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Environment
2:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Federal Climate Panel Calls For Early Warning System For Major Climate Events

Icebergs breaking off glaciers at Cape York, Greenland.
From Wikipedia.

Marcie Sillman talks with David Roberts, writer for the Seattle-based environmental magazine Grist, about a new report on climate change from the National Research Council.

EarthFix Reports
3:08 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Cost Of Energy Efficient Windows

Two prefabricated houses serve as experiements for researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Researchers found that triple-paned windows are energy efficient, but expensive.

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- If you’re looking to keep out the winter cold, triple-paned windows will do the trick. But Northwest researchers have found have found it can take decades before savings from these highly insulated windows pay you back.

Researchers are using two identical homes to test some of the latest advances in energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, and most recently, windows.

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EarthFix Reports
11:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It?

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Dozens of crab pot buoys dot the waters around Lummi tribal member Jay Julius’ fishing boat as he points the bow towards Cherry Point – a spit of land that juts into northern Puget Sound near Bellingham, Wash.

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Northwest Timber
9:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Groups Aim To Boost Logging, Restoration In Olympic National Forest

File photo of Mount Townsend Trail in the Olympic National Forest
Miguel Vieira Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:04 pm

Timber industry and environmental groups will make a stab at collaboration to boost both logging and habitat restoration in the Olympic National Forest.

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Oil Equipment
9:44 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:25 pm

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. 

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Puget Sound
9:03 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Watch Underwater Video Of Sea Stars Dying Off West Seattle

A dying sea star dangles by its tentacles off an underwater piling in West Seattle.

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 5:00 pm

Laura James called it one of the saddest things she’s ever seen underwater.

Sea stars -- iconic and ever present in Northwest coastal waters -- suddenly becoming sick and dying before her eyes in numbers too great to count. The long time Puget Sound diver said she’s never seen anything like this in 20 years of diving.

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Environment
8:58 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Burial Site Near Bellingham

Jay Julius is a Lummi tribal council member and fisherman. He cites the Pacific International Terminals' non-permitted actions at Cherry Point as a source of tribal opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal.
EarthFix/KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Three summers ago, the company that hopes to build the largest coal terminal in North America failed to obtain the permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres. 

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Oil Equipment
8:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Controversy Follows 'Megaloads' Through Oregon-Idaho Route

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12. A federal judge blocked the route to further megaload traffic until the Forest Service reviews the impact to a wild and scenic corridor.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:13 pm

The first of three hulking pieces of oil equipment, known as “megaloads,” is expected to start its slow, winding journey through eastern Oregon Monday.

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Nuclear Waste
7:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps'

Phil Gauglitz is a chemical engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He shows off one of his experiments aimed at solving the problem of possible deep sludge gas at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Not Fish Food
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Eating Plastic Causes Tumors, Liver Problems In Fish

The unaltered stomach contents of a dead albatross chick photographed in September 2009 include plastic marine debris fed to the chick by its parents.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo/Chris Jordan

The majority of the plastic pollution in the ocean, by volume, comes in the form of tiny confetti-sized particles, which, as anyone who's ever kept a pet fish can attest, resemble fish food.

And fish are fooled as well.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

600,000 Bats Killed At Wind Farms In 2012, Study Says

Flickr Photo/J.N. Stuart

More than 600,000 bats may have been killed at wind farms in the continental US last year. That’s trouble for agriculture: the US Geological Survey estimated in 2011 that the bats’ natural pest-control saves the industry at least $3 billion a year.

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Flotsam
7:42 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Tsunami Debris Sightings Way Down, But May Spike Again

An Oregon beach cleanup earlier this month collected this possible tsunami debris.
Oregon Chapter of Surfrider Foundation

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:43 pm

Hotline calls and emails to report suspected Japanese tsunami debris have gone way down this year. But West Coast states are still keeping their guard up in case another wave of flotsam from the 2011 disaster washes up on our shores.

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Typhoon Haiyan
4:31 am
Thu November 14, 2013

One Week After Typhoon, 'The Mood Here Is Very Desperate'

In Tacloban, the Philippines, on Thursday, some survivors waiting in a line to charge cellphones covered their faces because of the lingering smell of dead bodies.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:48 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Tacloban, the Philippines
  • On the NPR Newscast: Anthony Kuhn reports from Tacloban, the Philippines
  • On 'Morning Edition': Typhoon survivor Marcelo Maloon and a report from NPR's Jason Beaubien

The 220,000 residents of Tacloban — and millions more across central and southern Philippines — were hunkered down one week ago as Typhoon Haiyan bore down on them.

A week later, "the mood here is very desperate," NPR's Anthony Kuhn said Thursday as he reported from Tacloban for Morning Edition.

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Environment
11:04 am
Tue November 12, 2013

5 Unexpected Ways Climate Change Will Impact The Northwest

Native fishermen on the Pacific coast are seeing fewer cold water animals and reporting more sightings of warmer water species. Humboldt squid are being reported in waters off Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Ten years ago, sightings north of San Diego were rare.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

The hairy woodpecker may need more living space. Sea levels are rising. And reduced snowpacks are storing less water for the hydropower dams on the Columbia River. 

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Typhoon Haiyan
9:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Typhoon's Death Toll Likely Near 2,500, President Aquino Says

On Tuesday, a boy sat in the debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban, on the eastern Filipino island of Leyte.
Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 9:35 am

  • From the airport in Tacloban: NPR's Anthony Kuhn says Tuesday that "people are very hungry" and some are quite angry.
  • On 'Morning Edition': Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy talks about Typhoon Haiyan and the destruction in the Philippines

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET:

Grim estimates that the death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan might be around 10,000 appear to have been "too much," President Benigno Aquino III told CNN Tuesday.

Aquino said that as more information has come in about the devastation, the figure is looking more likely to be between 2,000 to 2,500.

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