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Media mention: What's going on with lumber prices?

High prices mostly due to short-term market phenomena related to the pandemic

Media mention: Slowing climate change rooted in trees

Trees could absorb up to 16% of U.S. annual carbon dioxide emissions.

News article: The roots of slowing climate change are in trees

In the fight against climate change, expanding and better managing the nation’s forests are the cheapest and easiest steps to cutting carbon dioxide emissions, according to new research at The Ohio State University. 

Across the United States, trees take up about 12% of the carbon dioxide that cars, planes, factories, and other sources generate every year, said Brent Sohngen, a professor of natural resources and environmental economics at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). 

Basic page: "The Economics of US Forests as a Natural Climate Solution" Webinar

Recording Timings:

Chris Dragisic: 1:50, Adam Daigneault/Brent Sohngen 12:00, Justin Baker 29:20, Greg Latta 44:30, Discussion 1:02:45, Panel: 1:12:00

Media mention: Re-entering Paris agreement could reduce pollution, cost most Americans little

One of the first official acts of President Joe Biden was to re-enter the Paris Agreement, that 2015 pact among most of the world’s countries to continue down the path of reducing carbon emissions. Although there is excitement across the U.S. and the world about this action, there also is plenty of concern.

Media mention: Solar Farms in Ohio

Ohio lags behind much of the nation in its reliance on solar power, but a number of utility-scale solar projects are progressing in the state.

News article: Trees can help slow climate change, but at a cost

This "green" option is more expensive than originally thought, study shows  COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Widespread forest management and protections against deforestation can help mitigate climate change – but will come with a steep cost if deployed as broadly as policymakers have discussed, new research suggests.

Media mention: Trees can help slow climate change, but at a cost

Widespread forest management and protections against deforestation can help mitigate climate change – but will come with a steep cost if deployed as broadly as policymakers have discussed, new research suggests.

News article: Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference is a Must Attend Event for Anyone Working in Agriculture

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Organizers of the 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, say the aim of this year’s conference is to offer much-needed insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty.

News article: International Trade in the Era of COVID-19

The global pandemic has had a pretty drastic on international trade. In fact the impact is even greater than it was during the financial crisis back in 2008-2009.

 

News article: Food System Adaptations Due to COVID-19

Drs. Zoë Plakias and Brent Sohngen discuss the myriad distruptions and adaptations to state and national food systems due to COVID-19. 

Basic page: Economic Value of Natural Areas in Ohio
Economic Value of Natural Areas in Ohio

Click on the WEBINAR to view the webinar presented in fall of 2019. Read the Economic Value of Natural Areas in Ohio Report.

News article: Researchers model spatial and temporal consequences of increased woody biomass use on the global forest ecosystem

Source: University of Maine Press Release

Incentivizing both sequestration and avoidance of emissions— using a carbon rental or carbon tax and subsidy approach — versus only a carbon tax encourages protection of natural forests by valuing the standing stock, according to a new study led by Georgia Institute of Technology.

Media mention: The Economic Imperative to Preserve Ohio's Natural Lands

We’ve come a long way in Ohio since the 1960s, when the Cuyahoga River famously burned. The pollutants that create smog have been reduced dramatically through regulation and restructuring of our economy away from heavy industry. Although work remains to reduce some forms of water pollution, water quality has improved as a result of regulation of industries and cities.

News article: Paying Countries for Carbon Protects Forests, but Only if Payments Continue

Fires ravaging the Amazon rainforests and global climate strikes have highlighted the need for global action to mitigate climate change and conserve forests. Though the situation can seem dire at times, there is good news from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Carbon payments do protect forests and represent one solution to reversing the trend of global deforestation.

Media mention: Tree Loss May Have Led to Less Co2 Than Thought

Since 1900 deforestation has led to about 92 billion tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, says a team of experts at Ohio State University and Yale University.

Media mention: Ohio State-Yale Study Shows Lower Net Carbon Emissions from Deforestation

The environmental burden of deforestation might not be as bad as previously thought, according to a joint study by professors at Ohio State and Yale universities.

Media mention: How Big are the Damages from Algal Blooms for Beaches and Fishing in Lake Erie

A consulting company, Key-Log Economics has just released a report estimating the economic benefits from phosphorus reductions in Lake Erie (http://www.keylogeconomics.com/lakeerievalue.html). This report adds up estimates from a variety of studies and attempts to calculate a summary estimate. They calculate that eliminating harmful algal blooms would bring up to $437 million in annual benefits to beach users and anglers in Lake Erie.

Media mention: Study Estimates Lake Erie Region Worth $443 Billion

The natural value of the Lake Erie region is $443 billion, according to a year-long consultant’s report prepared for the cities of Toledo and Oregon, as well as for Lucas County commissioners.

News article: AEDE Faculty, PhD Candidates and Post Doctoral Researchers Featured at Annual Agricultural and Applied Economics Conference

 AEDE faculty and graduate students have a long-standing history of membership and leadership with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The organization is comprised of members working in academic departments, government agencies, NGOs, and in the private sector in the fields of agricultural and applied economics.

News article: Students Find Tourists Visiting the Maya Biosphere Reserve Willing to Pay to Support Sustainability

Efforts to preserve this cradle of Mayan civilization began in 1990 and continue today thanks to the efforts of local conservation organizations and NGOs that participate in tourism as not only an economic livelihood, but in order to preserve and manage the land.

Last summer, three students from the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) visited the region and discovered another group who want to see the reserve and the communities that surround the reserve continue to exist: American and European tourists.

Media mention: Ohio State Student Hopes to Reduce Central Ohio Food Waste Through President’s Prize

Growing up in rural Ohio, Zac Graber was very active in his local 4-H, Farm Bureau and Future Farmers of America organizations. Little did he know back then in Liberty Center, Ohio, that these involvements would instill in Graber, a fourth-year in marketing, a passion that would result in him receiving the highest university recognition given by Ohio State, the President’s Prize.

Media mention: Reducing Phosphorous Could Require New Regulations

Gov. John Kasich recently fired his director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture over concerns about water quality.

Media mention: Trumps Trade Policy a Concern at Farm Science Review

With farm profitability, trade and conservation at the height of farmers’ minds, this year’s Farm Science Review opened with a discussion about where farm policy is headed, including efforts to write the 2018 farm bill.

Media mention: Trumps Trade Policy a Concern at Farm Science Review

With farm profitability, trade and conservation at the height of farmers’ minds, this year’s Farm Science Review opened with a discussion about where farm policy is headed, including efforts to write the 2018 farm bill.

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