UI professor co-authored new federal report on climate change

A University of Illinois scientist co-authored a federal report citing "unambiguous" evidence that Earth's temperatures are rising rapidly and that humans are primarily responsible for climate change.

Letter from Birdland: Milkweeds make a home for monarchs

In Birdland, we have some respite from the sweltering heat. Last night's rains brought in cooler air, and yet clouds roll in with more showers. I'm taking advantage of the softened earth to pull weeds.

Getting Personal: Derek Peterson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 35-year-old Derek Peterson, associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. The UI graduate has a degree in horticulture.

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South Farms: Despite racing's demise, standardbreds stay

Established in 1903, the University of Illinois horse farm has ties to athletics dating back to its founding.

The draft horses initially housed there, or so the story goes, helped with the construction of Memorial Stadium, said Kevin Kline, an animal sciences professor who has worked on the farm since 1974 as a student and faculty member.

South Farms: Planning around pigs a perennial problem

It's been a perennial issue at the UI Research Park since its founding in 2000: what to do about the pigs.

More specifically, hundreds of hogs and piglets at the swine research facility on the east side of First Street, north of Windsor Road and just south of where four new research park buildings have sprouted up in the last few years.

The Health Reporter Is In: Aug. 3, 2017

Q: About the total solar eclipse coming up Aug. 21 — I'm looking forward to seeing the partial eclipse we're supposed to have in this area, and wondering how safe those special viewing glasses are. Is it any less dangerous on the eyes in areas like Champaign County, where we won't be able to see the total eclipse?

Entertainment listings, Aug. 3-10, 2017


This weekend


Rob Kanter / Environmental Almanac: N.H. trip yields moose sightings

We saw three moose in one day. That may seem like an odd highlight to mention in describing a fishing trip, but in the Connecticut Lakes region of far northern New Hampshire, where I recently spent a long weekend with my brother John and his son Owen, moose have sometimes been scarce in recent years. So, a three-moose day is a really good one.

Letters from Birdland: Showing off area's beauty

If you want to appreciate your home, invite someone from out of town.

My friend and fellow Murray State University alum is visiting. Unfortunately, Anne arrived in time for the most sweltering Illinois humidity, but we didn't let that deter us from visiting Allerton Park yesterday.

Turnberry Ridge berm pulled off county's auction block

CHAMPAIGN — A berm along Waters Edge Road in Turnberry Ridge was removed from a Champaign County auction that ends today.