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The Washington Post
Tik Root
Trump has proposed sealing off the U.S.-Mexico frontier with a “great” expansion of the current wall, which spans about 650 miles of the United States’ 2,000-mile southern front and is already harming animals. Bison along that border have been spotted climbing over barbed-wire fencing to get to food and water. And according to a 2011 study, 16 species in California have had as much as 75 percent of their range blocked. “Completing a barrier that’s impregnable for animals would be a really major problem,” said Jesse Lasky, a biologist at Pennsylvania State University and author of that study. The move could affect more than 111 endangered species and 108 migratory birds, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provisional report. The Trump campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the proposed wall’s potential effect on wildlife.
The Daily Collegian
Katie Johnston
Students swipe into Pollock, gather their food, throw away what they don’t eat and leave. But, has anyone ever wondered where all that food ends up when nobody takes it? One server who works with Campus Dining, Diana Perez, asked that very question. “I’m not completely sure where the excess food goes after every meal. During one of my shifts, I noticed that we throw away a large amount of food at the end of the night,” Perez (freshman-chemistry) said. “I’m not sure what exactly is done with it. A lot of that food can be put to much better use than just going into a garbage can.”
Centre Daily Times
Sarah Rafacz
At its annual dinner on Tuesday, Centre Foundation awarded its Centre Inspires $100,000 grant to ClearWater Conservancy’s Centred Outdoors project. “This year, the Centre Inspires granting cycle was focused on community engagement through the environment around us,” Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation’s executive director, said in a press release from the foundation. “This program encourages collaboration among different sectors in Centre County in an effort to transform an element of our area.” The effort is in collaboration with the Mount Nittany Health System, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Mount Nittany Conservancy and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
The Daily Collegian
Lauren Lee
While Leonardo DiCaprio is most notably known for his acting career, having starred in several movies such as "The Titanic", "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and the Oscar winning film "The Revenant", another one of DiCaprio's interests is speaking about climate change. DiCaprio is a longtime environmentalist who was selected to be an U.N. Messenger of Peace with a focus on climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon in 2014.
Centre Daily Times
Leon Valsechi
A panel of Penn State climate scientists gathered at Penn State Wednesday night to screen and discuss the climate change film “Before the Flood.” The film, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens, is a feature-length documentary released in October, which takes DiCaprio on a global tour of the front lines of climate change.
StateCollege.com
Geoff Rushton
As a Penn State student, Cliff Hamilton got the ball rolling four years ago for Lion's Pantry, a food bank on campus for students in need.
The Times Tribune
Robert Swift
Professor of geosciences, Richard Alley, offered a big-picture view of the impact of climate change in Pennsylvania this week.
Centre Daily Times
Roger Van Scyoc
Jack had his beanstalk. James had his giant peach. Stephanie Butler Velegol has her Moringa seed. “I got interested in the statistics that you hear of the people who die every day from waterborne diseases, mostly diarrhea,” she said. “I was teaching my students how to create clean water and proper sanitation, but somehow that wasn’t translating to people around the world who need it.”
Centre Daily Times
Jonathan Brockopp
We Americans like to think of ourselves as an ethical people. For generations, our presidents have referred to America as the “shining city on a hill” and “the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” We pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for “liberty and justice for all.”
The Daily Collegian
Abbi Sales
In past years, the class gift has usually been an object, but following last year’s example, this year’s class gift is something more. On Oct, 26, the 2017 Class Gift Campaign executive committee revealed the 2017 gift: funding support for Lion’s Pantry, an on campus food pantry for financially struggling students. The funding is aimed to help some of college-aged youths focus on school instead of worrying about where their next meal may come from.
Onward State
Lexi Shimkonis
The Senior Class Gift Committee announced the 2017 Class Gift this afternoon in the HUB: Permanent, annual funding for Penn State’s Lion’s Pantry. The senior class voted and ultimately selected what seemed to be the most popular, supported option in giving to one of Penn State’s important services instead of a physical memorial.
