Now Playing:


Will The Franklin's Bumblebee Ever Be Seen Again?

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017

The last person who found Franklin's bumblebee in the field isn’t giving up on the bee. He still makes an annual pilgrimage to Mount Ashland in hopes it will make an appearance once again.

Learning About West Nile To Save Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017

Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases — like the West Nile virus. Turns out, the mosquito-transmitted virus is deadly for one of the West’s most iconic birds: the sage grouse.

Study: Probiotics Can Help Trees Clean Up Toxic Waste

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017

Humans like their yogurt and new research indicates the trees that clean up toxic waste stand to benefit from probiotics too.

More Environment

News | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | Nation

Sea Lions Put Willamette River Steelhead At Risk Of Extinction

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 7, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon officials say Willamette River steelhead are on the verge of extinction because they’re getting eaten by sea lions at Willamette Falls.

News | Environment | local

Evacuations Ordered As Chetco Bar Fire Threatens Homes

OPB | Aug. 20, 2017 11:45 a.m.

Approximately 300 homes are under a level 3 evacuation notice as Gov. Kate Brown declares the Chetco Bar Fire a conflagration.

local | Forestry | News | Environment | NW Life | Land

Where The Wildfires Are In The Pacific Northwest

OPB | Aug. 20, 2017 11:15 a.m.

As the 2017 Pacific Northwest's wildfire season rages on, here is the list of all of the fires that have happened so far

News | Environment | local | NW Life | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Gives OSU Team Chance For Rare Research

The Register-Guard | Aug. 20, 2017 9:54 a.m. | Corvallis

About a dozen researchers from Oregon State University and elsewhere want to make Monday’s­ total solar eclipse a once-in-a-lifetime experience in more ways than one.

News | Environment | NW Life | Business | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Vendors In Madras Still Waiting For Eclipse Crowds To Arrive

The Register-Guard | Aug. 20, 2017 9:40 a.m. | Madras

Many vendors and staff in Madras were expecting crowds of 25,000 people, but only a fraction of that number were there on Friday and Saturday.

Environment | World | Science

As India's Climate Changes, Farmers In The North Experiment With New Crops

NPR | Aug. 20, 2017 4:59 a.m.

Farmers are starting to grow new crops in winter, when their fields usually lie fallow. Meanwhile, air pollution, which contributes to climate change, is weakening India's solar energy production.

News | Environment | local

Milli Fire Expands Outside Sisters, Forcing Evacuations

Statesman Journal | Aug. 19, 2017 11:03 a.m. | Sisters, Oregon

The fire, named for a hiking trail near where it started, has shut down nearby highways, prompted evacuations and put a damper on eclipse celebrations.

News | Environment | local

Oregon Wildfire Causes Evacuations In Prime Eclipse Zone

AP | Aug. 18, 2017 5:04 p.m. | Portland

Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.

Food | Environment | Business | Nation

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

NPR | Aug. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m.

The move reverses an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water. The aim was to cut back on plastic litter.

Food | Entertainment | Environment

Waste Of Thyme: Why Do We Have To Buy More Herbs Than Recipes Call For?

NPR | Aug. 18, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Fresh herbs are some of the most perishable items in the produce section. And yet, shoppers are forced to buy amounts that are bound to go wasted at home.

Environment | Science | Nation

Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 3:06 p.m.

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.


‘Ugly’ Produce Delivery Service Expands To The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 16, 2017

A California-based company that sells blemished and misshapen fruits and vegetables is expanding into the Northwest.

Proposal Would Open Hunting, Fishing In Oregon Refuges

Statesman Journal | Aug. 10, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a proposal Wednesday to expand hunting and fishing at 10 national wildlife refuges, including two in Oregon.

Will Cell Phones Upset The Solitude Of Mount Rainier?

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2017

Soon, there could be cell service at Mount Rainier National Park.

Additional Funding provided by: Evergreen Hill Education Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Woodpecker Ridge Donor Advised Fund of MRG Foundation

Full List of EarthFix Sponsors