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2.4 magnitude earthquake near Boone, North Carolina, United States and Columbus, Ohio, United States : August 24, 2014 23:16

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Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM. Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM. No tsunami statement issued. Magnitude Type: md. USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist. Reports from the public: 17 people. via earthquaketrack.com. No one in my family believed me

If economics is right, bottled water prices in Columbus are about to go up

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Nitrate levels at a Columbus water treatment facility increased overnight, according to city officials, who said the no-drink advisory for pregnant women and infants younger than 6 months has been continued. In this case, we would expect the demand for bottled water to increase in reaction to the increased nitrate levels in Columbus drinking water. 

And in Columbus, Ohio you can trade signed memorabilia as payment

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Surely it's time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. Not necessarily on the forehead; I'm a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ''Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?'

In case you happen to be in Morogoro, Tanzania next week.

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Presenter: Dr. Tim Haab, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA. IAGRI Workshop Announcement. Introduction to Valuation Methods and Willingness to Pay. Dates: October 12-13, 2016. Location: iAGRI building, Sokoine University of Agriculture campus.

Now where am I supposed to get my local post ideas?

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The Columbus Dispatch's (www.dispatch.com) website has looked like this for the last hour

Caption This: Even the geese are seeking dry land

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Saw this while walking across campus on yet another rainy day in Columbus.    I'm sure there's a witty caption in here somewhere.    Submit yours in the comments

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Adirondacks Version

Conservancy Talk

Nature doesn’t play favorites, but as luck would have it, this Columbus Day 2014 weekend’s weather forecast was shaping up to be a good one. Couchsachraga, that Columbus Day weekend 2014 for another try. I almost died.

High schoolers interested in sustainability?

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The purchase of clean, renewable wind energy capacity equates to approximately 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load, and is one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country. If anyone knows of outstanding high school students who are looking. to major in sustainability at a major land grant university, I happen to know of a new program that just might fit the bill. 

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Daily Demand and Supply: Hay!

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We just can’t afford to keep him anymore,” said Hall, who works at Nationwide in Columbus. Danny Hall’s quarter horse, Flash, is more than just livestock. He’s a companion. But hay crops have not fared well during the dry, hot summer, and skyrocketing prices have compelled Hall to make a tough decision. The 50-year-old resident of Millersport, in Fairfield County, is searching for a new home for Flash, and will give the horse to anyone who is a good fit. “We

Just Drill, Baby

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  Sure, it reduces reliance on food from those other evil suburbs around Columbus, but it also makes my food more expensive, reduces my choices--where am I going to get my unsustainable seafood if I can't import from the Chesapeake Bay region--and makes me generally worse off.

In one day, Ohio is already halfway to the 30% goal

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While yesterday's Presidential/EPA announcement of 30% reductions in CO2 emission by 2030 sounds like a drastic reduction, the Columbus Dispatch notes that the baseline matters. 

The Battles of Song Sparrows: How a Scientific Outsider Changed How We Study Birds

Nature Conservancy - Science

Over the next seven years, she expanded to working with dozens of pairs across a 60 acre area adjoining her home in Columbus, Ohio. “The land was defended and won by age-old ceremonies and fierce battle….

Picture of the Day: A view from the Ivory Throne in the Ivory Tower

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' This afternoon, a colleague sent me this picture from the ivory tower in Columbus

Ashhole update

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Columbus is spending $10 million to cut down the majority of an estimated 30,000 ash trees and replace them with a different species. The big logs came from Columbus trees.

Weird Conservation Part 2: The Even Stranger Side of Saving Endangered Species

Nature Conservancy - Science

A flamingo checks out it’s reflection at the Columbus Zoo. Nature is weird. But conservation is weirder. Really, really, really, weird.

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I think this significantly enhances our bid for the Olympics*

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SmartAsset, a personal-finance technology company, has named Columbus the fifth best city in the country for conferences. It noted that Columbus has an average hotel room rate of $123, and that the average cost of a restaurant meal is low, at $22. The group’s report looked at nine metrics, including hotels and their cost, the violent-crime rate and the distance from the airport to the city’s center.

Desensitizing children to animal exploitation is all too common, but vegan education can help

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It happened a year and a half ago in the parking lot of a Lucky’s supermarket in Columbus, Ohio. Picture this: there’s a petting zoo in a parking lot on a cool fall day, with all the baby animals to snuggle a child could ever want.

Are you willing to pay $7 per month to reduce pollution related deaths and asthma incidence?

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The Columbus-based utility released its plan yesterday for complying with the proposal, while also asking for Congress to intervene. I know the title is an ill-formed question, but that's the essence of the question facing federal regulators right now: Proposed federal clean-air rules could have a profound impact on American Electric Power, leading to an increase in electricity bills, the closing or partial closing of 11 power plants and the loss of 600 jobs, the company said.

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Roadkill on the Ocean Highway: Can Experimental Fishing Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Pacific?

Nature Conservancy - Science

As Christopher Columbus sailed through Caribbean waters, he described turtles “in such vast numbers that they covered the sea.” Imagine our oceans as a highway — a deep, long highway that wraps all the way around the world.

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$30 million super yacht to fuse luxury with hybrid technology

EcoFriend

But, things are about to change with Columbus Sport 130’ hybrid, an all new 40 meters super yacht that will fuse luxury with an eco friendly design. the columbus sport 130 hybrid superyacht. the columbus sport 130 hybrid superyacht. the columbus sport 130 hybrid superyacht.

Invasive Specie or Star Wars Character?

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The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released a new list of 10 species banned from being imported, exported, sold or possessed in Ohio. Here is the Columbus Dispatch article with the 10 banned species

Not to be picky, but.

