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Improving air conditions in poultry layer houses using an innovative ventilation system

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ag Net

January 10, 2019

The Ohio egg production industry is a significant economic sector in the state and is responsible for creation of 12,503 jobs and $438 million in annual earnings. Technology advances in egg production facilities over the past decades have enabled very efficient operations of large-scale layer houses, that can typically host 100,000 to 250,000 hens with stacked cages, automated manure-belts, feed and water delivery, egg transport, and mechanical ventilation systems. In these larger layer houses, ventilation plays a crucial role in maintaining a proper indoor air conditions and for disease control for hen health and efficient egg production. However, it has been a challenge to achieve the comfort and health standards with existing ventilation systems. At The Ohio State University, an innovative ventilation system has been designed at the air quality and bioenvironmental lab, which can potentially improve indoor environment and limit disease outbreaks in layer houses.

Featured experts: Lingying Zhao, extension engineer and professor, Xinjie Tong, Ph.D. student, and Sewoon Hong, a postdoctoral research associate, Air Quality and Bio-Environmental Engineering Lab


Mysterious disease is killing off beech trees in the eastern US

Earth.com

January 10, 2019

Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating a new disease that is killing beech trees. The experts report that the cause of “beech leaf disease” needs to be identified as soon as possible to stop it from continuing to spread.

The disease has already made its way into 11 Ohio counties, eight Pennsylvania counties, and five counties in Ontario, Canada. The first sign of the disease is the appearance of dark-green bands between the veins of the leaves. In later stages, the leaves become crinkly, leathery, and darker all over. Ultimately, the tree limbs fail to form new buds and the tree dies.

Featured expert: Pierluigi “Enrico” Bonello, professor of plant pathology

ALSO: EcoWatch: A Mysterious Leaf Disease Is Killing Beech Trees—and It's Spreading


Make Clean Water Out Of Air

KCBS

January 8, 2019

The most vital thing a human needs is clean water. But in some parts of the world that's not that easy to come by. Now a pair of recent studies is looking for solutions from nature and how life can survive in the desert despite limited access to water.

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering

ALSO: 3ders.org: 3D printing dew collectors that pull water out of desert air
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ALSO: The Virginia Engineer: Studies For Collecting Clean Water From Air Inspired By Nature


Impact of Climate Change on Central Ohio Detailed in New Report

WCMH-TV

January 7, 2019

Soggy fields and lawns are still the rule in early January, following the wettest year in Columbus' history, with official records back to 1879.

During 2018, John Glenn Columbus International Airport received 55.18 inches, eclipsing 2011 (54.96 inches). Other parts of the city had even more, including 57.91 inches on the northwest side of town. In Hocking County, an observer in Rockbridge measured 65.19 for the year.

In late December, a task force of climate scientists from Ohio State's Byrd Polar Climate and Research Center issued a 125-page report that was presented to a panel of Columbus officials, listing ways the city could ease the impacts of higher urban temperatures, which are also linked to more frequent and heavier downpours.


SoCal Edison’s New Rates Will Vary With the Time of Day. Some Customers May Not Benefit Much — or At All

Los Angeles Times

Jan. 3, 2019

Nearly 7 million California households will begin switching to new electricity rates this year that change based on the time of day, bringing lower energy bills for some. But critics say time-varying rates could hurt more homes than they help — and a new study finds people tend to overestimate the benefits.

Featured expert: Nicole Sintov


Collecting Clean Water From Air, Inspired By Desert Life

ScienceBlog

December 27, 2018

Humans can get by in the most basic of shelters, can scratch together a meal from the most humble of ingredients. But we can’t survive without clean water. And in places where water is scarce—the world’s deserts, for example—getting water to people requires feats of engineering and irrigation that can be cumbersome and expensive.

A pair of new studies from researchers at The Ohio State University offers a possible solution, inspired by nature.

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering


Scientists Devise Method to Gather Water from Fog and Condensation

UPI

December 26, 2018

A new study may have the answers for how to gather water from ambient air, fog and condensation, taking inspiration from lifeforms in the desert.

The research, published Monday in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, is focused on how to most efficiently collect water from various surfaces.

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, the Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering


Columbus Climate-Change Action Plan Recommends Infrastructure Work, Education

ThisWeek News

December 24, 2018

The city of Columbus on Dec. 18 received an action plan containing 43 recommendations to help offset the expected increasing effects of climate change, such as more rain and rising temperatures.

A task force led by Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center released a 125-page adaptation report to Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and members of Columbus City Council that detailed steps the city could take.



OSU-M Microfarm Project Advances in Alliance for the American Dream Competition

Richland Source

December 21, 2018

A food system intervention project developed by Dr. Kent “Kip” Curtis, a professor at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, has made it to the final stage of the Alliance for the American Dream competition. Along with two other projects, this unique collaboration between community partners and The Ohio State University, will advance to Phoenix, Arizona where they will compete with teams from three other research universities for an opportunity to pitch the idea directly to Eric Schmidt this coming summer.


