Tag Archives: Environment

UW to host institute on climate and oceans

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has selected the University of Washington to host a Pacific Northwest research institute focusing on climate, ocean and coastal challenges, supported by a five-year award worth up to $300 million. Get the news brief on … Continue reading

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ICESat-2 satellite tracks how polar ice is lost

A satellite mission that bounces laser light off the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland has found that hundreds of billions of tons’ worth of ice are being lost every year due to Earth’s changing climate. Scientists involved in NASA’s … Continue reading

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NOAA and Vulcan team up for ocean science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it has forged a new agreement with Vulcan Inc., the Seattle-based holding company created by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, to share data on ocean science and exploration. The memorandum of understanding … Continue reading

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Have we been living in a megadrought?

A comparison of weather records since 2000 with similar time frames in past centuries has led researchers to conclude that we’re in the midst of a megadrought of historic proportions. The assessment draws upon tree-ring data from nine Western states, … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he’s launching a $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund that will issue grants aimed at addressing climate change — a move that comes less than a month after hundreds of Amazon employees criticized what they saw as … Continue reading

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Elephant-watching EarthRanger team widens focus

Years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen backed a project called the Great Elephant Census that highlighted a crisis for Africa’s elephant population, brought about primarily by illegal poaching. Allen passed away last year at the age of 65, but the software-based successor to that … Continue reading

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How Jay Inslee moved the ball on the climate issue

Jay Inslee may be out of the presidential race, but he’s not out of the minds of climate policy campaigners. The two-term Washington state governor won high praise from his Democratic rivals as well as experts on global climate change … Continue reading

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AI researchers want to make it easier to be green

The development of ever more powerful models for artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the world, but it doesn’t come cheap. In a newly distributed position paper, researchers at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence argue that more weight should be given to energy efficiency … Continue reading

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Robert Downey Jr. unveils plan to save the planet

LAS VEGAS — Robert Downey Jr. has been saving the planet in Marvel movies for 11 years as a cinematic Iron Man. Now he wants to spend the next 11 years helping to save the planet for real. At tonight’s … Continue reading

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Bill Gates touts European clean-energy fund

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is celebrating the official launch of Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe, an investment fund that aims to boost clean-energy innovation in Europe to the tune of 100 million euros. That translates to $112 million at the current rate … Continue reading

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