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  • Remembering Hoosier Heroines
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    As this is penned, many are planning Mother’s Day celebrations, though when you read this, another year’s feting of mothers, grandmothers, and other kinds of mothers will be nearly forgotten. Time tilts us ever toward what’s next, until we pause to collect our memories, to tell ourselves the stories that affirm what we value.
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  • Earth Day Wrap:  Local League shares programs online
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    At 7 p.m. on Earth Day (April 22), League member John Smillie kicked off the Youth in Climate Action online program on Zoom from his home. He introduced viewers to a trio of Indiana’s most prominent young climate activists.  
    Meanwhile, at 7 p.m. also on Earth Day, at Fusion 54, League member Dave Long welcomed viewers to April’s Learn with the League that gathered three experts to inform the community about the removal of the low head dam from Sugar Creek, an event slated for late summer or early fall. 
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  • Prohibited from voting, but changing election outcomes
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    About 26,000 voting age adults in Indiana cannot vote, yet they influence the outcome of Hoosier elections. They are the 26,000+ state prisoners who come from all over Indiana but are considered residents of the county where they are incarcerated. Because they are prohibited from voting, they reduce the impact of native voters of the mostly rural 19 counties with state prison. Recently, residents of Putnam and LaPorte counties expressed concern that their votes have been diluted at the hearings hosted by Indiana’s independent redistricting commission, 
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  • Earth Day Climate Facts #9
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    The three most harmful greenhouse gas emissions come from fossil fuels, livestock, and fertilizing our farms.
    Man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the most significant cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has increased in our atmosphere by almost 50% since the industrial revolution, most of which is from burning fossil fuels. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #8
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    Because of climate change, the oceans are 30% more acidic than pre-industrial times. By the year 2100, they are likely to be over 100% more acidic.
    The oceans help reduce global warming by absorbing about 30% of our carbon dioxide emissions; however, ocean life is being damaged in the process. As carbon dioxide enters the ocean, it forms carbonic acid. This is called ocean acidification.
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  • 51st celebration of Earth Day tomorrow
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    When we were kids, we used to marvel that we could “see” our breath. “Cool,” we’d say as a car whizzed by and the moisture from our exhalation crystalized around particles in the air. What we once thought was cool science was actually evidence of pollution from the vehicle exhaust.
    We don’t see our breath as often these days, thanks to Senators Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) and Pete McCloskey (R-CA). In 1970, air in the US was hazy and frequently smelled. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #7
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    Warm-water coral reefs create one of the most diverse and densely populated ecosystems on Earth. Because of climate change, they are also one of the most endangered.
    A coral is an animal, but warm-water corals have evolved to depend on a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside it. The algae supplies the coral with food and oxygen. This relationship has worked so well that they cannot live without algae, making them one of only a few animals that live by photosynthesis.
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #6
    Monday, April 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    It’s just ice to you and me, but to paleoclimatologists, the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are treasure troves of scientific data that have recorded Earth’s atmospheric history for 800,000 years.
    Each year, the snow that falls in Antarctica and Greenland never fully melts away. The annual buildup of snow compresses under its weight to form continental ice sheets that average about a mile thick, and in places as thick as three miles.
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #5:
    Saturday, April 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    When we burn fossil fuels, the evidence for man-made global warming is going up in smoke. Literally. Evidence from fossil fuel emissions is building up in the air, proving that human activity is causing global warming.  
    That’s because carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels is different from CO2 from other sources. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #4:
    Friday, April 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you have kids (or college students), then you have probably heard of Pokémon. It’s a popular collectable card game with imaginary animals that face-off in competitions. The best-known Pokémon is named Pikachu. The game designers based many of their characters on real animals, and Pikachu is based on an animal called a pika. Unfortunately, these cute rabbit-like animals could become endangered due to climate change.
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #3
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    Oceans, forests, and rocks act like Mother Nature’s carbon clean-up crew to reduce global warming.
    Over the course of years, the oceans absorb about 30% of human carbon dioxide emissions, and the forests absorb another 30%. At much longer timescales, rocks react with carbon dioxide to help further remove emissions. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #2:
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    Greenhouse gases in our atmosphere “shine” in infrared, which keeps the Earth from being covered in ice.
    If we could see in infrared, the Earth and atmosphere would shine from their own light. That’s because all objects that contain heat emit energy from some part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared energy is the heat you feel when you sit next to a campfire.
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  • Living sustainably saves more than our planet
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    Remember hanging the laundry on the line? The fresh air smell of laundry, beaten soft by the breeze and the bleaching power of the sun on the whites? There was always something to that extra effort, though a bit inconvenient. Not only did it connect us with our senses, it saved us money. 
    We don’t often think about the coinage with laundry unless we are popping quarters into slots at a laundromat. If we have high efficiency washers and dryers, it feels like we are saving. 
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  • Earth Day Climate Fact #1
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    Did you know that the last 20 years of your life have been the warmest years since reliable records began in 1880?
    If we look at the average of temperatures over the entire Earth, we can start to understand global warming. Nineteen out of the past 20 years are recorded as having the warmest average annual global temperatures. 2008 didn’t quite make the list; it ranked 21st.
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  • LWV talks waste, recycling, responsibility
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    If you take a stroll or a run through Montgomery County, keep your eyes to the ground. You’ll notice what people discard without much thought: vape pods, aluminum cans, plastic bottles (some half full of brown spittle), plastic ware and nowadays, masks. Almost everything is “single use.” Easy come, easy go, the saying supposes. What did the world look like before packaging exploded into existence?
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