Coming event at Ohio State on sustaining farming, people despite climate change

Photo of farming despite climate change 3January’s public program by the Environmental Professionals Network will look at humanity’s balancing act: Producing enough food and energy, improving economies and social conditions, and protecting the environment and biological diversity — all while faced with climate change and, by 2050, possibly 2 billion more people on the planet. Continue reading

Editorial supports (with caveats) water quality bond issue

A $1 billion statewide bond issue to fund new projects to protect Ohio’s water quality, proposed by the Healthy Water Ohio coalition, “deserves consideration,” said an editorial in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch:

When cities have to spend billions — a projected $2.7 billion in projects for Columbus alone — to keep sewage from overflowing into water sources, Ohio has a problem.

The coalition’s steering committee includes representatives from conservation groups, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, and agriculture. Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s interim executive vice president and provost, leads the committee’s working group on research, education and outreach. McPheron was previously dean of CFAES.

Pollinator workshop in Wooster

CFAES’s Bee Lab hosts a workshop on Creating Pollinator Habitat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Shisler Conference Center, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. The event features about a dozen experts from CFAES and elsewhere speaking on creating pollinator habitat in diverse ecosystems, including vacant urban land, roadsides, field edges, utility rights-of-way, pastures and gardens. Registration is $50 and includes handouts, morning refreshments and lunch. Learn more and register.