Film Review: Growing Cities

By Andrew Pasquale, staff writer  Cities around the world are growing—and so are their citizens’ waistlines. Eighty one percent of America’s population is concentrated in cities, and from 2000 to 2010, urban population growth of 12 percent outstripped the national average of 9.7 percent. Feeding such a large and rapidly growing population can become a…

Debatin Talks: How Countries Respond to Climate Change

By Bethany N. Bella After discussing the implications ofrising sea levels, due to rapidly-advancing climate changes in the Earth’s atmospheric concentrations, Dr. Bernhard Debatin of Ohio University’s environmental journalism program argued that each nation’s response to these sea level changes will ultimately affect citizens’ opinions in preventing further atmospheric warming. “Different countries have different traditions in…

Debatin Talks: Rising Sea Levels

By Bethany N. Bella In a relatively recent National Geographic issue titled “Rising Seas,” the magazine speculates on the current rate of melted polar ice and the future of coastal-lying regions within the next few decades, should this rate continue to accelerate as in previous years. Dr. Bernhard Debatin, professor at Ohio University, mentioned a…

Only Gas Is For Fools

Story by Mathew Roberts, Contributor (Editor-soon-leaving), Photos by Gracie Umana, Contributor (Editor-soon-leaving) Featured on EcoWatch   Editor’s Note: This story is a commentary piece about the emerging student power movement at Ohio University. There are too many brave students working for equality today and a clean world for tomorrow to go unrecognized. We recommend following…

Wasted Hours, Gained Hope

I often wonder if what I am doing, running this publication and talking to people about the effects of climate change, is making a lasting impact on my peers, colleagues and those misguided by an illusion of what sustainability means. The other day I talked to Susan, a professor looking into the sustainability of the…

The Jumpstart of Restart

A friendly reminder to VOTE on April 17th, 2014 for Student Senate at Ohio University and a special look at one running member full of determination: Meet Caitlyn McDaniel  Story by Hallie Zarbakhsh, Contributing Writer For the first time all year, people are getting excited about student senate. No doubt there has there been an interest…

Letting the Sun in

Story by Brady Edge, staff writer, Photography by contributing photographer Kara Frisina I had grown a full beard. The mustache would grow stiff like steel wool on the way to Physiology class in the morning, the nose above becoming so numb that it felt perpetually stuffy. In Southeast Ohio, we endured the coldest Winter on…

Nature Does Matter

Rebecca Mathews, Contributing Writer Ohio University was recently visited by Dr. Harry Greene, an internationally famed biologist, and I consider myself lucky to have been there. His lecture was titled “Natural History & Aesthetics: Why Should We Care About Nature?”, part of the Kennedy Lecture series on campus. The majority of Greene’s lecture focused on…

Building A Student Empire

Story by Mathew Roberts, Editor-in-Chief       Tell Ohio University that the students and community members are not happy with the proposed natural gas plant and are willing to fight back. We deserve a better future.     I feel as if the environmental activism movement at Ohio University has finally gained enough traction…

Forward on Climate

Words and Photography by Gracie Umana, Multimedia Editor One year ago today, I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, struggled to put on my warmest long underwear, hats, gloves, scarves—the whole shebang. We drove over to the Athens Community Center (You know, the building on E. State with all the awesome solar panels) and…