Tag Archives: Environment

White House issues grim outlook for climate woes

If current climate trends continue, the Pacific Northwest will have more summer wildfires, less winter snowpack and smaller numbers of the salmon for which our region is famous. The skiing could get worse, too. But on the bright side, warm-weather grape … Continue reading

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Whew! Chukchi Sea polar bears are in good shape

The first census of polar bears living around the Chukchi Sea, straddling Alaska and eastern Siberia, suggests that the population has been stable and healthy over the past decade. That comes as a welcome contrast to the problems facing polar … Continue reading

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Allen Coral Atlas tracks the world’s reefs from space

Even after death, the philanthropic initiatives from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just keep on coming. Today the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and its consortium of partners unveiled the Allen Coral Atlas, a database of satellite imagery and environmental data aimed at … Continue reading

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Hanford sounds all-clear after steam sparks alarm

Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state were told to take cover for several hours today when steam was seen escaping from a tunnel where radioactive waste is being stored. The take-cover order was lifted at about … Continue reading

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Moonwalker stirs up a buzz over climate change

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  I didn’t invite Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt to get his views on climate change, but that’s the topic that created the most fireworks here today at the ScienceWriters 2018 conference. The title of the session was “Apollo Plus 50,” … Continue reading

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Paul Allen enlists machine learning as force for good

Paul Allen has made a name for himself as a co-founder of Microsoft, a supporter of artificial intelligence research and a contributor to causes such as wildlife conservation — so it only makes sense that the Seattle-area billionaire wants to use … Continue reading

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DNA evidence zeroes in on 3 African ivory cartels

DNA evidence and lots of detective work have revealed the networks behind illegal trade in African elephant ivory, centering on three smuggling cartels in Kenya, Uganda and Togo. The case is laid out in a paper written by a team … Continue reading

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