(April 11, 2012)
Redlodge Clearinghouse, via EE News Greenwire
A new report from the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, which synthesizes information from more than 200 individual studies, examines the effects of eight tree diseases under two different climate-change scenarios. Climate change is expected to facilitate the spread of some diseases, while also making trees more susceptible to disease.
(April 4, 2012)
Redlodge Clearinghouse via EE News Greenwire
“This wildfire season should be far less eventful than last year’s, but some parts of the West could still see a few large fires, according to the federal government’s new wildfire outlook.”
(March 26, 2012)
Scientists warn that the earth is close to reaching a tipping point that will make it irreversibly hotter, with the world temperature set to reach 6 degrees Celsius warmer by the end of the decade under continued uncontrolled emissions. Some tipping points , such as the melting of huge ice sheets, have already been passed, while others linger, such as the thawing of the siberian permafrost which holds twice the amount of carbon than is in the atmosphere today.
State of Washington Department of Ecology
This new report/ state response strategy warns that the state of Washington could face billions of dollars in costs from climate problems such as flooding in the next decade if it does not act to protect the state’s infrastructure, wildlife and communities, and “offers recommendations on how existing state policies and programs can better prepare Washington State to respond to the impacts of climate change. It urges state agencies to make adaptation a standard part of agency planning and to make scientific information about climate change impacts accessible to public and private-sector decision makers. It also recommends that state agencies strengthen existing efforts to help local and tribal governments, private and public organizations, and individuals reduce their vulnerability to climate change. The response strategy underscores the need to build strong partnerships to support state, local, and tribal adaptation; coordinate activities across sectors; and engage stakeholders and the public.” (From the documents short description- full report available to download on site).