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Sept. 18, 2014, 2:41 p.m.

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

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.

Sept. 17, 2014, 3:50 p.m.

Are Fido's Meds Polluting The Water?

Animal lovers are spending more on their pets than ever, and a lot of that money is going into vet care. But medications the vet prescribes for Fido’s health may be contaminating our watersheds.

Sept. 15, 2014, 11:18 a.m.

New Oregon Forestry Tool Excites Agency But Pesticide Watchdogs Are Disappointed

The Oregon Department of Forestry is unveiling an overhaul of how it tracks what happens on forests within the state. Forest pesticide watchdogs were among the harshest critics of the old system and remain disappointed in the new one.

Aug. 22, 2014, 3:55 p.m.

Biologists Discover Landlocked Chinook Salmon In Oregon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have discovered the first documented examples of Oregon chinook salmon spawning without swimming to the ocean and back.

Aug. 20, 2014, 1 a.m.

Small Wind Power Loses Steam In 2013

A report on small wind power in the U.S. found there are fewer new small wind turbines in 2013 than in recent years.

Aug. 19, 2014, 12:53 p.m.

Local Concerns And A New Permit For Oregon's Largest Oil By Rail Terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved a new air quality permit Tuesday for Oregon’s only oil train terminal in Clatskanie and received roughly 1,400 comments in the process.

Aug. 15, 2014, 11:36 a.m.

Wyden, Merkley To Hold Oil Train Roundtable

Oregon congressmen Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are holding a roundtable discussion about oil trains Monday in Eugene.

Aug. 13, 2014, 5 a.m.

Communities Around White Clouds Sharply Split Over Proposal

The Boulder-White Cloud Mountains in Idaho are rugged, located in the heart of the state's mid-section. But a divide over how to use the mountain land and potential action from the Obama Administration has residents of the area sharply split.

Aug. 12, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

Oregon Issues Fine, Revokes License Of Curry County Herbicide Sprayer

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued a $10,000 civil penalty and a one-year license revocation to Pacific Air Research, Inc., the company involved in a forest herbicide application that spilled onto homes near Gold Beach.

Aug. 4, 2014, 1 a.m.

New Rule: No Bee-Harming Pesticides, GMO Crops On U.S. Wildlife Refuges

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was phasing out a class of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region. That rule now applies nationwide.

July 29, 2014, 4:16 p.m.

Turning Plastics To Oil In Portland? Maybe Later

Waste Management plans to idle its new plastics-to-oil facility in North Portland. It's only been operating for 16 months, but perhaps not as well as the company had hoped.

July 18, 2014, 4:25 p.m.

One-Man Train Crews Could Soon Operate In Northwest

BNSF Railway trains in the Pacific Northwest could soon have one-man crews.

July 16, 2014, 5:35 p.m.

Obama’s Climate Initiatives in the Northwest

President Obama announces several initiatives to help prepare for a warming climate. He says wildfires, heat waves and rising sea levels brought on by climate change threaten public safety.

July 16, 2014, 2 p.m.

A Likely Exception To No-Pesticide Rule: Invasive Crazy Ants Attacking Baby Birds

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is eliminating the use of bee-harming pesticides on refuges in the Pacific region. One likely exception? Invasive crazy ants that attack nesting seabirds.

July 11, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

EarthFix Survey Tracks Northwest Residents' Opinions on Environmental Issues

A new EarthFix poll takes a look at what Northwest residents from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho think about environmental issues.

July 11, 2014, noon

Sightline Institute Authors Report Questioning Tesoro's Track Record

It's been a bad week for Tesoro in the press. A KUOW investigation revealed that four years after a deadly blast at the company's plant in Anacortes, no one has been held accountable. Now, the Sightline Institute has issued a scathing report on Tesoro's practices.

June 17, 2014, 5 p.m.

Underwater Video: Starfish Die-offs Hit Hood Canal

Seattle diver Laura James heard reports that starfish weren’t faring well in Washington’s Hood Canal, so she decided to check in on them. Watch a video of the sick and dying starfish she found underwater.

June 13, 2014, 3:26 p.m.

Field Notes: Crawling Through A Cormorant Colony

In a stinky, sweltering above-ground tunnel built out of wood and black landscaping fabric, I heard the most amazing sounds. They were coming from thousands of birds nesting inches away from me.

June 11, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

Video: Black Bear Captured In Northeast Portland

A 125-pound black bear was spotted running through a Northeast Portland neighborhood early Wednesday morning. Officials captured the bear and plan to release it back into the wild within 24 hours.

June 11, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

Oregon Senators Ask Transportation Safety Board To Evaluate Emergency Order On Oil Trains

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to review the sufficiency of the U.S. Department of Transportation's latest emergency order on oil trains.

June 10, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

Northwest States Tread Lightly With Oil Train Route Disclosures

The Northwest's two main freight rail operators are complying with a federal requirement to inform states about the North Dakota crude oil they're hauling -- but they want the states to keep the public from finding out by signing for non-disclosure agreements.

June 3, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

Marbled Murrelet Sightings Bring New Legal Challenge Re: Elliott State Forest

The fight over Elliott State Forest is heating up with the recent discovery of endangered seabird habitat.

May 30, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

Oregon Delays Decision On Morrow Pacific Coal Export Dock

The Oregon Department of State Lands has delayed until August its permitting decision on a controversial coal export dock on the Columbia River. The decision was expected by May 31.

May 29, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Curry County Residents Ask Oregon Lawmakers For Tougher Pesticide Rules

Curry County residents community tell lawmakers the rules protecting them from aerial herbicide spraing were inadequate -- and the same goes for the state’s response after the spray occurred were both inadequate.

