• April storms improve 2022 Pacific NW water outlook, but drought remains

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    The region is technically still in drought, even with this rare April snow. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Climatologists say rare April snow, along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snowmelt and lengthen the irrigation season.

    Impacts, however, will vary by region, and experts predict drought conditions will persist, the Capital Press reported.

    Washington state climatologist Nick Bond said irrigators will benefit from April storms, but it won’t be enough to end the eastern Washington drought.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in eastern Washington it would take 159% to 368% of normal precipitation levels over the next two months to end the…

  • Welcome late-season snow has flip side, delays opening some Deschutes NF campgrounds

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    Late-season snow fall will affect the openings of some campgrounds. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Recent late-season storms have brought much-needed snow to the Deschutes National Forest’s upper elevations. However, Forest Service officials said Tuesday the heavy snowfall has also affected the ability to conduct annual preseason safety inspections, maintenance and repairs and hazard tree removal in some campgrounds.

    Traditionally, a number of campgrounds in the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir areas open in time to coincide with the start of the annual fishing season.

    “While fishing season opens Friday, April 22, snow impacts have prevented our campground concessionaire from completing critical hazard tree removal work and maintenance at these facilities,” the statement said.

    Campgrounds in those…

  • Solar panels that can generate electricity at night have been developed at Stanford

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    Engineers at Stanford have discovered how to generate electricity from solar at night. Learn more here.

    A team of engineers at Stanford University have developed a solar cell that can generate some electricity at night.

    The research comes at a moment when the number of solar jobs and residential installations are rising.

    While standard solar panels can provide electricity during the day, this device can serve as a “continuous renewable power source for both day- and nighttime,” according to the study published this week in the journal Applied Physics Letters.

    The device incorporates a thermoelectric generator, which can pull electricity from the small difference in temperature between the ambient air and the solar cell itself.

    “Our approach can…

  • India’s Mass Tree Planting Success: Forest Cover Grows by Half-Million Acres in Two Years

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    India’s forests are growing. Learn more here.

    A recent report from the Forest Survey of India (FSI) found that recent spurious tree planting activities have taken root in terms of the overall forest coverage in the nation.

    The country’s forests have grown by 870 square square miles of forest cover—over half a million acres (2,261 square kilometers), over the last three years, and while that isn’t as big as a medium-sized American national park, the sum is part of an equation that includes deforestation.

    A full quarter of the world’s second-most populous nation is covered in forest, which the FSI is focused on making qualitatively rich, not just quantitively.

    The three Indian states showing the highest increases…

  • Oregon’s coho salmon run breaks record, steelhead numbers decline

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    Record-breaking numbers of coho salmon have made their way home. Find out more here.

    LOSTINE — A record-shattering number of coho has made the long journey from their home streams to the ocean and back.

    Nearly 24,000 coho salmon have made passage through the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River — the last dam between the ocean and the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers.

    The prior record, set in 2014, saw 18,098 coho make their way past the Lower Granite Dam. In recent years, those numbers have fluctuated between 1,449 and 8,178, with 2020 seeing just 7,797 coho return to the Lower Granite Dam. The run this year marks a…

  • Spectacular Coral Event This Year Spawns Hope – And Billions of Babies For Great Barrier Reef

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    The Great Barrier Reef was in full bloom! Discover more here.

    Oceanographers enjoyed a burst of color and life flowing forth in the annual spawning of coral from the Great Barrier Reef last week.

    Taking place after the November full moon, researchers witnessed a banner year that inspired hope for the revitalization of the world’s coral reefs.

    At the iconic reef off the coast of Cairns, Queensland, different corals synchronized the release of their sperm and eggs, which look almost like the shaking of a giant snow globe.

    The coral offspring floated in waves of vivid pink, purple, or blue, depending on the species—and this year it was uniquely impressive.

    “Unbelievably beautiful spawning from last night! The party sure has…

  • France Is Freeing Fruit and Veg from Its Plastic Prison

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    France is making big moves to ban single-use plastics. Keep reading to discover more.

    Under a new law, a large portion of the country’s produce will no longer be sold in single-use plastic containers.

    Stacks of wooden crates filled with bulging Savoy cabbages, thick sheathes of wild leek and bunches of loose-leaf lettuce line the front of Kilogramme. And it’s not because the morning’s delivery has just arrived.

    Inside the Parisian grocery store, a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables are also in thin wooden boxes. At the back of the space, all kinds of pulses, beans and grains are stored in glass self-service dispensers. And on the shelves are rows of sauces and compotes in tins and jars. There…

  • A well-positioned skylight is a simple way to harness ‘passive solar’ power, Oregon research finds

    Posted on in category LocaltaggedClimate Change , Environment , OPB , Science

    Enjoy this article about the new research out of University of Oregon on skylights and their benefits for passive house heating.

    Heating houses is a major energy suck. Behind passenger cars and trucking, it’s the largest energy draw in the United States.

    But it turns out homeowners looking to stay warm don’t need to rely just on a pile of electrons or a pipeful of methane.

    Research out of the University of Oregon shows that, even on the cloudy western sides of Oregon and Washington, a large chunk of our heating needs could be met with a few well-positioned (and well-managed) skylights.


  • Octopuses, Squid, And Lobsters Recognized As Sentient Beings In UK

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    Cheers to the UK for their recent move to recognize some of our favorite sea creatures as “sentient beings”. Enjoy this quick read!

    Lobsters, octopuses, and squid, welcome to the sentient beings club (if you’re in the UK, at least).

    The UK government has officially included decapod crustaceans — including crabs, lobsters, and crayfish — and cephalopod mollusks — including octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish — in its Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill. This means they are now recognized as “sentient beings” in the UK.

    The move comes off the back of an independent review carried out by a team led by Dr Jonathan Birch, an associate professor in the London School of Economic’s Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific…