Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

‘Nature as a necessity’

Laura Arenschield reports on M. Sanjayan’s talk at Ohio State last night in today’s Columbus Dispatch. She quotes, among others, CFAES student Emma Grace Matcham: “Dr. Sanjayan calls on each of us to see nature not as a luxury, but as a necessity.” Matcham is a forestry, fisheries and wildlife major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details about that major are here.

Feb. 11: Sanjayan available to talk to media

Photo of M Sanjayan and panda 3M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist with Conservation International, will give a free public talk, “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together,” to more than 1,500 people — including students, faculty and staff from The Ohio State University and members of the surrounding community — at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Reporters are welcome to attend.

Sanjayan will be available for media interviews starting at 4:15 p.m. Contact Molly Bean at 614-688-8798 or to make arrangements. Read More »

‘True Colors’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with the “True Colors” episode of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Olivia Munn (profiling climate-conscious Washington state Governor Jay Inslee) and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s views about manmade climate change and coastal rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy) are the on-screen correspondents. Kate Bartter, director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, and Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will lead the post-screening discussion. Learn more.

‘Plains,’ ‘Forests’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Plains episode of Earth A New WildOhio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with “Plains” and “Forests.” Both are episodes from the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild.” Rebecca Swab, director of restoration ecology at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and Peter Curtis, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, will lead the discussion afterward. Get details. (Fan of “Earth: A New Wild”? Read this.) (Image: PBS.)

So I thought we were getting away from this

Cell phone useWould you want Wi-Fi in the wilderness? If so, why? Fresh from an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, Jay Zagorsky, a scientist with Ohio State though not with CFAES, writes about “Why Google’s Plan to Blanket Wilderness With Wi-Fi Is a Bad Idea.” It’s in yesterday’s Huffington Post Tech blog. Your thoughts?

1 day, 9 ways to manage what lives on your land even better

Conference on woods and wildlife 2A Nov. 14 workshop near Toledo aims to help landowners better understand and manage their natural resources, from trees to bees to ponds to wildlife. Read More »

Get tickets now, or at least soon, for February evening with M. Sanjayan

M Sanjayan and Earth A New WildThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is presenting a special evening with M. Sanjayan, host of the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild,” on Feb. 11 in Columbus. That’s about four months away still. But tickets are going fast. Read More »

Ohio State students launch ‘Environmental ScienceBites’ iBook

Environmental Science Bites 3A new free iBook written by students in an introductory environmental science course at Ohio State describes some of Earth’s biggest challenges and how people are using cutting-edge science and engineering for sustainable solutions. Called Environmental ScienceBites, the 184-page e-book for Apple devices was written by undergraduate students in Introduction to Environmental Science, which is offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. A version of the book is also available for Android devices. Read the whole story …

Does nature have intrinsic value?

Does nature have value beyond what it provides people? CFAES researcher Jeremy Bruskotter and colleagues discussed that question in a recent Epoch Times article. A survey by the team in Ohio, for example, found that more than 82 percent of Ohioans acknowledged the intrinsic value of wildlife. In the same survey, more than 90 percent of people who strongly identified as “conservationists” acknowledged nature’s intrinsic value.

But if so very many of us believe in nature’s intrinsic value, then why do we seem to behave otherwise? … Why do we as a society make so many decisions that appear to be, or that actually are, inconsistent with the idea that nature possesses intrinsic value?

Read the article …

‘There really are solutions’: Environmental film series starts Oct. 20

Film series 2Students from Ohio State and members of the broader community will screen and discuss six weekly environmental films with university and local experts in October and November.

The series is designed to raise awareness of climate change and its economic, health, political and environmental impacts, said David Hanselmann, a lecturer in CFAES and the coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. Read More »