Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's Climate Legislation Gets A Hearing

Governor Jay Inslee has been pushing for a “polluters pay” carbon reduction plan for the majority of his time in office. Tuesday marked the first time that plan went before the state legislature. 

Oregon Wolf Population Meets Level To Consider Delisting

AP | Jan. 27, 2015 4:14 p.m.

Wolves in Oregon have hit the threshold for consideration of taking them off the state endangered species list.

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

NPR |Jan. 27, 2015 9:14 a.m.

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

Can Coastal Communities Survive A Tsunami?

OPB |Jan. 27, 2015 midnight

Everybody know it's coming. But can towns along the coast be ready in time? Here's what Seaside, Waldport and Yachats are doing to try.

EPA Report Details Oregon Chemical Releases

Statesman Journal |Jan. 26, 2015 1:12 p.m.

The quantity of toxic chemicals released to Oregon's air, land and water decreased by 18 percent in 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 11:57 a.m.

We can't drink our way out of climate change. But a Portland brewery has managed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with drinking a beer in first low-carbon brew, the Little Foot Red.

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

NPR |Jan. 26, 2015 5:03 a.m.

The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.

Jan. 26, 1700: How Scientists Know When The Last Big Earthquake Happened Here

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Oral traditions of people native to the Pacific Northwest and lots of scientific data point clearly to a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone in 1700, and another one is looming.

Why Build A Hospital In A Tsunami Zone?

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Why would officials plan to build a new hospital in a known tsunami inundation zone? Perhaps there's no better choice.

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

NPR |Jan. 25, 2015 1:28 p.m.

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

19 Environmental Groups Join Push For Stricter Oregon Pesticide Spraying Rules

OPB |Jan. 23, 2015 4:39 p.m.

Environmental groups want stronger rules for spraying herbicides on Oregon forests.

Startup Seeks To Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol

Northwest Public Radio |Jan. 23, 2015 4:30 p.m.

There’s no lack of sun east of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. That bright sunlight may soon help get a new distillery off the ground.

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