Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods. But the city is having trouble developing the lots. One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate. BY OLIVIA MILTNER Four years ago, the city tore down … Continue reading Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Maine lobsters are thriving, but regulators explore how to adapt to changing environments

BY OLIVIA MILTNER The lobster industry along the New England coast is changing, and its two major lobster stocks are evolving in dramatically different directions. North of Cape Cod, lobster populations are booming, but in the south, the stock has greatly declined. In Maine, where catches have reached record highs in recent years, optimism surrounding lobstering contrasts with attitudes farther south and with the New … Continue reading Maine lobsters are thriving, but regulators explore how to adapt to changing environments

City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’

BY OLIVIA MILTNER After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, city officials realized they needed to rebuild in a way that made the city safer and stronger than before. The city released its resilience strategy 10 years later, in what New Orleans Deputy Mayor Jeff Hebert described as a “pivot from recovery to resilience.” The strategy, used today, is a plan that accounts for … Continue reading City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’

Prehistoric agricultural practices could offer solutions for modern tropical forest conservation

BY OLIVIA MILTNER A new study that reviewed how prehistoric people impacted tropical forests thousands of years ago could present ideas for more effective conservation strategies. Among the findings, the study provides a glimpse of tropical agricultural that differs greatly from common farming practices today. The review, recently published in the journal Nature Plants, found that humans have been managing forests around the world for … Continue reading Prehistoric agricultural practices could offer solutions for modern tropical forest conservation

MLB home runs and the weather

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Experts have yet to decide why the MLB has seen such a spike this season and a general increase in home runs over the past three years. Most potential explanations revolve around aspects like how baseballs are designed or if players are adjusting their swings to hit more home runs. Some believe batters are trying to increase the launch angle of their hits and … Continue reading MLB home runs and the weather

Urban Heat Islands

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Mirroring their increasing populations, the United States’ current 10 largest cities have gradually become warmer over the past century, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Such rising temperatures can be attributed to growing intensity of urban heat islands, or urban regions that are noticeably hotter than surrounding areas. And with expected increases … Continue reading Urban Heat Islands

Food for Thought

Complexities of food stamp “fraud” break down stereotypes and over-simplified assumptions. BY OLIVIA MILTNER One lesson Jacob learned while he lived on $800 per month was the joy of large bulk cereal bags. Offbrand Fruit Loops, he said, taste just as good as regular Fruit Loops. “I had enough to get by, and if it was a really good week, I could have waffles and … Continue reading Food for Thought