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An Illinois River Almanac

Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog
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Immerse Yourself in Nature

Nature provides a number of benefits.  Trees provide oxygen, help to clean the air, and can reduce energy consumption.  Spending time in nature can also have significant benefits to your health, as well.  The National Park Service recently put together a comical advertisement for the national parks.  In this ad, a doctor tells his patient that his NEL’s (Nature Engagement Levels) are low.  Comp...

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Once in a Blood Moon

This is an exciting time for space.  This year saw the first high quality photos of Pluto, the International Space Station has two astronauts that are spending an entire year in space to study the effects on the human body, and this June saw the end of an 8 month experiment simulating a mission to Mars (a yearlong study began in August).  It seems to me that we are living in a Science Fiction N...

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Monarchs and Milkweed

Monarchs have been in the news a lot lately.  No, I am not talking about the British Royals here; I am referring to possibly the most recognizable butterfly found in North America.  The Monarch Butterfly with its distinct orange, black and white markings are highly noticeable and just as recognizable.  However, one other aspect of the Monarch Butterfly has been highly noticeable and is concerni...

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