PMEL in the News
What climate change means to our crucial snowpack
“Low mountain snowpack raises water-supply fears in Washington” was a Seattle Times headline on Jan. 6, 2015. Just one year later, another headline proclaimed, “Snow pack in good shape, likely well into spring.” Given this conflicting information, what can we say about changes in our state’s snow? Special Opinion to The Seattle Times by Nick Bond and Karin Bumbaco.
These Climate Pollutants Don't Last Long, But They’re Wreaking Havoc on the Arctic
When people talk about climate change, the focus is often on carbon dioxide, and for good reason. The CO2 pumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels today will hang around for centuries, building up over time and continuing to warm the planet. Dr. Patricia Quinn is quoted.
Fleet of sailboat drones could monitor climate change’s effect on oceans
Two 7-meter-long sailboats are set to return next month to California, after nearly 8 months tacking across the Pacific Ocean. Puttering along at half-speed, they will be heavy with barnacles and other growth. No captains will be at their helms. Meghan Cronin is quoted.
Freakishly Warm Weather in the Arctic Has Climate Scientists 'Stunned'
During the Arctic winter, when the sun hides from October to March, the average temperature in the frozen north typically hovers around a bone-chilling minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius). But this year, the Arctic is experiencing a highly unusual heat wave. Jim Overland is quoted and Muyin Wang's essay is referenced.
AMHS vessel helps to track ocean acidity
As the flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway System for over 40 years, the MV Columbia is best known for its capacity to carry up to 499 passengers, plus vehicles on its route from Bellingham, Washington, to destinations in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Geoff Lebon is mentioned.