UVA Environmental Sciences Professor Deborah Lawrence was interviewed by UVA Sustainability about her new, 1-credit course “Words on paper: history of climate science, policy and art”. The course will combine climate science, climate policy, art, and politics, and will also allow for those not enrolled in the course to participate. For more information check out the video interview on UVA Sustainability’s Facebook page.
A paper led by University of Maryland’s Sujay Kaushal and co-authored by UVA Envi Sci’s Professor Mike Pace has been published in PNAS and covered by Technology Networks. The study used data from 232 USGS sites to find that most streams and rivers in the eastern U.S. are becoming saltier and more alkaline. Read the paper at PNAS and the article and author interviews on Technology Networks.
Department research on coastal resilience is the focus of a recent video created by UVAToday Illimitable. Professor Karen McGlathery, Research Professor Peter Berg, and Ph.D. student Amelie Berger talk about Virginia’s Eastern Shore, their research, and implications on carbon capture and coastal change. Check out the video at UVAToday Illimitable.
The UVA Department of Environmental Sciences graduate students will host this years research symposium on February 23rd. Find more info (including schedule, keynote speaker, and more) on the Enviroday website.
Professor Vivian Thomson’s 2017 book, Climate of Capitulation: An Insider’s Account of State Power in a Coal Nation (MIT Press), won the honorable mention award in the 2018 PROSE competition, for the Government and Politics category. The PROSE awards, awarded yearly, recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing.
Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Xi Yang is a coauthor on a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. The study used the sun-induced fluorescence (SIF) system designed by Prof. Yang to continuously monitor soybean photosynthesis. The increased understanding of the connection between SIF and photosynthesis at the local scale is an important advance towards monitoring photosynthesis globally in real-time using satellite based SIF measurements.
Since February, @writeclimate engaged over 1200 members of the UVA community in a conversation on climate change. On pieces of paper, they all wrote a piece of our shared climate story— the history of climate science and policy, why we care about climate change, and what we are doing about it. From the paper, students have created art. The show opens at the amphitheater on April 16th at noon. April 17th-23rd you can visit the show in Clark Hall.
Envi Sci graduate student Stephanie Roe was a part of the UVA team that won this year’s Patagonia Case Competition. The competition had 108 submissions on the topic of how to make Patagonia a carbon-neutral company by 2025. UVA was selected first as one of 10 finalists, presenting its winning proposal at the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business on April 20th.
New power plant study by Envi Sci research team highlights potential national, regional, and local health impacts of power plant regulatory rollback. The study in Energy Policy is available without subscription until Nov 21, 2018.
Envi Sci professor Deborah Lawrence was interviewed by the Guardian and UVA Today about her recent statement with 39 other scientists by the Climate and Land Use Alliance and her article published by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation on the importance of forests and ending deforestation to our carbon budget.