Friday, April 30, 2021

Salish Sea News Week in Review April 30 2021



Aloha Bugs Bunny Day!
On April 30, 1938, a cartoon character known as "Happy Rabbit" made his debut in a short Warner Bros. cartoon titled "Porky's Hare Hunt." He was the prototype for Bugs Bunny, having a similar personality, but looking a bit different. It is on the anniversary of the release of this short film that we celebrate Bugs Bunny Day. Bugs Bunny is an anthropomorphic gray hare with a relaxed and passive personality—but he is also a trickster. He became a cultural icon and is best known for starring in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, short films that were made by Warner Bros. from the 1930s through the 1960s.

New tsunami maps show how water could reach Seattle, Everett, Tacoma after an earthquake
Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, and Tacoma could see anywhere from six inches to 11 feet of water from a tsunami off the Washington coast.

Little estuary to see big restoration investment
Restoration plans call for establishing a fish-friendly estuary at Little Squalicum Park on Bellingham Bay, where currently the stream is routed through the confines of a concrete culvert.

Washington Legislature approves caps on carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, giving big win to Inslee, environmentalists
The Washington Legislature has passed a new carbon-pricing bill, handing a major win to Gov. Jay Inslee and making the state only the second in the nation to have such an extensive climate-change reduction policy.

Navy, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe dispute past, future of oyster beds in Bangor
How to measure the success of a recent oyster harvest by the Port Gamble S'Kllalam Tribe within the security fence of Naval Base Kitsap on the shore of Hood Canal? It depends on who you ask.

Ghost shrimp, humpbacks, tiny plankton: See Puget Sound surge with springtime life
Now is the sweet season, with its lengthening days and warm radiance of spring on Puget Sound. The return of the light is rousing the natural world from dormancy. Puget Sound is on the rebound, not only in the turn of the season, but in a resurgence of life.

Thousands of baby sea stars born at UW lab are sign of hope for endangered species
Just a few days shy of the first day of spring, scientists at Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island had reason to celebrate.

Jordan Cove on ‘pause,’ pipeline company tells court
The development of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal [Coos Bay OR] is on pause, those behind the project told a court last week.

Satellites show world’s glaciers melting faster than ever
A new study of the world’s 220,000 mountain glaciers finds that they are melting faster now than in the early 2000s Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers.

B.C. government puts $9.5M toward removing more than 100 derelict boats
Environment Minister George Heyman says the province is spending $9.5 million to address the "massive'' problem of marine debris along the coast.

WA climate cap bill fractures alliances on its way to Inslee’s desk
A sweeping climate proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee has both fractured existing alliances and sparked new ones — among activists and oil refineries alike — on its way to becoming Washington state law. The divisive bill, now awaiting Inslee’s signature after passing the state legislature, puts a cap on how much carbon dioxide the state’s biggest polluters can spew into the air and makes it more expensive for them to do so. John Ryan reports. (KUOW)

Can Canada reach its emissions targets while still producing so much oil and gas?
Last week, the federal government vowed that Canada would reduce its carbon emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Climate researchers say that can't happen, however, without significant changes to Canada's oil and gas production, including the elimination of the industry subsidies that help support it. (CBC)

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