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An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.

Public Input Sought On Plan For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 27, 2015

The North Cascades used to be home to thousands of grizzly bears. Their numbers have dwindled to only a handful over the past century. Now, the federal government is asking for your input on helping out Washington’s grizzlies

Surge In Long Distance Hiking Spurs Interest In Creating New Trails

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2015

Thousands of people are expected to start long distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

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U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

NPR | Feb. 27, 2015 5:13 p.m.

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.

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Crater Lake Hits Record For Low Snow

Medford Mail Tribune | Feb. 27, 2015 1:29 p.m.

Crater Lake National Park has hit a record for the lowest snow level since measurements began in 1931.

Environment

New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 26, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Researchers off the Washington coast have spotted a newborn orca calf. The days-old baby is the third calf born in recent months to the area’s endangered killer whales.

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Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

NPR | Feb. 26, 2015 11:19 a.m.

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

NPR | Feb. 26, 2015 10:49 a.m.

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.

News | Environment

Tired Of Oil Trains? State Senator Wants To Consider Wash. Pipeline

KUOW | Feb. 26, 2015 10:22 a.m.

Tired of oil trains moving through the Northwest? How about a pipeline? New legislation could fund the study of a CascadiaXL pipeline to move oil from the middle of the country to the Washington coast. 

Environment

A New System To Keep Troops Cool And Use Less Diesel

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 25, 2015 3:42 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Keeping cool may soon take a lot less energy. Northwest researchers have developed a new air cooling system that could be used in cars, buildings and on the Navy’s front lines.

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Japanese Fish Found Alive In Oregon Waters

OPB | Feb. 25, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Portland

Oregon scientists are trying to figure out how a fish, native to Japan, was pulled out of a crab pot on the Oregon coast - alive.

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

NPR | Feb. 24, 2015 1:40 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the GOP-controlled Congress had sent the bill to the White House this morning. Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the threatened veto.

Nation | Science | Environment

'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

NPR | Feb. 24, 2015 6:48 a.m.

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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