May 12, 2014, 1 a.m.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road For Northwest Bike Shares

Northwest cities are rapidly rolling toward launching bike share schemes. Experts say that specializing these programs to each city's needs is crucial to their long-term viability.

May 7, 2014, 6:06 p.m.

The EarthFix Reading Guide To The National Climate Assessment

This week a major study known as the National Climate Assessment laid out a region-by-region look at how climate change has already altered not just the things we’d typically think of like ecosystems and water supplies, but also our industries, infrastructure and human health.

May 5, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

Kitzhaber To Feds: Pick Up The Pace On Oil Train Safety

After the oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia, last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation with a list of requests for improving oil train safety.

May 5, 2014, 6:35 a.m.

A Film Festival For Water Lovers

Water restoration projects throughout the Northwest will make their big screen debut next week in Portland. The Stories of Our Watersheds film festival will feature 14 short films.

April 25, 2014, 4:55 p.m.

Kitzhaber: 'It Is Time Once And For All To Say No To Coal Exports'

In a speech to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters last weekend, Gov. John Kitzhaber voiced clear opposition to coal export projects in the Northwest. Now, what is he going to do about it?

April 23, 2014, 2:03 p.m.

Biggest Challenge Facing Oregon Pesticide Investigators? Public Records Law

The Oregon Department of Agriculture investigates pesticide use in the state of Oregon. Its program manager says its biggest enforcement challenge is Oregon's public records law, followed by communication with other agencies and with the public.

April 15, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

A New Western Outlaw: The Bee Rustler

Beehive thefts are on the rise in California, possibly as a result of declining bee populations and their increased value as pollinators. The phenomena of bee rustling doesn't appear to have spread to the Northwest. Not yet, at least.

April 2, 2014, 12:17 p.m.

Popular Wristbands Could Record Chemical Exposure

Oregon State University scientists have found that silicone bracelets could be a useful tool for monitoring human exposure to chemicals. An initial study revealed subjects wearing the bracelets for 30 days were exposed to everything from pesticides to fire retardants.

March 19, 2014, 2:13 p.m.

Calif. Company Wants Geothermal Energy To Help Power Cars

A California company says it's developed the technology to pull high-grade lithium from water used to extract geothermal energy. The lithium is the same kind used in the batteries of electric cars.

March 17, 2014, 2:35 p.m.

How Industry Specs And A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads to Avoid Response Planning Oversight

Federal law allows railroads using industry-standard tank cars to avoid filing comprehensive response plans, and state regulators don't have authority to do so either -- nor are they likely to get it.

March 14, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

You Know Your Car's Fuel Efficiency. What About Your House?

There is a system for measuring the energy efficiency of your house. It's called an Energy Performance Score, but not many homes have one.

March 11, 2014, 2 p.m.

Climate Plays Critical Role In Water Discussion

Climate will play a critical part in the fresh water supply in the Northwest. Hotter temperatures will likely mean less summer rainfall and more wildfires. And it could mean gradual changes to the plant and animal life in the years to come.

March 10, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

All-Nighter On Climate Change To Keep U.S. Senators Occupied

They don't have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change -- along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.

March 4, 2014, 4:53 p.m.

Port Of Portland: We'll Pass On Crude Oil By Rail ... For Now

Have you been wondering about the Port of Portland's position on oil by rail? If so, you're not alone. The port responded to inquiries today, saying it might consider the idea one day – but not today.

March 3, 2014, 4:53 p.m.

A Coal Shipping Terminal Strikes Out In A Major League City

While the Northwest's debate over whether to build coal export terminals seems to be at a standstill, the discussion in California's San Francisco Bay led to a decision to reject such a port project.

Feb. 26, 2014, 2:49 p.m.

Single Wolf Documented Near Mount Hood

The wolf known as OR-7 was the first wolf to be documented in the Cascades. According to a new report from Oregon Fish and Wildlife, a second single wolf was documented near Oregon's Mount Hood in December.

Feb. 24, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

Climbing The Weeping Wall

Sometimes as a reporter you find yourself in situations you never quite imagined. And so it was as I hung 50-feet in the air on a sheet of ice.

Feb. 19, 2014, 2:51 p.m.

Study: More Coal, More Oil Means More Trains

Train traffic will dramatically increase in the Pacific Northwest, if proposed coal export terminals and crude oil terminals are built, according to a report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

Feb. 18, 2014, 6 a.m.

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing Pacific Starfish Die-offs?

Scientists point to evidence as to why they do not consider radiation a leading culprit for the mysterious syndrome that’s killing sea stars along the west coast of North America.

Feb. 14, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

Why Are Starfish Dying Off The Pacific Coast? Video + Live Chat Feb. 19

Join KCTS 9’s EarthFix reporter Katie Campbell and Seattle diver/videographer Laura James for an online screening and live chat on Wednesday, February 19, at 12 p.m. Pacific.

Feb. 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Urban Goat Herd Gets A New, Temporary Home

A beloved urban goat herd in Portland has found a temporary new home in the city.

Feb. 10, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

B.C. Terminal Considers Coal Proposal

As Northwest coal proposals crawl through approval processes, a plan to export coal through a B.C. terminal is also getting scrutiny.

Feb. 5, 2014, 4:57 p.m.

What's The Future For Public Land Oil, Gas Development?

A House subcommitte Wednesday heard testimony about increasing oil and gas drilling on public lands.

Jan. 31, 2014, 5:47 p.m.

