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Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

Are The Car-Sharing And EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017

A new program in Northeast Portland aims to serve people outside the boundaries of mainstream car-sharing services.

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9 Iconic Places Burned By Oregon Wildfires This Season

Statesman Journal | Sept. 23, 2017 11:31 a.m.

The flames tore into beloved places across the state, torching mountains and forests Oregonians traditionally pilgrimage to each summer and fall.

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Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017 10:33 a.m.

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.

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Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change

NPR | Sept. 23, 2017 6:03 a.m.

People can't simulate realistic, internal sensations, like temperature change or pain — which is a reason why more people aren't terrified by climate change, says guest blogger Lisa Feldman Barrett.

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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

NPR | Sept. 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

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Geologists Sound Alarm Over Future Landslides In Columbia River Gorge

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2017 7:30 a.m.

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

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ODOT Gets $1 Million To Clean Up Wildfire Damage

Pamplin Media Group | Sept. 20, 2017 8:42 a.m.

Oregon's Department of Transportation will get a $1 million grant to clean up roads and highways damaged or threatened by the summer's wildfires.

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Small Sawmill Operation Coming To Ritter, Oregon

Blue Mountain Eagle | Sept. 20, 2017 8:28 a.m.

The Ritter Land Management Team recently took delivery of a portable sawmill they hope will help rid the Ritter landscape of unwanted juniper and provide much-needed jobs.

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Judge OKs Lawsuit Seeking Better Protection Of Puget Sound

AP | Sept. 20, 2017 7:57 a.m. | Seattle

Washington's Department of Ecology faces the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal money after a judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon-based environmental group.

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Salem Releases Untreated Sewage Into The Willamette River

Statesman Journal | Sept. 20, 2017 7:37 a.m.

The city of Salem is warning people to stay out of the Willamette River downstream of Keizer’s River Road Park following an accidental sewer overflow.

Business | Environment | Food

Global Plan To Streamline 'Use By' Food Labels Aims To Cut Food Waste

NPR | Sept. 20, 2017 3 a.m.

Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that.


Wildfires Are Big Trouble For The Northwest's Lynx, Pygmy Rabbits And Other Creatures

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2017

As wildfires rage across the Pacific Northwest, more than just people are displaced from their homes. Animals in the wild are also feeling the effects of the flames.

How We Fight Wildfires

 Wildfires can get so big that they create their own weather systems. On the ground, the average wildfire moves twice as fast as the average person. How do wildland firefighters tame such an inferno?

A Climate Rescue Mission For Puget Sound's Rare Butterfly

KCTS9/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2017

Thought to be extinct for nearly a century, the island marble butterfly was rediscovered on San Juan Island. Now biologists are trying to keep the butterfly from getting squeezed out.

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