Ocean

Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths
Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The close of public comments is marked by familiar dividing lines and surprising feedback from an EPA official.
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Anchorage sees 90 F as nearly 120 fires blaze across the state.
Washington’s giant sea snail still needs saving
Washington’s giant sea snail still needs saving
The state’s pinto abalone population is 97% lower today than in 1992. Will adding it to endangered species list help?
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
The true vulnerability of coastal California, revealed
A new study suggests flooding could surpass some of the state’s worst natural disasters.
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
How should we treat fish before they end up on our plates?
Seafood harvesting is brutal — but it doesn’t have to be.
A small island town prepares for a major earthquake
A small island town prepares for a major earthquake
Without a single hospital, Washington’s Vashon Island emergency responders work to avert disaster should ‘the big one’ hit.
Puget Sound orca pod gains a new member
Puget Sound orca pod gains a new member
If the calf survives, it’ll be the first addition in three years.
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Communities in South San Diego sue over sewage spills.
One Inuit family’s life, straddling national borders
One Inuit family’s life, straddling national borders
Across the Beaufort Sea, Bruce Inglangasak’s 350-mile journey home.
The impermanence of wonder and whales
The impermanence of wonder and whales
A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca.
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
From alpine headwaters to city water supplies, the West is awash in microscopic pollutants.
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers
Will our citizens muster the political will needed to save killer whales and the chinook that sustain them?
Rapid evolution saved the starfish
Rapid evolution saved the starfish
West Coast ochre stars make a remarkable reversal after a mass mortality event.
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
There’s nothing normal about ‘the new normal’
The phrase is the linguistic equivalent of a shrug.
How whales converse with the world
How whales converse with the world
Arctic people have been speaking with cetaceans for centuries — and scientists are finally taking note.
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
When the tides pull back the water line, a writer takes a trip through time.
A shrinking supply of abalone shells affects coastal tribes
A shrinking supply of abalone shells affects coastal tribes
Climate change and overfishing have pushed the prized mollusk to perilously low numbers in California.
An unfrozen North
An unfrozen North
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Agency says risks to fisheries and natural resources justify gathering more data.
California’s hostility to offshore drilling is rooted in past spills
California’s hostility to offshore drilling is rooted in past spills
A massive 1960s spill has Californians on edge about Trump’s push for oil extraction.
To save our oceans, let’s start with our rivers
To save our oceans, let’s start with our rivers
Dams and pollution affect rivers across the West, to the detriment of our oceans.
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
From bears to condors, the West’s wildlife is finding ways to survive
Five ways science is finding unexpected resilience in animals.
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