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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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Climate Change & Seattle Housing | International Examiner Opinion Piece

Reporter Nicolas Nolin, with support from the New America Media Climate Change in Communities of Color Fellowship Program, published an opinion piece in the International Inquirer about climate change and housing in Seattle. Lara Whitely-Binder, of the Climate Impacts Group is quoted in the piece:

A recent report issued by Zillow (another one of those notable Seattle- based companies) attempts to gauge the effects that climate change will have on the American housing market in the years to come. The results are rather alarming. It projects that if sea level rise matches the predictions of climate scientists, “almost 300 U.S. cities would lose at least half their homes” and “36 U.S. 

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A conversation on climate change & global security

We invite you to join Green Evans, a student organization at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, for a conversation on climate change and global security with Lukas Haynes, advisory board member of the Center for Climate and Security. CIG’s Director, Amy Snover, will moderate the conversation. We hope to see you there!

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | 3-4pm 

Where: Allen Library Auditorium, University of Washington


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How Normal Is a March Snowstorm? CIG’s Joe Casola explains

“Winter Storm Stella is coming. Can we blame climate change?”

As the East Coast braces for the arrival of Winter Storm Stella, CIG’s Deputy Director Joe Casola talks to Slate about extreme events and climate change.

“Scientists know that global warming makes precipitation heavier, as it means more evaporation. But that phenomenon is more relevant to rain than snow, and Casola says it shouldn’t result in more than a 20- to 30-percent increase, which wouldn’t explain the difference between a dusting of snow and a foot of it. This effect can be seen more clearly when the Great Lakes don’t freeze over and storms drop more snow in the surrounding regions. 

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CIG Brown Bag Seminars – Join Us!

Please join the Climate Impacts Group for its upcoming Brown Bag seminars! 

Seminars will take place in OCN 203, from Noon to 1pm. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 |  Jeff Arnold, Senior Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

“Are We Telling Decisionmakers the Wrong Things – and with Too Much Confidence?”

This talk includes recent work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, University of Washington, and National Center for Atmospheric Research to develop and test methods to characterize more fully the uncertainties in the modeling chain for real-world uses.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Nives Dolšak, Associate Director & Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, UW

“Exploring the Adaptation-Mitigation Relationship: Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?”

Can information about adaptation costs influence citizens’ willingness to support climate change mitigation? 

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CIG Welcomes Strategic Communications Lead

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is excited to welcome Heidi Roop to the team as our Strategic Communications Lead. Heidi brings a strong background in research science and science communication along with a passion for ‘changing how the world engages in science.’ Heidi’s position is a new one at CIG, focused on developing and implementing a proactive, organization-wide communication strategy.

“We are very excited to welcome Heidi to the CIG team as our new Strategic Communications Lead,” says Amy Snover, Director of CIG. “We are looking forward to having a brand new position that has an explicit focus on communications. We are especially excited about Heidi and her innovative approach to science communication. 

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