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CIG part of new federal grant to fund Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, has announced a grant for Seattle’s “Youth Climate Action Network – Catalyzing a Community.” The grant will allow the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (Seattle Youth CAN), now hosted by Woodland Park Zoo, to become even more rooted in community as youth work to create a plan to address climate change.

IMLS awarded nearly $150,000 to build on the momentum of Seattle Youth CAN, a program launched by Woodland Park Zoo in 2015, in partnership with the Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Aquarium working together to empower teens from each of the three institutions’ youth programs to address climate change. 

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Climate Impacts Group Provides University Leadership For New Northwest Climate Science Center

The University of Washington is the new host for the Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center (Northwest CSC).  Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University are also new partners in the Northwest CSC university consortium.

These five universities were selected as the CSC host and consortium partners after an open competition and extensive review by scientific experts. They will work as part of the collaborative network that defines the Northwest CSC. This includes working closely with Federal, state, and tribal entities, including those responsible for managing and protecting the land, water, and natural resources of the Northwest, to develop actionable climate science and decision support tools. 

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Registration Now Open for 2017 Northwest Climate Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Northwest Climate Conference. This gathering will be held in Tacoma on October 10th-11th, 2017. The conference is the region’s premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.

Early registration closes on September 20th, 2017. 

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Communication of Science Session at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

The Climate Impacts Group, in collaboration with researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, is convening a session at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting titled Communication of Science – Practice, Research and Reflection. 

This session encourages critical reflection on science communication practices and provides an opportunity for science communication practitioners and researchers to share best practice and experiences with evaluation and research in this field. For a full session description, and to submit your abstract, please visit:

The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, 2 August at 23:59 EDT. Please contact Heidi Roop ( with any questions. 

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From the Climate Impacts Group to King County – A new adventure for CIG’s Lara Whitely Binder

It is with both sadness and pride that we announce the departure of long-time Climate Impacts Group team member, Lara Whitely Binder. Lara will be starting her next adventure as the Climate Preparedness Specialist with King County, where she will continue to make significant contributions in building climate resilience across the region.

As a key member of the Climate Impacts Group for 16 years, Lara has become a regionally recognized leader in helping communities consider climate impacts as part of their operations and decision-making. She has assisted a wide range of municipalities, counties, state agencies, federal land managers, and tribes as they seek to embed climate thinking into their management of natural resources and infrastructure. 

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Lara Whitely Binder recognized for Outstanding Community Impact

Lara Whitely Binder, the Climate Impacts Group’s Senior Strategist was recognized on Wednesday, May 17th by the UW College of the Environment for her Outstanding Community Impact. In the awards ceremony she was acknowledged for “single-handedly raising climate literacy across the region.” Congratulations, Lara!


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College of Built Environments and Urban@UW Host ‘Data, Climate Change and Design’ Panel

Join the College of Built Environments and Urban@UW for an expert panel on ‘Data, Climate Change and Design’ on Friday, May 19th. The Climate Impacts Group’s Deputy Director, Joe Casola, will be on the panel. The event will be held in Gould Court from 12:30 – 3:00 PM. Register for the event here.


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EarthGames ‘On Tap’: Video Games to Shape Our Future

The UW Center for Creative Conservation warmly welcomes you to join their inaugural EarthGames ‘On Tap’ on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at the Impact Hub Seattle. This event brings together researchers and video game developers to spark collaborations on games for change – specifically, video games that are good for people and the planet.

Come hear short, spirited presentations by acclaimed writer Emma Marris and award-winning game developer John Krajewski. Learn how to ‘gamify’ research, and meet others working in the environmental, education, and social change realms. Mingle and brainstorm over locally-sourced beer, pizza, and popcorn–and try your hand playing a curated selection of ‘earthgames’! 

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Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington

A new study by University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse in Eastern Washington and showed a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops. Although the program was adopted for many different reasons, the study finds it is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in portions of Washington’s Columbia Basin.

“Without these lands, our models predict that we would lose about two thirds of the species’ habitat, and that the sage grouse would go extinct in two of three subpopulations,” said first author Andrew Shirk, a research scientist with the UW’s Climate Impacts Group. 

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Could the NW become an increasingly important dairy-producing region as climate change unfolds?

The Agriculture Climate Network recently published a blog about CIG researcher Guillaume Mauger’s study on the Impacts of climate change on milk production in the United States. The original research was published in The Professional Geographer in 2015. Check out the blog to learn about how climate change will impact milk production in the U.S. 

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