(This piece was originally published on August 11, 2017 in the Chicago Tribune.) The draft report on climate change by scientists from 13 federal agencies released earlier this year issued a warning about human-caused global warming, but didn’t surprise some experts. David Konisky, associate professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 31, 2017 on WBAA.) Half a dozen homeowners in rural Bartholomew County will get to pay less in property taxes because they live near concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The decision comes about a year after the families in the town of Hope appealed to the county […]

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(This piece was originally published on August 5, 2017 in The News and Tribune.) National and state environmentalists are calling on Indiana officials to reject Duke Energy’s plans to deal with what remains after its New Albany power station is taken offline, fearing pollutants from coal ash left onsite will leach into the groundwater. The […]

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(This piece was originally published on August 7, 2017 in The Public News Service.) Environmental groups in Indiana have spent years filing lawsuits and sponsoring legislation against factory farms. Now, they’re switching gears. The groups say their current focus is on educating community members about the health risks associated with confined animal feeding procedures at […]

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(This piece was originally published on August 2, 2017 in The Indianapolis Star.) Scott Pruitt, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, met Wednesday with Gov. Eric Holcomb as part of Pruitt’s “State Action Tour” to discuss the administration’s plans to dismantle and redefine the federal Clean Water Rule. Pruitt’s visit to Indiana is […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 26, 2017 in The Indianapolis Star.) More than a handful of potentially harmful contaminants some that are linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage or developmental defects have been detected in Indianapolis’ drinking water, according to a new database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group. None […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 27, 2017 in The Indianapolis Star.) For what seems like decades, the White River has often come with a warning: look, but don’t touch. Few even do that, overlooking what environmental groups and advocates say should be the region’s crown jewel. But a new, first-of-its-kind initiative to the […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 19, 2017 in The Republic.) Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization is hosting a free public workshop for people concerned about the impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. The Hoosier Environmental Council will conduct the workshop to empower participants to be more effective in local land-use policy decisions. It […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 23, 2017 in The Indianapolis Star.) Hoosiers are known for many things: racing, basketball and, of course, fried pork tenderloins. But protecting or prioritizing the environment? Not so much. Indiana consistently ranks near the top of many lists of the worst states in the country when it comes […]

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(This piece was originally published on July 14, 2017 in The Herald Bulletin.) Anderson has a great many virtues that will enable the community to grow in the 21st century – a historic downtown and central city neighborhoods, the presence of Anderson University and Purdue Polytechnic, the city’s quality parks and trail system. There are optimistic […]

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