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Oregonian Wins International Environmental Prize

Mar 25, 2015
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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.

Makah Indian Tribe Wants To Hunt Whales Again

Mar 6, 2015
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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.

Feds Stand By Current Dam, Salmon Plan For Columbia

Jan 20, 2014
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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.

Grills NOAA Nominee On Ocean Acidification Funding

Sep 20, 2013

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.

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.

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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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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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.