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Land use | Environment | Energy

Lawmakers Want To Keep Fossil Fuels In Ground

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2015 9 a.m.

A Northwest senator is behind a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by going to the very start of the carbon cycle: the coal, oil and natural gas that has yet to be extracted from the ground.

Politics | Land use | Communities | Environment

Bush Puts Western Lands On Campaign Agenda. Will Other Candidates Do The Same?

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 21, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Is GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush's campaign focus on public lands a sign that the West's natural resources will be an election-cycle issue?

Agriculture | Land use | Communities | Land | Environment

Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Health | Communities

Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

Agriculture | Land use | Environment | Land

How Does Washington Clean Up Contaminated Soil? It Depends On Where You Live.

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

A liable party makes a world of difference for Washington’s Department of Ecology. It could be the difference between paying for cleanups and letting contamination linger.

History | Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Science | Communities

NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.

History | Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Communities

How A Banned Chemical Helped Clean Up Washington’s Orchards

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”

Land use | Environment | Energy | Water | Communities | Economy | Fish & Wildlife | Climate change

Southern Oregon Natural Gas Project Gets Federal Environmental Approval

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

Federal regulators determine that Jordan Cove can take steps to minimize environmental and safety concerns surrounding the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline.

News | Land use | Forestry

Cameras Will Soon Do The Job Of Fire Tower Lookouts

OPB | Sept. 22, 2015 3:25 p.m.

Some fire tower lookouts in Oregon will soon be replaced with high-powered video cameras.

Land use | Environment | Recreation | Forestry | Technology | Communities

New Interactive Maps Bring The World (Wide Web) To Oregon Trails

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

An Oregon environmental group spent the summer lugging a 40-pound Google Trekker camera around trails on public lands.  Now its virtual tours are live online.