Climate change

Climate, pandemic conspire against hungry Ohioans

BY: - December 19, 2022

In addition to overseas wars and continuing supply-chain disruptions, diseases and climate-driven storms are making it hard to feed the hungriest Ohioans, Ohio’s top food bank official said Friday. And that’s even as continuing inflation is creating ever more of them, she said. “We’re just not seeing a return to normal at all,” said Lisa […]

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in this week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals — but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive […]

Even as drought forces water cutbacks, climate gets short shrift in midterm election

BY: - November 2, 2022

LAKE MEAD, Nev. —The streaks of white on the rock ringing the nation’s largest reservoir show how far its water levels have dropped since it was last full. Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, which send water to 40 million people in the Southwest, are at their lowest levels since they were filled in the […]

New poll finds Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage at top of voters minds going into November election

BY: - October 18, 2022

A new poll from Baldwin Wallace University shows a largely favorable opinion of Gov. Mike DeWine, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan and former President Donald Trump among Ohio voters. Found to be unfavorable by likely Ohio voters is a lack of gun control in the state and a lack of action on climate change. “On […]

World Food Day is Sunday and Ohio will be a focal point

BY: - October 12, 2022

One of the most celebrated holidays on the United Nations' calendar is Sunday, when more than 150 nations will celebrate World Food Day. And Ohio State will host North America's official session. Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Jocelyn Brown Hall, director of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization for North America, will be among the speakers.

Ohio utilities ranked among the worst on fossil fuel use

BY: - October 6, 2022

Three Ohio electricity companies are among the worst in the United States when it comes to weaning themselves off of fossil fuels, according to a major Sierra Club report released this week. And it’s possible that a culprit is huge coal subsidies passed as part of one of the biggest bribery scandals in state history. […]

Report says many utilities are slow-walking clean energy goals

BY: - October 6, 2022

DENVER – A report released this week by the Sierra Club faults dozens of utilities that provide a major chunk of U.S. electric generation for failing to speed up their decarbonization efforts. “For the sake of our communities and planet, we must do everything in our power to create a clean, renewable electric grid by […]

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Overcoming polarization toward a win/win in the unnecessary “battle” over Ohio solar and wind

BY: - October 3, 2022

Now that a huge breakthrough in climate legislation has been made at the federal level that provides unprecedented funding for green energy, the spotlight moves to the states as “ground zero” for implementation. Yet this transition across the country has become entrapped in a polarized battle over approval of solar and wind farms. Here in […]

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

BY: - September 26, 2022

WASHINGTON —   As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a Tuesday hearing came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last week […]

PR work for ‘Big Oil’ helped stymie climate action, U.S. House Democrats say

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – Public relations firms aligned with oil and gas companies have tested the limits of their industry ethics and caused major slowdowns to federal climate change policy, Democrats on a U.S. House panel said at a Wednesday hearing. The firms’ conduct went beyond the bounds of ethical public relations work, Democrats on the House […]

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

BY: - September 15, 2022

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program on […]

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Clean energy is about more than just climate change

BY: - September 6, 2022

Imagine for a moment that climate change wasn’t happening. That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hadn’t determined major inevitable and irreversible climate changes are likely on the horizon due to release of greenhouse gases. Would our transition past coal to a new energy economy still make sense? According to a new working paper by […]