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Nov. 30, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland's DIY model for reducing air pollution

When the poor air quality around Northwest Portland schools made national headlines in 2009, the complaint department at the ESCO reached its limit. Continue reading →

Filed under: Air, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Pollution


Nov. 28, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Snapshot: How green are Oregon's oceans?

I was on the coast for Thanksgiving and took a walk along the Clatsop Beach south of the Peter Iredale. At some point on the way back to the car I started collecting all the green garbage I saw on the beach. Little did I know what a pile I would collect! Continue reading →

Filed under: Pacific Ocean, Garbage, Pollution


Oct. 27, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

What bald eagles are telling us about the Columbia

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Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Columbia River Basin, Pollution, Toxics in fish


Oct. 13, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

A real-time map of environmental accidents

The nonprofit environmental group SkyTruth just launched a real-time map of environmental accidents. You can sign up for updates on new incidents as they happen and be alerted if there is a pollution event happening near you. Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Pollution


Oct. 11, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Video: Living on a derelict barge in the Columbia

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Filed under: Water, Columbia River Basin, Derelict vessels, Pollution


Aug. 12, 2011 · By Bonnie Stewart

Flame Retardants And Pesticides Make Lousy Fish Food In The Columbia River

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey--lots of scientists--have been studying how contaminants work their way through the food web of the Columbia River. We're talking PCBs, flame retardants, pesticides, toulene--nasty chemicals known as endocrine disrupting compounds. Using a foodweb model, the researchers tested insects, fish that eat the insects, osprey that eat the fish and invertebrates that live in the river's sediments and dine on the leftovers. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Water, Columbia River Basin, Pollution, Toxics in fish, US Geological Survey


July 11, 2011

Video: "I like the way you walk it. Dog Doogity."

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Filed under: Water, Pollution, Puget Sound, video


Jan. 31, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Barge still leaking oil into the Columbia

Workers were trying to stabilize a derelict vessel leaking oil in the Columbia River today so divers can remove all remaining oil. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Columbia River Basin, Davy Crockett oil spill, Pollution


Dec. 15, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

Cleaner rivers = dirtier dishes

I had to post this because this has been another topic of discussion at my house. Why the heck isn't the dishwasher getting our dishes clean anymore? Continue reading →

Filed under: Sustainability, Water, Pollution


Dec. 08, 2010 · By Cassandra Profita

A preview of the EPA under pressure?

Why did the Environmental Protection Agency really delay its new boiler pollution rules? Bradford Plumer of The New Republic writes it could be a reaction to anti-EPA sentiment among the new Republican leadership in Congress, and a preview of how environmental policy will be affected over the next two years: Continue reading →

Filed under: Air, Environmental Protection Agency, Fred Upton, GOP in the House, Pollution



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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