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Seattle unprepared for killer heat waves made worse by global warming, researchers say

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/heat-waves-could-kill-hundreds-more-in-seattle-as-globe-warms-researchers-say/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. Hotter days and nights are predicted in Seattle as the planet warms. By 2100, hundreds more people could die in heat waves if no action is taken, according to a new […]

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Researchers seek answers to gray whale deaths after 57 are stranded this year

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/researchers-seek-answers-to-gray-whale-deaths-after-57-are-stranded-this-year/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. Scientists are seeking answers to the spike in whale deaths, the most in nearly 20 years, and whether climate change could be playing a role. Original Title: Researchers seek answers to […]

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Wolf pack living west of Cascade Mountains for first time in decades

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/a-wolf-pack-moves-into-western-washington-for-the-first-time-in-decades/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that biologists had documented a pack of the animals living in territory west of the Cascade Crest for the first time in decades. […]

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Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/massive-public-lands-bill-passes-congress-with-big-implications-for-washington-state/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The House passed the bill, 363-62, on Tuesday. It includes several provisions that will impact Washington state. Original Title: Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state Full […]

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EPA ices Washington state’s effort to regulate hot water in Columbia, Snake rivers

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/epa-ices-washington-states-effort-to-regulate-hot-water-in-columbia-snake-rivers/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The EPA had issued draft permits to the state Ecology department for review, but yanked them last week — effectively stopping the state’s effort to regulate water quality at the federal […]

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West Coast’s biggest starfish vanishing amid disease, warming oceans, study finds

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/starfish-slaughter-along-west-coast-imperils-biggest-starfish-of-all-as-oceans-warm/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. A new study reveals the recent widespread die-off of starfish — linked to climate change, warming oceans and a disease epidemic — imperils the biggest starfish of all, the sunflower star. […]

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Decade of heavy storms has helped Northwest glaciers, but don’t expect that to last, studies show

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/decade-of-heavy-storms-has-helped-northwest-glaciers-but-dont-expect-trend-to-last-studies-show/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. A first-of-its-kind survey shows just how much the region’s glaciers have melted over the past decades as the climate warms. It also shows how changes in atmospheric patterns may have masked […]

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After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, fish still declining, new report says

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/after-20-years-and-1-billion-spent-on-washington-state-salmon-programs-fish-still-declining-new-report-says/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The 2018 State of the Salmon report by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office paints a sobering picture. Original Title: After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, […]

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New orca calf spotted among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/new-orca-calf-spotted-among-puget-sounds-critically-endangered-killer-whales/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The J, K and L pods have not had a successful pregnancy in three years. Scientists caution the new calf might not survive, meeting the same fate as other recent calves. […]