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Union Pacific Stands Out For Track-Caused Derailments But Not Oil Spills

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2016

Federal officials placed the blame for this summer's fiery derailment in Mosier with Union Pacific Railroad. EarthFix analyzed federal data to put the railroad's safety record into context.

Ballot Initiative Could Make Oil Trains Illegal In Spokane

NWNews | July 26, 2016

Spokane’s City Councilis asking voters to decide a November ballot initiative that would make the shipment of oil or coal by rail through the city a civil infraction.

UW Scientist Wants To Digitize Every Fish Species In The World

AP | July 27, 2016

So far, scientists have digitized images of more than 500 species, from poachers to sculpins, from museum collections around the globe.

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Hundreds Of Dead Seabirds Washing Up Off Olympic Peninsula

AP | July 27, 2016 7:25 a.m.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that about 300 rhinoceros auklets, which are closely related to puffins, have washed ashore since May.

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Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

OPB | July 26, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild Horses and Burros Act, but overpopulated herds can do a lot of environmental damage.

Business | Animals | local | Environment | News

New Mega-Dairy Proposed For Eastern Oregon

Statesman Journal | July 26, 2016 7:57 a.m.

The proposed Willow Creek Dairy would house 30,000 animals. It would be the second-largest Oregon dairy, after Threemile Canyon, with 70,000 animals.

Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Land use

An Urban Refuge Where Humans And Wildlife Coexist

KCTS9/EarthFix | July 25, 2016 11:45 p.m. | Issaquah, Washington

One of the nation's first urban fish and wildlife refuges coexists with 20 percent of Washington's population in the Lake Sammamish watershed east of Seattle.

Nation | Environment | Science

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.

World | Environment | Science

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.

Nation | Environment

'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.

Health | Environment | World

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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An Urban Refuge Where Humans And Wildlife Coexist

KCTS9/EarthFix | July 25, 2016

One of the nation's first urban fish and wildlife refuges coexists with 20 percent of Washington's population in the Lake Sammamish watershed east of Seattle.

Oregon Battles Invasive Minnows To Protect Non-Native Trout

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016

There’s no question now: the tui chub are back in Diamond Lake.  What are we willing to do about it?

How Inspectors Missed Broken Bolts That Caused An Oil Train Derailment

OPB/EarthFix | July 06, 2016

Simple steps could have prevented the fiery derailment. Had inspectors walked the stretch of track in the weeks or months prior, they might have spotted the broken bolts, but no one did.


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