Shedd Aquarium vows to reduce ocean-harming plastic

CHICAGO (AP) — Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is among a group of aquariums making an Earth Day pledge to reduce single-use plastic.

Shedd officials made the announcement Monday. The First Step campaign is a promise to reduce plastic that often ends up in oceans and threatens aquatic life.

U.S. move to end Iran exemptions sending oil prices higher

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oil prices have struck 2019 highs in the the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil, and analysts said Tuesday that oil could get still more expensive.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 72 cents to $66.27 per barrel while international Brent oil rose 35 cents to $74.39 per barrel.

Advocacy group seeking more data from Ameren on Fifth and Hill cleanup

CHAMPAIGN — A decade after Ameren Illinois began cleaning up the site of its former manufactured-gas plant on Champaign's north side, a local consumer group is urging the utility to go public with its most recent years' worth of environmental monitoring information in the neighborhood where the plant used to be.

Urbana alderman pushes for trees as University Avenue project advances

URBANA — As the city council discussed the final plans for a housing development on University Avenue, Alderman Dennis Roberts advocated for beautifying the road with trees.

IDOT, preservationists give 5,000 trees to schools

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Schools statewide are receiving 5,000 tree seedlings from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT officials say the "Trees to Schools" initiative honors Earth Day, which is Monday. Trees are provided by the East Moline-based nature-preservation group Living Lands and Waters .

Environmental Almanac | In memory of a beloved student

You may already know from news reports that a University of Illinois undergraduate, Destyni Thomas, passed away last weekend.

Destyni was a student in a current class of mine, as well as an advisee in the Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability minor, and a participant in a field trip class I taught in fall of 2016 that traveled over a weekend to Baraboo, Wis.

Wired In: Kelsey Schreiber

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KELSEY SCHREIBER, a master's student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois whose research focuses on the definition of success in international engineering.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 21, 2019

On this Earth Day Eve, we asked a panel of experts to dispel one myth about climate change that's been uttered by the 'It's all a hoax' crowd.


CLAIM: There's nothing we can do to stop climate change.

Preservationists connect 2 creeks separated for 100 years

PALOS HILLS (AP) — Nature preservationists are cheering action to connect two waterways separated a century ago.

Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have linked Mill Creek in Chicago's southwest suburbs to the Cal-Sag Channel.

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.