Are You Going to Eat That? China's Latest Reason It Considers NW Shellfish Unsafe

When China tested recent U.S. shipments of geoduck clams, it included skin and the gutball -- parts that nobody eats, U.S. officials said, but that typically have the highest concentrations of toxins. Now Chinese officials have a new message: We eat the skin and the gutball.

Jan. 31, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

How A Sentence To Read Gladwell Overshadowed The Part About The Prison Time

An environmental activist's five-year prison sentence draw more media attention for the reading list than the hard time involved.

Jan. 31, 2014, 10 a.m.

Moving More Deer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to relocate more of the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.

Jan. 30, 2014, 3 p.m.

3 Ways The Super Bowl Will Be Green

A round up some of the green features for this year’s Super Bowl festivities.

Jan. 30, 2014, 1 a.m.

Citizen Scientists Asked To Help Search For #SickStarfish

With thousands of miles of coastline in North America, scientists can’t be everywhere at once to keep an eye out for sick and dying starfish. A new web map channels posts to social media sites to track the real time spread of the disease.

Jan. 29, 2014, 10 a.m.

Climate Data Sonification

Cellist and University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford and geology professor Scott St. George came up with an interesting idea: put climate data to music.

Jan. 28, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

Do 99.9977 Percent Of Crude Oil Rail Shipments Reach Their Destination Safely?

The figure often cited by the rail industry and proponents of oil by rail is not inaccurate, but there's more to the story.

Jan. 27, 2014, 2 p.m.

Video: Blowing Stuff Up On The Elwha

The largest dam removal in U.S. history just got even cooler. Check out the latest video from the wilds of Olympic National Park.

Jan. 27, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

Wild Fish Group Announces Plan To Sue Over Hatchery Fish In Puget Sound

A wild fish advocacy group goes to court to halt the release of hatchery steelhead in Washington rivers -- the latest such legal action to assert environmental laws to stop fish hatchery programs in the Northwest.

Jan. 27, 2014, 1 a.m.

How To Cook A Geoduck

Geoduck clams from Puget Sound are a prized delicacy in China. But many diners in the Northwest have never tried them. Perhaps one of these recipes will whet an appetite for the clams, which go for $100 a pound in China.

Jan. 24, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

Wash. Senator, Chefs Weigh In Against Pebble Mine

A Washington senator and a chef denounce the proposed for Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Jan. 23, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

How Do You Squeeze Gardens Into Cityscapes? Think Vertical

In dense, concrete-locked urban areas like Seattle space for gardening is hard to come by. After all, this is a city where land is so valuable that people spend an average of $346 per square foot on their homes.

Jan. 17, 2014, 11:17 a.m.

Build Your Own Garden Box With Recycled Plastic Lego-like Blocks

Three Portland MBA students invented a way to build raised garden beds with giant, recycled plastic Lego-like blocks and funded the idea with a Kickstarter campaign.

Jan. 16, 2014, 4:31 p.m.

Oregon Rule Change Expands Livestock Producers' Rights To Kill Wolves

Oregon announced new rules today allowing livestock producers to kill wolves without a permit if certain criteria are met.

Jan. 16, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

New Study Compares Your Carbon Footprint To Your Neighbors’

If you live in the heart of a city like Seattle or Portland, your carbon footprint is about half the national average. But the people living in the surrounding suburbs more than make up for it. In some places, suburbanites emit four times the amount of carbon as city dwellers.

Jan. 10, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

How Many Rail Cars Carrying Hazardous Materials Get Inspected?

Only a small percentage of trains carrying hazardous materials are inspected as they move through Oregon and Washington. Safety advocates and legislators are more concerned about what federal regulations allow than the fewer than 1 percent of cars found with safety violations.

Jan. 9, 2014, 11:11 a.m.

A Murmuration In The Tri-Cities

A murmuration in Richland, Wash.

Jan. 8, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

Report: Bellingham Bay A Hostile Place For Small Marine Creatures

A wide array of tiny marine critters are struggling to survive in Bellingham Bay, according to a recently released report from the Washington Department of Ecology.

Jan. 7, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.

Jan. 7, 2014, 11:25 a.m.

Report Ranks The “Dazzling Dozen” States With The Most Solar Power

None of the Northwest states made it into a new list of the leaders in solar energy development. The list was released Tuesday by the group Environment Oregon.

Jan. 6, 2014, 2:21 p.m.

Bullitt Center Nabs Top Honors For Green Building Award

EarthTechling reports Seattle's Bullitt Center can now officially say it's the greenest building in the world.

Jan. 3, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

Marbled Murrelets Show 30 Percent Decline? It's Not That Simple

Federal researchers are still trying to understand what's driving the marbled murrelet population. Unlike previous studies, they now find no significant population decline across 80 percent of the endangered seabird's range.

Jan. 3, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

Under Pressure, General Mills Makes GMO-Free Cheerios

In response to consumer requests, General Mills is changing the source of its original Cheerios ingredients so that the cereal will be free of genetically modified organisms.

Dec. 31, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

Our Sounds Of 2013

Take a listen to some of our interesting sounds of this past year.

Dec. 27, 2013, 5 p.m.

Endangered Species Act Turns 40: A Look At 3 Interesting Debates

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. A primer on three big ideas in conservation biology: triage, minimum viable populations and assisted migration.

Dec. 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

You And Your Green Holidays

Earlier this month, we asked what you are doing to have a more sustainable holiday season. Here are some of your responses.

Dec. 20, 2013, 4 a.m.

