What is Stop Line 3?
It seemed like progress was made when Keystone XL was shut down by the current administration. But opponents in Minnesota are still fighting to stop Line 3, which would violate the treaty rights of Anishinaabe peoples and nations in its path.
The Chrysalis Symposium: Courageous Transformation for the Climate Crisis
Scientists have given us an urgent timeline. We have about a decade to cut greenhouse gases in half to avoid catastrophic climate change. How do we, each of us, need to transform to answer this once-in-a-lifetime call and rise to the challenge of the years ahead? How can we change the narratives in our minds […]
OSU Researchers Expand Access to Clean Drinking Water
A team of Oregon State researchers recently published a case study on the adoption of the Instove Water Purifier in Mbale, Uganda. The goal of was to evaluate the efficacy and adoptability of the current product, so the team can improve the design of the novel water treatment technology. As is often the case in […]
Environment Oregon: Prevent Plastic Pollution
Plastic Pollution Plastic pollution is one of the greatest anthropogenic threats to wildlife; this is because plastic takes far longer to decompose than other materials like aluminum or paper. Most plastics take about 450 years to decompose, while polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam) never fully decomposes! Thus, these plastics remain in the ecosystem, where wildlife […]
Communities, Food, Resilience
Communities, Food, Resilience is a seminar hosted by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the OSU Extension Service, and OSU150 to converse about and reflect on local food systems, community food resilience, and the role of land grant universities. The event will consist of keynote presentations, followed by examples and discussion of systems-level work on community […]
OSU Faculty Members are Lead Authors of new IPCC (Climate Change) Report
What is the IPCC? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 1988, is the “international body for assessing the science related to climate change.” Its purpose is to provide policymakers with assessments of the scientific literature on climate change, the impacts […]
Ecological Engineering in Action!
A simplified diagram of one specific ecosystem. Since Oregon State University is often associated with both natural resource management and engineering, it should be no surprise that we have a very active Ecological Engineering program. To understand what ecological engineering is, it helps to be acquainted with the concept of an ecosystem, and the study […]
Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative Workshop
Water is a prerequisite for life, but currently over 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Water crises affect 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of each year. Scarcity is usually caused by climate change, increased pollution, and increased human demand for fresh water. Water scarcity is a […]
New York City Publishes Voluntary Sustainability Progress Report to UN
On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report its progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, 193 countries agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN; the SDGs are broad sustainability goals that encompass topics like environmental justice, poverty, and inequality and successful […]
OSU-Cascades Researcher Awarded $2 Million for Developing Water Desalination Technology
Over than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Water crises affect 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of each year. Scarcity is usually caused by climate change, increased pollution, and increased human demand for fresh water. Just yesterday (July 1st), gunfire broke out at riot due to […]