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DroneSeed raises cash to plant trees with drones

Seattle-based DroneSeed has raised more than $5 million in funding for a venture that uses drones to plant trees and sustain them from the air, according to documents filed this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Nov. 16 filing says 19 investors … Continue reading

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$50,000 prize to boost butterfly tracking tech

Premier Residential CEO Eli Moreno has helped several startups take flight in Western Washington, but his latest venture focuses on flights of a different kind: the continent-spanning treks of Monarch butterflies. Moreno is priming the pump for a $50,000 prize that’s aimed at encouraging the … Continue reading

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Robots are readied to study Antarctic ice shelves

Researchers from the University of Washington and Columbia University are getting ready for an unprecedented months-long campaign to study Antarctica’s ice shelves from the ocean below, with backing from billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen. The results are expected to lead to … Continue reading

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Satellites track the West’s fading mountain glaciers

Elevation readings captured by satellites confirm that glaciers in the western United States are fading away at a worrisome rate. The fade-out isn’t a surprise, considering the rise in global mean temperatures that’s ascribed to climate change. The new twist … Continue reading

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OCO-2 satellite finds the cause of a CO2 spike

Readings from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 have confirmed that the El Niño weather pattern of 2015-2016 was behind the biggest annual increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in millennia. The OCO-2 satellite, launched in 2014, is designed to provide a detailed picture … Continue reading

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14-state coalition is ‘on track’ with Paris pact

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee joined with other governors today in New York to declare they’re “squarely on track” to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement that the Trump administration says it rejects. Inslee and the governors of 13 … Continue reading

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How we’re turning Earth into alien planet

A trio of scientists has just laid out a new classification scheme for planets that would put Earth into a hybrid category, making the transition from a diverse, photosynthetic-based biosphere to a world dominated by an energy-intensive civilization. The researchers’ … Continue reading

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