Going to Ohio for the Midwest Birding Symposium. Wait, Ohio?

10,000 Birds

By the time you read this post I will still be in New York but I’ll be looking forward to leaving for the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. But Ohio worries me. PRO – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio in December of 1886.

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Graphic of the Day: Everyone should take after Ohio State

Environmental Economics

Source: 2015 Ohio Higher Education Report

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Ohio waterways are 'distressed.' Economists can help.

Environmental Economics

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer):  Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher on sources of agricultural pollution feeding Lake Erie’s chronic toxic algae problem, Gov.

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Ohio waterways are 'distressed.' Economists can help.

Environmental Economics

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer):  Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher on sources of agricultural pollution feeding Lake Erie’s chronic toxic algae problem, Gov.

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"Ohio State’s jersey 'coincidence'”

Environmental Economics

Jay Bilas , long-time critic of the practice, tweeted out a link to a story Tuesday from The Lantern in which Ohio State will sell only jerseys with two numbers this season. Ohio State said any other inference is just a “coincidence” according to the article. John Clay: In his basketball notebook a couple of weeks back, Jerry Tipton wrote about the issue of schools selling jerseys with numbers that often correlate to the most recognizable players on the team.

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Driving Across Ohio to the Midwest Birding Symposium

10,000 Birds

I was somewhere around Pittsburgh on the edge of Ohio when the boredom began to kick in. Here, then, is my journey across Ohio in six pictures. entering Ohio on I-80 driving into the sun on I-80 Turkey Vulture! Trips cars midwest birding symposium Ohio

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Update on Ohio's Dam Mess

Environmental Economics

I believe the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] director is very committed to doing what’s necessary to create a healthier, stronger, better asset than we have today,” he said. “It’s “There aren’t hard-and-fast solutions yet, but from my early conversations with the director, there are really only two options: Drain it and leave a big hole, and that’s not really an option. Or spend hundreds of millions to replace it. I think that’s what will occur.”. State Sen.

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Ohio a trendsetter?

Environmental Economics

Ohio is on the cusp of becoming the first state to significantly ease its renewable-energy standards, a milestone that would be noticed in statehouses across the country where similar debates are being waged. But none has had as much success as Ohio’s Senate Bill 310, which has. The Ohio bill would place a two-year freeze on annual increases in standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Clarification of the potential for Ash-holes in Ohio

Environmental Economics

Yesterday I posted an update on the interminable and undeterable march of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer through Ohio.  billion ash trees in Ohio. billion ash trees in Ohio.”.   1% of world trees are Ohio Ash?   USFS says 283 million ash trees in Ohio….   In the related story, it was stated: The emerald ash borer is an invasive species from Asia that destroys vital tissue beneath the bark. State officials estimate there are 3.8

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Frackgate: Ohio Governor's Campaign to Frack Parks

Sierra Club Compass

Ohio governor John Kasich finds himself embroiled in a growing scandal that some are calling "Frackgate" because of a PR-plan co-written by his administration and the oil industry to "proactively open state park and forest land" to fracking.

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Defending Clean Energy in Ohio and Beyond

Sierra Club Compass

One of the most pitched battles is taking place right now in Ohio. Ohio clean energy advocates are currently fighting a push to destroy the state''s energy efficiency and clean energy standards.

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

Environmental Economics

  For Ohio, that means they are already over halfway to the 30% goal 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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More Ash Holes* Found in Ohio

Environmental Economics

Ohio Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Belmont, Crawford, Knox and Madison counties. In June of 2011, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s emerald ash borer quarantine was officially rescinded because the pest has been found throughout most of the state, including Wayne National Forest. Residents are being urged to use caution when transporting firewood to help protect against the artificial spread of this and other insect pests.

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

Environmental Economics

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 That's just economics," said Brent Sohngen, an environmental and resource economist at Ohio State University. "The "The fact is places like Ohio were getting dramatically cleaner anyways. " Brent is a colleague here at Ohio State.

