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Temperature Rise Over 50 Years More Dangerous Than It Sounds, Increase in Coral Bleaching Triggered by Heat

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2015


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Climate data for 2014 reveal it was the warmest year in recorded history, with 1998 coming in at a close second. While it may not seem particularly consequential in the midst of a never-ending Oberlin winter, changes in global temperature are incredibly impactful to our planet. Geologists predict a 2...

Keystone XL Debate Prioritizes Politics over Economic, Environmental Realities

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2014


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In navigating the political obstacle course necessary for its approval, the Keystone XL pipeline has all but proved itself “the little pipeline that could.” At this point, the pipeline’s creation seems almost inevitable. Though a bill to approve the construction of the pipeline was defeated...

Off the Cuff: Shazeen Attari, expert on the psychology of resource consumption

Maddie Stocker, News Editor

February 28, 2014


Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, sat down with the Review this week to talk about energy consumption, motivations in social dilemmas, and the paper she will publish on Monday. Attari visited Oberlin to give a ta...

Benefits of Transition to Natural Gas Questioned

Rachel Weinstein, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Oberlin College is currently gearing up for a new sustainable installment — the replacement of the central heating plant’s coal boilers with new natural gas-fueled tanks. For years, the College has been dependent on a central coal burning plant to heat academic and residential buildings on campus...

Report Lists Ohio as Top Polluter

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

September 20, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

Environment Ohio, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, recently released a report detailing Ohio’s power plants as the second most polluting in the country. The plants are Ohio’s largest source of carbon pollution, and are responsible for 48 percent of statewide emissions...

Berry, Jackson Team Up to Tackle Sustainable Agriculture, Assert Importance of Liberal Arts

Nora Kipnis

September 13, 2013


Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

To kick off this year’s Convocation series, author Wendell Berry and acclaimed scientist Wes Jackson met in Finney Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to discuss environmentalism, sustainable agriculture and the role of a liberal arts education. Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David Orr moderated...

Potential Pipeline Promises Economic Growth Amid Environmental Concerns

Rachel Weinstein

September 6, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

College and community members face environmental risks as plans of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, continue to move forward. For over a year, talk of a 250-mile natural gas pipeline between Hamilton Road and Route 20 has triggered a variety of responses from the Oberlin town and College...

A Hundred Trees Planted to Offset Carbon Emissions

Julia Herbst, News Editor

April 26, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

As part of continuing efforts to offset carbon emissions on campus, students and grounds crew members gathered last Saturday, April 20, to plant 100 trees in the former agricultural fields north of the solar panels. The event, organized by the Carbon Management Fund and co-sponsored by Ecolympics,...

Ecolympics Underway, Expands Programming

Adiel Kaplan, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013


Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The glowing energy orbs around campus have been a little greener over the last two weeks as the Office of Environmental Sustainability kicks off its sixth annual Ecolympics. Ecolympics, which began April 5 and will run through April 26, is Oberlin’s three-week- long dorm energy-reduction competition,...

Reporter Relays Experience with Fracking Industry

Madeline Stocker

April 12, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Concerned students, professors and numerous community members gathered Monday, April 8, to hear Tim Wilber’s lecture on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Wilber, author and self-proclaimed “old-school journalist,” focused his lecture not only on anti-fracking techniques,...

Largest U.S. Climate Rally Heavily Attended by Oberlin Students

Duncan Standish

February 22, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Some 50,000 people, including dozens of Oberlin students, gathered for the "Forward on Climate" rally in downtown Washington, D.C., last Sunday, Feb. 17, to urge President Obama to reject the permit for TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been contentious since its proposal...

College Wins Multiple Environmental Accolades

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

February 8, 2013


Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This winter, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools named Oberlin College the “Best 4-Year Higher Education Institution” in their second annual awards. The Center cited Oberlin’s installation of the largest solar array of any four-year liberal arts college, its collaboration...

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