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New paper on agriculture practices presented at Lake Erie Foundation event

Toledo Blade

December 11, 2017

A scientific paper written as a blueprint for addressing Lake Erie algae calls on the agricultural industry to focus more on injecting manure and other fertilizers three to five inches underground and limiting phosphorus applications to 50 parts per million or less.

That’s a concentration the state of Ohio currently has as a limit for crop fields. But livestock operations are allowed to apply as much as 150 ppm, meaning the paper’s suggested limit could pose a challenge for some facilities.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, special adviser for Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory


Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet

The New York Times

December 3, 2017

Among the advocates of so-called regenerative agriculture is the climate scientist and activist James Hansen, lead author of a paper published in July that calls for the adoption of “steps to improve soil fertility and increase its carbon content” to ward off “deleterious climate impacts.”

Rattan Lal, the director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State, estimates that soil has the potential to sequester carbon at a rate of between 0.9 and 2.6 gigatons per year. That’s a small part of the 10 gigatons a year of current carbon emissions, but it’s still significant. Somewhat reassuringly, some scientists believe the estimate is low.

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center


The Buckeye Bullet is proving just how fast a green machine can go

BigTen Network

November 26, 2017

Here’s an interesting fact: more people have walked on the surface of the moon than have driven 400 miles per hour. But, if The Ohio State University student engineers and designers helming the Venturi Buckeye Bullet team meet their goals, they’ll chipping away at that ratio. Their long and lean automobile has already top 350 miles per hour at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats proving ground, but it is what’s under the hood that’s really turning heads: the Buckeye Bullet is a completely electric vehicle.


How Ohio State is engineering impact in rural Honduras

Big Ten Network

November 22, 2017

High on a mountain in eastern Honduras sits the Montaña de Luz orphanage, a facility that cares for youth who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Orphanages such as Montaña de Luz are often the only vestige of hope for young people in a nation where over 65 percent of the population lives in poverty. Beginning in 2005, every spring break engineering students from The Ohio State University travel to Montaña de Luz to help improve the orphanage for the children who depend on it.


State, Canada release plan to cut toxic Lake Erie algae blooms by 40 percent

The Columbus Dispatch

November 19, 2017

In September, a team of nine prominent Lake Erie scientists submitted a white paper outlining the most up-to-date harmful algal bloom research in the hopes of informing state agencies as they pulled together their domestic plans.

“I believe in science-based decisions. I do think we’ve given them the necessary tools to make those decisions, said Jeff Reuter, a co-author and former director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab.

Featured experts: Jeff Reuter, a co-author and former director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab and Jay Martin, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering


Three visions: Designers eye new future for Olentangy River corridor

Business First

November 19, 2017

Three teams or architectural firms worked with students from Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture to envision how to develop the Olentangy River corridor between the school and downtown, a charette they hope will guide the future development of an area which has 23,000 residents, 59,000 students and 83,000 employees along five square miles.

ALSO: Columbusunderground: Design Teams Present Grand Visions of a Transformed Olentangy River Corridor


100-year flood concerns keep disaster planners awake today

Business First

November 10, 2017

For more than 100 years, the Olentangy River has been a part of Ohio State University’s history.

The river has flowed past some memorable graduations, football games and research breakthroughs. It has seen tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff come and go and carried their songs and cheers along its path.

But what it hasn’t done in years is what scares the university.


CFAES increasing agriculture productivity in East Africa

Wooster Daily Record

November 7, 2017

In the fields of Tanzania and the classrooms and labs in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), faculty and graduate students from the college have worked with Tanzanians to help them increase their agricultural productivity and reduce food insecurity.


Ohio State investment pool surges past $5B with money from energy deal

Business First

November 3, 2017

Ohio State University's long-term investment pool surpassed $5 billion for the first time after the infusion of $819 million from privatizing campus energy assets.

The pool hit $5.15 billion as of Oct. 2, John Lane, vice president and chief investment officer, told trustees Thursday.


Ohio State Mansfield builds micro-farm

OSU professor envisions campus farm becoming a sustainable local food supply

Farm and Dairy

October 27, 2017

Ohio State University Associate Professor Kent “Kip” Curtis has a vision of turning a portion of the Mansfield campus into a sustainable urban farm and educational center.

On just one-third of an acre, Curtis, with the help of recent Ohio State Mansfield graduate, Tyler Arter, designed a functional micro-farm on an abandoned parking lot on campus.


