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What Changes if Climate Changes? – in Ohio

What Changes if Climate Changes? – in Ohio

From the panel discussion and audience questions:

What can we expect in Ohio?

As the atmosphere gets warmer it holds exponentially more water vapor. This will result in more intense rain and increased dry spells.

Food production will be more difficult and food security will be more challenging.

Air quality will change increasing difficulties for people with asthma and respiratory diseases. It will also have psychological impacts and changes for infectious diseases.

What do we know?

All the details cannot be laid out because of uncertainty. All the questions cannot be answered. We just don’t know. We can project an envelope of change. To improve the estimates requires observation, but this is getting less funding. Adding soil moisture monitoring would add greatly to the data that can aid in forecasting and planning.

We have passed the 400 PPB CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the most in 50,000 years.

We see climate change ourselves:

  • Crabapples used to bloom for Mother’s Day. Now they bloom in early April.
  • Maple syrup buckets must now be in place by January first or you will miss the flow.

Advice to Individuals

Adjust your lifestyle to minimize our climate impact – walk more, take the steps instead of the elevator, recycle all that you can. All these little things contribute.

40% of our food production is wasted.

Talk to your political representatives. Make your voices heard.

Start gardening. You will be self-sufficient. You will appreciate how hard it is. You will contribute to the resilience of the community when adversity occurs.

Will Climate Change Hurt Us?

Farmers are experiencing climate change. They can see the changes.

Rivers are flooding more often with extreme rainfalls.

What risks are we taking when we consider the 100-year flood hazard level of the past.

Look at the extreme events – Houston, Hurricane Irma, western wildfires….

Extremes for Ohio will be drought and storms that cause flooding.

Warmer winters will result in cooler growing seasons.

Extreme weather affects transportation infrastructure which is limiting food supplies in Houston. We must plan for these events.

How should we cope?

Build resilience into our communities.

Diversify our resources and food sources.

Adapt to the changes. Be prepared for flooding. Mitigate runoff with deepen retention basins. Avoid dams that overflow.

Recognize that climate change is happening NOW. Don’t wait for the disaster to hit, invest early in prevention.

Plan with eyes wide open. Systems must be able to adapt. Diversity will help systems work – like the Cajun Navy response to hurricane Harvey.

Join networks that are collecting observations.

How can I have a Conversation?

Skeptics have chosen the side of denial. When talking with them FIND COMMON GROUND. Get to the point of dialogue. Talk to your neighbors.

We support our acceptance of climate change with evidence. Ask the skeptic, denier to support their statement with evidence.

Climate change has become a litmus test for politicians. The facts are not relevant.

The atmosphere is global and is affecting humanity worldwide. Political issues are interfering with global efforts to respond.

What price should be put on carbon? Would a carbon tax help? Take a look at the conservative, Bob Inglis who believes that climate change is human caused.

He believes there are “three pillars” to a conservative and free-market solution to energy and climate policy:

  • Eliminate all subsidies for all fuels, from fossil fuels to renewables
  • Attach all costs to all fuels — in order to get a true cost comparison
  • Ensure revenue neutrality, to prevent the growth of government

Recent articles:

Washington Times 2015 –

Think Progress 2013 –

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the Columbus Metropolitan Club held a community conversation about the impact of climate change on Ohio. Panelists were:

  • Prof. Casey Hoy, Ohio State University, Entomology – leadership toward advancements in agroecosystem health and sustainable communities.
  • Prof. Bryan Mark, State Climatologist of Ohio and Ohio State University, Geopgraphy and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
  • Prof. Qinghua Sun, Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Assistant Dean for Clobal Public Health.

The conversation leader was Marion Renault, Columbus Dispatch, Science and Environmental Reporter.

The audience of over 100 asked questions from the floor.

Video of the event will be posted on You Tube:


Climate Change Impacts on Columbus

Columbus Green Team: Climate and Energy Working Group

Products and Programs of the Working Group


Climate of Columbus: Slide Presentation

  • Historical Climatology
  • Climate Change & Impacts
  • Projected Changes
  • Summary


City of Columbus – Office of Environmental Stewardship – Green Spot




A groundbreaking study outlines what you can do about climate change. |

In fact, the researchers found that behavioral shifts could be faster than waiting for national climate policies and widespread energy transformations. As far as I know, this is the very first comprehensive analysis on the effectiveness of specific individual climate actions.

The authors’ audience was high school textbook publishers, who the researchers found prioritize relatively low-impact, easy actions like recycling and changing light bulbs. Well, guess what, buttercup? No one ever said fighting climate change would be easy.

If we don’t shift our culture (relatively quickly) to make the most meaningful changes feel inevitable, we’re not going to get a second chance. The perfect mix of worry and hope will be different for everyone, but at least now we’ve got an armload of stuff we can do to make things better.





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