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The Daily Collegian
Antonia Jaramillo
A Penn State researcher — along with researchers at other universities — have recently discovered via computer simulations that coral larvae in the Central Pacific Ocean cannot help replenish the coral reefs in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Gabriella Stevenson
Now that production is in full swing at Penn State’s one-acre Student Farm, The Student Farm Club will host its first Harvest Festival for the community on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The festival is free and open to the public.
Public News Service
Rising sea levels from global climate change are threatening wildlife, recreation and economies along the America's eastern seacoast, but a new report outlines steps to reduce the impact and adapt to changes. The National Wildlife Federation report, “Changing Tides,” says sea levels could rise more than 6 feet by the end of this century. According to Ray Najjar, a professor of oceanography at Penn State University, the impact on coastal areas of such a rapid increase could be devastating.
Lancaster Farming
Charlene Shupp Espenshade
When it comes to water pollution, it all flows downstream. Thus, efforts to fix problems in the Chesapeake Bay have to start upsteam in local watersheds. “The culture of stewardship that is ingrained in Pennsylvania agriculture can form the basis of an exciting new consensus around meeting goals of viable farms and healthy streams,” Matthew Royer, director of Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center, said during the Aug. 17 water quality forum at Ag Progress Days.
Onward State
Gabriella Stevenson
Now that production is in full swing at Penn State’s one-acre Student Farm, The Student Farm Club will host its first Harvest Festival for the community on Wednesday, September 7. The festival is free and open to students, faculty, and the public.
Washington Post
Chelsea Harvey
A new paper is challenging our understanding of how long human-caused climate change has been at work on Earth. And the authors say their findings may question existing ideas about how sensitive the planet is to greenhouse gas emissions — with potentially big implications for our global climate policy. But some experts are saying that the research team should be ascribing more importance to this early 19th-century cooling effect in the context of the warming that came after it. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University said he is “troubled” by the researchers’ suggestion that the planet may be more sensitive to greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.
Maria Callucci
A separate study from March found that surface melt could greatly accelerate Antarctic ice loss by raising the risk of "hydrofracture," which happens when water formed by the melting of snow and ice atop ice shelves causes them to disintegrate. The process is one reason why several Greenland glaciers are starting to destabilize, according to research that Rob DeConto of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and David Pollard of Penn State published in the journal Nature.
Marilyn Borchardt
Do clusters of organic farming activity lead to higher income for farmers as well as others in their community? A recent study suggests that producing organic foods is correlated with lower poverty and increased household incomes in rural communities. In their economic analysis, Pennsylvania State University agricultural economist, Ted Jaenicke and then-student Julia Marasteanu (who now works at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration) identified counties around the country with high levels of organic agricultural activity where a neighboring county also has high organic activity.
R&D Magazine
The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown.
Ethan Jacobs
The hidden advantage to buying poorly-made clothing is that it gives you an excuse to go shopping more often — if you’re into that sort of thing. But if we move past our desire to consume new fashion, we can tune into the copious amounts of waste the fashion industry produces, especially through the manufacture of shoddily-made garments. Self-repairing clothing sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it may very well be an advancement in clothing sustainability we see during our lifetime. Researchers at Penn State University have concocted a self-repairing material that could reduce the fashion and textile industries’ waste production, and the secret ingredient may not be what you think, unless you’re thinking about squid teeth — in which case you should probably apply for a gig at Penn State.
Her Campus
Gina Escandon
If you thought Malala was amazing, you’ve got to check out Neha Gupta. This incredible woman is the first American to win the International Children’s Peace Prize for her founding of Empower Orphans (which she founded at 9-years-old), an organization whose actions have drastically improved the rights of children globally. She urges youth around the world to be igniters of change, and her endless list of social justice accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.
Matthew Wood
Imagine a world where your favorite shirt could repair itself, without a needle and thread, no matter how old or worn it might get. OK, now imagine a world where having such self-protective clothing could do some actual good to society, like preventing soldiers from exposure to biological weapons or protecting factory workers from harmful chemicals. That’s the goal at Penn State University, where engineering professor Melik Demirel leads a team that researches how to make self-healing textiles a reality.
Fast Company
Adele Peters
In Louisiana, the record rainfall that killed at least 11 people and flooded tens of thousands of buildings has been called a "1,000-year" event in some areas, meaning something like this only happens once a millennium. Just like climate change makes wildfires and drought more likely in California—and may make it more likely for viruses like Zika to spread—it also makes extreme rainfall and devastating flooding more common. In other parts of the state, experts have called it a 500-year flood. But those names probably don’t make sense in an era of climate change. "Warm air holds more water vapor than cold air, and we're warming up both the air temperature and we're warming up the oceans," says David Titley, a meteorology professor and the director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University. "Welcome to the future."
The Washington Post
Chris Mooney
In a new study, scientists who study the largest ice mass on Earth — East Antarctica — have found that it is showing a surprising feature reminiscent of the fastest melting one: Greenland. Richard Alley, a glaciologist at Penn State who was not involved in the study, noted in an email comment that seeing some Antarctic surface melt is not too surprising. “Across many sensors and studies, there is summertime melting on the surface of Antarctica around the edges, and sometimes in some places extending farther inland than you might think,” he said.
Farmers in Pennsylvania who participated in a Penn State survey regarding their conservation practices may soon be asked for additional information. The survey by the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center focuses on farmers in the Susquehanna River Watershed, many of whom took voluntary action to reduce runoff into waterways which flow into the Susquehanna, and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.
Penn Live
Jim Ryan
This summer's lack of rain could pose a serious problem to Perry County's agricultural community, including a deflated crop yield, said David Swartz, director of Penn State Extension of Perry County.
The Conversation
Arthur Motta
Written by Arthur Motta (Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University). In one of the courses I teach at Penn State, we discuss the characteristics of an ideal electricity production portfolio for the United States and consider what form of energy policy would best achieve it. The class typically identifies the most important factors as cost, reliability of supply, public safety and environmental impact. Students also cite other characteristics, such as national security, domestic availability of fuels and technologies, and electric grid stability.
Geoff Rushton
Four Park Forest Elementary students were at the White House on Tuesday to receive a national award for the school's environmental efforts. Park Forest has diverted 85 percent of the school's waste from landfills and cut its waste bills almost in half through an extensive recycling program and other sustainability efforts. Students worked with Penn State to conduct a waste audit in 2015 and used the results to create a waste-reduction plan. An educational campaign within the school called "Are You Sure?" teaches students, faculty and staff about properly disposing waste that could be recycled or composted.
Becca Degregorio
The nearly 5,000 recycling bins on Penn State’s University Park campus collect all kinds of materials: bottles, cans, paper, but no longer polystyrene, which is often referred to as Styrofoam. The school has recently decided not to recycle polystyrene for a slew of economic reasons, one being the fall of oil prices.
Alex Nixon
Two Pittsburgh-area companies are stepping up their work in the automotive industry with federal funding to research ways to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy. Alcoa Inc. and PPG Industries Inc. will receive grants for research projects that could increase the use of plastic composites and aluminum in cars and trucks and a silica material in tires, the Department of Energy said Wednesday. The Department of Energy also funded research projects to improve batteries for electric cars. The University of Pittsburgh will receive $1.25 million, and Penn State University will get $1.14 million.