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Runaway ice: Pine Island Glacier break reveals new mechanism for collapse


December 7, 2016

In August of 2015, a large iceberg broke off from the floating section of Antarctica’s massive. While such an event is part of the natural life cycle of glaciers, this one was precipitated by an unusual rift in the middle of the ice that could point to a new mechanism for the collapse of this and potentially other glaciers, accelerating their contributions to global sea rise.

Featured Expert: Ian Howat, associate professor of earth sciences

ALSO: EcoWatch: Stunning Photos Show Huge Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf

Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting From the Inside Out, Which Is Not a Good Thing

How Stuff Works

December 2, 2016

Because Antarctica is so vast and remote, and because the behavior of the ice sheet is so unpredictable and complex, Antarctica is tough to study. But researchers are pretty sure it's not normal when a 225-square-mile (583-square-kilometer) chunk of glacier breaks off into the ocean, which is exactly what happened in August of 2015. The resulting iceberg is about the same size as the Pacific island Guam, or the popular Spanish resort island Ibiza.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

West Antarctica is in huge trouble

Washington Post

November 23, 2016

It has long been assumed that this destabilization of West Antarctica was caused by human-induced climate change. However, a new study published in the journal Nature Wednesday may have just made that story considerably more complicated.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, associate professor of earth sciences

ALSO: Scientific AmericanAntarctica Ice Shelf is Breaking from the Inside Out

ALSO: Daily Mail (UK): London and New York could be underwater in our lifetimes

ALSO: LiveScience: Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Collapse Within 100 Years, Study Finds

ALSO: Mashable: Rift in Pine Island Glacier points to a coming, broader collapse

ALSO: UPI: Study details breakup of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

ALSO: The Verge: This Antarctic glacier is cracking from the inside out — and that’s bad news for all of us

ALSO: MSN: Video shows the breakup of Pine Island Glacier

ALSO: Daily Kos: Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is breaking up from the inside out

ALSO: Treehugger: Key glacier in Antarctica is cracking from the inside out

ALSO: Christian Science Monitor: Warming seas are attacking the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from the inside out

ALSO: IFL Science: This ice shelf breaking from the inside out in West Antarctica is not good news

Ohio Wants To Create “Smart Corridor” On Route 33, Starting With Self-Driving Semi

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

November 30, 2016

Route 33 could become a technology superhighway, if a project launched by the state goes as planned.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced it’s working with Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, Honda and Union County to create a “smart corridor on Route 33 from Dublin west to East Liberty.

ALSO: Business First: Driverless 18-wheelers coming to Central Ohio – will impact major chunk of job market

Key West Antarctica Glacier Is Melting From Inside Out

Yahoo News

November 28, 2016

That Antarctica — a region that contains enough ice to raise sea levels across the globe by over 200 feet if it melts completely — is in trouble due to climate change is no longer news. However, exactly when global warming will push this fragile region beyond the point of no return is not entirely clear — although if the raft of studies whose results were published this year are anything to go by, it’s likely to happen sooner than later.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

Three Ohio State professors work together to teach multidisciplinary climate change course

Columbus Dispatch

November 27, 2016

History professor Sam White didn’t kick off his first lecture on climate change by pulling up graphs of rapidly rising global temperatures or a diagram of greenhouse gases. Instead, he started with a passage from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The students in the lecture hall then scoured the text for allusions to a pale moon and contagious fogs, which indicate that 430 years ago, Europeans experienced the same upsetting of natural order facing our planet today. The Climate Change course — new to Ohio State University this semester — covers everything from tree rings and rising seas to endangered species and alternative energy. Like any introductory level class, students represent a number of academic departments. And as one of the university’s first multidisciplinary courses, so do its three professors.

Honda’s new CR-V is lighter, stronger version of popular model

Columbus Dispatch

November 23, 2016

The next-generation Honda CR-V, which has begun rolling off the line, is a curvier take on the nation's top-selling sport-utility vehicle.

But the most important changes may be beneath the surface, such as a frame that is lighter and stronger than before.

Featured expert: David Emerling, director of industry collaborations for the Center for Automotive Research

Trump presidency’s effect on environment may be profound

The Columbus Dispatch

November 21, 2016

In March, Donald Trump vowed only “little tidbits” of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would remain if he were elected.

That — combined with President-elect Trump’s appointment of an anti-regulation climate denier to oversee the EPA transition — has some worried that the federal agency created by President Richard Nixon in 1970 could be dismantled entirely.

“What’s more likely is just that the EPA can be hamstrung in several ways,” said Alexander Thompson, a professor of political science at Ohio State University. “Everything that’s a matter of regulation rather than law is going to be fair game.”