CABLE is coming to San Francisco – and why that’s a must-read, must-know for the bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest

September 24, 2017

In today’s newsflow, NIFA unveiled $21M in grants to accelerate the bioeconomy, and in there was a $2.75M grant to jumpstart a 19-university consortium called CABLE, which you’re going to hear as much about as any other topic in the bioeconomy over the next 12 months. The grant is part of a three-year project to train the future workforce in the bioeconomy industry. CABLE will be led by Ohio State and includes many participating universities. Dennis Hall, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, is the visionary behind the consortium.


Clean fuels group envisions more than 10,000 hydrogen fuel-cell cars in Columbus – if refueling stations get built

Business First

October 25, 2017

A single hydrogen fuel-cell bus and single recharging station at Ohio State University could be the seed for getting more than 10,000 privately owned emissions-free cars on Central Ohio's roads, according to a clean fuel collaborative.


Trump’s policies will harm coal-dependent communities instead of helping them

The Conversation

October 11, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to bring jobs and prosperity to communities that rely on the coal industry.

Our research focuses on determining which factors help create sustainable and prosperous regions, with a special focus on rural areas. In our view, Trump’s proposals will do little to help coal-dependent regions, and some will actually worsen their decline.

Featured experts: column authors Mark Partridge, professor of rural-urban policy and Michael Betz, professor of human development and family sciences


Two Ohio State scientists got early career awards; now they're trying to save the Earth: BTN LiveBIG

Big Ten Network

October 1, 2017

Two Ohio State University assistant professors and researchers were recently awarded 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Awards: Kelly Wrighton, for her work in microbiology, and Hannah Shafaat, for her research into biochemistry. Wrighton has been studying methane in soil while Shafaat is examining how CO and CO2 and be converted into fuel.


Could restoring swampland fix Lake Erie algae crisis?

The Columbus Dispatch

October 1, 2017

The neon cyanobacteria swirling across Lake Erie for the past three months or so signals to scientists and farmers alike: The annual plague of toxic algae is far from cured. …

Bill Mitsch, a world-renowned wetlands expert and Ohio State environmental-science professor emeritus, believes he has a remedy.

In a scientific paper published recently, Mitsch proposed restoring 10 percent of the swamps that once coated northwestern Ohio before pioneers drained the land for agriculture.

Featured expert: Bill Mitsch, environmental-science professor emeritus


OSU-Mansfield earns STARS rating for sustainable achievements

Richland Source

September 29, 2017

The Ohio State University at Mansfield has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.


2017 harmful algal bloom blossoms across Lake Erie, as Toledo mayor wants water designated 'impaired'

Cleveland.com

September 27, 2017

The harmful algal bloom has blossomed across Lake Erie, covering almost the entire western basin of the lake, with shoots as far east Lorain County.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant

ALSO: Detroit News: Spread of Lake Erie algae raises alarm across region


Iceberg Four Times the Size of Manhattan Just Broke From an Antarctic Glacier, Fueling Concerns of Runaway Ice Retreat

The Weather Channel

September 26, 2017

A massive chunk of ice has broken off from a key Antarctic glacier, creating an iceberg four and a half times the size of Manhattan.

The iceberg that broke from the Pine Island Glacier in western Antarctica on Saturday measures some 100 square miles. It is the second time in two years the glacier has lost such a large piece and scientists are concerned that the latest break signifies a considerable change in the behavior of the glacier.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

ALSO: CBS: Iceberg that broke off Antarctica was 4 times the size of Manhattan


Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

Chicago Tribune

September 25, 2017

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a process that has scientists wondering if its behavior is changing for the worse. The Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest in West Antarctica, a region that is currently Antarctica's biggest ice loser.

Featured experts: Ian Howatt, professor of earth sciences and Seongsu Jeong, postdoctoral researcher


Native grasses look promising on strip-mine land

The Columbus Dispatch

September 23, 2017

The state, with help from The Wilds and Ohio State University soil microbiologists, is now testing the theory on six experimental acres at three former coal strip-mining sites: Rose Valley in Belmont County, Joyce Hill in Tuscarawas County and Middleton Run, the site in Jackson County.

The group planted native seeds in 2014 and 2015 and has been surveying them annually each August.

The goal is to inspire new industry standards for abandoned mine reclamation throughout Ohio.

Featured experts: Richard Dick and Nicola Lorenz, soil microbiologists