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PSA: Mercury – It’s in the fish

mercury fish

Mercury has found its way not only into our households, but also into our aquatic environment, according to this public service announcement from the Michigan Department of Community Health. “A person’s susceptibility to being harmed by the mercury in fish depends on their age, current health status, genetics, and chemical exposure history,” said Christina Bush, a health department toxicologist. “Given this complex set of factors, it is not known how much mercury it would take to harm any given individual. MDCH issues Fish Consumption Guidelines to help people choose fish that are low in mercury and safer for consumption by everyone, including pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and young children.” The state hosts a website where these guidelines are available. Continue Reading →

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Transparency wouldn’t satisfy Joe Rossi, how about you?

Upending the Basin rotation

Many reporters of my generation went into journalism because of the Watergate scandal. Holding public officials accountable – public service journalism – was the attraction then. So, too, were Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in All the president’s men, the movie version of that story. Me? I was more of a Lou Grant kind of guy. Continue Reading →

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Big Ten’s Eco Efforts: Indiana University

Stacks of old furniture and used goods line up all around the Hoosier to Hoosier sale. Photo: Indiana University.

In the spirit of our “Green Gridirons” series (but just in case college football wasn’t your thing), the “Big Ten’s Eco Efforts” series highlights creative off-the-field sustainability efforts. In the market for a karaoke machine or a piñata? What about a tie-dye lawn chair? The Hoosier to Hoosier sale may provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. It is a reuse program established in 2010 to prevent dorm furnishings from being taken to landfills during student move-out. Continue Reading →

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Green Gridirons: Ohio State University

Photo: Ohio State University.

A football stadium may have green grass but does it have green habits? Each week, Great Lakes Echo highlights a Big Ten football stadium’s attempts to do the most to impact the environment the least. All schools have information on the stadium’s diversion rate – the amount of waste recycled instead of put in a landfill. Stadium: Ohio Stadium

School: Ohio State University

Built: 1922

Capacity: 102,329

2012 diversion rate: 87.2 percent

Scouting report: Ohio State claims to have the largest stadium to have achieved zero waste, something that requires a 90 percent diversion rate or more. Ohio Stadium’s highest diversion rate was 98.2 percent, against Illinois on Nov. Continue Reading →

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