environment

Lick Run
Becca Costello / WVXU

More than a century ago, engineers put a major creek running through Cincinnati's South Fairmount neighborhood underground. 

Courtesy of Great Parks of Hamilton County

The Great Parks Nature Center at The Summit is receiving a grant from Ohio EPA to jump-start its educational programming. The center in Roselawn was established in 2019 to provide environmental education and nature programming.

Steve Melink, owner of the Melink Corporation, says it really doesn't cost that much more to build a net-zero energy building. He did it for just 10% above the cost of a conventional code compliant building and says the energy savings will pay for the solar, geothermal and other energy efficient equipment in about five years.

This is the time of year - June through October - when the Hamilton County Environmental Crimes Task Force starts seeing garbage dumping cases increase. It's Deputy Bryan Peak's job to investigate and catch people illegally dumping everything from tires and appliances to trash and construction debris.

Courtesy of Donelle Dreese

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary debuts an all-natural art exhibit this weekend, spread across its 40 acres of rolling meadow and woods. In line with the green cemetery's ethos, all of the exhibits are created from organic materials and are designed to decay into the landscape.

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The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement in February and President Biden said tackling the climate crisis is among his highest priorities. So how is our region meeting the challenges of a changing climate? This week the 2021 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit explores this topic. The theme of this year’s Summit from May 12 to 14 is "Accelerating Action: The Path to 2030."

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Armed with an equity map, Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability (OES) is on a mission to get more minorities interested in rooftop solar.

Cincinnati Edition explores Earth Day themes on Thursday's show.

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City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati is on track to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050, a goal set by the Green Cincinnati Plan in 2018.

skunk cabbage
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

There are only two locations in Hamilton County where one of the earliest blooming wildflowers is known to grow, and just one where it grows naturally. It's called skunk cabbage and it begins pushing up through its marshy surroundings while snow still blankets the earth.

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For the past year the world has been gripped by a global pandemic. Face masks and social distancing have become a part of daily life. But for much longer, the world has been impacted by another crisis that also impacts daily life and threatens our health and the well-being of future generations: the climate crisis.

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The Ohio River Foundation is preparing to plant 10,000-15,000 native trees and shrubs along the banks of three Ohio River tributaries. It's thought to be the largest such habitat restoration project to date in Southwest Ohio.

Activists recently petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Ohio River.

Nick Swartsell

As climate change makes weather more extreme, hot and unstable in other parts of the United States, will residents in those places consider relatively stable Midwestern cities like Cincinnati as their new homes? 

At least a few people have already made that decision, and some city officials expect more to do so in the coming years. 

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Chemicals known as PFAS were, until a few years ago, commonly used in carpets, clothing, Teflon and water-resistant items — they also contaminated local water supplies in some places and can now be found in the blood of nearly all people, the EPA says. While some exposure to PFAS can leave people relatively unscathed, concentrated levels of it can cause serious health problems. That's why the University of Cincinnati is delving into the issue at its inaugural Environmental Justice and Advocacy Symposium this week.

downtown cincinnati
Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Cincinnati has the 8th highest energy burden for renters and for low-income residents of urban municipalities in the U.S., according to a report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. That means these residents are paying proportionally more than the average household for energy costs.

Cincinnati skyline
Nick Swartsell / WVXU

We've all heard the story: people streaming out of Midwestern cities for the sunnier climes and bustling activity of America's sunbelt and coastal areas.

But some experts believe the extreme effects of climate change on those regions could drive people to places like the Queen City.

Courtesy of Phil Armstrong

With nine years to go, Cincinnati's 2030 District reports its participating companies have reduced energy usage by 21%, just ahead of where they should be, according to the group's director.

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years to fight climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions nationwide.

Advocates of renewable energy in Ohio say the incoming administration has a chance to shape the future of a state where fossil fuels remain major sources of electricity. Ohio’s energy picture has been changing over the last 15 years. Coal is on a downward slide and natural gas has been ascendant.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

What do the lizard's tail, prairie mimosa and the lance-leaf buckthorn have in common? They are all plants UC Biologist Denis Conover has identified as part of the latest Cincinnati plant survey. He says there have been some pretty dramatic changes since the first such survey in the mid-1800s.

Burnet Woods
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The Cincinnati Park Board didn't vote on a proposed new building at Burnet Woods Thursday because the foundation that wanted it withdrew its request.

Styrofoam usage has increased for most people during the pandemic as people rely more than ever on online shopping and curbside services. It's in our to-go containers and packaging and inevitably tends to end up in the trash. But it doesn't all have to end up in a landfill.

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Michael Dwyer / AP

President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to rejoin the 2015 Paris climate accord as soon as he is inaugurated. Biden has promised to launch a bold climate change plan and restore dozens of environmental safeguards President Trump abolished. But how far can a Biden administration go on climate policy without the support of Republicans? Will he face stiff opposition to his most sweeping programs?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a crisis already facing our oceans. Thirty percent more waste is finding its way into the world's oceans and that now includes face masks and latex gloves. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an estimated global use of 129 billion faces masks and 65 billion gloves every month.

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There is at least one bright spot to 2020: More residents across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky have the opportunity to drop off broken or unwanted holiday lights for free recycling this year.

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Our cities have been the centers of momentous change over the last seven months. From the global pandemic to mass demonstrations over racial injustice, cities have been transformed. Public space is taking on a significant role in our society as a place to demand justice, while public space also raises serious concerns about public health.

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A coalition has developed a blueprint for improving the Ohio River and its tributaries. The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) has identified six goals, including clean water, healthy ecosystems, transportation and commerce, education, flood risk management and recreation. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The soil and water conservation districts in Ohio's three largest counties are coming together this week for an annual meeting. It's the first time the districts in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have held their meetings jointly.

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Extreme heat, flooding and worsened air quality will be the most deadly and costly effects of climate change, according to the National Climate Assessment. And these impacts will not affect neighborhoods equally.

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A Cincinnati man is on a mission to plant 100 orchards in the next decade as a way to help feed people in food deserts. WVXU recently visited his first one in West Price Hill.

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