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Climate change is not in the future but is here and now

“The present consequences of climate change are severe, and will be more so for the next generation.” Read the op-ed by Paul Johnson to the Seattle Times published March 31, 2017. Paul Johnson in a professor of oceanography here at UW who has been co-teaching an undergraduate course titled “Climate Extremes” for over 20 years. 

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Kristin Laidre awarded 2017 Pew Marine Fellowship

Kristin Laidre was awarded the 2017 Pew Marine Fellowship to study the effects of climate change on polar bears. Laidre's project entails working with researchers and agencies in four Arctic nations to compare data across all studied polar bear populations and compile the most comprehensive assessment to date of population status. Laidre plans to examine the potential this metric has for assessing population status.

Read more at UW Today

Dargan Frierson and Judy Twedt create "The Sound of Earth's Fever"

With NASA releasing the 2016 global temperature data, Dargan Frierson and Judy Twedt made quick work of the high temperatures. Using the global temperature data from 1880-2016, they created a song about the Earth's global temperature. Lower notes mean lower temperature, and higher notes are higher temperature. They chose notes from a musical scale and added drums just for effect. Dargan and Judy state that they "pause in 1977, a critical year for climate" because "scientists were confident at this point that heat-trapping gases from fossil fuels were the main way humans were influencing the climate".

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PCC Graduate Twila Moon talks about mapping Greenland glaciers

Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and hard to map patterns as observed by satellite images that help map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world. Twila Moon, a graduate of the PCC, talks about using this evidence to help map out glaciers in Greenland. With the new database, she can study the movements of more than 240 glaciers, which comprise nearly all of the outlets from the ice sheet.

Read more at The University of Bristol

The Program on Climate Change: Moving Forward

by Miriam Bertram, LuAnne Thompson and Greg Quetin LuAnne Thompson opened our PCC-sponsored gathering “Where do we go from here?”  on Thursday, Nov. 17 with a quote by Winston Churchill: “It’s not always enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required.” John Kerry shared that call to arms the day before, as part of his remarks at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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On being a climate scientist

By LuAnne Thompson Director, University of Washington Program on Climate Change Walters Professor of Oceanography, Adjunct Professor Physics and Atmospheric Sciences This past week has been a whirlwind and I feel like I am finally catching my breath and wanted to share my reflections on what role the Program on Climate Change should play both on and off campus over the next year.  

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