Category: Environment

Charles Coddintgon

A few thoughts compelling on climate change, weather

Late last month, while waiting for a bus at the Aurora Transportation Center, I encountered my first, and, hopefully, my last, climate change denier. For no apparent reason other than to pass the time on a cold January afternoon, a young man shared with me his views on the weather…....

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Let’s Go Green!

• Bliss Woods habitat restoration work day: A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. The group will cut and stack invasive brush and trees. Tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite loppers…...

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Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo

Master gardeners demonstrate seed-starting system at seed exchange event in Kendall County

Kendall County master gardener Steve Wolf shows Josephine Breyne of Yorkville how to test germination of seeds Saturday, Feb. 2 in Yorkville. The event allowed community members to share vegetable and flower seeds in the third annual Seed Swap by the University of Illinois Extension in Kendall County. Submitted photo…...

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Paddle of entire Fox River program at Sierra Club

The Valley of the Fox Sierra Club invites everyone to attend its program at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts, two Fox River advocates, recently completed an eight-day kayak paddle of the 223 miles of the Fox…...

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Fox River travelers’ presentation Monday, Feb. 11: Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts pose in Aurora at a man-made kayak beach at Veterans Island in Aurora on their trip on the Fox River from Colfax, Wis. to Ottawa. They will give a presentation Monday, Feb. 11 at Valley of the Fox Sierra Club’s meeting at the Batavia Public Library. Submitted photo

Fox River travelers’ presentation Monday, Feb. 11:

Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts pose in Aurora at a man-made kayak beach at Veterans Island in Aurora on their trip on the Fox River from Colfax, Wis. to Ottawa. They will give a presentation Monday, Feb. 11 at Valley of the Fox Sierra Club’s meeting at the Batavia Public…...

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• Wheaton Electronic Recycling: Wheaton’s next monthly electronic recycling drop-off event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9 at Public Works Storage Yard, 820 West Liberty Drive, just east of the Wheaton Police Department. Accepted items include: Computer monitors and televisions for $25 per screen smaller than…...

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Donna Crane

Industrial agriculture may cause extinctions of life

First of two parts – The Independent newspaper in London, England published the following article written about professor Raj Patel, who stated: “Re-imagining a world with less stuff, but more joy is probably the way forward.” Industrial agriculture is bringing about the mass extinction of life on Earth, according to…...

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Dan Palace, external investment consultant from Allianz Global Investors shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about water scarcity and sustainable investing. Palace said the increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology. An estimated 2 trillion gallons of water leaks from broken pipes in the U. S. each year. Jason Crane/The Voice

Increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology

Dan Palace, external investment consultant from Allianz Global Investors shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about water scarcity and sustainable investing. Palace said the increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology. An estimated 2 trillion gallons of water…...

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Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility said the plant would help recycle scrap tires using a thermal distillation process by converting tire chips into carbon powder and liquid fuel under a vacuum seal and airlock. After research and discussion, trustees Denny Lee, Doug Marecek, and Theresa Sperling voted 3-1 against the amendment. They agreed while the technology is in use in Germany their concerns are for the references given by the interested entity and safety concerns for the residents and Aurora University’s $20 Million athletic facility next door to the proposed location. Trustee Steve Jungermann voted in favor. He said the facility would create jobs and petitioners weren’t given a fair shot. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Village Board votes 3-1 against proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility

Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility…...

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Illinois 18th state in Climate Alliance

Democratic Party Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed an order Tuesday, Jan. 22 to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of governors who have committed to abiding by the terms of an international climate treaty known as the Paris Agreement, despite the fact that president Donald Trump has withdrawn…...

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• Kane County’s recycling guidelines: On average one in four items placed in a recycling cart is not recyclable, which has led to increased contamination. Plastic containers such as bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars are allowed, but flexible plastic packaging, pouches, bags, and wraps are not recyclable. Other items not…...

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Aurora Public Library a Warming Center for expected record-low temperatures

In anticipation of the record-low temperatures expected Wednesday, Jan. 30, Aurora Public Library (APL) will remain open to provide warming centers for its surrounding community. Although APL will remain open during normal business hours, and would like to ensure the safety of its staff members, there will be limited services…...

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Donna Crane

Natural habitat in yards create a functioning ecosystem

Last of two parts (click here for part 1) The article in Mother Nature Network (MNN) written by Tom Oder, entitled: “How to save nature, one backyard at a time,” continues. “The project gives homeowners a place to learn about wildlife landscaping without incurring major expenses such as the cost…...

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• Bliss Woods Forest Preserve restoration word day: A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26. The goal will be cutting and stacking invasive brush and trees. Tools will be provided. Bliss Woods is a beautiful, high-quality…...

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Fundraiser forum

Kiwanis Club Aurora bowling Feb. 1 Some have already made their excuses for their poor bowling to be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 for the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Project Eliminate Bowl-a-thon at Funway, Batavia, 1135 S. River Street. It’s going to be a fun…...

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The Fox Jim Phillips

Friends of the Fox River to bring life ‘The Legend of the Fox’

Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of The Fox by bringing the Jim Phillips story to life with “The Legend of The Fox”, presented by FOFR’s executive director Gary Mechanic. A video documentary produced by FOFR’s digital media director Jennifer Howard, will be…...

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Governor Pritzker signs order to join U.S. Climate Alliance

Governor Pritzker signs order to join U.S. Climate Alliance

By Peter Hancock –  Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Democratic Party governor. J.B. Pritzker signed an order Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of governors who have committed to abiding by the terms of an international climate treaty known as the Paris Agreement, in…...

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Donna Crane

Backyard gardening helps improve any habitat successfully

First of two parts Climate Change is a popular subject and we’ve been witness to many disasters confronting our precious earth. Floods and fires are tragic examples that we witness all to often. The following article in Mother Nature Network (MNN) was written by Tom Oder and entitled: “How to…...

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Sierra Club movie on Utah canyon country

Valley of the Fox Sierra Club will join with Elgin Green Groups to be hosts to Clayton Daughenbaugh, the Midwest conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Sadly, Utah’s Red Rock Canyonlands are under attack just as are many other wilderness areas in the lower 48 states. He will…...

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• Bliss Woods Forest Preserve restoration word day: A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26. The goal will be cutting and stacking invasive brush and trees. Tools will be provided. Bliss Woods is a beautiful, high-quality…...

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