Climate change will affect different regions of the country in different ways. In the Southwest it may get warmer and drier. In the Northwest, however, climate models predict it getting warmer and wetter. Read about this new study that was published in Nature Climate Change on KUOW – Climate Impact Group’s Eric Salathé is quoted.
Washington governor’s focus on the issue goes beyond ordinary politics. He says finding solutions is both a moral obligation and an economic opportunity. Read more about this in the Seattle Times.
The Washington state Senate on Wednesday advanced a measure championed by Gov. Jay Inslee to study the best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Under the measure, an outside consultant would review both Washington state’s ongoing efforts to cut carbon emissions and similar endeavors elsewhere. It would then report back to the governor and legislative leaders. Read the full article from The News Tribune here.
The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project aims to retrieve an ice core 1,500 meters long beginning in the 2014-15 austral summer field season. College of the Environment’s faculty member Eric Steig is co-leading the project. Read more about this project and their goals in the Antarctic Sun.
The National Center for Science Education is offering a free preview (PDF) of ESS’ Peter D. Ward‘s The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps
The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored – in spite of waves that sometimes pound the shore with a force equivalent to a jet liner flying at 600 miles per hour – are more prone to snap when ocean temperatures climb higher than normal. Emily Carrington, a professor of biology at FHL, reported Saturday (Feb. 16) that the fibrous threads she calls “nature’s bungee cords” become 60 percent weaker in water that was 15 degrees F (7 C) above typical summer temperatures where the mussels were from. She spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston. Read more here!
New satellite observations from the European Space Agency have confirmed UW findings that Arctic sea ice is both shrinking and thinning at the same time. Read more here!