Climate Change

A bill that would put a hold on Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable standards is making its way through the state legislature after late-night passage in the state senate last Thursday. While opponents of the 2008 standards say they are costly for consumers, some are arguing the current standards are good for business and save money in the long run.

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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Scientists around the country are ringing alarm bells about climate change, and some of the effects are already hitting the Dayton area. A local study of attitudes on climate change finds many people are concerned, but it also finds people are not sure what to do about climate change nor confident that it will be addressed.

New Ways of Thinking

May 6, 2014
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When thinking about how much we are willing to do to prevent climate change, University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha wonders if we worry too much about economics alone.

Questions and comments often come up when I start talking about renewable energy. They go something like this: “I would like to install solar panels, but the payback time is just too long.” Or, when I bought a hybrid car ten years ago, friends said, “That’s nice, but how long will it take for gas savings to make up for the extra cost?”

Spring Flowers and Climate Change

Apr 11, 2014
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Climate change is already being felt by natural systems around the world – and locally. We can see how flowers react to temperatures as they first emerge in the spring. And now, we have a specific record for our area. For more than three decades, one avid local gardener has been keeping a diary of the first-flowering date of many species in her yard, like snowdrops, crocuses, bleeding hearts and crab apples.

The Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour will stop at Central State University on Wednesday. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on black communities.

Ten years ago, rap music stars Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Russell Simmons and Jay Z put together the Hip Hop Caucus to help young people become more engaged in the political process. The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. now leads the organization.

Yearwood says the Caucus is looking to lift up voices in support of political action on climate change.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for November 20, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Mike Ervin from the Downtown Dayton Partnership about the Dayton Foundation's recent grant towards Five Rivers Metroparks' River Run project.

-The latest installment in the SOCHE Talks: Modeling Climate Change in the Miami Valley

-Poor Will's Almanack: November 15 -21, 2011, by Bill Felker

The November 2011 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Shuang-Ye Wu, from the University of Dayton on Modeling Climate Change in the Miami Valley.

The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.

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