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AP-NORC Poll: Disasters Influence Thinking on Climate Change

A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago found that 74 percent of Americans say extreme weather in the past five years — hurricanes, droughts, floods and heat waves — have influenced their opinions about climate change. That includes half of Americans who say these recent events have influenced their thinking a great deal or a lot. CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication, Heidi Roop, was quoted talking about the role of trust and lived experiences as being an important means for helping people connect to the current and future impacts of human-caused climate change. 

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Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions spiked 6 percent in most recent tally

CIG scientist Heidi Roop commented in the Seattle Times on the latest tally of the state’s emissions which show that from 2012-2015 greenhouse gas emissions increased 6.1% in Washington state. “The state sent more than 97 million metric tons of greenhouses gases into the atmosphere in 2015, compared with just 90 million in 1990. Although emissions are rising, the 2015 figure represents progress from the year 2000, when emissions topped out at nearly 109 million metric tons.” Roop’s main take-away is that in light of recent national and international climate assessments, “We all need to be, as states and as a nation, taking a hard look at what we can do to reduce our emissions. 

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Climate Research Centers Falter During Shutdown, While Oil And Gas Permits Hold Steady

Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group and University Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) spoke with Wyoming Public Radio about the impact of the government shutdown on the federally-funded Climate Adaptation Science Center network. 

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UW Grant Opportunity: EarthLab Innovation Grants

EarthLab is seeking applications for its first round of EarthLab Innovation Grants! Awards of up to $50,000 USD will be awarded to project teams undertaking bold, innovative  transdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities related to addressing our most pressing environmental challenges. EarthLab is “looking for risky, cool ideas with impact and the ability to motivate change.” UW faculty and employees with PI status are eligible to apply. Applications are due January 30th, 2019. 

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UW tools help Pacific Northwest and Western tribes plan for climate change impacts

Our recently-released Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources were featured in the Inlander. As the natural world responds to climate change, American Indian tribes across the country are grappling with how to plan for a future that balances inevitable change with protecting the resources vital to their cultural traditions. The Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners have developed a collection of resources that may be useful to tribes at any stage in the process of evaluating their vulnerability to climate change. The resources, mainly online, include a climate tool that provides interactive summaries of projected climate change on annual precipitation, stream temperatures, growing season, fire danger and other variables. 

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Western Washington’s wildfire risk is increasing

King5 featured our Managing Western WA Wildfire Risk in a Changing Climate workshop. “The risk is going up, and there’s a real need to better understand what’s going to happen,” said Amy Snover, Director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. The event on December 3rd, 2018 was hosted by the Tulalip Tribes, Puget Sound Preparedness Collaborative, Climate Impacts Group and Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.


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KIRO Radio Interview with Amy Snover

Amy Snover sat down with Dave Ross at KIRO radio to talk about the recently-released 4th National Climate Assessment. Snover discusses what a changing climate means for the Northwest and describes why it’s not too late to prevent the most serious impacts of human caused climate change. 

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Mapping Future Flood Risk – project update and blog post

CIG research scientist, Guillaume Mauger, recently completed a project mapping the future flood risk in the Stillaguamish and Snohomish Rivers. This project explores two key questions: 1) what is the combined effect of sea level rise and changes in river flooding, and 2) where will the extra water go? 

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CIG’s Heidi Roop featured in National Geographic

CIG scientist Heidi Roop recently spoke with National Geographic about the 4th National Climate Assessment and what it means for the Northwest, and our nation. “The message is it’s us, humans, changing the climate,” says Heidi Roop. It’s already affecting “many things we take advantage of every day—our wastewater management, our natural environment, our power generation, our roadways, our food. But the report highlights the other part of that: that people are doing something, and there’s hope.” 

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A NW Climate Change Conversation on KUOW

CIG’s Heidi Roop sat down with Bill Radke on KUOW’s The Record to discuss the 4th National Climate Assessment, what climate change means for us in the Northwest and the many relevant actions and adaptations underway across the region. 

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