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Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

The proposed Marine Disease Emergency Act would speed up the process for dedicating federal dollars to the study of sea star wasting syndrome and other marine disease outbreaks. Full Story »

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound’s Polluted Tale

by Ashley Ahearn

Scientists used shellfish to conduct the broadest study of pollution levels along the shore of Puget Sound, ever. And in some places, it's pretty contaminated.

Can Scientists And State Policymakers Get It Right When It Comes To Protecting The Sage Grouse?

by Aaron Kunz

A forum this week will explore the relationship between science and policymaking when it comes to protecting the sage grouse, a bird that's in trouble throughout the West.

Study Links Flame Retardants In The Columbia To Household Laundry

by Cassandra Profita

A new study finds chemical flame retardants from household products are latching onto clothing and washing into the Columbia through laundry water.

Scientists On A Quest For Knowledge About Coal Dust Risks

by Ashley Ahearn

Scientists have a lot of questions about what happens when coal escapes from trains and terminals and gets into the environment.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Stronger Oversight Of Aerial Herbicide Spraying

by Tony Schick

Oregon lawmakers are considering new rules to better protect the public from aerial herbicide spraying.

Indoor Marijuana Growers Create Big Demand For Northwest Energy

by Alexi Horowitz

Power planners are studying how much indoor marijuana growing could increase the demand for electricity in the Pacific Northwest.

Why It’s Harder To Create Wilderness Now, 50 Years After Landmark Law

by Cassandra Profita

It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.

Climate Change Creates Challenges For A Wilderness Pine Tree

by Devan Schwartz

Wilderness areas are defined by law as places where "the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man." The whitebark pine, which grows mainly in wilderness, face the possibility of extinction. Many of the tree’s threats are connected to human-caused climate change.

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

by David Steves

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

Rafting The Dam-Free Elwha

by Ashley Ahearn

Take a ride on a stretch of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park that's been dammed for more than 100 years.

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