Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest

Region of western north america

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Scott K. Johnson
October 16, 2020
Ars Technica
September was record warmest for the globe as US extremes continue.
The Associated Press
April 15, 2020
A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct -- the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the non-profit Lost Apple Project.
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
April 15, 2020
Houston Chronicle
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct - the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the nonprofit Lost Apple Project. The Vietnam veteran and former FBI agent who make up the nonprofit recently learned of their tally from last fall's apple sleuthing from expert botanists at the Temperate Orchard Conservancy in Oregon, where all the apples are sent for study and identification. The apples positively identified as previously "lost" were among hundreds of fruits collected in October and November from 140-year-old orchards tucked into small canyons or hidden in forests that have since grown up around them in rural Idaho and Washington state. "It was just one heck of a season. It was almost unbelievable. If we had found one apple or two apples a year in the past, we thought were were doing good. But we were getting one after another after another," said EJ Brandt, who hunts for the apples along with fellow amateur botanist David Benscoter. "I don't know how we're going to keep up with that." Each fall, Brandt and Benscoter spend countless hours and log hundreds of miles searching for ancient - and often dying - apple trees across the Pacific Northwest by truck, all-terrain vehicle and on foot. They collect hundreds of apples from long-abandoned orchards that they find using old maps, county fair records, newspaper clippings and nursery sales ledgers that can tell them which homesteader bought what apple tree and when the purchase happened. By matching names from those records with property maps, they can pinpoint where an orchard might have been - and they often find a few specimens still growing...
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
February 28, 2020
Houston Chronicle
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A long-awaited federal report due Friday is expected to address the feasibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save more than a dozen species of threatened or endangered salmon. The four dams on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington are part of a vast and complex hydroelectric power system operated by the federal government in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers together produce 40% of the region's power - enough electricity to power nearly 5 million homes, or eight cities roughly the size of Seattle. They also contain a system of locks that allows cities nearly 500 miles (800 kilometers) inland from the Pacific Ocean access to Asian markets via barges that float down the massive rivers to the sea. At the same time, the towering dams have proven disastrous for salmon that struggle to navigate past them on human-made fish ladders as they swim upstream to spawn and die after spending most of their lives in the Pacific Ocean. Salmon are unique in that they hatch in freshwater streams and then make their way hundreds of miles to the ocean, where they spend years before finding their way back to their natal streams to mate, lay eggs and die. Snake River sockeye were the first species in the Columbia River Basin listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1991. Now, 13 salmon runs are listed as federally endangered or threatened. Scientists also warn that southern resident orcas are starving to death because of a dearth of the chinook salmon that are their primary food source. The Puget Sound population of orcas - also called killer whales - was placed on the endangered species list in 2005. A mother orca that carried her dead baby on her back for 17 days brought...
Brand Post
February 25, 2020
Automation, integration, security all key to data management that moves business ahead
Edward White
November 19, 2019
Financial Times
Walter Thompson
November 7, 2019
Why are businesses and government organizations investing so much into the the strip of land down the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Portland, Oregon?
Gillian Flaccus
October 14, 2019
Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes said Monday the U.S. government needs to remove three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore traditional fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago.
Matt McGrath
October 2, 2019
BBC News
A huge earthquake off Alaska in the 1960s caused tsunamis that scientists say washed a tropical fungus ashore.
Science X staff
October 1, 2019
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 and the tsunamis it spawned may have washed a tropical fungus ashore, leading to a subsequent outbreak of often-fatal infections among people in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest, according to a paper co-authored by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope.
Lauren Sakiyama
September 29, 2019
Early fall is the perfect time to branch away from basic button mushrooms and experiment with the wilder varieties. We're talking Enokis, Chanterelles, and all the other fungi fit for cozy autumn dinners.
Ashley Smart
September 22, 2019
Machine learning is bringing seismologists closer to an elusive goal: forecasting quakes well before they strike.
September 5, 2019
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and...
May 13, 2019
SEATTLE (AP) -- Canada has approved measures designed to protect endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest, with some policies going further than laws recently enacted by Washington...
April 19, 2019
BELLEVUE, Wash., April 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced that Henry Albrecht, CEO and founder of Limeade is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The...
April 16, 2019
This year adventure travel leader REI is doubling the number of cycling adventures to more than 40 itineraries to satisfy the growing interest of people who want to explore the world by two wheels. Because riding with confidence among a group is an important quality of an amazing experience, eBikes are now part of the base price of REI's North America cycle tours, where legally allowed. For those who prefer to journey with their own gear, a BYOB (bring your own bike) option is also now a...
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