Friday, October 28, 2011

New study suggests link between mercury in the Yukon River Basin and climate change

Yukon River Basin (USGS)
The Yukon River Basin, which spans parts of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory, has been found to contain 32 times the amount of mercury than other comparable sites. A five-year study, recently published in Environmental Science and Technology, shows that the Yukon River delivers more than five tons per year to the surrounding environment. Although the researchers believe there is no immediate threat to fish, wildlife, and humans, they are concerned that continued atmospheric deposition and more rapid permafrost thawing caused by increasing temperatures could exacerbate the issue. Reducing non-climate stressors like pollution may help decrease overall system vulnerability.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Recommendation for our kind readers...

Are you all subscribed to the Climate Adaptation Exchange blog? You really should be. Not just because it's one word away from CAKE's full name but also because it's written by Joyce Coffee, who's really sharp and has great things to say, especially around climate adaptation and the private sector. Subscribe to the feed here and follow her on Twitter (@joycecoffee).

EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT) Upcoming Information Sessions

Please check out the following flyer from our friends at the EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities for information about upcoming webinars on CREAT. Also be sure to check out the related case study on CAKE here!