23 news posts from March 2012

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UW Environmental Challenge goes big(ger) this year – UW News

This year’s Environmental Challenge was met with bigger, bolder and greener projects than ever. The annual event, co-sponsored by the Foster School of Business, the College of the Environment and the College of Engineering, gave over $22,000 in awards to some very cool project. Read more here! (There’s a video too!) 

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Fossil raindrop impressions imply greenhouse gases loaded early atmosphere

A meerkat perches atop rocks bearing the fossil impressions of raindrops that fell in South Africa 2.7 billion years ago.

In ancient Earth history, the sun burned as much as 30 percent dimmer than it does now. Theoretically that should have encased the planet in ice, but there is geologic evidence for rivers and ocean sediments between 2 billion and 4 billion years ago. Scientists have speculated that temperatures warm enough to maintain liquid water were the result of a much thicker atmosphere, high concentrations of greenhouse gases or a combination of the two. 

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UW Professor Norbert Untersteiner remembered - Seattle Times

Professor Norbert Untersteiner – Department of Atmospheric Sciences in UW’s College of the Environment – passed away earlier this month; he was 86.  Read about his remarkable life and legacy – from his childhood in Austria to his adventures and work in the Arctic – in this Seattle Times piece. 

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Fisheries researchers to examine the effects of NOAA Catch Shares program - Phys.org

UC Santa Barbara resource economists Christopher Costello and Robert Deacon, and SAFS‘ Ray Hilborn and Trevor Branch will be undertaking an examination of the ongoing effects of a West Coast fisheries management system implemented by NOAA in January 2011. This effort is funded as part of a $1 million West Coast Sea Grant social science initiative, funded by NOAA Sea Grant and its partners. 

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