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2016: Another year of record warmth for the globe

Two separate studies by NOAA and NASA show that in 2016 both globally-averaged land surface temperature and sea surface temperature were the highest on record since record keeping began in 1880. 

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Meade Krosby on KUOW | Annual Bird Count Opens A Window Into Climate Change

The Christmas Bird Count has helped scientists figure out how birds are responding to climate change, says Meade Krosby, a biologist at the University of Washington.

“The Christmas Bird Count is actually one of the most powerful data sets that we have that demonstrate that birds’ ranges are changing,” she explains. “You can see these really dramatic shifts in their winter ranges on average moving northward. And that’s what we expect. We know that, on average, globally, species’ ranges have moved poleward.” 

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Learn about CIG’s upcoming talks at the Northwest Climate Conference

The 7th Annual Northwest Climate Conference is to be held on November 14-16, 2016 at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA (conference website). The annual NW Climate Conference is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas relating to climate impacts and adaptation. Several members of CIG are set to participate at this conference, see below for more information on the upcoming sessions, talks, and posters. 

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New winter quarter seminar: Linking Knowledge and Action

Dr. Amy Snover and Dr. Meade Krosby are offering an exciting new winter quarter seminar on the theory of practice of linking knowledge and action. This one-credit, reading and discussion-based seminar will explore the theory and practice of linking knowledge with action in support of progress on critical environmental challenges. Concepts will be illustrated using examples from efforts to inform societal responses to climate change. This course (ATMS/ESS/OCN 593) will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:20. 

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CIG to co-host event on urban environmental justice

The complex interplay between urban development, climate change and environmental and social justice is the focus of a two-day symposium to be held at the University of Washington Nov. 7 and 8. The free, public event will feature speakers from around the country and panel discussions on topics ranging from urban population health to teaching about environmental justice. The event will be co-hosted by Urban UW and the UW Climate Impacts Group. 

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CIG Data Featured on New White House Climate Data Site

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PReP) initiative, a new public-private collaboration which aims to increase the accessibility of climate data that can help communities and businesses to successfully adapt to climate change. This initiative features data from the Climate Impacts Group recent report, State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. 

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MoNA exhibit “Surge” joins climate scientists and artists

University of Washington scientists who are members of the Skagit Climate Science Consortium collaborated with artists for an exhibit, “Surge,” that will run through this weekend (9/25) at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington. Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist in the UW’s Climate Impacts Group, Dave Peterson, a UW affiliate professor of environmental and forest sciences, and Christina Bandaragoda, a UW research scientist in civil and environmental engineering, were among scientists who consulted with artists on their creations for a first-time exhibit focusing on climate change and its impacts on Northwest coastal communities. 

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Office of the WA State Climatologist September newsletter is released

The OWSC Newsletter contains information on the current state of Washington’s climate, including the current outlook and a review of notable climate and weather events. Topics covered in the September issue include: an August climate summary; a note on what makes cool or wet summers; a drought and streamflow update; the temperature and precipitation outlook. The newsletter is produced monthly and will be available on the OWSC website or by e-mail subscription. 

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CIG Blog Post | Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: How the Summer Heat Can Get You Down

CIG’s inaugural blog post “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: How the Summer Heat Can Get You Down” contains information on how hot summer temperatures can affect human health, an analysis of the summer heat in 2015, a temperature outlook for August through October, and some tips and guides for staying safe and healthy in the summer heat. This blog post was written by Maggie Beetstra (Climate Impacts Group) and Karin Bumbaco (Office of the Washington State Climatologist). 

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Seattle Think & Drink | The Californians are Coming: Climate Migration & the PNW

History shows that climate change leads to massive movements of people, and we’ve now entered what might be the fastest period of climate change in earth’s history. How will it affect the human populations of North America? Who will move where? How will it affect human rights? And is the Northwest really the relatively safe haven it’s commonly thought to be? Join Lara Whitely Binder of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos, co-founder of the Three Degrees Project at the UW School of Law. Moderated by KUOW environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016

Time: 7-9:30 pm

Location: Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 

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