Directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked vast new reserves of natural gas in the United States. Development of these resources is now well under way in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is now beginning in Ohio. This study assesses whether the economic benefits generated by shale energy production justify incurring certain unavoidable environmental costs. This webinar will provide information about:
- The nature of shale energy production and its broader implications for the world energy complex
- Environmental impacts including the frequency of environmental incidents, their severity, and associated remediation efforts, and
- Estimates of the economic benefits and environmental costs of shale energy development.
Climate change for many is primarily about science and environmental impacts, but the linkage to economic concerns is undeniable.
Many believe business opposes limits on carbon, overlooking the fact that many firms supported legislative efforts to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect forests and develop new clean energy technologies. Were these firms merely acting in their own interests while endangering the economy? Why did business engage in the debate? Is the current political impasse regarding climate helpful to business? Has business moved on? This webinar will look at these and related questions.
The convergence of human health and animal health has led to a new era of emerging infectious diseases. How will this unique era and the human-animal interface be affected by the impending changes to our environment and alterations to our climate? This webinar will provide information about:
- The factors that have created this unprecedented era of emerging diseases
- How environmental changes will impact the human-animal interface
- Why the One Health Initiative offers a new mindset and solutions to address the health threats created by this unique convergence
Wetlands provide more value to humans and nature alike per unit area than any other part of our landscape. They control floods, clean up water polluted by fertilizers and other contaminants, and serve as the best carbon sequestration ecosystems on the planet.
Studies by Dr. William Mitsch and his students at Ohio State’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park over the past 20 years, as well as his studies at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Ohio, the Florida Everglades, the Louisiana Delta, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and all over the world have illustrated the “how” of wetlands providing important ecosystem services, including those to mitigate climate change. Recent studies have illustrated that methane emissions from most wetlands do not matter because of their ability to sequester carbon at much higher rates.
Heavy precipitation events can have important impacts on communities throughout the year. Intense cold-season snowstorms and warm-season extreme flooding events, for example, regularly result in high social and economic losses. Heavy precipitation events in the Great Lakes region are caused by both large-scale weather systems (such as cyclones) and local storms induced by the lakes themselves (such as lake-effect snows). Long-term variations in these factors, including possible variations due to climate change, can result in large changes in the occurrence of heavy precipitation. This webinar will provide information about:
- Vulnerabilities in the Great Lakes region to changes in warm- and cold-season precipitation extremes
- How the frequency of heavy precipitation events in the Great Lakes have changed over the last century
- A recent reversal in the long-term trends of lake-effect snows near Lake Michigan
- How heavy precipitation events could change with a changing climate