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Inslee Pushes Water Quality Rules To Match EPA Recommendations

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 08, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces the state is pursuing clean water rules that match federal recommendations for protecting human health.

Smog Levels May Be Low In The Northwest But The Region Is Not In The Clear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 07, 2015

New ozone rules from the EPA won't immediately ding Northwest communities, but pollution challenges remain.

Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 05, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downgrade the protected status of Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened.

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3 Questions For Volkswagen Diesel Owners In The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 23, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Volkswagen is engulfed in a scandal after admitting to cheating on emissions testing. And that might have Volkswagen owners a little nervous. 

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Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

EarthFix | Oct. 9, 2015 7:46 a.m.

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

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Scientists Try Radical Move To Save Bull Trout From A Warming Climate

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 4:46 p.m.

Bull trout are dwindling in Montana as their home-waters warm, and invasive fish devour them. Scooping up threatened fish and moving them higher up the mountain could backfire. Is the risk worth it?

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New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 3:10 p.m.

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.

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Should The Public Have Access To Rattlesnake Mountain?

Northwest News Network | Oct. 8, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will hold public meetings the week of Oct. 12 in Richland, Washington, about opening Rattlesnake Mountain to the public.

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ODFW Kills Invasive Fish In Umatilla County Ponds

East Oregonian | Oct. 8, 2015 12:26 p.m.

ODFW biologists have started killing off goldfish and bullhead catfish in Boundary Pond using rotenone, a plant-based poison that enters in through the fish’s gills and cuts off oxygen to the cells.

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California's Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 10:27 a.m.

California wineries use between 2.5 to 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.

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California City Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 1:55 p.m.

Officials in Fort Bragg also ordered restaurants to serve water to customers only upon request. As part of a Stage 3 water emergency, things like washing cars using city water are prohibited, too.

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Portland Company Building Highrise From Wood

OPB | Oct. 7, 2015 1:31 p.m.

There's a new 12-story building set for construction in the Pearl District. But this building stands out from the scores of new highrises in a big way: it will be made of wood.

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For Environmentalists, Mines Near Wilderness Are Too Close For Comfort

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 2:42 p.m.

A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.

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US Settles Claims Against BP Over Deepwater Horizon Spill

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 11:12 a.m.

Federal and state claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been resolved, the Justice Department says, with the oil and gas company agreeing to pay more than $20 billion in penalties.


My Grandfather And The Plane That Changed Seattle

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015

A reporter explores the connections between Seattle's polluted river, her grandfather's wartime experiences and the airplane that changed the city.

Quake Could Threaten 90 Percent Of Oregon Fuel Supply

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015

Along the Willamette River, a six-mile stretch in Portland holds more than 90 percent of the state’s fuel supply. If a quake strikes here, it could devastate supply lines for fuel, electricity and natural gas. 

Explainer Video: How Firefighters Combat Wildfires

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 02, 2015

More than 43,000 wildfires have burned about 8.2 million acres across the country this year -- and there’s another month of the typical fire season to come.

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