Making Headlines

  • Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet

    Washington Post, October 8, 2020

    Long ago, in lands that were always warm, people got ice from the heavens.

    At sunset, they poured water into shallow earthen pits or ceramic trays insulated with reeds. All through the night the water would radiate its heat into the chilly void of space. By morning, it turned to ice — even though the air temperature never dropped below freezing.

    This wasn’t magic; it was science.


    The Lantern, October 7, 2020

    Ohio State students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to voice concerns Wednesday over the recently approved power plant to be built on West Campus at a date not yet determined. 

    Ohio State’s Sustainability Institute hosted an online informational session for “sustainability student leaders” about the combined heat and power plant which was approved for construction Sept. 17. A panel of energy and sustainability specialists answered selected questions about the university’s current heat and electricity infrastructure and the role of the new natural gas-powered plant.

  • Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue, receive World Food Prize, and be honored by Ohio State

    Ohio's Country Journal and Ag Net, October 6, 2020

    Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialouge streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy.

  • Shrinking glaciers have created a new normal for Greenland's ice sheet – consistent ice loss for the foreseeable future

    The Conversation and multiple associated news outlets, October 5, 2020

    Greenland is the largest island on Earth, and about 80% of it is covered by a giant sheet of ice. Slowly flowing glaciers connect this massive frozen reservoir of fresh water to the ocean, but because of climate change, these glaciers are rapidly retreating.

  • Ohio AG Dave Yost creates scientific advisory council to alert, assist him regarding algal blooms, other issue, October 5, 2020

    Attorney General Dave Yost is bringing together a group of Ohio environmental scientists to advise and proactively alert him about issues such as toxic algal blooms, according to his office.

  • Demand for eco-friendly products persists as pandemic drives single-use products

    Columbus CEO, September 30, 2020

    The word “sustainability” has different—and sometimes conflicting—definitions, especially in the business world. However, Ray Leard, who calls himself the chief composter at his Columbus-based business Compost Exchange, describes sustainability as less of a concrete concept and more of an awareness. It’s one he feels people are becoming more in tune with as an unexpected result of the global crisis.

  • How wastewater can help predict a COVID-19 spike

    WCMH, September 29, 2020

    Wastewater can help predict a COVID-19 case spike, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

    The Ohio Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network is testing wastewater for gene fragments of the coronavirus.

  • Ohio prisons are combating COVID-19 by keeping an eye on wastewater

    The Columbus Dispatch, September 29, 2020

    The state prisons system started testing wastewater samples earlier this year to see if virus particles were showing up. In many cases, scientists could see the virus in sewage up to seven days before cases showed up, said Annette Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

  • Ohio State's $278M heat and power plant plan advances

    Business First, September 24, 2020

    OSU officials “will now work to finalize a project timeline” for the plant, which will provide “energy-efficient electricity, heating and cooling” for the entire campus, OSU spokesman Dan Hedman said.

  • Nearly 200 of the world’s biggest food suppliers pledge to halve their food waste

    The Washington Post, September 23, 2020

    Nearly 200 food suppliers, including some of the largest producers in the world, have pledged to cut their food waste in half by 2030.

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