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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.

Critics Say Whales Put At Risk By Navy Testing Plan

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 02, 2015

The Navy released the final environmental review Friday for its proposed sonar and explosives training practices in waters off the coast of the Northwest.

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. 

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My Grandfather And The Plane That Changed Seattle

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015 9 a.m. | Seattle

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

Environment | Science | Health | Air | Economy | Transportation | Climate change

Oregon and Washington In Good Shape With New National Ozone Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

High concentrations of smog in the Northwest are relatively rare. 

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

New Plan For Recovering Bull Trout Takes Effect

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in five western states. But conservationists say it won't actually restore the fish's population.

Economy | Environment | Air | Technology

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. 

Nation | Science | Environment | Business

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.

Nation | Environment | Business

U.S. 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.

Environment | Water

Diesel Spills Into Columbia After Ship Hits Astoria Pier

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than 1,000 gallons of fuel Friday.

Nation | Science | Environment

What's At The Edge Of A Cloud?

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 2:55 p.m.

Scientists soared through clouds with a new instrument that takes 3-D pictures of the edge. What they learned about the size and density of droplets surprised them, and might lead to better forecasts.

World | Environment

India Says It Will Lower Rate Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 2:55 p.m.

India released its pledges ahead of December's global climate change summit in Paris. "We want to walk [a] cleaner energy path," says the country's environment minister.

Nation | Environment | Business

New EPA Rule Limiting Ground-Level Ozone Draws Fire From All Sides

NPR | Oct. 2, 2015 3:26 a.m.

A business group says the limit will hurt American workers. Environmentalists say it's not strict enough. The rule is intended to reduce the health damage of smog.

Economy | Nation | Environment | Business

Volkswagen Owners Wonder Where A Fix Will Leave Them

NPR | Oct. 1, 2015 4:44 p.m.

Many VW owners, who bought cars that had been touted as "clean diesel," ponder the possibility of having a substantial fix to their cars that could cut their gas mileage or their car's performance.

Environment | Forestry | Agriculture

Pesticide Spraying Firm Penalized After Chemical-Exposure Incident

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Oregon fines a helicopter company and suspends its license to spray pesticides after a worker complained of chemical exposure in Douglas County.

Communities | Environment | Energy | Water | Economy | Land use | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

Southern Oregon Natural Gas Project Gets Federal Environmental Approval

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

Federal regulators determine that Jordan Cove can take steps to minimize environmental and safety concerns surrounding the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Over Leavenworth Fish Hatchery

AP | Sept. 29, 2015 5:56 p.m. | Leavenworth, Washington

The Wild Fish Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy filed the lawsuit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Spokane.


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.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report | June 02, 2015

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