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.

Salt Power Leads New Energy Sources

January 11, 2010

At the UW, we seem to continually strive toward complete environmental sustainability. The recently installed restrictions on paper used at the UW bring us ever closer to this lofty, yet incredibly noble goal. In addition to this, the introduction of the trial power-grid program, energy-efficient light-bulb exchange, and the on-campus composting program define our school as environmentally conscious, at the very least.

Class Notes: Students research ways to make UW campus more sustainable

May 14, 2009

In this two-part class, 15 students learn about the historical roots and various definitions of sustainability, then explore and analyze the UW to figure out how it could be more sustainable. This quarter -- the first this class has been offered -- students focus on sustainability practices related to water; future topics may include energy and transportation. Student teams partner with staff, including campus utility workers, to research topics like the efficiency of water flow in showers at the IMA, or the layout of storm-water drains on campus.

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.