UW scientists say new online tool aims to take world’s temperature

The Seattle TimesBy Michelle Ma How much warmer could Washington’s summers be in 100 years? Will June rainfall in Australia change by midcentury? Climate experts today will unveil an online tool that shows how global warming could affect the entire world, including changes within cities, states and countries. The tool, called ClimateWizard, allows natural-resource managers, … Continue reading UW scientists say new online tool aims to take world’s temperature

Obama admin takes first leap into roadless brawl

No logging or road project on tens of millions of forested acres will proceed without personal approval by the Agriculture Department’s secretary for at least a year while the Obama administration decides how to handle a controversial Clinton-era roadless rule, officials said today. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is signing a directive giving himself sole power … Continue reading Obama admin takes first leap into roadless brawl

The Undersea World of Elliott Norse

Originally published in Eastsideweekby Chris Carrel Few details escape Elliott Norse’s attention as we drive past Microsoft headquarters, negotiating the lunch-hour traffic in his scrappy 1985 Civic. “See this over here,” he says, gesturing toward the partially finished Microsoft buildings rising on the west side of the road. “That used to be a beautiful second-growth … Continue reading The Undersea World of Elliott Norse

Delicate life in the ocean hit by advent of bottom trawling

Times Online Frank Pope, Ocean Correspondent One of the most dramatic impacts on marine life came from the advent of bottom trawling. In 1376 a complaint was made to King Edward III about the destruction it caused: “Where in creeks and havens of the sea there used to be plenteous fishing, to the profit of … Continue reading Delicate life in the ocean hit by advent of bottom trawling