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Carbon storage in WA state forests is too small and too risky to play a serious role fighting climate change

Richard Gammon, Emeritus Professor, UW Department of Chemistry, UW School of Oceanography Steven Emerson, Professor, UW School of Oceanography The scientific community is almost universally in agreement that climate change (and ocean acidification) are severe threats that demand a rapid response, with putting a price on fossil fuel CO2 emissions being a top priority.  Far and away the single biggest contributor to climate change is CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion.  

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Gregory Johnson on Argo and the Study of the Ocean in Scientific American

A fleet of robots, trolling the oceans and measuring their heat content, has revolutionized scientists’ ability to study how climate change is affecting the seas. Now the aquatic machines called Argo floats are going into the deepest ocean abyss. “We know a lot from Argo now that we have over a decade’s worth of temperature data” said Gregory Johnson.

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Nives Dolšak & Aseem Prakash with “Climate Change Did It!” Is a Convenient Excuse!

An article written by Nives Dolšak - professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Aseem Prakash - founding director of the Center for Environmental Politics. "Climate change is a big, messy problem for which a specific individual or government cannot be held accountable (even though human actions are certainly to blame). Blaming climate change for flooding makes it easier to escape responsibility for not enforcing zoning laws or allowing development on flood plains. But this is not sound policy".

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Ocean conditions contributed to unprecedented 2015 toxic algal bloom

“A study led by researchers at the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic algal bloom of 2015 that closed fisheries from southern California to northern British Columbia to the unusually warm ocean conditions — nicknamed “the blob” — in winter and spring of that year.” – Hannah Hickey 

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