Another Year of La Niña May Extend the Western Drought

Another Year of La Niña May Extend the Western Drought

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After a record-breaking drought, much of the West and Southwest has been hoping for a winter of rain. But with scientists predicting a second consecutive winter with La Niña conditions, the dry spell may be prolonged. La Niña is a climate pattern that tends to produce droughts in the […]

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Another Heatwave Hits the Pacific Northwest

Another Heatwave Hits the Pacific Northwest

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Pacific Northwest is experiencing a second scorching heatwave this summer, with temperatures climbing well above 90 degrees in a region where many residents still don’t have air conditioning. Portland, where temperatures hit 98, is also approaching 50 rainless days. This coupling of high temperatures and worsening drought conditions […]

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Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildfires are raging across the Western United States as the summer’s third major heatwave begins sweeping the region. Many of these fires have been burning since early June and are now snowballing, some even doubling in size in a matter of days. Officials say that firefighting teams are competing for resources, and although […]

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Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

Heat Dome Death Toll Tops 500 in Pacific Northwest

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Hundreds of people have now died as a result of a heatwave that scorched the Pacific Northwest (PNW) this past week. In Oregon, 63 people have died in the last seven days, and British Columbia reported 486 deaths between last Friday and Wednesday alone. As the COVID-19 Delta variant begins making […]

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The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

After a devastating wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a plan to remove existing restrictions on cutting down large trees on public lands east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington. However, recently published research suggests that cutting down these big trees will greatly decrease the amount of carbon stored […]

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