Outdoors

Outdoors More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators' More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators' (Photo Gallery)
New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive Pacific Ocean species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the “terminator” of movie fame.
Outdoors 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' (Photo Gallery)
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.
Outdoors Deep sea exploitation: 'The impacts are global' Deep sea exploitation: 'The impacts are global'
The world’s oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week.
Outdoors Lightning sparks new fires in Douglas County Lightning sparks new fires in Douglas County (Photo Gallery)
As of Tuesday morning, the Douglas Forest Protective Association had taken 16 smoke reports and located 7 fires. The Umpqua National Forest said it had confirmed 2 fire starts. Crews were on scene Tuesday at a 3-acre fire in the Red Butte area.
Outdoors Oregon faces 'critical fire weather' Oregon faces 'critical fire weather' (Photo Gallery)
Thunderstorms repeatedly pelted Oregon with lightning in July, sparking round after round of forest fires.

And a storm last week lit up the skies across Western Oregon.

Now forecasters say the region faces another round of "critical fire weather."