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When it comes to the environmental cost of flights “we need to figure out how to turn that shame into action”: The battle between convenience and conservation

“While climate activists try to save the planet, they’re also trying to figure out the cleanest, greenest way to navigate the globe — and it’s far more complicated than just booking a flight online. Recent research, coupled with a media frenzy over flying, has brought the battle between convenience and conservation to a head. It’s not a new problem, but if the past few weeks are any indication, neither flying nor its corresponding shame are going anywhere anytime soon.” CIG’s Heidi Roop weighs in on the impacts of flying and how we can contribute to systems-scale change. 

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How indigenous communities are working to protect the climate

The Climate Impacts Group’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources and Tool were featured in this recent Yale Climate Connections article. 

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Register for the NW CASC Fall Webinar Series

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has announced their 2019 fall webinar series focused on Amplifying Actionable Science through Intentional, Integrated and Creative Communications.

Upcoming webinars include:

Communication as an Essential Ingredient for Actionable Science: Key Concepts, Practical Strategies and Innovative Examples from the Northwest

October 1st | 11:00 AM (PT) | with Meade Krosby

Better Stories, Bigger Impact: How Scientists Can Engage Effectively with the Media to Share Their Science

November 5th | 11:00 AM (PT) | with Julia Rosen

What Can Successful Communication Look Like in Actionable Science? Examples from the Climate Adaptation Science Centers

December 3rd | 11:00 AM (PT) | with presenters including Kristin Timm and other experts from across the CASCs

Learn more about these webinars and register today! 

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Heat blob, warming Pacific Ocean strain commercial seafood industry

Dr. Amy Snover connected with MSNBC to talk about how our oceans are responding to a changing climate. This story as part of the Covering Climate Now initiative. 

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Short winters, wildfires, altered landscapes: How climate change will impact outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest

How is climate change connected to outdoor recreation? This Seattle Times piece features a range of Climate Impacts Group science and includes insights from Dr. Amy Snover about what the future holds for many of our wild and green spaces across the Pacific Northwest. This story as part of the Covering Climate Now initiative. 

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Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) Annual Partner Meeting – Oct. 8th

This meeting will bring together partners in the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) network to discuss current work and priorities with the end goal of determining shared priorities and synergistic projects and activities that the network partners can support and leverage. The ultimate outcome will be an update to the strategic plan for this region to strengthen drought early warning, planning, preparedness, response and mitigation.

Date of workshop: October 8th, 2019
Location: Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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Climate Action Opportunity: King County 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Public Workshop

On October 12th, King County is hosting a free public workshop as an opportunity for folks to provide early input into the County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan. This workshop is an opportunity to learn and problem-solve with county staff on how to best take action on climate change in King County. UW students and faculty are encouraged to attend this workshop to provide their input on this plan.  There will be a networking opportunity for students with King County staff to learn more about career opportunities in government agencies. 

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 10AM- 12PM PDT


University of Washington Intellectual House

4249 Whitman Ct NE Seattle, WA 98105


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How can I teach my students about climate change?

Dr. Heidi Roop provided her insights for Grist’s AskUmbra column on effective tools and strategies for teaching about climate change. 

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CIG Director to Speak at Statewide Disaster Resiliency Work Group Meeting – Sept. 5th at 12PM

Dr. Amy Snover will be discussing the climate risks facing Washington state at the Statewide Disaster Resiliency Work Group Meeting on September 5th. This meeting is open to the public and hosted by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Topics will include climate risks and natural disasters, flooding, drought and wildfire and the meeting will also include a discussion of climate resilience work happening across the state.

When: 12:00-3:00 PM, September 5th, 2019

Location: Capitol Event Center, 6005 Tyee Dr SW, Tumwater, WA. 98512

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Science behind Western Washington wildfires and how climate change may play a role

CIG’s Crystal Raymond is featured in this new KING5 story about work underway to better understand the connection between climate change and the risk of wildfire in Western Washington. 

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