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The Northwest Juniper Lumber Industry Is Poised For A Healthy Bump

OPB/EarthFix

Western juniper has been relegated to firewood, furniture, raised garden beds and the occasional rural fence post. That’s about to change.

Cougar Attack Leaves 1 Dead, Another Injured In Washington

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One man was killed and another was seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state.

How Dangerous Are The Northwest’s Volcanoes?

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The Pacific Northwest is home to a number of active volcanoes. How dangerous are they?

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NASA Launching New Satellites To Measure Earth's Lumpy Gravity

The two satellites, which are collectively called GRACE and will replace two retired probes, are one of the most important tools for understanding the effects of climate change.

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Battered By Bleaching, Florida's Coral Reefs Now Face Mysterious Disease

Florida's coral reefs are being decimated by a mysterious disease. It comes after years of warming waters have bleached coral reefs around the world, leaving them weakened.

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Hawaii Volcano's Lava Spews 'Laze' Of Toxic Gas And Glass Into The Air

Lava from the Kileaua volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean, generating a plume of "laze" — hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles — into the air.

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Eat. Pray. Truck. How A Northwest Tribe Brings Salmon Home

Strangely, perhaps, Chinook salmon's epic journey from mid-Pacific Ocean to a Puyallup fishing net begins with a sloshing tanker truck.

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Eagle Creek Fire Perpetrator Ordered To Pay $36.6 Million

The judge in the Eagle Creek Fire case has ordered the 15-year-old boy who admitted starting the blaze to pay $36.6 million in restitution.

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Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them

For more than 150 years, scientists have known that levees increase flood risk on the Mississippi River. That hasn't stopped local officials from building up levees in response to more severe floods.

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Southern Oregon's Howard Prairie Dam To Get Seismic Retrofit

A Portland firm has won a $5.9 million contract to beef up a large portion of the 1,040-foot-long earthen dam.

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USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing

The labels use the letters BE, for bioengineered, not GMO, which critics say could baffle consumers. One design features a smiling sun that a skeptic calls "essentially propaganda for the industry."

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Several More Lakes, Trails Reopen After Eagle Creek Fire

Several trails and lakes have reopened to the public — including Starvation Creek State Park, Mount Defiance trail and Warren Lake — but officials encourage caution.

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Ash Cloud And 'Ballistic Blocks' Shot From Kilauea's Crater, USGS Says

Volcanic rocks 2-feet in diameter have been found in a parking lot a few hundred yards from the volcano's Halemaumau crater, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

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My House Could Help Portland Meet Its Climate Goals, But It'll Cost Me

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Portland's new home energy score mandate could cut the city’s carbon footprint. But its success depends on homeowners like me.

The Refillable Beer Bottle Is Making A Comeback In Oregon

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In July, seven Oregon craft breweries will start selling beer in reusable glass bottles in the country’s first statewide refillable beer bottle program.

Study: Wildfires Burn More Severely On Private Timber Plantations Than Public Forests

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New research sheds light on what drives fire severity in the Pacific Northwest.


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