Oregon State Scientists Lead Effort Declaring Climate Emergency, 6 Immediate Steps To Slow Global Warming

November 7th, 2019

A global coalition of scientists led by William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

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EPA Releases Draft Columbia River Cold Water Refuge Plan; 12 Tributaries Tagged For Protection; Scientists’ Letter Says Lower Snake Dam Breaching Needed To Reduce Temps For Fish

October 24th, 2019

Summer water temperatures in the Columbia River can rise high enough (above 20 degrees Centigrade, 68 degrees Fahrenheit) to have adverse impacts on salmon and steelhead migrating upstream. Such temperatures cause disease, stress, and lower spawning success and can kill the fish.

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Washington State Climatologist Talks Marine Heat Waves, Water Resources, Climate Change; 2014-15 A Dress Rehearsal For Future

October 17th, 2019

The newest marine heat wave off the West Coast that emerged this summer and resembles what became known as “the Blob” of 2014 and 2015 is not as warm and it already is diminishing in strength, according to Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist.

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NOAA Study: Heat Waves Could Increase Substantially In Size By Mid-Century, Pressure On Peak Electrical Loads, Grid

October 10th, 2019

The planet baked under the sun this summer as temperatures reached the hottest ever recorded and heat waves spread across the globe. While the climate continues to warm, scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications.

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Study Of Past California Wildfires Suggests Climate Change Will Be Main Driver Of Increased Fire Activity

October 10th, 2019

In the wake of recent wildfires that have ravaged northern and central California, a new study finds that the severity of fire activity in the Sierra Nevada region has been sensitive to changes in climate over the past 1,400 years. The findings suggest that future climate change is likely to drive increased fire activity in the Sierras.

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Study Looks At How ‘Climate Reshuffling’ Since 1980s Has Impacted Salmon Productivity In Alaska, B.C., Washington

October 3rd, 2019

Traditionally it was thought that warm coastal water temperatures in Alaska were considered beneficial for salmon productivity, while the opposite was true off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington State where warmer temperatures were not as good for salmon.

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