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Workers installing rooftop solar panels. US National Forest Service photo by Alex Snyder.

Latest Climate Report Confirms We Have a Climate Problem — Do You Give a Care?

10/9/2013 // By Felice Stadler

If you are still sitting on the fence about whether we contribute to climate change, perhaps the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will help clear things up. Here’s what the IPCC’s headlines say: The Climate […] Read more >

Pilots with EcoFlight, an advocacy and education nonprofit, get a bird's-eye view of flooded oil and gas fields on Colorado's eastern plains. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight.

UPDATED:Flood of `Biblical Proportions’ Leaves Behind Devastation, Pollution

9/19/2013 // By Judith Kohler

There’s the devastation that we know has been unleashed by Colorado’s rains of  ”of biblical proportions”—eight people presumed dead; about 1,500 homes destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged; and numerous roads and bridges across a broad swath of northeastern Colorado washed […] Read more >

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Wildlife Friendly Solutions to Flooding and Other Water Challenges

6/21/2013 // By George Sorvalis

Imagine your house regularly floods when the local river leaves its banks after a heavy rain.  Now imagine that your Congressman announces a plan to build a levee along the river to protect you and your neighbors, and even better, […] Read more >

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Great Lakes Experience Record Floods

4/23/2013 // By Melinda Koslow

It’s been raining here in the Great Lakes. A lot. And cities like Grand Rapids and East Lansing, MI , Chicago, IL, and Toledo, OH are bearing the brunt. Rivers – the veins and arteries of cities in the Great […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Is Building in Floodplains a Good Idea?

3/28/2013 // By Dan Siemann

“Where will we put the next million people moving to Puget Sound?” I was asked this question recently by a business lobbyist concerned that new floodplain protection requirements would make building in flood-prone areas more difficult. His question was driven […] Read more >

Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen).

Post-Sandy: Working with Nature to Keep Us Safe

11/2/2012 // By Joshua Saks

Like many children who grew up in the Philadelphia area, I spend my summers going (as we say in Philly) “down the shore.” For me that meant the town of Margate, NJ, just south of Atlantic City on Absecon Island, […] Read more >

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Thoughts on A New Normal

6/28/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

I attended the Aspen Environmental Forum this past weekend, bringing together a mixture of scientists, policy makers and business leaders who all care deeply about the environment. This year the Forum tackled the idea of “Living With the New Normal,” […] Read more >

Rising Waters: Climate Change and Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

4/12/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Climate change will have many different impacts on the Pacific Northwest. It is imperative that we recognize these effects and change the way we interact with our planet in order to ensure a sustainable and healthy future. Impacts of climate […] Read more >

Moving People out of Floodplains to Protect Them and Wildlife

3/22/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Rising Water At first the rains come as a light drizzle, tapping out a soothing melody on rooftops and windowpanes. Soon the tempo quickens to a loud drum beat of impending danger. As the rain falls harder and harder the […] Read more >

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Development in Floodplains – bad for people and wildlife

3/12/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

It is a story told throughout the world; the once docile and tame river rising from its banks to spill out over the surrounding area in a torrent of muddy water. As the water picks up speed it begins to […] Read more >