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Fires ravaging the Amazon rainforests and global climate strikes have highlighted the need for global action to mitigate climate change and conserve forests.

The Maya Biosphere Reserve of the Peten Department, Guatemala spans 4.3 million acres composed of dense forests, rivers, biodiverse flora, fauna and Mayan architectural ruins. It is the largest protected tropical forest in North America and not surprisingly, a popular ecotourism destination.

Ohio State researchers Brent Sohngen, Douglas Southgate and Lea Fortmann, in the field in Guatemala

Community management slows deforestation, study finds

The winners of this year's Environmental Policy Initiative summer doctoral research grant competition include: Debangana Bose from the Department of Geography, Emily Hutchins who is pursuing a degree in environmental social science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Jonathan Ogland-Hand who is in the Environmental Science Graduate Program.

How does your business or organization measure and account for sustainability? Faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University would like to help your organization learn to better implement, measure and evaluate sustainability efforts at a workshop on May 19 at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, which is led by AEDE's Professor Brent Sohngen, launched its Summer 2016 grant competition today. The program offers research grants for Ohio State graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Recipients receive an award of $4,500 for the entire summer.

Wondering what's ahead for farmers and agricultural businesses in 2016? Learn what to expect this year during an agricultural outlook webinar Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. EST, presented by AEDE economists. Registration for the webinar is $10 by Jan. 25 and can be made at regonline.com/AgOutlook2016. Webinar login information will be sent to all registrants before the event.

Ohio State kicked off its 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series on Dec. 7. The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide. The meetings feature presentations by AEDE experts on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.

Water quality will be the focus of a Sept. 22 panel presentation of economists and researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, who will discuss programs and practices designed to lessen the potential of farm runoff into region’s waterways. The “Water Quality, Water Quantity, Water Questions 2015,” session is from 10-11 a.m. in the Tobin Building during the annual Farm Science Review Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 summer research grant competition. Each year, EPI summer research grants support doctoral students conducting innovative, environmental policy-related dissertation research. Recipients receive an award of $4,000 to aid them in their research during the summer semester. This year, the award was given to three outstanding Ohio State doctoral students: Nora Sylvander from the Department of Geography, Angel Arroyo-Rodríguez from the Knowlton School of Architecture, and Yuxi Zhao from the Department of Geography.

“Part of our failure to reduce phosphorus emissions stems from the use of voluntary approaches for agriculture, which struggle to reduce pollution even under the best circumstances,” Brent Sohngen, an AEDE professor and director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, said Dec. 1 during the kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.

Attend an upcoming Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting in your county during December 2014 and January 2015. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.

Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus, used as a fertilizer primarily on corn, could reduce soluble phosphorus concentrations in the watershed by about 8 percent, according to an analysis led by Brent Sohngen, AEDE professor and Director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative. 

Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative will hold a webinar focused on the economics of water pollution control, looking specifically at the case of harmful algal blooms, on Tuesday, September 30th from 12 noon to 1pm. The webinar is free, open to all, and is targeted at non-economic audiences. Advance registration is not required.

Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative, which is directed by Professor Brent Sohngen, offers a yearly summer research grant for OSU graduate students who are preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. This year’s award was given to Elizabeth Gardiner from the Department of Anthropology; Chris Hartmann from the Department of Geography; and Nicholas Irwin from AEDE.

Every four years, the U.S. federal government commissions the U.S. National Climate Assessment to examine the effects of climate change on the world around us. The final product is delivered to the President and Congress. Professor Brent Sohngen served as a co-author for the forestry chapter of this year's report.

 

Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, which is led by Professor Brent Sohngen, launched its Summer 2014 grant competition today. The program offers research grants for OSU graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Recipients receive an award of $4,000 for the summer. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 16th.
 

New research by Samantha Sekar, a former AEDE graduate student, and Professor Brent Sohngen finds that state-level implementation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the U.S. reduced national carbon emissions by 4 percent in 2010, with more substantial reductions expected in the future.

Attend one of the dozen agricultural policy and outlook county meetings to be held throughout Ohio in December 2013. The meetings will feature presentations from AEDE experts on policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment. 

AEDE’s Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, and Barry Ward will headline a panel discussion at this year’s Farm Science Review: “Water Quality: State and National Concerns and Consequences”. The discussion will focus on the impact of agricultural production practices on Ohio’s water resources. The panel will be moderated by Matthew Roberts.

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