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Clouds amplify warming in Arctic, study finds
December 10, 2015

waldenPULLMAN, Wash. – Clouds can increase warming in the changing Arctic region more than scientists expected, according to a new study published Dec. 10 in the journal Nature Communications.

Seeking new sorghum, the ‘camel of crops,’ for biofuels
October 27, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

grant-writing-cousinsPULLMAN, Wash. – A trend of dry summers and low snowpack in coming years is expected to pose challenges for Washington farmers, especially those working marginal lands without access to ample irrigation.

Future-focused women invest to fight global warming
October 27, 2014

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

Joireman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Politicians who discredit global warming risk losing a big chunk of the female vote. A new study found women who consider the long-term consequences of their actions are more likely to adopt a liberal political orientation and take consumer and political steps to reduce global warming.

Researchers await launch of NASA carbon observatory
June 25, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

nasa-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have been heavily involved in the design, development and testing of a NASA observatory set to launch at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Research: Arid areas absorb unexpected amounts of carbon
April 6, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Evans-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found that arid areas, among the biggest ecosystems on the planet, take up an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere. The findings give scientists a better handle on the earth’s carbon budget – how much carbon remains in the atmosphere as CO2, contributing to global warming, and how much gets stored in the land or ocean in other carbon-containing forms.

Hot, dry July weather breaks records across state
August 7, 2013

AgWeatherNetPULLMAN, Wash. – If you thought it seemed especially hot last month, even for summer, you’re right. Prosser’s average July 2013 high temperature was the warmest on record for any month since AgWeatherNet records began in 1990. 

A Web based, publicly available system, AgWeatherNet provides access to near real-time weather data and value-added products from Washington State University’s statewide weather network, along with decision aids for agricultural producers and other users.

Temperatures east of the Cascades were generally four or more degrees above average during the day and around three degrees warmer than normal overall, making July the 12th … » More …

WSU researchers aim to measure gas from space
February 23, 2009

PULLMAN – George Mount, professor in the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, has been heavily involved in developing the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite, set to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base early tomorrow morning.

The satellite is expected to measure precise carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere from space for the first time and provide valuable information to help in understanding the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) on global warming.

Rapidly increasing levels of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most abundantly produced by human activities, are suspected by many scientists to be contributing … » More …

WSU Vancouver to participate in National Teach-in on Global Warming
February 4, 2009

VANCOUVER – A series of events will be presented by WSU Vancouver students to focus on the problem of global climate change. These events are part of the National Teach-in on Global Warming on Feb. 5. All of these events are free and open to the public.

A panel on “Sustainability Initiatives in Vancouver and Clark County” will be presented 12-1:15 p.m. in the Multimedia Building, room 6. Members of the panel include Gordon Euler, Clark County Community Planning; Sunrise O’Mahoney, Board president, Vancouver Food Co-op; and Matt Ransom, City of Vancouver Transportation Services Planning manager.   

Two screenings of “Everything’s Cool,” at 9:10-10:25 a.m. … » More …

Global warming, religion and politics part of Foley Institute’s public lectures
January 16, 2009

PULLMAN — The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service will present a public lecture by Robert K. Musil, former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in CUE 202.

Musil, author of “Hope for a Heated Planet” (2009), will talk about climate change. His presentation, “How We Can Promote Change and Stop Global Warming,” will discuss how a growing national movement, including universities, environmentalists, public health specialists, national security experts, religious communities and ordinary citizens, is transforming the debate about energy and global warming. He will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

Political commentator … » More …

Archeology professor awarded grant
October 8, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU Regents Professor of Archeology Timothy Kohler will receive a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Forest Service to better understand the interactions between humans and their environment by studying coupled natural and human systems.

Kohler and his colleagues will receive a $1,499,172 grant to study the dynamic interaction between prehispanic Pueblo peoples and their environment. The project, entitled “Coupled Natural and Human Ecosystems over Long Periods: Pueblo Ecodynamics” is a collaborative effort between WSU, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the … » More …