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How To Clean Sand: Volunteers Take On Microplastics At Oregon Coast

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How do you clean all the sand on a beach? A group of volunteers didn’t do it grain by grain, but took on the task screen by screen.

Oregonians Can Weigh In On New Proposed Smoke Management Rules

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Oregonians will have the chance to weigh in on proposed new smoke management rules that could ease the way for more controlled burns aimed at reducing the threat of major wildfires.

Wild Bees May Benefit From Cleaning Up After Clearcuts

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After cutting down trees in a section of forest, logging crews can do their local bees a favor by sticking around to clear the debris and flatten the ground.

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Activists Have A New Strategy To Block Gas Pipelines: State's Rights

Oil and gas pipeline opponents have a new legal strategy. They're encouraging states to exercise rights granted in the Clean Water Act to stop new pipeline construction.

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Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

Plastic trash less than 5 millimeters long is in the things we eat and drink, and the air we breathe. Scientists are just beginning to study where it comes from and how it might affect our health.

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Scientists Turn To Saildrones To Collect Fish Data

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe their yearly count of fish populations can become even more accurate with the use of a new technology: saildrones.

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New Wildfire Near Terwilliger Hot Springs Grows

A new wildfire is growing rapidly near Terwilliger Hot Springs and visitors are being asked to avoid the area, the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday night.

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Klondike Fire Crews Aim For Full Suppression

With the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires merged, many southwestern Oregonians fear the blaze is poised to enter the record books alongside the 2002 Biscuit Fire and last year’s Chetco Bar Fire.

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Gulf Of Alaska Cod Are Disappearing. Blame 'The Blob'

The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Scientists say the culprit is a three-year-long warm-water mass known as "the blob."

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Westcliff Fire Spreads, Forcing Evacuations Near Hood River

Fire officials say a blaze that began near a home in Hood River spread to surrounding timber and brush and forced the evacuation of dozens of people.

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6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Lombok Island

Sunday's earthquake caused power outages and landslides as the island is still recovering from another quake earlier this month that killed more than 400 people.

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Wild Totality: Capturing The Solar Eclipse From A Cascade Peak

On the anniversary of the total solar eclipse, "Oregon Field Guide" looks back at a once-in-a-lifetime assignment.

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OSU Scientists Need Money To Retrieve A Blue Whale Skeleton They Sunk

OSU scientists are having trouble finding the money to retrieve the rare blue whale skeleton they sank years ago.

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We're Putting More Homes On Wild Lands And In The Path Of Wildfires

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For people living in the “wildland-urban interface,” wildfire risk is the new normal, and the risk is increasing as more people move into places where cul-de-sac meets forest or sagebrush. 

How Conservationists Are Using AI And Big Data To Aid Wildlife

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A Portland nonprofit is using artificial intelligence to help give the conservation movement a makeover.

When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

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Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs to be more fire in the forest.


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