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The Enduring Hope of Conservation: An Interview With Dr. Alex Dehgan

By Jack Knudson Conservationist Alex Dehgan set out for Afghanistan in 2006 with an ambitious goal: to help establish what would eventually become the country’s first national park, Band-e Amir National Park. During his time there, Dehgan discovered a rich history, stunning environments and a host of animal species worth saving.  Before traveling to Afghanistan, Dehgan questioned why certain species go extinct while others survive … Continue reading The Enduring Hope of Conservation: An Interview With Dr. Alex Dehgan

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Turning Pollution Into Paint

By Katelyn Rousch True Pigments developed a business model to revive the mine-crippled red creeks of southeastern Ohio. Community members have described the upwellings from old pump stations in Appalachia as everything from “tomato soup” to “orange kool-aid,” but the acid mine drainage, or AMD, is as drinkable as blood. The Truetown discharge, one of the worst sites in Ohio, bleeds iron-filled water too acidic … Continue reading Turning Pollution Into Paint

Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

By Morgan Spehar The Pawpaw Festival may have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but Ohio University’s Science Cafe series continued on Sept. 16 with food scientist Rob Brannon, who gave a virtual presentation on one of the most unusual fruits in Ohio: the pawpaw. Nicknamed the Appalachian apple, the Hoosier banana or any one of dozens of other monikers, the American pawpaw … Continue reading Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

Visiting Reporter Discusses the Current State of Environmental Journalism

by Jack Knudson As a part of the Challenging Dialogues Lecture Series, Lisa Friedman, a climate reporter for the New York Times, recently spoke at Ohio University about the current state of environmental journalism.  As concerns grow over climate change over time, there comes a shift in how it is covered in the media. Environmental journalism has come a long way, from the musings of … Continue reading Visiting Reporter Discusses the Current State of Environmental Journalism

Athens City commits to fighting climate change

by Emily Crebs Athens City Council has announced, not only its belief in climate change but a promise to make the climate a priority in its agenda.  Athens City Council passed a Climate Emergency Resolution on Feb. 3, which is worded as a call to action for the city to mobilize and take steps to locally reduce its impact on the environment.  Chris Fahl, an … Continue reading Athens City commits to fighting climate change