Billowing smoke stacks

Energy alliances must be holistic, realistic

Multiple countries announced at the U.N. climate talks that they are committing to phase out coal as an energy source by 2030. But  WashU Expert Pratim Biswas warns that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t the most effective response to climate change. All U.N. countries need to take a holistic approach to energy choices, especially developing nations, […]

Aleppo, Syria degraded ruin

Looking at ‘wastelands’ through a humanities lens

This fall, Nancy Y. Reynolds and Anne-Marie McManus launched the Mellon Sawyer Seminar,  “Grounding the Ecocritical: Materializing Wastelands and Living on in the Middle East.”  “Wastelands” refers to places with material and environmental degradation, ruin, and decay, as well as the social and natural life that inhabits them. “Ecocriticism” is the study of the relationship […]

Tree frog

Living Earth Collaborative: Preserving global biodiversity

In less than fifty years, global animal populations have declined by more than half. Extinction threatens one in five wild plant species, putting at risk supplies of food and medicines. Reversing this alarming trend will be critical to man’s survival. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are joining forces to […]

WashU Forum Logo

Washington University in St. Louis Forums

The Washington University in St. Louis Forums are designed to showcase top Washington University faculty members and to address global issues in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Pratim Biswas on energy choices, Dr. William Powderly on the public health consequences of the choices, and Dr. […]

Olympic Village in Beijing

Across the globe, engineering a healthier environment

In summer 2017, a group of aerosol scientists, engineers and administrators from Washington University in St. Louis traveled to Asia to address some of the important problems related to energy, environment and health that we face today. The scientists, members of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering — or CASE — took part in […]

Diverse canopy of Amazonian forest in Peru

Cracking the case of global plant biodiversity

Two Washington University researchers are furthering our understanding of plant biodiversity around the globe. The biodiversity gradient is the increase in species richness that occurs from the poles to the tropics. It is  one of the most widely recognized patterns in ecology but no one is sure exactly why it exists. Because the phenomenon is […]

three WashU grad students

Envisioning a healthy environment and economy

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 […]

Green algae image

InCEES Director, UCSC Professor recipients of $1M grant

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to Himadri B. Pakrasi, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and director of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), to collaborate with Jonathan Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of […]

Crete House model picture

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 […]