The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
Ohio’s two U-S senators split their votes on a proposed measure to limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. Republican George Voinovich voted in favor of a resolution to prevent the federal agency from imposing greenhouse gas rules on states without congressional approval. Democrat Sherrod Brown voted to keep the EPA’s authority in tact.
Coal power plants produce close to 90% of Ohio’s electricity but they’re also the primary source of greenhouse gases. For this reason scientists at Ohio State and other places are looking for ways to keep burning coal without emitting carbon dioxide. WOSU’s David Lukofsky reports on the controversial “clean coal” technology.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency says emissions of carbon dioxide and a handful of other gases now threaten human health. The finding is expected to give impetus to efforts in congress this year to pass “climate change” legislation and two Central Ohio democratic representatives are in the crosshairs of carbon politics.
As Ohio prepares to invest millions of dollars in development of bioproducts to increase jobs, environmentalists consider ways to identify and measure the downside of such a move.