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            Environment

            Climate news, including natural resources, endangered species, sustainability and conservation in Chicago.

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            Nature can help restore us as we deal with coronavirus

            One study after another documents nature’s positive effects on physical and mental health for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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            Make the post-coronavirus world better

            This tragedy is showcasing how unprepared we are for the future

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            Amid coronavirus, another worry looming for Illinois

            Electricity bills will shoot up for ratepayers, job opportunities would be lost and the environment would suffer enormous harm if the Legislature doesn’t act.

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            Turn off lights, save the birds

            Each spring, billions of migratory birds including thrushes, warblers, and cranes, fly north to summer breeding grounds and are killed by the lights and glass reflections of the buildings they encounter along the way.

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            $1M awarded to wetlands restoration project on Chicago’s Southeast Side

            Several environmental organizations funded a restoration project for the Powderhorn Lake Forest Preserve.

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            Zoning Committee approves electric vehicle readiness mandate

            The ordinance requires all new commercial buildings with 30 or more parking spaces and new residential buildings with five or more units to have at least 20 percent of their parking spaces "Electric Vehicle Supply 上海11选5走势图-Ready."

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            ENDORSEMENT: Davis, DuBuclet and Sepúlveda for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in the Democratic primary

            These candidates would guard against flooding in an era of stronger storms and work to improve the environment.

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            Tax-free ride to end for Chicagoans who order bottled water, liquor online from outside city

            Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ordinance would apply the city’s nickel-a-bottle tax on bottled water and Chicago’s sliding scale of liquor taxes to purchases made online from companies outside Chicago.

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            Sterigenics accused of funneling cash to shareholders to avoid damages in toxic emissions lawsuit

            Antonio Romanucci, lead counsel for the legal group suing Sterigenics, accused the company of choosing "profits over people" and "cash over safety."

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            Lightfoot to launch waste management study, hopes to find way to improve Chicago’s dismal recycling rate

            It’s not clear if the study will look at replacing Chicago’s $9.50-a-month garbage collection fee with a volume-based fee that gives people a financial incentive to recycle. But one of the mayor’s closest City Council allies said it should.

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            How to stop Trump from jacking up electric bills and hurting our environment

            If lawmakers don’t act fast, Illinois ratepayers could be shelling out an extra hundreds of millions of dollars for electricity.

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            Local Puerto Rican group revives island assistance efforts in wake of quakes

            The Puerto Rican Agenda’s 3R’s for Puerto Rico: Rescue Relief Rebuild fundraising campaign raised nearly $500,000 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now they want to donate money to limit long-term earthquake damage.

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            Federal employee union starts contract negotiations with Trump’s EPA

            Union leaders and allies held a news conference for the beginning of EPA contract negotiations.

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            Interactive: Tracking the spread of Australia’s wildfires

            This map tracks thermal activity across Australia as wildfires continue to ravage the country上海11选5走势图.

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            Groups want tougher U.S. Steel fine for Lake Michigan spill

            A fine of about $600,000 is included in a proposed settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

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            Ex-Hinsdale South teachers sue Sterigenics over cancers

            Six former teachers contend in a lawsuit filed Friday that ethylene oxide emissions from the company’s medical supplies sterilization facilities in Willowbrook gave them cancer.

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            Greta Thunberg named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’

            It’s the first time the magazine has named a teenager, making the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist the youngest person to ever be named.

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            Crews expected to pile boulders along the city’s South Side shoreline early next year

            The project follows work under way on the North Side to protect the shore line.

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            In Chicago and across the Midwest, Trump’s EPA is inspecting polluters less, cutting staff

            The number of people working in the federal environmental agency’s Chicago region has hit an all-time low. So has the number of inspections — down 60% since the president took office.

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            Indoor grower Gotham Greens expands in Pullman

            上海11选5走势图 opens 100,000-square-foot greenhouse to boost year-round produce sales.

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            Youth climate activists condemn DePaul professor’s open letter to Greta Thunberg as ‘hateful’

            DePaul philosophy professor Jason Hill’s letter, published Monday on conservative Frontpage Mag’s website, refers to Thunberg’s followers as "ecofascist supporters," criticizing "you and your smug generation."

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            Two-thirds of bird species face extinction due to climate change, new report finds

            The National Audubon Society also launched database to give users a look at on how climate change will impact the bird species they see in their backyards.

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            Climate activists demonstrate in Daley Plaza, block intersection during evening rush

            Demonstrators chanted "oceans are rising, so are we" and "leave the oil in the soil."

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            Dirty water released into Lake Michigan to reduce flooding

            The measure-of-last-resort came after heavy overnight rains.

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            Oaks gone wild: Illinois’ key tree in the spotlight

            October is ‘OAKtober’ in Illinois, and a good time to look at — and maybe order — an essential part of our natural habitat.

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            Sterigenics gives up battle to reopen Willowbrook facility

            The medical supply sterilization company is facing lawsuits that claim there are increased cancer rates in the area due to the company’s use of the gas ethylene oxide.

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            Climate panel sees a dire future: ‘We’re all in big trouble’

            If steps aren’t taken to reduce emissions and slow global warming, seas will rise 3 feet by the end of the century, the panel warned.

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            Thousands take to the streets to demand climate action in Global Climate Strike

            ‘When our planet’s under attack, what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!’ protesters chanted.

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            Alderman wants more spots for electric vehicles to power up

            Ald. Brendan Reilly’s (42nd) ordinance would require new buildings with parking to be wired for charging stations.

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            3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, study shows

            The new study focuses on the drop in sheer numbers of birds, not extinctions.

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            What you need to know about Chicago’s climate strike events happening Friday

            Seven walkouts planned in Chicago join others from over 150 countries in taking the streets to demand climate action.

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            Health Department abdicated responsibility to enforce air pollution standards, audit shows

            From 2015 through 2017, 19% of facilities that should have had annual inspections were not inspected at all, according to city Inspector General Joe Ferguson.