Catalano awarded $2.25 million for investigation of critical elements

Congratulations to Jeffrey Catalano, who received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will support geochemistry research on elements and minerals essential for the production of electric vehicles, cell phones, and computers.

Climate Change and Human ‘Bees’

Researchers at the Living Earth Collaborative research the changing patterns of pollinators and blooming flowers. How? By emulating pollinators.

Understanding public support for natural disaster spending

Research from Michael Bechtel digs into how what affects voters’ support for long-term disaster preparedness.

In search of refuge

Researchers look at whether Ozark oases at Tyson Research Center — climate change refugia — could help species persist in spite of rising temperatures.

Which Butterflies Might Go Extinct From Climate Change?

Mariana Pires Braga, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Washington University in St Louis discusses the interactions between butterflies and the plants their larvae feed on in a world with climate change.

Pakrasi to work on positive farming effort

Himadri Pakrasi received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.

Wash U Brings Climate Change Education To University City High School

WUCCP leaders Alex Morales-Heil and Beth Martin partner with St. Louis schools to equip teachers with the resources to teach students about climate change.

More dramatic and more dangerous: St. Louis area flood expert shifts focus to urban flash floods

Robert Criss, professor emeritus of Earth and Planetary Sciences, discusses the increase of urban flash floods and the dangers they pose to the St. Louis community.

On the Banks of the Mississippi, Clean Energy Rises in the Heartland

David Fike, director of Washington University’s International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, talks about the Missouri Science and Technology Policy Initiative and science communication.

Climate crisis causing male dragonflies to lose wing ‘bling’, study finds

In this article for The Guardian, Living Earth Collaborative researchers Michael Moore and Kasey Fowler-Finn share findings on links between climate change and the color of male dragonflies looking to mate. Also, listen to Michael Moore discuss the findings with St. Louis Public Radio.

Opinion: Texas’ next looming health crisis is climate change

WashU alum Canaan Hancock discusses intersections between healthcare and climate change in an article for the Austin American-Statesman.

New 2D alloy combines five metals, breaks down CO2

A two-dimensional alloy material — made from five metals as opposed to the traditional two — has been developed by a collaboration between researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and researchers at the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

These Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change, A ‘Serendipitous’ Finding

Washington University microbiologist Arpita Bose discusses her latest research and findings with the St. Louis Public Radio, The Weather Network, Nature Microbiology, and World Economic Forum.

Pandemic air quality affected by weather, not just lockdowns

Research from Randall Martin, professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, shows that meteorology plays an outsized role on air quality over the short-term.

Poop to power? New Washington U. research puts wastewater to work, as a source of both water and electricity

Zhen He, professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, discusses research on generating electricity from wastewater.

How Fast Fashion Harms the Environment — and People’s Health

Environmental epidemiologist Christine Ekenga shares the environmental and ethical consequences of fast fashion.

Former Climate Associate comments on Biden’s climate agenda

Ellery Saluck, a former Climate Associate in the class of 2021, wrote an opinion for the St. Louis Dispatch on how fossil fuel companies may contribute to climate efforts.

“We have work to do”

Climate change experts, including WUCCP’s David Fike and Beth Martin, speak to the challenges we have yet to overcome.

Beth Martin and Michael Wysession on the Biden Administration

WUCCP Director Beth Martin comments on the implications of rejoining the Paris Agreement, and Steering Committee member Michael Wysession speaks optimistically about the new administration’s plan to advance our energy sector.

Executive Committee member David Fike in Slate article

Fike speaks to the power of collaboration in the Slate article The U.S. Fight Against Climate Change Has to Start at Its Center: The Midwest. The article advocates strongly for the undertakings of the Midwest Climate Summit.

WUCCP Director Beth Martin offers a perspective on the Biden administration

Experts at WashU discuss the results and implications of the 2020 Election results. Beth Martin speaks about the future of climate change.

Steering Committee member Michael Wysession featured in the Source

Read the recent article in WashU’s The Source, “Updating high school chemistry with a focus on climate, real-world examples.” The article features the recent work of Professor Michael Wysession, a member of the WUCCP steering committee, and his colleagues in high school chemistry curricula.

Midwestern Climate Summit focuses on equity and momentum

WashU’s student-run newspaper published an article on the Midwest Climate Summit and its effects on the community.

Climate Associate Nina Silverstein connects pandemics to conservation

In the student-run magazine Frontiers, Nina Silverstein authored “Preventing Another Pandemic Means Protecting the Planet.” In this article, she highlights the risks of human-wildlife interactions and our destructive habits that exacerbate them.

WUCCP Director Beth Martin featured in Missouri Humanities Magazine

Beth Martin wrote an article in Missouri Humanities titled “Why Are the Humanities Integral to the Climate Change Program at Washington University in St. Louis?” In it, she outlines the often overlooked importance of the humanities on answering perennial climate questions.

How are we understanding each other and our needs, both individually and collectively? What are our individual responsibilities and ethical obligations, and what are our collective ones? These are questions those who work in the climate change arena continually ask, and they are questions that the humanities are critical in helping us answer.

Beth Martin

The Source: Sustainability Doesn’t Stop

Despite pandemic protocol shifts, climate work and sustainable practices continue at Washington University. Read the full article to discover how WUCCP and other WashU sustainability programs are continuing their work in the era of COVID-19.

UMSL Daily: Effecting Change in Missouri

Missouri ranks 30th out of 50 for statewide energy efficiency, but that doesn’t discourage Missourians from working for change. Read the full article to find highlights from our recent webinar, Solve Climate by 2030.

Sustainable Innovation in the St. Louis Food System

WUCCP Steering Committee member Linda Samuels led students in MUD Studio to reimagine St. Louis as a laboratory for creative thinking around sustainable innovation in the food system. In this video, they present ten reasons why St. Louis is the ideal location for the Impossible Foods Headquarters, and how design can support the goals of this ambitious company.

Note: WUCCP did not participate in the making of this work. This post serves to promote the climate-related work of Professor Samuels.