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BioMass Magazine
Chris Hanson
Penn State Researchers are working to develop a solid understanding of energy crops and their densification behavior, which could remove much of the guesswork in creating a quality pellet.
The Daily Collegian
Clayton Over
After only one semester, the partnership between Penn State and State College through the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, a program of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, has already seen successes. Moving forward, both parties hope to achieve more.
The New York Times
Michael Mann
"The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science," explains Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and the author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines."
Chicago Tribune
Dawn Turner Trice
On Monday, January 20, 2014, Warren Washington, Penn State alumnus and Nobel-winning meteorologist, spoke at a Martin Luther King Day event at Northwestern University about his work in climate change and on behalf of environmental justice. Over the years, he has been a science adviser to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Science Mag.org
Puneet Kollipara
Take a deep breath—Earth is not going to die as soon as scientists believed. How long does Earth have? Climate modelers disagree. In one recent study, planetary scientist Ravi Kopparapu of Penn State and colleagues used computers to model how Earth would respond to increasing solar radiation.
Keystone Edge
Elise Vider
About 70 percent of the earth's surface is water, but clean, fresh, potable water is increasingly scarce. A team of Penn State students is at work on a solution that could address “the global water challenge that faces humankind,” says Abhishek Kar, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering.
Centre Daily Times
Mike Dawson
Renowned Penn State geologist Richard Alley has won a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for contributions to researching polar ice sheets, the university announced Monday.
National Geographic
Sarah Fecht
Planet hunters have always been keen to find Earth's twin, but an astrobiology team now suggests that "superhabitable" planets may be even better places to look for life. Ravi Kopparapu, a physicist at Penn State University, and other scientists discuss the habitable zones of planets.
Lancaster Farming.com
Philip Gruber
While some of this year’s economic trends will be unfavorable to farmers, a longtime observer says 2014 looks to have more positives than negatives. H. Louis Moore, Penn State professor emeritus of agricultural economics, delivered that forecast Wednesday during National Penn Bank’s ag summit at Shady Maple.
Latino Times
Virginia Smith
Coming from image-conscious professionals who prefer to gush about the beauty of flowers and the joys of growing vegetables, the words were downright shocking: “Horticulture is under siege."
Futurity
A'ndrea Elyse Messner
52 million years ago, giant coniferous evergreen trees called Agathis thrived in part of Argentina, where paleobotanists have found numerous fossilized remains. “These spectacular fossils reveal that Agathis is old and had a huge range that no one knew about—from Australia to South America across Antarctica,” says Peter Wilf, professor of geoscience at Penn State.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Cathy Milbourn
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced agricultural grants for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to reduce the use of potentially harmful pesticides and lower risk to bees all while controlling pests and saving money. The Penn State project aims to protect bees and crops by reducing reliance on neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatments and exploring the benefits of growing crops without them.
CDT
Centre Daily Times
James Kasting
James Kasting, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences at Penn State, explains why in the past few years, interest has grown concerning the “habitable zone” around the sun and other stars.
Keystone Edge
Elise Vider
ConidioTec, a brand-new company spun off from Penn State research, has developed a non-toxic, environmentally friendly bio-pesticide that promises to safely and instantly eradicate bedbugs.
Grist
John Upton
The U.S. EPA still won’t follow Europe’s lead and suspend or ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides believed to be killing honeybees and other pollinators — to the horror of beekeepers and environmentalists, who are suing the federal government over its inaction. Penn State University researchers will investigate the benefits of growing crops without treating seeds with neonic pesticides.
CDT
Centre Daily Times
Richard Alley and David Pollard
Record cold! Ships trapped in Antarctic ice! Even so, we can say with high confidence that the globe is warming because of carbon dioxide from our fossil fuel burning.
Centre Daily Times
Amy Ross
When the humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program at Penn State created what it thought was the perfect technology to aid farmers in Africa, all it needed was the right partner to help promote it.
The Japan Times
Seth Borenstein
Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than climate change’s bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the U.S. government concluded last month.
Pocono Record
This winter the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team will offer a series of five sessions called the Green Industry Winter Updates.
CDT
Centre Daily Times
Jack Small
By June, green bins will accompany every group of trash and recycling containers in all Penn State academic and office buildings.

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