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Where Are Portland's Hottest, Most Polluted Areas?

OPB/EarthFix | July 29, 2015

As summers in the Northwest get hotter with climate change, researchers and planners are looking for ways to reduce the health risks in urban hot spots. In Portland, a new map could help.

How Much Have Protesters Actually Affected Shell's Drilling Plans?

OPB/EarthFix | July 30, 2015

Protesters dangling for two days from Portland's St. Johns Bridge kept a Shell Oil ice breaker at bay for 36 hours before it passed through en route to the Arctic. It's likely the delay hasn't cost Shell much.

Gov. Inslee Seeks A Cap On Washington's Carbon

OPB/EarthFix | July 28, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to put a cap on carbon emissions by stepping up enforcement of existing pollution laws.

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Shell Icebreaker Clears Protest Blockade, Leaves Portland

OPB/EarthFix | July 30, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Portland

The Shell ice breaker, Fennica, has cleared the St. Johns Bridge and has moved past the protestor blockade to continue on the Willamette River.

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US Coast Guard Escorts Fennica Out On Columbia River

OPB | July 30, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Portland

The Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker, Fennica, has left Portland after undergoing repairs at the local dry dock, but it wasn't an easy task.

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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

NPR | July 30, 2015 6:41 p.m.

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

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Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

NPR | July 30, 2015 5:04 p.m.

Beirut's streets are piled with two weeks' worth of uncollected trash. To many Lebanese, it's no surprise. The country has been without a president for more than a year.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

NPR | July 30, 2015 4:43 p.m.

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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US Coast Guard: Icebreaker Faced Obstruction, But Kayakers Cooperated

OPB | July 30, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Portland

The Fennica moved north along the Willamette River Thursday, but turned back to the Vigor Shipyards after reaching protesters at the St. Johns Bridge.

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Portland Mayor On Bridge Activists: 'Protests Are Helpful'

OPB | July 30, 2015 1 p.m. | Portland

OPB spoke with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who also serves as the city’s police commissioner, about who has jurisdiction over the protesters and whether they have his support.

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

NPR | July 30, 2015 12:53 p.m.

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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Experts: MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Indian Ocean

NPR | July 30, 2015 12:05 p.m.

An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Morning Showdown

OPB | July 29, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Portland, Oregon

Environmental activists on St. Johns Bridge have been blocking the icebreaker from heading to the Arctic for a drill operation. 

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Protesters Rappel From Portland Bridge To Delay Shell Icebreaker

OPB | July 28, 2015 5:55 p.m.

A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups will not leave a Portland dock today, according to the Columbia River Bar Pilot dispatch.


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