USDA Unveils New Plans To Protect Sage Grouse

AP | Aug. 27, 2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he wants to almost double protected habitat for the chicken-sized bird, to 8 million acres by 2018.

What's The Deal With Dam Removals?

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 27, 2015

Dams continue to come down on rivers all over the Northwest. But is this a permanent trend?

Q&A: The Wildfire-Climate-Change Connection

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2015

Here are some of the big questions — and answers — about the connection between climate change and wildfires.

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Wildfire Smoke And Outdoor Theater Don't Mix

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

In Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the “show-must-go-on” mantra of the theater has given way to continuous air quality checks and tough show-time decisions.

Energy | Environment

Portland's Hydropower In A Pipe Attracts Global Interest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 17, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

A renewable energy project in Portland has cities across the globe taking a closer look at their water pipes. It's a hydropower system that draws power from drinking water as it makes its way to the tap.


Wildfires Now Attack Damp Land: Preview 'This Land' Podcast On NPR

KUOW | Aug. 19, 2015 11:12 a.m.

An NPR correspondent and a KUOW/EarthFix reporter team up to produce a podcast that showcases NPR’s new national environmental reporting partnership.

Energy | Environment | Water

How Smoke Shut Down A Northwest Utility's Power Generation

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2015 8 a.m. | Seattle

A wildfire in the North Cascades has damaged transmission lines, leading Seattle City Light to shut down power generation at three dams on the Skagit River.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Killing Seabirds To Save Salmon On The Columbia

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2015 noon

Using rifles with silencers under the cover of night, government officials have killed 158 cormorants on an island in the Columbia River in a controversial effort to save salmon.

Environment | News | local

Air Quality Improves Throughout Portland Metro Area

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Portland

Cities along Interstate 84 and throughout the Willamette Valley are more visible as air quality improves to "good," after a weekend of wildfire smoke put air at unhealthy levels.

Environment | News

For Fire Crews in Chelan, Safety Is Top Priority

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 9:35 a.m.

Fire crews Saturday had an easier time with wind in North Central Washington.

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Canyon Creek Fire in Eastern Oregon Grows To 69,000 Acres

OPB | Aug. 22, 2015 4:15 p.m. | John Day, Oregon

The Canyon Creek Complex near John Day is still growing, but shelters are closing up and people are heading home after days away. 

Energy | Environment | Transportation

New Oil Train Safety Rules Approved In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

Oregon adopts new rules requiring railroads to share more information with state officials. The rules come in response to concerns over the state’s readiness for oil train spills and fires.

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More Than 875K Acres Burning Across The Northwest

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

President Obama declared a state of emergency Friday for Washington state, where several wildfires are burning uncontained.

Environment | News | local

Gov. Brown Visits Wildfire As Managers Watch Weather

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 3:37 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown toured the Canyon Creek Complex Fire on Wednesday.

Environment | News | local

Resources Scarce As Northwest Wildfires Grow In Numbers

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 3:07 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest have exploded – from just 85,000 acres a week ago to more than 625,000 acres burning today. But resources to fight them are thin.

Environment | Science | Agriculture

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

KCTS9/EarthFix | Aug. 17, 2015 midnight | Pullman, Washington

Two scientists in Washington state team up to save the honeybee. They’re investigating an unconventional remedy: the mushroom

Environment | News | local

Crews Slow Oregon's Growing Wildfires Despite Conditions

OPB | Aug. 16, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

Crews continued to battle wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest under hot conditions.


Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report | June 02, 2015

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

KCTS9/EarthFix | Aug. 17, 2015

Two scientists in Washington state team up to save the honeybee. They’re investigating an unconventional remedy: the mushroom

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