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Check it out: Climate Resilience Survey

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is pleased to announce the WSDA Climate Resilience Survey, linked below. WSDA, in collaboration with Washington State University, is developing a Climate Resilience Plan for Washington agriculture. The plan will summarize recent climate science, identify vulnerabilities, highlight opportunities, and include newly developed resources. It is essential that this work […]

One Year into Washington’s Climate Commitment Act: Impacts on Agriculture

Dani Gelardi, Washington State Department of Agriculture Last year, we asked, “How will the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) impact Washington agriculture?” For a brief primer on the topic, read the 2022 blog post. Now, with one year passed, let’s review how farmers are faring under this ambitious state law to reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions. […]

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Check it out: NCRC Science Justice Summer School

The Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative, hosted at the UW Climate Impacts Group, is excited to launch our first-ever Science Justice Summer School. This two-week program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will dive into a range of justice-related topics through lectures, discussion groups and more.  The Science Justice Summer School will run from July 10 to […]

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Pairing Solar Power and Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest

By Morgan Lawrence, USDA Northwest Climate Hub Climate change has caused unprecedented warming, varying precipitation patterns, and higher risks of drought and wildfires across the Northwest. These impacts threaten agriculture, natural resources, and human health in the region. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy can reduce carbon emissions and slow the effects […]

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Check it out: Another La Niña? What Does That Say About Climate Change?

By Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University The weather we experience any given year is the product of a complex combination of short-term variations (think cold fronts), mid-term cycles (think of El Niño and La Niña years as an important example affecting our region), and long-term trends (think […]

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Check it out: A View on What We Know about Smoke and Wine Grapes

By Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University A recent article in the Good Fruit Grower reported on effects of wildfire smoke on wine grapes and, most importantly, on the resulting wine. Based on a panel discussion at this year’s Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, this article takes an […]

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Check it out: The Need to Implement a Risk-Based Management Approach to Wildfires

By Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University Wildfire season is underway, with blazes in New Mexico and California in the news. So an article I came across recently seems particularly relevant. Researchers with Resources for the Future, a self-described “independent, nonprofit research institution,” make the (not new, but […]

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Good news! US Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Are Resilient

By David I. Gustafson, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Biological Systems Engineering Department, Washington State University This is an opinion piece published in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin on December 13, 2020. We will be sharing further details on the results of this project through blog articles in 2021. Stay tuned! We’re all exhausted. As we near the […]

Check it out: Applying outcome-based management to address fire issues on rangelands

By Sonia A. Hall This past Labor Day was an extreme fire day across much of Oregon and Washington, including Douglas and Okanogan Counties in central Washington, close to where I live. Two fires—technically two because the second started “separately” when the first jumped the Columbia River close to Bridgeport—within two days got called out […]

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