Category Archives: climate change

Illinois DNR Releases Updated Fracking Regulations for Final Review

This past Friday, Aug. 29th, the Illinois DNR released its revised regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, after receiving a record number of 30,000+ public comments on its initial draft rules back in the fall of 2013. Now the state’s … Continue reading

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Important Environmental Bills Pending this Week in IL General Assembly

Editor’s Note: This message on Memorial Day 2014 is from Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, a non-profit group focused on monitoring the IL General Assembly and advocating for progressive environmental policy for our state. Please consider contacting your … Continue reading

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IPCC Report Stresses Impacts of Climate Change

From the 31 March 2014 edition of the New York Times by reporter Justin Gillis: important news from the International Panel on Climate Change about the serious impacts of global warming and rising GHG levels on the earth’s climate, natural … Continue reading

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Chicago Named 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the US

On March 15th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy … Continue reading

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UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy for 2014

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the relation between sustainability and energy. The 2014 program theme is UrbanENERGY. In the summer of 2011, SUST alum Jeff … Continue reading

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Bill Kurtis Speaks on Prairie Restoration and Climate Change in Joliet this Thursday, Feb 6th

Longtime TV journalist Bill Kurtis is locally famous from his years as a news anchor at CBS News in Chicago, but did you know he is a prairie person?  He was reared on the western edge of the Tallgrass Prairie … Continue reading

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Drought and Water Shortages in California Painfully Illustrate Unsustainable Water Practices

The water supply crisis in the state of California is now of epic proportions, as reported recently by the Huffington Post (Jan 31st) and the New York Times (Feb 1st). Current water usage practices in an ongoing drought are, in … Continue reading

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