New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 26, 2015

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.

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

KUOW | Feb. 26, 2015

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. 

Northwest Faces Greater Risks From Acidifying Waters

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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Wildlife Working Together - Maybe They Could Build A Bridge Over The Columbia

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015 10:56 a.m. | Portland

The folks at Metro have put together an amazing time-lapse video of beavers and nutria building a dam in the Smith and Bybee Wetlands. Other critters, mostly ducks and herons, stop by to watch.

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W.Va. Oil Train Derailment Has NW Lawmakers Thinking About Safety

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 18, 2015 6:15 p.m.

This week’s fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia has lawmakers thinking about oil-by-rail safety through the Northwest.

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Government Whistleblowers Say Klamath Irrigators Misusing Federal Funds

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 6 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Two Bureau of Reclamation employees say a multi-million dollar contract is being used to compensate farmers instead of benefiting fish and wildlife.

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Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Program Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Oregon Senate votes to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal embroiling Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Opponents of Leaded Aviation Fuel Could Be In For Long Wait

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 noon

The EPA has yet to declare an “endangerment finding” for leaded aviation fuel, meaning it hasn’t said whether aircraft emissions are endangering public health or welfare.

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Tiny Oregon Fish Is The First To Get Away From Endangered Species List

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 6:45 a.m. | Portland

Today the Oregon chub, a tiny minnow that exists only in the Willamette Valley, is the first fish species to be officially taken off the endangered species list.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Citizen Scientists Generate Big Data For Annual Bird Count

OPB | Feb. 16, 2015 12:30 p.m.

The Great Backyard Bird Count offers researchers at Cornell University the chance to harness the power of nearly 100,000 citizen scientists.

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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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