Could Seattle's Tunnel Deliver Salmon Salvation?

KUOW | April 01, 2015

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunnel project is more than a year behind schedule. As local frustration mounts, one engineering firm has a fresh idea that could mean good news for urban salmon recovery.

Unmanned Aircraft Launches Wildlife Science Into Idaho's Skies

Idaho Public Television | March 31, 2015

University of Idaho wildlife scientists team up with a crew from Florida to deploy unmanned aircraft. A growing number of researchers are using airborne technology to assess the health of the land, water, and wildlife.

Hungry Sea Lions Pile Into The Columbia River

OPB | March 26, 2015

As starving sea lions wash ashore in California, biologists are counting a record number of California sea lions in the Columbia River. Coincidence? Probably not.

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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

NPR | April 1, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

NPR | March 31, 2015 4:57 p.m.

The new target was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. Part of a plan for a new international treaty, it would give the U.S. 10 years to reach its goal.

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Orcas Spotted Off Oregon Coast

OPB | March 31, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Even orcas head south for spring break. L- and K-pod ocras made their way to Cape Disappointment off the Oregon Coast, according to NOAA Fisheries West Coast — Science and Management on its Facebook page.

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'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

NPR | March 30, 2015 12:19 p.m.

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.


Why There's More Concern For Farmworkers After Pesticide Cancer Study

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That's why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.


Ranchers, Government Agree To Expand Sage Grouse Conservation in Oregon

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4 p.m.

Ranchers and the federal government have agreed to a plan that protects virtually all of Oregon’s sage grouse habitat.  Ranchers who sign on would be immune from harsher restrictions if the bird is listed as an endangered species.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

NPR | March 27, 2015 3:05 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

NPR | March 27, 2015 5:35 a.m.

An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that kitty litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.

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Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

NPR | March 26, 2015 5:01 p.m.

The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.


Special Report: Inside The Box

OPB | Jan. 12, 2015

Aging portable classrooms burden the grid, frustrate teachers and administrators and compromise student health.

Special Report: What A Waste

Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away

EarthFix | Feb. 19, 2015

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