Idaho climate scientist: ‘Things are not looking good’News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Mountain West News
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Days after United Nations report called climate change “a life-or-death situation,” an Idaho climate scientist highlights regional trends and impacts.
John Abatzoglou, a climatology professor at the University of Idaho, presented his 2017–2018 analysis to a room of climate scientists, educators and policymakers at the Riverside Hotel in Boise on Thursday morning as part of the Northwest Climate Conference. His message was less dire than the UN report, but Abatzoglou hopes Idahoans and others across the region will make no mistake: “One thing we need to make very clear is climate impacts do occur in our region,” he said.
Those impacts occur in the form of warmer water, worsening snowpacks, rising temperatures and more intense wildfires, he said.