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Extension tackles climate awareness

Groups of gardening enthusiasts were huddled around lab tables examining preserved insect specimens, learning the tell-tales signs of invasive pests that a warming climate could bring to the Pacific Northwest.

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WSU Addresses Climate Change on Multiple Fronts

At Washington State University, more than 60 departments are active in climate-related research, work that in many cases has been under way for decades. It’s a priority rooted in the university’s land-grant mission of service informed by its science.

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WSU partners with community colleges to enhance urban forests

Washington State University is working with four community colleges to improve tree canopy cover in several urban areas throughout the state.

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Grant supports helping the power grid prepare for the future

A Washington State University-led research team has been selected to receive a $2.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to better prepare the power grid for the changing world of electricity production, including the increasing use of renewable power and the increase in extreme weather events related to climate change.

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WSU energy initiatives partner to provide sustainable solutions

Washington State University’s new Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF) is partnering with the WSU Extension Energy Program to come up with solutions for how to better supply affordable, sustainable energy to the people and enterprises of Washington state.

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Heat, cold extremes hold untapped potential for solar and wind energy

Conditions that usually accompany the kind of intense hot and cold weather that strains power grids may also provide greater opportunities to capture solar and wind energy.

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Honeybees at risk for colony collapse from longer, warmer fall seasons

A WSU-led study found that climate change will likely make more good flying weather for honeybees in the autumn — raising the likelihood of colony collapse in the spring. The famous work ethic of honeybees might spell disaster for these busy crop pollinators as the climate warms, new research indicates.

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Climate Extremes Lab

One of the key School of the Environment (SoE) faculty labs driving our scientific understanding and futuristic vision of life on Earth is the Climate Extremes Lab of Dr. Deepti Singh at WSU Vancouver.

Students and research scientists in the Climate Extremes Lab study climate change and variability, focusing on timescales and events affecting agriculture, human health, and global environmental change.

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WSU Breadlab

Through innovation and discovery, education and advocacy, WSU Breadlab is leading the movement to put nutrition and sustainability at the center of our conversation about food.

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Guide on how to use climate data to inform human adaptation

The Washington State University-led research draws on the expertise of climate and social scientists to show how data on different characteristics of climate variability can be used to study the effectiveness of various human responses to climate change.

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Sustainable fertilizer production

Sustainable methods to produce synthetic ammonia for fertilizer can be cost competitive with the current fossil-fuel based method, according to a Washington State University study.

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Additional Climate Change Resources

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Climate Commitment Act

The Climate Commitment Act (CCA) caps and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from Washington’s largest emitting sources and industries, allowing businesses to find the most efficient path to lower carbon emissions. This powerful program works alongside other critical climate policies to help Washington achieve its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050.

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Small Forest Landowner Adaptation Guidance

Developed by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, two regionally specific guides are available for small forest landowners that describe the most immediate climate impacts on forests and potential actions landowners can take to increase climate resilience.

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