Wetlands Act as Powerful Carbon Sinks

Wetlands in the Pacific Northwest are recognized for providing a variety of ecosystem services ranging from fisheries production to mitigation of flood risk. Now, a new report suggests that estuaries play an important role in managing greenhouse gas emissions. The report, prepared for Restore America’s Estuaries, estimates that wetland losses due to historic land-use changes…

Calculating Trends in Flood Risks and Water Stress

Changes in climate do not occur independently. Rather, they occur alongside changes in population, technology, patterns of development, and other factors. Yet most studies of future climate-change impacts ignore the interactions of these various trends. For example, the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) scenarios, which are widely used by researchers at OCCRI, CIRC and many other…

Columbia Gorge Pikas Adapt by Eating Moss

Animals, especially mammals, that are closely tied to a specific habitat are perhaps most vulnerable in a changing climate. The American pika is a leading example. In the Great Basin, these small mammals, which typically live at high elevation in areas with little vegetation and lots of loose rocks, or “talus.” For pikas, high temperatures…