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New Technology Will Help NW Forest Managers Assess Wildfire Danger

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The new system is being adopted by a limited number of fire agencies and national forests in time for fire season.

Tar Sands Crude Shipments Quietly Increased In Oregon, With Regulators In the Dark

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Oregon's attempts to regulate a Portland-area oil terminal show how ill-informed and ill-prepared the state’s oil spill responders can be under the state’s current regulations for oil by rail.

Oregon Wolf Population Increases, With Jump In Livestock Attacks

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Oregon’s population of wolves increased by 10% last year. There are now 137 of them in the state, according the state’s annual report on wolf management released Monday.

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Salmon Conference Calls For Innovative Solutions To Protect Fish

What to do with the four Lower Snake River dams and how to best protect imperiled salmon have been a tough questions for decades. They were the focus at a conference on salmon in Boise Tuesday.

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To Fight Climate Change, New York City Will Push Skyscrapers To Slash Emissions

A law — the first in the world — will require retrofits of large buildings, with a price tag in the billions. Buildings are responsible for about 70% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Meal Kits Have A Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says

While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study suggests that's not necessarily true.

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Protesters Arrested At Zenith Oil Terminal

Police arrest 11 protesters from the environmental group Extinction Rebellion Portland, which built a small garden that blocked Zenith Energy's Portland railroad terminal.

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Oregon Emergency Director To Visit Flooded Counties After Declining To Declare A Disaster

Local and tribal officials in eastern Oregon are pushing for Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency to help pay for the aftermath of extensive flooding. 

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In Korean DMZ, Wildlife Thrives. Some Conservationists Worry Peace Could Disrupt It

The heavily fortified no-man's land separating North and South Korea, largely untouched by humans, has become an ecological niche for the region's flora and fauna, including endangered species.

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Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds — The First Since Andrew In 1992

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

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What The Northwest Can Learn From Indonesia's Deadly 2018 Quake

Two Oregon State and University of Washington professors who surveyed the aftermath of Indonesia's 2018 earthquake say the disaster should elevate attention to quake-induced landslide risks here at home in the Pacific Northwest.

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Is There Room For Hydrogen-Powered Cars In A Future That Looks Electric?

Fifteen years after the idea of a great "hydrogen highway" from Canada to Mexico was initially floated, it may finally be gaining steam.

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Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

As students around the globe participate in Earth Day, a new NPR/Ipsos poll finds 55% of teachers don't teach or talk about climate change and 46% of parents haven't discussed it with their kids.

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Undercover Investigators Find Oregon Link To Illegal Rainforest Logging

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An environmental watchdog's four-year investigation into illegal logging in west-Central Africa leads a report that's critical of the role Northwest businesses have played in the global supply chain.

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Umatilla's Owl Man Is Bringing Burrowing Owls Back From The Brink

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A decommissioned chemical weapons depot and a lone biologist might be the last hope for a population of burrowing owls.

Could Zoning Change Shield Bend From Wildfire?

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The idea is to put a fire-resistant buffer between one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities and the pine forest routinely burning around it.

Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon

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Fish traps were banned on the Columbia River more than 80 year ago, but some say it’s time to bring them back as a way for fishermen to catch more hatchery salmon while protecting wild fish.


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