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We can brighten clouds to reflect heat and reduce global warming. But should we?

WASHINGTON – Ever-higher temperatures are melting the ice sheets faster than projected. Sea level is rising. International efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are taking longer than expected. It’s a nightmare scenario that could soon demand an emergency response. What to do? One idea gaining traction is to seed marine clouds with salt water or other particles, increasing their potential to reflect solar rays, cooling the earth. It’s part of a nascent and controversial branch of science known as “sunlight reflection methods,” or SRM.

Case of suspected American ISIS fighter captured in Syria vexes U.S.

Justice Department officials don’t believe they have enough evidence to bring charges against an American citizen and suspected member of the Islamic State who was captured in Syria last month, but the U.S. faces immediate legal challenges if he is not released and is detained without trial.

Wildlife copes with smoke

Wild critters can’t heed health agency warnings to take refuge indoors from the pall of wildfire smoke smothering the West.

Campfires

Across the region, campgrounds are banning fires, even inside rings of developed sites. The Colville National Forest earlier this week announced the ban at its campgrounds, and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area also has banned all campfires.

Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin

It’s projected that fewer than 131,000 steelhead will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That’s the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least 45,000 for the third straight year.

The view from on high

After 45 years of studying osprey, Wayne Melquist does a pretty good imitation of the bird’s distinctive call. The retired biologist let out a high-pitched chirp, followed by a keening cry as the pontoon boat he was riding in approached a nest on a piling in Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Cougar Bay on Saturday morning. An adult female answered him.

Banding ospreys in Coeur d’Alene

Wayne Melquist has been banding osprey chicks on Lake Coeur d'Alene for more than 40 years. He's retired form Idaho Fish and Game, so his work is volunteer now. His long-running work has helped shed light on trends in these majestic birds, who raise their young here but winter in distant countries to the South.

Education officials investigate Missoula schools complaint

MISSOULA – Federal education officials are weighing a complaint of gender discrimination against Missoula County Public Schools for allegedly not supporting Sentinel High School’s softball team. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has completed an investigation and a report is expected to be sent to the school and the person who filed the complaint.