Recycling Candles Into Skateboard Wax

Need a holiday gift idea for that skateboarder in your life? How about some upcycled skate wax?

Dec. 19, 2013, 2:28 p.m.

Arsenic Was Toxin Of Concern In Wash. Geoduck Shipment

Officials in Washington have learned that inorganic arsenic was the toxin detected in a shipment of geoduck from their state to China, not the toxin causing paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, as they previously believed.

Dec. 19, 2013, 2:20 p.m.

Algae To Oil, While You Eat Your Lunch

New research has found a way to turn algae into crude oil -- in less time than your daily lunch break.

Dec. 18, 2013, 10:57 a.m.

Can Bikes And Orchards Mix?

Central Washington cyclists are trying to expand a popular cycling loop from Wenatchee to Leavenworth, but local growers worry about what it could mean for their orchards.

Dec. 13, 2013, 6:15 a.m.

How Are You Going Green This Holiday?

'Tis the season -- how are you going green this time of year?

Dec. 11, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

FDA Will End Some Uses of Antibiotics On Farms

New regulations from the FDA will phase out the use of antibiotics to help farm animals gain weight.

Dec. 11, 2013, 10 a.m.

Lawsuits Put NW Fish Hatcheries In The Crosshairs

Lawsuits around the region highlight a groundswell of opposition to the practice of raising salmon and steelhead in hatcheries to then be released into the wild.

Dec. 11, 2013, 9:35 a.m.

Illegal Eagle Hunt Garners $250 Fine, Probation

U.S. District Court in Portland sentenced a man to a year probation and a $250 fine for killing three bald and three golden eagles on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Dec. 10, 2013, 10 a.m.

Panel: The Lummi's Fight Against Coal Exports

Lummi council member Jay Julius and attorneys Mason Morisset and Knoll Lowney sat down with EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn for a public discussion at Town Hall Seattle.

Dec. 9, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

Support Grows For An Ancient Method Of Managing Wild Lands

A new partnership between the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the latest indication that the ancient practice of prescribed burning is continuing to find favor as a way to help wildlife.

Dec. 4, 2013, 5:44 p.m.

Changing Of The PR Guard For Coal Export Proponents

A secret recording of a pro-coal spokeswoman has led to a changing of the guard at the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports, a front group for the proponents of coal exports in the Northwest.

Dec. 4, 2013, 1:06 p.m.

Study: Development Along Oregon, Washington Public Forests Has More Than Doubled

Development on the edge of public forests has more than doubled since the mid 1970s in Oregon and Washington, which has a host of ecological consequences, including higher risk of wildfires and invasive species spread.

Dec. 4, 2013, 11 a.m.

Northwest Urban Areas Among Trendsetters For Commute Transportation

If urbanites’ behavior is any indication, American workers' commutes are changing. A new transportation study of the biggest U.S. urban areas shows a decline in driving and an increase in biking to work.

Dec. 3, 2013, 9:17 p.m.

3 Things About The Political Pep Rally In Klamath Falls

There was a time when you wouldn't see politicians hold still for a photo op in the Klamath Basin. But that's what's in the works in Klamath Falls, where an almost-done deal could change the way water is divided up in a thirsty corner of the Northwest.

Nov. 29, 2013, 2 a.m.

Idaho Company Pushes 'Poop' Compost In Super Bowl Ad Contest

A small Northwest compost company is one of four finalists vying for a free 30-second Super Bowl ad.

Nov. 26, 2013, 5 p.m.

Watch Underwater Video Of Sea Stars Dying Off West Seattle

A Seattle diver and environmental advocate called it one of the saddest things she’s ever seen underwater. Sea stars in numbers too great to count dying before her eyes.

Nov. 25, 2013, 10:15 p.m.

California Finds No Reason To Protect Wolves

As the feds consider delisting the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, a study by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife decides the gray wolf does not need protection in the state.

Nov. 22, 2013, 2:44 p.m.

Putting A Price On Wind Power's Eagle Kills

One of the country's biggest energy corporations enters a $1 million settlement after its Wyoming wind turbines kill 14 golden eagles.

Nov. 22, 2013, 12:04 p.m.

Artists Tell Stories Of Dead Bees

Two artists are responding to the decline of bees through their work.

Nov. 22, 2013, 8:25 a.m.

Turning Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Turkey Grease Into Biofuel

I've never had deep-fried turkey, but I've heard it's delicious. It also requires several gallons of cooking oil that makes great feedstock for biofuel.

Nov. 21, 2013, 3:45 p.m.

Women Are Consuming Less Mercury In Their Fish

A new EPA study shows that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent between a survey done in 1999-2000 and follow up surveys conducted 2001-2010.

Nov. 20, 2013, 3:24 p.m.

Hungry For Climate Change Action

Michael Foster hasn’t eaten in nine days. He’s fasting in solidarity with others around the world who are participating in a hunger strike to address climate change and support the people of the Philippines who were hit by one of the most powerful typhoons on record.

Nov. 19, 2013, 1:56 p.m.

Tesla Fire Investigation Launched

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is responding to concerns about safety for his company's luxury electric vehicle, the Model S, after three recent car fires.

Nov. 18, 2013, 3:26 p.m.

Recovering 'The Lost Fish'

A new documentary is helping raise awareness about the declining Pacific lamprey numbers -- before the fish are put on the endangered species list.

Nov. 18, 2013, 10:29 a.m.

National Polling: American Electorate Sees Effects Of Climate Change And Wants Action

Paralleling a breakdown in international climate talks at the COP19 summit in Warsaw, a new poll from Stanford University shows Americans not only believe the climate is warming, but also want action from government on greenhouse gas emissions.

