climate

Polar Bears
6:57 am
Wed July 31, 2013

How Polar Bears At Oregon Zoo Help Us Understand Climate Change

Tasul is one of two polar bears at the Oregon Zoo that researchers are tapping for help studying the effects of climate change on wild polar bears.
Credit Oregon Zoo

A polar bear at the Oregon Zoo are helping researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey study how climate change is affecting wild Arctic polar bears. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Trapping CO2
4:12 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Carbon Dioxide Injected Under Columbia Basalts In Climate-Related Demonstration

PNNL scientist Pete McGrail describes CO2 injection underway behind him on the grounds of the Boise Inc. paper mill in Wallula, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A long delayed experiment to demonstrate how a global warming gas can be locked up forever deep underground has finally started. Technicians working with the Pacific Northwest National Lab are injecting carbon dioxide down a well south of Pasco, Wash.

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Climate Change
4:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

What 3.6 Degrees Means For Snowpack In The Western Cascades

Climate change will reduce snowpack that feeds the McKenzie River in the summer by 56 percent.
Credit Chris / Wikimedia Commons

Rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene by more than 50 percent. That’s according to a climate study Oregon State University researchers published today.

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Climate Care
7:26 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Obama Highlights Carbon Storage, Northwest Researchers Hope For More Funding

One of the less-talked-about points in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan is capturing and storing carbon before it’s released from power plants. Research is taking place in the Northwest to keep carbon out of the atmosphere by injecting it permanently underground.For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Coal Export Terminals
6:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Climate Change Concerns Enter Into Coal Export Debate

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming.
Credit Katie Campbell

There are now three coal export terminals under consideration in the Pacific Northwest.

The prospect of exporting coal from Wyoming and Montana to be sold on the Asian market has many raising questions about the local and regional environmental impacts of moving that coal through the Northwest.

Ashley Ahearn reports on how that issue is playing into the debate over coal exports in Washington and Oregon.

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Indoor Marijuana Grows
7:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Indoor Marijuana Grows Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run, and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to endorse a Climate Action Plan to make Seattle “carbon neutral” by the year 2050. It’s looking to reduce energy use to meet that goal. But the council is also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing. 

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Shrinking Aquifers
6:31 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Study: Aquifers Draining Quickly, Less In Northwest

A new study says the nation’s aquifers are shrinking at an alarming rate The problem is not as bad in the Northwest, thanks to an abundance of rivers and streams. But even here, aquifers are shrinking.
Credit Amelia Templeton / EarthFix

A new study says the nation’s aquifers are shrinking at an alarming rate The problem is not as bad in the Northwest, thanks to an abundance of rivers and streams. But even here, aquifers are shrinking. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Climate Change Bill
4:08 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Republicans Declare Victory On Inslee's Climate Change Bill

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 3:07 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the coming months, Washington state will embark on a study of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The research is one provision of a measure Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Tuesday. It’s a key legislative win for the Democrat.

So why are Republicans declaring victory?

In the end, Governor Inslee got his climate change bill. But it came out looking a bit different then it went in. That’s because Republicans now largely control the Washington Senate. They rewrote key sections of the bill.

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Greenhouse Gases
4:18 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington State Passes Legislation To Tackle Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Washington state legislature has just passed a bill that will come up with a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The bill was introduced by request of Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Northwest Weather
7:46 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Study Shows Increase In Stormy Weather In Western Washington

A stormy scene on the Dungeness Spit in Washington state. Climate researchers say rainfall data suggests it's getting stormier on the Olympic Peninsula.
Credit masmediaspace / Flickr

Climate change will affect different regions of the country in different ways. In the Southwest it may get warmer and drier. In the Northwest, however, climate models predict it getting warmer and wetter.

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