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Emissions have reduced among COVID-19

The Pacific Northwest is seeing reduced carbon emissions thanks to COVID-19, but experts say we shouldn’t expect it to last after the pandemic is over. Amy Snover, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed. A slightly different version of this story appeared on Facebook, view it here.  

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Pacific Northwest may see temporary drop in emissions due to social distancing

Social distancing due to COVID-19 may lower carbon emissions temporarily. Director Amy Snover is interviewed for this King5 piece. The motivation to rebuild more sustainable systems in the wake of the pandemic may be the “silver lining out of a very black cloud,” she says. 

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WWII-era ‘victory gardens’ make a comeback amid coronavirus

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Washington gardeners are creating victory gardens — symbols of self-reliance, food production and community resilience not seen since wartime. Meade Krosby, senior scientist, discusses the relationship between the gardens and community and individual resilience.  

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Plan for Climate Resilience Announced for Washington State

A recent report from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) details the steps that can be taken to minimize the threat of climate change on local farms, forests, and communities. Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist, is quoted. “The potential impacts of climate change can seem dire, but the consequences for our natural systems, economies, and local communities don’t have to be,” Dr. Raymond said. “The sooner we collectively act to plan for and manage climate risks, the better prepared we will all be.” 

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Amy Snover to speak at UW panel on science communication

What’s the value of scientists communicating about their own research? How can scientists best partner with communications professionals? CIG Director Amy Snover and several other UW experts will discuss these questions and more at a University of Washington College of the Environment panel on Wednesday, March 4. The panel will also feature Michelle Ma, assistant director of UW News and David Montgomery, professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.  Molly McCarthy, managing director of marketing and communications for College of the Environment, will moderate.

This panel is part of a series of events bringing together University of Washington faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who want to explore and engage in science communication and outreach. 

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Puget Sound’s ‘warm snow’ makes region vulnerable to climate shifts

Harriet Morgan, research consultant with the Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed for this article on how decreasing snowpack in the mountains stands to affect humans and wildlife. “We are experiencing a change in the fundamental characteristics of our hydrology,” Morgan says. “We are going to have more water in winter when we don’t need it and less water in summer when we do.” 

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Covering Your Climate: An A-to-Z Guide to Emerald Corridor Climate Impacts

The Climate Impacts Group is mentioned as a resource for understanding climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest. 

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CIG scientists contributing authors on state-wide climate resilience plan

Seven scientists from the Climate Impacts Group are named as contributing authors on a state-wide plan to make Washington more resilient to climate change. The state’s Department of Natural Resources announced their Plan for Climate Resilience — which details how the affects of climate change threaten our natural resources, and identifies priority responses — at a press conference Thursday, February 20.

Dr. Crystal Raymond, climate adaptation specialist for the Climate Impacts Group, spoke at the conference and was quoted in a press release about the plan.

“The potential impacts of climate change can seem dire,” Raymond said in the press release, “but the consequences for our natural systems, economies, and local communities don’t have to be. 

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As landslides close roads, Washington’s remote towns deal with isolation

Dr. Guillaume Mauger, research scientist with the Climate Impacts Group, is quoted in this Crosscut article on how climate change is expected to increase landslides in Western Washington. 

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Lunar New Year Trends: Eco-friendly traveling

Dr. Heidi Roop, lead scientist for science communication with the Climate Impacts Group, is interviewed about “flight shame” and the carbon emissions associated with flying for TBS South Korea. 

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