More Oil Trains Could Roll Through Puget Sound To Shell Refinery

Shell Oil wants to build more tracks at its refinery in Anacortes, Washington, to receive oil by rail. At a packed hearing in Skagit County on Thursday, more than 100 people turned up to comment on the proposal.

Oregon’s Wolves Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB | Jan. 28, 2015 3:03 p.m.

Wolves in the eastern third of Oregon have reached a key milestone in the state’s recovery program.

Now That Growing Pot Is Legal, Can It Also Be More Energy Efficient?

OPB | Jan. 28, 2015 1:39 p.m.

Marijuana growing operations can be major power hogs. Now that they're legal in Oregon and Washington, experts are looking for ways to make them more energy efficient.

Groups Call On Port Of Seattle To Reconsider Lease To Shell Oil

KUOW |Jan. 28, 2015 3:12 p.m.

Environmental groups are asking the Port of Seattle to reconsider a controversial lease to Shell Oil for arctic drilling operations. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's Climate Legislation Gets A Hearing

KUOW |Jan. 28, 2015 11 a.m.

Governor Jay Inslee has been pushing for a “polluters pay” carbon reduction plan for the majority of his time in office. Tuesday marked the first time that plan went before the state legislature. 

Japan Earthquake Holds Lessons For Oregon Coast

OPB |Jan. 27, 2015 8:45 p.m.

Advanced engineering and a location just outside of the tsunami zone allowed the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital in Japan to survive the magnitude 9 earthquake of March 11, 2011.

Report: Wash., Ore. Could Vastly Expand Renewable Power Production

OPB |Jan. 27, 2015 5:16 p.m.

New reports say that Northwest states have the capacity to transition almost completely from fossil fuels to renewables in just 15 years - and that doing so would provide a significant economic boost.

Can Coastal Communities Survive A Tsunami?

OPB |Jan. 27, 2015 midnight

Everybody know it's coming. But can towns along the coast be ready in time? Here's what Seaside, Waldport and Yachats are doing to try.

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 11:57 a.m.

We can't drink our way out of climate change. But a Portland brewery has managed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with drinking a beer in first low-carbon brew, the Little Foot Red.

Jan. 26, 1700: How Scientists Know When The Last Big Earthquake Happened Here

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Oral traditions of people native to the Pacific Northwest and lots of scientific data point clearly to a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone in 1700, and another one is looming.

Why Build A Hospital In A Tsunami Zone?

OPB |Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Why would officials plan to build a new hospital in a known tsunami inundation zone? Perhaps there's no better choice.

19 Environmental Groups Join Push For Stricter Oregon Pesticide Spraying Rules

OPB |Jan. 23, 2015 4:39 p.m.

Environmental groups want stronger rules for spraying herbicides on Oregon forests.

Startup Seeks To Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol

Northwest Public Radio |Jan. 23, 2015 4:30 p.m.

There’s no lack of sun east of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. That bright sunlight may soon help get a new distillery off the ground.

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