Tom Henry writes on Great Lakes Echo about growing oilseed radish to prevent Lake Erie’s harmful algae blooms.
Read OSU Extension’s fact sheet on the crop here (pdf).
Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, looks at rising temperatures, rising food prices, and EcoSummit 2012. He’s one of the conference’s plenary speakers.
Some of the 1,600 international delegates to EcoSummit 2012 will be visiting our island campus on Lake Erie.
More from Robyn Wilson on her EcoSummit talk:
“We found that we could actually increase support for black bear conservation by providing the public with information focused on benefits of bears and how the individual can protect themselves from the risks — giving them a sense of increased control over conflict with bears.
“These acceptance-type (psychological) models tell us a lot about what people think about carnivores and how we can communicate more effectively about carnivore conservation.”
Details on Robyn Wilson’s EcoSummit presentation:
“The reappearance and recovery of large carnivores across a variety of landscapes creates a need to understand how people will respond to the presence of these animals,” the authors write in the abstract. “To address this need, a psychological model of ‘acceptance’ was tested to determine what variables most influence acceptance of black bears in an area with an emerging black bear population (Ohio, USA). […]
“We found that communication efforts that highlight perceived individual control and the benefits of emerging carnivore populations can raise stakeholders’ acceptance. The model that was tested here has great potential to help managers understand what drives public acceptance of carnivores in a variety of contexts as well as assist in the design of more strategic communication efforts aimed at increasing acceptance.”
A look at some of the presentations by CFAES scientists at EcoSummit 2012, which starts this Sunday:
“Carnivores as a Hazard: The Role of Risk Perception in Predicting Public Acceptance” by Robyn Wilson of the School of Environment and Natural Resources, et al.
Part of the symposium titled “Carnivore Conservation in Human-dominated Systems: Ecological, Ethical, and Social Dimensions.” Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
EcoSummit 2012, which starts on Sept. 30 in Columbus, includes a number of field trips for the delegates, who will have come here from 75 countries. This one features agricultural stability and food security and goes to two places that exemplify just that: the Richland County farm of a world-famous sustainable-agriculture pioneer (video, 7:21) … and 28 miles up the road, the Wooster campus of our very own OARDC (video, 2:00).
From Mazeika Sullivan on his EcoSummit presentation:
“Drawing on data from the US Intermountain West, Midwest, and New England, this (presentation) aims to characterize riverine food webs and aquatic-terrestrial fluxes of carbon, energy, and organisms within a geomorphic context. […]
“We conclude by demonstrating that ecogeographic perspectives are essential to improved understanding of riverscape structure and function and may provide important information for both conservation and management of riverine resources.”
A look at some of the presentations by CFAES scientists at EcoSummit 2012, which starts Sept. 30:
“Fluvial Geomorphology and Food Webs: Linking Structure and Process at the Riverscape Scale” by Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources, et al. Part of the symposium titled “Ecogeomorphology: A Biophysical Framework for River Science.” Oct. 2, session 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sullivan and Gary Brierley of New Zealand’s University of Auckland are co-chairs of that symposium.
More from Eddie Gomez on his EcoSummit presentation:
“The amount of carbon in various commercially available bioplastics and natural fibers converted to CO2 (and methane) was determined during soil incubation, composting, and anaerobic digestion.” (The materials included biopolymers made from corn starch and polylactic acid; natural fibers such as coconut coir; and conventional plastics amended with additives claiming to confer biodegradability.)
“Although certain biopolymers and natural fibers appear to biodegrade to an appreciable extent, none meet ASTM standards for biodegradability or compostability.
“Conventional plastics containing additives did not biodegrade differently than non-additive-containing plastics.”