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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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Environment
12:06 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level

A cyclist rides past buckled asphalt in Key West, Fla., after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Key West experienced widespread flooding with the storm surge.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 3:00 pm

Florida — especially South Florida — is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.

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Typhoon Haiyan
11:45 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Monster Storm Roars Into Philippines

Satellite photo of Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines, 11/8/2013, at 12:30 a.m. EST. One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, weather officials say that Haiyan had sustained winds at 147 mph, with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall.
NOAA Photo

Typhoon Haiyan is battering the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 199 mph. Meteorologists say that if initial estimates based on satellite images are borne out, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.

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Under The Sea
9:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound

Lion's mane jelly
Courtesy of Ann Dornfeld

Puget Sound, a spidery inlet of the Pacific Ocean, has often been derided as murky, toxic and so, so cold.

But Ann Dornfeld, KUOW’s education reporter, has come to love the Sound, where she photographs marine life. Her favorite marine invertebrate is a nudibranch. (Her favorite nudibranch is a Cockerell's dorid.)

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Coal In The Northwest
12:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Coal Dust From Trains Adds To Pollution, New Research Finds

Dan Jaffe, UW-Bothell professor, used crowdfunding to raise money to study how passing coal trains impact air quality. He issued conclusions from his research on Nov. 4, 2013.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

New research results suggest coal trains are contributing to the Northwest’s air pollution.

That’s according to the preliminary results of a University of Washington atmospheric and environmental scientist’s crowdfunded study.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Orca Population Declines As Puget Sound ‘Remains In Crisis’

Courtesy of NOAA/Candice Emmons

Citing worsening marine water quality and the declining orca population, Chinook salmon and herring, the state agency Puget Sound Partnership referred to the Puget Sound as a patient in “critical condition.”

“Puget Sound remains in crisis,” says a report released last week by the agency. “It is increasingly likely that we will not reach our legislatively established targets by 2020.”

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Environment
7:05 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Spread Of Stink Bugs Alarms Growers, Scientists

The brown marmorated stink bug is 1-2 centimeters in length.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 10:27 am

A malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest farmers and gardeners. The name of this insect is a mouthful: the brown marmorated stink bug.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy Ambitious, But Lacking Legal Value

Steve Scher talks with David Roberts, energy and politics writer for Grist, about the ambitious new climate change agreement brokered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee along with the governors of California and Oregon and the Premier of British Columbia. However, the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has no legal value, leading critics to question its significance.

Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Environment
11:09 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Under Plan, Inslee Agrees To Higher Clean Fuel Standards For Washington

California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia will will announce a plan Monday to align carbon reduction efforts. Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee has long been a champion for clean energy.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

UPDATE: 10/29/2013, 12 p.m. PT: 

The leaders of three West Coast states – including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee – and the premier of British Columbia agreed on Monday in San Francisco to adopt and maintain low carbon fuel standards. Under the plan, Washington and Oregon commit to mirroring California and British Columbia’s existing clean fuel standards. 

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Health Research
10:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Insecticide Exposure Could Make You Fat, Washington Researchers Say

An old DDT insecticide poster. Researchers at Washington State University have linked DDT exposure to obesity generations later.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Krejci

Even if you haven’t been exposed to DDT in your lifetime, researchers say it could still have an effect on you – and your weight.

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Environment
8:02 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate Change May Worsen Green Lake's Algae Blooms

Marisa Burghdoff of Snohomish County tests an algae bloom at Lake Ketchum in the county's northwestern corner.
Washington State Department of Ecology Photo

If you’re a Green Lake regular, you may have noticed the public health alerts on placards around the lake, warning you not to tread where neon green algae blooms have blossomed.

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Weather
1:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Washington's Foggy Bottom: Yes, It's Worse Than Usual

Metal-sculpted flowers up to 40-feet tall frame the 605-foot Space Needle as it become obscured by fog on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle has been cloaked in a pea soup of fog this month, with fog horns sounding through the night near the Ballard Locks as boats strain to avoid each other.

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