Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Study Federal-To-State Land Transfers

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017

The bill would create a task force that would study the feasibility and cost of pursuing such transfers. Conservation groups oppose it.

The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.

How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017

The Trump administration faces protests for its plan to aggressively rein in the EPA, an agency created by President Richard Nixon. But environmental protection was not always so politically divisive.

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Climate change | Air | Pacific Ocean | Environment

A Blob In The Ocean Means More Ozone In The Air

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:16 p.m. | Seattle

A University of Washington scientist discovered surprising spikes in air pollution in recent years. What was even more surprising was their cause.

Energy | Sustainability | Climate change | Air | Environment

Oregon DEQ Says Cap And Trade Could Reduce Carbon Emissions At Lower Costs

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 15, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Portland

Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as cap and trade with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a new study.

Environment

Former Governor's Adviser Whitman Selected To Head Oregon DEQ

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Richard Whitman, a former policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, will remain director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality.    

Land use | Environment | News | local

Oregon Counties Sue Federal Government Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 3:10 p.m. | Portland

A group of counties that gets revenue from logging lands within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument boundaries is suing the federal government.

Environment | Forestry

Controversial Sale Of A State Forest In Oregon Moves Forward After Land Board Vote

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.

Land | Science | Climate change | Environment | local

What Happened To Mount Hood's Glacier Caves?

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 11:13 a.m. | Mount Hood, Oregon

The spectacular glacier caves of Mount Hood collapsed and disappeared completely within just a few years of their discovery. Scientists are only now learning what happened.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington Grizzly Bear Public Meetings Kick Off

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 8:45 p.m. | Cle Elum, Washington

More than 100 people turned out Monday during a public meeting in Cle Elum to voice their opinions on reintroducing grizzly bears to Washington's North Cascades. Seven more meetings are planned.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Honey Bees May Be Harmed By Crop-Protecting Fungicides

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Farmers rely on fungicides to prevent those brown spots that can ruin an otherwise perfectly delicious apple. But, it turns out, those fungicides could be hurting honey bees.

News | Environment | Water | local

Portland Switches To Its Backup Water Supply: What You Should Know

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:08 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau is taking its Bull Run water supply offline while it studies a parasite that’s been repeatedly detected, in very small amounts, in the water.

Land | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry

5 Things To Know About the Latest Plans For The Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The State Land Board is consider new approaches to keep the Elliott State Forest under public ownership without continuing to lose money. 

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Grizzly Bears In The North Cascades: The Debate Is Back

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 12, 2017

Grizzly bears have been stirring up debate for decades in North-Central Washington communities. The public is getting a new chance to share their opinions at open houses throughout Washington.

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