Where things stand on carbon science

What’s the state of the science when it comes to sequestering carbon in the soil, such as through farming? Check out an official position statement issued by CFAES’ renowned Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration. The brief statement, released Aug. 2, summarizes where the science is clear, where it’s less so, and a strategy for going forward. It mentions, too, a current hot topic, farmers earning carbon credits.

Read the full statement. (Photo: Getty Images.)

CFAES sustainability news, Aug. 30, 2021

Where have fireflies gone?

Youngstown Vindicator, Aug. 23; featuring Dave Shetlar, CFAES Department of Entomology

Hundreds of U.S. cities adopted climate plans. Few have met the goals, but it’s not too late.

USA Today, Aug. 10; featuring Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension

‘Stinkweed’ could be used for green jet fuel

Bio Market Insights, Aug. 9; featuring Ajay Shah, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

CFAES sustainability news, July 28, 2021

Farmers make progress in improving water quality, but much work remains

Columbus Dispatch, July 27; featuring Nate Douridas, farm manager, Molly Caren Agricultural Center

Will our food break the climate or save it?

The Hill, July 27; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources

CFAES sustainability news, July 23, 2021

National Geographic, July 22; featuring Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Marion Star, July 18; Whitney Gherman, OSU Extension

Cleveland.com, July 16; featuring Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory

‘Know more, waste less’

“As future leaders in the food and agriculture industry, we believe it is our social responsibility to consume and produce food in a conscientious manner.”

So says CFAES PhD student Aishwarya Badiger in our latest CFAES Story, which looks at her work with Know Food Waste, an award-winning CFAES student group.

Read the story.

Ohio State hosts UK diplomats for climate change discussion

From Ohio State NewsRepresentatives of local government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and Ohio State gathered on Wednesday, June 2, to share climate successes and insight with United Kingdom diplomatic leaders as they prepare to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, in November.

During the discussion, Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson highlighted the university’s climate change research, including the work of Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science with CFAES.

Read the story.

Woodlot warriors: Your trees as fighters of climate change

Can the trees in your woods help battle climate change? Find out in a webinar by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 7. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Included in the Q&A discussion, among others, will be CFAES professor Brent Sohngen, whose research on trees as climate solutions was featured in a recent post.

Learn more about the webinar and register.

Earth Day webinar: Soil as climate solution

Ever wonder what it will take to slow down the planet’s warming?

The cause is excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the answer might be right under our feet.

A webinar set for Thursday, April 22, 1–2 p.m., hosted by the CFAES Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, will celebrate Earth Day with insights from Ohio State faculty on Earth’s carbon cycle, and how we can restore it by storing carbon in soils.

Participation is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Find out more and register.

(From Alayna DeMartini, CFAES Advancement; photo: Getty Images.)

America’s forests as climate solutions

In America’s fight to reduce carbon emissions, expanding and better managing the nation’s forests would be the cheapest and easiest steps to take.

That’s according to new research by CFAES’ Brent Sohngen, who is slated as one of eight speakers—from academia, government agencies, advocacy groups, and multiple states—in a free public webinar titled “The Economics of U.S. Forests as a Natural Climate Solution.”

Set for April 29, noon to 2 p.m., the webinar is a joint program by CFAES, North Carolina State University, the University of Maine, the University of Idaho, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

Read more about the webinar and Sohngen’s research.

Register for the webinar. (Photo: Getty Images.)