The Columbia Chronicle

New study links herbicide to frog decline

By Patrick Smith

March 8, 2010

Last week, University of California-Berkeley Professor Tyrone Hayes published a new study on the effects of the herbicide Atrazine,  saying the chemical changes some male frogs into females and chemically castrates others. But the maker of the drug fired back, calling Hayes’ science unsound. The company said Hayes is an activist, not a scientist.The article was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the Nat...

Illinois top user of possibly dangerous herbicide

By Patrick Smith

March 1, 2010

Illinois is the No. 1 purchaser in the country of an herbicide that may cause breast and prostate cancer, according to Professor Tyrone Hayes from the University of California-Berkeley.Hayes gave a presentation to the Illinois General Assembly, and later to a community group in Chicago’s Blackstone Library on Feb. 24, about the grave dangers the corn herbicide Atrazine poses to humans and animals. Atrazine is produced by t...

Despite protests, Chicago Public Schools continue with closings

By Stephanie Saviola

March 1, 2010

After months of public outrage and protests, Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education are slowly making headway in the ongoing matter of school closings and consolidations.During the past few weeks, Chicago Public Schools removed seven of the 14 schools from the closing or turnaround list. For some concerned parents and teachers, progress is being made, but many are still dissatisfied with the news.“It is a step in the right di...

‘Snowpocalypse’ does not disprove global warming theories

By Lauren Kelly

February 22, 2010

Two massive blizzards hit the northeastern United States in the first weeks of February and wreaked havoc on the region, resulting in closures of schools, roads and government operations. The multiple feet of snow sparked conservatives and global warming skeptics to publicly question the validity of claims that our planet is heating up.Right-wing pundits such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh made snide comments on their programs that belittle...

Illinois sixth-worst state for power plant pollution

By Patrick Smith

November 30, 2009

Illinois has the sixth-most pollution from power plants in the country, according to a new study released last week by Environment Illinois.The high ranking is yet another piece of bad news for the area’s environment.Earlier this month, Forbes ranked Chicago the third-most toxic metropolitan area in the nation, and the Chicago Tribune revealed in September that the Environmental Protection Agency ranks Cook County as fir...

Sustainable floor earns college LEED certification

By LauraNalin

October 26, 2009

A recent renovation of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building’s fifth floor has earned the college its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.LEED is a rating system awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Buildings are recognized when they meet the standards set by the council to ensure that the construction process was done in an environmentally sustainable manner.The college’s original goal was to m...

Event attempts to reform environment laws

By LauraNalin

October 19, 2009

Columbia’s recycling program will participate in an international campaign focusing on possible solutions to the current climate crisis on Oct. 24, the International Day of Climate Change.The organization has worked dilligently throughout the years to make sure the campus has adequate recycling bins for both paper and plastic and has been planning this event for quite some time. The Chicago event will be held in the Cona...

Birth control provisions necessary in stimulus

By Steven Schnarr

February 9, 2009

On Jan. 27, The U.S. House dropped the most justifiable and necessary provision from the stimulus bill-$200 million for new contraceptive services and prevention of STDs.If any of the provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are worthwhile, birth control initiatives are, and have been, the most needed.Some argue that birth control is an unrelated part of the bill, rather than directly affecting stimulus. But...

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