Ranchers, Government Agree To Expand Sage Grouse Conservation in Oregon

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015

Ranchers and the federal government have agreed to a plan that protects virtually all of Oregon’s sage grouse habitat.  Ranchers who sign on would be immune from harsher restrictions if the bird is listed as an endangered species.

Why There's More Concern For Farmworkers After Pesticide Cancer Study

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That's why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.

Hungry Sea Lions Pile Into The Columbia River

OPB | March 26, 2015

As starving sea lions wash ashore in California, biologists are counting a record number of California sea lions in the Columbia River. Coincidence? Probably not.

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'Yuck! This Tastes Like Wood!': Predators Fooled By Lark Decoys

OPB | March 26, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Since 2009, Metro has placed streaked horned lark decoys in the restored St. Johns Prairie to attract the federally threatened species. But instead of wooing the bird, the decoys have lured some seriously baffled predators.

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Warmest Day Of Spring Could Melt Away Freshly Fallen Snow

OPB | March 25, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

If you weren't able to take advantage of the new powder this week, the clock is ticking.

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Environmental Prize Winner Sees More Americans Accepting Climate Science

OPB | March 24, 2015 8:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A conversation with Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco. On Tuesday she was given the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

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Congressional Democrats Want More Money For Earthquake Early Warning System

OPB | March 24, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Congressional Democrats from up and down the West Coast are asking the House Appropriations Committee to allocate more money for a new earthquake early warning system.

Environment

Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Northwest Public Radio | March 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. It's now being considered for the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.

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License Plate Proposals Cover Everything From Trail Blazers To Wolf OR-7

OPB | March 24, 2015 2 p.m. | Portland

If you're looking to make a new statement with your license plate in Oregon, there's a chance you'll have five new designs and organizations to choose from.

Environment

'Small' Oil Spills Can Add Up To Big Costs

Northwest Public Radio | March 23, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Most oil spills are  relatively small and many go unnoticed. All told, cleaning up spills costs the U.S. almost $3 billion annually. That’s the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez cleanup every single year.

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What Early Drought Means For The Klamath Basin

OPB | March 20, 2015 7:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A Q&A to sort out what's in store for  Southern Oregon as drought declarations are made and tough choice await for managing water needed by farmers, fish and wildlife.

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Beavers Can Boost Water Supply

OPB | March 20, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Scientists are finding that nature could offer solutions for water storage.  Beavers create natural reservoirs that can help retain water.

Environment

BNSF Railway Could Face Big Fines After Hazardous Spills In Washington

KUOW | March 19, 2015 5:45 p.m.

Washington regulators say the region's biggest oil-train operator should be penalized after failing to comply with reporting requirements following 14 spills of hazardous materials, including crude oil.

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Special Report: Inside The Box

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Aging portable classrooms burden the grid, frustrate teachers and administrators and compromise student health.

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