Environment

Environment

A way to prevent large ships from striking and killing whales is to transmit alerts to the officers at the helm when whales are nearby.

Reducing collisions between ships and whales? There’s apps for that, but they need work

Fortunately, it doesn’t happen very often in the Pacific Northwest that ships collide with whales. But when it does, it’s upsetting, tragic and the whale probably dies. Three separate teams have developed smartphone-based systems that can alert commercial mariners to watch out, slow down or change course when whales have been sighted nearby. A recent ride-along on a big container ship demonstrated that real-time whale alerts are still a work in progress. Continue Reading Reducing collisions between ships and whales? There’s apps for that, but they need work

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This is a photo of podcast guest Emerald LaFortune. She smiles in front of a microphone.

Navigating Rough Waters and Tough Conversations ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 36 – With Outdoor Writer and Guide Emerald LaFortune

Emerald LaFortune recording Traverse Talks at the NWPB studios on March 8th, 2022. Emerald LaFortune grew up being lured into the wilderness by her parents, who placed little pieces of… Continue Reading Navigating Rough Waters and Tough Conversations ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 36 – With Outdoor Writer and Guide Emerald LaFortune

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A Western pygmy blue butterfly sits on a mustard plant. Butterfly watchers have found at least 190 of these butterflies near Richland and the Yakima River, a rare site in Washington.

‘It’s an invasion.’ North America’s tiniest butterfly spotted in Southeastern Washington

This particular adventure begins with the search for a bird. However, like many discoveries that venture a bit off course, birder Chris Lindsey found something much more interesting: a Western blue pygmy butterfly. The smallest butterfly in North America. Continue Reading ‘It’s an invasion.’ North America’s tiniest butterfly spotted in Southeastern Washington

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A new climate assessment website could help communities better understand their chance of facing climate risks, such as wildfires.

Biden Administration Launches Website To Provide Real-Time Climate Data, Predict Future Scenarios

A first-of-its-kind climate resiliency website will help communities understand climate-related risks, the Biden administration said. The new website, launched Thursday, provides real-time information and predictions for local communities that are more vulnerable to disasters, such as wildfires, heat waves and droughts. Continue Reading Biden Administration Launches Website To Provide Real-Time Climate Data, Predict Future Scenarios

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