Why is Celebrating Columbus Day still a Thing?

Elephant Journal

At this point, most people know the true story of Christopher Columbus and we know that, in addition to not being a nice guy, he didn’t actually discover America.

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

Environmental Economics

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. 

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

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

Environmental Economics

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?'

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

Environmental Economics

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

Environmental Economics

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

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

Environmental Economics

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. 

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

Environmental Economics

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

I think this significantly enhances our bid for the Olympics*

Environmental Economics

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.

Invasive Specie or Star Wars Character?

Environmental Economics

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

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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.

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.

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Gas price oddity of the day

Environmental Economics

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.

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.

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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?

Environmental Economics

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.

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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.

That's because demand curves have a negative slope

Environmental Economics

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.

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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?

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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.

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I need to start holding workshops in cool places

Environmental Economics

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.

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

Environmental Economics

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

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Clash of the Titans

Environmental Economics

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.

Haven't had a personal sports update in a while

Environmental Economics

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.

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Try the Google?

Environmental Economics

Isn't this like when Columbus "discovered" america?

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Thanks to shrinking sea ice, National Geographic puts global warming on the map

Green (Living) Review

Every once in awhile, we reach a moment in history that so radically changes our concept of the world it forces us to redraw our maps — events like Columbus rediscovering America or the Soviet Union collapsing.

Daily Demand and Supply: After the storm

Environmental Economics

" Leah Myers, owner of Basic Tree Care and Landscaping in Columbus, said the company has been so busy since the storm that it doubled its minimum job cost to $400. “We The June 29th storm that ripped through the midwest and midatlantic left thousands of homeowners in need of debris removal services.    As a result, prices for debris removal increased.    Some scream, "Price gouging! How dare you take advantage of an act of nature?!" 

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A Dam Mess

Environmental Economics

  Because of its proximity to the second largest combined statistical area in the state, the Columbus CSA--yes the Columbus CSA is bigger than Cincinnati CSA--and 25th largest in the country, Buckeye Lake is a popular recreational and vacation home destination.  “It’s the end of life as we know it at Buckeye Lake.”.

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I'm pretty sure my drinking water comes from here

Environmental Economics

coli, phosphorus and other pollutants at nearly every test point in the tributaries that feed the Scioto River northwest of Columbus. State scientists found high levels of E. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency found that E. coli levels at sites used by boaters and swimmers were higher than federal safety thresholds.

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There is no longer an Environmental Economics Advisory Committee at the EPA

Environmental Economics

Columbus. From the inbox: Dear colleagues, I want to inform you of recent decisions regarding standing committees under the auspices of the Science Advisory Board (SAB).      On the recommendation of the SAB Staff Office, the SAB, unanimously agreed, at our 5/31/18 administrative meeting, to retire three of our current seven standing committees.

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I know I live in a sports crazy town, but this is surprising to me

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Columbus, OH           54.3/73. Top 10 Metered Markets For Super Bowl XLVII. Baltimore                59.6/83. New Orleans             57.1/77.

Just because.

Environmental Economics

Sources told [WKMG] that Meyer will bring several current UF assistant coaches with him to Columbus, including D.J. Turns out that decision may have been made quickly. Sources told Local 6 that former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer has agreed in principle to become the next head coach of Ohio State University, and will be introduced in the coming days. According to sources], Meyer has agreed to a seven-year, $40 million deal.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2013)

10,000 Birds

The long Columbus Day weekend still sails on here in the United States, so if you haven’t found a worthy bird to report for the weekend yet, you may still have time… This weekend also marks the point in the year where I stop taking Turkey Vultures for granted, which made me enjoy the many spotted soaring overhead.

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American Trash Bird

10,000 Birds

The celebration of Columbus Day in the United States has become somewhat contentious over the years as people have taken a more nuanced look at the “discovery” of the New World. On this Columbus Day, my attention turns to other invaders of a more avian kind. Every country has them, the nonnative aggressors that some refer callously to as trash birds.

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The best laid plans of federal regulators

Environmental Economics

cities, including Columbus. The Electric Power Research Institute, which is funded by utility companies, is investigating reports of "aggressive" corrosion in scrubbers across the nation. "Our "Our findings, so far, show it's fairly widespread through the industry," said John Shingledecker, senior project manager in the research institute's fossil materials and repair program.

High schoolers interested in sustainability?

Environmental Economics

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. 

Mother Nature creates empathy for externalities

Environmental Economics

About 1,200 people have called the 311 hot line since the beginning of April to report high grass and weeds on private property in Columbus. That vacant home whose yard is tangled with weeds and prairie grass might be an eyesore, but some community officials are asking neighbors to be patient. Citing the seemingly endless rain, code-enforcement officials have been reluctant to use a heavy hand with owners of vacant properties who might quickly be handed a citation in better weather.

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An all-too-frequent off-topic post

Environmental Economics

Here's the box score from the Columbus Dispatch. Sorry, proud Dad moment.    Official oldest daughter of Env-Econ (OODEE) played her first HS softball game yesterday (freshman on Varsity).    She pitched two innings in relief, after a strong outing from the starter.    Came in in the 6th inning down 2-1.    Faced 7 batters, struck out 4 and gave up one hit (a bunt). 

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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.

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Homeless Man Ted Williams Poised to Make Millions

Sustainability Ninja

Williams has been panhandling for years on the streets of Columbus, Ohio and has been clean and sober for two years. Then, a passing camera crew from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper shot a video of Williams and now he’s on his way to becoming a superstar since the video went viral. If you’re looking for a feel good story today – you’ve come to the right place.

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

Environmental Economics

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.

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.

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5 Nuisances Only Urban Gardeners Understand

Green (Living) Review

"Zoning and regulations for chickens and gardens vary by suburb in our city which can be confusing,” says Shawn Fiegelist of City Folk’s Farm Shop , a homesteading supply store in Columbus, Ohio. City gardeners have problems no farmer in the country faces. Can you relate?

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