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Global Warming

QIN Declares Drought Emergency on Reservation

Quinault Nation leaders have declared a drought emergency for the Quinault Indian Reservation as snow pack in the Olympic mountains has dwindled to zero percent of normal while total precipitation this year over the western Olympic Peninsula is the third lowest since 1895. The U.S. Drought Monitor on June 11 upgraded the drought classification for the Olympic Peninsula from “moderate” to “severe.” Drought conditions are expected to bring water shortages and restrictions as well as increased wildfire risk and hazards posing a threat to people, fish and wildlife. “The coming summer is likely to bring one of the worst...

Blueback Closure Latest Climate Change Impact

The decision to close commercial fishing for Quinault River blueback (sockeye) salmon for conservation purposes this year is part of the ongoing effort by the Quinault Indian Nation to deal with the very tangible costs of climate change. After announcing the blueback closure on the river last week for 2019, Quinault President Fawn Sharp traveled to Washington, D.C. with a message for Congress about how the entire Quinault ecosystem from the glacier to the ocean is being harmed by climate conditions that have major impacts, economically as well as environmentally. “We are really trying to do some forecasting, not...

Climate Change Effects the Pacific Northwest

Climate change effects — among them, increasing wildfires, disease outbreak and drought — are taking a toll on the Northwest, and what’s to come will threaten and transform our way of life from the salmon streams to ski slopes, according to a new federal climate assessment released Friday. The 1,000-plus-page report, produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is the most comprehensive evaluation to date of climate change effects on the nation’s economy, human health, agriculture and environment. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the report, which was required to be published by Congress. The federal report’s stark, direct...

Emily Zimri Shout Out!

Good Morning, My name is Hannah Zimri, I wanted to send you a quick note letting you know how how much my daughter Emily learned on your page, http://qlandandwater.org/departments/fisheries/marine-resources/ . She has been at summer camp the last few weeks, and she came home with a new passion for environmentalism and combating pollution. They had been doing some cleanups and education about pollution, and learning about the terrible pollution in our oceans really struck a nerve with her. Emily has been doing quite a bit of research at home and learning more about efforts to combat this tragedy- She...

How Much Do Climate Risks Cost?

Climate risks are pushing the Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, to fight a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, coal, when the rest of the world understands the implication of that folly. Global warming is the most pressing issue for our time. Period. The thing is governments really have two choices when it comes to managing the impact on its peoples from global warming: Spend money on trying to reduce the problem; or spend money on cleaning up the catastrophes. Administration on the Hook for Climate Risks  The Trump administration...

Diminished Oxygen Concentrations at Sea Due to Global Warming

Oxygen is a baseline necessity when it comes to animal life on Earth. From humans and house cats to gorillas and great white sharks, the simple diatomic molecule is essential to the success of cellular respiration, which breaks down complex carbohydrates to produce the energy required for survival. A recently published article in Science magazine reports that all across the globe, oxygen content in our oceans is dropping rapidly. The synthesis piece, titled “Declining Oxygen in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters,” is the collaborative work of nearly two dozen authors, each bringing to the table specific research expertise. The international organization UNESCO...

US Report Finds Climate Change 90% Manmade

Major report by government agencies goes against senior members of Trump administration and finds evidence of global warming stronger than ever.  A comprehensive review by 13 US federal agencies concludes that evidence of global warming is stronger than ever and that more than 90% of it has been caused by humans. The conclusion contradicts a favorite talking point of senior members of the Trump administration.  A 477-page report released on Friday said it was “extremely likely” – meaning with 95 to 100% certainty – that global warming is manmade, mostly from carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas....