Ohio State Energy in the News
May 20, 2018
The Ohio State University is going out of this world.
OSU launched its first satellite into space on Monday morning.
The Antares rocket launched
the satellite and supplies at 4:44 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in
Wallops Island, Virginia. The supply ship is headed to the
International Space Station.
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We blame a lot on global warming — but science might not be ready to indict it for tummy troubles
May 17, 2018
...Bailey also pointed me to research by a team at Ohio State University, which found that climate change in the Arctic and just south — back around Nunatsiavut in Canada — may be increasing a plant chemical that thwarts leaf-eating moose from getting the energy they need. The team, however, is testing a hypothesis that something in the moose’s microbiome is allowing it to resist or degrade that chemical and thrive, despite the material change to their diet.
To my shock, these studies seemed relatively hopeful. Maybe if the moose’s four-part stomach could adapt, so could my relatively simple one.
Featured expert: story mentions study connecting climate change with moose microbiome
The Columbus Dispatch
May 13, 2018
...Decomposing plant matter during the Northern Hemisphere’s fall and winter releases a pulse of carbon dioxide into the air. That peaks each April. As plants photosynthesize and grow during spring and summer, they convert that carbon dioxide into leaves and other plant parts. Annual low points in the carbon-dioxide cycle occur each October.
Featured expert: Steve Rissing, professor of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology
May 8, 2018
Crews have been working beneath the Oval on the Ohio State University campus, updating 3,000 feet of utility lines that snake through a brick-and-mortar tunnel system built in the early 1900s.
Ohio State Energy Partners, ENGIE Services and Ohio State University are working on the project to support nearby building heating, hot water and repairing of the aging tunnels.
May, 2018 issue
The longest ice core ever extracted from a Himalayan glacier now resides in a freezer at OSU. Scientists hope to unlock its secrets before it’s too late.
To most people, they’re glaciers: majestic, impregnable walls of ice that tower above sea level. But to Ohio State University glaciologists Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, they’re archives: perfectly preserved records documenting the planet’s history. For more than four decades, the husband-and-wife team has been hustling to extract those records and bring them home to Columbus for closer study.
May 2, 2018
As toxin-producing algal blooms similar to those that foul western Lake Erie each summer continue to rise exponentially throughout the world, a growing body of scientific data is emerging that shows they are getting harder to control because of climate change, invasive species, and global trade.
Featured expert: Jiyoung Lee, associate professor of environmental health sciences
Openings of a new AYCTE dining hall and six-station marketplace are among the recent highlights for OSU Dining.
May 2, 2018
The past few years have been busy ones for OSU Dining Services, with the openings of a new two-floor 900-seat AYCTE dining hall, a new six-station marketplace location, a new coffee shop serving direct trade coffee and a new convenience store.
April 26, 2018
Only two more projects stand in the way of the completion of a years-long construction overhaul nestled at the center of Ohio State University's main campus.
The university first began exploring restoration of the iconic Mirror Lake in 2013. In the years following, it started renovating surrounding buildings to increase safety, sustainability and create a modern learning environment, all in line with the school's Framework 2.0 plan.
April 19, 2018
...Part of the tension comes from the fact that corals do have an ability to adapt or evolve to their environment, but it’s not clear how far that ability will be able to stretch. “There is evidence that some coral are able to adapt very rapidly,” says Andrea Grottoli, a coral biologist at Ohio State University. “But it is not the norm.”
Featured Expert: Andréa Grottoli, professor of Earth sciences
Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil — but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land.
The New York Times
April 18, 2018
Climate change often evokes images of smokestacks, and for good reason: The single largest source of carbon emissions related to human activity is heat and power generation, which accounts for about one-quarter of the carbon we put into the atmosphere. Often overlooked, though, is how we use land, which contributes almost as much.
Featured expert: Rattan Lal, professor of soil science
The Columbus Dispatch
April 15, 2018
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is one of the major controls on Earth’s surface temperature. That is as true today as it was in the past. A recent bit of research looked at that link during a crucial time in history, the Cretaceous Period, and did so by a fascinating method.
Featured Expert: Dale Gnidovec, curator of the Orton Geological Museum
April 9, 2018
Ohio State University is piloting a project that could provide more food and jobs to the cities that need them.
Kip Curtis, an assistant professor at the Mansfield campus, helped build the first micro-farm there last year in a parking lot.
Mansfield News Journal
April 6, 2018
Tyler Arter is a local guy who now holds the first new job created by a promising food production experiment at the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus.
The extensive experiment is a micro-farm built last year in a campus parking lot. Arter, 23, manages 10 interns who care for and harvest a variety of vegetables produced there.
March 27, 2018
"For our modern society, there are so many more people at risk and more vulnerabilities to consider: modern infrastructure and cities at risk of rising sea levels, agriculture unsuited for warmer seasons and more drought, moving disease vectors, lost biodiversity and ecosystem services, and so on," White wrote in an email. "It's good to hear stories of adaptation and resilience, and not just crisis and collapse. But we need to be cautious with either."
Featured expert: Sam White, professor of history
March 23, 2018
The Kasich administration — after years of resistance on behalf of agriculture — announced Thursday it will declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired, marking a reversal on what has arguably been northwest Ohio’s most contentious water-policy issue.
The Ohio EPA said its decision came after consultation with experts from Ohio State University’s Sea Grant College Program, Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. EPA.
A group of independent Mansfield campus students designed and constructed a microfarm
Morning Ag Clips
March 22, 2018
Tyler Arter pulled weeds as he talked about the project Kent “Kip” Curtis believes will expand well beyond the borders of the parking lot where it’s located on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University.
It is a microfarm, a concept brought to the regional campus by Curtis, an assistant professor of environmental history at Mansfield.
Energy News Network
March 22, 2018
A promising technology under development at The Ohio State University converts fossil fuels into electricity without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the method makes it out of the lab and into the real world, it could represent a breakthrough for “clean coal.”
Featured expert: L.S. Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
March 19, 2018
In 1748, the French philosopher Montesquieu published The Spirit of the Laws, a survey of political systems that argued for the separation of powers and citizens’ rights to due process. ...In the book, after discussing taxes and before considering slavery, Montesquieu set out a theory that climate differences help to shape human societies. ...
More than two centuries after Montesquieu, the notion that climate molds character is getting some support from modern science. A report published in November in the journal Nature Human Behaviour claimed that ambient temperature (that is, the temperature of the surrounding environment) is a “crucial” factor associated with an individual’s personality.
Featured expert: Brad Bushman, communication
March 16, 2018
Researchers say that while agriculture is a primary source of phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie, they want to work with the farm industry, not against it, to prevent devastating harmful algal blooms.
“We know there’s a tremendous amount of jobs and revenue in this state because of agricultural production. This is the largest industry in our state,” Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, said at the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Agricultural Community Breakfast on Friday.
Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory
The Daily Reporter
March 16, 2018
On average, North American continental snowfall measures annually at approximately 1,200 cubic miles — the equivalent of 7.5 inches spread evenly throughout the continent from the southern frontier of Mexico to the Canadian Arctic. That’s a lot of snow and even more than previous estimates, Ohio State University researchers wrote in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists now have revised the estimated snow volume for the entire continent in a typical year 50 percent higher than previously thought.
Featured experts: Melissa Wrzesien and Michael Durand, graduate student and professor of earth sciences
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