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NEXT: Climate Migration

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Climate Migration

Reports of enormous wildfires in the western U.S. have become an annual event, as has the continuing drought. What was alarming this summer was the announcement that, for the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, a major reservoir on the Colorado River and the source of water […]

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City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Council Commits Money to Forestry Plan

An effort to dramatically expand Columbus’ urban forest over the next two decades took another important step Monday night, when the Columbus City Council approved a new ordinance from the Recreation and Parks Committee funding the priorities established in the Urban Forestry Master Plan, released earlier this year. Council President Pro Tem and Chair of […]

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State Budget Prohibits Cities from Taxing Grocery Bags

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State Budget Prohibits Cities from Taxing Grocery Bags

By Jake Zuckerman A budget proposal passed by both chambers of the legislature on Monday would prohibit cities from applying taxes to single-use, plastic grocery bags. The budget, passed Monday night by both the House and Senate, makes permanent a temporary ban on cities from applying the taxes, which are designed to cut down on the 14.5 […]

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Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Cathy Cowan Becker Cathy Cowan Becker Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Last December, the city of Columbus released the first draft of its long-awaited Climate Action Plan. The plan discusses not just how to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, but also how to keep the climate crisis from getting worse by lowering our carbon emissions.  That’s critical because cities are responsible for 70% of the […]

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Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Reveals Urban Forestry Plan

Trees are one of the most important and efficient tools available to any city hoping to mitigate the hazards of climate change, and Columbus does not have enough of them. Only 22% of the city is covered by tree canopy—less than Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. But with the introduction of the city’s new Urban […]

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LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Rob Dorans Rob Dorans LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Climate change is real. We have all watched in horror as wildfires this summer that continue to ravage the west coast, exacerbated by extreme temperatures and drought. We have also seen record-breaking hurricanes hit coastal states in recent years. While these weather events may seem distant, Central Ohio is also impacted by the effects of […]

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OSU Gets Approval to Build Combined Heat and Power Plant

Brent Warren Brent Warren OSU Gets Approval to Build Combined Heat and Power Plant

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved a proposal from Ohio State University to build a combined heat and power plant on its main campus. The natural gas-powered facility, which was opposed by the Sierra Club and several other environmental organizations, will be located on about one acre of OSU-owned land at the northeast corner […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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