WASHINGTON — The jet stream, the river of air high above Earth that generally dictates the weather, usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction.
NEW ORLEANS — BP is calling for an independent investigation into a lawyer working for the administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill who has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.
CORVALLIS — Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they can also die from this pathogen, contrary to suggestions that bullfrogs are a tolerant carrier host that just spreads the disease.
Authority confined to facilities The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not study the potential environmental impact of having coal trains pass through communities along railroad lines on their way to three Northwest export terminals.
RICHLAND, Wash. — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday he intends to have a new plan by the end of the summer for resolving technical problems with a waste treatment plant under construction at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.
President is planning new push to fight air pollution WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term.
WINDSURFER Katie Burns had a close encounter with a sea lion over the weekend. “I was sailing out to the island and hit a sea lion with the nose of my board,” she said. “I fell in the water and he (or she) came up to my board and started hitting it with his snout."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise. The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It’s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet’s wild weather. It was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement last week of an ambitious plan to stave off New York City’s rising seas with flood gates, levees and more that brought this transition into full focus. After years of losing the fight against rising global emissions of heat-trapping gases, governments around the world are emphasizing what a U.N. Foundation scientific report calls “managing the unavoidable.”
It’s been nearly six months since my last rant about climate change, arguably one of the biggest science stories of our time. In early May we reached the milestone level of 400 parts per million carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, a good excuse to revisit the latest signs of global warming.
Fifteen years ago, species was unheard of in sound SEATTLE — The video shows an exceptional wildlife sighting for a big city: A humpback whale surfaces just yards from Seattle’s busy waterfront at twilight. The city’s port cranes, Ferris wheel and car headlights glow in the background, and a ferry cruises by while the giant tail disappears back into the Puget Sound.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Friday issued draft permits regulating coal dust at the Coyote Island Terminal LLC at the Port of Morrow in Boardman.
WITH VIDEO SAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. – It’s 5 a.m. and a dozen fish and wildlife biologists clad in camouflage quietly crouch in the brush next to a field of corn stocks hiding them from tens of thousands of cackling Canada geese in an adjacent field. Quietly and patiently these men and women wait as darkness turns to dawn over the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA). All are being careful not to spook the birds and drive them away, which would prolong the early morning routine.
GRANTS PASS — A new study has determined for the first time just how quickly frogs and other amphibians are disappearing around the United States, and the news is not good.
PORTLAND, (AP) — An application for a liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
ONTARIO (AP) — An Eastern Oregon checkpoint aimed at keeping invasive species from hitchhiking into Oregon on boats has opened for the spring, and it found an infested boat the next day.
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