Nov. 15, 2013, 3 p.m.

Foraging For Fungi Stories

Deep in the forest of our media landscape, fungi have been emerging. A roundup of some recent news as well as fun stuff from the archives.

Nov. 15, 2013, 12:43 p.m.

For Those Who Want To Avoid GMO Foods, There's An App For That

These Beanfields chips sure are tasty. They're also made by a company that hasn't fueled opposition to labeling genetically modified foods –- according to the app I tried out today.

Nov. 14, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Crushing Ivory To Crush Illegal Wildlife Trade

The Washington Post reports that six tons of confiscated ivory have now been crushed, a message to would-be elephant poachers.

Nov. 14, 2013, 12:08 p.m.

A Turbine That Toppled In A Windstorm

Recent strong winds in south, central Washington caused a wind turbine to blow over. How can a turbine meant to sustain and use wind simply blow over? How often does this happen?

Nov. 13, 2013, 7 a.m.

Can Mushrooms Help Fight Stormwater Pollution?

Researchers are studying whether mycofiltration can effectively clean up polluted runoff.

Nov. 12, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Washington's Catholic Bishops Call For Broad Review Of Coal Exports

SeattlePI.com reports that Washington's four Catholic bishops have released a statement calling for “exhaustive and independent review” of the state's two coal export terminals under consideration.

Nov. 8, 2013, 2:37 p.m.

U.S. Oil Glut Spurs Talk In Congress Of Oil Exports ... Did Someone Say Something About Trains?

Northwest refineries are already accepting oil by rail, more and more of it with each passing month, coming in from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. Now, as the U.S. faces a domestic glut of oil production, Congress is debating allowing more oil exports.

Nov. 8, 2013, 6:45 a.m.

Idaho Falls Behind In Energy Efficiency; Ore. And Wash. Stay In Top Tier

Idaho has the distinction of dropping the furthest in rank in the latest State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Nov. 7, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

Repair Cafes Aim To Reduce Waste And Consumption

Right now, I have sitting at home broken alarm clock and a few items of clothing that need mending. I’ve considered tossing them, but instead I might just hit a repair cafe.

Nov. 6, 2013, 3 p.m.

ICYMI: Caves, Climate And Creatures

In case you missed it, a roundup of some of the interesting Northwest environmental news stories from October.

Nov. 6, 2013, 1:46 p.m.

Field Notes: Compiling A Video 'Water Handbook' For Idaho

Water is the lifeblood of the Northwest's most arid state. It's so important that there's now a video presentation, the "Idaho Water Handbook" that airs this week. Here's the story behind the handbook from Idaho Public TV's EarthFix producer.

Nov. 5, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

How Frog-Friendly Farming Helps Herons And Hinders Mosquitoes

A first-of-its-kind "meta-analysis" from Oregon State University researchers looks at the link between pesticides and fertilizers and amphibians -- and what that means for the rest of the ecosystem.

Nov. 5, 2013, 3:31 p.m.

A Week For Polar Bears, Too

Conservation group Polar Bears International is hoping to bring awareness to the snow white bears with Polar Bear Week.

Nov. 4, 2013, 5 a.m.

A Fashionable Climate Model

Some clever and well-dressed scientists are using a pun to spur some fun educational outreach.

Nov. 1, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

NW Tribes Are Leading The Way In Climate Adaptation

While President Obama tries to return his administration's focus to climate change, several Northwest tribes are leading the way in adapting to the challenges of warming average temperatures.

Nov. 1, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Feasting On 'Trash Fish' For Sustainability

Four Portland chefs are cooking up a Trash Fish Supper for a sustainable seafood fundraiser Nov. 10.

Nov. 1, 2013, 11 a.m.

Making The U.S. More Energy Efficient, One Building At A Time

A new, highly efficient rooftop heating and cooling unit could reduce a commercial building's energy costs by an average of 41 percent.

Nov. 1, 2013, 6 a.m.

New ‘Vanishing Ice’ Exhibit Reveals A Changing Climate Through The Art of the Arctic

The largest single exhibit of art depicting the world’s alpine and polar regions will be on display in Bellingham, just a few miles from where the largest coal export terminal in North America is proposed to be built.

Oct. 30, 2013, 4:50 p.m.

The New Motor City? Look West For EV Hubs

Want to know what the nation's top city is for EVs? It's on the West Coast. And, according to a ranking by the world's biggest network of EV chargers, That city has lots of company, with five of the top 10 cities in the U.S. near the Pacific Ocean.

Oct. 30, 2013, 3:51 p.m.

First 'Farm To School' Census

As October winds down, so does this year’s National Farm To School Month. This year, USDA conducted the first census to start tracking the impact of school programs.

Oct. 29, 2013, 5:19 p.m.

Russia's Stumble When It Goes For Olympic Green

Russia promised the greenest Olympics yet when it hosts next year's winter games. But the country is getting a public-relations black eye after revelations a state company has been dumping potentially contaminated construction waste from the site of the games in Sochi.

Oct. 29, 2013, 6 a.m.

Another Fiery Tesla Makes Headlines

Saw my first Tesla Model S in person last night. Its license plate boasted, ‘GAS LOL.’ Gas may be a funny concept to Tesla car owners, but they might not be laughing about some recent news.

Oct. 25, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

Increasing Steelhead Numbers With A Little TLC

How tribes are working to increase endangered steelhead numbers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Oct. 25, 2013, 1:24 p.m.

