Sustainability Fest 2019 This Month!
The University of Houston will be hosting its sixth annual Sustainability Fest on April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Butler Plaza.
The event, which is being organized by the UH Office of Sustainability, aims to inform UH and community participants on sustainable practices in a fun and engaging way.
"Everyone is invited to come out to this year's Sustainability Fest and learn about the latest developments in sustainability," said Michael Mendoza, manager for the Office of Sustainability. "It will also be a great place for people to discover changes they can incorporate in their daily lives to lead a more sustainable lifestyle."
According to Mendoza, Sustainability Fest will be a zero-waste event with the goal to compost, recycle or reuse all of the materials that will be used and generated. Recyclable signage will be provided to show guests how to properly dispose of their waste.
The fest also has the goal of joining different organizations throughout the University to engage attendees through interactive activities, sustainability trivia and prizes.
Sustainability in the news
UH Law Center's Hester named co-director of newly-launched Center for Carbon Management in Energy
University of Houston Law Center Lecturer Tracy Hester was recently announced as the co-director of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy, an initiative of UH Energy. Charles McConnell, a former energy executive and assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the interim executive director. "
The center's goal is to bring a holistic approach to a low carbon future by driving research in strategies aimed at lessening carbon emissions and greenhouse gases in the energy industry. The CCME also will create impactful policy and law proposals to help implement the findings of such research.
The Global Warming Hiatus: Making A Mountain Out Of A Mole Hill
Let's start with the bottom line: you can't judge climate over a 15-year interval. Climate is almost universally defined as weather averaged over a long period, usually 30 years or more. Therefore, a deviation from trend of 15 years or less, including the so-called global warming hiatus, may be the beginning of a possible change, but it is not proof of a change in trend. This is true whether it's a few colder years or a few hotter years.
The hiatus is usually defined as 1998-2012 or 1998-2013, an interval during which the rate of global surface warming decreased or temperature actually declined. Various analyses disagree on the amount of decrease. The temperature curve below is based on data from NASA. The hiatus is circled in red. Other temperature reconstructions differ but would not be greatly different in trend.
Understanding How Glaciers Have Behaved in the Past
Antarctica is one of the most remote spots on earth, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined and home to a rotating roster of scientists.
The Amundsen Sea off Antarctica's western shore is even more isolated. But the icy expanse is proving to be fertile ground for researchers, plowing the waters in search of clues that will help scientists more accurately predict future sea-level rise.
Reporter's Notebook: If we want to save the world, should we start with Texas?
Houston isn't exactly known for saving the environment. It's known for the opposite: big, industrial facilities that contribute to rising greenhouse gas emissions. But Houston, the energy capital of the world, and its home state may be the best chance we have at building out the technology needed to move the needle on climate change in a meaningful way, at least some experts believe. The energy and transportation sectors are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But oil and gas companies that provide the carbon-emitting fuels are increasingly partnering with clean energy startups and becoming the leaders of carbon-reducing solutions. They're deploying tests of their technology (where else?) throughout Texas.