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Climate change | Environment | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Shellfish Hit By Giant Toxic Algae Bloom

KUOW/EarthFix | June 16, 2015 5:52 p.m.

The West Coast is experiencing the largest bloom of toxic algae in more than a decade, prompting wide-ranging closures of commercial crab and shellfish harvesting and causing some very weird behavior in wildlife.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Climate change | NW Life | Communities | Sports | Water | Recreation

Drought Conditions Are Sucking The Fun Out of Northwest Reservoirs

OPB | May 22, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Many lakes levels are lower this spring than they’ve been in 30 years. That's not just bad news for irrigators and fish. It means many boaters and anglers will be high and dry this summer.

Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | News | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Climate change | Animals | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Oregon Lab Helps Solve The World's Crimes Against Nature

OPB/EarthFix | May 16, 2015 1 a.m. | ASHLAND, Ore.

After the FBI refused to devote its forensics expertise to solving wildlife poaching and trafficking cases, the world's only lab dedicated to solving wildlife crimes was built in Oregon.

Climate change | News

Forest Service Officials Warn That Ice Caves Collapse

AP | May 14, 2015 7:22 a.m.

U.S. Forest Service officials are warning the public that unseasonably warm weather has made the ice caves in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls too dangerous for exploration.

Climate change | News

Ore. Judge Rules Against Teens In Climate Change Lawsuit

AP | May 12, 2015 7:16 a.m.

Two Oregon teenagers who sought to force state lawmakers to work harder on a plan to reduce carbon emissions and help stave off climate change have struck out a second time with a state judge.

Climate change | News

Ore. Judge Hears Arguments In Revived Climate Change Suit

AP | April 8, 2015 7:21 a.m.

An Oregon judge has heard arguments in a case brought by two Eugene teens who have spent years contending that the state is failing to take adequate steps to stave off climate change.

Climate change | Environment

Climate Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington

KUOW | April 6, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has been pushing for limits on carbon emissions, but his cap-and-trade legislation has faced an uphill battle. Now one group says it’s time to take the issue to the voters.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

The Northwest Struggles With Coal-Generated Power From Out Of State

OPB | April 2, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Carbon County, Utah

Northwest utilities are fighting pressure end to all use of coal-fired power -- even when it's generated in places like Utah and Montana.

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment | Pacific Ocean

Warm Ocean Temperatures Could Mean Trouble For Marine Life

OPB | March 17, 2015 5:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The ocean is going to be unusually warm this year off of Oregon and Washington, which could spell trouble for salmon and other marine life. 

Fish & Wildlife | Land | Forestry | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Climate change | Communities | Water | Land use

Long Road Lies Ahead For Northwest Forest Plan Update

OPB | March 13, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The Northwest Forest Plan is now 20 years old and due for an update, which will have environmental and economic reverberations for decades to come.