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Ohio has a legislative caucus working to raise awareness of the state’s trails. 

The caucus, formed last year, is the only one in the U.S. dedicated to trails.  The group of lawmakers has been working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to create a website with an interactive guide to the thousands of miles of state trails.

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More and more backyard gardeners are discovering the benefits of composting, from reducing waste going to landfills to providing rich organic matter for healthier and more productive plants.

Local author Michelle Balz has recently published a comprehensive guide for gardeners, "Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond."

There is a paradox with living as a human nowadays.

A 2014 article from the United Nations states that about 54 percent of the human population lives in urban areas (more by now), a proportion that is projected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. By 2045, the report says, more than six billion people will crowd cities.

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Mid-summer is a busy time in the garden, crops planted this spring are ready for harvest and gardeners are putting in vegetables they will be able to enjoy this fall. 

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We are finally experiencing warmer temperatures and have reached the point where it seems safe to put in even delicate plants and flowers. It's also time to plant peppers, tomatoes, celery and other vegetables.

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E-waste is any discarded electronic device or appliance, including computers, TVs and cell phones. According to the United Nations, 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated worldwide each year.

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The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), founded 50 years ago, is comprised of local governments, businesses and community groups. The goal is to collaboratively improve the quality of life in the Cincinnati region. 

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Operating for thirty years, Price Hill’'s Imago is an environmental grassroots organization that helps individuals connect to the natural world around them. 

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With 50 years of land and habitat management experience, the Cincinnati Nature Center is establishing the Center for Conservation & Stewardship

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Gaia Vince is the former editor at Nature magazine who decided to leave her office and travel the world to see how people on the frontline of our changing environment are living. 

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From 1951 until 1989, the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, Ohio, about 20 miles northwest of Cincinnati, was a key player in the Cold War, processing uranium for the United States nuclear weapons program. 

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The Mill Creek is a 28-mile long urban river that begins in West Chester, runs though Cincinnati and flows into the Ohio River, just west of downtown. It was declared the worst environmental problem in the Greater Cincinnati area in 1993, unfit for aquatic life and recreation. Since 1995, the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities has been working to make improvements to the waterway.

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The W.C. Beckjord Station power plant, located on the bank of the Ohio River southeast of Cincinnati in New Richmond, began generating electricity in 1952. Duke Energy closed the plant in 2014, but there are still large coal ash ponds on the site containing arsenic, lead and other toxins that pose a potential danger to the environment and drinking water. Local government leaders, the Environmental Protection Agency and Duke Energy are now trying to determine the most effective, safe method to clean up the site and prevent any hazardous material leaking into the Ohio River or other water supplies.

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More people are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs to provide their families with a steady supply of fresh foods. But some backyard gardeners often find they have an over-abundance of produce. And many of them are discovering the value of small market gardening as an extra source of income, or even as a career.

Dr. George Uetz is a professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati and Alex Sweger is a graduate student and together they have discovered a new species of wolf spider with audible mating songs that sound a lot like a cat purr. Last summer they presented their findings to the Acoustical Society of America. They sat down with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard to talk about wolf spiders and their mating songs.

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Most crops grown for their fruits, nuts, seeds and fiber require pollination by insects, such as bees and butterflies. These pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat and play a critical role in ensuring the production of seeds in most flowering plants.

Cincinnati Council could approve a resolution Wednesday committing the city to make decisions protecting the environmental health of residents, especially the most vulnerable.  

The Education and Entrepreneurship committee approved the item Tuesday.

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The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan brought attention to how many water pipes in America are made of lead, — but lead exists elsewhere and exposure to it can cause serious health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint and contaminated dust in old buildings.

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Dr. John Kricher is longtime professor of biology at Wheaton College who teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden kicks-off its annual Barrows Conservation Lecture Series this month. Over the years, the series has brought dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, explorers and naturalists into town to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.

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Daily environmental factors, such as chemical exposure through food and products, play a role in a woman’'s likelihood of developing breast cancer. The University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Genetics and the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati board are hosting an event, “Looking Upstream for Better Breast  Health,” to discuss environment and breast cancer.

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The third annual Great Tree Summit will take place Saturday, February 13, at the Cincinnati Zoo. The summit is presented by Taking Root, the campaign to restore our region’s tree canopy with a goal of planting two million trees by 2020. 

Noel Rowe grew up in Cincinnati, worked at the Cincinnati Zoo as a young man, and his family has a long history of supporting the local environment – in fact, Rowe Woods at the Cincinnati Nature Center is named after his grandfather. 

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In the next few weeks or months the Cincinnati Archdiocese will be distributing materials aimed at getting parishioners to be more green.

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As beautiful as the animals are, deer have become not just a nuisance but a real danger in many neighborhoods, especially during mating season. Over-population and dwindling natural habitat have forced more deer into yards and out onto roads and highways, and they are an increasing cause of vehicle accidents across the country. But there seems to be little consensus on the proper way to control deer populations. 

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is leading a new effort to save endangered and threatened species.  The executive director of the organization, Chris Vehrs, announced the Saving Animals From Extinction, or SAFE, program Friday morning at the Newport Aquarium.

    

The first Earth Day was 45 years ago. And on April 22 every year since then, people around the world celebrate the day by taking some action to improve the environment. Joining us to talk about the progress we’'ve made to create a greener, cleaner, more sustainable environment, worldwide and here in our region, are Cincinnati Nature Center Chief Naturalist and Adult Program Manager Bill Creasey; Brewster Rhoads, executive director of Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance; and, Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden horticulturist and chairman of the Taking Root campaign.

The Zoo's Earth Day celebration, “Party for the Planet,” takes place April 23; the 2015 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will by held May 1 at the Xavier University Cintas Center, registration is open until April 29. And for recycling anything in Hamilton County, check out the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District website

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  Owners of electric vehicles have more opportunities to get a re-charge in Greater Cincinnati with the addition of five new charging stations. Ann Thompson joins us for details. 

 

  Michael Bean has, literally and figuratively, written the book on wildlife conservation law and has directed the wildlife conservation activities of the Environmental Defense Fund since 1977. 

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The TriState started using smog alerts in 1995 to warn people about high pollution days.  But, those smog alerts are no more.  As of April 1, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency will issue air quality advisories. Spokesperson Megan Hummel says times have changed. 

“The dark plume, and the smoke coming out of the smokestacks, you don’t really see that anymore.  And the reason for that is because all the restrictions on industry.  Industry is running much cleaner than they ever have before,” she says. 

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