What Does a Changing Climate Mean for Ohio? Colors of Climate Change, Episode 1

As climate change becomes an increasingly important issue in our nation and world, how might Ohio be uniquely impacted — both its landscape and its communities? In this series entitled “Colors of Climate Change,” we explore the current situation in Ohio from perspectives that shed light on how climate impacts us all and how we are impacting climate in return; we investigate how negative effects of climate change affect some of us more than others; and we unpack topics like natural disasters, agriculture, public health, economics, ecology and more through data and insights from scientists, policymakers, educators and other experts.

“More Than a Meal”: How Toledo Is Combating a Food Insecurity Crisis

Food insecurity affects Northwest Ohio residents at rates that exceed both state and national averages, but local organizations are fighting to keep Toledoans fed — one meal, one market, one garden at a time.

Pharmaceuticals Are Flowing Through Our Streams

“You might think it’s harmless to flush something down the toilet, rinse something down the sink, thinking you’re never going to see it again,” Jeremy Canfield, forensic science research technician at Bowling Green State University, said. Actually, every discarded tablet, every leftover cup of coffee and every flush of the toilet is just the start of the journey for certain compounds.

The River Runs in Reverse. Chicago Continues to Grapple with its Impact.

In 1900, the Chicago River was reversed to protect the city from disease and water pollution. Today, this decision poses questions to a city that faces unprecedented climate conditions and irreversible changes in the ecosystem.

Strokes of Color: Celebrating the Art of Toledo’s Latino Cultures

In the heart of South Toledo’s Broadway Corridor, strokes of color adorn the otherwise nondescript structures of streetside storefronts … Railings, window frames, doors and cornices boast brilliant blues, deep reds, pale yellows and an array of pinks and purples.

Hidden Gems: Preserving the Rich Biodiversity of Northwest Ohio

Picture Ohio. You’re probably envisioning vast agricultural fields or the occasional deciduous forest dotting an otherwise flat landscape. And yet Northwest Ohio alone is home to wetlands and prairies, savannas and swamplands. It encompasses one of the rarest ecosystems on earth and supports rich wildlife. As biodiversity decreases across the globe, organizations in Northwest Ohio are working to preserve, protect and restore habitats and wildlife alike for generations to come.

Asian in Ohio

This project presents an interactive gallery of Asian American individuals who have made Ohio their home, and serves as an open archive depicting another side of the American story — one often whitewashed and rendered invisible. Explore maps, watch curated videos and interact with colorful and moving narratives.

How Toledo’s Auto-Lite Strike Changed Labor History

On April 12th, 1934, in the middle of the workday, 1,000 workers walked out of the Electric Auto-Lite factory in Toledo, Ohio, in a protest for better working conditions and wages — an act that would become known as one of the most memorable and influential strikes of the Great Depression.

Turning on the Light of Learning: Literacy Efforts Are Paving a Brighter Future for Toledo and Beyond

“I grew up where reading and writing was my biggest problem … And I always wanted to fit in. But I couldn't because my reading and writing stopped me.” Stephan Woodley is 61 years old. For nearly 60 of those years, he couldn’t read.

What’s Keeping Lake Erie Green? Part II: Climate Change

It can be difficult for residents of the Western Lake Erie Basin to see beyond the surface when it comes to the harmful algal blooms that disrupt their local watershed. After all, it is the green scum that appears on the lake every summer that poses health risks, obstructs recreational activities and creates eyesores on the area’s most treasured natural resource.

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