Living in a corner of America powered, irrigated and inspired by water, we ought to treat Tuesday’s report released by the White House, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, as a wake-up call and cold shower.
“Climate change and ocean acidification are already having major impacts on Washington: Our $100 million shellfish industry is in crisis after four years of oyster reproductive failure from ocean acidification,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
If oyster beds are in peril, so are salmon-spawning streams. One third of current habitat for Northwest salmon and other cold-water fish will be lost in this century, or so finds the report.
Joel Connelly, seattlepi.com, 18 June 2009. Full article.