International Environment
4:15 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oregonian Wins International Environmental Prize

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco, former Oregon State professor attends the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement signing in 2010. Lubchenco has won one of the world's premiere environmental awards.
Credit Michael Lloyd / Associated Press

An Oregon State University professor has received one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes.

Jane Lubchenco was named Tuesday as one of two recipients of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The international award is given for leadership in conservation and sustainability.

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Whale Hunting
5:54 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Makah Indian Tribe Wants To Hunt Whales Again

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries issued a draft environmental impact statement analyzing the request of the Makah Indian tribe to hunt whales.
Credit NAParish / Flickr

Washington's Makah Indian tribe wants to resume its traditional practice of whale hunting.

The first step in winning federal approval came Friday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries issued a draft environmental impact statement analyzing the tribe's request.

The Makah tribe drew international criticism from animal rights groups in 1999 when it hunted a gray whale off Washington's Olympic Peninsula. It was the tribe's first whale hunt in more than 70 years.

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Dam Management
6:20 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Feds Stand By Current Dam, Salmon Plan For Columbia

For more than 20 years, salmon advocates and supporters of hydroelectric dams have fought in court over the salmon and Steelhead protection plan.
Credit Ann Larie Valentine/Flickr

The federal government Friday said its plan to protect the Columbia River’s endangered salmon and steelhead is working. That means little would change for dam operations on the West's biggest river.

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NOAA nominee
6:15 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Grills NOAA Nominee On Ocean Acidification Funding

Concern about ocean acidification was in the spotlight during a confirmation hearing for the next head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell grilled the nominee, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, about proposed cuts to a monitoring program. Special sensors mounted on NOAA buoys help growers anticipate upwelling of acidic water and protect their stocks.

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NOAA Drone
4:41 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

NOAA Drone Flying Experimentally Off Olympic Coast

Ed Bowlby NOAA

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 5:09 pm

Civilian use of aerial drones is still greatly restricted, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has won permission to test a small unmanned aircraft off the Olympic Coast of Washington. 

A two-week trial run by the federal science agency is now underway.

The NOAA drone looks like an oversized remote-control model airplane. It has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly for about two hours on battery power.

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NOAA Collaboration
7:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NOAA Hopes to Foster Ideas and Future Collaboration

Chinook salmon spawning in a river.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists, farmers and irrigators could play a bigger role in creating long term management policies for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The government has asked two university programs in Oregon and Washington to act as mediators over the next six months, talking with more than 200 organizations, states and tribes in order to find a better way of managing fish.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
4:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Say Tsunami Debris Grants Not Enough

This map displays all possible tsunami debris sightings since December 2011. The red triangle designates confirmed sightings.
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest are asking the federal government to provide millions of dollars to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last year. But Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital that thus far the region is only eligible for thousands of dollars.

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Washington Orca Search
6:24 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Researchers On Hunt For Killer Whales' Winter Hideout

NOAA researchers hope to discover where orcas off the coast of Washington go in the winter.
Photo by Richard Dudley Flickr

This week, federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new home port in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter? Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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