global warming http://www.kplu.org en 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 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 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 Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-level-rise-map-shows-30-wash-towns-inundated <p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The original version of this story incorrectly summarized this study as showing populations to be displaced by 2100 if current trends continue. Author Ben Strauss sent the following correction: "by 2100, we would most likely be *locked in* to such an outcome in a more distant future, time unspecified, but essentially inevitable." We have updated the story accordingly.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The warming climate is causing sea levels to rise as oceans expand, and, combined with more frequent storms, the effects could be devastating.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/1429-towns-destroyed-by-climate-change-2013-8" target="_blank">A new map shows</a> more than 1,400 towns in the U.S., 30 in Washington state, where half the population will be displaced &nbsp;if current trends continue through<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the end of this century</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:05:43 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9639 at http://www.kplu.org Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts http://www.kplu.org/post/mounting-consequences-arctic-sea-ice-melts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arctic sea ice is melting at record rates, and the loss of that ice could drive significant degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, according to a researcher at the University of Washington. The researcher, Cecilia Bitz, is part of an international team of scientists whose findings are published this week in the journal, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6145/519.full" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Science</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:41:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9497 at http://www.kplu.org Mounting Consequences as Arctic Sea Ice Melts Field Test Renews Attention on Viability of Carbon Storage http://www.kplu.org/post/field-test-renews-attention-viability-carbon-storage <p>This week, technicians in southeast Washington are moving forward with a field test to show how carbon dioxide could be injected and trapped deep underground.</p><p>Led by the Pacific Northwest National Lab, the experiment involves the injection of 50 tanker-truck loads of carbon dioxide, and will take about four weeks. Then comes about a year and a half of monitoring to see if the global warming gas stays locked away forever beneath ancient lava flows.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:50:37 +0000 Tom Banse 9442 at http://www.kplu.org Field Test Renews Attention on Viability of Carbon Storage Want to be green? Have your groceries delivered http://www.kplu.org/post/want-be-green-have-your-groceries-delivered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Having your groceries delivered might seem like a self-indulgent luxury.</span></p><p>But researchers at the University of Washington have found that, most of the time, you can feel good about doing something for the environment when you order your groceries online and have them delivered instead of making a trip to the store.</p><p>“We like to call it 'the bus for groceries,'” said&nbsp;<a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/annegood/" target="_blank">Anne Goodchild</a>, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UW.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:14:15 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8616 at http://www.kplu.org Want to be green? Have your groceries delivered Gov. Inslee's climate change bill passes, controversy continues http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslees-climate-change-bill-passes-controversy-continues <p>A bill put forward by Gov. Jay Inslee directing the state to figure out<a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5802-S2.E.pdf"> how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions</a>&nbsp;has passed both houses of the Legislature.</p><p>The passage is a big step forward for the environmental lobby and the governor, who has championed clean energy. But there is still a lot of pushback in Olympia.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:05:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8151 at http://www.kplu.org How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building http://www.kplu.org/post/how-green-can-you-go-seattle-celebrates-deep-green-building <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is leading the way in environmentally-sound building design. Sweden’s international construction firm </span><a href="http://www.skanska.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Skanska</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has broken ground on a building in Fremont that promises to bring a whole <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Permits/GreenPermitting/Overview/default.asp">new level of green</a> to the city.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:03:26 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7677 at http://www.kplu.org How green can you go? Seattle celebrates Deep Green building Seattle planners predict bigger flood zones due to climate change http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-planners-predict-bigger-flood-zones-due-climate-change <p></p><p>It’s data that’s been collected and analyzed for several years now.</p><p>But predictions on how high tides and extreme storm events might combine to cause flooding in Seattle are seeming less and less like science fiction.</p><p>The City has unveiled<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/02_030004.pdf"> a new map</a>, showing huge areas that are much more likely to end up waterlogged during storms. And it says the estimates are no longer considered extreme.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:23:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7554 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle planners predict bigger flood zones due to climate change Climate change report shows major impacts for Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/climate-change-report-shows-major-impacts-northwest <p>Imagine a future in which major areas of Seattle’s waterfront are flooded because of rising tides.</p><p>Businesses that front on Elliot Bay, including the famous Edgewater Hotel, or parks such as Myrtle Edwards or Golden Gardens, would have to adjust to storm surges more than six feet higher than we’re used to.</p><p>According to a <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/federal-scientists-national-climate-assessment-0357.html">new federal report on climate change</a>, that future is just a few decades away.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7547 at http://www.kplu.org Climate change report shows major impacts for Northwest Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections http://www.kplu.org/post/sea-level-rising-much-faster-un-projections A new peer-reviewed study by climate scientists finds the rise in sea level during the past two decades has been 60 percent faster than predictions from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.<p>The scientists also found that IPCC's estimates for warming temperatures was just right.<p><a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/28/15512957-sea-level-rose-60-percent-faster-than-un-projections-study-finds?lite">NBC News explains:</a><p><blockquote><p>"'Global warming has not slowed down or is lagging behind the projections,' lead author Stefan Rahmstorf, a research Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:39 +0000 7229 at http://www.kplu.org Sea Level Rising Much Faster Than U.N. Projections One month left for comments on spotted owl recovery plan http://www.kplu.org/post/one-month-left-comments-spotted-owl-recovery-plan <p>One of the northwest’s most controversial birds is still ruffling feathers. The elusive spotted owl was at the heart of the timber wars here <a href="http://www.reo.gov/training/historic01.htm">in the 1990s</a>.&nbsp;Some scientists are criticizing the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">US Fish and Wildlife Service</a>’s plan to log some of the bird’s habitat.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:52:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6664 at http://www.kplu.org Scientist who reported drowned polar bears reprimanded http://www.kplu.org/post/scientist-who-reported-drowned-polar-bears-reprimanded <p>JUNEAU, Alaska – An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents.</p><p>An Interior Department official says emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval of an oil company's Arctic exploration plan.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:18:12 +0000 The Associated Press 6534 at http://www.kplu.org Scientist who reported drowned polar bears reprimanded As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly http://www.kplu.org/post/arctic-ice-melts-so-does-snow-and-quickly Arctic sea ice is in sharp decline this year: Last week, scientists announced that it hit the lowest point ever measured, shattering the previous record.<p>But it turns out that's not the most dramatic change in the Arctic. A study by Canadian researchers finds that springtime snow is melting away even faster than Arctic ice. That also has profound implications for the Earth's climate.<p>Springtime snowmelt matters a lot: It determines when spring runoff comes out of the mountain to fill our rivers. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:48:35 +0000 Richard Harris 6448 at http://www.kplu.org As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly