Canning The Trash

August 12, 2009

Amy and Adam Korst are pretty normal people.

Amy, a 2007 graduate of the UW, is an English teacher at Willamina High School in Willamina, Ore. She lives with two cats, a dog and her husband Adam, a 2007 graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, in nearby Dallas, Ore., about an hour south of Portland. Adam is the photo editor at the local newspaper, the Polk County Itemizer Observer.

Climate Action Plan draft welcomes student feedback

May 28, 2009

On May 19, UW students received an e-mail from Dean Sandra Archibald, chair of the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, soliciting feedback on the university’s Climate Action Plan, which is being revised and finalized. Students were invited to visit the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Web site to read through the 53-page draft and offer their opinions.

Any way you slice it, warming climate is affecting Cascades snowpack

May 12, 2009

There has been sharp disagreement in recent years about how much, or even whether, winter snowpack has declined in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon during the last half-century. But new research leaves little doubt that a warmer climate has a significant effect on the snowpack, as measured by water content on April 1, even if other factors keep year-to-year measurements close to normal for a period of years. Water content can vary greatly depending on temperature and other conditions at the time of snowfall.


April 28, 2009

This year, the United States is participating in the Group of Eight environment ministers meeting in Sicily, Italy; the goal is to replace the 1998 Kyoto Protocol and draft a new agreement to regulate carbon emissions.

“The U.S. government now fully acknowledges the urgency and complexity of climate-change challenges,” Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told reporters last week. “And we know full well that a meaningful U.S. response to this challenge is absolutely essential.”

Carbon Dioxide Is A True Pollutant

March 30, 2009

Nearly 40 years ago, Congress passed legislation to control air pollution and clean up our skies. The Clean Air Act and its subsequent revisions have been widely successful at cleaning up the atmosphere and improving the quality of the air we breathe. After nearly a half-century of new scientific inquiry and discovery, we have a better understanding of the natural world. We need to update our laws to recognize and regulate anthropogenic carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for what they truly are: pollutants.

Tropical lizards can't take the heat of climate warming

March 3, 2009

New research that builds on data collected more than three decades ago demonstrates that lizards living in tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean could be in serious peril from rising temperatures associated with climate change.In fact, those forest lizards appear to tolerate a much narrower range of survivable temperatures than do their relatives at higher latitudes and are actually less tolerant of high temperatures, said Raymond Huey, a University of Washington biology professor.