Science & Environment
Oregon, Washington sue companies that make firefighting foam
The state's attorneys general claim the companies, including 3M and DuPont, are directly responsible for contaminating drinking water and natural areas with PFAs.
This hospital in Bend gives wildlife a second chance
If you get sick or hurt in central Oregon, there's always a hospital and rescue crew to help. If you're a wild animal, there's Think Wild.
US Forest Service starts revision to Blue Mountains Forest Plan — again
The Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests, collectively known as the Blue Mountains, have been operating under a forest management plan developed more than 30 years ago. The most recent effort to revise the plan failed in 2019. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is restarting the process.
A wetter spring in Oregon has forecasters worried about an extended fire season
Oregon State University reserachers predict a much warmer July and August than previous years.
Northwest labs discover a spray that removes pesky moon dust, a sweet substitute for plastic and more
This month’s top five Pacific Northwest science stories from “All Science. No Fiction.”
A quick dive into Oregon’s only national park
With an explosive history that dates back roughly 7,700 years, Crater Lake is a natural wonder.
2 sinkholes have appeared on Oregon’s north coast. Here’s more on why they happen
A second sinkhole has appeared at Cape Kiwanda on Oregon’s north coast. A state geologist helps breakdown why these happen.
Stalled Oregon Legislature hobbles climate action once again — with millions on the line
The standoff between lawmakers in Salem could potentially sink dozens of bills and lose out on tens of millions of dollars that would help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put it on track to meet its climate goals.
To keep the Deschutes River clean, ‘Two-ply’ goes on ‘Poo Patrol’
For those who have to answer the call of nature while boating down the Deschutes, Jerry Christensen’s work to clean and maintain the bathroom facilities is much appreciated. He’s even become a bit of a local celebrity for his work, earning the nickname “Two-ply.”
WSU researchers win historic FDA approval for gene-edited pork
CRISPR meat produced at Washington State University is now ready for people to eat. Researchers say the technology could one day help reduce world hunger.