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Water with your breakfast

picture of flowing river water 2January’s Environmental Professionals Network “Breakfast Club” program features Sustaining Scioto, a new planning study to ensure clean, secure water for central Ohioans. Registration is open. A reduced rate for students, which includes breakfast, is available. Learn more …

That was one of them balsams

picture of discarded Christmas treeCFAES’s Neil Drobny offers tips for reducing, reusing and recycling holiday trash. Including, yes, old Christmas trees. Drobny is program director of CFAES’s fast-growing Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major.

Check out this new climate change website

climate website for GBYou’ve read about the “Global Change, Local Impact” webinar series by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team (most recently here and here). Now you can access recordings of all the webinars, together with helpful support information, all on a single website. Check it out.

Climate course breaks big on iTunes U

iTunes climate courseOhio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team has released its “Global Change, Local Impact” webinar series as an iTunes U course called “Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes.” In the first two weeks after its launch, the new course was featured by Apple, hit No. 1 on the list of iTunes U Top Courses, was visited 23,000 times and gained 2,500 subscribers. Included are 40-plus presentations on climate research, adaptation and education. Check it out. CFAES scientists are among the team’s members.

New partnerships for, and the benefits of, getting more people outside

picture of people kayakingOhio has great potential for outdoor recreation and the good that can come from it. So says CFAES’s David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. On Dec. 9, the network will host a program on tapping and growing that potential, and you’re invited to attend. Read more. (Photo: iStock.)

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:

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.)

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.)

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.