The original version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax included the line "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie.” This was in reference to the 1960s declaration that Lake Erie was “dead.” The lake was not, in fact, dead but rather just full of toxic algae that killed off native aquatic species. The Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss to tell him about the efforts to clean up the lake and Seuss, in turn, removed the line.
This is just one of many stories surrounding the often mysterious Great Lakes, which cover almost 100,000 square miles and contain 84 percent of the U.S.’s surface fresh water. Despite their relative size and importance, the Great Lakes face a myriad of challenges such as over-application of fertilizer, fluctuation in water levels, and invasive species brought in from the freighters that haul upwards of 125 million tons of cargo up the St. Lawrence Seaway every year. What new Great Lakes stories are being created right now that will make it ...
Trump’s first trip abroad can, in many measures, be judged a success, largely
avoiding the controversies that loom over his administration in Washington. His
condemnation of the terror
attack in Manchester during his press conference with Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas and speech on terrorism in Saudi Arabia won
praise even from some of his critics. Trump became the first
sitting president to visit the Western Wall, and one of the first people to
take a direct flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. While there, he expressed
enthusiasm for negotiating a long-elusive peace deal between Israel and the
Palestinians. In Brussels, the President also appears to be well on his way to shifting
the priorities of NATO allies closer to his own by concentrating more on
terrorism and defense spending payment obligations.What are the global ramifications of
Trump’s trip? How much of a foreign policy shift is the United States (US)
experiencing under President Trump...
Today in America, and here in Northeast Ohio, the circumstances of your birth too often predict the opportunities you have in life. Children growing up in low-income neighborhoods – where in Cleveland more than half of all people under 18 live in poverty - experience vastly different academic outcomes than those growing up in more affluent neighborhoods. These systemic inequities disproportionately impact children of color, who are almost two times more likely to be born into poverty than white children. These minority students now make up half of all students in American public schools and bear the additional weight of historical and present-day racial bias and discrimination. Arguably, our public education system is not equipped to empower children with the tools to overcome these barriers or to help them fulfill their potential to lead and shape our increasingly dynamic, interconnected world. Public awareness of educational inequity has increased substa...
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people will be affected by a mental illness or neurological disorder during their lifetime. Currently, more than 450 million people worldwide suffer from a mental illness, making it a leading contributor to the global burden of disease. Despite this, there is little action by global or national policy makers to implement the interventions which are known to help people recover. Join us for a conversation with Vikram Patel, Ph.D., international mental health advocate, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard University, and one of the 2015 TIME 100, on how the global health community can address the stigma associated with mental illness. Location: Junior Ballroom, Global Center for Health Innovation 1 St. Clair Ave. NE Cleveland, OH 44114 Tickets: $20 membe...
In 2018, Ohio will elect new statewide officer holders. Leading up to the election, the City Club will be hosting conversations with candidates seeking statewide office. Joe Schiavoni has represented the 33rd Senate District in the State House - encompassing Columbiana and Mahoning Counties, including Youngstown - since 2008 when he was appointed to a vacant seat. In 2013, Senator Schiavoni was unanimously elected Democratic Leader of the Senate after serving two years as Assistant Senate Democratic Leader. On March 1, 2017, Senator Schiavoni was the first Democratic candidate to announce his candidacy
for Governor. While in office, Senator Schiavoni worked to improve water infrastructure and increase K-12 funding. He is also a member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley, the Mahoning County Bar Association, Curbstone Coaches, the local Farm Bureau, Boardman Civic Association, Italian-American Education Foundation, and the Legends of Leather B...