Environment

USDA Reminds Public of Deadline for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Proposals - May 27, 2011

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 03:13.

USDA Reminds Public of Deadline for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Proposals
 
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers, ranchers and forest landowners that the deadline for submitting project area proposals for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) is May 27, 2011.
 
“We know that viable solutions to combat high gas prices can be found in rural America,” said Vilsack. “America’s farmers, ranchers, rural businesses and communities are already important partners in helping to build a more secure, sustainable energy supply. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program provides incentives to producers of the materials needed to fuel the new clean energy economy and provide rural jobs.”
 
BCAP, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, provides incentives to eligible farmers, ranchers and forest landowners for the establishment and production of biomass crops for heat, power, bio-based products and biofuels. BCAP project areas are specific geographical areas where producers may enroll land to grow eligible biomass crops. Enrolled program participants may be eligible to receive financial and technical assistance as well as annual payments to establish these crops.

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 16:15.

Map 7.1: Potential Biomass Energy Distribution among Ohio Counties (in Billions)

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil

Projects will help develop sustainable, renewable biofuels in the U.S.

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a total of $47 million to fund eight research and development projects that will support the production of biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources. These investments in clean, sustainable transportation fuels will help reduce U.S. oil imports, support economic development in rural America, create clean energy jobs for U.S. workers, and protect American families and businesses from future spikes in gas prices. The advanced biofuels produced through these projects are also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared to fossil fuels.

Happy Air Quality Awareness Week? Not in Cleveland, where air quality is poor, and awareness is worse! Meaning Modeling Matters!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 04:00.

Did you know that it’s Air Quality Awareness Week? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service urge Americans to "Be Air Aware" during Air Quality Awareness Week, May 2 - 6, 2011.

Didn't I see you at the big MetroHealth "Clean Up Mittal For Real" Air Quality Awareness Week Rally down at Public Square, today...? At Mayor Jackson's "Cleveland Thermal Kills Children and our Economy" Rally at Cleveland State, Monday? At the special City Council Meeting declaring their War Against Environmental Injustice From Air Pollution In Urban Cleveland!?!?

Of course not! There are no Air Quality Awareness events ever in Northeast Ohio - no in-depth reports on mainstream media about the harm caused by pollution - and there have been important findings released here recently about the poor air quality in unreal NEO, which is real news.

Did you know it is Air Quality Awareness Week? What are you doing to recognize public health concern in your Local Community?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 23:11.

Before realNEO was dedicated to Ed "Citizen" Hauser, we were dedicated to Peter "Billionaire" Lewis... since 2004

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 03:03.

On November 20, 2004 - about a month after I set up realNEO, as I was still configuring the site - one of the first "books" I established was called "Dear Peter", in honor of Clevelander Peter B. Lewis, Chairman of Progressive Insurance. As I added "categories" to the site, and moved away from using books for general content management, I made "Dear Peter" one of the first categories on realNEO, allowing members to designate their content to be listed with other "Dear Peter" content. I doubt most realNEO visitors have ever noticed Dear Peter exists, or known the meaning.

For decades, Peter Lewis has been one of Northeast Ohio's most inspiring and demanding leaders. I dedicated a category on realNEO to Peter Lewis because he has inspired me to "disrupt IT" with his proactive, positive challenges of authority in Northeast Ohio and worldwide. I know the Lewis family to be high quality intellects truly committed to the betterment of this community and the world, and I support their pursuits here. They challenge me to push the envelop for realNEO.

Before realNEO was dedicated to Ed "Citizen" Hauser - while Ed was still alive and working FOR REALNEO - we were dedicated to Peter "Billionaire" Lewis... since November 20, 2004:

Maple tree litter on sidewalk

Submitted by Oldroser on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 00:51.
Maple tree litter on sidewalk

ODOT wants to plant a lot of the trees that cause this mess. And a lot of seedlings everywhere!

From the Columbus Dispatch - The Daily Briefing: Billionaire Peter Lewis floating marijuana ballot issue

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 17:27.

Until marijuana is legal for economic development in Ohio - and then America-wide - I will be sorting through the various MMJ proposals being developed for Ohio and the world and will keep realNEO readers informed of important developments, like... from the Columbus Dispatch, today:

The Daily Briefing: Billionaire Peter Lewis floating marijuana ballot issue
Monday, May 2, 2011  10:16 AM - By Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch

EPA Greenversations: Raising the Flag for Air Quality Awareness in Northeast Ohio will be Transformational, and SAVE LIVES!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 12:13.

