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William Ruckelshaus Awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

Northwest native William Ruckelshaus was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mediation At The Paris Climate Summit

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

A communications professor from Oregon State University is headed to the COP21 in Paris as part of the non-profit Mediators Without Borders.

Commercial Crab Season Delayed

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

The opening of commercial crabbing season in Oregon, Washington, and California is delayed this year because of a toxin found in crabs at some locations.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Portland Harbor Superfund

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015

The Portland harbor was declared a Superfund site 15 years ago, and officials are finally close to a plan to finish cleaning up the toxic 11-mile stretch of the Willamette.

The Toxic Problem In Many Of Washington's Former Orchards

OPB | Oct. 27, 2015

Levels of lead and arsenic in some Eastern Washington properties are high above state-mandated levels, but the problem isn't being fixed quickly.

Beetles Invade Portland Neighborhood

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015

Beetles that were released by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a biological control agent have spread into the neighborhood beyond.

Firefighting Costs Cast Shadow Over Forest Service Budget

OPB | Aug. 10, 2015

As firefighting costs have risen to more than half the Forest Service budget over the last 20 years, we talk to the Pacific Northwest's regional forest manager about what that means for restoration and more.

Who's On Algae Duty?

OPB | Aug. 11, 2015

Blue-green algae blooms are a growing problem on the Willamette River - but who's in charge of keeping them under control?

To Water Or Not To Water?

OPB | Aug. 05, 2015

Do you water your lawn in the dry summer months? Do your neighbors?

The Climate Action Plan And Oregon

OPB | Aug. 04, 2015

New rules announced yesterday by President Obama require reductions of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030.

Environmental Update: Dying Fish And Arctic Drilling

OPB | Aug. 03, 2015

We've got a round-up of some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

Shell Icebreaker Remains In Portland

OPB | July 30, 2015

Shell's Fennica icebreaker ship has still not been able to depart to the Arctic for oil drilling, after local climate change activists and Greenpeace activists blocked passage at the St. John's bridge.

Portland Protesters Block Shell Icebreaker At St. John's Bridge

OPB | July 29, 2015

A coalition of climate change activists and Greenpeace are keeping Shell's Icebreaker ship from proceeding to the Arctic.

A New Oil Terminal In Vancouver?

OPB | July 24, 2015

We're in Vancouver to explore the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal and the impact of oil trains.

How Portland's New Comprehensive Plan Affects You

OPB | July 13, 2015

Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan — the multifaceted documents will guide the way the city develops for the next two decades.

New Research On Carcinogenic Chemicals Combinations

OPB | June 23, 2015

A new study out today suggests that some commonly found chemicals could become carcinogenic in the human body even in low doses if combined.

Environmental Update On Oil Trains and Google Trekker

OPB | June 22, 2015

We check in with members of our EarthFix team about Google Trekker and one man's effort to get information on oil trains.

Toxic Algal Bloom Hits West Coast

OPB | June 18, 2015

The West Coast is experiencing the largest toxic algal bloom in the last decade. This toxin has caused many shellfish fisheries to close down.

Retired Vet Follows Migration Pattern Of Pronghorn Antelope

OPB | June 15, 2015

Burns resident Julie Weikel has just returned from a 10-15 mile a day trek.

What's The Best Way To Preserve Wilderness?

OPB | June 08, 2015

Some conservationists say wilderness must be left alone entirely, but others say if humans don't intercede, some species will be lost forever.