Oregon Gold Miners Face Limits If Lawmakers Don’t Act

OPB | March 03, 2015

The Washington and Oregon legislatures are considering limits on suction dredge mining -- a technique that uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals. 

Northwest Officials Unite Against Coal And Oil Trains

OPB | March 03, 2015

More than 150 elected officials from across the Northwest have teamed up to speak out against coal and oil trains. Their new group held its third meeting in Portland Tuesday.

Satellites Give Scientists A Better View Of Forest Insect Outbreaks

OPB | March 02, 2015

You might call it the forester's version of Google Earth: new satellite mapping that's giving scientists a clearer view of insect outbreaks in Northwest forests.

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Mt. Hood Glacier Cave Featured By Oregon Field Guide Collapses

OPB | March 2, 2015 1:11 p.m. | Portland

One of Mt. Hood's glacier caves, Snow Dragon, has partially collapsed. Sometime between November 2014 and the end of January, the roof caved in near the entrance.


Crews Work To Clean Up Yakima River Oil Spill

Northwest Public Radio | March 2, 2015 12:15 p.m.

Emergency crews are responding to a 1,500 gallon oil spill in Central Washington’s Yakima River.  The used motor oil has threatened wildlife since it escaped Sunday from an above-ground storage tank at the site of a former feedlot.


Public Input Sought On Plan For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m.

The North Cascades used to be home to thousands of grizzly bears. Their numbers have dwindled to only a handful over the past century. Now, the federal government is asking for your input on helping out Washington’s grizzlies

Environment | Agriculture | Renewable energy | Communities | Energy

An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.


New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 26, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Researchers off the Washington coast have spotted a newborn orca calf. The days-old baby is the third calf born in recent months to the area’s endangered killer whales.

News | Environment

Tired Of Oil Trains? State Senator Wants To Consider Wash. Pipeline

KUOW | Feb. 26, 2015 10:22 a.m.

Tired of oil trains moving through the Northwest? How about a pipeline? New legislation could fund the study of a CascadiaXL pipeline to move oil from the middle of the country to the Washington coast. 


A New System To Keep Troops Cool And Use Less Diesel

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 25, 2015 3:42 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Keeping cool may soon take a lot less energy. Northwest researchers have developed a new air cooling system that could be used in cars, buildings and on the Navy’s front lines.

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Japanese Fish Found Alive In Oregon Waters

OPB | Feb. 25, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Portland

Oregon scientists are trying to figure out how a fish, native to Japan, was pulled out of a crab pot on the Oregon coast - alive.

Pacific Ocean | Environment

Northwest Faces Greater Risks From Acidifying Waters

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015 5 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest faces a higher risk of economic harm from ocean acidification than other parts of the country, according to a new study.


Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 20, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Warming temperatures and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail. But make sure the trail isn't closed this time of year to protect wintering animals.


Special Report: What A Waste

Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away

EarthFix | Feb. 19, 2015

Special Report: Inside The Box

OPB | Jan. 12, 2015

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

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