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5 Most Important Environmental Issues Of 2017


From Paris to the White House to the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest, the environment was big news in 2017. 

Protesters of Natural Gas Plant at the Port of Tacoma Acquitted


On Thursday, two activists were acquitted of felony charges for protesting a liquefied natural gas plant currently under construction at the Port of Tacoma.

Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Portland Harbor Clean Up After EPA Meeting


A high-ranking EPA official visited Portland to meet with state and local leaders interested in understanding what it means to have the Portland Harbor Superfund Site targeted for immediate attention.

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Post-MarĂ­a, A Key Ecosystem In Puerto Rico Faces Slow Recovery

El Yunque National Forest is a world-renowned research site and one of the U.S. territory's top tourist attractions. The hurricane hit the rainforest hard, and it remains closed until further notice.

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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from a new book, 'Endangered,' by Tim Flach.

Energy | News | local | Water | Environment

Unknown Amount Of Gas Spilled Into N. Santiam River After Tanker Crash

A tanker carrying about 11,500 gallons of gas crashed after losing traction on black ice on Highway 22 near Idanha, Oregon.

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Questions Swirl About Forest Service's Handling Of Whitewater Fire

Heavy rain and snow brought the Whitewater Fire to an end nearly three months ago, but questions about how the blaze was managed have remained controversial in the Santiam Canyon.

Science | Flora and Fauna | Environment

'They'll All Be Gone': Video Of Starving Polar Bear Highlights Effects Of Melting Ice

After footage of a starving polar bear on land went viral, NPR's Scott Simon asked Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup how the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.

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Portland Settles Utility Lawsuit Alleging Improper Spending For $10 Million

The city of Portland has reached a $10 million settlement in a long-running lawsuit alleging misspending of ratepayer dollars by the city’s water and sewer bureaus.

Nation | Environment

After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Even before Maria hit, most of the island's landfills were filled beyond capacity and nearly half had EPA closure orders. The storm generated millions of cubic yards of waste and debris.

Arts | Science | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

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Tug Escorts Needed If Columbia River Oil Tanker Traffic Increases

The risk of oil spills on the Columbia River is very low, a new study into vessel traffic and safety found, but more tethered tug escorts might be needed if marine terminals increase tanker traffic.

Environment | local | NW Life | Music | News | Politics | 2017: The Year In Review

OPB's 2017 Photos Of The Year

A look back at some of the most transcending images from the biggest stories of the year.


Oregon Field Guide Favorite Places 2017


“Hey, what’s your favorite place in Oregon?” That’s probably the most frequently asked question we hear on our travels while working for "Oregon Field Guide."

Ocean Trash: What You Need To Know


Here’s what you need to know about the trash that’s piling up on Pacific Northwest beaches and around the world’s oceans.

Protecting Farmworkers From Pesticides By Sheltering Them Indoors Draws Skepticism


Proposed rules designed to protect Oregon farmworkers from pesticide exposure has both farmers and worker advocates on edge.

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