Startup Seeks To Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol

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.

A Republican And A Democrat Walk Into A Bar - To Talk Climate Change

KUOW | Jan. 23, 2015 1 a.m.

Two leading Washington state senators - a Republican and a Democrat - sit down to talk climate change, baby goats and Santa Claus. 

Sea Stars Make A Comeback - For Now

Daily Astorian | Jan. 23, 2015 12:15 p.m.

The worst of the sea star wasting disease epidemic that decimated sea star populations along the West Coast during the past 19 months appears to be over at Haystack Rock — at least for now.

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.

Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

OPB |Jan. 22, 2015 1:24 p.m.

Hillsboro-based Clean Water Services has asked the state of Oregon for permission to turn its purified wastewater into beer.

How Climate Change Poses A Risk To National Security

OPB |Jan. 21, 2015 5:23 p.m.

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama argued the United States should act forcefully to combat climate change – and not just for the sake of the planet.

Just Call Ashland 'Bee City, USA'

OPB |Jan. 21, 2015 11:48 a.m.

Southern Oregon hopes to attract more than just tourists now that Ashland has held up its end of the deal in becoming the state's second Bee City, USA.

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

OPB |Jan. 20, 2015 4:45 p.m.

A Portland start-up has tapped the city's water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn't disrupt fish migration or stream flows.

SSA Terminals To Pay $215,000 For Clean Water Act Violations

KUOW |Jan. 20, 2015 1:15 p.m.

The largest container terminal in the Northwest will pay a fine and reduce the amount of polluted runoff it discharges into Puget Sound. 

Birders Report Population Gains For Many Puget Sound Seabirds

KUOW |Jan. 20, 2015 10:02 a.m.

A new study, based on data collected by birders around Puget Sound, shows an increase in some key seabird species. 

Outdoor Enthusiasts Join Wildlife Officials To Tackle 'Renegade Trails'

OPB |Jan. 20, 2015 6:45 a.m.

If you’ve hiked anywhere in the Northwest, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an illegal trail.

2014: Earth's Hottest Year On Record, Warm In Northwest Too

Northwest Public Radio |Jan. 16, 2015 3:56 p.m.

Last year was the hottest year on record, according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Coyote Kill Contest Draws Ire From Wildlife Groups

OPB |Jan. 16, 2015 2:09 p.m.

A coyote hunting contest scheduled in Burns this weekend has drawn criticism from wildlife advocates.

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