By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Investigators publish new report on Behavioral Ecology. According to news reporting originating in Seattle, Washington, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Adaptive brain architecture hypotheses predict brain region investment matches the cognitive and sensory demands an individual confronts. Social hymenopteran queen and worker castes differ categorically in behavior and physiology leading to divergent sensory experiences."
A decades-long debate over how nitrogen is removed from the ocean may now be settled by new findings from researchers at Princeton University and their collaborators at the University of Washington.
The debate centers on how nitrogen—one of the most important food sources for ocean life and a controller of atmospheric carbon dioxide—becomes converted to a form that can exit the ocean and return to the atmosphere where it is reused in the global nitrogen cycle.
A new set of video clips are making their way into classrooms across Washington. The UW’s ground-breaking TV series, Climate of Change, is now available to educators in a collection of convenient sustainability-focused video clips for easy use as a teaching tool. The collection of videos is posted online at www.youtube.com/sustainableUW.
Fargreen, a social enterprise using technology to convert rice straw waste into a product that can be used for mushroom farming, edged out five other finalist teams to win the grand prize of $12,500 at the University of Washington's Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, held last week in Seattle.
Although it was previously believed that B-12 vitamins in the ocean can be manufactured only by marine bacteria, by measuring and tracking the essential vitamins in the ocean, UW researchers discovered that a completely different class of organisms in the kingdom of archaea can also produce this essential vitamin.
Pine forests are especially magical places for atmospheric chemists. Coniferous trees give off pine-scented vapors that form particles, very quickly and seemingly out of nowhere.
New research by German, Finnish and U.S. scientists elucidates the process by which gas wafting from coniferous trees creates particles that can reflect sunlight or promote cloud formation, both important climate feedbacks. The study is published Feb. 27 in Nature.
Climate change is here, it is happening, and it is the future. Lots can still be done to mitigate the changes, but policy is moving to adapt to impacts
Discussions around climate change are on a pragmatic new course. Enough of the talk-show bilge about “is it real?”
The shift I am hearing is not only about mitigating climate change, but also promoting smart adaptation to the impacts already here — and here to stay.
Scientific energy and insight are pointing the discussion toward what can be done to lessen the economic, political and social impacts ahead.
Spraying reflective particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and then stopping it could exacerbate the problem of climate change, according to new research by atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington.
Carrying out geoengineering for several decades and then stopping would cause warming at a rate that will greatly exceed that expected due to global warming, according to a study published Feb. 18 in Environmental Research Letters.
Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, not just indirectly – by depriving them of food, as has been repeatedly documented for these and other seabirds – but directly as a result of drenching rainstorms and, at other times, heat, according to new findings from the University of Washington.
A soils lab that schedules fieldwork to minimize car trips, reuses sampling containers and recycles soils and leftover plant material has achieved the highest score yet in the University of Washington’s 10-month-old Green Laboratory Certification Program.
With an overall score of 95 percent, Tom DeLuca’s environmental and forest sciences lab has just topped the 93 percent previously earned by a UW Bothell chemistry instructional lab.