When most people come to the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College for a show, they are greeted by a 50-foot dome and the impressive — but imposing — Zeiss star projector. As the programs begin, the lights get dimmer than they would in a movie theater, which may briefly create …

Make bold climate change moves now — or “your children and grandchildren may never forgive you,” says Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator under President Obama.

Local efforts in 1970 led to the creation of the Prairie Rivers Network and the institution of curbside recycling programs. But 'we need another climate revolution at this point,' Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin said.

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There is a walking trail which runs along the back of our condo about 15 feet to the west of the building. The trail is extremely busy these days. Is it safe to open the windows and allow those western breezes into our 青鹏棋牌?

A sudden snowstorm interrupted our apparent spring, and now, one day later, Birdland is sunny and crisp. Scattered remnants of yesterday’s sloppy snow lie in the yard, but I expect it will all melt by afternoon. The two little serama chicks in the basement brooder are growing bigger, tiny th…

Today, Birdland is blusterous but warmish, for March, anyway. The sun shines brightly, but the wind blows away any warmth before it can really soak in. Still, it’s hard to believe it’s only been two weeks since we drove up to the edge of a frozen Great Lake. Michael skied while I sat in a yu…

People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of central Illinois tend to get excited about the months of April and May, when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until April to get out, you may already be a month late for the emergence of the…

In Birdland, the sky is heavy, and we wait. The leaves on the ground expect me to finish raking them up to put into the coop, but we are in a cycle of a little bit of snow every few days that melts and dampens the leaves. By the time the wind dries the ground, I’m hoping for the sun to warm …

Among the 1,997 former students and faculty members featured on our Gies College of Business-powered website: the Class of 2003’s Scott Tess, sustainability and resiliency officer for the city of Urbana.

It’s six degrees outside, and the freezing rain we got a few days ago has melted into a giant delta in the back forty, now frozen over. It’s too cold to walk out over the fields today and see if the ice is solid, but we might take our skates out tomorrow, when it’s supposed to warm up to 28!