Climate Change Could Shrink Himalayan Rivers, Says Study

The Weather Channel

Dec. 20, 2018

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, climate scientist



The Negative Impacts of Light Pollution on Streams and Wetlands

Earth.com

December 20, 2018

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found that artificial light is not just causing issues for humans at night, but is also having an impact on animals. This is particularly true for animals that live in and around streams and wetlands that are exposed to streetlights and other light sources after the sun goes down.

Featured expert: Maleika Sullivan, director of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park and associate professor of environment and natural resources


ALSO: The Tribune: Light pollution at night harms ecosystem

ALSO: Business Standard: Light pollution at night harms ecosystem: Study

ALSO: NDTV: What Is Light Pollution? How Does It Affect The Ecosystem?


Ohio on Track to Have Third Wettest Year

Farm and Dairy

December 19, 2018

After an exceptionally rainy fall, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

In early September, the remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved across Ohio, triggering upward of 8 inches of rain in southern Ohio. While October rainfall was closer to average, in November, umbrellas came out again — and often.

Featured Expert: Aaron Wilson, research scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center


'Sheep Farm' Update: Environmental Concerns Push Back Deal with Ohio State

Business First

December 19, 2018

With the original Dec. 31 deadline looming, the City of Columbus has yet to tie up a deal to purchase the Sawmill Road "sheep farm" from Ohio State University.

Due to some issues related to groundwater contamination – found when Westerville-based Stone Environmental Engineering and Science completed a third assessment of the property – finalizing the deal will be pushed back to April, said Sophia Fifner, the community relations chief for the city's recreation and parks department.


Smart Circuit Self-Driving Shuttles Fuel Ohio State Research

Ohio State News

December 19, 2018

Columbus residents and visitors now have the chance to ride Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles.

The Smart Circuit shuttles began humming their way along the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus on Dec. 10. The low-speed, electric vehicles make stops at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and Smart Columbus Experience Center. The service offers free rides to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

The initiative bringing self-driving shuttles to the Buckeye state is driven by Smart Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio, in partnership with The Ohio State University.


Smart Circuit self-driving shuttles fuel Ohio State research

Ohio State News

December 19, 2018

Columbus residents and visitors now have the chance to ride Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles.

The Smart Circuit shuttles began humming their way along the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus on Dec. 10. The low-speed, electric vehicles make stops at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and Smart Columbus Experience Center. The service offers free rides to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

The initiative bringing self-driving shuttles to the Buckeye state is driven by Smart Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio, in partnership with The Ohio State University.


Ohio State Team Submits Plan For Columbus To Fight Climate Change

WOSU

December 18, 2018

A task force led by researchers at The Ohio State University released its final list of 43 recommended actions that can help Central Ohio prepare for climate change. The Columbus Climate Adaptation Plan will be presented to Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther on Tuesday.

The recommendations are not aimed at preventing climate change from happening, but instead address ways Columbus must adapt to withstand extreme heat, lower air and water quality, and flooding.

...Jason Cervenec, program director, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, "Researchers present Columbus leaders with climate adaptation plan," Smart Cities Dive,

Featured Experts: Bryan Mark, professor, geography, Earth sciences, Jason Cervenec, program director, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, "Researchers present Columbus leaders with climate adaptation plan," Smart Cities Dive


Ohio State Student Hopes to Reduce Central Ohio Food Waste Through President’s Prize

The Lantern

December 18, 2018

Growing up in rural Ohio, Zac Graber was very active in his local 4-H, Farm Bureau and Future Farmers of America organizations.

Little did he know back then in Liberty Center, Ohio, that these involvements would instill in Graber, a fourth-year in marketing, a passion that would result in him receiving the highest university recognition given by Ohio State, the President’s Prize.


Warming Leads to Water Crisis in Himalayas: study

The Hindu

December 18, 2018

Climate change is driving glaciers in the Himalayas to melt more rapidly than at any point in the last 10,000 years, and could soon cause water supply shortage in parts of India, Pakistan, and Nepal, a study has warned.

Researchers from Ohio State University in the U.S. showed that climate change could have devastating effects on vulnerable residents in the Andes mountains and the Tibetan plateau.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, climate scientist


Ohio State Wins Grant To Study Impact Of Tariffs On Midwest

WOSU

December 18, 2018

When Ohio State researchers first proposed a study on the impacts of tariffs on food, water and energy in the Heartland, they didn’t anticipate how relevant that research would become.

Three colleges at Ohio State ended up winning a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and will focus their work on building models that show the effects of trade wars on Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.


How Agriculture Can Help In Mitigating Climate Change

The Logical Indian

December 17, 2018

Modern agriculture practices have become one of the perpetrators of climate change that we are facing today. Despite the fact that, agriculture is one of the predominant causes of global warming, its impact on the environment is often overlooked.

According to Dr Ratan Lal, professor of soil science at The Ohio State University “over the last 150 years, 476 billions of tons of carbon have been emitted from farmland soils due to inappropriate farming and grazing practices..."

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, professor of soil science