Floods, Insects, Torrential Downpours: Here's What To Expect from Northwest Climate Change

May 6, 2014

Steve Scher speaks with Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, about the findings of the National Climate Assessment. The report, which was released Tuesday, is an extensive study on how climate change is affecting the United States. Snover was one of 300 experts consulted in the creation of the assessment.

Report: Climate-change effects are already apparent in NW

May 6, 2014

From changes in stream flows to acidifying oceans and widespread forest die-offs, the Pacific Northwest is already experiencing signs of a changing climate, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of impacts in the United States.

The third National Climate Assessment, released Tuesday, warns that no part of the country is immune, and that the effects of climate change will become increasingly disruptive in the coming decades.

UW scientist a lead author on third National Climate Assessment

May 6, 2014

University of Washington climate scientist Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, is a lead author on the Northwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment, published May 6 by the U.S. federal government.

The report, “Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” includes national overviews and ten regional chapters. Snover was one of two convening lead authors on the 11-page chapter concerning impacts to Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Grad Students Write Environmental Policy For Washington State

April 9, 2014

Spending years writing new environmental legislation does not mean it will become law, a lesson some student policy writers learned the hard way.

Four University of Washington (UW) graduate students spent the last year and half writing new environmental policies for the Washington state legislature to satisfy a law requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Q&A: Climate chaos implications, misperception

April 3, 2014

Howard Frumkin, dean of UW’s School of Public Health, is also a scientist who for 15 years has paid attention to health impacts of climate change. He sat for a Q&A recently to characterize the problems of climate change and the public’s response. (His well-used bike panniers were on the floor beside his chair.)

Q. Do you have a specific focus or point of passion regarding climate change?

A. I’m passionate in general about protecting people’s well-being and creating habitats in which we can thrive and our great-grandchildren can, too.

Deserts Play Crucial Role in Lessening the Impact of Global Warming

April 7, 2014

Deserts may have a big hand in lessening impact of global warming in the atmosphere, said researchers from University of Washington. The research team believes that 'dry areas filled with scrubby vegetation and sand' are absorbing excess of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Global warming is caused by increase in levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases in atmosphere. In a 10-year study, researchers measured levels of carbon dioxide absorbed by soil and plants in the California Mojave Desert.