Bill Gates Finds Enlightenment At Idaho Nuke Lab

The billionaire Bill Gates makes a trip to Idaho on behalf of his nuclear power start-up to see what he can learn at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Oct. 25, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Goats In Boats: An Answer To Invasive Species On Islands?

It could have been just another adventure for Clayton and New York, two goats living in Northeast Portland. But on this trip, they also had a mission.

Oct. 25, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Pension Fund Managers Want Climate Study From Fossil Fuel Companies

Managers of some of the biggest pension funds in the world are worried about the profitability of fossil fuel companies, according to a report from The Associated Press (via NPR).

Oct. 24, 2013, 10:16 a.m.

As NW Considers Coal Exports, China Chokes On Coal-Fired Smog

As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.

Oct. 23, 2013, 2:47 p.m.

While E-bikes Hit 200 Million In China, U.S. Growth Is Slow

E-bikes are all the rage in other countries. In the U.S.? Not so much.

Oct. 23, 2013, 10 a.m.

Watch Awesome Salmon Footage From The Elwha

Whew, ok, we're a little excited. But this video from John Gussman is RAD. The Elwha dam removal, taking place in Washington's Olympic National Park, has been an inspiring story to cover. Now the chinook salmon are coming home and they are magnificent.

Oct. 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

An Ancient, Overhunted Turtle That's Unwanted In Oregon

Alligator snapping turtles have been overhunted to the extent they are threatened with extinction in their native Southeastern United States. But that wasn’t a good enough reason to keep one alive after it was discovered in an Eastern Oregon reservoir.

Oct. 22, 2013, 3:08 p.m.

More Delays For The Morrow Pacific Project

After months of back-and-forth between coal company Ambre Energy and the Oregon Department of State Lands, the permitting has been further delayed for a Columbia River coal export project.

Oct. 22, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Turning Straw to (Energy) Gold

A new study finds wheat straw could be a potential source of renewable energy.

Oct. 21, 2013, 6:08 a.m.

EarthFix Wins Online Journalism Award For Coal Coverage

We snagged a prize at the 2013 Online Journalism Awards for Best Explanatory Reporting (Small) for our coverage of [Coal in the Northwest](http://earthfix.info/coal "").

Oct. 18, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

The Paradox Of Octopus Hunting And Eating

There’s an interesting feature in the New York Times Magazine this week looking at the controversy surrounding octopus hunting in Puget Sound.

Oct. 17, 2013, 3 p.m.

Seattle Children Demand Climate Justice

A recent study found that children around the world will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change. Children in Seattle are calling for adults to take action.

Oct. 15, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

The Smell Of The Great Outdoors -- It's Not What You Think

Have you ever smelled a ponderosa pine? It's not what you think.

Oct. 15, 2013, 9:16 a.m.

Forage Fish Watch: Sardine Fishery's 'Inexplicable' Closure In BC

The Vancouver Sun reports that [BC’s $32 million commercial sardine industry has suddenly and 'inexplicably' collapsed](http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Sudden+disappearance+sardines+serious+economic+ecological/9034961/story.html "").

Oct. 14, 2013, 8 a.m.

How Many People Can The Earth Sustain?

How can we sustain all these people on the planet? Or rather, how many people can this planet sustain? That’s a question Alan Weisman explored in his latest book "Countdown."

Oct. 11, 2013, 1:42 p.m.

We Call Them Caves, You Call Them Tunnels

News of a glacier tunnel in northern Sweden comes out the same week as EarthFix's radio feature and Oregon Field Guide's special on a mile-long glacier cave network on Mount Hood.

Oct. 11, 2013, 12:19 p.m.

Time To Cast Your Vote For The Greenest Restaurant

The finalists for the Nature Conservancy's green restaurant award have been chosen. It's time for you to vote!

Oct. 11, 2013, 11:41 a.m.

North Dakota Oil Spill Could Fuel Northwest Debate

News out this week about a North Dakota oil spill will likely raise eyebrows here in the Northwest. Reuters reports that a farmer Steve Jensen discovered an oil spill on his wheat field.

Oct. 10, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

A Film For Fans of Enviro Movement History

A new documentary that airs in Seattle and Portland charts the history of the environmental movement.

Oct. 10, 2013, 3:07 p.m.

Can Ducks Actually Play Football?

Meet the duck that can answer that question and watch a sneak preview of the upcoming Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies match up.

Oct. 9, 2013, 9:47 a.m.

Air Pollution Might Be Giving Bees A Stuffy Nose

A new study shows that diesel exhaust might be preventing honeybees from finding the plants they want to pollinate.

Oct. 8, 2013, 4 p.m.

How Restrictions On Rural Land Development Could Curb Wildfires

A new study out of Washington State University has found that small changes in rural land development could curb wildfires.

Oct. 8, 2013, 4 p.m.

Washington's Own Wandering Wolves

Oregon's OR-7 has garnered headlines and even his own Twitter handle after making his way from Oregon into the Golden State and now back. But new map shows how Washington wolves have been tracked sojourning deep into Canada, where two have been killed.

Oct. 7, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Photographer Zooms In On Adorable But Endangered Baby Animals

Suzi Eszterhas will talk about photographing the family life endangered animals at an event in Portland tonight. Her latest series of children’s books, entitled “Eye On The Wild”, features photos of baby gorillas, orangutans, cheetahs and sea otters.

Oct. 7, 2013, 10:53 a.m.

How Old Growth Forests Could Change Climate Models

A new study has found that older forests may be storing more carbon than researchers previously thought possible.

Oct. 2, 2013, 3:17 p.m.

