climate change http://www.kplu.org en Latest National Climate Report Shows Big Impacts In The Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/latest-national-climate-report-shows-big-impacts-northwest <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148271946&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Global climate change is having tangible effects all over the country, including in Washington and the greater northwest.</p><p>That’s according to the latest <a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/" target="_blank">National Climate Assessment</a>&nbsp;released Tuesday by the Obama administration.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:23:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16423 at http://www.kplu.org Latest National Climate Report Shows Big Impacts In The Northwest Cantwell, Murray Join Senate Democrats' All-Nighter Focused On Climate Change http://www.kplu.org/post/cantwell-murray-join-senate-democrats-all-nighter-focused-climate-change <p>U.S. senators pulled an all-nighter Monday night to call attention to climate change. Democrats&nbsp;Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Barbara Boxer of California led the effort to shine light on the need for more curbs on carbon emissions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Maria </span>Cantwell&nbsp;and Sen. Patty Murray were both present for the event. Cantwell&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">took the floor early Tuesday morning following more than 12 hours of testimony. She said the issue isn’t about the future; it’s about negative effects that industries here are already seeing.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:46:19 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14718 at http://www.kplu.org Cantwell, Murray Join Senate Democrats' All-Nighter Focused On Climate Change Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-urges-gov-stop-issuing-permits-oil-trains <p>Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle City Council unanimously passed <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mulls-resolution-calling-closer-scrutiny-oil-trains" target="_blank">the resolution</a> co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:09:36 +0000 Martha Kang 14660 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains Seattle Mulls Resolution Calling For Closer Scrutiny Of Oil Trains http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mulls-resolution-calling-closer-scrutiny-oil-trains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is on its way to joining Spokane and Bellingham in demanding tougher scrutiny of oil trains traveling through the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/public/meetingrecords/2014/plus20140304_3a.pdf" target="_blank">resolution that would restrict oil shipments until further review</a>&nbsp;has passed out of a city council committee, and is scheduled for a vote before the full council on Monday.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:08:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14435 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mulls Resolution Calling For Closer Scrutiny Of Oil Trains Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-prepares-make-moral-case-carbon-reduction-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy, or complicate his re-election chances.</span></p><p>He wants to cap carbon, the biggest culprit in greenhouse gas emissions in Washington. It’s a controversial and potentially costly idea. But the Democrat believes it’s an economic and even moral imperative in the long term.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:16:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14363 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction Jewell Visits Mount Rainier, Discusses Climate Change At UW Roundtable http://www.kplu.org/post/jewell-visits-mount-rainier-discusses-climate-change-uw-roundtable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The best classrooms are the ones without walls," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, standing inside a&nbsp;classroom at the University of Washington, her alma mater, on Tuesday.</span></p><p>The former CEO of Seattle-based REI spent two days at home this week, wrapping up her visit with a roundtable discussion about the president's Climate Action Plan and the local impacts of climate change.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13255 at http://www.kplu.org Jewell Visits Mount Rainier, Discusses Climate Change At UW Roundtable Mass: Dueling 'Nonsense' Surrounding Polar Vortex And Global Warming http://www.kplu.org/post/mass-dueling-nonsense-surrounding-polar-vortex-and-global-warming <p>Global warming behind the recent polar vortex? Nonsense, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p>“There’s really no basis for this,” said Mass, adding there's a lot of misguided hype on both sides of the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:54:50 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12468 at http://www.kplu.org Mass: Dueling 'Nonsense' Surrounding Polar Vortex And Global Warming Testy Exchanges, No Consensus on Governor’s Climate Change Panel http://www.kplu.org/post/testy-exchanges-no-consensus-governor-s-climate-change-panel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions. The governor’s climate change workgroup quickly adjourned Friday with no consensus and after some testy exchanges.</span></p><p>Inslee wanted the workgroup to adopt five recommendations to the Legislature, including a proposal for the state to enact a market-based cap on carbon pollution. But when it came time for the Republicans on the panel to weigh in, they made it clear all of the governor’s proposals were non-starters—at least without more information on the cost.