Urban Flooding A Big Problem In Illinois

Listen to the interview from WUIS. Researchers are from the Illinois State Water Survey. A new report details urban flooding problems in Illinois.  The report from the Department of Natural Resources says damage from urban flooding (flooding on higher ground outside a flood plain) cause more than $2 billion worth of damage between 2007-2014 in …

Michigan company uses dogs to sniff out water pollution

Listen to the full story at Great Lakes Echo. It’s said that no location in Michigan is more than a few miles from a lake, pond, river or stream. That makes the safe and responsible disposal of waste water of primary concern to all of us. One Michigan-based company has introduced a new way to …

Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Read the full story from NPR. For years, Google has had eyes in neighborhoods across the world: Google Street View cars armed with cameras, lasers, and GPS devices to filter "360-degree panoramic views" and "locations on all seven continents" to Google Maps. Now, on top of having eyes, Google's got a nose. It has partnered …

Minnesota library loans gently used prom dresses

Read the full case study at Programming Librarian. Once Upon a Formal is an ongoing formal and semiformal dress loaning program [at the Gilbert (Minn.) Public Library] geared toward teens. We collect gently used and clean dress donations and store them in our cloak closet until someone needs to borrow a dress. They have the …

Drought: College teaching water preservation design

Read the full story in the Ukiah Daily Journal. Although El Niño is raising the hopes of forecasters for a wet winter, California is still in the grips of a historic drought and those on the cutting edge of sustainable water development are working to create drought- friendly environments for local homeowners and a program …

Rootworm Resistance to Environmentally Friendly Farming Practices: An Interview with Dr. Joseph L. Spencer

Read the full interview with Illinois Natural History Survey researcher Joe Spencer at Azo CleanTech. Dr. Joseph L. Spencer, Principal Research Scientist and Research Program Leader in Insect Behavior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaks to AZoCleantech about how the behavior of corn rootworms has changed in recent years and how this is affecting …

Germany Is Showing the Rest of the World How to Tackle Global Warming

Read the full story at Mic.com. (H/T to Charlotte Roh for the link). On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled the first major commitments of her climate change policy. Her plan centers on dramatically increasing renewable energy sources in the United States, with the goal of having 33% of the country's power generation come from renewable …