RIP, Sally Ride

On a day when the debate about math and gender popped up again, ironic that we learn of Sally Ride’s death. She was only 61. Thoughtful pieces: Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space, Dies at 61 by my friend and BlogHer colleague, Prof. Kim Pearson Sally Ride Science – this site was hard to…

Ohio’s Own: EcoWatch & Stefanie Penn Spear, Publishing the Information We Need on the Environment

Stefanie Penn Spear is a resident of Chagrin Falls, a small business owner, mother of three and Founder and Executive Director of the soon-to-be launched 24/7 print and online news outlet about the environment, EcoWatch. I first learned about Stefanie after reading an excellent column she wrote that was published in both the Chagrin Valley…

Advocacy Loves Company in OH: Clean Air Act Benefits Small Biz Owners, Economy

Stefanie Spear, a resident of Chagrin Falls, owner of Expedite Renewable Energy and founder of EcoWatch, got her essay, “Why I’m Going To Washington” (posted here on Green City Blue Lake – a great NE Ohio blog) published in both the Chagrin Valley Times (with the headline, “Clean air is paying off”) and in the…

TOMORROW: “What is Your Number” Day of Action for Clean Air

I first spotted this on Progress Ohio’s blog, where they ask, “AEP: How Many Lives Are Your Polluter Profits Worth?: Join the on-the-ground fight against AEP’s outrageous dirty air bill, which would block life-saving clean air standards and cause 17,000 premature deaths every year! Over the next couple of weeks, we will be organizing local…

EPA Finalizes Clean Air “Good Neighbor” Rule to Reduce Air Pollution, Improve Health of Millions

From NPR: The new rule replaces a similar Bush administration regulation that was struck down by a court that deemed it too lenient. The new rule will cut almost 2 million more tons of pollution per year than the Bush administration program. States from Texas to New York will have to slash 70 percent of…

From OSU Doc Study in Molecular Psychiatry: This is Your Brain on Air Pollution

The current issue of Molecular Psychiatry features the work of Laura Fonken, a doctoral student in neuroscience at OSU. It’s titled, “Air pollution impairs cognition, provokes depressive-like behaviors and alters hippocampal cytokine expression and morphology.” According to this post on ScienceBlog.com, “Colleagues in Ohio State’s Department of Neuroscience collaborated with researchers in the university’s Davis…

Clean Air: The Evidence, Advocacy & Economy is There, Regardless of Those Who Choose to Ignore

Each of my Moms Clean Air Force posts includes a reminder that asks you to please consider joining the Moms Clean Air Force and help fight for clean air for our kids. I remind you, as I so often do in even my city council work, that every voice counts and is needed.  But now, this will be the…

Regulations, What Are They Good For? Some Say Absolutely Nothing

I’m not in that group, but it is those who are that seem to be the most willing to ignore anything good that does derive from what seems like almost any quantity of regulation of almost anything. Where’s this observation of mine coming from? It really became highlighted for me in a thread about clean…