ocean

NWPR Books
11:34 am
Tue May 20, 2014

A 'Great Day At Sea' For A Brit Aboard An American Carrier

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One of the most enviable aspects of Geoff Dyer's intellect is how nomadic it is. With dazzling authority and acuity, he has roamed over subjects as varied and dense as jazz (But Beautiful), photography (The Ongoing Moment), D.H. Lawrence (Out of Sheer Rage), and the perfect doughnut (the title essay of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition). Dyer himself is just as peripatetic, and his appetite for new experiences is the perfect reason to procrastinate on writing about them.

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Ghost Nets
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ghost Fishing Nets Being Vanquished In Puget Sound

Fishing nets are designed to ensnare fish. But when those nets are lost or abandoned at sea, they don’t stop catching fish. Instead, they become ghost nets – floating death traps for the marine life that continue to get trapped in their mesh.

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Tsunami Debris
6:48 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Wash. and Ore. Get More Tsunami Debris Cleanup Money

Here on the western coast of the U.S., we have a special connection to Japan. The ocean between us keeps bringing remnants from the massive tsunami there. It left more than 16,000 people dead. The debris is expensive to remove and can carry invasive species with it.

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Underwater Observatory
7:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Largest Underwater Observatory Preparing For Launch Off Northwest Coast

Scientists are in the final weeks of preparation for the launch of the world’s largest underwater observatory.

It’s a 239 million dollar project that was funded by the National Science Foundation to better understand and monitor the depths of the Pacific Ocean – from volcanic eruptions to deep-sea earthquakes that could lead to tsunamis.

EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn visited with the team and has this update.

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Tidal Power
6:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

A proposal to generate power from Puget Sound tides moved one step closer to approval with the release of a new government review. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Sea Energy Plan
6:38 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Oregon Adds Wave And Offshore Wind Zones To Its Sea Plan

Oregon adopted new zoning rules for its territorial sea yesterday. The rules set aside about 2 percent of the Oregon coast for wave and offshore wind energy. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports the decision was not welcomed by some Dungeness crab fisherman.

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Tidal Energy
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy

A wave energy generator built by Ocean Power Technologies rests on its side on a dock in Scotland, just prior to deployment. OPT says its Reedsport, Ore. project will use the same type of buoy.
Credit Photo courtesy OPT

It goes without saying that the Pacific Ocean is vast. So it may come as a surprise to hear the sea described as "crowded." Perhaps even too crowded to make room for the nascent industry of wave and tidal energy. Taxpayers and investors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into finding ways to turn the ocean's power into electricity. Correspondent Tom Banse reports high stakes negotiations to identify wave energy sites on the Oregon Coast are finally getting somewhere.

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Ocean Acidification
4:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gregoire Announces 3.3 Million To Tackle Ocean Acidification

A new report released by Gov. Gregoire calls for more research on the local causes of ocean acidification.
Credit Pessimist / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification. At a public ceremony today she announced major funding for the execution of some of the report’s recommendations.

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Puget Sound Quality
6:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Report Details Water Quality In Puget Sound

An aerial view of Puget Sound, seen off the Seattle coast.
Photo by Dcoetzee Wikimedia Commons

A new report released Thursday brings together the best data on the environmental health of Puget Sound. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Tiadl Energy
6:08 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Challenged

The Washington coast is home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the country. Some want to harness those tides for power. Ashley Ahearn reports a proposed tidal power facility in Puget Sound is running into some trouble.

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