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A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Fish & Wildlife | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

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Oregon Marine Mammal Institute Wants To Put A Whale On Your License Plate

OPB | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight | Portland

Oregon’s Marine Mammal Institute is trying to introduce a new vehicle license plate — featuring whales.

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OSU Develops New Hi-Tech Whale Tracking Device

OPB | Dec. 26, 2016 midnight | Portland

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new kind of tracking device to gather information on whale behavior.

Science | Pacific Ocean

Small Earthquake Strikes off of Oregon Coast

AP | Dec. 23, 2016 8:47 a.m.

A small earthquake struck in deep water off the Oregon coast, near Bandon.

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The Best Of EarthFix 2016

EarthFix | Dec. 18, 2016 1:51 p.m.

From an international investigation into electronic waste to a study of the U.S. military's environmental legacy in the Northwest, here is the best reporting from EarthFix in 2016.

Science | Pacific Ocean | Environment

New Whale Song Discovered In The South Pacific By Oregon Researchers

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The sound had not been identified previously because of the way scientists analyze acoustic data from the ocean. 

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Study Of Underwater Volcano Off Oregon Coast Helps Predict Eruptions

OPB | Dec. 15, 2016 2:52 p.m.

An underwater volcano, some 300 miles off the Oregon Coast, is providing clues about how to better understand — and predict — eruptions.

Energy | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment

West Coast Push Gets Under Way For Permanent Ban On Offshore Drilling

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 13, 2016 9:30 p.m.

California's governor wants his Oregon and Washington counterparts to join in seeking a permanent offshore oil drilling ban ban before the Trump presidency begins.

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Growler Jets Test Rainforest Peace As NW Military Presence Grows

EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon | Olympic National Forest, Washington

The military's expanded presence in the Northwest creates new challenges for those who want quiet places to remain so. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.