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The Nittany Lion posed outside the MorningStar Solar Home at Penn State's University Park campus.
The Daily Collegian
Meghan Garrity
This year, Penn State received one of the nation’s leading facility honors — the 2014 Sustainability Award from the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) this year. The APPA lauded Penn State for several of its environmental initiatives and sustainability strategies integrated into each facet of the university, including its plan to become a zero waste university.
Melting glaciers
Steve Williams
While many of our politicians continue to deny man-made climate change is a reality, new figures reveal that human-caused climate warming may be the single biggest driving force behind recent glacial melt. Recent research suggests that around 295 billion tons of ice melts every year due to human-linked climate change compared to just 130 billion tons related to natural causes. Climate scientist Richard Alley of Penn State agrees that this research makes "perfect sense."
Fungus turning ant into a 'zombie'
Chuck Gill
After the “zombie ant fungus” kills a victim, it grows a stalk called the stroma, which protrudes from the ant cadaver. Previous research shows that the fungus, Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, controls the behavior of carpenter ant workers—Camponotus rufipes—to die with precision, says Loreto, a doctoral candidate in entomology, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
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Andrew Freedman
Glaciers all over the world have been retreating for decades, as average global surface temperatures have increased, but until now, no one had studied the obvious question: Just how much global glacier melt is global warming responsible for, and how much is from natural climate variability? A new study, tackles that question, and comes to a profound — if not surprising— conclusion. The study found that manmade global warming, which is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal for energy, is responsible for nearly 70% of global glacier mass loss between 1991 to 2010. Richard Alley, a geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University, states that the study's results "make perfect sense."
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Penn State Public Media, WPSU has earned six Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Films nominated include "Water Blues, Green Solutions," a documentary project designed to promote awareness of the role that green infrastructure can play in creating a sustainable water future.
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Centre Daily Times
Renowned Penn State geologist Richard Alley has been admitted as a foreign member of the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, according to the National Science Foundation. Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences at Penn State, was honored for his outstanding contributions to the study of ice, its interactions with the landscape and its link to climate, the National Science Foundation said in a statement.
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The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $66,081 Air Quality grant to Penn State University in Centre County to fund education and biological effects research related to ground-level ozone.
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The Morning Call
Shawn Annarelli
Last winter, Taylor Mitcham armed herself with waterless car wash products and microfiber towels to clean road salt and soot from her car. A Penn State University senior from Los Angeles, Mitcham knew what worked in sunny California, but she couldn't predict what would do the job on her 2009 Toyota Corolla in blustery State College. "I ordered a bunch of samples, because I didn't know what would be best here because it's so cold," Mitcham said. "All of the samples froze except one, so that was exciting for me." Out of the moment, a business was born. logo
A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a $1.4 million grant from NASA.
Six bizarre landforms created by global warming
New Scientist
Global warming will transform Earth's landscapes. "If there's ice, it's going to melt – and wherever it melts we will see changes," says Richard Alley of Penn State University in University Park. Here are six landforms that will become more common as the planet heats up.
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NatureWorks LLC
Penn State Athletics’ events had a very large environmental footprint with fans attending events approximately 1 million times per year. To reduce waste and save money, the University targeted zero waste in their venues while creating a showcase to highlight sustainability efforts to key stakeholders.
The Childhood's Gate children's garden at Penn State University
The Patriot-News (blog)
George Weigel
The Childhood's Gate children's garden at Penn State University's main campus might be just 3 weeks old, but it seems curiously familiar. "Our goal is to engage children with nature," says Dr. Kim Steiner, the director of the Penn State Arboretum, where the new garden is located. "We wanted to create a richly appealing environment – not a playground – that children will want to return to time and again."
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Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Today’s Farmers’ Market on Public Square will feature “Nature Discovery Day” where children and adults can learn about the Kirby Park natural area, native and invasive insects, local wildlife, water conservation and more. Exhibitors include Penn State Extension.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Isaac Stanley-Becker
It may not happen with a bang. No guns or bombs. No political assassinations or ultimatums borne of diplomatic alliances. The world's next great conflagration will occur because of the slow and steady warming of the climate, because of the concentration of greenhouse gases emitted by humans, argues a retired Navy rear admiral in a Friday editorial in Science magazine. David Titley, now director of Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, finds a parallel between the choices elected officials face regarding climate change and the choices political leaders faced in 1914, as the First World War loomed.
A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a $1.4 million grant from NASA. Researchers involved in the three-year study are taking an interdisciplinary approach, using both computer models and data from NASA remote sensing satellites to understand the impacts climate change, land cover modifications and rising nitrogen levels from fertilizers have had on the estuaries and near-shore ocean waters.
Cirque du Soleil's Dralion
The Daily Collegian
John McGonigal
Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" has been performed for 15 years, reaching more than 150 cities in the process. The performance will make its final curtain call in January 2015, and State College is one of the cities added to the list.
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A group of Penn State students led by assistant professor of biology Charles Anderson is exploring ways to make plants hardier, boosting world food supplies in the process. The project, called Fast Farming: Feeding a Hot, Dry World, uses a genetic screening technique called activation tagging to identify genes that improve a plant’s ability to tolerate environmental stresses.
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Today's Medical Developments
Siemens strengthened its 25-year relationship with The Pennsylvania State University by announcing a major in-kind grant of product lifecycle management (PLM) software with a commercial value of $750 million to enhance academic and research programs. This enhanced alliance extends the breadth and depth of the relationship between Siemens and Penn State in healthcare, infrastructure, energy, and sustainability.
Energy conservation regulation, shale energy development and on-farm renewable energy sources will be featured at Ag Progress Days August 12-14.Exhibitors and Penn State Extension educators will provide information on alternative energy markets, regulations, credits and farm energy sources with Penn State’s On-Farm Energy Team.
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The Bradford Era
PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, completed a successful tire recycling program at the Smethport Borough Sheds on U.S. Route 6 in Smethport on Saturday. Many organizations - including Penn State Extension - were involved in the tire project.