climate change

Weather with Cliff Mass
12:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Study: Don’t Blame Global Warming For Warming Weather — Yet

The Seattle skyline is seen through morning fog over Elliott Bay, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It may be tempting to attribute current weather trends like the record warmth and early rains on climate change caused by humans. 

But KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says a newly-published paper should give us pause. It shows that the global warming of approximately 1 degree Celsius on the U.S. West Coast since 1900 appears more likely to be the result of natural variations than of human inputs of greenhouse gases.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:29 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Rain Relenting; Above-Normal Temps And A Partly Sunny Weekend Ahead

A pedestrian hurries along in the rain Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Fall came in with a vengeance this week. An early atmospheric river dumped huge amounts of rain into the Northwest over the last few days, but it’s tapering off just in time for the weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It actually looks like a decent weekend,” Mass said. 

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Climate Change
6:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Governor Inslee Urges Scientists To Lead Conversation On Climate Change

Huge areas of the Port of Seattle could be inundated when higher tides combine with more extreme storm surges, accdording to the Draft National Assessment on Climate Change.
Bjørn Giesenbauer photo Flickr

Many of the region’s top researchers have gathered this week for the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference at the University of Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the keynote address and called on scientists to get more engaged in public policy.

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Climate Change
11:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

UW Study: Despite 'Hiatus' In Rising Temps, Oceans Show Globe Still Warming

FILE - The sun shines on Point Barrow, Alaska, and the Arctic Ocean at the northern tip of the United States, July 16, 2002.
Laura Rauch AP Photo

Despite widespread concern about global warming, rising air temperatures have actually slowed down dramatically over the past 15 years. This so-called “hiatus” has posed a big puzzle for climate scientists.

Researchers at the University of Washington looked deep into the oceans for answers, and found that despite the surficial evidence, climate change has not stopped. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Plenty Of Sun For Seafair, But Lightning Threat Spells Increasing Wildfire Danger

Four of the six members of the Blue Angels, flying U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets, billow vapor trails as they arrive at Boeing Field Monday, July 28, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

There will be plenty of sunshine for Seafair weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, but dry conditions and a chance of lightning could mean trouble for firefighters.

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Climate Change
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Inslee Touring Wash. Sites That Show Costs Of Climate Change

Constructed in 1966, West Point treats the wastewater generated by approx. 1.5 million people in the greater Seattle area. Its shoreside location makes it vulnerable to sea level rise.
Courtesy of King County Wastewater Division.

Gov. Jay Inslee took a walk through King County’s wastewater facility in Discovery Park on Tuesday as part of his tour of sites affected by climate change. 

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Environment
3:23 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Latest National Climate Report Shows Big Impacts In The Northwest

As sea levels rise, waves will crash with greater intensity along the coast.
Photo by andreyphoto.com Flickr

Global climate change is having tangible effects all over the country, including in Washington and the greater northwest.

That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment released Tuesday by the Obama administration.

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Environment
3:46 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Cantwell, Murray Join Senate Democrats' All-Nighter Focused On Climate Change

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, is joined by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
Evan Vucci AP Photo

U.S. senators pulled an all-nighter Monday night to call attention to climate change. Democrats Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Barbara Boxer of California led the effort to shine light on the need for more curbs on carbon emissions.

Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray were both present for the event. Cantwell 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.

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Oil Trains
5:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains

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Matthew Brown AP Photo

Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the resolution co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

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Oil Trains
5:08 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Mulls Resolution Calling For Closer Scrutiny Of Oil Trains

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AP Photo

Seattle is on its way to joining Spokane and Bellingham in demanding tougher scrutiny of oil trains traveling through the city. A resolution that would restrict oil shipments until further review has passed out of a city council committee, and is scheduled for a vote before the full council on Monday.

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Climate Change
12:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction

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AP Photo

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy, or complicate his re-election chances.

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.

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Climate Change
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Jewell Visits Mount Rainier, Discusses Climate Change At UW Roundtable

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell leads a roundtable discussion at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

"The best classrooms are the ones without walls," said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, standing inside a classroom at the University of Washington, her alma mater, on Tuesday.

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. 

To illustrate the need to reduce carbon pollution, Jewell visited Mount Rainier National Park and toured areas affected by climate change.

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Weather With Cliff Mass
3:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mass: Dueling 'Nonsense' Surrounding Polar Vortex And Global Warming

In this Jan. 9, 2014 photo, ice floes cover the surface of the Hudson River off the west side of Midtown Manhattan in New York.
Malcolm Ritter AP Photo

Global warming behind the recent polar vortex? Nonsense, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“There’s really no basis for this,” said Mass, adding there's a lot of misguided hype on both sides of the issue. 

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climate change
4:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus on Governor’s Climate Change Panel

Gov. Jay Inslee 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.

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.

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Northwest Coal
4:32 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

King County Council Resolution Calls for Coal Ban in Wash. State

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

King County is poised to join the city of Seattle and several other municipalities in passing a resolution banning the burning and the transportation of coal in Washington state. 

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 a comprehensive environmental review of the effects of a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham. 

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