CFAES sustainability news, Feb. 28, 2022

White House science office to hold first-ever event on countering ‘climate delayism’

Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2022; featuring Kerry Ard, CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

Farmers in Senegal learn to respect a scruffy shrub that gets no respect

 NPR, Feb. 20, 2022; spin-off from research by Richard Dick, SENR

A good place to study in summer

Ohio State students can apply now for scholarship support to attend classes at Stone Laboratory, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Read more on Ohio Sea Grant’s website.

Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant are part of CFAES. (Photo: A student studies at Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island, with Put-in-Bay harbor in the background; Ohio Sea Grant.)

Get all the latest on conservation tillage

Wondering how climate change may affect agriculture, food quality, and public health? Want to learn how tile drainage impacts river flashiness? Or what kinds of insects are beneficial for sustainable agriculture? The answers to these questions and more will be discussed during the annual Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTC), held March 8–9 in Ada, Ohio. The conference is presented by CFAES and other supporters.

Read the full story. (Photo: Reduced tillage corn, Getty Images.)

CFAES sustainability news, Feb. 11, 2022

Ice cover could help Lake Erie’s struggling yellow perch as reduced fishing limits loom

Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 6, 2022; Ohio State research cited

Dozens of Great Lakes scientists join rare February sampling campaign to study ‘the changing face of winter’

Mirage News, Feb. 3, 2022; Ohio State researchers included

Out in the darkness the whip-poor-wills cry

Using GPS tags attached to the birds, associate professor Chris Tonra and graduate student Aaron Skinner, both of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, helped discover some surprising facts about the long migrations that eastern whip-poor-wills make from their Midwestern (including Ohio) breeding grounds.

Read the full story.

(Photo: Eastern whip-poor-will, Getty Images.)

How to transition fairly from coal

“Our research found coal mining-dependent economies have generally struggled in the last century compared to Appalachian communities that have not been tied to coal extraction.”

That’s Mark Partridge, CFAES professor and C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, quoted in a recent article about a study he co-authored.

“Remaining tied to coal mining is exactly the opposite of how more prosperous communities have evolved,” Partridge says in the article, “and it risks the future viability of Appalachian counties.”

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I looked a coyote right in the face

The next monthly program by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), “Coyotes, Coffee, and Carnivores” is Tuesday, Feb. 15, online or in person. The theme is “exploring human-animal coexistence in a crowded world.” The esteemed speaker lineup includes Stan Gehrt, CFAES’ own world-renowned expert on urban wildlife.

Get details about the EPN program, including how to register.