environment

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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Fuel Standards
4:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Washington will likely adopt a California-style pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels.
Credit Kristen Steele / Flickr

For months now, Washington Republicans have been predicting that Governor Jay Inslee will use his executive powers to enact something called a low-carbon fuel standard. Inslee acknowledges he’s looking at ways to do this without legislative approval. Either way he thinks Washington is poised to move forward.

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Caribou
6:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection

U.S. Wildlife officials said a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection.
Credit U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

U.S. Wildlife officials said a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection. But, it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered. These caribou are the last in the Lower 48.

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Columbia River
8:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

What you pour down your drain could be hurting fish and wildlife populations on the Columbia River – and possibly people too.

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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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Air Pollution
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Higher Nitrate Air Pollution In Central Wash.

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.

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Water Supply
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

NW Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms

On this map of current snow conditions, blues and greens are good. Red, orange and yellow represent below average snowpack.
Credit Northwest River Forecast Center

Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest. That's according to the latest regional water supply forecast. 

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
5:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Umatilla Depot: More Staff Reduction As Military Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean. The incinerator was used to destroy tons of chemical weapons at the northeast Oregon site.
Credit Hal McCune, URS

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is nearing final cleanup. It letting go of 60 more workers Thursday. The northeast Oregon military site is where tons of deadly chemical weapons were stored for decades. 

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Naval Training
6:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Navy Looks To Renew Permits For Bombing And Sonar Exercises In The Northwest

An unmanned underwater sonar vehicle is placed in the water during a Naval exercise.
Credit Bryan Weyers / Wikimedia Commons

The Navy is pursuing permits to conduct exercises in a large area of the Pacific Ocean. The Northwest Training and Testing Range stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.

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Northwest Forests
5:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers. It’s a problem Northwest forests may see more of in the coming years, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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