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Washington State's Multiple Choice Test On Capping Carbon Pollution

KUOW/EarthFix | July 22, 2016

Friday was the public's last chance to comment on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to limit carbon pollution from the state's biggest emitters. But with a carbon tax on the November ballot, it won't be voters' last word on the matter.

Oregon Bottle Deposit Set To Double Next Year

OPB/EarthFix | July 22, 2016

Low redemption rates have triggered a doubling of the Oregon beverage container deposit to a dime. The change goes into effect next April.

A Seattle Entrepreneur’s Mealworms Could Land On Your Dinner Plate Someday

Crosscut | July 22, 2016

Seattle's first insect farm is producing fertilizer and chicken feed for starters. But the PhD behind the firm thinks her grubs could eventually be part of people's diet.

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Some Evacuation Orders Lifted In Southern California Wildfire

NPR | July 25, 2016 6:40 p.m.

The body of a man was found in an area burned by a 33,000 acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Sand Fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is one of 19 major fires burning in California.

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Canadian Oil Spill Threatens Drinking Water

NPR | July 25, 2016 3:50 p.m.

An oil slick has forced the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to shut down its water treatment plant, after a pipeline dumped tens of thousands of gallons into the North Saskatchewan River.

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Oregon Timber Harvest Slips For 2nd Consecutive Year

OPB | July 25, 2016 9:42 a.m. | Portland

Before the great recession, Oregon was producing about 4 billion board feet of lumber a year. That dropped after the recession as people stopped building houses.

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'A Government-Sponsored Disaster': Florida Asks For Federal Help With Toxic Algae

NPR | July 25, 2016 8:24 a.m.

The massive toxic algae bloom in Florida is threatening businesses and the health of people and animals. The state is asking for federal help for a disaster that's both natural and political.

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The Race To Stop A Looming Food Disaster In Southern Africa

NPR | July 25, 2016 7:15 a.m.

El Nino ruined this spring's harvest. Can food aid — and maize seeds — be delivered in time?

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Lead Tests In Portland, Salem Schools May Be Skewed

Statesman Journal | July 25, 2016 6:48 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The contractor hired to test water for lead in the Salem-Keizer and Portland school districts is not following the procedure recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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NW Fire Season Slow So Far, But That Could Change In August

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:44 p.m.

The winter’s thicker snowpack and cooler temperatures this summer have helped keep large fires at bay.

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Authorities Remove Explosive Device From Wallowa Lake

Wallowa County Chieftain | July 24, 2016 8:07 a.m.

Members of the Oregon State Police also were brought in to handle the device once it was removed from the water.

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2 Major California Wildfires Prompt Thousands Of Home Evacuations

NPR | July 24, 2016 1:17 a.m.

A burned body was found near a northern Los Angeles brushfire that's forced the evacuation of 1,500 homes. As of Saturday night, the 31-square-mile fire was just 10 percent contained.

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Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

NPR | July 23, 2016 2:42 p.m.

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.


House Budget Bill Would Block Owyhee Monument

OPB | July 19, 2016

The House bill includes language to block funding for new national monuments created by the president.

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

OPB | July 19, 2016

Groundwater at the site of the oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, is contaminated with elevated levels of benzene and other volatile organic compounds. But the main worry isn't drinking water: it's the health of nearby wildlife.

A Month After Mosier Derailment, New Rules To Improve Safety Of Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2016

In response to the Mosier oil train derailment, Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced their second bill tackling oil train safety.  

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