Once trapped and poisoned to extinction, Washington wolverines are making a comeback.Their recovery here has new importance as climate change is predicted in the future to melt much of the deep, late snow cover wolverines need to survive. Read more about their comeback in the Washington wilds.
It came out of Siberia, swirling winds over an area that covered almost the entire Arctic basin in the normally calm late summer. It came to be known as “The Great Arctic Cyclone of August 2012,” and for some observers it suggested that the historic sea ice minimum may have been caused by a freak summer storm, rather than warming temperatures. But new results from the University of Washington show that the August cyclone was not responsible for last year’s record low for Arctic sea ice. The study was published online this week in Geophysical Research Letters. Read more about this.
New research suggests that a key part of Antarctica is warming up fast; the finding could help change the outlook for sea level rise this century. ESS‘ Eric Steig is included in this interview; check out the audio, video, and transcript here!
A new study by an international team of over 130 scientists has shed light on the climate, and ice, of the prehistoric past. Utilizing new techniques for ice dating, the team–including ESS‘ Edwin Waddington and Michelle Koutnik–found that temperatures during the peak interglacial period about 125,000 years ago were quite warm, yet the Greenland ice sheet melted less than previously thought. Read the UW story, and/or the Nature story. Also check out ESS’ Eric Steig‘s blog post about this topic!
Dirty air is also very warming, new study finds. (Image Source: Benutzer/Creative Commons)
A new study finds that soot, smoke and smog — black carbon — is the second largest contributor to climate change, after carbon dioxide. These results are surprising, and may point the way to some immediate paths for climate change mitigation. JISAO‘s Sarah Doherty and ATMOS‘ Stephen Warren are co-authors; read more here or check out the paper!
Seattle’s City Council has announced a process to develop a Climate Action Plan, to be finalized on April 22 (Earth Day). Their decision is based partly on work by the Climate Impacts Group, a report from which provides estimates of climate-induced sea level rise. Read more about what the City is planning and how you can get involved.
This weekend’s Seattle Times featured an op-ed by Howard Frumkin, Dean of the School of Public Health. Frumkin explores the links between environmental hazards, human health, and global warming, and what we can do to quell the rising tolls on properties, economies, and lives. Read up.