• Not Global Warming. That’s the findings of a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington.

    What is it then? It’s naturally occurring changes in wind patterns that are responsible for most of the warming.

    The report says that, yes, indeed the west coast has been warming but not because of some man-made issues. The study looked at the trends only at the regional level and did not offer conclusions about the impact of changing wind patterns on warming across the globe.

  • Washington State University will launch an online graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture in the spring.

    The nine-credit certificate provides expertise in researching, assessing and improving sustainable agriculture. It’s designed for researchers already enrolled in graduate-level agriculture programs and for working professionals such as producers, organic certifying agents and corporate sustainability officers.

    The certificate requires two core courses and one elective from a menu of options. Those include a hands-on internship or practicum that lets students apply their knowledge in their own communities and network with prospective employers.