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Effect of Power Plants on Local Housing Values and Rents - "3-7 percent decreases in housing values and rents within two miles"
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 11:00.
The people of Northeast Ohio should be highly concerned about our air pollution, for many reasons. A most recent reason for concern: the May 2010 study "The Effect of Power Plants on Local Housing Values and Rents" finds "3-7 percent decreases in housing values and rents within two miles of plants with the semiparametric estimates suggesting somewhat larger decreases within one mile. In addition, there is evidence of taste-based sorting with neighborhoods near plants experiencing statistically significant decreases in mean household income, educational attainment, and the proportion of homes that is owner occupied". That is a strong analytic foundation for finding much of Cleveland is statistically worth significantly less than cleaner areas of Northeast Ohio and cities in America (as also reflected in our low property values here).
"Cannabis has been cultivated in nearly every province and climatic zone in China from ancient times to the present"
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/16/2010 - 10:30.
December 29, 2009 - China executed a British citizen, Akmal Shaikh, caught smuggling heroin
When United States leaders speak of developing our "homeland security" by drilling and stripmining our way to "energy independence", I must question their scientific integrity and intellectual competency.
It is well understood worldwide that our Federal government has made impossible the development of an industrial hemp economy in America, which offers citizens a greater degree of energy independence here, because past corporate tycoons were able to force corrupt and ignorant politicians to incorrectly associated "hemp" with "marijuana", and "marijuana" has incorrectly been branded as dangerous and addictive by many ignorant and corrupt American scientists, and the corporate tycoons who pay their salaries.
Long story short, because of the ignorant 1936 low-grade American exploitation film called "Reefer Madness", the tuly mad leadership of America has long outlawed developing industrial hemp resources, intellectual property, and technologies in America.
Identifiable effects on public health which may be expected from the presence of a pollutant in ambient air, e.g. Heart Attacks
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 12:00.
As a result of old science, politics and industry dominating energy, health and environmental planning and development of Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, Ohio and America, citizens here must confront the realities of too much pollution in our air today, with certainty of growing air pollution worldwide in the years ahead. As such, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter finds our pollution causes cardiovascular and respiratory problems and death... topping a long list of cumulative harm pollution causes people and society. Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter forms the scientific foundation for the review of the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) in America, and "accurately reflects “the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of identifiable effects on public health which may be expected from the presence of [a] pollutant in ambient air”".
As I've long written on realNEO, Northeast Ohio has a pollution crisis and does a poor job or monitoring our pollution, putting citizens' lives in danger. How much in danger is the subject of this lengthy EPA analysis. In short, you are certainly being harmed greatly by the high levels of PM clearly released into the air in Northeast Ohio, especially near major roadways and coal burning facilities that are source points, like Mittal and MCCO. For example: "Epidemiologic studies that examined the effect of PM 2.5 on cardiovascular emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions reported consistent positive associations (predominantly for ischemic heart disease [IHD] and congestive heart failure [CHF]), with the majority of studies reporting increases ranging from 0.5 to 3.4% per 10 μg/m3 increase in PM 2.5".
Lakeview Road in East Cleveland Declared Area's Worst Road, Compliments of University Hospitals and MCCO
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 06/05/2010 - 23:59.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer missed a nice opportunity to pick up on a major social injustice issue today when they announced with much stupidity and little diagnosis "Lakeview Road in East Cleveland picked as area's worst road: Road Rant"... leading to the usual cackles from the cleveland.commies about how my city should be rototilled and dissolved into Oz... while the big story is why Lakeview Road is the worst road in Ohio, as that is the fault of adjoining property owners MCCO and University Hospitals. Those parasitic corporate charities, along with RTA, if I recall right, have for years been using THEIR TAX-EXEMPT blighted brownfields on either side of Lakeview at Euclid as staging areas for their ego-tripping across Greater University Circle, all leading to MCCO plans to build a $250-300 million coal-fired powerplant AT Lakeview and Euclid, for University Circle institution use... already approved by Cuyahoga County and the City of East Cleveland... now all boarded-up. Work on the Euclid Corridor, the Ireland Cancer Center, and MCCO expansion, featuring a period of years of heavy construction equipment access, has abused our tax-base, roads and trust entirely. All while University Hospitals and MCCO contaminate the neighborhood by burning coal. And the ignorant, disrespectful, inaccurate Plain Dealer declares this EC's fault. This is the PD's fault!
un-Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Meet realHOE 2010 - Hell On Earth in unReal NEO, Compliments of OUR Leadership!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 14:54.
