Dawgs go green: UW becomes charter member of group to address global warming

March 29, 2007

The UW has become a member of the Leadership Circle of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, by which the University agrees to adopt policies that minimize global warming emissions and integrate sustainability more firmly into the curriculum, and also to provide leadership in encouraging other universities and colleges to join in the effort to address global climate change.

The commitment involves all three UW campuses. Chancellors at both UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have signed the commitment, along with UW President Mark A. Emmert.

Faith And Environmentalism

March 8, 2007

Federal Way's Calvary Lutheran Church is going green — not for St. Patrick's Day, but for Lent. Though the congregation's sacrifice is a new twist on an old tradition, churchgoers are certainly embodying the spirit of this Christian remembrance in a way relevant to the 21st century.

The spirit of Lent is to reexamine one's way of living and identify how a change can be made on either the individual or societal level.

Staff Editorial : Facing The Global Warming Crisis

November 29, 2006

With Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth released on video last weekend, and with the Supreme Court intending to hear its first case on global warming starting today, human-induced climate change is clearly a hot topic.

In a case led by Massachusetts and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, 11 other states (including Washington) and various environmental nonprofits, the Bush administration's stance on the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions will be challenged in the high court.

City And Country Address Global Warming

August 16, 2006

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced last month that 275 mayors across the country are joining him in pledging to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help stem the threat of climate change.

The pledge, officially known as the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, is modeled after the Kyoto Protocol, which the federal government refused to sign in 2005. The mayor's announcement means that a number of mayors around the country acknowledge the threat of catastrophic climate change and are willing to shape policy to address the threat.

The Blame Game (Global Warming Edition)

June 28, 2006

We can't help but feel a little sorry for George Bush. Being president is hard work. Even regular five-week vacations can't alleviate all the stress.

To make things worse, summer no longer means carefree shooting parties with Vice President Dick Cheney. With rising temperatures in the West, torrential rains pounding the Northeast and Al Gore lecturing on climate change all over the world, the Bush administration has to find another scapegoat for something it can't explain: global warming.

Lawsuit Aims For Better Emission Control

June 1, 2006

A deadlock over the issue of global warming has drawn the city of Seattle, 14 leading climate scientists and several groups of Native Alaskans to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Two of the plaintiffs, John M. Wallace and David Battisti, are UW atmospheric scientists.

The lawsuit aims to make the U.S. Supreme Court obligate the EPA to regulate automobile emissions and recognize how they contribute to global warming.

Seattle, UW Seek To Lower Emissions

April 20, 2006

The UW is helping Seattle reach its goal of reducing emissions by 7 percent through increasing its focus on renewable energy.

The University became Seattle City Light's largest purchaser of renewable energy in February and built its first certified "green" building in January 2005.

Although the UW burns natural gas to heat its buildings, all of the its other day-to-day electricity comes from renewable sources like hydropower, wind power and solar power.

Moderate Senate Proposals Address Global Warming

June 20, 2005

WASHINGTON -- For the first time since President Bush rejected the international Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases, momentum is building in the Senate to begin addressing global warming.

However, skirmishing over competing proposals and continuing opposition from the House of Representatives and the Bush administration may prevent any plan from passing Congress this year.

One Nation, Under Smog

February 20, 2003

If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supposed to protect the environment, why is EPA administrator Christine Whitman poised to increase air pollution at more than 17,000 stinky, old, dirty industrial facilities around the country?

Is Whitman at odds with the Clean Air Act, enacted by Congress in 1970 to protect us from respiratory illnesses caused by soot, smog and toxic air pollution? The Clean Air Act aims to develop increasingly cleaner industrial processes that make air safer to breathe.

Running On Grease

October 29, 2002

If you happen to be jogging through the wetlands on any given afternoon, you might see some strange-looking activities occurring in the far northeast corner of campus. In a small, open-sided structure, a dedicated group of students are attempting to revolutionize the way we fill up our gas tanks.

It might sound funny, but it is possible to power a diesel engine with no petroleum products whatsoever. This is the direction that the Urban Sustainability Group (Ursus) would like to see society moving in.