If Earth is getting warmer, why has it been so cold out (except in Alaska)? A new video by the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media — called a “well-sourced every person’s guide” — tells us why.
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Are you an employer in an environment-related field looking to hire excellent employees or interns? Are you a CFAES student looking for a full-time job, an internship or simply to network? Then check out CFAES’s 2014 Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo Jan. 30, a veritable one-stop shop for green hiring and being hired. If you’re a CFAES student or alumnus, you can learn more through your Hireabuckeye account. If you’re an employer and wish to reserve booth space, click here.
Speaking of Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant, experts from both programs will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland. They’ll speak on such topics as harmful algal blooms and Ohio’s Clean Marinas program. College and advanced high school students can learn about taking classes at Stone Lab. Kids can make their own walleye lure. And the show’s managing organization, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, will donate $1 from every ticket sold that day to Stone Lab student scholarships. Get details and buy tickets. (Photo: LEMTA.)
If you’re interested in green roofs, if you’re interested in studying and working in a green industry, if you’re interested in doing that studying at Ohio State in CFAES, or if you just want to hear a good story about a successful graduate who loved her time here and is doing good work now because of it, then check out this new YouTube video (2:29).
Kate Bartter, interim director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, headlines the Thursday, Jan. 16, seminar of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Climate scientist Michael Mann, pictured, speaks on “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” based on his book of the same title, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. The museum’s website says his talk “will give an insider’s account of climate science, media and politics.” Complete details here. Watch a Mother Jones interview with him here. (Photo: Department of Geosciences, Penn State.)
The LEED green building program and a similar new program for sustainable landscapes, called SITES, are the focus of the next monthly breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN). Read the press release. Download the flier (pdf). Register here. The event takes place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Center, shown here, the first LEED-certified building at Ohio State. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Here’s more on CFAES working with the Cleveland Browns and other partners to turn food waste from the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium into renewable energy. (Photo by Erik Drost via Wikimedia Commons.)
More from Thursday’s webinar flier: “Ohio’s renewable energy laws, Senate Bill 221, are newer and have a smaller requirement than most other states, but they have already reduced carbon emissions in Ohio by over 2.5 million tons through 2012, or around 0.5 percent per year. Looking forward, the reductions in emissions that will result from Ohio’s existing energy efficiency regulations will be dramatic in the state, cutting Ohio’s emissions by over 50 percent within the next 40 years.” Log in at noon, Dec. 12, to learn more.
You’re invited to participate in a webinar called “An Analysis of the Effect of Federal and State Energy Efficiency Regulations on Past and Future Ohio Carbon Emissions” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The speakers will be from The Nature Conservancy, Resources for the Future, and CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. “Renewable energy laws are remarkably effective at reducing carbon emissions,” the speakers say. How remarkable? In the past 10 years, they’ve cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 1.1 billion tons, or about 3.5 percent per year, and Ohio’s by 2.5 million tons. Login here.