</p><p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:57:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11496 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-council-resolution-calls-coal-ban-wash-state <p>King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing&nbsp;<a href="http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1468746&amp;GUID=D61E14B9-C219-4C9C-B579-5EAE7F049C04&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=2013-0386" target="_blank">a resolution&nbsp;</a>banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>King County Council member Larry Philips is leading the charge to bring the county on board with what towns and cities all over the region have already done: saying loud and clear that coal is not the answer to the future of energy. The opponents are calling for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports" target="_blank">a comprehensive environmental review</a> of the effects of a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:32:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11370 at http://www.kplu.org King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy http://www.kplu.org/post/white-house-honor-seattle-vet-advancing-clean-energy <p>Avi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jacobson was serving his first tour in Iraq in 2007 when he noticed his own unit's heavy reliance on a single generator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jacobson’s Air Force base ran almost solely on the generator, which was overworked with computers and air conditioners almost daily. When the usage hit the generator’s tipping point, Jacobson said, “everything would die," triggering an eerie silence.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:15:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10818 at http://www.kplu.org White House to Honor Seattle Vet for Advancing Clean Energy Inslee Tapped for Obama Climate Task Force http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-tapped-obama-climate-task-force <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Washington </span>Gov<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> is among the political leaders who will be part of President Barack Obama's task force on climate issues.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The White House said Friday that Obama was establishing the panel to advice the administration on how the federal government can support local communities impacted by climate change. Inslee is one of eight governors named to the panel. The task force also includes local and tribal leaders.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:12:01 +0000 The Associated Press 10771 at http://www.kplu.org UW Researcher: Redwoods Reveal Years of Coastal Climate History http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-researcher-redwoods-reveal-years-coastal-climate-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Count the rings on a tree trunk to figure out its age.</span></p><p>Or, if you’re University of Washington climatologist Jim Johnstone, study the molecules of a redwood trunk and crack the code for natural weather data&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">that could date back more than a thousand years.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:11:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10710 at http://www.kplu.org UW Researcher: Redwoods Reveal Years of Coastal Climate History West Coast States, B.C. Join in Fight Against Climate Change http://www.kplu.org/post/west-coast-states-bc-join-fight-against-climate-change <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Efforts to combat climate change got a boost from the West Coast as the leaders of Washington, Oregon, and California as well as the premier of British Columbia signed a new pact Monday.</span></p><p>Under the new plan, called the <a href="http://www.pacificcoastcollaborative.org/Documents/Pacific%20Coast%20Climate%20Action%20Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy</a>, Washington and Oregon have agreed to adopt policies similar to those already in place in British Columbia and California. B.C. put a tax on carbon emissions in 2008, and California adopted a cap-and-trade system early last year.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:19:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10687 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Wants to Explore State-Only 'Cap and Trade' Scheme http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-wants-explore-state-only-cap-and-trade-scheme <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Monday laid out how he&#39;d like the state to combat global warming pollution, including eliminating any electricity generated by coal and putting a statewide cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Legislative Republicans immediately raised concerns.</span></p><p>Back in 2008, the Washington Legislature set ambitious goals for reducing the state&#39;s carbon footprint. But they&#39;re just goals without enforcement mechanisms. Subsequently, a pact between 11 western states and provinces to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions fell apart.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:18:52 +0000 Tom Banse 10462 at http://www.kplu.org Gonzaga President Signs Pledge for Environmental Stewardship http://www.kplu.org/post/gonzaga-president-signs-pledge-environmental-stewardship <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gonzaga University has joined the official Catholic movement in support of environmental stewardship.</span></p><p>On Monday, Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh and the president of Gonzaga Preparatory high school both signed the St. Francis Pledge. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:06:31 +0000 Paige Browning 10334 at http://www.kplu.org Gonzaga President Signs Pledge for Environmental Stewardship