Unsettling: NOAA Research Says Warming Ocean Poses Risk Of Extinction For Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook By 2060s

February 26th, 2021

NOAA Fisheries is using life-cycle modeling that projects threatened Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon will experience starkly lower survival rates during their years in the ocean in the future compared to now. Unusually warm temperatures—including a 2014-2015 marine heatwave— have depressed salmon returns to many West Coast rivers, including the Snake and Columbia.

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Climate Change

Apocalypse Now? Paper Warns Of The Risks Of Extreme Climate Forecasts

February 26th, 2021

For decades, climate change researchers and activists have used dramatic forecasts to attempt to influence public perception of the problem and as a call to action on climate change. These forecasts have frequently been for events that might be called "apocalyptic," because they predict cataclysmic events resulting from climate change.

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UW Study Shows Emissions Reductions Need To Be 80 Percent More Ambitious To Meet Paris Agreement Global Temperature Targets

February 12th, 2021

In 2017, a widely cited study used statistical tools to model how likely the world is to meet the Paris Agreement global temperature targets. The analysis found that on current trends, the planet had only a 5% chance of staying below 2 degrees Celsius warming this century — the international climate treaty’s supposed goal.

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Biden ‘Climate Crisis’ Executive Orders Call For Input On How To Make Fisheries More Resilient To Climate Change

January 29th, 2021

President Biden’s executive orders on climate change come as a warming climate already plays a key role in continued declines of Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the Endangered Species Act. One of the orders directly addresses fisheries.

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Marine Heatwaves Continue To Dominate Northeast Pacific; Researchers Asking If New Normal

December 11th, 2020

During the summer of 2020, an area of unusually warm ocean water—a marine heatwave—grew off the West Coast of the United States. It became the second most expansive Northeast Pacific heatwave since monitoring began in 1982. The heatwave eventually encompassed about 9.1 million square kilometers, almost six times the size of Alaska, towards the end of September.

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