Climate change increases flooding risk for some 230,000 Ohio Valley homes

Nearly 20% of homes in West Virginia, 5% in Kentucky and 2.3% in Ohio are at risk of seeing structural damage due to flooding. Combined, this puts more than 230,000 residential properties eligible for federal flood insurance at risk in the Ohio Valley.
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Pandemic shutdown led to better ozone days in the spring in Columbus area

Central Ohio had lower spring pollution levels thanks to the early pandemic shutdown in 2020, but during the summer, the region saw two high ozone pollution days, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's latest air quality report.

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Climate change research shows Columbus’ coldest days are getting warmer

As a pesky polar vortex brings temperatures in the teens and single digits to Central Ohio this week, the coldest time of the year has actually been getting warmer.

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Consol can't appeal Murray's bankruptcy plan, a judge rules

Consol Energy Inc. was dealt another blow in its campaign against the bankruptcy plan of an Ohio-based rival.

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Scientists concerned with radioactive fallout from America's nuclear plants

For decades, the U.S. government has compensated employees who got cancer from working inside plants that made America's nuclear weapons. Now, a growing number of scientists say this radioactive threat may not stop at the fence line.

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Fund manager bets on new source of renewable power: old river dams

Opportunity comes after truce between US environmentalists and the hydropower industry.

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Angry shareholders pile into lawsuits that could cost FirstEnergy millions of dollars

Ohio's largest electric utility, its reputation battered by scandal, has been besieged by more than a dozen lawsuits filed by angry shareholders who include some of the country's biggest institutional investors.

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'Anti-protest’ bill passes Ohio House

The Ohio bill calls for stiffer penalties for trespass and tampering of infrastructure like pipelines. Enviro groups say it could stifle legitimate protest.
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When a gas plant moves next door

Next to site of one of the largest natural gas power plants in the country, neighbors say the dust, noise and loss of their homes have caused them distress.
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Study: Decarbonizing U.S. electricity by 2035 could cost less than expected | Energy News Network

Fossil fuel plants with nearly three-fourths of current generating capacity will reach the end of their typical lifespan by 2035.
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Top Ohio utility regulator resigns in wake of bribery scandal

The head of the commission that regulates Ohio utilities resigned in the wake of a widening federal bribery and racketeering scandal tied to subsidies for two struggling nuclear plants.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils a plan to help the Ohio Valley transition from fossil fuels

The election is over, but Pittsburgh and the surrounding region is still talking about fracking.

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The Great Lakes, North America’s greatest resource, faces many threats

The Great Lakes helped make the U.S. an economic powerhouse. Now climate change, pollution, and invasive species threaten their complex ecosystems.
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Peduto joins mayors from W.Va., Ohio, Ky. to call for climate-friendly industrial growth

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined mayors from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia virtually to call for federal support in a plan that would provide more climate-friendly industrial growth across Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley.

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‘I’ve been very, very loyal’: Marcia Fudge makes the case for ag secretary

In an interview with POLITICO, the Ohio representative emphasized the role that African Americans played in helping deliver the White House for Biden.
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