Climate

  February 2022

Dealing With Extreme Weather

by Stevan Harrell Is Whatcom’s Harsh Weather Due to Climate Change? As we move on from 2021, we won’t soon forget what its weather did to us. In June, we had record high temperatures everywhere, reaching 99 degrees Fahrenheit in … Continue reading

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  December 2021

Washington State Refineries and Climate Change

by Zane Gustafson and Eric de Place In 2020, the Washington state legislature legally committed to reducing emissions by 95 percent by 2050. Decarbonization makes refinery transitions inevitable, even as the precise timeline cannot be known due to shifting market … Continue reading

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  August 2021

The Heatwave Melted All the Nooksack’s Extra 2021 Snowpack

by RE Sources staff 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 … Continue reading

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  July 2021

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

by Izzie Lund 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 … Continue reading

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  June 2021

Sea Level Rise and Its Impact on Whatcom County

by Hailee Wickersham   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 … Continue reading

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  January 2021

How Cascadian Corporations Stack Up on Climate

by Laura Feinstein and Eric de Place 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 … Continue reading

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  December 2020

How Cascadian Corporations Stack Up on Climate

by Laura Feinstein and Eric de Place 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 … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Bellingham Moves Forward With Phase 1 of Climate Policy Approval Process

by Alec Howard 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 … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Implementation Process for Bellingham’s Climate Action Plan

by Alec Howard 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 … 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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