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Reduce, Reuse ... Repair? Pacific Northwest Fix-It Movement Grows

KCTS9/EarthFix | April 26, 2017 5:30 p.m.

King County is updating the mantra, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” with the addition of a fourth R: Repair.

Sustainability | Water | Environment

The Northwest's Water Systems Need A Big, Green Fix, Report Says

NWPR/EarthFix | April 14, 2017 4:58 p.m.

Northwest communities are getting their drinking water from aging infrastructure that is costly to maintain and prone to breaking down.

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Trees Or Bees: Fruit Growers' Dilemma Over Fungicides That Threaten Pollinators

KUOW/EarthFix | April 9, 2017 11:45 p.m.

Spring is the time for the annual struggle between keeping fruit trees alive and keeping bees alive to pollinate the trees.

Sustainability | Science | Environment

Oregon DEQ Hits Northwest’s Biggest Electronics Recycler With 6-Figure Fine

OPB/EarthFix | April 3, 2017 5:10 p.m.

Seattle-based Total Reclaim failed to label shipments of old electronics as hazardous waste.  

Sustainability | Climate change | Air | Energy | Environment

Oregon DEQ Says Cap And Trade Could Reduce Carbon Emissions At Lower Costs

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as cap and trade with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a new study.

Sustainability | Agriculture | Environment

Blue Pancakes? An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2017 1:41 p.m. | Mount Vernon, Washington

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new grain species, which they call Salish Blue. Their goal was to make something that’s like wheat but grows back year after year.

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Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 24, 2017 8:45 p.m. | Mt. Vernon, Washington

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new grain species, which they call Salish Blue. Their goal was to make something that’s like wheat but grows back year after year.

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Spread By Trade And Climate, Bugs Butcher America's Forests

AP | Jan. 1, 2017 11:22 a.m. | Petersham, Massachusetts

Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened trees, invasive bugs have become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the United States.

Sustainability | Agriculture | Business | Environment | Health

Can The Cannabis Industry Deliver An Organic, Environmentally Sensitive High?

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 23, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Goldendale, Washington

Marijuana growers use a lot of pesticides — especially when these  mildew- and mite-sensitive plants are grown indoors. But some are trying to deliver a cannabis high without the downer of pesticides.

Sustainability | Water | Environment

At Lyle Falls, Tribal Fishermen Carry On A Longstanding Tradition

OPB | Dec. 18, 2016 6 a.m. | Lyle, Washington

At Lyle Falls, Washington’s Klickitat River rushes toward the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of a few places where members of the Yakama Tribe still fish from scaffolds using dip nets.