Making Headlines

  • Report: Climate change hazardous to the health of Ohio children

    Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 22, 2019

    Ohio children are feeling the effects of climate change, and that will only worsen unless action is taken, environmentalists said Thursday.

    “Climate change has, unfortunately, been conceptualized historically in the popular imagination as an issue that will affect animal species in a distant time in place. For example, polar bears in the Arctic Circle 50 years from now,” said Dr. Aparna Bole, a Shaker Heights pediatrician. “But in fact, climate change is fundamentally a public health issue affecting people, and especially children, right here and right now, and that’s why we’re so concerned.”


    Vanity Fair, Aug. 21, 2019

    President Donald Trump raged against the auto industry Wednesday, as car manufacturers continue to balk at his administration's planned rollback of Obama-era fuel emission standards. The Trump administration has long planned to stop Obama's policy, but California, which receives a waiver to enact its own fuel policies, responded by enacting tougher emission standards of its own. Now, automakers are caught in the middle between the two competing standards—but more are taking California's side, including four of the world's largest automakers. And, predictably, Trump isn't thrilled.

  • Ohio researchers working on solutions to combat harmful cyanobacteria blooms on Lake Erie

    Michigan Radio NPR, Aug. 19, 2019

    Phosphorus, much from fertilizer run-off, and high temperatures contribute to the explosion of blooms. Scientists say the cyanobacteria blooms are caused, in part, by climate change because of higher averaging temperatures, and freshwater ecosystems around the world will see similar blooms. Ohio researchers are doing all they can to find solutions for this “new normal." The Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative is made up of more than 50 science teams including Ohio colleges and universities.

  • Professor Sees Flaw in Argument that Energy Bill is a "Tax Increase"

    Statehouse News Bureau, Aug. 15, 2019

    A debate is brewing over whether a group can put the state’s new nuclear bailout bill before voters next year as referendum. The dispute questions if the increased rate on electric bills should be considered a tax increase. 

  • OSU study: Low-income, black neighborhoods still hit hard by air pollution

    Green Car Progress, Aug. 10, 2019

    Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America, particularly those where many low-income and African-American people live, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York. The nation’s air on the whole has become cleaner in the past 70 years, but those benefits are seen primarily in whiter, higher-income areas, said Kerry Ard, an associate professor of environmental sociology at The Ohio State University (OSU), who presented the research.

  • Scientists Visit Grand Lake St. Marys

    Evening Leader, Aug. 9, 2019

    On Aug. 1, Grand Lake St. Marys received a visit from a group of scientists who wanted to look into the wetlands that are working around the lake.
    Dr. Bill Mitsch, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and a professor emeritus at Ohio State University — who specializes in wetland and aquatic biogeochemistry and ecological engineering — visited with a group of five scientists — two from Poland — to show off some of the effective wetlands in Ohio.

  • How the industry's researchers are looking for new vehicle ingredients

    Automotive News Eurpoe , Aug. 9, 2019

    Sometime in the mid-1990s, when Katrina Cornish was living in California and working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she saw a load of freshly picked tomatoes in a hopper being transported from a farm on the back of a truck.

    Cornish, who has a doctorate in plant biology from the University of Birmingham in England, did not view that load of tomatoes as most people would. She wondered instead about the tomatoes on the bottom of the container and realized that the skins would have to be pretty tough to handle that much stress. Cornish is now a professor at Ohio State University and an international authority on alternative natural rubber production, properties and products, as well as rubber biosynthesis. It's very possible that tomato skins could end up in your next car.

  • The Bizarre Weather Science Behind Greenland's Record Meeting

    Vice, Aug. 7, 2019

    Natural cycles can make Greenland more prone to melting. Climate change is tipping the scales. Over the last week, Greenland shed more than 60 billion tons of ice as a heat wave enveloped the Arctic island, triggering melting on a scale not seen since 2012. From July 31 to August 1, the ice sheet lost enough weight to cover the state of Florida in nearly 5 inches of water. At the height of the melt event, rates of ice loss approached levels scientists had not expected to see until the late 21st century.

  • Super Awesome Science Show: Water Worries

    Global News Canada, Aug. 6, 2019

    Access to clean, safe water is a basic human need. However, for more than two billion people, having such access is simply not a reality. What’s worse is that in countries that have enjoyed the luxury of treated water, there is a troubling trend: from boil water orders to breaks in the system to massive outbreaks, our water supply is at risk. On this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to explore why we should be worried about our water.

  • Running on Rubbish: Automakers eye using eggshells, tomato skins in car parts

    Yahoo Finance, Aug. 5, 2019

    Instead of plastic, aluminum, and fine Corinthian leather, the interior of your next car could be made partially of food scraps. Automakers are searching for new materials to lower the environmental impact of future cars, according to Automotive News, and that search is leading researchers to the garbage pile.Tomato skins could become an environmentally friendly alternative to the carbon black used in many rubber car parts, such as tires, hoses, and suspension bushings.