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.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Talks State-Level Climate Change Solutions

April 2, 2014

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While he was serving as a U.S. representative, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) had one of the strongest environmental records in the House, and now, as the country mulls the latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Pacific Northwest is poised to become a leader in sustainability.

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says

March 27, 2014

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC), University College London, University of New Hampshire and University of Washington analysed 300 summer Arctic sea ice forecasts from 2008 to 2013 and found that forecasts are quite accurate when sea ice conditions are close to the downward trend that has been observed in Arctic sea ice for the last 30 years. However, forecasts are not so accurate when sea ice conditions are unusually higher or lower compared to this trend.