Nov. 25: 700-plus Ohio State students to share their environmental science work

picture of student symposium 3 for GBMore than 700 Ohio State environmental science students will present posters on their final course projects — featuring such timely topics as climate change, water quality, renewable energy and more — at the third annual Environmental Science Student Symposium. The event goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus. All the students are enrolled in Introduction to Environmental Science, taught through CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read more. (Photo: A scene from last year’s symposium; Molly Bean, SENR.)

Nov. 25: Making bio-based products from lignocellulosic biomass

The University of Toledo’s Patricia Relue speaks on “Bio-Based Products from Lignocellulosic Biomass: Sugars to Platform Molecules” from 1:50-2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the autumn seminar series by CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Relue is professor and undergraduate program director in Toledo’s Department of Bioengineering. Attend in 219 Agricultural Engineering Building, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus; or in 108 (Old) Administration Building at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Details:

‘America’s food future in Cleveland’s struggling neighborhoods’

Morten Damm Krogh takes a firsthand look at food deserts and urban farming around Cleveland in a great read on the German Marshall Fund Blog. He features the work of Morgan Taggart of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, who showed him around on his visit. “To be perfectly honest,” he writes, “I saw more of America’s food future in the struggling neighborhoods in East Cleveland than I did in the corn and soybean fields of Nebraska.” Krogh is a special adviser for Denmark’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and a fall 2014 European Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Plant green trees to stop global warming? Answer has shades of gray

Kaiguang ZhaoCould planting trees actually worsen global warming? CFAES scientist Kaiguang Zhao discusses the seemingly counterintuitive question Thursday, Nov. 20, in the autumn seminar series by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Zhao’s research, according to his website, “focuses on mapping, monitoring, modeling and managing terrestrial environments across scales, especially in the context of global environmental changes.” (Photo: SENR.)

Tonight: Cold, really old and a future foretold?

polar plantsWhat can 3-million-year-old Arctic plants tell us about climate change, Earth’s past and its future? The Climate Explorations series continues tonight in Columbus (scroll down). Not in Columbus? You also can join in by webinar. (Photo: Ingram Publishing.)

Today at noon: Climate change’s coming impacts on Midwest corn, water

corn in field at sunsetWhat does climate change hold for the Midwest’s future corn crops? And not just in terms of their yields, but also in terms of the nutrients that may run off from the fields? Today (Nov. 18) at noon in a free webinar, hear the results of a major study led by CFAES scientist Richard Moore. Learn more and register online.

Nuts! Bumper acorn crop a risk to calves

In the paraphrased words of The Little Rascals, “Don’t eat the acorns!” “Why?” “They can cause kidney failure!” In calves and young sheep. Ehhhhh!

Nov. 13: Climate change, international law and ‘The Wager of Our Generation’

carlarne_cinnamonOhio State Associate Professor Cinnamon Carlarne of the Michael E. Moritz College of Law presents “The Wager of Our Generation: Climate Change Beyond International Environmental Law” tomorrow, Nov. 13, in the autumn seminar series by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Carlarne is a leading expert on climate change law and policy. (Photo: Moritz College of Law.)

Dec. 3: Conference for farmers on no-till

no till soybeansFor a farmer, choosing not to till the soil can make it more fertile and keep it from eroding, the former a plus for food production, the latter a boon to water. On Dec. 3, CFAES experts will speak on science-tested ways to carry out the practice. Details here and here (PDF). (Photo: No-till soybeans, NRCS.)

U.S., China reach ‘historic’ deal to cut carbon emissions

From yesterday’s (Nov. 11) New York Times:

“China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.”

Read the story. CNN reported on the plan here, the BBC here, Business Insider (via Reuters) here and Fortune here.