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EarthDay 1970 changed the world, at least, mine.
April 19, 2022 – by John Blair, Valley Watch President and webpage editor. John Blair was one of the founding members of Valley Watch, whose purpose is “to protect the public health and environment of the lower Ohio River valley.” This is … Continue reading
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Improvements in air quality may slow down the rate of age-related cognitive decline
February 7, 2022 – By Deep Shukla in Medical News Today New research shows that improving air quality may lead to better brain health in older age. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Exposure to higher levels of air pollution in late life has … Continue reading
Hilarious video from Australia about Carbon Capture and Storage
December 2, 2021 -by TheJuiceMedia on YouTube. Editor’s note: Valley Watch was one of the very first organizations to expose the lies of carbon capture and sequestration. The real CCS is leaving the coal and oil in the ground, as nature intended.
The Kemper project just collapsed. What it signifies for CCS
October 26, 2021 – by Kristi Swartz in Energy Wire. Editor’s note:This plant is essentially the same as Duke Energy’s Edwardsport power plant in southern Indiana. One of the nation’s largest symbols of carbon capture technology — the Kemper project — has … Continue reading
After two recent U.S. Steel discharges, Gov. Holcomb, IDEM to need to fix broken environmental protection system
October 9, 2021 – by Susan Thomas in the Chicago Tribune (paywall) As her state of disbelief quickly turned to outrage, Susan MiHalo watched an orange plume of murky discharge expand from the U.S. Steel Burns Harbor outflow into Lake Michigan. … Continue reading
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OPINION: Indiana is leading the way to environmental Armageddon
September 30, 2021 – By Katelyn Balakir, in the Indiana Daily Student One in three Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer. July was the hottest month on Earth since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began recording data more … Continue reading
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Air Pollution Linked to Severe Mental Illness
September 3, 2021 – by Tiffany Duong in EcoWatch Air pollution is an underrated problem in the world, with many dangerous health consequences. Recently, the most comprehensive study of its kind linked exposure to air pollution to increased severity … Continue reading
EPA exposed for hiding chemical risks, favoring corporate interests.
August 31, 2021 – by Carey Gillam, US Right to Know The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long and well-documented history of questionable conduct when it comes to regulation of chemicals important to the profit centers for many … Continue reading
No more babies? The hormone-altering chemicals threatening human procreation
Sperm counts are set to reach zero in 2045, leading scholar Shanna Swan says. March 10, 2021 – By Eline Schaart in Politico There’s a looming solution to all of humanity’s problems — by 2045 most men may no longer … Continue reading
Australian State bans “Killer” single use plastics
March 16, 2021 – By Graham Readfearn in The Guardian Queensland has become the second Australian state to pass laws banning single-use plastics including straws and cutlery that are blighting the state’s waterways and beaches and endangering wildlife. Environmental groups congratulated … Continue reading
Ten years later, Fukushima disaster still a disaster in the making
March 11, 2021 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Wow, it was 10 years ago today that the disaster in Fukushima, Japan began. Sadly, it continues, dumping millions of gallons of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, endangering aquatic … Continue reading
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Good News for southern Indiana. Duke to shut down New Albany coal plant ahead of schedule.
February 24, 2021 – By John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Duke Energy Indiana has decided to shut down its dirty, economically unjustified coal fired plant in New Albany by June 1, a year earlier than they originally planned in their 2018 … Continue reading
Wildfire smoke may carry ‘mind-bending’ amounts of fungi and bacteria, scientists say
February 8, 2021 – By Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times Cars drive along the Golden Gate Bridge under an orange, smoke-filled sky in the middle of the day as massive wildfires burned in Northern California on Sept. … Continue reading
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Plastics Recycling is obviously not working. What remains to be done to make it work.
January 21, 2021, By Paul Goettlich, valleywatch.net contributor We’re told that a world without plastics is impossible to imagine. But 70 years ago, I lived with almost none of it. Modern humans lived without it for almost 200-thousand years. Now it’s … Continue reading
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UPDATE: It is time for Spencer County officials to demand action from Riverview Energy.
October 10, 2020 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Valley Watch and Southwest Indiana Citizens For Quality of Life (NOC2D) have remained active during 2020 in our efforts to keep the ridiculous proposal for a Coal to Diesel plant from being … Continue reading