United States

Gregory Scruggs

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.

After defeat in West, U.S. carbon tax push looks East

Nov 08 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Washington state voters have turned down what would have been the first U.S. carbon tax - but "carbon pricing" efforts are expected to push on in 2019, with nearly a dozen largely eastern states considering legislative proposals, experts say.

After Alaska's 'Burning Man for salmon', fishermen wary of mine proposal outcome

Nov 05 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the commercial fishermen who ply salmon-rich, southwestern Alaska pack away their fishing gear for the winter, many are watching anxiously as a controversial mine proposal moves through the federal permitting process.

Unfinished business? Vancouver mayor departs with 'Greenest City' goal uncertain

Oct 19 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson campaigned for his job in 2008, he made a bold promise: To make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020.

CORRECTED-FEATURE -Salmon fishing in the U.S. - new threats to age-old Native life

Oct 16 2018

CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - R ebeccah Winnier’s father had a well-worn saying: “Daughter, when the fish are here, you’ve got to fish them.”

Boomtown Seattle aims to add jobs - and subtract emissions

Oct 10 2018

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From the Bullitt Center’s roof, Seattle’s status as the North American crane capital is in full view.

FEATURE-On the road to zero carbon, Portland pinches off fossil fuels

Oct 03 2018

PORTLAND, Oregon, Oct 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years ago, a group of eighth graders came before Portland's City Council to ask for something unusual: a ban on new facilities to transport or store fossil fuels in the city.

Sleeping giants: Hawaii eruption reverberates in U.S. Northwest

Oct 02 2018

VANCOUVER, Washington (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a clear day, scientists at the Cascades Volcano Observatory can see the dimpled summit of Mount St. Helens from the rooftop of their base in a suburban office park.

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