Three WashU 2017 grads share their vision for a world where the environment and the economy are healthy. Sustainability advocates Nick Annin, Elise Fabbro and Nicola Salzman all participated in the International Climate Negotiation Seminar, an advanced Environmental Studies course is for students who will represent Washington University at the United Nations COP (Conference of […]
Clues from a lost city
Washington University anthropologist Michael Frachetti is leading groundbreaking research on an ancient city in Uzbekistan. Lost and abandoned for a thousand years, the medieval city of Tashbulak lies buried beneath an isolated pasture high in the mountains. Before being discovered by Frachetti and his Uzbek co-investigator, Farhod Maksudov, in 2011, the well-preserved site was unknown […]
A Twist: Harnessing the Sun to Combat Global Warming
A team of students from Sam Fox School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are preparing for Solar Decathalon 2017. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial competition challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. Winners will be selected on the basis of design […]
Discovery might allow scientists to create crop varieties better suited to warming world
As we push the limits of agriculture to feed more people in a warmer world, we do not understand how plants sense temperature. In a surprising turn of events, scientists at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Washington University in St. Louis have just learned that plant light sensors also respond to temperature. […]
Raising awareness about challenges like climate change can be just as important as making laws
Leaders of developing countries might have a more crucial task — to enhance the public awareness of the environmental crisis the world is facing, and to provide alternative solutions for industry
An undergrad in Paris for (UNFCCC) COP21 negotiations
Taylor Blevin, undergraduate student, had the opportunity to travel to Paris for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Wrighton and Biswas give talks at International Conference on Advances in Energy Research
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Pratim Biswas, PhD, give talks during international energy conference in Mumbai, India.
Carbon cuts raise hope for climate change deal
James Wertsch, Shen Dingli and Swaran Singh say the substantial carbon emission targets announced by the world’s major economies are raising hope for a comprehensive climate change agreement in Paris.
Symposium to address climate change and extinction
A two-degree temperature shift could lead to environmental extremes and mass extinctions, experts warn.
Humans have been changing the Chinese environment for 3,000 years
For thousands of years, Mother Nature has taken the blame for tremendous human suffering caused by massive flooding along the Yellow River.