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The Climate Revolution We set In Motion

Ray Grigg argues that the record temperatures, drought & wildfires across the West Coast this summer are all part of The climate revolution we set in motion

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Ray Grig

Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.

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Is this Climate Change?

As the West Coast’s drought spreads North to BC & Alaska and the number of wildfires seems unprecedented. The ECOreport asks: Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first seven months of this year were the warmest on record, and last month was the hottest known July. California’s drought has become a West Coast phenomenon, spreading as far north as Alaska. Wildfires are being reported in areas like Washington’s Olympic National Park, where there have been not been fires in living memory. “Rainy” British Columbia’s abnormally dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall and into winter. Trees are stressed and fish populations are failing. Is this Climate Change?

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Fire at World’s End

A double-hitter from Tom Dispatch.com: first an overall description of the wildfires that are plaguing the West Coast, then Subhankar Banerjee’s report on Fire at World’s End.

Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World’s End

Normally, Americans love breaking records. (“We’re number one! We’re number one!”) But the latest records to come out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should make anyone’s heart sink. Here’s how the World Meteorological Society put the news in a recent press release: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to June 2015, as well as for the month of June, was the hottest such period on record.” June itself was a global record-setter for warmth, as had been May and March in this thermometer-busting year, and February might also have squeaked into the number-one spot in recorded history. If so, four of the six months of this year were uniquely, grimly warm. And batten down the hatches since this is now officially an El Niño year in which surface water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are heating up significantly, possibly to historic levels, and global weather and storm patterns could be affected in major ways.

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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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Scientists Need Help Studying “The Blob”

A huge mass of unusually warm water lurking off the West Coast may be connected to the drought. Scientists Need Help Studying “The Blob”

Originally Published on Oregon State University news

A huge mass of unusually warm water that scientists have dubbed “The Blob” has lurked off the West Coast for much of the past two years and speculation is growing that it may be connected in some way with the drought plaguing West Coast states.

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What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The situation in California is intensifying. More than half of Oregon is now officially in extreme drought conditions. Washington’s snowpack has disappeared and more than a quarter of the state’s rivers are at record time lows. Though the emergency has not yet reached British Columbia, the province predicts “some regions will likely experience significant water supply shortages.” The drought shows us what Climate Change could bring to the West Coast. Continue reading What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

Climate Impacts and Action in Washington

As the drought intensifies, Governor Inslee’s office issued this press release about Climate Impacts and Action in Washington

Bill Dewey harvests shellfish, an occupation that dates back millennia in the cool, coastal waters of Washington. But fast-moving changes threaten that livelihood and could radically alter the quality of life across much of the Evergreen State.

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El Nino bad for Washington drought, good for California

Originally Published by Washington State University News

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Despite recent rains, the drought settling over Washington state that spurred the governor to declare an emergency last week is likely to grow worse – driven by a strengthening El Nino weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean.

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Washington declares Statewide Drought Emergency

Press Release from the  Governor of Washington

OLYMPIA – With snowpack at historic lows, rivers dwindling and irrigation districts cutting off water to farmers, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought for Washingtonon May 15.

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