Study Looks At Impact Of Warmed California Current On Diet/Growth Of Columbia River Steelhead; Longer, Thinner Fish

May 29th, 2020

Ocean temperatures that in 2015 and 2016 were abnormally warm – at times more than 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than normal – stressed juvenile steelhead just entering the California Current and impacted their size and condition. Most of the change occurred in the first few days after ocean entry, according to a recent study.

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Increasing Aridity Clear Trend Across The West; Declining Flows, Drier Soils, Tree Death, Stressed Crops, Wildfires, Protracted Drought

May 21st, 2020

Discussions of drought often center on the lack of precipitation. But among climate scientists, the focus is shifting to include the growing role that warming temperatures are playing as potent drivers of greater aridity and drought intensification.

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Weak Winds Drove 2019 Marine Heat Wave In North Pacific; As If Ocean Stuck Outside On Hot Day With No Wind To Cool It Down

April 23rd, 2020

Weakened wind patterns likely spurred the wave of extreme ocean heat that swept the North Pacific last summer, according to new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

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Oregon Considering Cold Water Refuge Angling Closures To Protect Migrating Summer Steelhead

March 12th, 2020

With a dwindling number of summer steelhead returning to the Columbia River each year and warming waters resulting from climate change, Oregon fishery managers are considering setting certain dates and locations designated as thermal angling sanctuaries in three tributaries upstream of Bonneville Dam.

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Washington Dept. Natural Resources Releases Plan To Deal With Impacts Of Climate Change

February 27th, 2020

A Washington state agency has laid out a plan for withstanding and adapting to the impacts of global climate change. The state’s Department of Natural Resources last week released its “Plan for Climate Resilience” that the agency says will minimize the impacts of climate change and “maximize new opportunities” in making the state more resilient to changes.

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