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The importance of Earth Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Earth Day is here and one central Ohio organization is continuing its efforts to keep Goodale Park clean while preserving the variety of plants and trees.

According to the 2023 Global Climate Report from the National Centers for Environmental Information, 2023 was the warmest year since global records began in 1850. They also reported that the 10 warmest years in the 174-year-old record have all occurred in the last decade.

People of all ages came out to Goodale Park in Columbus to collect trash, weed, mulch, and more as the Friends of Goodale Park, a nonprofit and volunteer organization, hosted their Earth Day event on April 13.

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Northern lights: Who in Ohio has a chance at seeing the auroras Thursday\

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Ohio is among the states that have a chance at seeing the northern lights Thursday and into Friday, all thanks to an active bout of space weather.

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for Friday, noting that multiple coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, are expected to impact Earth in the coming days.

With three CMEs already inbound and a fourth expected, forecasters upgraded the storm watch Wednesday evening to a G3 (on a strength scale of 1 to 5).

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Amazon to build three new solar farms in Ohio

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Amazon has announced another massive investment in the state of Ohio.

The company said on Tuesday it is planning to build three new solar farms as part of new renewable energy projects. These farms will be built in Crawford, Champaign, and Fayette counties, increasing the total of Amazon solar projects in Ohio to 21.

“These projects are also helping create jobs, support local businesses, and boost the local tax base, which are all part of Amazon’s broader commitment to become a more sustainable company,” said Nat Sahlstrom, head of energy, water and sustainability for Amazon Web Services in a statement.

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Columbus ‘Snow Warriors’ treating bridges ahead of dropping temperatures

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All of Central Ohio is under a freeze warning overnight as temperatures are forecasted to be in the 20s.

The City of Columbus’s Snow Warriors said they are treating the bridges as a precaution to help prevent freezing.

The metro area will be under a freeze warning from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday. The temperatures are likely to drop into the mid-20s causing frost and freeze conditions.

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Winterizing your home effectively ahead of the cold months

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The winter season is just around the corner, and with the coming drop in temperatures, it’s always important to think ahead to protect oneself from freezing pipes.

” I’ve seen over 50 thousand dollars of the damage,” Tyler Smoot, call-by-call manager at Eco Plumbers, Electricians and Technicians told ABC 6. “Especially if a homeowner isn’t home, they’re on vacation and that water is just running into their basement until they got home and realize that there was a burst and shut the water off, so it could be catastrophic.”

Here are four important tips to keep in mind for winterizing your home:

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Ohio’s fall hunting seasons begin in September

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With September just around the corner, so are several of Ohio’s most popular hunting seasons, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. In early September, Ohioans begin hunting squirrels, doves, and some waterfowl. Deer hunting begins soon, as well.

Hunting seasons for squirrel (fox, red, and gray), dove, rail (Virginia and sora), snipe, and gallinule begin Friday, Sept. 1. Early Canada goose season runs from Saturday, Sept. 2 until Sunday, Sept. 10, and early teal (blue-winged and green-winged) hunting is Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 17. The deer archery season is not far behind, with statewide hunting opening on Sept. 30 and an archery season in three targeted counties beginning Sept. 9.

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Wild Wednesday: Rhino breeding program seeing success at The Wilds

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As rhinos face extreme threats from poaching in their natural habitat, programs like ones at The Wilds serve as an arc to ensure their species survival.

In fact, The Wilds contributes greatly to that with its successful breeding program, one of the most successful programs in North America. The Wilds is the only facility that can claim a fifth-generation birth, a point of pride for animal management specialist Cody Sceplo.

“Our first calf was born in 2004 and right now we’re around 30 calves.” According to Sceplo, a large part of their success is keeping the rhinos in their natural social groups.

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Dive right in: Ohio’s largest rivers deemed healthy

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Good news if you love swimming, fishing, or just being on the water in Ohio.

A first-of-its-kind study on the health of the state’s largest 29 rivers is out, covering almost 1,400 miles of free-flowing water.

The Ohio EPA found things have improved dramatically since the 1980s when the EPA started keeping track.

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Planting seeds of peace: Will Columbus’ $20 million youth investment cultivate safer streets?

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Nearly two dozen youngsters are spending their summer in a community garden, learning how to grow vegetables and make salsa.

“We are investing in the lives of children,” said Pastor Norman Brown, with J. Jireh Development Corporation, who has overseen the eastside urban garden program for the past five years.

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City of Columbus will collect recycling weekly starting June 12

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The city of Columbus is making a move to expand curbside pickup of recycling containers starting this June.

Beginning June 12, the city will be initiating weekly pickup of recycling containers, as opposed to the current biweekly collection. The announcement was made on Thursday by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

City officials expect the change to increase the number of recyclables collected by 25 to 40%. The items in turn will be diverted from the landfill and help meet manufacturing needs for reusable materials.

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