Forest change topic of first-ever College of the Environment dean’s lecture

March 4, 2010

From wildfires to wild flowers — Pacific Northwest forests appear to be changing. New ways of thinking and managing forest lands are needed, says forest resources' Dave Peterson, who will speak Thursday, March 11, about Climate, Forests and Future: A View from Treeline.

The presentation is part of forest resources' annual series "Sustaining Our Northwest World" and is the inaugural College of the Environment's dean's lecture. The college plans to have two dean's lectures a year in the future.

Students send climate change Valentines to senators

February 11, 2010

Were Washington’s senators on your Valentine’s Day list this year? University of Washington WashPIRG members hope so. On Feb. 9 and 10, WashPIRG volunteers set up a card-making shop under the Suzzalo-Allen Sky Bridge complete with valentines, glitter, glue, markers, and candy hearts to munch on.

Their goal was to get students to sign Valentine’s Day cards pledging their support for global-warming initiatives.

Why hasn't Earth warmed as much as expected? New report explores reasons

January 19, 2010

Earth has warmed much less than expected during the industrial era based on current best estimates of Earth's "climate sensitivity" -- the amount of global temperature increase expected in response to a given rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.

In a study published online on Jan. 19 in the Journal of Climate, Stephen Schwartz of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Robert Charlson of the University of Washington and colleagues examine the reasons for this discrepancy.

Green Efforts Shouldn't Outweigh Students Interest

October 15, 2009

After years of planning and research, the UW Climate Action Plan (CAP) is complete. The document, which was produced by students, faculty and administrators, outlines areas where the UW is already doing well in environmental sustainability and points out where the UW still has a lot of progress to make. The CAP doesn’t contain any actual plans that will be implemented, but instead, refers to itself as “a plan to plan.”