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What Happens If We Have To Find Ways To Replicate Life On Earth? | Terrestrial

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What if you looked around, saw where things are headed on this planet, and said to yourself, I want to start fresh. A group of scientists did just that. But things didn’t go as planned.

Why Pipeline Activists On Trial Say, 'We Had To Do It'

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A development in two climate activists' trial could set a new precedent for cases of climate change-related civil disobedience.

Biggest Chinook Salmon Haul Going to Sea Lions, Seals & Killer Whales

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West Coast seal and sea lion populations have recovered over the past 40 years. All those extra predators may be eating more chinook salmon than people are catching, according to a new study.

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Environment | News | local | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Geologists Keep Finding More Northwest Earthquake Faults

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

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Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

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How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.

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Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers

While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.

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How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.

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Why Does Oregon Need An 'Office Of Outdoor Recreation'?

It would be easy to believe that Oregon's newly-created Office of Outdoor Recreation is a needless extravagance. But dig deeper into Oregon’s relationship with the outdoors and you’ll find some concerning trends, officials say.  

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Puget Sound's Endangered Orcas Compete With Seals, Sea Lions For Salmon

Competition with other marine mammals for the same food may be a bigger problem than fishing, at least in recent years, for southern resident killer whales that spend time in Washington state's Puget Sound, a new study suggests.

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Mount Everest Has A Poop Problem. A Team From Seattle Wants To Clean It Up.

NWPR/EarthFix

Everyone poops — even climbers on the world’s tallest mountain. But some Northwest volunteers have designed a way to clean up all that human waste.

The Problem With Wildfires: There Aren't Enough Of Them, Study Finds

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Despite all the wildfires of the past three decades, Northwest forests are still growing faster than they burn. That's not necessarily a good thing.

Here's What A $70 Entrance Fee Means For National Parks And Their Visitors

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The Interior Department has proposed paying for needed repairs by increasing the entry fees at 17 popular national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic in the Pacific Northwest.


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