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Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My) Loose in Ohio

Wend Magazine

Police in Zanesville, Ohio are on the lookout for dozens of exotic animals—including bears, tigers, cheetahs, lions and wolves—after a mysterious escape from the Muskingum County Animal Farm. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but it had to be blogged.

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Discount Code to the Jovial Ohio Renaissance Festival

Hug a Tree with Me

I am super excited about the chance to attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival with my family next week. If you are lucky enough to live near the Ohio area you can take your entire family out to this unique fair. There is something so jovial about the renaissance period – the old timey crafts, costumed entertainers, yummy festival foods, theatrical acts, jousting tournaments and everything else in between just screams a great family time.

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Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio.

PR Watch

Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio. At about ten oclock on the morning of March 23, 2011, Faith Williams walked into the office of Ohio House Majority Whip John Adams (R-District 78). Adams is Ohios ALEC public sector chair.

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Ohio State Crushes Oregon for National Championship.

Elephant Journal

The Ohio State Buckeyes win the first College Football National Championship in the playoff era with a dominating performance over the Oregon Ducks, 42-20.

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Can We Restore Ohio’s Bright Energy Future?

Conservancy Talk

Despite the rapid pace of renewable energy innovation around the globe, Ohio’s energy future dimmed a little this week when a committee created by the state legislature recommended a retreat from progressive policies that made Ohio a green energy leader. Ohio’s Progress with Standards To ensure that our local communities benefited from the mandates, there was a requirement to purchase a portion of the renewable power from Ohio sources. Take a Breath Ohio Gov.

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Come study sustainability at THE Ohio State University

Environmental Economics

Blatant self-promotion alert: New undergraduate major in sustainability at Ohio State. Students who have a passion for sustainability can put their passion into practice by enrolling in Ohio State’s new major called Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) ( [link] ). 

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Environmental Economics: Poking holes in Ohio State Parks

Environmental Economics

Thats kind of weird.* | Main | Hazardous tree removals » March 03, 2011 Poking holes in Ohio State Parks House Republicans introduced a bill this week that would allow oil and gas companies to drill instate parks and other state-owned properties.

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Ohio University cancels plans to build $100 million natural gas plant

Sierra Club Compass

In 2009, students at Ohio University launched a campaign to stop burning coal on campus. After a successful two year long student-led campaign that brought together more than 2,000 students, Ohio University’s Administration announced their commitment to stop burning coal on campus.

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Ohio's Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation » Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? To help get the message out far and wide, the Ohio Sierra Club is launching new billboards that are taking energy efficiency to the street. Compass.

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Well, I guess next year they should schedule the Iditarod in Ohio

Environmental Economics

The trail this year has been marked by poor conditions because of a lack of snow after a warm winter by Alaska standards. via espn.go.com.

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Willie Nelson Speaking Out Against Ohio Law Targeting Pit Bulls

Eccorazzi

Willie Nelson has joined the Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in opposing an Ohio law labeling all pit bulls in the state as “vicious dogs.” ” According to the Toledo Blade, the singer and ambassador for BFAS, calls the law “archaic,” and wrote an email to a committee of the Ohio Senate asking the Senators to [.].

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I guess that's one way to get rid of all the Ash holes in Ohio

Environmental Economics

The emerald ash borer has been found for the first time in Geauga and Trumbull counties in northeastern Ohio, the state reported yesterday. 422, officially puts the pests in 55 of Ohio's 88 counties. The bug was first found in Ohio in Toledo in 2003. It has been found in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Union counties in central Ohio. It's still illegal to move Ohio ash wood to another state. Result: No more Ash borers in Ohio.

