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Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Reflecting on unusually high fall temperatures in Walla Walla

Reflecting on unusually high fall temperatures in Walla Walla

Paul Florence, News Reporter October 27, 2022

Over the past few summers, Walla Walla has experienced summer temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat waves across the Pacific Northwest can be attributed to recent trends in climate change,...

Hurricane Ian damages homes and the environment

Nazaaha Penick, News Reporter October 20, 2022

The U.S. was having a fairly normal hurricane season until Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba on Sept. 26.  Recorded as a Category 3, the hurricane caused strong winds and deadly storm surges...

Illustration by M Hu.

Riding the wave of climate emotion

Keathley Pinney Brown, Feature Writer September 29, 2022

It’s rare that I go a day without thinking about climate change. Sometimes, my thoughts circle around facts, statistics and the latest news. But more often, my mind returns to feelings so convoluted...

Climate extremes cover the West Coast: from Walla Walla to California

Lily Yost, News Editor September 15, 2022

A new study published in Science Advances has been released predicting a massive California Megastorm in the near future. Pounding rain and massive floods could fracture one of the largest economies...

What climate change reforms mean for marginalized communities

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist November 18, 2021

In case you missed it, the world is undergoing one of the worst climate crises to date. Carbon emissions exponentially increase each year, and the overall atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by 12.5...

Matthew Kahn addresses the business side of climate change

Isabella Hunter, Campus Life Reporter November 4, 2021

Last Wednesday Matthew Kahn, Provost Professor of Economics at USC gave a zoom lecture called “Adapting to Climate Change: Markets and the Management of an Uncertain Future” wherein he proposed his...

Exploring this year’s academic theme: Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter November 4, 2021

Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice is this year’s academic theme, making it the centerpiece for various events and discussions throughout the year. The academic theme committee, composed of faculty...

Geology Professor Kevin Pogue and Governor Jay Inslee discuss climate change in Walla Walla

Geology Professor Kevin Pogue and Governor Jay Inslee discuss climate change in Walla Walla

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter November 4, 2021

This year’s academic theme is “Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice,” which aims to challenge the Whitman community to “respond meaningfully to this challenge at scales both small and large.”...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Washington state may phase out new gasoline cars beginning in 2030

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

In a move that shocked lawmakers and organizations across the state, Gov. Inslee vetoed HB 1287 on May 15, citing concerns regarding the bill's structure while voicing support for the 2030 goal.   Washington...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Birds are disappearing. Here’s why you should care

Sile Surman, Columnist October 22, 2020

Last year in Walla Walla, my environmental studies class visited Mill Creek on several different occasions. I remember noticing a small gray bird dipping into the water to catch food. The aptly-named American...

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

The Climate Clock is ticking, but for whom?

Sile Surman, Columnist October 8, 2020

In the last several weeks, you may have come across a picture circulating around social media of a large digital timer in New York City. An Instagram post of the 15-digit clock from Washington Post garnered...

We can’t get back to “normal”

Sile Surman, Columnist September 10, 2020

If you haven’t parsed through Trump’s 2020 campaign platform yet, first of all, smart thinking. It’s a waste of time. The "goals" are so vague and unattainable that I question the judgment of its...

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