Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

Are The Car-Sharing And EV Revolutions Leaving Poor People Behind?

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017

A new program in Northeast Portland aims to serve people outside the boundaries of mainstream car-sharing services.

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Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics

EarthFix | Sept. 19, 2017 8:19 a.m.

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.

News | Environment | local | Energy

Ruling Invalidates Key Permits For Proposed Wash. Methanol Plant

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 6:05 p.m.

In denying the permits, Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board sided with Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, three environmental groups that appealed the permits in June.


Leaked Memo Suggests Shrinking Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 18, 2017 3:45 p.m.

New details about a proposal to shrink the size and loosen protections for Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument are being greeted with anger and dismay by opponents.

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Supporters Of Carbon ‘Cap And Invest’ Proposal Look Ahead To 2018

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers could use the five-week legislative session in 2018 to tackle an issue that fell short in this year’s session.

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Rain Brings Relief For Oregon Wildfires, But Also New Risks

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 11:03 a.m.

With cooler temperatures and rain hitting the Northwest, some firefighters are now headed home. 

News | Environment | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Rainfall Could Oust Eagle Creek Fire — And Start Landslides

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 2:01 p.m. | Portland

While fire crews are anticipating significant rainfall beginning Saturday evening to help with suppression efforts, they’re concerned for landslides.


Colstrip Deal Moves Northwest Residents Closer To Coal-Free Electricity

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Thousands of Northwest residents will be getting less electricity from burning coal. That’s because of a new agreement to fast-track the closure of a coal-fired power plant in Montana.

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Portland Area Rain Is Making A Comeback Starting Sunday

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Portland

The region could see as much as an inch of rain between Sunday and Tuesday.

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Are Environmentalists To Blame For All These Fires?

Jefferson Public Radio | Sept. 14, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Conservatives are arguing that if loggers had been allowed to cut more trees, we wouldn’t be having all these fires. But scientists say it's not that simple.

Air | Environment

People Of Color Are Living With More Polluted Air Than Whites Are

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 3:38 p.m. | Seattle

At every income level, people of color are still exposed to more air pollution than white people, a study from the University of Washington finds.


Wildfires Are Big Trouble For The Northwest's Lynx, Pygmy Rabbits And Other Creatures

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2017

As wildfires rage across the Pacific Northwest, more than just people are displaced from their homes. Animals in the wild are also feeling the effects of the flames.

How We Fight Wildfires

 Wildfires can get so big that they create their own weather systems. On the ground, the average wildfire moves twice as fast as the average person. How do wildland firefighters tame such an inferno?

A Climate Rescue Mission For Puget Sound's Rare Butterfly

KCTS9/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2017

Thought to be extinct for nearly a century, the island marble butterfly was rediscovered on San Juan Island. Now biologists are trying to keep the butterfly from getting squeezed out.

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