Northwest (OR WA)

March 23, 2022 to March 25, 2022

SCIENCE TALK ’22

SCIENCE TALK '22 is being planned as a hybrid conference, in-person and online, to take place in Portland, Oregon. The theme is Making Connections - The Many Arms of Science Communication.

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"Washington's Orca Whale Pods Receive New Federal Habitat Protection"

"Washington's endangered orca whales received new habitat protections from the federal government on Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized rules to expand the orca's critical habitat from the Canadian border all the way down to Point Sur in California, adding 15,910 square miles of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 08/02/2021

"Extreme Heat Cooks Shellfish Alive On Puget Sound Beaches"

"A record-shattering heat wave June 26-28 coincided with some of the year's lowest tides on Puget Sound. The combination was lethal for millions of mussels, clams, oysters, sand dollars, barnacles, sea stars, moon snails, and other tideland creatures exposed to three afternoons of intense heat."

Source: KUOW, 07/12/2021

"California And Other Parts Of The West Broil And Burn"

"Firefighters working in searing heat struggled to contain the largest wildfire in California this year while state power operators urged people to conserve energy after a huge wildfire in neighboring Oregon disrupted the flow of electricity from three major transmission lines."

Source: AP, 07/12/2021

As Climate Change Brings Extreme Heat Events, Human Health Is a Casualty

With heat waves driven by global warming pounding parts of the western United States this summer, environmental journalists mustn’t overlook the toll on especially vulnerable populations, among them disadvantaged groups, the elderly, those in low-income housing and more. The latest Issue Backgrounder helps reporters understand heat’s health effects, track heat-vulnerable populations and clarifies how communities can prepare and prevent the worst public health impacts.

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