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Clean coal: The real deal or whitewash? [video]

Apr 22, 2009  
By Monica Chapman and Andie Walla  
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Clean coal: The real deal or whitewash? Click here to cast your vote.

Outlook's sustainability debates will run each Wednesday throughout April. Check back next Wednesday to watch Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerardine Botte and Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus debate whether or not science holds the answers to our environmental woes.



Related Links
Earth Month 2009:  http://www.ohio.edu/sustainability/earthmonth2009.htm 
'Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future' (following this link will take you outside Ohio University's Web site):  http://www.environmentreport.org/clean_coal.php  

Published: Apr 22, 2009 8:00 AM  

On this series... 

Environmentalism is a global priority. That's a fact no one is willing to contest. But within the sustainability arena, there is still plenty of room for debate on how to best achieve goals.

In conjunction with Ohio University's designation of April as Earth Month, Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus takes on faculty members from across the academic spectrum, addressing some of the most controversial issues facing the environment, both locally and globally. These debates showcase the wide diversity of opinions that coexist within the community of environmental advocates.

In today's debate, Marcus and Associate Professor of Journalism Bernhard Debatin discuss the legitimacy of clean coal -- or methods used by coal producers and utilities to reduce coal's environmental impact. Debatin addresses this topic among many local environmental concerns in his recently created journalism course, "Localizing Environmental and Science Journalism." The course was triggered by Debatin's involvement in the Kanawha Environmental Education Project, a professional development series that aims to integrate concepts of environmental sustainability into Ohio University's curriculum. In addition to teaching environmental journalism, Debatin has devoted the past two years to researching the environmental and social impacts of coal mining in Athens County.



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