Sustainability... On Campus

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.

In case you missed it

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a new report summarizing the panel’s three massive climate change studies. “Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents,” a press release about the report said. If left unchecked, climate change threatens “irreversible and dangerous impacts.”

IPCC Chair R.K. Pachauri of India, quoted in that press release, said:

“We have the means to limit climate change. The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”

Read the report (PDF).

‘A lasting impact on students’

picture of Dorothy TeaterA $500,000 gift from Dorothy Teater, pictured, and her four sons to CFAES will help both natural resources students and in-career professionals. The gift establishes the Dr. Robert W. Teater Endowed Fund (#482635), named after Mrs. Teater’s late husband, a director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for eight years. Before that, he had been director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information on this gift and others to CFAES, click here. (Photo: Matthew Marx.)

‘It’s absolutely inspiring to be here’

An Idealist Grad Fair is coming to Ohio State on Oct. 27. Watch a video on what the fair offers here (4:10) and what it looks like here (2:14). Hosting the event is Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Oct. 23: Climate change’s impacts on birds

picture of Atlantic puffinThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Computer Modeling, Climate Change and Impact on Birds” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., in Columbus. Featured will be the difference between climate and weather, the importance of computer models in understanding the atmosphere, and groundbreaking research on the impact of climate change on birds and their ranges. Free. To view the event online, click here. Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Atlantic puffin, iStock.)

Nov. 12 forecast: Sunny. Windy. Anaerobic digestively

solar panels for GBExperts from industry and academia will share their expertise on emerging green energy opportunities during a daylong workshop to be held Nov. 12 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. Press release here. Event flier with agenda and registration form here. There’s a discount for early registration (by Nov. 4) and for students. (Photo: iStock.)

CFAES grad student to attend World Food Prize events

Boniface MassaweCongratulations to Boniface Massawe, a Ph.D. soil science student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, on his selection to attend the 2014 World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, starting this Sunday, Oct. 12. While there, he’ll participate in the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium named for Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug, which will address “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by the Year 2050?” A native of Tanzania, Massawe is a fellow in the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program. Read more …

Today at 3: How to major in renewable energy at Ohio State ATI … and the places you can go from there

Learn about majoring in Renewable Energy at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Then hear how you can transition that major into a bachelor’s degree program on Ohio State’s main campus. It’s a free talk by Esther Dwyer and Jessica Diallo, both of CFAES, from 3-3:55 p.m. today, Oct. 9, in 081 Halterman Hall at ATI, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster. Details: