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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.

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Plastic's New Threat: Indestructible Rafts For Ocean-Crossing Invasive Species

Plastics show up in beach debris all over the world. Scientists are discovering that they present a new kind of threat: they're providing invasive marine species with floating, ocean-crossing "rafts."

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Portland Mayor Urges Federal Support For Transit In Congressional Testimony

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler was one of five mayors invited to DC to speak before the Senate Democrats' Special Comittee on the Climate Crisis. 

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City Sued Over Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Planning Efforts

The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers’ sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund clean up.

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For Oregon Hemp Farmers, The Future Is Green

After being legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, many are calling hemp the crop of the future. Oregon State University launched the Global Hemp Innovation Center, and farmers are also racing to discover the opportunities–and the challenges–of cashing in on Oregon’s fastest-growing crop.

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Are There More Cougars In Our Space Or More Of Us In Theirs?

It’s hard not to notice that cougars are making it into the news these days. Or how they’re getting there: by entering neighborhoods and putting residents on edge.

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This Washington Fire District Will Use Goats To Reduce Fire Risks

Homes in one Central Washington city may be a little better protected from wildfires this season, thanks to a herd of goats.

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Willapa Bay Oyster Farmers Struggle As Shrimp Population Booms

The booming population of a native species of Northwest shrimp threatens the oyster beds of Washington's Willapa Bay and a coastal way of life.

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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.

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Portland City Council Approves Funding For Superfund Cleanup Plans

A hundred years of industry polluted the Portland Harbor. Now, finally, city leaders reached an agreement to fund plans to clean it.