I strongly recommend all Cleveland-area schools be required to implement the following cheap, simple, educational program to raise public awareness of our poor air quality in Cleveland, teach area children and their friends and families about the harm of pollution, and protect our children from excessive pollution and the mental and physical damage that causes them, their families and our society and economy.

To do this properly, each school should feature modern, effective air quality monitoring equipment, offering students and stakeholders an exceptional learning experience... and better health. The flags don't even need to be physical - they may be virtual, and presented via the Internet so all parents and concerned citizens may always monitor the air quality and health of our next generation of Clevelanders.... from real Greenversations from DC:

Raising the Flag for Air Quality Awareness

Posted on May 2nd, 2011 - 10:30 AM

Last week, I joined security officer William Jones when he visited a group of students at the First Environments Day Care Center located on EPA’s Research Triangle Park campus. The purpose of our trip was to raise a yellow flag on the pole in front of the school.

When Officer Jones asked if the kids wanted to help him, they cheered in unison, “YES.”  They eagerly held the flag while Officer Jones hooked it to the chain, watched as he raised it – and promptly asked why the flag was yellow. Officer Jones explained that the yellow flag meant that the kids could play outside, “because the air quality was pretty good today– not the best like what a green flag means.”

Cleveland NORML May 2011 Meetup

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 23:15.
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Sunday, May 1 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Mayfield Regional Library
6080 Wilson Mills Rd
Cleveland, OH  

Location

Mayfield Regional Library
6080 Wilson Mills Road Between SOM Center & Lander
Mayfield Village, OH 44143-2179
United States

Elenin,Niburu,Pole Shift,Solar Flares.Whats up with the Weather?."100 Days of Disasters" P 3 of 5

Submitted by savcash on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 15:34.

Comet Elenin meets Comet Levy

Discussion of about the two comets heading our way Levy and Elenin - why are the mainstream media being so quiet about this? When it is there, you just have to know what to look for. http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2011%20EM51;orb=1  [//]

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 - A Message From The Campaign

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:12.

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012

A Message From The Campaign

Apr 27, 2011

For the better part of a decade, advocates have attempted to pass bills in the Ohio General Assembly to provide Ohio's sick and dying citizens with safe access to medical marijuana (cannabis). However, when confronted by this issue, our state's elected leaders simply shy away. While the effort to pass a bill in the statehouse is still being pursued, there is another way citizens can enact change.

If a group of citizens feel strongly that an issue has not properly been addressed by the Ohio General Assembly, they can propose an initiated constitutional amendment to the people for a statewide vote. This is the route we've decided to take, placing the issue before the voters on November 6, 2012.

Daffodil Days

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 10:48.


Thank you for today's header--if you haven't already done so, get out on this fleeting weekend to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the daffodil days in University Circle and at parks throughout NEO.

I was fortunate to be up early, both yesterday and today, to hear the robins and the sweet plaintive call of the white-throated sparrow.

Hate crimes, 1 dead & many stood by & watched, even taping it, and let it happen. WHY? / This transvestite went into McDonald's

Submitted by savcash on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 22:57.

McDonald's "shocked" by video of woman's assault over using restaurant bathroom.  Big 3 News Senior Contributor Ethan Sabo discusses the McDonald's assault. One victim and two attackers are not loving it today after an alleged vicious beating was captured on video at a McDonald's franchise in Baltimore, Maryland. The three-minute video shows a 14-year old and 18-year old female punching the 22-year-old victim in the face, pulling her hair, and shoving her to the ground.

 

 

How Do I Make and Install a Rain Barrel?

Submitted by savcash on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 09:58.
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------How Do I Make and Install a Rain Barrel?   
Click here for our handout on rain barrels which describes the system we use and how to build it/install it. 

The Unspeakable Subject?

Submitted by Lee Batdorff on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:08.

The Fukushima Dailchi nuclear crisis in Japan has been re-rated to be a level 7 nuclear disaster*, the same level as the Chernobyl Ukraine nuclear disaster of 1986. While the dispersement of radiation from the nuclear power plants in Fukushima is said to be much less than Chernobyl, the Tokyo Electric Power Company and Japanese civil authorities have yet to “stabilize” their troubled reactors. The future level of radiation contamination in Japan and nearby nations is unknown at this time as is how long this crisis will continue.

