Climate

  August 2021

The Heatwave Melted All the Nooksack’s Extra 2021 Snowpack

Snowmelt triggered by the heat wave wiped out any benefit that higher-than-average snowpack levels might have held for river flows in the summer dry season.  If you were anywhere in the high country of the North Cascades during the heat … Continue reading

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  July 2021

County Climate Impact Advisory Committee Is Releasing Action Plan for Public Comment

The Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC) announced during their June 3 meeting that they tentatively plan to release their draft of the county’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the public on June 29. The public comment period is currently scheduled … Continue reading

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  June 2021

Sea Level Rise and Its Impact on Whatcom County

  A coastal modeling program by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has recently been made available to the Puget Sound. The system, named CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System), has the ability to assess flood risk to certain areas, and has … Continue reading

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  January 2021

How Cascadian Corporations Stack Up on Climate

Rating the Climate Claims and Actions of Albertsons Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrom, PACCAR and Starbucks This article was first published at sightline.org. https://www.sightline.org/2020/09/21/how-cascadian-corporations-stack-up-on-climate/ Last month in Part I, the article gave an overview of the environmental aspirations … Continue reading

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  December 2020

How Cascadian Corporations Stack Up on Climate

Rating the Climate Claims and Actions of Alaska Airlines, Albertsons, Amazon and Boeing This article was first published at sightline.org. https://www.sightline.org/2020/09/21/how-cascadian-corporations-stack-up-on-climate/ When Amazon announced that its new professional hockey arena in Seattle would be called “Climate Pledge Arena,” it was … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Bellingham Moves Forward With Phase 1 of Climate Policy Approval Process

On June 8, Bellingham’s Climate and Energy Manager, Seth Vidaña, presented 10 actions from the Climate Action Plan to research further and consider adopting as policy. This step was a part of “Phase 1” of the larger Climate Action Plan … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Implementation Process for Bellingham’s Climate Action Plan

In 2018, the Bellingham City Council adopted a resolution to create a Climate Action Plan Task Force that would develop a “Climate Protection Action Plan 2018 Update” (Climate Action Plan), and recommend policies to meet the city’s greenhouse gas reduction … Continue reading

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  June 2020

A History of City Climate Protection

The city of Bellingham has been involved in climate protection for 15 years. At the March 14, 2005, meeting, the City Council endorsed the Cities for Climate Protection program to reduce global warming and air pollution emissions. The council voted … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Bellingham Hires Climate and Energy Manager

The City of Bellingham has hired Seth Vidaña as its first-ever Climate and Energy Manager. He began in that position on Feb. 18, 2020. Vidaña has worked to create a more sustainable community and reduce energy consumption at Western Washington … Continue reading

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  January 2020

Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee

At the December 5, 2017 meeting, the Whatcom County Council voted to establish the Climate Impact Advisory Committee. The committee consists of 11 voting members with the council appointing the members. It will advise the council on the implementation of … Continue reading

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