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Research: Arctic’s role as climate moderator threatened

Arctic ice research. (Photo by Paul Dodd)

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

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SAN FRANCISCO – Scientists in a rare and sometimes dangerous study of the Arctic have found that the region’s thinning sea ice is more prone to melting and storms, threatening its role as a moderator of the planet’s climate. » More …

Study finds life under lake ice complex, surprisingly active

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

stephanie-hampton-80PULLMAN, Wash. – As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. » More …

Nov. 15: Commissioner to talk about state’s public lands

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

GoldmarkPULLMAN, Wash. – A call to those who live in Washington to take action to protect and conserve its natural heritage will be part of a presentation by the state commissioner of public lands at noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Bryan Hall 308. Pizza and soda will be served. » More …

Grant brings science of stormwater pollution to businesses

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

stormwater-logo-80pPUYALLUP, Wash. – Businesses in the Puget Sound watershed must navigate a complex series of stormwater runoff regulations and permits. But business owners often don’t understand why those regulations exist. » More …

Nov 18: Free summit looks at future of food in Seattle

few-graphicWOODINVILLE, Wash. – The need to integrate management of natural resources like water, energy and food in the greater Seattle area will be discussed during the free, interactive Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Brightwater Convention Center. » More …

New grant to help cities make better water decisions

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By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has received a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to develop a statistical model that will help city managers make more informed sustainable water decisions. » More …

WSU studies pollution potential of industrial nanomaterials

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chowdhuryPULLMAN, Wash. – Nanoscale materials are helping provide new and better products for society, but researchers know little about what happens when these materials break down in the environment. » More …

Sept. 22-24: Public invited to help plan for sea level rise

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

hope-hui-risingSEATTLE – Community workshops to design a “blue greenway” to help the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods adapt to rising tides associated with climate change will be held Sept. 22-24 at Seattle Community College’s Georgetown campus in C222. » More …

Oct. 3, 4: Symposium on new, clean energy materials

alex-kingEVERETT, Wash. – Washington state’s Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) will hold its inaugural research symposium Oct. 3 and 4. The free forum begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Henry M. Jackson Center Wilderness Auditorium at Everett Community College. » More …

National prize honors report on Yakima water projects

yoderPULLMAN, Wash. – A report outlining the benefits and costs of proposed water management efforts in Washington’s Yakima Basin has won a national prize from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. » More …