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Sword Fern Mystery: Acres of Dead Forest Plants Puzzle Scientists

KUOW/EarthFix | July 27, 2017

Sword ferns have been dying in huge numbers in forests around Puget Sound. The problem is spreading and scientists are scrambling to figure out what’s killing the centuries-old plants.

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

NPR | July 27, 2017

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017

While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin. 

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Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

NPR | July 27, 2017 3:47 p.m.

As oil and gas pipeline projects increase, and more environmentalists protest, a Pipeliners union wants to make sure it's part of the public conversation.

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

NPR | July 27, 2017 3:25 p.m.

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

NPR | July 27, 2017 12:39 p.m.

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

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Jumbo Airtanker Gets Approval To Resume Fighting US Wildfires

AP | July 27, 2017 8:04 a.m. | Boise

Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the U.S., but a lack of contracts currently limits the aircraft to California and one county in Colorado.

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

NPR | July 27, 2017 4:14 a.m.

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.

Land | Environment

Wyden Bill Encourages Outdoor Recreation On Public Lands

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2017 1:45 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to simplify the permitting process for outdoor recreation on public lands.

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PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

NPR | July 26, 2017 12:31 p.m.

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.

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Oregon Farmer Shipping Hay To Aid Victims Of California Wildfire

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | July 26, 2017 9:46 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon

As of Tuesday morning the Detwiler Fire was 65 percent contained and has consumed more than 78,000 acres, destroying 150 structures in its path, 63 of them homes, according to CalFire incident information.

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Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision On Water Treatment Plant

OPB | July 26, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A key watchdog group that monitors spending at the Portland Water Bureau said it will ask the City Council to slow its decision on a pricey new water treatment facility.

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Bowden Fire In Southeast Oregon Swells To 22,000 Acres

OPB | July 25, 2017 2:14 p.m.

The fire started after lightning struck the fire-prone area where the Long Draw fire burned in 2012.


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Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

OPB/EarthFix | July 24, 2017

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.

Would You Trust The Feds To Make Decisions About Your Land? | Terrestrial

KUOW | July 20, 2017

Why would a fourth-generation Oregon rancher who doesn't put much trust in the government choose to work with federal agencies to restore salmon runs on her property?

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