Penn State Energy and Environment News

Pittsburgh's warm stretch has helped trigger a perfect storm of severe weather and tornadoes


Experts say an uptick in tornadoes around Pittsburgh isn’t exactly an indication that we’re suddenly a part of Tornado Alley. This article quotes Paul Markowski, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology.

Inside WA’s struggling honeybee industry


Pollinators are a cornerstone to the world around us and they’re threatened from virtually every angle, threats best seen through the niche beekeeping industry responsible for an estimated third of the national food supply. This article quotes Margarita López-Uribe, associate professor of entomology.

College of Agricultural Sciences professor named a top scientist by


A faculty member in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences has been named recipient of’s Plant Science and Agronomy Leader Award for 2024 and is included in the academic platform’s 2024 Ranking of Best Scientists in the Field of Plant Science and Agronomy.

Penn State part of $6.6M consortium to improve weather forecasting


Researchers at Penn State are part of a multi-university team selected to receive $6.6 million in recommended funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The group will establish a new multi-university data assimilation consortium to improve weather forecasts using enhanced numerical weather prediction systems.

Models said we'd see fewer but stronger hurricanes. Were they wrong?


Does global warming cause fewer but stronger hurricanes? Climate models seem to have gotten much of their predictions of a key hurricane driver wrong. This article mentions Penn State research.

It’s okay to mow in May, but to help pollinators, add native plants


It’s a simple idea: Stop mowing your lawn in the month of May to let flowers in the lawn, such as dandelions and clover, grow and support bees and other pollinators. This article was written by Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, and Harland Patch, assistant research professor of entomology.

Penn State DuBois faculty member Emily Thomas receives two awards


Emily Thomas, associate teaching professor of wildlife technology at Penn State DuBois, recently received the DuBois Educator of the Year Award and the University College Faculty Service Award.

Growing Impact: Underground carbon storage (Preview)


Episode release date: June 1, 2024. Storing carbon dioxide underground could offset the record amounts of CO2 that humans emit each year. If this technology is successful, it could be an answer to climate change impacts, such as rising temperatures and acidification of the ocean. However, the process is complex and costly. A team of researchers is exploring one way liquid CO2 could be injected into rock formations, which may efficiently convert the molecule into a solid.

Mount Washington landslide mitigation begins as climate challenges increase


Pittsburgh is the land of landslides, yet research monitoring them is sparse. But projects out of Pittsburgh’s universities could fill in the gaps to sturdy the region’s hillsides. This article mentions Penn State research.

'Doomsday glacier' explained: why scientists believe it predicts devastating sea levels - which might happen faster than thought


The Doomsday Glacier is the widest glacier in the world, and it already accounts for around 10% of global sea level rise. This article features Penn State research.

Leaky landscape: Old oil wells could threaten carbon injection safety


Oil and gas companies spent more than a century pumping carbon out of Louisiana, leaving a landscape pockmarked with thousands of abandoned wells. Now there are ambitious plans to do the opposite: inject vast quantities of carbon back into the ground in an effort to curb climate change. This article quotes Li Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Unlocking the true potential of wind energy

| by Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, Kevin Sliman

Wind energy is a powerful and abundant renewable resource. It could hold the key to a cleaner and more sustainable future. But harnessing its full potential requires overcoming a crucial hurdle: efficiently transmitting electricity generated by wind farms to the power grid.