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How Helping Salmon Could Save Puget Sounds' Baby Orcas

KCTS 9 | Feb. 11, 2016

With nine new calves in the last year, the most important question may be whether they will have enough to eat.

Washington Lawmakers Consider Putting A Price On Carbon

KCTS9/EarthFix | Feb. 09, 2016

Passing a voter-backed initiative would make Washington the first state to tax residents and businesses on their carbon emissions.

Tacoma's Methanol Plant Proposal Draws A Critical Crowd

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 11, 2016

Hundreds of people crowded into a Tacoma convention center Wednesday night to voice concerns about a methanol refinery proposed for the city’s Tideflats.

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Brown Withdraws Earthquake Resilience Officer Nominee

Portland Tribune | Feb. 11, 2016 3:05 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Legislators created the position in 2015 to oversee and centralize policy guidance of the state’s plan for reducing risks and improving recovery from the next catastrophic Northwest Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and potentially corresponding tsunamis.

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Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 11:33 a.m.

The 8-inch insect nearly went extinct when hungry rats overran its island. But Melbourne scientists found a few in 2001 and started a thriving colony. Now the San Diego Zoo is hatching them, too.

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What Does It Take To Endure The Harshest Climate On Earth?

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 10:48 a.m.

Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey.

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How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 10:48 a.m.

Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.

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Will California Gas Leak Mark A Turning Point In Energy Debate?

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 3:48 p.m.

A massive methane leak may soon end, but its environmental impact is still being weighed. A scientist says it won't have a big effect globally, but it's a setback in efforts to curb greenhouse gases.

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When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 3:27 p.m.

For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.

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Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 3:23 p.m.

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 12:15 p.m.

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.

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Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 11:03 a.m.

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

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Supreme Court Puts White House's Carbon Pollution Limits On Hold

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 8:51 a.m.

A decision on the Clean Power Plan could be long in coming – meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.


Oregon State Students Dig Into Extraordinary Assignment: Recovering Ancient Mammoth Bones

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 03, 2016

Thousands of extinct animal bones and fragments have been excavated from Oregon State University's football stadium. But one last pile of dirt is still being explored by students in an extraordinary on-campus assignment.

Portland Heavy Metals Emissions Linked To Glass Facility

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 04, 2016

A glass facility in Southeast Portland has suspended the use of cadmium and arsenic in its operations following the revelation that testing found unhealthy levels of those metals in the air nearby.

Organic Farming Better Suited For Drought Conditions, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 03, 2016

Eating organic food is on the rise, and organic farming methods set soil up to better withstand drought, according to new research.

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