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13-Car Train Derailment Prompts Hazmat Precautions In Eugene

The Register-Guard | Sept. 25, 2016 7:22 p.m.

Thirteen railcars, one of them containing a hazardous, flammable liquid, derailed on a Union Pacific train Sunday, prompting a partial evacuation, detouring traffic well into the night and stalling Amtrak train passengers.

Environment | Land | Sustainability | Forestry | Technology

Tree-Planting Robots Could Save Northwest Forests

Crosscut | Sept. 14, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Seattle

A Seattle and Beaverton, Oregon-based startup is developing drones for planting and monitoring trees on a large scale. The company says it uses “precision forestry” to keep our lands green.

Environment | Sustainability

Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Portland

More than 1,200 people signed up for this year's tour of Portland's catios – enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.

Environment | Renewable energy | Sustainability | Energy

Where Do Wind Turbines Go To Die?

Inside Energy | Sept. 9, 2016 3:16 p.m.

Wind turbines don't last forever. And when they come down, these giant structures can leave a lot of waste behind. The steel towers can be recycled, but the fiberglass blades typically end up in landfills.

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Idaho Leads The West In Per Capita Farm Income

Capital Press | Sept. 8, 2016 10:37 a.m.

Idaho lost a little ground in 2015 among the 11 Western states in the rankings for farm cash receipts and net farm income.

Environment | Sustainability

Eugene Company Encourages Environmentally Friendly Burial

KLCC | Aug. 19, 2016 2 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

More people are choosing alternative ways to spend the hereafter that include natural burial. A Eugene, Oregon, woman is on a mission to resurrect an old practice for dealing with the dead.

Environment | Sustainability | Education

Reusing Rubble From Demolished Schools Cuts Costs

KLCC | Aug. 19, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

School districts cut costs and practice sustainability by reusing materials and equipment gleaned from freshly demolished schools.

Environment | Nation | News | Sustainability | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Washington Attorney General: Say No To Oil Terminal Project

The Columbian | July 29, 2016 8:48 a.m.

One of the most influential voices weighing in on the nation’s largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal recommended rejecting the Vancouver project.

Renewable energy | Environment | Politics | Sustainability | local | News | Transportation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

NW Cities Turn To Local Action To Block Oil Trains

AP | July 28, 2016 8:33 a.m. | Seattle

Voters in Spokane will get to decide whether the city should prohibit the shipment of crude oil or coal by rail. The ballot measure, if approved, would make rail shipments of crude oil or coal a civil in  

Land use | Environment | Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife

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.