Sustainability... In Business

Target yield? ‘500 tires per acre’

Dandelion videoThe “Our Ohio” TV series, produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, reports on CFAES’s Buckeye Gold research program. The pioneering program aims to turn a one-of-a-kind dandelion into a domestic, sustainable source of quality rubber. Watch.

EPA’s new carbon rule? State renewable standards can help

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal seeking a 30-percent cut in carbon pollution from existing power plants. A story in the Los Angeles Times called it “potentially one of the biggest steps any country has ever taken to confront climate change.” One way to cut that pollution? State-level implementation of renewable energy standards. They work, says a recent paper co-authored by CFAES’s Brent Sohngen.

Hot in Cleveland? CFAES-spurred jobs, sustainability

buckeye smart flierCFAES Dean Bruce McPheron headlines the Buckeye Smart: Northeast Ohio Speaker Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave. His talk, called “Ohio State: Growing Jobs in Northeast Ohio,” will include details on a number of sustainability efforts. Among them: Projects to improve Lake Erie’s water quality, recycle food waste from the Cleveland Browns’ stadium and further support Cleveland’s big, growing urban farm movement. Tickets: $25; table of eight, $200. Details and reservations.

Report: ‘Evidence of climate change appears in every region’

satellite imageCFAES scientists Brent Sohngen and Rattan Lal were among the 300 experts who contributed to the recently released U.S. National Climate Assessment. (Photo: NOAA.)

Take me to the river … to see it restored and eat breakfast

Broad_Street_Bridge_Columbus_OhioThe restored Scioto River in downtown Columbus will take center stage — and serve as the backdrop — for June’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program. (Photo: Broad Street Bridge, Columbus, Ohio, by Barry haynes licensed under CC BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

Video: ‘Weeds Turned into Wheels’

Dandelion video imageThe Weather Channel reports today on a CFAES project turning a Russian dandelion into Ohio-grown rubber. Watch.

National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #6: Great Lakes at Greater Risk

Lake ErieKey Message 6 for the Midwest, “Increased Risks to the Great Lakes,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

Climate change will exacerbate

A range of risks to the Great Lakes,

including changes in the range and distribution of certain fish species,

increased invasive species and harmful blooms of algae,

and declining beach health.

Ice cover declines

will lengthen the commercial navigation season.

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National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #5: Extreme Rainfall Events

flooding imageKey Message 5 for the Midwest, “Increased Rainfall and Flooding,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

Extreme rainfall events

And flooding

Have increased during the last century,

And these trends are expected to continue,

causing erosion,

declining water quality,

and negative impacts on transportation,


human health,

and infrastructure.

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National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #4: Gassy But Solutions Exist

wind turbine imageKey Message 4 for the Midwest, “Fossil-Fuel Dependent Electricity System,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

The Midwest has a highly energy-intensive economy

With per capita emissions of greenhouse gases

More than 20 percent higher than the national average. The region

Also has a large and increasingly utilized

Potential to reduce emissions

That cause climate change.

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National Climate Assessment poem, Midwest edition, #3: Increased Public Health Risks

public health image 2Key Message 3 for the Midwest, “Public Health Risks,” from the third National Climate Assessment, released May 6, 2014 (first post):

Increased heat wave intensity and frequency,

Increased humidity,

Degraded air quality,

And reduced water quality

Will increase public health risks.

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