A Protective Boost For A Pair Of Northwest Prairie Species

The federal government will make official Thursday its added protection for the streaked horned lark and the Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. The bird and the butterfly rely on prairie habitat from the Puget Sound trough to the Willamette Valley.

Oct. 2, 2013, 3 p.m.

Electric Car Company’s Shares Drop After Fiery Crash Video Hits Internet

Electric car company Tesla Motors' shares dropped Wednesday after a video of one of their cars on fire hit the internet.

Oct. 1, 2013, 4:36 p.m.

What's Shut Down In the NW World Of Federal Public Lands And Natural Resource Operations

Here's a rundown on what the BLM, FWS, NOAA, NPS and other federal agencies known by their TLAs and FLAs (Sorry - three-letter-acronyms and four-letter-acronyms) are up to ... and no longer up to in the Northwest due to the federal government shutdown.

Oct. 1, 2013, 2 p.m.

ICYMI: Coal, Ocean Acidification And Air Pollution

As October rains upon us, a round up some of the big news and great reports from our team and from other outlets in September.

Oct. 1, 2013, 11:22 a.m.

Wildfires, Soil Erosion, And A 'Chocolate Brown' Creek

A creek in Central Washington ran "chocolate brown" after a recent downpour. Soil erosion was the next problem officials worried about after a wildfire was contained in the area last year.

Sept. 30, 2013, 4 p.m.

Slideshow: Anti-Coal Totem Pole Journey Arrives At Cherry Point

A 22-foot-long totem pole carved in opposition to coal exports makes a final stop at the site of the largest proposed coal terminal on the West Coast before heading across the border for a ceremony with first nations near Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sept. 30, 2013, 1 p.m.

Video: "Cellular Vampirism" - Toxic Algae Prey On Other Single-Celled Organisms Under The Microscope

Geeking out and going behind the scenes (and under the microscope) on our latest story from our new series "Symptoms Of Climate Change: Will A Warming World Make Us Sick?"

Sept. 29, 2013, 8 a.m.

Live Chat: Reflecting On 'Symptoms Of Climate Change'

Join us for a live online community chat about impacts on human health from climate change, Thursday, October 10 12-1 p.m., PDT. This is part of our multimedia series, 'Symptoms Of Climate Change: Will A Warming World Make Us Sick?'

Sept. 27, 2013, 4 p.m.

Our Messy Relationship With Urban Wildlife

Can we be 'gracious co-inhabitants' in our daily encounters with urban wildlife?

Sept. 26, 2013, 3 p.m.

Auto Mercury Switch Recycling Program Reaches Milestone

Washington’s Department of Ecology recently collected its 200,000th automobile switch containing mercury. That represents 445 pounds of mercury that did not end up in the environment.

Sept. 26, 2013, 11:32 a.m.

Ocean Observatories Project Collects High Definition Video From The Deep Sea

The floor of the Pacific Ocean is a world of extremes. But it’s also a place of exquisite spare beauty and colorful creatures.

Sept. 25, 2013, 6:23 p.m.

4 Takeaways From A GM Labeling Pep Rally

A recent panel of advocates for labeling foods that have been genetically engineered provides insights into the anti-GMO movement. Here are four of them.

Sept. 25, 2013, 9:15 a.m.

Winner: 'What I Did Outside This Summer' Photo Contest

Thanks to all those who submitted and enjoyed viewing our photo contest. Autumn has come on full force for many of us in the Northwest so it’s fun to see these summer moments. Check out our winning photo!

Sept. 24, 2013, 3 a.m.

Research: Environmental Impacts On Allergies

Two recent studies show environmental impacts on allergies. One study finds that ragweed thrives from CO2 emissions. The other looks at how loss of biodiversity in cities makes allergies worse.

Sept. 23, 2013, 3:56 p.m.

Portland, Seattle Rank In Top Tier For Energy Efficient Cities

Portland and Seattle rank in the top tier of energy efficient cities, according to the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Sept. 20, 2013, 5:11 p.m.

What Does A 'Green Restaurant' Look Like To You?

What does a 'green restaurant look like to you? Does it serve grass-fed beef and free-range chicken? Does it serve meat at all? What about bottled water? Organic produce? Genetically modified food?

Sept. 20, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

Changing Clichés To Reflect Environmental Perils

In the latest Orion Magazine, David Holub proposed 10 clichés that need updating. A clever (and rather cynical) exercise. A few I thought were especially apropos given current Northwest debates.

Sept. 19, 2013, 3:45 p.m.

Artists Reflect On Clearcuts, Nuclear Echoes And Weather

There are a few art exhibits showing now that could be thought-provoking to those interested in environmental issues.

Sept. 19, 2013, noon

The Problem Of Food Waste And What To Do About It At Home

Every time I look in the produce drawer of my refrigerator, I feel guilty. Lurking in there right now is a wrinkled nectarine, tomatoes that have sprouted gray fuzz, a handful of once-purple-now-black basil and a cucumber that will surely turn to mush if disturbed.

Sept. 19, 2013, 11:57 a.m.

Efforts To Help Bumblebees

A look at some efforts to help declining bumblebee populations in the region.

Sept. 18, 2013, 2:23 p.m.

A C+ or B- To Oregon For Cutting Carbon Pollution

Oregon is getting a making-progress-but-not-enough assessment when it comes to reducing the kind of pollution that contributes to climate change.

Sept. 17, 2013, 4:17 p.m.

How Are E-Waste Laws Working? Not So Well, Researchers Say

Researchers have blunt news for states with bans on disposing junk TVs in landfills: They don’t work.

Sept. 17, 2013, 1:58 p.m.

