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Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | News

Oregon Elevates Threatened Marbled Murrelet To Endangered Status

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 Friday to elevate the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in older coastal forests, from a "threatened" species to "endangered."

Environment | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest

This week on "OPB Politics Now," we’ll discuss the policies both Oregon and Washington are considering to tackle climate change at the state level.

Environment | local | Climate change | Politics | Air

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Opposing Views On Cap And Trade Bill

Oregon lawmakers held a joint committee hearing Monday on a bill that would create a cap and trade program to reduce the state’s carbon emissions.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Science

Researcher Uses Drones To Learn How Whales Respond To Noise Pollution

What happens to whales' health when we fill their habitat with noisy ship traffic?

Environment | Energy

Q&A: What Are The Chances Of Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling In The Northwest?

The Trump administration has plans to reopen the Pacific Northwest to offshore oil and gas leasing, but is anyone actually looking to drill in the waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington?

Environment | Energy

SolarWorld Aims To Ramp Up Solar Panel Production As Tariffs Kick In

SolarWorld has new hope for its solar panel manufacturing business following President Donald Trump's decision to approve tariffs on imports.

Environment | local | News | Energy | Politics

Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff On Imported Solar Panels

President Trump has approved a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels in a decision that has split the U.S. solar industry.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local

Northwest Sea Lion Saved From Certain Death Now Does Tricks In Chicago

A sea lion named Biff is one of a lucky few with new homes in zoos and aquariums after they were removed from the Columbia River to protect salmon.

Environment | Climate change

Q&A: How Oregon's Cap And Trade System Would Work

Oregon lawmakers are considering a cap and trade program to reduce the state's contributions to climate change. How would that work?

Environment | News | Energy

Court Approves Plan To Help Salmon By Spilling More Water Over Columbia River Dams

A federal judge has approved a plan to spill more water through dams in the Columbia River Basin this spring.

Environment | local | Energy

Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest Under Trump Proposal

The Trump administration announced a new plan Thursday that would allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast.

Environment | Water | News

Agreement Sets Pollution Testing Plan For Portland Harbor Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the next big step in cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site: inking an agreement for how pollution levels will be tested.

Environment | Agriculture | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portlanders Weigh In On Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules

At a hearing in Portland Wednesday, Oregon environmental regulators took questions and comments on the new statewide air pollution rules they’re proposing.

Environment | News | Sustainability

Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash

Northwest recycling companies are scrambling to find markets for our paper and plastic as China cracks down on waste imports.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | local | Oregon Field Guide

Pyrosomes: Mysterious, Pickle-Shaped Visitors Of The Deep

The pickle-shaped sea creatures known as pyrosomes are rarely seen along the West Coast, but this year millions of them showed up. No one knows why they're here or how long they'll stay.

Environment | Energy

Tariffs On Cheap, Chinese Solar Panels Divide Energy Businesses And Workers

A trade panel is recommending tariffs to make Chinese solar panels so expensive that U.S. manufacturers like Oregon’s SolarWorld can compete. But could hurt the rest of the U.S. solar industry.

Environment | Science | Nation | Business | Politics | local | Energy | News

How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

Environment | local | Water | News

Oregon Governor Wants To Cancel Water Transfer For Nestle

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to walk away from a water rights transfer tied to Nestle's proposed water bottling plant.

Environment | local | News | Energy

Longview Coal Export Backers Sue Washington Over Permit Denial

Backers of a coal export terminal proposed in Southwest Washington are suing state regulators over their denial of a key permit needed to build the project.

Environment | Health | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon's New Air Pollution Rules Are Already Being Debated

Oregon is proposing new air pollution rules that would set limits on the total health risk a polluter can pose to its neighbors.