climate

Oregon Wildfire
3:50 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Longdraw Fire Grows Tenfold Since Tuesday

Fire officials are reporting that a wildfire burning in the southeast corner of Oregon has grown to nearly 300,000 acres. That's about 10 times larger than it was Tuesday. Crews had built fire lines on three sides, only to have that work undone with a burst of erratic winds. Temperatures in the area have hovered around 100 degrees and are expected to continue through the rest of the week.

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Eastern Oregon Fires
3:55 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Firefighters Are Hard At Work In Eastern Oregon

In Eastern Oregon Tuesday, fire engines, hand crews and materials continued to pour in from across the region, as fire managers worked to contain a number of blazes sparked by recent lightning storms.

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Thunderstorm Science
7:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Study: Summer Thunderclouds Warm the Atmosphere

Researchers in the Northwest have found some pollution is making thunderstorms stronger and the atmosphere warmer. Correspondent Courtney Flatt explains.

Those giant, anvil-shaped thunderclouds you see looming in the distance may actually be getting bigger and stronger this summer, all because of aerosol pollutants.

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Climate Change Adaptation
6:09 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Study Indicates Some Animals Can't Outpace Climate Change

A study released Monday by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences indicates that some mammals might be unable to keep up with environmental changes. Aaron Kunz explains what that means for the Pacific Northwest.

The study looked at nearly 500 species in North and South America. It determined that close to 10 percent will not be able change habitat in order to keep pace with climate change.

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Cold Water Risks
3:58 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Sunshine Brings Recreational Water Use On Deathly Cold Water

Kayakers near the Deception Pass Bridge.
Photo credit: KUOW Northwest News Network

Gorgeous weather is on its way to the Puget Sound region, for the third weekend in a row. That means, kayakers and canoers are eager to get back out on the water. But officials warn that high air temperatures can be misleading, because the water in rivers and lakes is so much colder.

Ted Buehner with the National Weather Service says six people drowned in Washington in the last month in accidents involving non-motorized boats.

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Climate Change Preparedness
5:48 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Climate Change: How Prepared is the Pacific Northwest?

An environmental group has rated each state’s strategy for dealing with climate change. Problems can range from droughts to rising sea levels. As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, two of the Pacific Northwest states are well prepared.

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kantor.JH Wikimedia Commons

Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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Rising Sea Levels
4:57 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Study: 17,500 NW Homes In Harm's Way From Rising Seas

Hey, where'd the beach go? "King tide" in Victoria, BC dramatizes a possible future.
Photo Credit: elaen_anit, Flickr Northwest News Network

Seventeen and a half thousand. That's how many Oregon and Washington homes could be inundated by rising seas caused by global warming over the next century. The number comes out a study by the research non-profit Climate Central and the University of Arizona.

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Windy Weather
3:51 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Wind Buffets Northwest, Snow Could Follow

High winds brought down this tree on the grounds of Oregon capitol Monday.
Photo Credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington Monday. The National Weather Service reported gusts of more than 80 miles-per-hour on the Oregon coast.

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Global Warming Lawsuits
6:36 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Environmentalists Push Climate Change Suits On Behalf Of Kids

Nelson Kanuk, a 16 year old from Kipnuk, Alaska, has a lawsuit against the state of Alaska that aims to force the state to reduce carbon emissions.
Photo courtesy OurChildrensTrust.org

EUGENE, Ore. - Environmental lawyers are trying a new legal tactic, hoping to force the government to take more aggressive steps against global warming. They’re bringing lawsuits on behalf of kids – including young plaintiffs in the Northwest. The cases use a legal theory put forth by a University of Oregon professor. Correspondent Jessica Robinson explains.

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