Climate Science on Tap!

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

Coming Up:

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.


  • 5:30 pm –  Doors open. Food truck and beer available.
  • 6:30 pm –  Program begins with short presentations by three panelists.
  • 7:00 pm –  Moderated discussion.
  • 7:30 pm  –  Audience questions of the panelists.
  • 8:00 pm –  Wrap up and time for informal discussion 
  • 8:30 pm –  Closing time.

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!

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



Past Climate Science on Tap events:

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