Northwest (OR WA)

"Is Coal Dust Risky? Scientists Are Looking Into It"

"Coal has been transported around the country by rail for decades. But very little research has been done on what coal does to the environment when it escapes from trains.With two large coal export terminals proposed for Washington state, one federal agency is hoping to add good science to the debate over coal in the Northwest."

Source: NWPR/EarthFix, 09/19/2014

"Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon"

"ASTORIA, Ore. — The salmon here in the Columbia River, nearly driven to extinction by hydroelectric dams a quarter century ago, have been increasing in number — a fact not lost on the birds that like to eat them. These now flock by the thousands each spring to the river’s mouth, where the salmon have their young, and gorge at leisure."

Source: NY Times, 08/18/2014

Ocean Acidification Eats Away at Shellfish Coastal Tribes Depend On

"The ancestral connections of tribal coastal communities to the ocean’s natural resources stretch back thousands of years. But growing acidification is changing oceanic conditions, putting the cultural and economic reliance of coastal tribes—a critical definition of who they are—at risk."

Source: Indian Country Today, 08/15/2014


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