CFAES sustainability news, May 28, 2021

Nature can save humanity from climate doom—but not on its own

Wired, May 25; featuring Daniela Miteva, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Appreciate, don’t fear, the ‘bugs of history’

Farm and Dairy, May 24; featuring Joe Boggs, OSU Extension

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

Associated Press and Holland (Michigan) Sentinel, May 15; featuring Jeremy Bruskotter, School of Environment and Natural Resources

CFAES sustainability news, May 12, 2021

New York Times, May 5; featuring Marne Titchenell, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Toledo Blade (subscription required), May 2; Ohio State and CFAES research mentioned

Akron Beacon Journal, April 11; featuring Jeff Reutter, special advisor, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

Come join us in celebration

Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day—a day, its website says, “to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.”

So, what’s your favorite wild animal or plant, and why—whether in Ohio, North America, or anywhere on the planet? Write your answer in “Leave a comment.”

Me, I’ll keep it close to home and split my vote for two locals—the familiar eastern fox squirrel and the stolid, beatific American toad, the first wild animals I got to know well as a kid growing up in the suburbs.

(Photo: Getty Images.)

CFAES sustainability news, Jan. 19, 2021

No need to fear coyotes

Youngstown Vindicator, Jan. 10; research involving Stan Gehrt, School of Environment and Natural Resources, cited

Inspired by tailgaters, Ohio State students land $340,000 funding for portable ‘power as a service’ startup

Business First, Jan. 8, 2021

To the editor: Climate changes impact Ohio farmers

Toledo Blade, Jan. 4; Aaron Wilson, OSU Extension, cited

What to do with a Christmas tree after Christmas? A quick Q&A with 3 experts from CFAES

Sales of real Christmas trees “are booming as pandemic-weary Americans seek solace,” said a recent headline in the New York Times.

That’s good news for Christmas tree growers, like these in Ohio. But in the interest of recycling and reducing solid waste, what are some good green options to do with a Christmas tree after Christmas?

Here are suggestions from three CFAES experts.

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CFAES sustainability news, Dec. 2, 2020

Solar farms in Ohio

WOSU, Nov. 30; featuring Brent Sohngen, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Are we making raccoons smarter?

CBS Sunday Morning, Nov. 29; featuring Stan Gehrt, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Ohio State, landfill and brewery among largest greenhouse gas emitters in county

Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 26

So you’ve got an old pumpkin to get rid of …

Pumpkins rotting in landfills produce methane, a climate change-causing greenhouse gas, and an especially scary one at that—it’s 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

So, if you don’t send your old pumpkin out in the trash, destined for burial in a landfill, what’s the best thing you can do with it?

We talked to three experts from CFAES for options. Spoiler alert: Sometimes (dun dun dun) they come back.

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Missed the Gwynne? Here’s how to watch

CFAES’ Gwynne Conservation Area hosted a robust lineup of talks during this year’s virtual Farm Science Review, Sept. 22–24, and if you missed them during their livestreams, you’re in luck. You can watch the recordings—on topics covering forages, grazing, aquatics, woodlands, and wildlife—for free at the Review’s website, fsr.osu.edu.

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Let’s talk: Q-and-As with conservation pros

CFAES’ Gwynne Conservation Area is hosting three series of talks during Farm Science Review—Woodlands, Wildlife and Aquatics, and Forages and Grazing—and a highlight of each series will be a live 30-minute session with professionals working in that industry. It’s a chance for you to ask questions and get answers from experts who know what you’re talking about.

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