Misti Crane

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  1. Ohio State research has shown that air pollution remains a serious problem in low-income neighborhoods, and especially neighborhoods of color.

    Low-income, black neighborhoods still hit hard by air pollution

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America—particularly those where many low-income and African American people live, a disparity highlighted in research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York. The nation’s air on the whole has become cleaner in the past 70 years, but those benefits are seen primarily in whiter, higher-income areas, said Kerry Ard, an associate professor of environmental sociology at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Ard presented her research at the annual meeting on Aug. 10. Ard used a variety of detailed data sources to examine air pollution and the demographics of the people who lived in 1-...
  2. plate with leftover food on it

    Worries about food waste appear to vanish when diners know scraps go to compost

    Efforts to educate diners, repurpose leftovers cancel each other out, study finds Editor: This news release was written by University Communications, which posted and distributed it earlier today.  CHICAGO – Diners waste far less food when they’re schooled on the harm their leftovers can inflict on the environment. But if they know the food is going to be composted instead of dumped in a landfill, the educational benefit disappears. When composting enters the picture, educated diners waste just as much as those who haven’t learned about shrinking landfill space, dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil pollution, a new study found. This presents a tricky situation for policymakers figuring out how to manage food waste, because the top tactics...