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1:46 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Field Notes: Compiling A Video 'Water Handbook' For Idaho

Most of the summer water available comes from snow high in the mountains. It melts off and provides a steady stream of water in the warmer months.

(Editor’s note: EarthFix Field Notes are reporters’ personal impressions and experiences from their coverage of the Pacific Northwest. In this entry, Idaho-based Producer Aaron Kunz takes a close look at water’s scenic value, its importance to the economy, and its function as the veins and arteries of southern Idaho’s arid sagebrush steppe.)

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9:49 am
Wed November 6, 2013

County Council Election Results Show No Love For Coal

Environmental groups and democrats outspent conservatives for open seats on Whatcom County Council and their efforts seem to have paid off. Council members will eventually vote on permits for a proposed coal export terminal.

Editor's note: Check back for updates on this story later today.

Whatcom County, in northwestern Washington, had four seats up for grab on their seven member county council, members who will eventually vote on permits for the largest coal export terminal proposed for the West Coast.

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3:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

ICYMI: Caves, Climate And Creatures

Our big project with Oregon Field Guide explored Mount Hood's glacier caves.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:00 pm

In case you missed it, a roundup of some of the interesting Northwest environmental news stories (from our team and others) in October.

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3:31 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

A Week For Polar Bears, Too

Conservation group Polar Bears International is hoping to bring awareness to the snow white bears with Polar Bear Week.

First there was Shark Week. Now conservation group Polar Bears International is hoping to bring the same fame (and awareness) to the snow white bears with Polar Bear Week.

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1:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Five Unexpected Ways Climate Change Will Impact the Northwest

Native fishermen on the Pacific coast are seeing fewer cold water animals and reporting more sightings of warmer water species. Humboldt squid are being reported in waters off OR, WA, and BC. Ten years ago, sightings north of San Diego were rare.
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1:42 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Are 'Megaloads' In E. Oregon's Future?

A 'megaload' along a highway in Idaho. A transport company is eyeing an Eastern Oregon highway to move these oversized loads of equipment needed in the oil fields of Alberta, Canada.

JOHN DAY – Industrial hauler Omega Morgan, at the heart of a controversial “megaload” project in Idaho, is eyeing U.S. Highway 395 through Eastern Oregon as a possible route for at least three oversized shipments, starting in late November.

Crews were in John Day, Mt. Vernon and other sites along the highway last week, measuring intersections and checking power line locations to see how the route might work.

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5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

A Fashionable Climate Model

Some clever and well-dressed scientists are using a pun to spur some fun educational outreach. The Climate Models Calendar features climate scientist.

Some clever and well-dressed scientists are using a pun to spur some fun educational outreach.

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1:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Northwest Governors Face Legislative Roadblocks On Climate Agreement

From left to right: British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Jerry Brown signing a regional climate agreement last week.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee set ambitious goals when they signed a regional climate change agreement last week with the leaders of California and British Columbia.

But the governors can't reach those goals without their state legislatures, and both governors face legislative roadblocks to upholding the agreement – particularly when it comes to putting a price or a cap on carbon emissions.

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3:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Obama Taps Wash. Governor For Climate Change Adaptation Panel

Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee will be serving on a panel formed by the White House to advise the federal government on ways to adapt to a warming planet.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will soon help advise the White House on how to respond to the effects of climate change. President Barack Obama appointed Inslee Friday to a task force that includes governors, mayors and tribal officials.

The group will advise the federal government on climate issues like increasing wildfires and ocean acidification, and extreme heat waves. Obama first mentioned establishing the task force in a speech on climate change this June.

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1:15 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Feasting On "Trash Fish" For Sustainability

Wolf eel is one of the "trash fish" on the menu for a sustainable food fundraiser in Portland Nov. 10.

When commercial fishermen go out to catch salmon, halibut or black cod, they also bring in some other, lesser-known species.

Wolf eel, sand dab, and skate wing can be delicious, too. But they’re usually thrown out because nobody wants to buy them. Hence, these “trash fish” get wasted even though they could be served on a white tablecloth and paired with wine.

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