Featured expert: Alexander Thompson, professor of political science

Trump's pledges to reverse climate-change policies worry some

Canton Repository

November 19, 2016

When Donald Trump is inaugurated in January, he will become the only world leader to discredit the science of climate change. Trump " who has called climate change a Chinese hoax " will assume leadership of the world's second-leading greenhouse gas-emitter weeks after what probably will be the planet's hottest year on record, according to a report this week by the World Meteorological Organization. Recent progress on climate change has been vital, environmentalists say. Although some say that the work is fragile at best and could be undone by the Trump administration, others remain certain that the grass-roots nature of environmental work will protect it from any sweeping federal changes.

Featured experts: Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor in Ohio State University's School of Earth Sciences and a senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Alexander Thompson, professor of political science; and Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering

Northwestern and Ohio State are making more sustainable campuses. Here's how


November 18, 2016

When it comes to more efficient uses of energy, the Big Ten is no stranger to sustainability efforts, big and small. Don't just take our word for it: the Environmental Protection Agency agrees.

Consumers would be hurt if electricity industry is regulated again, report says

The Columbus Dispatch

November 18, 2016

Ohio households and businesses have saved $15 billion since 2011 because of electricity deregulation, according to a new report from a group that opposes efforts to return to regulation.

Featured expert: Report co-author Ned Hill, professor of public affairs

Could bionic plants save us from climate change?

Christian Science Monitor

November 17, 2016

Researchers may have just designed a way to help plants suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere more quickly. 

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising, triggering global climate change, scientists agree. Researchers have been searching for ways to scrub some of this damaging gas from the atmosphere, and the answer may have been right in front of them.

Featured expert: F. Robert Tabita, professor of microbiology

The History of Recycling in America Is More Complicated Than You May Think


November 15, 2016

As environmentally conscious Americans mark America Recycles Day on Tuesday, many may assume that recycling is a product of the environmental movement of the 1970s, the decade that saw the first Earth Day and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

But, though that time was an important turning point in the history of the idea, recycling in America goes back much further than that. In fact, some experts suggest that it worked better before the 1970s than it does today.

Featured expert: Bartow J. Elmore, professor of history and author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism

Meeting the team behind the electric land speed record-holder

Could 341mph be just the tip of the iceberg for Ohio State University’s land speed record-holding EV streamliner, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3?


November 14, 2016

Formula Student racing cars (also known Formula SAE) have become a hugely popular way for students to hone their automotive engineering skills before graduating to work at car makers, race teams or other specialist companies.

Ohio State University (OSU) in the American Midwest is home to one such team. But OSU students have also built something much, much faster.

On September 19, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) set an electric vehicle world speed record of 341.4mph (subject to FIA ratification) on the Bonneville Salt Flat

What will Trump presidency mean for efforts to curb climate change?

Dayton Daily News

November 11, 2016

Among the many uncertainties with a Trump presidency is what he will do about an issue many consider the globe’s biggest threat. Environmental watchdogs worry that a Trump administration will upend a growing movement toward renewable and clean energy development and efforts to mitigate climate change.

Featured expert: Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering

Blanchard River watershed study in the works

Focus on rewarding producers and rural residents in clean water efforts

Bluffton Icon

November 9, 2016

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is partnering with The Ohio State University on a study of how to reward producers and rural residents for their efforts to improve local water quality in the Blanchard River watershed.

The study will be conducted by Dr. Richard Moore, emeritus professor of the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Yanting Guo, Ph.D student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at The Ohio State University.

OEAMC unveils high velocity metal forming technology center

Lima News

November 1, 2016

The technology center features a series of machines that use high velocity metal forming, a cold forming process for electrically conductive metals. Advocates of HVMF said it has the ability to add more precision to the metal-forming process, while increasing production speed and reducing the cost of equipment and processing.

Featured expert: Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering

Venturi VBB-3: 3,000-horsepower electric car goes 340 mph


October 27, 2016

…Off the roads, it is Venturi Automobiles blazing a trail. The French company, who also compete in the Formula E World Championship, recently smashed their own electric land speed record at Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats.

In September, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 clocked an average speed of 341.4 mph (549.4 kph) beating their previous record of 307.6 mph (495 kph) and CNN's Supercharged was there to witness automotive history.

Nonprofits, small businesses get consulting help from Ohio State students

The Columbus Dispatch

October 30, 2016

Julie Smith has $9,000 in her budget this year to update the stock of power tools, lawn equipment and other hardware in the nonprofit tool library she runs on the East Side.

After salaries, new tools and paying for warehouse space, the budget for Rebuilding Together Central Ohio doesn’t leave much room for marketing. That makes it harder to recruit new members and new donors, Smith said.

Soon, with the help of some Ohio State University students, maybe more will benefit.

Last week, Columbus and the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched a pilot program that will help nonprofits and small businesses with consulting services and analysis they otherwise couldn’t afford.

Climate change isn’t hot topic in presidential election

The Columbus Dispatch

October 31, 2016

In 2016, the planet’s warmest year on record, climate change has made only tepid appearances this election season. But that doesn't surprise environmental advocates and political scientists.

Featured experts: Jeffrey Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, Erik Nisbet, professor of communication and Alexander Thompson, professor of political science

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