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Climate Impacts Group welcomes new deputy director

The Climate Impacts Group welcomes Joe Casola as its new Deputy Director, effective July 22. He comes to the Climate Impacts Group with experience that fits well within their scope, and will also help them grow into new arenas surrounding climate change. 

Read more at The College of the Environment

Washington’s shellfish industry is working to address ocean acidification

This article tells the story of how the shellfish industry, scientists, and politicians are working together to address the problem of ocean acidification. 

Read More at Climate Progress

How will climate change affect migration to the Puget Sound region?

This report responds to the interests of Climate Impacts Group and its stakeholders in the claim that climate change will cause an unanticipated surge of newcomers to move to the Puget Sound region.This systematic literature review of media coverage, peer-reviewed social science research, and agency reports assesses this “climate refugee hypothesis” in light of what is known about both the influence of climate change upon migration and the nature of Puget Sound’s existing migration system. 

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Increasing temperatures threaten snowpack in the Cascades

Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist with the Climate Impacts Group, thinks of this year as a dress rehearsal for the future. It wasn’t a lack of precipitation that caused the barren slopes; it was the warmth. And that’s exactly what climate models predict over the next century in the Pacific Northwest: pretty stable levels of precipitation and gradually warming temperatures. 

Read More at Seattle Weekly

What megablazes tell us about the fiery future of climate change

This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” 

Read More at Rolling Stone

Low snow and warm temperatures eat away at Northwest glaciers

Glaciers across the North Cascades could lose 5 to 10 percent of their volume this year, accelerating decades of steady decline. 

Read more at The Seattle Times

Climate change will likely lead to the loss or drying of montane wetlands

Read more on Se-Yeun Lee’s work discussing how climate change could dry out habitats of Pacific Northwest amphibians. 

Read more at UW Today

Climate change may not significantly increase interbreeding among species

Read about Meade Krosby’s work on whether climate change could lead to more hybrid animals like grolar bears. 

Read more at UW Today

Three ways the West can adapt to drought

Read Climate Central’s article about drought adaptation in the West. 

Read more at Climate Central

The White House’s Champions of Change has a blog

Read Amy Snover’s blog post for this national recognition. 

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