news round up, end of summer edition

Fall is almost upon us! Here’s some more links for your reading pleasure. And a picture of our favorite & frequent fowl family.

John Glenn School Board Moves Forward with Solar Project (Max 98.3) Johnson Melloh’s proposal for the [North Liberty Elementary] project came in at $701,000 for a 350 kilowatt system with an upgrade to LED lighting and updated lighting controls. The project is expected to be complete this fall.

The Most Important Number for the West’s Hideous Fire Season (The Atlantic) “If you’re having trouble following this year’s western fire season, you are not alone: The fire scientists are too. “There are two dozen fires burning right now that singularly would have been the top story on the national news 10 or 20 years ago,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told me…Several have swelled to a size of 100,000 acres—that is, more than 150 square miles—in the first 12 hours of their existence, Swain told me. “That statistic is so astonishing that I’m having trouble putting it into words,” he said.

Multiple Sample Collection, Testing Violations Found at Indiana Steel Mill and Testing Lab (Indiana Environmental Reporter) IDEM inspectors found “unsatisfactory” effluent sample collection and handling methods at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor steel mill and Merrillville lab testing the samples.

Lawn to Meadow – Part I (Lake Maxikuckee Environmental Council)

University awaits approval for on-campus micro-nuclear reactor (The Daily Illini)

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled (NPR)

Oil Demand Has Collapsed, And It Won’t Come Back Any Time Soon (NPR)

Pope urges respect for Paris climate accord, says ‘creation is groaning’ (Reuters)

Does over-seeding prairie plantings work? (Grassland Restoration Network)

Don’t crush that ant—it could plant a wildflower (Scientific American) Trilliums, bloodroot, violets—many wildflowers of spring in eastern North America bloom thanks to ants. The tiny six-legged gardeners have partnered with those plants as well as about 11,000 others to disperse their seeds. The plants, in turn, “pay” for the service by attaching a calorie-laden appendage to each seed, much like fleshy fruits reward birds and mammals that discard seeds or poop them out. But there’s more to the ant-seed relationship than that exchange

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