UMS program lets parents share expertise with top students

URBANA — On a recent Thursday at Urbana Middle School, several seventh-graders gathered around a table, diagramming how greenhouse gases work in the atmosphere and using iPads to evaluate their own use of energy.

Environmental Almanac: Sandhill cranes put on a show

The calls of sandhill cranes carry on the wind by some magic. Whether they are flying, and your view of them is obscured by a tree line, or they're feeding in a harvested cornfield, where their rust-stained gray feathers make them difficult to pick out, you typically hear cranes before you see them.

Danville planting trees

DANVILLE — While they aren't yet big enough to provide a splash of vibrant fall color, Peggy Wheeler was happy on her walk Friday to see the newly planted trees lining the parkway strip along a five-block section of Williams Street.

Students want to end UI investment in coal

URBANA — Students voting in an online campus referendum this week overwhelmingly supported a move to end University of Illinois investments in coal.

The activist group UIUC Beyond Coal gathered 4,238 signatures to place a question before students in an online ballot asking: "Do you support the University of Illinois' endowment removing investments in coal by the year 2017?"

Treading lightly: Used-tire service back in business in Tilton

TILTON — A little more than four months after a fire destroyed a used-tire recycling facility in Hoopeston, the owners are back in business, leasing part of a building at the former General Motors foundry in Tilton.

Environmental Almanac: Army of young people addressing climate crisis

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.

Tuscola couple's film on monarchs will air Monday

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.

Habitat that!

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."

Environmental Almanac: Good and bad news from UI researchers

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.

New UI institute to focus on environmental efforts on, off campus

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.

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