We do not know of any coal-fired power plant in the world that has a sustainable, locally-sourced system to cofire with hemp

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 04/10/2011 - 05:32.

Potential Biomass Energy Distribution among Ohio Counties (in Billions Btu's)

I imagine the fuel purchasing administrator at Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) thought he was the target of a Tea Party April Fool's joke when he received an email first thing April 1, 2011, suggesting his Century-old, investor-owned, Ohio utility may lead an historic Constitution-oriented new American Revolution against taxation of his enterprise without honest scientific representation.

Smog-forming pollution from Ohio’s power plants puts children’s health and Ohio’s environment at risk

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 04/10/2011 - 03:38.

Ozone pollution on the Cleveland skyline

On Thursday, April 7th, 2011, on the Green rooftop of the Environmental Health Watch Building, Environment Ohio released a new report showing that smog-forming pollution from Ohio’s power plants puts children’s health and Ohio’s environment at risk - Environment Ohio - Clean Air Program Reports - Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Ozone Pollution - 2011-04-07.  From the press release for the news conference announcing this report:

Power plants create the ingredients for dangerous ozone pollution, commonly referred to as smog, and the report ranks which power plants emit the most smog-forming pollution in Ohio and nationwide, and highlights the latest findings about how smog impacts our health and environment.

The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize a standard in July to help reduce smog pollution, which could save up to 12,000 lives per year. Yet Congress and industry lobbyists are working to keep EPA from doing its job by threatening to block rules that limit dangerous air pollution. Environment Ohio is urging Senator Sherrod Brown to stand up for Ohioans’ health and support the EPA.

Green Power Network RFP Update: for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power - April 7, 2011

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 04/10/2011 - 03:09.

This update contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy to our subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Power Network.

Certain regions bear a greater responsibility for producing GHG emissions - The United States Midwest is one such region!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 04/09/2011 - 15:47.

I had the good fortune to attend the first World's Fair held in Japan - Expo '70 (日本万国博覧会 Nihon bankoku hakuran-kai). The theme was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind" and one of the main principles of the master plan was that the wisdom of all the peoples of the world would come together in this place and stimulate ideas. The Expo featured demonstrations of early mobile phones, local area networking and maglev train technology. At age 9, I rode Bullet Trains 100 miles an hour and thought the world could be no more modern than "modern" Japan, of 1970. 

At the same time I was exposed to the modern power, wisdom and vision of all the world-peoples' progress and harmony at 日本万国博覧会, in Osaka... 福島第一原子力発電所 was being born, in Okuma, representing the ultimate in "power"-wisdom and vision of that nuclear age. The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was connected to the grid around 40 years ago, in 1970, and the world hasn't really evolved our "power"-wisdom beyond that now-ancient "modern" time... as our 1970s "modern" energy technology and world are melting-down.

EPA Earth Month Tip of the Day - April 9, 2011: Shower power! Taking a five-minute shower rather than a bath saves water.

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 04/09/2011 - 13:30.

Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. Save even more water, and money on your water bill, by installing a water-efficient showerhead, or ask your landlord to install one if you rent. More about using water wisely.

EPA Earth Month Tip of the Day - April 8, 2011: check how much of your electricity comes from renewable “green” power sources

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 17:16.

Earth Month Tip of the Day: It's electric.

Today's environmental tip: It's electric! You can check how much of your electricity comes from renewable “green” power sources, such as wind or solar. Green power produces less carbon emissions, reduces air pollution, and helps protect against future costs or scarcity of fossil fuels. If green power is a consumer option, check price differences from suppliers before you buy.

EPA Earth Month Tip of the Day - April 7, 2011: Be sensible! Use less water to get the same job done just as well.

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 13:18.

Earth Month Tip of the Day: Be sensible.

Today's environmental tip: Be sensible! The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Buy fixtures and products that are water efficient - you can use less water to get the same job done just as well. When you go shopping, look for the WaterSense label to find water efficient products.

EPA Earth Month Tip of the Day - April 6, 2011: Be extra aware of environmental conditions where older people live!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:21.

Earth Month Tip of the Day: Environmental hazards and the elderly.

Today's environmental tip: Be extra aware of environmental conditions where older people live! As we age, our bodies become more sensitive to chemicals and environmental conditions. So you should carefully use products such as pesticides or cleaning solvents near areas where older adults live and sleep. Always follow the directions on the product package or label.