Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Taking to the skies

Researchers make first flights into atmospheric rivers

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Washington Post

Every winter, narrow, fast-flowing plumes of atmospheric moisture stream across the Pacific Ocean and bombard the West Coast with heavy rain. Known as “atmospheric rivers,” they are critical for the regional water supplies. For the first time ever, “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft are collecting data from these rivers above the Pacific to attempt to improve forecasts. As much as half of the rain and snow that falls in West Coast states comes from these rivers.

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$20 million for Oregon conservation projects

Portland Business Journal

Seven Oregon conservation projects will receive more than $20 million in federal funding over the next five years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $20.2 million for drought-resilient ranching, water quality and ecosystem work in far-flung corners of the state, such as Wallowa County and the Klamath Basin.

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Alberta study suggests fluoridation cuts cavities

Canadian Press

A new report suggests a decision by the Calgary in 2011 to stop adding fluoride to its water has had a negative impact on children’s dental health in Alberta’s largest city. The report, published in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, shows Calgary children have more than twice as many cavities as their counterparts in Edmonton, where fluoridation continues.

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