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What We Are Reading on Friday, August 29th: Elwha River Dam Removal, Science Advice to Governments, Coal Export Developments, and More

Posted in Emerging Policy, Energy Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Project Permitting

Here is a quick roundup of what has caught my eye this week. First, the last 30 feet of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River was removed in a spectacular blast at 4:12 pm on Tuesday. John Gussman, “Return of the River” filmmaker, documented the blast:

Fact Check: Are Carbon Emissons Contributing to Acid Rain?

Posted in Clean Water Act, Emerging Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Water Quality

This morning’s twitter feed brought me the latest from Crosscut on Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce. The most important part of the article was the announcement that the next Taskforce meeting (on July 29th) will include a rollout of a draft plan to meet the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state… Continue Reading

More on Ocean Acidification: My Summary of the IGBP, IOC, and SCOR’s Summary for Policymakers and Implications for the Pacific Northwest

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Energy Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Sustainability

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) released their paper summarizing the results of its Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World this week. This document summarizes the results of a conference held in Monterey, California in September 2012, is aimed at… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification and Science Communication: The Seattle Time’s “Sea Change” Series and Cliff Mass’s Critique

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

If you follow the Seattle Times, or ocean acidification as an emerging issue, you’ve likely seen Craig Welch’s “Sea Change” series published last month, a series that is impressive in terms of scope and depth of coverage of the issue of ocean acidification, with its possible impacts on marine life and our economy. I’ve been… Continue Reading

Link Roundup: Ocean Acidification Update, Robotic Buoys to Help the Shellfish Industry, Plastic Cleanup in the North Pacific

Posted in Emerging Policy, Geeky Science Stuff, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

My Wednesday afternoon update has a strong focus on oceans: First, Craig Welch at the Seattle Times had a great piece out last week that summarizes the evolving understanding of ocean acidification and the impacts to the shellfish industry, along with one Willapa Bay oyster grower’s efforts to mitigate those impacts. For those of you… Continue Reading

Washington Introduces First Legislation to Address Ocean Acidification

Posted in Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

Yesterday, Senators Rankin, Litzow, Shin and Kline introduced SB 5547 a bill acting on the recommendations of Governor Gregoire’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. The bill was referred to the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. We’ll see if it makes it out of that committee and comes up for a vote. In a nutshell,… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification Update: New Study on Impacts to Shellfish Industry and Washington’s Regulatory Response

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry

The latest from the group of researchers studying ocean acidification is out–Craig Welch wrote a good article for the Seattle Times on this subject the other day. I’ve previously discussed work done in Hood Canal by this same group of researchers, but this current paper is the first work to directly link oyster larval mortality… Continue Reading

Ocean Acidification and Puget Sound

Posted in Climate Change, Emerging Policy, Ocean Acidification, Shellfish Industry, Water Quality

I just finished reading an article published in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science by Richard Feely from the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory here in Seattle and his co-authors from the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Ecology. These researchers sampled waters in Puget Sound on two cruises in February and August 2008, and… Continue Reading