climate change

6:42 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Long-Range Forecast Calls For Warmer, Drier Winter

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 3:37 pm

The long-range weather outlook from the Climate Prediction Center gives high probabilities for a warmer and drier than average winter across the Northwest.

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EarthFix Report
6:16 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Fish Are Relocating Toward The Poles To Avoid Warming Waters

Sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. Warming waters could steer the Fraser sockeye run away from Puget Sound and north into Canada.

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 4:16 pm

SEATTLE -- If you can’t take the heat… head to the poles. That’s what fish are doing anyway.

A new study published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science looked at historical data for more than 800 commercial fisheries around the world and found that fish are heading to deeper waters and higher latitudes as the world's oceans warm.

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News From Canada
3:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Incredible Shrinking Polar Bears In Canada

Polar bears in Manitoba, Canada.
Flickr Photo/Valerie (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about shrinking polar bears, Canadian troops being sent to the Middle East, and muskrat love.

Climate Change
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

One Picture, Of 35,000 Walrus, Shows One Effect Of Global Warming

In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27 and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather onshore near Point Lay, Alaska.
Corey Accardo AP

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:32 am

This stunning picture is making the rounds on the Internet today:

It was released by NOAA's Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals and shows an estimated 35,000 walrus "hauling out" on an Alaskan beach.

This is not normally how you would find them. The animals would normally be spread out on the sea ice, but, as you see in the picture, this year the ice has all melted.

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Climate Change
3:05 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Journey To A Place Where There Used To Be Ice

Ice in the Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dan Nguyen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to state climatologist Nick Bond about an upcoming research trip he and other scientists are making to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they will be utilizing a NOAA P-3 research aircraft to take direct measurements of the extra heat coming out of areas of open ocean to compare against areas that are frozen. 

Reynolds also speaks with Ursula Rakova from the group Tulele Peisa, a community group of Tulun and Carterets islanders who’s land is already affected by rising seas.

Week In Review
1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Recycle This Week’s News (Or We Will Fine You $1)

Flickr Photo/Erich Ferdinand (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Is Seattle going too far by making composting mandatory? Is the Northwest the best place to be in a changing climate? Is Hope Solo distracting you from the real domestic violence problem?

Bill Radke discusses these stories plus torn-up pot tickets, washed-up Mariners (maybe) and glitchy ferry clickers with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger, Joni Balter, Luke Burbank, ESPN’s Jim Caple and UW atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass.

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UN Climate Summit
2:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Good News On Climate Change? Not So Much

Dr. Koko Warner.
Credit Flickr Photo/UN University in Bonn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Koko Warner, lead author of the adaptation section in the latest UN report on Climate Change, about a new University of Washington study this week that found no evidence that weather patterns in the Northwest so far have been influenced by human greenhouse gas emissions.

They also discuss a New York Times story which suggested the Pacific Northwest would be a good place to be when climate change hits because there will be less extreme heat and plentiful water.

According to Warner, if you feel relief with these reports, you are mistaken. Reynolds spoke to her at the UN Climate summit this week.

Climate Change
2:38 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Appealing To A Higher Authority In Climate Effort

Demonstrators at the People's Climate March in Seattle on September 21.
Credit Earth Ministry's Facebook page

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jessie Dye, outreach director for Earth Ministry, about the 2014 UN Climate Summit and the involvement of religious groups in environmental work.

EarthFix Reports
7:32 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Ocean Winds Responsible For Climate Change In The Northwest, Study Says

The Oregon Coast at Pacific City. A new study says changing wind patterns from the Pacific Ocean are the primary reason for climate change in the Northwest
Flickr/Randy Kashka

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 10:41 pm

SEATTLE – Changing wind patterns are the primary cause of warming temperatures in the Northwest, according to a study published Monday.

The authors lined up historical wind data with coastal sea surface temperature in the Northeastern section of the Pacific Ocean since the beginning of the 20th century. They found that up to 90% of the warming in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California is driven by changes in wind patterns.

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Author Talk
9:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Can The Soil Really Save Us From Climate Change?

Credit Kristin Ohlson's book "The Soil Will Save Us."

This week on Speakers Forum we’ll hear from author Kristin Ohlson. Her new book is "The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet."

In it she sheds light on our understanding of soil and its crucial role in capturing and storing carbon emissions. Ohlson details how changes in how we farm may hold the key to countering global warming.

Ohlson is a freelance journalist and author based in Portland, Ore. She’s written for the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Utne and Salon. Her books include "Stalking the Divine" and "Kabul Beauty School."

Ohlson spoke at The Elliott Bay Book Company on July 28. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for this recording. 

EarthFix Reports
8:22 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Northwest Climate Study Shows Rising Temperatures Linked to Human Activity

This image of the coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Mont., was made in the 1980s by Montana native David T. Hanson. It was part of an exhibit at Modern Museum of Art in New York.
David T. Hanson

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 10:19 am

A recent study has found that the Northwest’s average annual temperature increased significantly over the last century, and that the shift is most likely caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

The study was published by researchers at the University of Idaho and Oregon State University. It found that the region's average annual temperature has risen by a total of 1.3­ degrees Fahrenheit over the last hundred years.

The study drew together data from 141 weather stations across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming from the period between 1901 and 2012.

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Fire Season
8:55 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse?

File photo. Is this year's fire season the worst it has ever been? New research suggest it is not.

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:21 am

It might seem like fire season is as bad as it's ever been. But there's a group of researchers who question that prevailing wisdom.

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EarthFix Reports
7:16 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Gov. Inslee's Wastewater Plant Tour Highlights Sea Rise Woes

Dan Grenet (left), the manager of Seattle's West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, leads Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee of a tour. The visit was intended to highlight the costs of climate change; in this case, as a result of seawater incursion at the facility.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:41 pm

SEATTLE -- When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wanted to show the connection between climate change and an unpleasant and costly consequence for his constituents, he decided to tour a sewage treatment plant.

Inslee's visit Tuesday to the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle's Discovery Park was the latest stop on his statewide tour to raise awareness about the costs of climate change.

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7:39 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Climate Change Means More Massive Wildfires Ahead, Gov. Inslee Says

The Washington wildland fires in eastern Washington have so far cost the state more than $50 million.
Credit Flickr Photo/Washington Department of Natural Resources

Fighting this summer’s wildfires in eastern Washington has cost the state more than $50 million, and Governor Jay Inslee said the state can expect even more expensive fires in years ahead.

The ongoing fires are the “tip of the iceberg," Inslee said, because warmer climate likely means more fires.

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Lessons From Oso
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Independent Commission To Probe Oso Landslide

Grocery owner Kevin Ashe of Darrington
John Ryan KUOW

An independent commission will delve into the deadliest landslide in Washington history. The commission will seek statewide lessons from the Oso landslide, land use in the Oso area before the slide and the emergency response in the days and weeks afterward.

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