Why do I hate the leadership of OHIO?!?!?!
Why the hell was air quality in Cleveland and so Northeast Ohio, the region, the state and the world so "UNHEALTHY" last night, while we slept, and why is it so unhealthy RIGHT NOW - and HOW UNHEALTHY really, where, as indicated above?
Submitted by Keith Winston on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 09:01.
Happy Holiday everyone on REALNEO and please drive safe and drive for others watch the children,and eat plenty of food. BE BLESSED
Should the CMSD Board extend Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders' contract beyond the coming school year?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/30/2010 - 01:21.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 10:46.
05/27/2010 - 00:00
05/27/2010 - 23:59
Northeast Ohio - Today's high temperatures and lack of wind may result in exceedances today for both ground-level ozone and fine particles. An Air Quality Advisory is in effect for today, May 27, only. Fine particle concentrations will be highest in urban areas, while ozone may be more widespread.
You are watching videos of the ArcelorMittal Sulfur Dioxide Spill from Cleveland, Ohio, on surface of Lake Erie
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 08:38.
A Dangerously Misleading Article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Prompts Me To Publish REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL CANCER RISK
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 02:45.
I was flabbergasted to read an article in the Cleveland Plain Deal titled "Organic food benefits debated in wake of president's report on cancer, environment", about the 2008–2009 Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel - REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL CANCER RISK... What We Can Do Now, that has nothing to do with ORGANIC FOOD, is misleading, and seems intended to further dumb-down local citizens to the health hazards caused by excessive polluting and medical interventions here, preventing citizens from following one of the core Recommendations:
Submitted by Keith Winston on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 19:51.
Today I walked through one of the most exciting plants in the Collinwood community. and I learned that this plant is for health, and I saw some of the most interesting things. And seeing the product that this company produce is incredible. This company is producing something that is good for us all, and also trying to create jobs for the community, and as needed how cool is that.
EPA regulatory proposals that address emissions from boilers, process heaters, and certain solid waste incinerators
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 15:02.
On April 29, 2010, EPA proposed a set of regulatory proposals under the Clean Air Act that address emissions from boilers, process heaters, and certain solid waste incinerators. These rules would significantly cut emissions of pollutants that are of particular concern for children. Mercury and lead can cause adverse affects on children's developing brains -- including effects on IQ, learning, and memory. The rules would also reduce emissions of other pollutants including cadmium, dioxin, furans, formaldehyde and hydrochloric acid. These pollutants can cause cancer or other adverse health effects in adults and children. Together, these rules would cut mercury and other air toxics emissions from nearly 200,000 units across the U.S.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 16:05.
ICEarth Bigbang computers, our Linux distro, and our optimal open source data and application configurations are designed to handle the most processor (CPU and GPU), memory and transaction intensive challenges in the world, to save Earth. Doing that requires an integration of our regional and global geographic information systems with layers of valuable insight not yet integrated, like environmental, atmospheric and topographic data, to drive analyses of life impacting factors in our neighborhoods like environmental fallout from all sources of pollution, to the home and child, for free to them. A good explanation of the type of data and analyses included in such capabilities is described below, helping you make sense of what just doesn't make sense, by doing things like growing GRASS...
Question of the Day: What is the Connection between Lead Poisoning, renal function, diabetes, and hypertension
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 15:24.
