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Green Bike program to temporary close
July 27, 2010




PULLMAN – The Green Bike Program will close temporarily for routine maintenance Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 3-4.


All bicycles in the Green Bike fleet will undergo routine maintenance and cleaning for a two-day period in order to prepare for the Fall 2010 academic semester. During this time, people who check out bikes on Monday, Aug. 2 will still have 24 hours to return their bike on Aug. 3. Green Bike users will not be able to check out bikes again until Thursday, Aug. 5.


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Study of air pollution in China earns NSF grant
July 21, 2010

PULLMAN – Several researchers in Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research are assessing air chemistry with the aid of an NSF grant to better understand air pollution and its impacts.


The grant, totaling more than $200,000, will help Brian Lamb, Regents Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his team in their study of emissions and chemistry. Their research will primarily be done in the Tianjin region of China. Because this part of China is tremendously urban, it will give the researchers ample data on the quantity of pollutants being released in urban areas, leading to a … » More …

WSU Extension Beach Watchers earn nat’l honor
July 20, 2010



Photos above of WSU Extension Beach Watchers patrolling and cleaning a beach area. Final photo of Don Meehan, WSU Extension program director for natural resources stewardship. Photos courtesy of WSU Extension.



SEATTLE – WSU Extension’s Beach Watchers program is the meritorious winner of the 2010 Education and Public Service award from the national Universities Council on Water Resources.


The award was presented at the group’s national conference in Seattle on July 15. Don Meehan, WSU Extension program director for natural resources stewardship, accepted the prestigious award for WSU and was joined by Chrys Bertolotto, the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher … » More …

More beef, less environmental impact
July 14, 2010



PULLMAN – Advances in productivity over the past 30 years have reduced the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of U.S. beef production, according to a new study presented today by a WSU researcher.



In “Comparing the environmental impact of the US beef industry in 1977 to 2007,” assistant professor of animal science Jude L. Capper revealed that improvements in nutrition, management, growth rate and slaughter weights, have significantly reduced the environmental impact of modern beef production and improved its sustainability.


Challenging misconceptions

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Balanced ecosystems better at controlling pests
June 30, 2010




 PULLMAN – There really is a balance of nature, but as accepted as that thought is, it has rarely been studied. Now WSU researchers, writing in the journal ‘Nature,’ have found that more balanced animal and plant communities typical of organic farms work better at fighting pests and growing a better plant.


The researchers looked at insect pests and their natural enemies in potatoes and found organic crops had more balanced insect populations in which no one species of insect has a chance to dominate. And in … » More …

Ethnobiologist to discuss Mid-Columbia Indians
November 2, 2006

VANCOUVER – The Sahaptin-speaking Indian people of the Columbia River Basin were hunters and gatherers who survived by virtue of a detailed, encyclopedic knowledge of their environment.Eugene Hunn examines their ethnobiology and cultural ecology in his book, “Nch’I-Wána, the Big River: Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land,” and in a lecture on the same topic to be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Washington State University Vancouver Multimedia Classroom building, room 22.Hunn is an ethnobiologist and professor of anthropology at University of Washington. He has also been involved in contract research for the U.S. National Park Service on subsistence issues in … » More …

WSU ecologist encouraging nat’l war on invading species
February 23, 2006

PULLMAN — Didemnum sea squirts don’t look scary. But the yellow blobs that are showing up on rocks and lobster traps in Puget Sound and the Hood Canal have biologists plenty worried.Native to Europe, the colonial creatures lack natural predators in North America. Unnoticed and unopposed, they can spread unchecked, eventually smothering shellfish beds and emitting toxins that harm other residents of the intertidal zone.And they’re not alone. Non-native species such as apple maggots, knapweed and cheatgrass threaten orchards, rangelands and forests across Washington. Nationwide, invasive species do an estimated $137 billion of environmental and economic damage each year.Richard Mack of Washington State University’s School … » More …

Ecology Department awards $100,000 for anaerobic digester
January 24, 2005

Going from “rot to watt,” or turning farm waste into electricity, is the goal of a Washington State University (WSU) project that has just received a $100,000 boost from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).  WSU will use the money to finish building a portable anaerobic digester that turns farm waste, manure and household garbage into methane gas that can be burned to generate electricity. The anaerobic digester is being developed by WSU’s biological-systems engineering department. It will be transported around the state to demonstrate how the new technology can generate power while helping to solve solid-waste disposal problems.”This is an example of how Ecology … » More …

Lane Lecture will feature environmental activist Suzuki
October 1, 2004

Scientist and author David Suzuki, who is described as a conscience on the global environment, will deliver the annual Lane Family Lecture in Environmental Science at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Todd Auditorium.Suzuki’s presentation, “Ecology vs. Economy: Setting the Real Bottom Line,” is free to the public. A reception will follow.The winner of several Canadian prizes to young scientists for his discoveries involving fruit-fly genetics, Suzuki abandoned much of his research in the 1970s to address concerns about the potential negative impacts of science and technology on society. Beginning as a host of Canadian Broadcasting’s “Quirks and Quarks,” he became a global personality as … » More …

Ecological impacts of fire taught
June 18, 2004

The WSU Steffen Center, run by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, is 58 acres of wildlife facilities, small forest plantations, wetlands, uplands, specialized planting areas as well as greenhouses, laboratories and shops. This beautiful facility, located on the east edge of the Pullman campus, is the site of many of the preliminary atmospheric studies done by Brian Lamb, professor, and Tara Strand, Ph.D. student, in the department of civil and environmental engineering. The Center is also the site where WSU courses on fire ecology are taught by Ben Zamora, associate professor in natural resource sciences. Predicting fire behaviorCovering the physical and chemical process of … » More …