Environmental News Nugget: April 24, 2012

By Austin Stahl | as506610@ohiou.edu | @AustinStahl24

In light of the university’s recent adoption of a resolution giving President Roderick McDavis the power to draft regulations for drilling companies in response to House Bill 133, I’ll start with a bit on fracking. Then, it’s on to the fascinating studies of two states — California and Ohio — that vary significantly in terms of their preparedness to deal with looming environmental issues.

1. “Will Obama’s New Rules Make Fracking Better for the Planet?”

The Obama administration has taken a harder line on fracking and it appears the industry as a whole is becoming subject to stricter regulation. One surprise here: The industry isn’t fighting this one. Unfortunately, greenhouse gases aren’t specifically addressed by the new standards, only toxic pollutants.

2. “California Takes the Lead With New Green Initiatives”

Read up on all the amazing things California is doing as a leader in environmental protection and sustainability, and prepare to have your jaw drop. Compared to the rest of the U.S., it almost seems like a different country. They are well ahead of the game and hopefully the rest of the country quickly follows suit.

3. “Report: Ohio unprepared for climate change”

Our beloved home state of Ohio, on the other hand, is a bit slow-moving when it comes to addressing the environment, specifically climate-change induced water shortages. From the report: “Ohio could lose as much as $27 billion in GDP and 167,000 jobs from reduced water availability.”

Also, check out a look into Ohio University’s resource consumption over the past few years, as well as a look at how OU is leading Midwest campuses in the switch from coal to natural gas.
The ‘green’ screen
OU helps lead Midwest campuses Beyond Coal 


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