Global warming: Want to see Northwest impacts? Just look around

Living in a corner of America powered, irrigated and inspired by water, we ought to treat Tuesday’s report released by the White House, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, as a wake-up call and cold shower.

“Climate change and ocean acidification are already having major impacts on Washington: Our $100 million shellfish industry is in crisis after four years of oyster reproductive failure from ocean acidification,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

If oyster beds are in peril, so are salmon-spawning streams. One third of current habitat for Northwest salmon and other cold-water fish will be lost in this century, or so finds the report.

Joel Connelly,, 18 June 2009. Full article.

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