Report: OSU reduced net greenhouse emissions 30 percent in 2007-08

Large purchases of renewable energy – funded by a fee that Oregon State University students imposed upon themselves – helped OSU reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent during the 2007-08 fiscal year, according to a new report.

Hummingbird "Tag" Suggests Fragmentation May Be Part of Pollination Crisis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – To find out the cause of what’s being called a global “pollination crisis,” researchers at Oregon State University have successfully attached an electronic tracking device to a hummingbird for the first time – and the darting travels of the tiny bird may be pointing the way to at least part of the problem.

New wood composites course to aid industry professionals

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An online short course series on wood-based composite science will begin May 11 to provide professionals with a fundamental knowledge of wood as an engineering material in the manufacture of wood-based composites.

Green buildings laboratory to boost sustainable construction

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Imagine taking wood that’s soft and weak and using a combination of heat, steam and pressure to transform it into a product more than twice as strong as Douglas fir. And consider that this wood comes from trees that grow incredibly fast and thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

OSU receives grant from American Forest Foundation to address transfer of family forests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The American Forest Foundation this week announced a three-year, $510,000 grant to Oregon State University to help address an issue of growing concern to many of America’s 10 million family forest owners: What happens to the forest under the next owners?

Rip currents could play role in increased coastal erosion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Amid growing concern about rising sea levels triggered by global warming, Oregon Sea Grant researchers at Oregon State University are discovering that rip currents might play a role in coastal erosion because they create rip “embayments” – or low areas on sandy beaches – that expose nearby land to higher rates of erosion by wave activity.

Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation gives $500,000 to OSU College of Forestry

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to Oregon State University, home to one of the premier academic forestry programs in North America.

Portland Summit to Discuss Harmful Algal Blooms; Public Session Set on Feb. 12

PORTLAND, Ore. – Scientists and policymakers are holding a three-day summit in Portland to analyze the effects of harmful algal blooms along the West Coast and to discuss ways to develop a more effective monitoring process for Oregon, Washington and California.

Sea Level Rise Could Be Worse Than Anticipated

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If global warming some day causes the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to collapse, as many experts believe it could, the resulting sea level rise in much of the United States and other parts of the world would be significantly higher than is currently projected, a new study concludes.

Book on Old Growth Forests Combines Views of Different Stakeholders

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore looks at an old growth forest and sees a sanctuary, a place that has spiritual value. Timber company chairman Howard Sohn sees the value in old growth for its ecological characteristics, and wants to remove the guilt associated with forest management.