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.
Featured expert(s): Chris Atkinson
mechanical and aerospace engineering, SI affiliated faculty
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.
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.
Featured expert(s): Rattan Lal
environment and natural resources, SI affiliated faculty
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.
Featured expert(s): Michalea King
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Ohio AG Dave Yost creates scientific advisory council to alert, assist him regarding algal blooms, other issue
Cleveland.com, 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.
Featured expert(s): Roman Lanno, evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, SI affiliated faculty and Linda Weavers, civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering and SI Faculty Advisory Board
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.
Featured expert(s): Rebecca Reczek, marketing, and Bhavik Bakshi, chemical and biomolecular engineering and SI Faculty Advisory Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featured expert(s): Brian Roe
agricultural, environmental and development economics, SI affiliated faculty