The August 2014 water crisis in Toledo, Ohio, impacted Ohioans’ views of Lake Erie algae problems by increasing the attribution of blame of algae growth on crop and animal agriculture, as well as increasing the levels of reported fear and concern among citizens, said Brian Roe, an AEDE economist.
While coal prices in the U.S. have risen slightly in the past year, they are still below historical highs, according to Matt Roberts, an AEDE commodities expert. However, Roberts says that due to the availability of other energy sources, consumers will not feel the pinch of these slight increases in coal rates on their wallets this winter.
In a research project recently funded by the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, AEDE's Dr. Elena Irwin and PhD student Wendong Zhang are working to develop an economic model that will help policymakers decide which conservation practices will raise the value of the Lake Erie ecosystem to its residents and visitors.
With Ohio continuing to experience relatively low natural gas prices, more farmers, greenhouse operators and other agricultural producers are considering substituting natural gas for other fossil fuels. Those who want to know more about the pros and cons of doing so may attend “Natural Gas Utilization by Ohio Agriculture,” on Jan. 14.
Ohio State students can now complement their major program of study with a focus on sustainability through enrollment in the new Ohio State minor in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS). EEDS is a joint program between Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and AEDE.
Despite fears that a sudden influx of workers related to the shale development boom in eastern Ohio could lead to a housing shortage, researchers with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University say the issue appears to be a manageable one.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative, which is directed by AEDE's Dr. Brent Sohngen, has awarded three outstanding Ohio State doctoral students research grants for use during the summer of 2013. The grant funding will be used by the students for new research related to environmental policy.
The annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) will be held at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada from June 6-8, 2013. AEDE will have a strong presence at the gathering with a number of faculty and students participating.
Amanda Weinstein, AEDE 2013 PhD graduate, was recently awarded the M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition Award for her paper, “Labor Market Restructuring in the Shale Boom”, at the 2013 Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
In a recent review analyzing the influence of articles, authors, journals and institutions in environmental and ecological economics, published in the journal Ecological Economics, The Ohio State University was cited as the eighth most influential institution in the world working in the field.