Cleveland’s Tree Canopy Is in Trouble

Cleveland, Ohio has long been called the Forest City, although sources differ on whom to credit for the moniker. Back in 1831, French traveler Alexis de Tocqueville described Lake Erie’s shores as a “primeval forest.” And in the early 1850s, Mayor William Case, a businessman and horticulturist, actively encouraged citizens to plant trees.  Regardless of […]

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EPA Paused Waste Shipments From Ohio Train Derailment After Texas Uproar

Last week in Houston, politicians protested indignantly as news emerged that hazardous waste from the East Palestine, Ohio, trail derailment was traveling to their city for disposal.  Trucks were carrying toxic wastewater more than 1,300 miles from eastern Ohio to inject it underground at the Texas Molecular facility in Deer Park, on the edge of […]

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In the End, Solar Power Opponents Prevail in Williamsport, Ohio

This story is the sixth part of a series about the conflict over solar power in rural Midwestern communities, reported in partnership with ABC News. WILLIAMSPORT, Ohio—Local opponents have succeeded in killing plans for a solar array in rural Ohio that now becomes one of the largest renewable energy projects in the country canceled because […]

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One Man’s Determined Fight for Solar Power in Rural Ohio

This story is the fourth in a series about the conflict over solar power in rural Ohio. LIMA, Ohio—When Michael Wildermuth was growing up here, the snow sometimes had black specks in it because of pollution from the city’s heavy industry. Now retired from a career managing computer systems for public schools, he started a […]

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Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin Lag on Environmental Justice Issues

On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where more than half the population is Black or African American, the outdated sewer system is often at capacity, and miles of asphalt and concrete make stormwater management a challenge. Sometimes, heavy rains bring flooding into the neighborhood, and members of the community have called for action to […]

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