Pacific Ocean


Warming Trends in the Pacific Northwest Are Not Due to Natural Variability

, , former scientist and Kendall Science Fellow

During the past several weeks, my phone weather alert has repeatedly shown Corvallis and Portland, Oregon, having fire and low humidity alerts. I did my postdoc there and remember the smell of burning woods during August and September. There have been record-setting wildfires this year in the Pacific Northwest and climate scientists argue that climate change is likely to make it worse due to increasing temperatures. Read more >

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The Ocean’s Cooling Effect: An Air Conditioner for the Planet

, , former scientist and Kendall Science Fellow

The tropical Pacific Ocean has been acting as a type of air conditioner for the planet during the past decade and a half by slowing the rate of global warming. Recent research suggests that the “speed bump” is in large part due to cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures. Read more >

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