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Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

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 and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.

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

Climate change | Environment | Pacific Ocean

New Marine Heat Wave Looks A Lot Like 'The Blob'

Scientists are monitoring a marine heat wave off the West Coast that they say is reminiscent of the massive stretch of warm water nicknamed "the Blob" in 2014-15.

Recreation | local | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Wildlife Officials Kill Female Cougar Near Corvallis

Wildlife officials killed a 75-pound female cougar in the Dunn Forest west of Corvallis Wednesday morning.

local | Air | Communities | News | Nation | Economy | Environment | Transportation | Energy

Portland Oil Terminal Looks To Pipe Biofuels

Zenith Energy says it wants to add renewable fuels and "a liquid intermediate" to the list of products it handles at its crude oil terminal in Portland.

Environment | News | Energy | local | Economy

Oregon Regulators Flag Violations At Zenith Oil Terminal

Oregon regulators have sent a warning letter flagging environmental violations at the Zenith Energy oil terminal in Portland.

Environment | News | local | Air

Here's How Portland Can Reduce Diesel Pollution: Report

A new report from Lewis & Clark Law School offers a road map for reducing diesel pollution in the Portland metro area.

News | Energy | NW Life | local | World

Solar Advocates Launch 'Hang Dry Your Clothes For Climate Change' Week

With a little extra effort, we can all save some money and reduce our contributions to climate change. That’s the message behind a week-long campaign encouraging Oregonians to hang dry their laundry.

local | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Sustainability | News | Economy | Environment | Business

Plastic Pollution Is Everywhere. What Can We Do About It?

Scientists are finding plastic pollution in every nook and cranny of the planet. Here are some of the ways people are trying to reduce it.

Water | local | Pacific Ocean | Flora and Fauna | Communities | News | Environment

Hunt For Answers Shows Oregon Rivers Not Immune To Microplastic Pollution

Two OPB reporters go on a scientific journey to discover how much microplastic pollution has made it to Oregon's most iconic rivers.

Recreation | local | Entertainment | Water | News | NW Life

Portland Is Getting A New Swimming Beach On The Willamette

Portlanders will soon have a new place to swim on the Willamette River. On Friday, advocates are opening the city’s second swimming beach near the Hawthorne Bridge.

Environment | News | local | Politics | Air

Lawmakers Approve New Diesel Truck Regulations For Portland

Amid a flurry of last-minute votes on Sunday, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill regulating diesel trucks in the Portland metro area.

Climate change | Environment | local | News

Without Cap And Trade, Oregon’s Climate Goals Look More Out Of Reach

On Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney said Oregon's cap-and-trade bill doesn’t have the votes to pass. Supporters say that could put the state's climate goals out of reach.

local | Climate change | News | Environment | Transportation | Business

For Heavy-Duty Trucks, 'The Future Is Electric'

Trucking industry leaders say more and more pickup and delivery trucks will join a growing number of school and transit buses in going electric in the next 20 years.

Environment | News | local

Oregon's Largest Multifamily Solar Project Installed In Milwaukie

On Friday, the owners of the Waverly Greens apartment complex in Milwaukie unveiled Oregon's largest solar array to be installed on multifamily housing.

News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': What Would Cap And Trade Really Mean For Oregon?

Oregon is trying to fight climate change. But what would a proposed cap and trade rule actually do? 

local | Economy | Fish & Wildlife | Nation | Environment | NW Life | Business

West Coast Rockfish Rebound Faster Than Expected

Pacific rockfish populations that had collapsed from overfishing are bouncing back much faster than anyone expected, giving fishermen more fish to catch for the first time in decades.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons On City Property

The Portland City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban the use of the toxic bird poisons known as avicides on city property.

local | Climate change | Sustainability | News | Land use | Environment | Agriculture

Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission has approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

Climate change | Environment | local | Politics | News

Cap-And-Trade Bill Could Hike Natural Gas Prices In Oregon

As Oregon lawmakers hammer out the final details of a cap-and-trade bill that aims to address climate change, they're weighing how to handle the risk of spiking natural gas prices.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Animals | News

New Rules Make It Easier To Kill Sea Lions On The Columbia River

New rules could allow wildlife managers to kill more sea lions to protect salmon on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Family | History | Communities | News | Nation | Environment

US House Passes Bill To Improve Tribal Fishing Sites

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide $11 million dollars to improve living conditions at tribal fishing sites on the Columbia River.