A New Threat For Endangered Deer: Hunters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put a lot of work into relocating an endangered species of deer. Now they want to make sure hunters don't hamper their efforts.

Sept. 17, 2013, 1:37 p.m.

Celebrating Organic Farming With A Numbers Game

I went poking around USDA data to learn more about the number of organic farms in the Northwest.

Sept. 17, 2013, 10:41 a.m.

Massive Dust Storm Clouds Eastern Washington

An unnaturally large dust storm blew through Eastern Washington this weekend. Now some amazing photos are circulating the web.

Sept. 16, 2013, 2:05 p.m.

EarthFix A Finalist For Online Journalism Awards

We have been named a finalist in three categories for this year’s Online Journalism Awards put on by the Online News Association.

Sept. 16, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Pacific Fishery Managers Take Up Forage Fish Issue

Have you heard of forage fish? That topic is on the agenda this week at the meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Sept. 13, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Turn Your Reject Plastics Into Oil This Weekend In Portland

This weekend, the garbage hauler Waste Management will take your hard-to-recycle plastics at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland and turn them into oil.

Sept. 13, 2013, 5 p.m.

More Salmon, More For Anglers To Catch

A record-breaking run of fall chinook returning to their native streams means anglers can catch more salmon.

Sept. 13, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

Championing Endangered Species Through 'Ugly' Campaigns, Condoms, Chocolate

A few creative outreach campaigns like 'ugly animal' video contests and endangered species condoms are employed by activists who want to bring attention to the plight of endangered species.

Sept. 13, 2013, 9 a.m.

Photo Contest: 'What I Did Outside This Summer'

What did you do outside this summer? For our next photo contest, we want to see pictures on you outdoors on your summer adventures.

Sept. 12, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

When The Benign Causes Harm To Environment And People

A huge molasses spill has caused marine life deaths in Honolulu harbor, and provides a reminder that seemingly benign things can cause harm, too.

Sept. 12, 2013, 9:01 a.m.

New Film About Mountaineering Legend Lou Whittaker Screens in Seattle Next Week

He’s climbed Mount Rainier more than 250 times. He's survived avalanches. He’s had both knees replaced. Now he’s 84 years old. And he still downhill and cross-country skis. If you don’t know who Lou Whittaker is, let me introduce him.

Sept. 11, 2013, 6 p.m.

This Is Your Bill ... For Fighting Wildfires

We've spent 250 million and counting fighting wildfires in Oregon and Washington this year. And the bill is going up.

Sept. 11, 2013, 4:58 p.m.

You Could Read About Six-Pack Rings ... Or Laugh At This Video

After decades of studies and public-awareness campaigns on the environmental threats of plastic six-pack rings, the YouTube humor channel, Official Comedy, offers this take on the deadly impact of a casually disposed of six-pack ring.

Sept. 11, 2013, 1 p.m.

New Bill In The House Will 'Streamline' Army Corps Environmental Review Process

Members of Congress want to help the Army Corps cut costs and speed up environmental reviews on infrastructure projects like those proposed for coal exports in the Northwest.

Sept. 11, 2013, 10:13 a.m.

Tracking Beer's Water Footprint 'From Grain To Glass'

In the big beer business, looming water scarcity is definitely a concern. But contrary to what you might think, beer production isn't where all the water consumption happens.

Sept. 10, 2013, 3 p.m.

Why Researchers Don't Think Battery Storage Works For Wind Power

Stanford researchers don't think it makes sense to build grid-scale batteries to store surplus wind energy. To understand why, think about whether you'd spend $100 on safe to store a $10 watch.

Sept. 10, 2013, noon

Wildlife Watch: The Northern Leopard Frog

The Northwest's northern leopard frog is listed as endangered in Washington state. It calls Potholes Reservoir in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area home.

Sept. 10, 2013, 6 a.m.

Rockstar Wolf OR-7, By Luck Of The Draw

Wolf OR-7 has become something of a rock star in the world of wildlife. How did he get to be so famous? Sheer luck.

Sept. 9, 2013, 3 p.m.

Behind The Corps/ Ecology Break Up Over Coal

Coal export proposals are getting a close look in the region... but the process is getting more complicated after the recent break up between the U.S. Army Corps and the Washington Department of Ecology.

Sept. 9, 2013, 10 a.m.

The Danger Of Wildfire Continues After The Fire Is Gone

Climate experts say the Northwest is morphing into a new climate. Drier summers, less annual snowpack and hotter temperatures could mean more wildfires in the coming years. Some scientists believe states like Idaho will look very different in the next 100-years.

Sept. 9, 2013, 6 a.m.

Climate Tale: The Mis-Camouflaged Hare

Sometimes a single species’ plight can help to illustrate the impacts of climate change as compellingly as melting glaciers and or a remote Alaskan village's sea level rise. Example: the snowshoe hare.

Sept. 6, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

An Oil Terminal Hits The Shoals

Three of the Northwest's proposed coal export terminals have been dropped by investors. Now, a train-to-oil project reaches a similar fate.

Sept. 6, 2013, 9 a.m.

Want Eggs? Rent A Chicken

Chicken rental programs allow you to try your hand at minding a coop without having to commit long term.

Sept. 6, 2013, 1 a.m.

Can Innovation, Technology Save The Planet?

Computer scientist and author Ramez Naam says instead of focusing on limiting growth and use of resources, we should focus on using innovation and knowledge to "grow richer while doing less damage."

Sept. 5, 2013, midnight

Introducing Our New Team Blog

Introducing... Waypoints, the EarthFix team blog.