Ohio State Energy in the News

Researchers sue EPA over advisory committee policy

The Hill

December 22, 2017

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Washington, D.C., federal court by Earthjustice and Columbia University’s Environmental Law Clinic, on behalf of Physicians for Social Responsibility, National Hispanic Medical Association, the International Society for Children’s Health and Environment, Robyn Wilson, Joseph Árvai and Edward Avol.

Featured expert: Robyn Wilson, risk analysis and decision science

ALSO: Washington Post, In 'defense of science,' researchers sue EPA over move to overhaul advisory boards

Linking climate change to ecosystem assembly and functioning

Research Features Magazine

December 21, 2017

... a multi-collaborative project, funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), is investigating the environmental factors that have hosted life in the Transantarctic Mountains, and how ecosystems reacted to glacial events before, during, and after the Last Glacial Maximum.

Featured expert: William Berry Lyons, earth sciences

Area’s air quality continues to improve

Columbus Dispatch

December 18, 2017

Kerry Ard, a professor at Ohio State University’s school of environment and natural resources, agreed, adding that it affects more than respiratory, cardiovascular and other health issues.

Poor air quality “strains the health-care system, keeps people home from work and school, and often negatively impacts household finances,” Ard said. “A healthier population means healthier consumers and workers, which means a more vibrant economy.”

Featured expert: Kerry Ard, assistant professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Winter means work for Lake Erie's algae warriors, too

Toledo Blade

December 14, 2017

Winter may seem like off-season for algae warriors, but it’s not.

Much of the number-crunching from last summer’s bloom is done during the winter. And on Wednesday, a dozen people — a combination of Great Lakes scientists and water-treatment plant operators — met at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center to clean, re-calibrate, and reset sensors that will be used on buoys in the lake next summer.

Featured expert: Justin Chaffin, Ohio Sea Grant Stone Laboratory research director

Stone Age secrets trapped in oldest ice core ever drilled that is the size of Empire State building

Scientists studying the ice core hope to gather information to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth's climate history.

International Business Times

December 14, 2017

Researchers found that there has been a persistent temperature rise and increase in precipitation over the last few centuries in Tibet's Kunlun Mountains. However, it is on the Guliya Ice Cap, where the latest ice core was drilled that scientists found the most dramatic and noticeable changes. In the last 50 years, the average temperature at the Guliya Ice Cap has gone up by 1.5 degrees Celsius and the average precipitation has risen by 2.1 inches per year in just 25 years.

"The ice cores actually demonstrate that warming is happening, and is already having detrimental effects on Earth's freshwater ice stores," Lonnie Thompson, a professor in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University and co-leader of the international research team, said in a statement.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, professor in the School of Earth Sciences and co-leader of the international research team

ALSO: R&D Magazine: Researchers Capture Oldest Ice Core Ever Drilled Outside the Polar Regions

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