Most people who sympathize with the individuals and communities harmed by coal mining and natural gas extraction do so on the basis of media accounts or documentary films.
CHARLESTON — WEIU-TV will air "Plight of the Monarch," a 22-minute documentary about the rapidly declining population of the monarch butterfly, at 6 p.m. Monday.
The documentary was made by Cindy and Kirby Pringle of Tuscola. It will air again at noon Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 on the PBS affiliate.
Author aims to change 4th-graders' thinking by helping to build local home for wildlife
SAVOY — On his business card, Tony McGuigan touts his publishing and habitat consulting company as "making a better world one animal habitat at a time."
CHAMPAIGN — Throughout the decades, several different committees, offices and centers at the University of Illinois have launched with intentions of greening the campus and bettering the environment — and many have come and gone.
Bad news first: Research by Daniel Raudabaugh, a graduate student in the University of Illinois Department of Plant Biology, has confirmed disturbing facts about the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats that hibernate in caves and mines.
CLINTON — Area politicians are saying they continue to ramp up efforts to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, and they are urging the public to start getting involved, too.
CHAMPAIGN — Even though the white tent has come down, a community group is pressing for more environmental cleanup at a toxic site near Fifth and Hill streets.
Less than two weeks ago, I found a good-sized garter snake basking on a low rock wall behind Engineering Hall at the University of Illinois. It was taking advantage of the sun and 71-degree temperature. I didn't know it at the time, but now am reasonably certain it was the last wild snake I'll see in 2013.
The public has an opportunity to get rid of any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in their possession as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "Take Back" collection, which will be held at various locations later this week.
A collection in Danville will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Vermilion County Courthouse, 7 N. Vermilion St.
The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for potential frost or freezing conditions in East Central Illinois on Tuesday morning.
A cold front is expected to push across the area late Sunday night and will usher in a chilly air mass to central and southeast Illinois starting on Monday. The chilly air mass is expected to prevail through much of the upcoming week.