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Internet exercises get mixed reviews from fitness experts

Internet exercises get mixed reviews from fitness experts

By Zareen Syed

April 7, 2014

With the help of online gurus and free home-workout YouTube channels, fitness fiends can get exercise instruction and motivation from the comfort of their own homes.However, these increasingly popular on...

Paper or drastic?

March 31, 2014

Spring rains are quickly filling the gutters of many Chicago neighborhoods, and the excess plastic bags that have escaped the city’s recycling program often litter and clog drains. To address the related environmental concerns, aldermen Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and George Cardenas (12th Ward) have backed a ban on plastic bags.The bill would prohibit all city retailers from distributing plastic bags, requiring them to instead...

Change policies with climate

By Contributing Writer

March 3, 2014

All winter, the Midwest and Eastern regions have faced glacial winter storms named after terrifying mythological Greek characters. The average temperature for Chicago this winter will likely be around 16–18 degrees, making it the third-coldest winter since records began in 1877, according to the National Weather Service.The miserable winter weather must mean that climate change isn’t real, right? Wrong. On behalf of every brea...

Notable Native: Frank Gardner

Notable Native: Frank Gardner

By Metro Editor

February 10, 2014

Frank Gardner, a 2012 Columbia film alumnus, is taking his lifelong passion for the environment to Chicago’s political sphere by running for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Distri...

Off the leash: Chicago’s unregistered dogs

By Assistant Metro Editor

January 27, 2014

Although the majority of Chicago pet owners have dogs, most do not register their canines, which is a growing problem city officials are working to address.Chicago Municipal Code requires all dogs four months and older to be registered, but the number of dog licenses issued accounts for only 6 percent of the city’s 600,00-plus dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.The majority of dog owners do not...

Pollution plagues the Great Lakes

By Angelica Sanchez

January 28, 2013

Toxins in the surface waters of the Great Lakes increased by 12 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the annual Toxic Inventory report released by the U.S. Environmental Agency, released Jan. 16.According to the EPA, the sources of this ecological challenge to the Great Lakes are sewage disposal and discharges of industrial waste waters containingtoxic chemicals.The recent upswing in toxicity levels has caused alarm am...

Go green or die

By Editorial Board

November 26, 2012

For those of you who haven’t jumped on the “going green” bandwagon, sooner or later you may want to reconsider.Talk of a carbon dioxide emissions tax has been circulating in Congress for the last few years, and Superstorm Sandy has brought environmental issues to the forefront once again.The carbon tax addresses the issue of climate change on a macro scale. It would charge large companies for every metric ton of carbo...

Environmental conference appeals to youth

By Brandon Smith

November 19, 2012

Nature enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Chicago on Nov. 15 to exchange ideas about how to make the citymore eco-friendly.The Chicago Wilderness Alliance, a group of regional environmental organizations, held its biannual congress at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, where it hosted hundreds of panels on topics ranging from climate change and sustainable design to K-12...

Household income may determine likelihood of receiving medical attention

By Kyle Rich

November 12, 2012

Neighborhoods often influence an individual’s character and lifestyle, and a new study shows that certain community factors can also determine the likelihood of a bystander helping someone in amedical emergency.Researchers observed 29 U.S. cities, not including Chicago, in conducting the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Oct. 25. The study found that those who live in high-income, predominately white...

Lupe visits campus

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 7, 2012

In his earlier performances as a junior in high school, Lupe Fiasco enjoyed being a showman and pumping up the crowd. During a talent show, he sat on stage with a notebook and pretended to write an already finished rap to keep hisaudience engaged.Less than a decade later, Fiasco, 30, still has the ability to hold the crowd’s attention. He did just that when he spoke with Columbia students Oct. 1 about his career, life and late...

Regenerative design goes beyond sustainability

By Brandon Smith

September 30, 2012

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a collaborative group dedicated to creating voluntary national guidelines and performance ratings for land design, construction and maintenance across the country, recently certified 11 of its sustainable landscape projects.The initiative is an example of how the combination of architecture, sustainability and business models can promote the idea that regenerative landscapes are an integral part of a community’s well-being, according to Lisa Storer, program coordina...

Toxic pollution plagues Village of DePue for 17 years

By Kaley Fowler

September 30, 2012

Seventeen years have passed since the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ordered two major corporations to clean up 950 acres of toxic pollution in the Village of DePue, yet thousands of tons of hazardous waste remain in the small Illinois town.Since closing in 1989, the remains of a zinc smelting plant have been reduced to a 750,000-ton slag pile in the center of the town of 1,800 people—most of whom are of the l...

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