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State Climate Office of Ohio Statement on IPCC Spe...

The State Climate Office of Ohio encourages decision makers in the private, public, and non-profit communities in Ohio to review the recently released report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C, and utilize the report’s findings to inform climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. This report discusses various greenhouse gas emission pathways, the impact of...

Climate Change is on the Ballot

The midterm elections are around the corner, and here on the climate desk we’ve been looking at how the issue of climate change is playing out around the country. It’s made its way into high-profile races where candidates have sparred over climate science, like Florida’s contest for governor between Ron DeSantis, a Republican who said he didn’t want to be known as an “alarmist,” and Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who said he’d be...

Columbus named winner of Bloomberg Climate Challen...

Columbus will get more than $2.5 million in funding and in-kind technical consulting to accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions as one of the winners of Mike Bloomberg‘s American Cities Climate Challenge. The two-year program from the former New York City mayor’s Bloomberg Philanthropies brings expertise led by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Delivery Associates, a London, England, consulting firm...

Solar power on the rise in Ohio but installation c...

They’re on the governor’s home. Bob Evans’ corporate headquarters has them. So does the Ikea store near Polaris. In Franklin County alone, there are more than 200 registered sites equipped with solar panels, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Statewide, there are more than 2,600. There is no requirement to register. Kevin Eigel believes there is likely twice that number in Franklin County. He started his...

Ohio State and city celebrate Smart Columbus victo...

President Michael V. Drake discusses the importance of Smart Columbus Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons Leadership for The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus celebrated a national championship-type victory Friday in a challenge for the future of transportation. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined College of Engineering Dean David Williams to highlight Smart Columbus to the university Board of Trustees. Smart Columbus...

Editorial: Environmental sirens are sounding

If things don’t change soon, we’re toast. We saw it last week when Hurricane Michael wiped out entire communities in Florida and last month when Florence wreaked havoc in the Carolinas. We’ve seen it on Long Island, where we will face even worse flooding than the destruction from superstorm Sandy. The Earth is getting hotter, and more-intense storms are only one result. If we don’t stop the warming, the changes will be...

States can lead the way on climate change policy a...

As Trump guts environmental protections, states must take charge on smart climate policy. The world’s leading panel of climate experts sounded the alarm this week that we are running out of time to get rising temperatures under control. Its latest report calls for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, from worsening wildfires and extreme drought to rising sea levels and...

Ohio Residents Fed Up With Fracking Wastewater

Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvania’s fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio.  Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were  injected into underground wells in Ohio. Residents in at least one county say they’ve had enough. State representative Glenn Holmes (third from right) has introduced two bills in the Ohio House of...

Air quality still poor in Columbus; EPA gives metr...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a three-year deadline for the Columbus metro area to come into compliance with revised Clean Air Act standards. “Most recently, EPA has promulgated designations for the 2015 ozone standard, which became effective on (Friday),” said Joshua Singer, a spokesman for the federal agency, in a statement emailed to The Dispatch. The Columbus metro area, which includes Franklin,...

Planned Cincinnati Solar Project Could Be Largest ...

Cincinnati is trying to figure out where to put lots of solar panels in what could be the largest solar project on city owned property in the U.S. This picture is of existing solar panels on Beekman St. provided The City of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 mega-watt project would power 25 percent of the...

Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of...

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the...

Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio R...

AEP’s plan would bring jobs to an impoverished region, but its structure would break the established regulatory mold in a state that has pushed back on renewables. Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan Thursday evening to work with two developers to build 400 megawatts of solar in...

Designing Greener Streets Starts With Finding Room...

City streets and sidewalks in the U.S. have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years on average. Until recently, U.S. streets have also lacked cycle tracks—paths exclusively for bicycles between the road and the sidewalk, protected from...

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal a...

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. Cleveland’s climate action plan includes improving energy efficiency in buildings to help lower electricity demand as it shifts to 100 percent renewable power. Credit: Chris Gent/CC-BY-SA-4.0 Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as...

Solar energy tour designed to shed light on green ...

2018 Green Energy Ohio Tour 1. The Green Energy Ohio Tour Now in its 16th year, the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will take place the weekend of September 28-30. Last year’s Tour featured 71 open houses and 6 guided tours, showcasing 10 different green energy technologies. Over 300 participants took advantage of the opportunity to see firsthand the progress that is being made in Ohio. We are looking forward to another great Tour –...