Washington state audience told glaciers, oysters show climate change impacts

Bellingham HeraldNovember 25, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Northwest glaciers are shrinking and marine life is struggling as climate change makes itself felt on land and sea.

That was the message that more than 200 members of Bellingham City Club heard Wednesday, Nov. 20, from glacier scientist Michele Koppes and Taylor Shellfish Farms public policy manager Bill Dewey.

Koppes is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in landscapes of climate change at the University of British Columbia. She told her audience that about one-sixth of the world's population gets at least some of its drinking water from glaciers and snowpack, which she called "frozen warehouses of fresh water."

That includes Bellingham and much of Whatcom County - anyone who gets water from the glacier-fed Nooksack River. But here and almost everywhere else in the world, the mountain snow accumulations that feed the glaciers are dwindling as average global temperatures creep upward.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/11/21/3328354/bellingham-audience-told-glaciers.html#storylink=cpy

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service