologist, said that it is likely the spill reached other areas of the seafloor….

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By CG News Editor Kelly Doran Shell files lawsuit against environmental groups in Alaska Shell filed a federal suit in Alaska last week against twelve environmental groups in an attempt to prevent predicated legal challenges to begin exploring the Arctic Ocean this summer. Marvin E. Odum, Shell’s U.S. President, said he is certain that Shell’s…

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By CG News Editor Kelly Doran Leaked documents show plans for curriculum in public schools Heartland Institute, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, has written plans for a curriculum for public schools to promote doubt on scientific findings about global warming, which were recently leaked. Defenders of science education have been prepared for something like this,…

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By CG News Editor Kelly Doran DeWine calls for stricter fracking laws In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, called for raising civil penalties from the current maximum of $20,000 per incident to $10,000 per day. DeWine believes that Ohio’s current laws on fracking are inadequate. He said that…

Eco-news in brief 2-7-12

By CG News Editor Kelly Doran Activists fight environmental projects Throughout the country, activists are fighting proposed environmental projects. For example, in Roanoke County, dozens of people came to a Board of Supervisors meeting to oppose the county paying $1,200 in dues to a nonprofit that consults on sustainability issues. Protests began in 1992, when…

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By CG News Editor Kelly Doran Coronal-mass ejection from Sunday’s solar flare expected to arrive at Earth today On Sunday night a powerful solar flare caused a radiation storm that will crescendo today when the coronal-mass ejection arrives at Earth. This could cause a disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field and might damage satellite hardware. The…