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Columbia Riverkeeper's new Handford video

This August marks the 70th anniversary of the devastating bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. Hanford produced the plutonium for “Fat Man,” the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Watch Columbia Riverkeeper's newest short film, Hanford: A Race Against Time” showing how Hanford’s nuclear legacy poses an ever-present threat to the Columbia River and river communities.

Columbia Riverkeepers are also collecting signatures for a petition to President Obama about Hanford cleanup. Go here for more information.

Bald Eagle Recovery

More bald eagles spend the winter in Oregon than anywhere in the U.S. outside Alaska. Yet the lower Columbia River is one area in Oregon where eagles have trouble successfully hatching eggs.

Watch a recent Bald Eagle episode of OPB's Oregon Field Guide.

National Coverage of Proposed Coal Terminal in Longview

It's not too often that our little corner of the world makes the national presses, but over the past months friends and families have alerted us to Longview popping up in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or other far away papers because of the proposed coal terminal.  The most recent Natural Resources Defense Council magazine, On Earth, has a long article about coal with considerable text dedicated to the proposed terminal in Longview.  The Sierra Club magazine, Sierra, included an article on the Longview proposal earlier in the spring.

Tough truths about plastic pollution

Plastic bottles can harm our fauna and flora in many ways.

Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre. (Click here if the movie does not load in your browser).

Update on Cooper Island

We have received an update from George Divoky, our favorite arctic scientist. He writes from Cooper Island while conducting his continuing research on the Black Guillimot colony on Cooper Island. George invites you to go to his links to learn more about what is going on this summer.

"Yesterday brought the first major surprise of the summer when I found a recently hatched Glaucous Gull chick - a first for Cooper Island. Guillemot chicks are also hatching and I will be busy in the next week getting dates of hatching for the 146 active guillemot nests.

This has been a cooler and wetter summer than most recent ones and much ice is still visible from the island, unlike last year when there was only open water by this date. Check out our blog www.adventures-in-climate-change.com and/or website www.cooperisland.org for more information and check back during August to see how the ice retreat affects the guillemots and polar bears. Have a good rest of the summer and thanks much for your interest and support.

George"

If you like to know more about George Divoky and his research on Birds and what influence Climate Change has on the Guillimot watch this amazing video: