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Gregory Scruggs

Roll on, Columbia? U.S. tribes demand seat at river treaty negotiating table

Apr 17 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Washington (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rodney Cawston's father and grandfather passed down stories of such abundant salmon fishing in the U.S. Northwest's Columbia River that the banks were a feast of red flesh.

Oil giant backs high-tech rescue for collapsing Arctic ice cellars

Jan 29 2019

KAKTOVIK, Alaska (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Inupiaq hunters wrestle a 100-ton bowhead whale back to land from the high seas, the next challenge is where to store all that meat.

FEATURE-'Shared equity' model for U.S. housing boosts home ownership for poorer families

Jan 21 2019

DURHAM, North Carolina, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A home under construction is a common sight in Durham, a small but booming city in North Carolina that has been billed "the start-up capital of the South".

Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness

Jan 10 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping rough in Utah's capital has spiked in the past two years, as funding for its groundbreaking housing program dried up.

FEATURE-U.S. climate hawk-in-chief? Washington governor eyes presidential run

Jan 08 2019

SEATTLE, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a recent winter beach walk, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s 5-year-old grandson beamed with delight as he spotted a crab.

Land defenders on heightened alert one year after Trump shrinks U.S. monuments

Jan 07 2019

OREGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One year after U.S. President Donald Trump declared the biggest rollback of public land protection in the country's history, conservation groups have rallied to protect other at-risk places.

From gold bars to barring mining, U.S. town awaits extractive ban ruling

Dec 18 2018

WINTHROP, Washington (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Although the wooden boardwalk and turn-of-the-century saloons reflect Winthrop's Old West history as a mining town, residents these days are counting down to a year-end deadline that could see the government ban extraction there for 20 years.

Sea of plenty? Native Alaskans celebrate indigenous whaling victory

Dec 05 2018

UTQIAGVIK, Alaska (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A few days before whaling crews set out to brave the frigid Arctic seas in October, a congregation of several hundred Native Alaskans gathered at the Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church to bless the bowhead whale hunt.

Blockchain, AI hailed as new tools to protect high seas

Nov 28 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Emerging technologies that can remotely monitor the high seas will be crucial to enforcing a proposed deal to preserve the biological diversity of the world's oceans, researchers and campaigners said.

Can artificial intelligence improve maps for land conservation?

Nov 19 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In December 2016, environmental group Chesapeake Conservancy unveiled one of the largest, high-resolution land-cover maps made in the United States.

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