Thursday, November 26, 2009

Climate Change Already Happening in Oregon

Researchers working at the HJ Andrews experimental forest in Oregon recently published a report with the striking finding that snowpacks in their study area have already declined 50% over the last century, while there was no measurable change in the amount of annual precipitation. The effects of climate change are often discussed as though they are yet to come, however most climate researchers agree that the global climate system is already changing. Snowpacks are expected to decline throughout much of the west. That means lower water, and warmer summer temperatures in the rivers around our region. Coverage in the Columbia Basin Bulletin

Another recent climate study reported than since 2000 twice the number of record high temperatures have been set as record low temperatures. Info at Science Daily

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