Oil Refinery Could Be Built In Longview Or Elsewhere In The Northwest

OPB | April 15, 2015

An energy company's CEO says it's looking at several locations in Oregon and Washington as potential sites for what could be the West Coast’s first crude oil refinery in more than 25 years.

Sewer Water Beer Wins Oregon Regulators' Approval

OPB | April 15, 2015

State environmental regulators allow a wastewater treatment utility to give its recycled sewer water to a group of home brewers so they can turn it into beer.

Scientists Track Longest Mammal Migration Ever Recorded

OPB | April 15, 2015

A western gray whale has completed a nearly 14,000-mile journey from Sakhalin Island, Russia to Baja California, Mexico.

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

NPR | April 20, 2015 1:19 p.m.

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound from the spill's impact.

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Washougal Mayor Begins Camping Trip, Counting Oil Trains

The Columbian | April 20, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Washougal, Washington

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has announced plans to camp out next to the tracks, counting each and every train that passes.

World | Environment

EU Holds Emergency Meeting After Migrant Boat Capsizes; Hundreds Feared Dead

NPR | April 20, 2015 10:43 a.m.

With 28 survivors reported and 24 bodies recovered, only a fraction of the hundreds of people who were reportedly on board are accounted for.

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Actor William Shatner Proposes Water Pipeline From Northwest To Save California

OPB | April 20, 2015 9:24 a.m. | Portland

While Californians are cutting back on water and experimenting with long-term solutions to deal with drought, William Shatner said the answer is as simple as starting a Kickstarter page.

Environment | News

Forecasters Say Northwest Haze Is From Siberian Wildfires

AP | April 20, 2015 7:23 a.m.

The National Weather Service says wildfires in Siberia are to blame for haze hanging over much of the Pacific Northwest, giving sunsets a red hue.

Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Wyoming Wolf Pack Is Largest In The West

AP | April 20, 2015 7:04 a.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports 24 wolves in the Lava Mountain Pack.

Environment | Nation | Business

In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

NPR | April 18, 2015 9:17 a.m.

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

NPR | April 18, 2015 9:17 a.m.

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

Environment | Nation

As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

NPR | April 17, 2015 7:05 p.m.

Near Las Vegas, levels in the nation's largest reservoir have dropped 140 feet since 2000. Water deliveries to Nevada, Arizona and California may soon be rationed — and farmers would feel it first.

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Pesticides, Flame Retardants May Lead To Lamprey Decline

AP | April 17, 2015 7:18 a.m.

Researchers say high levels of pesticides, flame retardants, and mercury in Pacific lampreys may be contributing to their overall decline in the Columbia River Basin.


Special Report: Inside The Box

Special Report: Inside The Box | Jan. 12, 2015

Aging portable classrooms burden the grid, frustrate teachers and administrators and compromise student health.

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Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away

What A Waste: A Special Report | April 16, 2015

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