The Daily Collegian
Antonia Jaramillo
With the switch from coal to natural gas in both Penn State steam plants, Penn State’s goal to decrease its campus greenhouse emissions 35 percent by 2020 seems to be underway — although new research may suggest otherwise. A recent paper titled, “Upward revision of global fossil fuel methane emissions based on isotope database,” published in Nature International Weekly Journal of Science shows scientists are unclear how dangerous methane gas really is.
The Guardian
Oliver Milman
Climate change has been the elephant in the room during the past two US presidential debates. Ignoring this issue would be more understandable if this metaphorical pachyderm weren’t about to rampage through the lives of Americans, causing upheaval on a scale not seen since the start of human civilization. “It’s like a sort of collective cowardice,” said Emanuel of the omission. Michael Mann, another prominent climate scientist at Penn State, added: “One has to wonder if television networks are compromised by the millions of advertising dollars they take from fossil fuel interests.”
Reading Eagle
Susan Shelly
Karin Wulkowicz of Cumru Township has been named as Berks County's first master watershed steward coordinator and will lead the county's new Master Watershed Steward program, set to start next year. The program is through the Penn State Extension and works much like the popular Master Gardener program that's been in place in Berks County for years.
The Daily Collegian
Hyun Soo Lee
Biking is an increasingly popular method of transportation in the Centre Region — over time, there have been marked efforts to make the community more bicycle-friendly. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. There are a variety of businesses and organizations in the area focused on improving bike-friendliness and safety, and their work has been duly rewarded. In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists deemed the Centre Region — which includes Penn State, the State College borough and its five surrounding municipalities — a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
BTN LiveBIG
Scott Smith
Green roofs are like your IT department: you know they’re important, but you’re not really sure what they do. Penn State may end up changing that – one mixed-plant community at a time. The university is home to the country’s first green roof technology class (started in 2005) and its Center for Green Roof Research works closely with the university’s Office of the Physical Plant to ensure each new building uses green technology and incorporates green roofs, where possible.
Popular Science
Corrine Iozzio
Civilization as we know it wouldn’t exist without rare earth elements. No smartphones, LEDs, wind turbines, or even car batteries. REEs, such as cerium and scandium, are scattered throughout the earth’s crust. e DOE recently funded a wave of research to boost U.S. REE production to cope with demand, which is rising about 5 percent every year. Each step of coal production—mining, cleaning, and burning—creates REE-enriched material. The goal is to use that waste, now sitting in landfills and storage ponds, in a way that’s cheap and environmentally friendly. The challenge now is extracting the metals, says Sarma Pisupati, a professor of energy and mineral engineering at ­Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on rinsing raw shale with an ­ammonium-sulfate solvent to collect REEs early in the coal-production process.
MobileMag
Can you ever imagine that the future of the earth’s food crops isn’t tied to fertilizers or organic technology, but, on AI orartificial intelligence? Food security is constantly threatened by a never ending list of threats. Climate variability in weather-unstable regions can cause sudden droughts that can kill off potential harvests. Also, political turmoil is also cause for logistical blockades that can block off farming, harvesting, and shipping produce. Then there is also the sudden appearance of plant disease and insect invasions can wipe out entire crops. A team of researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. have turned towards artificial intelligence to aid in agriculture.
Centre Daily Times
Roger Van Scyoc
When Greg Ziegler was helping his son decide on a science fair project, Ziegler, a professor of food science at Penn State, didn’t consult the tea leaves for guidance. Instead, he found the answer — and the idea for his future company — while making guacamole. “I said ‘why don’t we extract this starch from the seed?’ ” Ziegler said. “And when we went ahead to look at the starch, we got this brilliant orange color that developed.”
Centre Daily Times
Jeremy Hartley
Toll Brothers remains committed to building in Ferguson Township, and has reached out to the public for their input. In June, Toll Brothers Campus Living Managing Director Charles Elliot reached out to the CDT to share the company’s point of view regarding the proposed Cottages at State College — a 268-unit development within the township geared toward the region’s student population.

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