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New catalyst meets challenge of cleaning exhaust from modern engines

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – As cars become more fuel efficient, less heat is wasted in the exhaust, which makes it harder to clean up the pollutants being emitted.

Puget Sound revitalization pursued by citizens, WSU Extension

It is estimated that 75 percent of contamination in the Puget Sound is unwittingly produced by citizens — via commercial wastewater, sewage treatment plants, stormwater runoff from roads and paved surfaces, construction and other activities.

Creating cleaner water source vital to aquatic life, people

WSU Puyallup researchers inspect the sprinkler system used to simulate rain events on the asphalt test plot. (l-r) Curtis Hinman, low-impact development extension specialist; Jen McIntyre, postdoctoral researcher, stormwater program; and Richard Bembenek, agriculture research technician, low-impact development. Photo by Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension Puyallup.  McIntyre PUYALLUP, Wash. – Finding a solution to toxic highway […]

Sterilizing Mars spacecraft is largely a waste of money

WSU’s Schulze-Makuch PULLMAN, Wash. – Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive – on Mars. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, astrobiologists Alberto Fairén of Cornell University and Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University say the NASA Office of Planetary Protection’s “detailed and expensive” efforts to keep Earth microorganisms off […]

Olympia Energy Program catches the wave

WSU’s Energy Program in Olympia is working on bringing a new wave of renewable energy into Washington homes.“Ocean wave energy is a clean alternative form of energy that does not produce the pollution and greenhouse gases that natural gas generating facilities do,” said Jake Fey, WSU Energy Program director. “It helps meet the growing need […]

WSU prof teams with NASA on pollution monitoring

With the anticipated July 10 launch of NASA’s Earth Observing System Aura satellite, environmental scientists here and across the globe are expecting to get the clearest space-based views yet of the sources and movement of air pollution in the earth’s lower atmosphere.The spacecraft will carry into orbit a complex package of four high-tech instruments to […]