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Celebs, PETA React to Ohio Animal Massacre

Eccorazzi

By now, you’ve heard about Terry Thompson, the man in Ohio who released the more than 50 exotic animals (including lions, tigers, bears, wolves and monkeys) on his property before committing suicide. It’s a tragic story all around, as 49 animals ended up dead, and Thompson’s widow is now working with police to bury their [.]. Animals Causes News carrie ann inaba george takei jack hanna joel mchale samantha ronson slash

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In case you were wondering, I joined the Ohio State faculty in 2000*

Environmental Economics

Ohio State University. I was recently made aware of a 2012 article in Ecological Economics listing the "Most influential institutions in the field of environmental and ecological economics (2000–2009)."  "  Here they are: 1. University of Maryland. Resources for the Future. University of East Anglia. World Bank. National Chung Hsing University. Taiwan. Vrije University Amsterdam. Netherlands. Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Indonesia.

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Vegan Congressman Dennis Kucinich Loses Ohio Primary

Eccorazzi

Two-time former Democratic presidential candidate and eight-term congressman Dennis Kucinich lost the Ohio primary election to fellow Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur. Read More. News Top News dennis kucinich

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Appstate is ranked #15 in a national ranking of universities (the "University of Ohio State" is also ranked)

Environmental Economics

Nation’s Parents Release Annual Ranking Of Top 50 ‘Perfectly Good’ State Schools

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

Environmental Economics

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

Ohio State is in the Sweet 16 (and no this isn't a sports related post)

Environmental Economics

Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. This morning Enviance, in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics , introduced the “Sustainable 16 ,” the country’s top undergraduate environmental studies programs as determined by an expert panel of judges in the Second Annual Environmental March Madness (#EnviroU) tournament.

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Fracking Wastewater Threatens to Drown Ohio | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Fracking Wastewater Threatens to Drown Ohio. " And while most of that fracking is taking place in Pennsylvania right now, Ohio is taking a huge portion of the wastewater. Citizens in Mansfield, Ohio, voted last year to block injection wells in their town , however.

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Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

Thus, the Sierra Club was happy to hear that American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, plans to close a coal-fired power plant near Beverly, Ohio -- a plant that was considered for conversion to natural gas.

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GE Visits Ohio For ‘Capture the Wind’ Tour

Wind Power Ninja

Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry got a visit from GE today, who displayed a 131-foot wind turbine blade to show the public and Ohio’s leaders the innovative technologies that are helping to build our clean energy future. The tour’s stop will allow Ohio residents to add their signatures to the wind turbine blade and pledge their support for its message: “I’m helping to build America’s energy future.”

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Chrissie Hynde Closes Her Ohio Vegan Restaurant, VegiTerranean

Eccorazzi

The Akron, Ohio vegan restaurant/bar/coffeehouse/bakery, VegiTerranean, has now officially closed its doors. We covered the story back in 2007 when Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde opened her restaurant. Now, it has sadly closed after four years in business. According to the Washington Post, Hynde posted a note on the restaurant website this weekend saying that while she [.]. Eats Lifestyle News Vegan chrissie hynde

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Ohio’s law to make sex with animals illegal is not about the animals

Eccorazzi

In Ohio, two state lawmakers are working on a bill to outlaw having sexual relations with animals, something still happening legally in eleven states. WCPO Cincinnati reports that Ohio prohibits animal cruelty by law, but that sexual acts don’t fall under the cruelty umbrella.

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Where to eat organic in Cincinnati

Green Traveler Guides

All Cincinnati North America Ohio Restaurants/Cafes The Americas United States Cincinnati organic Greendog Cafe Local 127 Relish Restaurant Group Reuters

50 Animals Are Dead After Tragedy in Ohio

Eccorazzi

Chaos led to tragedy yesterday after the owner of an animal farm opened up the cages and released exotic creatures like tigers, bears and monkeys into the community. The owner of the farm, Terry Thompson, then committed suicide. Residents were told to stay inside and schools closed for the day while the police searched for [.]. Animals News

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I guess you are going to be seeing fewer updates on Ohio issues*

Environmental Economics

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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?'

Fracking Wastewater Disposal Induced A Dozen Earthquakes in Ohio

Celsias

" A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers".

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Birding Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

When in northwest Ohio there are many options from which to choose a birding site. But if you want herons and ducks and shorebirds and geese and egrets and swans and rails the best bet is the famed Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along State Route 2 in Oak Harbor, Ohio.