New study highlights the commercial and ecological importance of forage fish – Washington Post

A report released earlier this week by the 13-member Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force – which includes UW scientists Tim Essington (School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences) and Dee Boersma (Biology) – details the importance of forage fish to commercially valuable fish species and other’s dependent upon them as a food source.  Check out the report’s executive summary, or read about it in the Washington Post. 

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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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Tasty fruits spread the furthest: This weeks CoEnv published research

Each week we share the latest publications coming from the College of the Environment. This week, one new article co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science or published online:   1. Title:  Avian dispersal of exotic shrubs in an archipelago (abstract; subscription required for full article) Authors: Bennett, Joseph R1,2; Young, Emily J.1,2; Giblin, David E.3; Dunwiddie, Peter W.4; Arcese, Peter1,2 1. 

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