Despite the work being done around the Pacific Northwest to maintain or improve salmon habitat, e.g., through dam removal and habitat restoration, a new study finds that global warming will render many streams uninhabitable for salmon. CIG‘s Nate Mantua is the lead on this research. Read more here.
We know that different types of fuels emit different levels of greenhouse gases. But what about the emissions that result from gaining access to those fuel sources themselves? In this interview, Steve Davis – a research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science and a visiting scholar at the Climate Impacts Group – helps us understand the impacts of coal mining, delivery and use, from a CO2 perspective.
This week the Department of Ecology announced the release of their final report mandated by Governor Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature. Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State’s Integrated Climate Response Strategy provides recommendations to help prepare for climate change risks and build capacity to adapt to expected changes. This report builds from the findings of the comprehensive 2009 Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment produced by the Climate Impacts Group. Read more here.
Sound Transit wins federal grant to respond to impacts of climate change; Partnership with UW Climate Impacts Group, WSDOT will examine long-term strategies
A Federal Transit Administration grant of $105,000 will fund efforts to study how potential impacts from climate change could challenge Sound Transit’s infrastructure and operations. The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group will lead the work, building on a pilot study completed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
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On May 4, 2011, seven young plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the State of Washington, to compel the State to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent further increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Thursday, they were due in King County Court to defend their right to a sustainable future. Research by the Climate Impacts Group is cited in this article; read more here.
Last week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science was replete with great new research being shared with scientists, the media, and the general public. UW News covers some of it here; CoEnv’s Patrick Christie, Nate Mantua and David Battisti are mentioned.
The high-pressure pattern that has been parked off of the Oregon coast, blocking most rain and snow from falling in the Pacific Northwest isn’t unusual. Six weeks of it is, however. Read more about this phenomenon, including how much of the weather is really driven by the El Niño La Niña cycle, here. The Climate Impacts Group is cited.