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Inslee Climate Goals
4:44 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Inslee Wants To Explore State-Only 'Cap and Trade' Scheme

File photo of the TransAlta Centralia Coal Plant.
Miriam Duerr Washington Department of Ecology

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 4:36 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has laid out his wish list for how he'd like the state to combat global warming pollution.

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Health Impacts of Climate Change
5:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Multnomah County Prepares For The Health Impacts Of Climate Change

Portland's Multnomah County today released a plan for responding to the health impacts of climate change.

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Health Risks With Climate Change
6:34 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Wildfires Two-Way

A recent Harvard University study found that by 2050, the fire season across the West is projected to be up to a month longer. And fires are expected to be up to twice as smoky.
Credit Xu Yue, Harvard University

When we think about climate change, we often think about the health of the entire planet. But it could also bring new health risks to people in the Pacific Northwest. That issue was raised just last week by the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. She was speaking to the National Press Club about the agency’s plan for regulations that would restrict carbon emissions from new power plants.

McCarthy: “Climate change – caused by carbon pollution – is one of the most significant public health threats of our time.”

Geoff Norcross from our partner station OPB spoke with reporter Katie Campbell about one of the health threats associated with climate change. 

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Health Risks in Climate Change
7:32 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Cities Face Higher Health Risks In Heat Islands

HelenRuth Stephens has asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She says hot weather drains her energy and makes it hard to breathe.
Cassandra Profita

Climate change models are predicting hotter summers in the Northwest. And experts say the health risks from that heat are higher in places known as urban heat islands.

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Climate Change
6:49 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Toxic Algae And Warming Waters: The Climate Connection

Biologist Neil Harrington.
Katie Campbell

Every year, during the warmer months, blooms of algae dot Northwestern waters. Some of that algae can release toxins, which poison shellfish and the people who might eat those shellfish. In recent years, toxic algal blooms have been more potent and lasted longer. That has scientists trying to understand how our warming climate could be contributing to the problem.

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Climate Change
8:18 am
Mon September 30, 2013

How Farmworkers Experience A Warming Climate

Many migrant workers help harvests hops in Washington's Yakima Valley. In 2005, a 64-year-old worker died from heat exhaustion after collapsing in the field. The temperature reached 101 degrees Fahrenheit that day.
Courtney Flatt

If you work outdoors in the summertime, you’d better learn to take the heat. That's true for people who repair roads, landscape yards, or build houses. Too much exertion and not enough shade or water, and you could get sick.

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Climate Change Study
6:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Dams Help The NW Cope With Climate Change

The dams give water managers the ability to hold water in reservoirs so it is available when farmers and migrating salmon need it the most.
Credit Doug Wertman

A new study suggests Columbia River dams are helping the Northwest cope with climate change.

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Climate Change Conference
6:27 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Hundreds Gather In Portland For Conference On Climate Change Science

Hundreds of scientists and environmental managers from across the Pacific Northwest are gathering in Portland this week for a two-day conference on climate science.

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Climate Change
5:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:10 pm

You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.

The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.

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Climate Change
7:04 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Study: Comprehensive Climate Policy Needed

Leaking tailpipes and wood-fired stoves are some of the culprits that release methane and soot into the atmosphere. Some researchers think cutting these emissions could significantly reduce global warming effects. But a Northwest study has found that it might not reduce effects that much.

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