Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative

Scientific research confirms that human-caused global warming is already having significant impacts on the climate of the mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands.  

Severe weather events and destructive flooding are growing. Iconic species like brook trout and red spruce face extinction.  Unless global warming and climate change are reined in, the cool, high-mountain ecology and economy of the Highlands -- that have blessed generations of residents and visitors -- are "on the chopping block."

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Friends of Blackwater will sponsor a free public conference on climate change and energy issues in cooperation with  the West Virginia University College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and its National Energy Conference, at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown. 

You can find information on conference topics, speakers, registration, and more here 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from and speak with experts and other concerned citizens!  

On this page, as we add to our new website,  you can find more information about our work on the impacts of global warming and climate change in the Highlands. 

Also, check out our Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative Facebook page, where we post the latest scientific findings about how climate change is affecting the region. 

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Friends of Blackwater participates in “Rise for Climate”

rise for climate

On September 8th, events around the world highlighted the importance of addressing climate change. Friends of Blackwater attended the Morgantown Rise for Climate event, a family-friendly event that emphasized climate solutions.  The event took place in the Morgantown Farmer’s Market Pavillion, and was sponsored by the West Virginia Sierra Club, Morgantown Green Team, Mountaineers for […]

Science Campers Participate in FOB Climate Science Program

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On July 9th, 2018, more than 100 ninth-graders participated in FOB’s “Kitchen Klimate Science” programs at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The program follows a similar event in April in Tucker County at the National Youth Science Camp, for West Virginia science teachers. The Marshall program was an active learning experience– everyone was up […]

Celebrating Earth Day in Morgantown

Tom Rodd with Friends of Blackwater plays banjo and leads the group in a song at the Earth Day event, on Saturday.

This Earth Day, the Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impact Initiative was busy doing the “greenhouse boogie” in Morgantown. The outdoor event featured many groups, including the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School, the Morgantown Bike Board, the West Virginia Botanic Gardens and the Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia. The Dominion-Post had great coverage of the […]

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The Friends of Blackwater Climate Science Teacher's Manual

Learning resources successfully tested and enjoyed by hundreds of West Virginia students and teachers. Understanding this basic science is an important part of finding solutions to the challenge of climate change.

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