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King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Brings “More Equitable Access” to Climate Justice

King County Executive Dow Constantine released the county’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), a five-year blueprint to confront the effects of climate change in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. CIG Director Amy Snover is quoted.

“The science is clear: human-caused climate change is underway,” said Amy Snover, director of the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group. “Unfortunately, it’s not enough to work to stop climate change. We now also need to prepare for its consequences, which is why the plan’s focus on climate preparedness is so important.” 

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New King County Climate Plan Calls for 50% Cut in Emissions by 2030, 80% by 2050

King County would aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and 80% by 2050, while it simultaneously pushes to prepare for the inevitable disruptions of climate change, under an updated climate plan proposed Thursday by County Executive Dow Constantine. CIG Director Amy Snover is quoted. 

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NW CASC’s Amy Snover Discusses Value of CASC Program with WA Representative Derek Kilmer

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s (NW CASC) University Director, Dr. Amy Snover, recently talked with WA Representative Derek Kilmer about the unique work of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers and how Congress’ continued support for building climate resilience through investments in the CASC program is helping the Northwest and the country as a whole prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.

Dr. Snover explains, “The real happy secret about climate adaptation is that there are folks on the ground in communities all around this region – in our local governments, in our tribal entities, in our state and federal agencies – who are thinking about these climate risks and are doing their best to prepare for them. 

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Conservation Planning for a Wild and Thriving Cascadia

With ever-shrinking pristine habitats across the region and globe, wildlife is often hard-pressed to find a place to call home. Even if they find a suitable home today, the question remains if it will still be suitable tomorrow. With climate change already underway and increasing human presence in wild landscapes, land managers and conservation organizations continually wrestle with this issue here in the Pacific Northwest and across the world.

These complexities make conservation planning difficult, but the Cascadia Partner Forum is an organization primed to tackle it. Its focus is on Cascadia, an area rich in both plant and animal diversity that encompasses much of Washington and southern British Columbia. 


Conference Travel and Carbon Emissions: In the Midst of COVID-19, Some People Are Doing the Math

Hundreds of science organizations are moving their in-person conferences to virtual to slow the spread of coronavirus, prompting some to consider whether virtual conferences may be part of the “new normal.” Dr. Heidi Roop is quoted in this article from KQED.

“There isn’t yet a pick-your-own-adventure conference virtually, where you could be in-person or virtual. My hope is we start thinking seriously about it, not just because of the pandemic, but because of our carbon footprint and the environmental impact of all the traveling,” Heidi says. 

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Reflecting on 50 years of Earth Day in the Northwest

This year, people couldn’t get out to pick up trash but instead had to celebrate Earth Day virtually. Director Amy Snover was interviewed for KING5. 

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Climate change’s impact on Washington weather

Harriet Morgan, researcher with the UW Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed. 

Read more at UW Daily

With more people staying home, Washington skies are cleaner

Since the coronavirus pandemic sent Washingtonians indoors to help flatten the curve of infection, Seattleites who open a window or venture outside for socially distanced nature therapy swear something’s different in the air. Director Amy Snover is quoted. “Once we realize that big, bold, immediate action is possible in the face of one crisis [like COVID-19], might we expect the same in the face of another: climate change?” Amy says.  

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Covering your climate: A source toolbox for climate change reporting in the emerald corridor

A comprehensive list of resources for reporting on climate change in the Pacific Northwest. The Climate Impacts Group is mentioned as a resource, as well as our 2013 State of Knowledge Report and Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources.  

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Covering your climate: Pacific Northwest rides adaptation wave

A roundup of potential stories about climate adaptation for PNW journalists. Research by the Climate Impacts Group aimed at understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change on wildlife habitat is referenced. “One of the most important stories you can cover in your community is how local institutions are preparing to adapt to more-destructive wildfire seasons, increased flooding, landslides and myriad other effects of a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest,” the article says. 

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