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Aurora Borealis
6:07 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

A Aurora Borealis over North America in 2008.
Credit NASA / http://www.nasa.gov/

The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

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Weather Patterns
5:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Long, Warm Summer On Tap According To Weather Service Outlook

An updated seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service calls for a long, warm summer.
Credit NOAA Climate Prediction Center

The supercomputers at the Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center have crunched long-term trends to produce an outlook for June, July and August. For most of the Northwest, the forecast gives a strong probability of above-normal temperatures. 

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Glacial Collapse Study
7:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Study: Glacial Collapse In Antarctica “Unstoppable”

New research suggests a glacial section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could "collapse" more rapidly than previously expected, causing more extreme sea level rise.
Credit EarthFix

New research from the University of Washington provides detailed predictions for the collapse of the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. When that glacier melts, it could trigger even more extreme sea level rise than scientists previously thought. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Hydropower
6:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Report Says Climate Change Is Likely To Reduce Hydropower In The Northwest

The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.
Credit Joe Nicora / Flickr

If the Northwest continues to operate dams as it does now, the region could be left with 20 percent less hydropower by 2080.

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Inslee's Billionaire Partner
8:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Washington Governor Finds Wealthy Partner In Fight Against Climate Change

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he and Steyer spoke about a special state Senate election in 2013.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

There’s a lot of debate these days about unlimited money in politics - and whether it corrupts the process. But does it matter who’s giving the money? And what their motivation is? In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has found a wealthy partner in his fight to combat global climate change. He’s California hedge fund founder Tom Steyer – a man the L.A. Times says may be the “liberals’ answer” to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on Inslee’s connection to this out-of-state billionaire.

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Pollution
4:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Climate Model Shows Pollution In Asia Influences Weather Worldwide

Tiny particles from coal smoke stacks float up in the air.
Credit punditmom.com

Pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world. Those are the findings from a new climate study from northwest researchers, who teamed up with researchers from Texas.

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Megaloads
5:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon. Opponents of the massive big-rigs are taking their objections to court.

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Climate Change
7:18 am
Mon February 24, 2014

What Does Climate Change Mean For Ice Climbing?

Whitman College freshman Laura Rey makes her way up the Weeping Wall, outside Dayton, Wash. This was Rey's first ice climbing trip.
Courtney Flatt

Ice climbers are a lot like snowboarders and skiers – they count on winter weather to create the right conditions for their sport. But here’s a big difference: mountain resorts can manufacture snow; no one has invented a machine to freeze waterfalls. And as winter temperatures rise, outdoor recreationalists worry that climate change could threaten some ice climbing destinations.

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NWPR Books
10:50 am
Wed February 12, 2014

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Elizabeth Kolbert says the "taxicab yellow" Panamanian golden frog was nearly wiped out by a fungal disease. It's just one of the species affected by what scientists call the Sixth Extinction.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:30 pm

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit. As one scientist put it: We're the asteroid.

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the new book The Sixth Extinction. It begins with a history of the "big five" extinctions of the past, and goes on to explain how human behavior is creating a sixth one — including our use of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change.

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2014 Weather Forcast
5:04 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring

Wheat fields in Lincoln County, Wash.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:56 pm

Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

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