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Untreated Overflow

In affluent and poor communities alike, untreated sewage overflows into streams as many as 30 times a day across Alabama. Improvements to wastewater utilities usually only follow a problem, including a trip to the hospital after a summer swim.

Is Irrigation Making Rain Clouds?

UAH researchers were busy over the summer helping track weather conditions in the corn fields of Nebraska to figure out if acres and acres of corn plants can change the weather.

Miracle of Chemistry Conjures Corporate Poison

What was once proclaimed a miracle of modern chemistry has many Tennessee Valley residents not trusting their water supply. They’re looking for payback from the corporate magician.

Forest Giant Recapitalized

Georgia-Pacific feeds on Alabama, the nation’s second largest timberland. The big recession was time for big G-P reinvestment throughout the state.

Supply and Demand of Water

Only 10 percent of Alabama’s cropland is irrigated, compared to Georgia’s 50 percent and Mississippi’s 60 percent. If Alabama’s were 50 percent, the impact would be $200 million to $300 million a year.

Abundance, Droughts and Floods

Great bounty is the median measure of Alabama’s water supply. But a lot depends on where and when the rain falls.

Global Temperature Check

Atmospheric scientist John Christy says two decades of data don’t back up the mathematical models of global warming theory.

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

Nature in Decatur, Neighbor to Arts

Getting rid of bugs has been a Cook family passion for three generations. Now the family has endowed a museum to put those little...

The Pollinator

“See those bumblebees on the sunflowers?” Dr. George Koulianos asks underneath a blue sky near the southernmost tip of Alabama. “This is what I...

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Not Making the Grade

Big chunks of Alabama’s infrastructure rate the kind of report card you didn’t want to take home to your parents.

Movers & Shapers, September 2018

Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties

Surviving and Thriving in Dog-Eat-Dog E-Commerce

Veterinary Internet ships vet supplies to 38 states and four continents, makes swift adaptations in IT, inventory and marketplaces, and stays a nip ahead of Amazon.

Decatur Students Get Hands on Lunar Rover

Students from areas including design drafting, machine tool and welding will work on the project through the end of the fall semester.

Roads and Politics

A permanent solution for dried up road funding includes a gasoline tax increase. But the spark of public support is essential.