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Nov. 21, 2014

Oil Interests Fund ‘Astroturf’ Groups In Washington, Oregon

A document obtained by public radio shows the oil industry is at the center of more than a dozen Astroturf groups in Washington, Oregon and California.

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors

Three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announce that they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

Oregon’s Food Labeling Measure Appears Headed For Recount

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years, now that the margin has shrunk to 1,500 votes on Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food.

Nov. 20, 2014

Protecting Northwest Forests As Bigger Wildfires Burn Longer

This summer, the Carlton Complex wildfire swept through central Washington’s Methow Valley, consuming more acres than any other fire in the state’s history. Now, ecologists are trying to prevent these large-scale fires.

Nov. 19, 2014

3 Ways Northwest Companies Are Turning Food Waste Into Energy

A pile of food waste can make rich compost for the garden. But some Northwest companies are going beyond composting and turning it into energy to power homes, race cars and city buses. Part three in our series: What A Waste.

Nov. 18, 2014

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

Seattle and Portland are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste. The cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination. Part Two in our series: What A Waste.

Nov. 17, 2014

Wash. Governor Ready For New Push To Put A Price On Carbon

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes the handoff for his latest run at putting a price on carbon emissions in his state.

Army Corps Of Engineers Opens Public Comment On Jordan Cove LNG Permit

Project will require dredging in Coos Bay and running a pipeline across 400 spots where waterbodies or wetlands exist.

Scientists Solve Mystery Of West Coast Starfish Die-Off

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease that’s been killing starfish by the millions along the Pacific shores of North America.

Northwest Cities Show Food Waste Isn’t A Total Loss

Wasting food has drawbacks for people's pocketbooks and the environment. But across the country, cities and companies are finding food waste can be a valuable source of fertilizer, electricity and fuel. Part 1 in our series: What A Waste.