Whether you care about childhood lead poisoning or not, I think you'll be interested by important insight on Lead, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Renal Function that everyone in the world should understand. Think of the cost of this on society - the suffering, reduced quality of life, and lost years for so many people, caused by lead harming kidney function. Here's the intro and abstract - you'll need to set up an account on WebMD to read the rest (apparently free - this is not an endorsement of WebMD... I am not a member... I will join to read the rest of this and let you know my thoughts)...
NEO Leaders Speak Of Driving New Economy Growth - Since November, 2008, real NEO Has Grown Like This!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 11:38.
I've been asked what our traffic looks like over time, so I pulled a few quick charts of the number of visitors to realneo since we started using Google Analytics, and what they have visited, to measure performance of this site - and we've grown by pretty much all counts I've considered important by 30-100% since then - in some cases by 1,000s% - in less than a year-and-a-half.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 10:19.
If You Are A "Politician" In Northeast Ohio Not Committed To Lead Poisoning Eradication, You Must Resign
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 06:00.
2008 Lead Poisonings of children in Cuyahoga County, Ohio - do not move here
The Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council has released data on children in the neighborhoods of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs who were tested and documented as lead poisoned in Cuyahoga County in 2008 - about 3,200 of our Cleveland children were KNOWN to be lost to lead poisoning - about 4,000 children poisoned in Cuyahoga County overall. As only a small percentage of our children are actually tested for lead poisoning, the numbers of children in the County lost to lead poisoning is much higher... 1,000s of victims higher.
Cleveland's worst known mass-murderer, Anthony Sowell, is only known to have killed 11 people.... yet that has captured 1000s of inches of pointless newsprint... hours of pointless news coverage... to help nobody.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 21:41.
Home Depot uses Ohio U.S. Senator George Victor Voinovich in a failed attempt
Despite the foolish, incompetent, worst efforts of our disgraceful Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio, Genocidal-George Voinovich, who attempted to derail life-protecting lead poisoning prevention measures for America's children and pregnant women - supposedly as a favor to Home Depot, which we should all now boycott for life - I'm pleased to announce:
Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 13:28.
A quick note about the census -- By now, we've all seen the cute advertising to encourage censis compliance...it's about accuracy, it's about getting our fair share of federal money, it's about maintaining appropriate representation in Congress. Here's an online tool to see how we're doing. With nation-wide and state-wide compliance in the 34-35% rate, Cleveland response rates average in the 10-20% category. Well, to be fair, Cleveland, like many other areas, has a lot of factors that suggest low compliance r
Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 03:19.
Would any Realneo members like to participate in a seed and plant swap? I would be happy to host. Please post your thoughts on possible dates and times. We could also include garden tools and other gardeing related items if people are interested.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 05:58.
06/11/2010 - 07:30
06/11/2010 - 12:00
Please save the date for the 2010 Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory 5th Annual Symposium.
What: 2010 Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council 5th Annual Symposium
Healthy Kids, Homes, & Places – Ensuring a better future for our community
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval DriveCleveland, OH 44106
I hereby make a personal commitment to help make Northeast Ohio the brightest, greenest place on Earth
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 13:18.
Family and Community Day/Exhibition Opening, Cleveland Museum of Art: Art of the American Indians, The Thaw Collection
Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 15:35.
03/07/2010 - 13:00
03/07/2010 - 16:00
Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection
MARCH 7–MAY 30, 2010
Cleveland Museum of Art
Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:43.
03/07/2010 - 11:00
03/07/2010 - 16:00
The Cleveland Food Coop, Cleveland Food Not Bombs & Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice are sponsoring theses events in celebration of International Women's Day, events are free but seating is limited.
Sevi Bayraktar is from Istanbul, Turkey performing Gypsy and Flamenco dances.
The Cleveland Food Coop
11701 Euclid AveueCleveland, OH
Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 12:37.
03/06/2010 - 13:00
03/06/2010 - 16:00
Women Speak Out For Peace and Justice Featuring Women ad Militarism Panel, Music & Dance, Ione Biggs Award.
Just one of the Cleveland Area Celebrations of International Women's Day
Kan Zaman (restaurant)
1616 W. 25th StreetCleveland, OH