Environment

Drought Leads To Stressed Out Salmon In Northwest Rivers

July 28, 2015
Chris Burns, natural resources technician with Washington’s Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, stands in the Dungeness River. Flows are roughly one-third of normal, prompting fears that salmon won’t be able to make it upstream to spawn. (Ashley Ahearn/EarthFix-KUOW)

River levels are dropping as the drought continues – and the water’s getting warmer. That’s a problem for salmon and trout.

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

July 27, 2015
Composer and professor Dr. Benjamin Boone created Waterless Music, a symphony about water and the lack of it in California. (Benjamin Boone)

Across the drying state, musicians are writing songs about the lack of water, reports Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio.

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

July 27, 2015
A man rids his bike against the win as giant wind turbines are powered by strong winds at sunset on March 27, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy.

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

July 27, 2015
An idled pump jack, once used to extract crude oil from the ground, sits above a well on the edge of a farmers field on January 21, 2015 near Ridgway, Illinois. With oil prices near a 5 1/2-year low, oil companies are beginning to slow drilling operations in the United States. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The stock market in China – the world’s biggest energy consumer – dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low.

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

July 27, 2015
Volunteers with Gulf of Alaska Keeper work on a cleanup and monitoring project at Gore Point. (goak.org)

Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit in 2011.

Alaska Fires Char Permafrost, Stretch Resources Thin

July 27, 2015
In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)

It’s been an unprecedented start to Alaska’s fire season. Hundreds of wildfires are blackening nearly 5 million acres of the state.

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

July 23, 2015
Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch the Japan-Canada World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Hot summer days are great for beachgoers, but they also endanger millions of lives. Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.

Wind, Dry Ground Fueling Wildfire In Washington State

July 23, 2015
Smoke from the Blue Creek fire billows over wheat fields east of Walla Walla, Washington, on July 21, 2015. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

About a thousand firefighters are battling a blaze 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington. It’s only about 5 percent contained.

When ‘The Really Big One’ Hits The Pacific Northwest

July 21, 2015
Seattle is 54 miles northwest of Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the Cascade Range. It rises along the fault line called the Cascadia subduction zone. (saltyfoto/Flickr)

Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, Olympia – all could be devastated in the Cascadia earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

Major Drought Adds To Puerto Rico’s Economic Burden

July 20, 2015
In this June 15, 2015 photo, a man stands on the banks of the unusually low Carraizo reservoir in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Tens of thousands of people receive water only every third day under strict rationing recently imposed by the island government. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

On the brink of financial default, Puerto Rico is also grappling with the worst drought in its history.

Southern California Rainfall Breaks Records

July 20, 2015
In this Saturday, July 18, 2015, photo provided by Brook Taylor, a lightning storm is captured from the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, Calif. A second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California on Sunday was expected to bring heavy rain and set more rainfall records in what is usually a dry month. (Brook Taylor via AP)

July is normally the driest month, but the remnants of a tropical storm have brought heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to the region.

A New Threat To Coral Reefs: China’s Man-Made Islands

July 16, 2015
Scientists say the dredging project that created the islands has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area. (juska/Flickr)

Scientists say the dredging project that created the islands has done massive damage to the coral reefs and aquatic life in the area.

Marines On Front Line Of Battle Against Climate Change In North Carolina

July 16, 2015
Marines unloading a light armored vehicle off a landing craft at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (U.S. Navy)

Camp Lejeune – the Marine Corps training facility on North Carolina’s southern coast – has a long, complicated environmental history.

Unprecedented Fire Rages In One Of The Nation’s Wettest Regions

July 14, 2015
The Paradise fire is burning in Olympic National Park in the Queets River. While it may seem unusual to have a fire of this size burning in a rain forest, this is a reflection of severe conditions - the driest spring in over 100 years and a snowpack that was only 14% of average. (Courtesy National Wildfire Coordinating Group)

Washington State’s Olympic National Park is experiencing the worst wild-fire in the park’s history,

Baby Rhino Rescued In Northeast India

July 10, 2015
A nearly three-day-old male rhino calf found alone in the wilderness is rescued by the Kaziranga Forest staff and handed over to Centr for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) (Subhamoy Bhattacharjee/IFAW-WTI)

At a time when every rhino counts toward keeping the species going, what will happen next now that the days-old calf is safe?

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