Ocean acidification is affecting our state’s oyster industry, and has been for seven years. That’s why Governor Gregoire put together a Blue Ribbon Panel for Ocean Acidification, which met on Wednesday to discuss the nature and implications of ocean acidification in Washington. Many of our CoEnv scientists sit on the panel. Read more here.
Anyone who has spent time on Forest Service land is familiar with slash piles, big dunes of plant scraps gathered up as a side-effect of logging. Scientists at UW, including SEFS PhD canidate Jenny Knoth, have invented a blanket to wrap around slash piles, that serves as CO2 absorber, fertilizer and kiln. Read more here!
Earth and Space Sciences‘ Kristin Poinar, a graduate student studying glaciology, will join director Jeff Orlowski following two screenings of the movie “Chasing Ice” to talk about the science behind melting glaciers. Check out the film, and check out Kristin’s work too! Read more here.
The increasing flow of nitrates from human and animal waste into Puget Sound are a boon to algae. And as the algae bloom, they set up the Sound for acidification beyond what global climate change is driving. Read more here.
One Mukilteo resident has been sharing his decades of marine science and policy expertise by volunteering with the Snohomish County Marine Resources Advisory Committee. His day job is an environmental compliance analyst, but in his free time UW alum Lincoln Loehr has helped analyze reams of data from mussels collected along the shoreline, contributing key insights into the pollution patterns in Puget Sound. Read more here!
A new analysis by the Navy suggests that ongoing training and testing activities could cause greater harm to marine mammals than previously estimated. Read more here.
Conservation Remix, a daylong event June 2, offers an eclectic mix of topics for discussion – from designing superefficient buildings that generate their own energy to controlling invasive species by eating them. Read more about the event, which is co-sponsored by CoEnv and happens on June 2, here.