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2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 8:03 a.m.

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It hasn't been this hot since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

Environment | Climate change | Recreation

Bright Side To Climate Change? More Mild Days In The Northwest

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 17, 2017 10 p.m. | Seattle

New study finds as climate change advances, the Northwesterners will see more ideal weather days in the spring and fall.

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What Trump's Election Means To Blue Voters In A Red County

OPB | Jan. 17, 2017 11:12 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

The backlash against Donald Trump's election has been intense in places such as Portland and Seattle -- cities that overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. But east of the Cascades, opponents of the president-elect are working more quietly.

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Cold Temps Lock In Ice; Portland Schools Closed For 3rd Day

AP | Jan. 13, 2017 7:07 a.m.

Bone-chilling temperatures greeted Portland commuters and a derailment near the Rose Quarter caused delays for those who travel by light rail.

Environment | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

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Spread By Trade And Climate, Bugs Butcher America's Forests

AP | Jan. 1, 2017 11:22 a.m. | Petersham, Massachusetts

Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened trees, invasive bugs have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Climate change

Annual Bird Count Opens A Window Into Climate Change

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 30, 2016 7:45 a.m. | Everett, Washington

The annual bird count has been happening for over one hundred years. Volunteers provide scientists with loads of data about how birds’ ranges and populations are changing.

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Oregon Smokejumper Dies In Alabama

OPB | Dec. 21, 2016 5:43 p.m.

An Oregon firefighter died Tuesday from injuries he sustained while working in Alabama.

Environment | Climate change

Climate Change Definitely Shrinking Alpine Glaciers: Research

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 21, 2016 4:45 p.m. | Seattle

Climbers and hikers in the Pacific Northwest have seen first-hand how our glaciers have been shrinking. But, until now scientists couldn’t prove those changes were due to climate change.

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The Best Of EarthFix 2016

EarthFix | Dec. 18, 2016 1:51 p.m.

From an international investigation into electronic waste to a study of the U.S. military's environmental legacy in the Northwest, here is the best reporting from EarthFix in 2016.