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Environmental research conference covers variety of issues

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PULLMAN, Wash. – The first EARThS conference will be 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Washington State University’s CUE 518 and is open to students, faculty, staff and the community.
The conference will offer a multitude of presentations addressing agriculture, environmental sciences, sociology, economics, soil science and/or natural resources.

This is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on research concerned with the nine planetary boundaries:

  • climate change
  • ocean acidification
  • stratospheric ozone depletion
  • nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
  • atmospheric aerosol loadings
  • chemical pollution
  • fresh water use
  • change in land use
  • biodiversity loss


Environment related sciences

Richard York,
Univ. of Oregon

The keynote presentation will be made by Richard York, professor of environmental sociology at the University of Oregon, and is titled “Addressing Environmental Problems by Looking Beyond Green Technology.”

York’s research focuses on climate change, human ecology and the sociology of science. He advocates a multifaceted approach to environmental solutions. He studies national trends connecting energy consumption and energy intensity – the amount of energy required to produce a dollar of product.

York believes that neither alternative energy nor improved efficiency is the answer to the oil energy crisis. Instead, he advocates a “societal reorientation in our thinking” around what constitutes happiness or wealth.

In the afternoon, students, colleagues, family members and friends will also join together to pay tribute to and celebrate the contributions of Eugene A. Rosa, a WSU Regents Professor of sociology, who passed away earlier this spring.

Interdisciplinary forum

The EarthS conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for presenting ideas and engaging in conversations on related topics. Participation from researchers, graduate students and community members is welcome.

Click the following links for additional information on the EarthS conference and the conference agenda.

The conference is sponsored by EARThSWSU Department of Sociology; the WSU Foley Institute; and Don Dillman, Regents Professor of Sociology. Graduate Professional Student Association, and the WSU Foley Institute. EarthS is an organization for WSU graduate students, faculty and others interested in research and service related to the environment, agriculture, resources, technology and society.

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