The Regional Technical Forum models how heating and cooling equipment performs in various climates as part of its work. Recent weather events in the region – think April snow or June heat dome – suggest that the past may no longer be a reliable predictor of the future.
How to incorporate climate change impacts in the Northwest power plan is a big question. The Council hosted a workshop on modeling climate change and presented its proposed approach.
The conference in Kimberley, British Columbia, will address key issues including the Columbia River Treaty and climate change, and is being co-hosted by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
A recently published paper by Council analysts explores how climate-driven variations in both energy demand and water availability affect the power system and risk of power shortfalls in the Pacific Northwest.
If the effects of global climate change play out as expected in the Pacific Northwest, the changing water supply will challenge dam operators to provide reliable hydropower while protecting fish.
A warming climate, habitat degradation, and predation by an introduced species threaten native bull trout in Montana, but a joint effort involving Montana, the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and an an international agreement with British Columbia aims to protect and restore the cold-water species.
Changes could threaten aquatic ecosystems, alter key habitat conditions for salmon and other cold water species and, potentially, warm water to lethal temperatures for fish.
As the climate warms and polar ice continues to melt, sea levels will rise and estuary shorelines, including those along the lower Columbia River, will be inundated. Whether that’s a little or a lot is a matter of speculation, of