As a U.S. Department of Energy plane flew over the Amazon rainforest, it sipped and sampled air in real time. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist Manish Shrivastava sampled the air over the Amazon to come up with a scientifically accurate baseline of pre-industrial air. Continue Reading What Was Our Air Like Before Industry? A Scientist In Richland Is Sniffing The Amazon To Find Out
President Trump announced that he will begin imposing tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico beginning June 10 unless that country does more to help reduce illegal immigration from Central America. Continue Reading President Trump Announces New Tariffs On Mexico To Force Cooperation On Illegal Immigration
Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Continue Reading Oregon Has A Big Oversupply Of Legal Marijuana. Now It’s Curbing Production
Over the past few years, Northwest communities have been getting better acquainted with wildfire smoke. But even in the most affected places, people can get some relief by limiting time outside and using air filters and inexpensive masks. These aren’t options for wildland firefighters. Continue Reading Not Enough Is Known About Smoke’s Effect On Wildland Firefighters’ Health
A launch, a thud, a trail of blood. NOAA believes it was a juvenile humpback whale that a Bainbridge Island-bound ferry hit in Elliot Bay a few minutes after its 8:15 p.m. departure Tuesday night. Continue Reading Whale Strikes In Puget Sound Could Get More Common As Humpback Numbers Grow
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says states can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp, but law enforcement in Idaho says it won’t follow those guidelines. Continue Reading USDA Says States Can’t Block Hemp Transports. Idaho State Police Begs To Differ.
At the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington, and across the West, winter’s deep snow and a cool spring have produced lots of brush and grass. That’s a problem for the coming fire season. Continue Reading Big Spring Growth Could Make For Big Fire Season At Hanford And Across The West
The fight to save Columbia River salmon could hinge on a major battle taking place in the basin’s biggest reservoir. It pits biologists against a fish: The invasive northern pike. Continue Reading The Fight Is On To Save Columbia River Salmon From A Toothy Invader
Special counsel Robert Mueller stepped down Wednesday after concluding Donald Trump didn’t conspire with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — but also detailing what critics called a range of troubling conduct. Continue Reading Special Counsel Robert Mueller Makes Closing Statement, Steps Down After Leading Russia Inquiry
The 2018 Camp Fire destroyed 90% of the town of Paradise, Calif., and killed 85 people. Should the federal government jump in to rebuild communities at high risk of future disasters? Continue Reading Rethinking Disaster Recovery After 2018 Wildfire Devastated Paradise
American soil. Those are two words that are commonly used to stir up patriotic feelings. They are also words that can’t be be taken for granted, because today nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland are held by foreign investors. That number has doubled in the past two decades, which is raising alarm bells in farming communities. Continue Reading ‘American Soil’ Farmland Is Increasingly Foreign Owned
Get ready to hear a lot of World War II memories over the next two weeks: The milestone 75th anniversary of D-Day is coming up on June 6. Pilots from the Pacific Northwest aboard a historic plane have arrived in the United Kingdom to take part in a reenactment of the invasion of Normandy. Continue Reading Pacific NW Pilots Will Fly A Special Plane In D-Day And Berlin Airlift Commemorations
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