Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 05, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downgrade the protected status of Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened.

Critics Say Whales Put At Risk By Navy Testing Plan

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 02, 2015

The Navy released the final environmental review Friday for its proposed sonar and explosives training practices in waters off the coast of the Northwest.

Quake Could Threaten 90 Percent Of Oregon Fuel Supply

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015

Along the Willamette River, a six-mile stretch in Portland holds more than 90 percent of the state’s fuel supply. If a quake strikes here, it could devastate supply lines for fuel, electricity and natural gas. 

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My Grandfather And The Plane That Changed Seattle

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015 9 a.m. | Seattle

A reporter explores the connections between Seattle's polluted river, her grandfather's wartime experiences and the airplane that changed the city.

Transportation | Science | Air | Environment | Health | Climate change | Economy

Oregon and Washington In Good Shape With New National Ozone Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

High concentrations of smog in the Northwest are relatively rare. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Plan For Recovering Bull Trout Takes Effect

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in five western states. But conservationists say it won't actually restore the fish's population.

Environment | Economy | Technology | Air

3 Questions For Volkswagen Diesel Owners In The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 23, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Volkswagen is engulfed in a scandal after admitting to cheating on emissions testing. And that might have Volkswagen owners a little nervous. 

Environment | Water

Diesel Spills Into Columbia After Ship Hits Astoria Pier

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than 1,000 gallons of fuel Friday.

Environment | Forestry | Agriculture

Pesticide Spraying Firm Penalized After Chemical-Exposure Incident

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Oregon fines a helicopter company and suspends its license to spray pesticides after a worker complained of chemical exposure in Douglas County.

Land use | Energy | Environment | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Climate change | Economy

Southern Oregon Natural Gas Project Gets Federal Environmental Approval

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

Federal regulators determine that Jordan Cove can take steps to minimize environmental and safety concerns surrounding the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline.

Environment | Energy

EPA Sets Tougher Pollution Standards For Oil Refineries

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2015 4:45 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency releases new rules requiring better monitoring and control of air emissions from  oil refineries, including  five operating in Washington.

Environment | News | Energy | Business

Northwest Shipbuilder: Shell Leaving Arctic Is Bad For Business

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015 2:16 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest has served as a key staging ground for Shell's Arctic fleet and for protesters who oppose drilling there.  

Environment | NW Life | Economy | Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Oregon Tsunami Maps Dangerously Out Of Date

OPB | Sept. 27, 2015 midnight

The official map of Oregon's tsunami inundation zone is 20-years old.  A lot has changed over those years, however, including the sophistication of computer modeling.

Family | Science | Elections | Nation | Environment | Health | Politics | News | Economy | Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

New Alert System Shakes Up Traditional Quake Teachings

OPB | Sept. 27, 2015 midnight | Portland

For years, experts have said that if there’s an earthquake we should "Duck, Cover and Hold." But is that always the best approach?

NW Life | Family | Environment | Politics | News | Economy

Warm Springs Tribes Celebrate Huckleberry Season

OPB | Sept. 26, 2015 1:14 p.m. | Portland

A couple hundred members of the Warm Springs Tribes converged on Mount Hood Saturday to celebrate the huckleberry season.

Water | Recreation | Animals | Environment | Health | News | Fish & Wildlife | Politics

State To Poison 10 Ponds To Get Rid Of Introduced Fish

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife begins a process Monday that will poison fish in 10 different ponds around the state, so they can be restocked with trout.

Environment | News | NW Life | Economy | Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Half Of Oregon's Critical Bridges Could Collapse In Quake

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 midnight

New data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals nearly 60 percent of the state's bridges could be impassable after a big earthquake.


Explainer Video: How Firefighters Combat Wildfires

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 02, 2015

More than 43,000 wildfires have burned about 8.2 million acres across the country this year -- and there’s another month of the typical fire season to come.

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

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