Climate Corner: Tar Sands oil extraction continues to threaten climate

Jan 8, 2022 Randi Pokladnik When President Biden revoked the permit of the Keystone XL Pipeline in January 2021, he stated, “permitting the pipeline would undermine U.S. climate leadership by undercutting the credibility and influence of the… Read More

Get the facts correct

Randi Pokladnik Letters to the editor The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Nov 20, 2021 A Nov. 13 letter titled “U.S. Weather Bureau Report” was a classic example of unsubstantiated claims. The author refers to the November 1922 edition of… Read More

Climate Corner: The environmental costs of cheap fashion

Nov 6, 2021 Randi Pokladnik A few years ago, I attended a Climate Reality Training Conference in Minneapolis. One of the speakers was involved in sustainable fashion. She told us what prompted her to leave the world… Read More

The dangers of dioxins

Randi Pokladnik in The Bargain Hunter October 2, 2021 The first time I heard the name of the chemical compound dioxin was back in the 1970s. Dioxin is a compound found in the herbicide Agent Orange, which many… Read More

Climate Corner: Why biodiversity matters

Sep 25, 2021 Randi Pokladnik While I was researching my masters thesis in 1998 on organic farming in Ohio, I came across a disturbing event in Jack Dole’s book, “Altered Harvest: Agriculture, Genetics and the Fate of… Read More

Climate Corner: Save the grandchildren

Sep 11, 2021 Dr. Randi Pokladnik What will it take to motivate Americans into action? Two of the happiest days of my life were when we welcomed our two granddaughters into the world in 2004 and 2005. At… Read More

Carbon capture

Jul 22, 2021 The Labor Energy Partnership led by the AFL-CIO and Energy Futures is proposing the Ohio River Valley become a hub for fossil-fuel generated hydrogen and carbon dioxide using carbon capture technology. The major industry contributing… Read More

We are in a climate crisis

The Randi Pokladnik July 18, 2021 For more than 800,000 years, the carbon-dioxide levels on Earth remained below 300 parts per million. However, since the beginning of the industrial revolution in the late 1800s and the burning… Read More

Climate Corner: River can’t be sewer, drinking water source

Jul 17, 2021 Randi Pokladnik The Ohio River gets its name from the Iroquois Indian word Oyo, meaning great river. It is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers starting in Pittsburgh. The river… Read More

Climate Corner: Carbon capture sequestration technology won’t solve crisis

May 22, 2021 Parkersburg News and Sentinel Randi Pokladnik In its current state, carbon capture is another false promise when it comes to addressing the urgent need to decrease carbon dioxide emissions. The very industry that is a… Read More