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It was 93 in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday; 95 yesterday.    Columbus averages one 90 degree day in May and 16 for the year. From the inbox: "Year Without a Summer" Brings Cool, Wet Conditions Great Lakes / Ohio Valley / Midwest. The end of the La Nina pattern will threaten to make this area a region "without a summer." " Repeated intrusions of cool air from Canada along with showers and thunderstorms will keep temperatures below normal in many areas.

Gas price oddity of the day

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Here's the oddity: Average gas price in Columbus, Ohio: $3.26 I'm in College Station, Texas for a few days. Driving around town I noticed something odd (and it isn't the fact that somehow these people elected Rick Perry to office). Average gas price in College Station, Texas: $3.45.

Quote of the Day: "The fact is places like Ohio were getting dramatically cleaner anyways"

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From the front page of the Columbus Dispatch : As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? You're going back to work. But it's not quite that simple. The announcement could have mixed effects in Ohio, where cheap natural gas, mechanization and competitive renewable technologies have contributed to an industry-wide move away from coal. "That's

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

Arriving in North America around the time of Columbus, they have become “one of the most successful invasive species on earth.”. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both.

I love setting records!

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The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Columbus hit $4.08 today for the city, according to auto club AAA. That's a jump of 17 cents from yesterday and beat the old record set in July 2008 by 3 cents. via www.dispatch.com.

IMBY*

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From the Columbus Dispatch : Union County authorities raided a property last night belonging to Wayward Seed Farm — a significant player in central Ohio farmers’ markets and the organic farm-to-table movement — and confiscated more than a half-million dollars worth of marijuana plants.

I'm just humbled to be nominated (and arrogant enough to believe I contribute)

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The seven finalists -- Columbus, Ohio; Oulu, Finland; Stratford, Canada; Taichung City, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Taoyuan County, Taiwan; and. Zacharilla says the perception of Columbus, Ohio, and the new reality are very different. "The Columbus has a net in-migration of new people for the first time in decades. "They I believe that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation, and the good news is that Columbus is going pretty well."

Who knew someone could be an economist and an athlete?

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Your feedback is critical to helping us make the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon a great event each year - for participants, spectators and the general public. From the inbox: If you haven't had a chance to complete your athlete survey online, please take a moment to do so now before we close the survey on Nov.

I haven't given you an Ash-hole update in a while

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The Columbus Dispatch reports  that American Electric Power has a crew dedicated to cutting down dead and dying ash trees before they fall on power lines. The city of Columbus has spent about $4.5 John's Mark Trail post from earlier reminded me to post this update on the Ohio Emerald Ash Borer invasion from hell: Central Ohio has been especially hard hit by the ravages of a killer insect that has destroyed tens of thousands of majestic ash trees the last few years.

The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

10,000 Birds

According to some sources, when the so-called Pilgrims settled in for the First Thanksgiving Dinner with the local Native Americans, in 1620, they dined on Turkey, and this Turkey came from the Old World, from stock that was originally brought to Spain by Columbus.

That's because demand curves have a negative slope

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The Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel is more than a year from opening but already is booking rooms - at an average price higher than hotel officials had projected.  Still, the publicly financed $140million hotel - being built across High Street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center - is running 18 percent behind its goal for bookings, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority board was told at its meeting yesterday.

Architects Embrace Iranian History at the Tabriz Bazaar

Green Prophet

Head to the heart of any Middle Eastern city and find a vibrant commercial hub, usually in the shadow of a major mosque – the bazaar. An Iranian bazaar with incredible history (Marco Polo shopped there!) may now win the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Nurses Say No To Tar Sands

Sierra Club Compass

Kari Columbus, a nurse from Kansas City, Kansas, sees the impacts of tar sands daily on herself, her children and her patients. “We                  Senator Boxer, center, with the representatives of National Nurses United.

Daily Demand and Supply: Supply increases lower prices

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  Prices fall of course*: Gas Price in Columbus, OH 12/19/2012. What happens when supply increases outweigh any demand increases?  Gas prices have plummeted 46 cents a gallon over the past two months, according to a survey released Sunday.

Animal Planet To Premiere Documentary About Bronx Zoo’s Cobra

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Like this one : “Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle sells organic mice?&#. Remember how the Bronx Zoo Cobra started a Twitter and some of his tweets were actually pretty great?

Haven't had a personal sports update in a while

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sophomore varsity softball pitcher) threw a one-hitter in the Columbus area sectional tournament while helping herself at the plate with a solo homerun in the 6th.    With yesterday's win over the Columbus City League champion Briggs, goals 2 and 3 were accomplished.  With insincere apologies to those offended by off-topic, unrelated posts, yesterday the Official Oldest Daughter of Env-Econ's (a 15 y.o.

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2013?

10,000 Birds

Columbus Day weekend thrills apple pickers and leaf peepers alike in this nation’s temperate zones. Keep your eyes to the skies for highly unexpected birds like Egyptian Vultures ! On our way into a long holiday weekend, we happy Americans can shutdown just like our government. The birding can be pretty hot too. By the way, can you name anyone else who has enjoyed such enduring fame for discovering something that was already known about and occupied?

Clash of the Titans

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That seems to be the thinking among a growing number of Columbus’ business and social titans as they consider who would be a good replacement for retired Ohio State University President E. I will be getting a new boss sometime in the next year or so.here's a rumor: If you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big.

I need to start holding workshops in cool places

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I will be in Columbus, Ohio at that time. Stated Preference Methods are useful tools aimed at assessing the social welfare impacts of public and private policies and play a key role in applied economic research. The workshop develops step by step stated preference models that are used for the economic assessment of policy initiatives.