More ‘Murder Hornets’ Are Being Found and Destroyed

Officials hunting the Asian giant hornet in Washington State have so far destroyed three nests, and plan to eradicate a fourth — very carefully.

#animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state

When Heat Waves, Wildfires and Drought Grip Oregon and Washington

As drought, record heat and wildfire smoke seize the Pacific Northwest, farm owners and fieldworkers struggle to adapt. Sometimes the response feels improvised or inadequate.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #heat-and-heat-waves, #medford-ore, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #weather, #wildfires

The Hunt Is on to Fix the Power Grid

Empowering consumers to control their electric consumption would free up power to meet demand elsewhere.

#air-conditioning, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #home-appliances, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #north-carolina, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #portland-general-electric-company, #power-failures-and-blackouts

Hurricanes Get Names. What About Heat Waves?

Short, distinctive names are assigned to storms to raise awareness about their dangers. Some experts argue for doing the same for heat waves, which can be even deadlier.

#british-columbia-canada, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #met-office-united-kingdom, #myrivili-eleni, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #weather, #world-meteorological-organization

This Flower Hides a Secret: It’s Actually a Carnivore

That this perennial wildflower digests trapped insects suggests that other plants’ appetites for animals may be overlooked.

#canada, #evolution-biology, #flowers-and-plants, #insects, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #university-of-british-columbia, #your-feed-science

America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps

Global warming will get worse unless we cut greenhouse gas emissions.

#arctic-regions, #canada, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #germany, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #nature-climate-change-journal, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #summer-season, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

Heat-Related Deaths Increase as Temperatures Rise in the West

Record-breaking heat was expected throughout the West Coast this weekend, days after a deadly heat wave struck Oregon and Washington State.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #global-warming, #las-vegas-nev, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #southwestern-states-us, #weather, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Like in ‘Postapocalyptic Movies’: Heat Wave Killed Marine Wildlife en Masse

An early estimate points to a huge die-off along the Pacific Coast, and scientists say rivers farther inland are warming to levels that could be lethal for some kinds of salmon.

#british-columbia-canada, #california, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lakes, #marine-biology, #mollusks, #mussels, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rivers, #salmon, #starfish, #temperature

Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records, Analysis Finds

A rapid analysis of last week’s record-breaking heat found that it would have been virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change.

#global-warming, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #temperature, #weather, #world-weather-attribution

Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.

#deaths-fatalities, #heatstroke, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #temperature, #washington-state

Climate Change Is Behind Heat Dome

And there are fewer and fewer places to escape from the hot weather.

#british-columbia-canada, #carbon-dioxide, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #temperature, #weather, #wildfires

Pacific Northwest Continues to Bake Beneath ‘Heat Dome’

A wave of ocean air provided some relief after Portland, Ore., reached 116 degrees on Monday. Temperatures will climb into the upper 90s there on Tuesday, forecasters said.

#global-warming, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #salem-ore, #seattle-wash, #temperature, #washington-state, #weather

Pacific Northwest Bakes in Record-Setting Heat Wave

A high of 102 degrees was recorded on Saturday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, only the third time since 1945 that the high reached triple digits, the National Weather Service said.

#heat-wave, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #seattle-wash, #temperature, #washington-state, #weather

Dazzling Skies, U.F.O. Sightings and Real-Life Monsters: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

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How a Burst of Light in the Sky Illuminated Something Primal

Videos of a mysterious celestial phenomenon captured a once-common human emotion: awe at the wonder of the heavens.

#comets, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #social-media, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

SpaceX Rocket Debris Seen Over Seattle and Portland, Astronomers Say

Astronomers said the objects were debris from a SpaceX rocket. Not everyone got the memo.

#pacific-northwestern-states-us, #seattle-wash, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Visited a National Park This Year? Now, Help Save It.

More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #salmon, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Winter Storms Pummel U.S. With Snow, Ice and Extreme Cold

The harsh weather was a prelude to another winter storm that is expected to bring more snow, sleet and freezing rain to over 100 million Americans over the next several days.

#clark-county-wash, #northeastern-states-us, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-general-electric-company, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

#beaches, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-state-relations-us, #global-warming, #levees-and-dams, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #population, #puget-sound, #salmon, #united-states, #washington-state, #water

Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘This Does Not Look Good for Children’: Fires Pose Risk to Young Lungs

The wildfires blazing in the West could hinder developing lungs, worsen asthma and even lead to the condition in those who don’t have it but are genetically disposed to it.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #california, #children-and-childhood, #lungs, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-healthcare

Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed confidence that Washington State could contain its fires, and offered help to Oregon, but warned that the air was still at “historically polluted levels.”

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

Fleeing the Trolls for the Grizzly Bears

When “civilization” oppresses, wilderness is the best therapy.

#exploration-and-explorers, #federal-lands, #hikes-and-hiking, #kristof-nicholas-d, #montana, #pacific-crest-trail, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #united-states, #wilderness-areas

The Showdown in Portland

Why have militarized federal forces been deployed to an American city?

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore

The U.S. Is Getting Shorter, as Mapmakers Race to Keep Up

Scientists are hard at work recalibrating where and how the nation physically sits on the planet. It’s not shrinkage — it’s “height modernization.”

#blackwell-juliana-p, #buildings-structures, #california, #davis-james-l, #earth, #florida, #global-positioning-system, #gravitation-and-gravity, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #navigation, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #satellites, #texas, #united-states, #your-feed-science, #zilkoski-david-b

Forty Years Later, Lessons for the Pandemic From Mount St. Helens

The tensions we now face between science, politics and economics also arose before the country’s most destructive volcanic eruption.

#forest-service, #mount-st-helens-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #volcanoes

The Arrival of the ‘Murder Hornet’

We didn’t stop the coronavirus. But perhaps we can stop the giant hornets.

#bees, #deaths-fatalities, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state

Why the U.S. Wasn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

“Are we ready to respond to a pandemic? I fear the answer is no,” one senior U.S. health official said in 2018.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #seattle-wash, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #viruses

The Coronavirus Outbreak in Washington State

“It’s fear, it’s every bad emotion you could have.” One woman fights to help her mother on lockdown in a virus-affected nursing home.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #united-states, #washington-state