Got milk? Climate change means stressed cows in southern U.S. may have less

July 11, 2012

“Cows are happy in parts of Northern California and not in Florida” is a good way to sum up the findings of new research from the University of Washington, said Yoram Bauman, best known as the “stand-up economist.”

Bauman and colleagues found that the decline in milk production due to climate change will vary across the U.S., since there are significant differences in humidity and how much the temperature swings between night and day across the country. For instance, the humidity and hot nights make the Southeast the most unfriendly place in the country for dairy cows.

 

Nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change

June 4, 2012

Warmer water and reduced river flows in the United States and Europe in recent years have led to reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants. For instance, the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama had to shut down more than once last summer because the Tennessee River's water was too warm to use it for cooling.

Glaciology graduate student to discuss science behind SIFF film 'Chasing Ice'

May 22, 2012

Kristin Poinar, a UW graduate student in glaciology, will join director Jeff Orlowski following two screenings of the movie “Chasing Ice” to talk about the science behind melting glaciers. The documentary features stark video of vanishing glaciers, shot over years using time lapse cameras deployed in the Arctic. Inspired by National Geographic photographer James Balog, the film aims to shine a spotlight on the effects of climate change.

Husky Stadium Deepens Carbon Footprint

May 24, 2012

The UW prides itself in its sustainability. A recent all-student email celebrated the campus’s green accomplishments and outlined future plans. Meanwhile, one of the most notable renovations on campus will increase greenhouse gases.

Once erected, the new Husky Stadium will have cost $250 million, making it the most expensive project on campus. It will also release an extra 1,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases per year compared to the previous stadium.

Increasing speed of Greenland glaciers gives new insight for rising sea level

May 3, 2012

Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland's contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study shows.

"So far, on average we're seeing about a 30 percent speedup in 10 years," said Twila Moon, a University of Washington doctoral student in Earth and space sciences and lead author of a paper documenting the observations published May 4 in Science.