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Courtesy of Great Parks Of Hamilton County

At the end of 2018, Great Parks of Hamilton County put out the same plea it had made for the past four years: Drop off your broken or unwanted holiday lights at collection points located in six of its parks, and Cohen Recycling will pick them up for recycling and match the donation value of the lights back to Great Parks, up to $2,000.

As it turns out, last year was a particularly bright spot for the annual program. 

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Courtesy Duke Energy

Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension (NOPE) will hold a Wednesday town hall meeting alerting Hamilton County residents that a proposed Duke Energy gas pipeline project is on track and headed to Columbus for approval.

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Courtesy of Joshua Benoit

The tiny Belgica Antarctica, the Antarctic midge, or fly, is the largest land animal found on the continent, as well as its only insect.

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The commission that sets standards for pollution in the Ohio River has been considering dropping those standards, but will accept more public comment before making a decision. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has two webinars and three public hearings scheduled.

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Updated March 6, 2:07 p.m.

As spring approaches, Great Parks of Hamilton County is hoping for a little help in stopping the spread of a perennial problem. Natural Resources Director Jessica Spencer is asking park visitors to keep an eye out for invasive species.

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People are seeing more coyotes in neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati lately, on both sides of the Ohio River. And that is causing many of them to worry about the safety of their children and pets.

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The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest could be tracking the first pair of golden eagles in the eastern United States.

This love story, like many others, starts over a romantic meal… just replace the candlelit dinner with some roadkill.

The Vital Role Urban Forests Play In Our Lives

Jan 9, 2019
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In late 2015, Cincinnati Parks starred in the documentary Trees in Trouble. The film describes the threat posed to forests by insects and highlights the Parks' efforts to respond to the Emerald Ash Borer crisis. It also explores the history of urban forestry in the U.S. and Cincinnati’s unique leadership dating back to its hosting of the United States' first Urban Forestry Congress in 1882.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Air quality testing in central Hamilton County has not turned up any volatile organic compounds, but testing will continue. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency conducted tests at 20 different locations on Monday and Tuesday in response to complaints.

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The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is conducting additional monitoring Monday and Tuesday in the Winton Terrace and Spring Grove Village neighborhoods. The move follows complaints from community members and a subsequent report in the media.

David Stephenson / Associated Press

The impacts of global climate change are already being felt and are only projected to intensify. That's the conclusion of a U.S. government report that was supposed to come out in December. The Trump administration chose instead to release the report on Black Friday.

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Friday the sustainable Melink Corporation will break ground on the second of two buildings on its Milford campus, this one even greener than the first. The company hopes it will be a model for energy efficient buildings nationwide.

How Cincinnati Is Preparing For Extreme Weather

Nov 5, 2018
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Ann Thompson / WVXU

Citywide flash flooding tore through neighborhoods in the spring of 2017, causing sewage backups and flooded basements. In Mt. Adams the hillside broke away. In the spring of 2018, the Ohio River crested to levels we haven't seen since 1997. Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld has pointed out how frequently we've been experiencing these 100-year rain events.

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