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).

Red clover, red clover, send clean water over

red cloverThere’s a lot to be said for cover crops, and a new guide says it. Co-written by CFAES experts, Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide shows the hows and whys of growing red clover (pictured with a guest), alfalfa and many others, including some new possibilities. Look inside here. Buy it here. Cover crops’ pros include protecting and improving both soil and water.

Non-burning question: Leave me be?

autumn-maple-leavesIs it better to rake your leaves or leave them alone? Discovery News recently talked to CFAES’s Joe Rimelspach, a turfgrass pathologist, to try to answer the question. (Photo: iStock.)

‘Stop Hunger Now’ for Thanksgiving

Stop_Hunger_Now for GBOn Nov. 24, three days before Thanksgiving, CFAES will host a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event, and you’re invited to help. You can register to be a volunteer here, and you can donate to the event here. The goal is to raise $21,750 and package 75,000 meals (each meal costs only 29 cents). Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that distributes food to people in vulnerable countries. The event, says its website, is a “fun, hands-on way to make a difference.” (Photo: Stop Hunger Now.)

Video series features soil health, ‘farmers who do things differently’

Healthy soils, as the saying goes, support healthy plants, healthy animals and healthy people. Healthy water, as it turns out, too. A new YouTube video series, whose contributors include experts from OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, shows farmers how to achieve those soils, which form a foundation for sustainable agriculture. Soil microbes (3:09), cover crops and compaction (4:26) are some of the topics. Read more.

Earth to earth; or, bereft of life, ’e rests in peace

What can a farmer do with a dead cow, pig or chicken that can save them (the farmer) some money, protect the environment, including water, and respectfully recycle the nutrients in the unfortunately now ex-animal’s body? Here’s what.

Nov. 12: ‘Glaciers, Mountains and People’

picture of andes mountainsThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Glaciers, Mountains and People” from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Blacklick Woods Metro Park Beech-Maple Lodge, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., in Reynoldsburg near Columbus. Featured will be a screening of “Glacial Balance,” a film on glacial melt in the Andes Mountains and its impact on people. Free admission. Watch the trailer (1:07). Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Details: 614-688-8279. (Photo: Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina; iStock.)

Agreement signed for sharing climate change information and technology

On Nov. 3, Steve Slack (pictured, right), director of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, was one of the signers of a memorandum of understanding to better equip farmers, communities and individuals with information and technology so they can best adapt to climate change and weather variability. Under the agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will work with state Extension programs (such as CFAES's outreach arm, OSU Extension) and agricultural experiment stations (such as OARDC) to widely disseminate science-based information through USDA’s seven Regional Climate Hubs. The agreement involves USDA, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP). ...    Read More »

How drones in the sky can help land and water

aerial view of farm and river for GBThe Nov. 12 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network looks at how unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, can improve how we take care of farms, soils, woods and water. Details and a link to register here. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo: iStock.)

‘Toledo was the wakeup call’

Outdoor writer D’Arcy Egan talked to CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron about protecting Lake Erie’s water quality, especially by stopping harmful algal blooms, in the Nov. 1 Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mentioned were both the Healthy Water Ohio and Field to Faucet efforts.