NEWS articles

Scientist: Global warming would bring drought, floods to Chicago

Environmental advocates, educators and scientists looked at the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the local level at the Chicago Wilderness Congress 2008.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

For Lincoln Park Zoo scientist, elephants are the focus

UIC graduate studies zoo births and deaths recorded over several decades. They help zoos manage populations of animals that are threatened with extinction.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Water reclamation commissioners look beyond elections

The newly-elected commissioners overseeing waste water treatment for Chicago and the region say they're focusing on system upgrades and water conservation.

7 years ago | Ian Fullerton

MWRD candidates highlight finance, environmental issues

Nine candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for six-year terms on the district’s board of commissioners. Green Party candidates are pushing for disinfection of the effluent the agency discharges into the Chicago River.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

City: New building code to save energy, money

A City Council committee unanimously passed the code after environmental organizations and builders joined to support it. It is expected to cut Chicago's greenhouse gas emissions.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Voters could strike blow against development along lakeshore

Voters get to consider a non-binding referendum that would prohibit further building along the lakefront. The goal is to study the impact of development.

7 years ago | Ian Fullerton

Researchers weigh health risks of new kind of PCB contamination

A scientific journal reports high concentrations of PCB 11 in air samples taken throughout Chicago between November 2006 and November 2007. Similar compounds have polluted Great Lakes fish populations.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Daley touts green infrastructure

The city’s green programs have helped cut water consumption by 15 percent since 2000, the mayor says. The technologies capture stormwater that would otherwise increase flooding and pollute waterways.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Environmentalists, regulators push for disinfection of Chicago River effluent

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is one of few big sewage authorities that does not disinfect the effluent pumped into the nation’s waterways. The district says disinfection is expensive and that health benefits aren't proven.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

MWRD team to vie for gold in wastewater olympics

Teams from around the world will race to rescue a 110-pound dummy from the bottom of a well, fix a burst sewer pipe and identify and analyze an unlikely pathogen in the water, among other simulated crises.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Volunteer group helps birds navigate the Loop

Thousands of migratory birds collide with Loop skyscrapers every year. Volunteers with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors arise at the crack of dawn to rescue the injured ones.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Storm victims seek relief through new, temporary FEMA disaster recovery center

Residents affected by the storm of Sept. 13 and 14 can file for aid at a new Federal Emergency Management Administration office in Albany Park.

7 years ago | Craig Kanalley

Rain garden pilot project coming to area school

Students at the University of Chicago’s Lab High School will soon have an opportunity to plant perennials and improve water quality at the same time, thanks to an MWRD program.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

MWRD eyes comprehensive approach to fighting floods

Officials are developing a countywide ordinance they say will cut down on flooding by bringing consistency to the way cities and towns manage watersheds.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Volunteers put green thumbs to work keeping city's trees healthy

Treekeepers must complete a rigorous eight-week course before they go to work planting, pruning and mulching. The city's 4 million trees reduce air conditioning costs and increase property values.

7 years ago | Tasneem Nomanbhai