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Science Feb 27What long-dead whalers can teach us about climate change
Log books from 19th century whaling ships are treasure troves for modern-day climate scientists. They’re mining these old volumes for day-to-day weather and sea-ice reports from the Arctic region.
Science Jun 17Scientists zero in on what’s causing starfish die-offs
Starfish are dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, leading scientists to warn of the possibility of localized extinction of some species. As the disease spreads, researchers may be zeroing in on a link between warming waters…
Nation Mar 27Latest landslide science not connecting with county planning
The technology exists, but the degree to which planners are using the latest mapping technology to make decisions about development in landslide-prone areas varies county to county.
Nation Mar 24What happens in a mudslide? A geologist answers
ARLINGTON, Wash. — Authorities have confirmed that the landslide on the Stillaguamish River north of Seattle has killed several people and destroyed homes. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn turned to Dave Montgomery to find out what caused the slide. Montgomery is a…
Science Mar 2425 years later, scientists still spot traces of oil from Exxon Valdez spill
Twenty-five years ago the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., ran aground off of the south coast of Alaska. The vessel released 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, polluting 1,300 miles of coastline.