Climate Science on Tap!

Cascadia Climate Action organizes Climate Science on Tap panel discussions to build community understanding of and engagement on climate change and related causes, impacts, and solutions.  

Up Next:

Climate Change Impacts in Puget Sound: Is the Marine Food Web Hanging by a Thread?

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm
Where:  Lagunitas Brewing, 1550 NW 49th, Seattle, WA 
Sponsor:  Cascadia Climate Action, affiliated with the non-profit Cascadia Now
Cost: Free and open to all ages.  Dogs welcome.

Puget Sound is known for iconic scenery and wildlife. Recently WA Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a strategy for southern resident orca whale and Chinook salmon recovery. But how is climate change impacting these animals? And how is the rest of the food web affected? This Climate Science on Tap will examine how the food web of Puget Sound and the wider Salish Sea will be altered by a changing climate, from microscopic plankton to massive orcas and everything in-between. 

Three scientists will weigh in with fascinating presentations followed by an engaging discussion of the climate change impacts to salmon, whales, and the broader food web, as well as what we might expect in the future. The panelists include Christopher Krembs, Marine Biologist, with the WA Dept of Ecology; Iris Kemp, Ecologist for Long Live the Kings; and Lynne Barre, National Oceanographic, and Atmospheric Association. The event will be moderated by P. Sean McDonald with the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment and researcher with the School of Aquatic and Marine Science. 

Watch for postings of audio and video recording of past events.  As they become available, they will be posted here on the Cascadia Climate Action website and the Climate on Tap and Cascadia Climate Action Facebook pages.


Past Climate Science on Tap events:

Meeting Global Energy Needs without Cooking the Planet: The Devil’s In the Details

 When:  Monday, February 26, 2018

Venue:  Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1550 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA.


  • Nick Touran, Ph.D. nuclear physicist and engineer at TerraPower, and energy educator. (Discussion Moderator)
  • James Conca, Ph.D. geochemistry, M.S. planetary science, energy and environment writer.
  • John Chandler, M.S. hydropower, environmental and water resources engineering
  • Scott Montgomery, M.S. geoscientist, energy expert and author

MC:  P. Sean McDonald, UW Environmental Studies faculty, researcher in aquatic and fishery sciences.

Going to Extremes: Is It Climate Change or Just Bad Weather

Will floods, fires, and droughts be the new normal? How will people and wildlife cope? And how do these extreme weather events affect public dialogue about climate change? A group of esteemed researchers will examine the relationship between extreme weather and our changing climate with engaging presentations and an informative panel discussion.

Rachel White, Ph.D. UW Atmospheric Sciences
Josh Lawler, Ph.D. UW School of Environment and Forest Sciences,
James Rufo-Hill, M.U.P., Seattle Public Utilities
John Cook, Ph.D., Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
Moderator: P.Sean McDonald, Ph.D. UW Program on the Environment, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.


Energy and Climate Policy at the Crossroads:

Will the World Act on Climate Change Fast Enough?

When:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Venue:  Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1550 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA.



Geoengineering: What Is It and Is It Ready for Field Testing?  

Video Recording of Climate Science on Tap GeoEngineering Panel

On November 2, 2017, at Naked City Brewery and Tap House the panel discussed the ethical issues around proposed field testing of projects to assess the effectiveness of solar radiation management (SRM) in reducing global warming. 

Going to Extremes: The Future of Weather in the Pacific Northwest

On October 16, 2017 at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse

Climate Change in Puget Sound: Is the Salish Sea Food Web Hanging by a Thread?

On August 30, 2017 at Peddler Brewing Company

Background on Climate Science on Tap events:  

We collaborate with individuals, programs, and organizations, such as the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment and we welcome interested individuals and groups to contact us to discuss such participation.  They are a great way to build a stronger community network with informative, engaging presenters in a fun and relaxed environment.  There are always opportunities to learn about how to get involved before leaving, too!

We want to thank the supporting brewpubs where the community can enjoy food and beverages while engaging in stimulating discussions with scientists and experts around this urgent global issue: 

Naked City Brewery and Tap HousePeddler Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company.  We would love to hear from other brewpubs interested in hosting these events in their taprooms, too!