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Why Are There So Many Rats In Seattle?

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2016

Seattle housholds report  signs of rats at twice the national average. The main reason? More people means more trash and food waste. "It's like a buffet for rats," says one expert.

Opponents Challenge Environmental Review Of Kalama Methanol Plant

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2016

Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.

Building A Better Birdhouse: Creating Shelter For Swifts As Old Chimneys Disappear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016

Vaux's swifts are losing their roosting habitat as old chimneys get demolished. Bird advocates are testing out a homemade replacement in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

NPR | Oct. 21, 2016 6:09 a.m.

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

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Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

NPR | Oct. 21, 2016 6:09 a.m.

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

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How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

NPR | Oct. 21, 2016 6:09 a.m.

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

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How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

NPR | Oct. 21, 2016 6:09 a.m.

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

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What Can We Learn From One of the World's Most Toxic Accidents?

NPR | Oct. 21, 2016 6:09 a.m.

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

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VIDEO: Being A Columbia River Bar Pilot

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 3:55 p.m.

Complaining about the weather? Imagine being a Columbia River bar pilot when the weather goes south! 

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Report: Portland's Johnson Creek Has High Level Of PCBs

Pamplin Media Group | Oct. 20, 2016 12:53 p.m.

Oregon environmental regulators have found a steady increase in the levels of contamination in Southeast Portland’s Johnson Creek.

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Coffee And Climate Change: In Brazil, A Disaster Is Brewing

NPR | Oct. 20, 2016 12:49 p.m.

Climate change is threatening the world's coffee, a new report says. In the biggest coffee supplier on the planet, Brazil, rising temperatures are being felt to devastating effect.

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'It Was Time To Make A Hard Stand'; Closing Arguments Completed In Malheur Trial

NPR | Oct. 19, 2016 7:41 p.m.

Seven defendants who occupied Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge stand accused of conspiracy, theft of government property and illegally carrying firearms. Among them are Ammon and Ryan Bundy.


Oregon Measure Would Create United Front Against Animal Trafficking On West Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 17, 2016

Oregon voters will soon decide whether to ban the buying and selling of certain animal products.  The species covered under Measure 100 are being poached internationally at high rates.

Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016

More than 1,200 people signed up for this year's tour of Portland's catios – enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.

Should Carbon Emissions Be Taxed? Washington Voters Will Decide

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 07, 2016

Do you want to make energy companies pay $25 for every ton of carbon they emit? What if that meant your gas cost more and your electric bill went up? It’s a decision Washington voters are facing.

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