By 2050, wildfire season across the western United States are expected to run a month longer and be up to twice as smoky as a result of climate change.
More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned in Southern Oregon. In some cities the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week straight.
The Clean Water Act is now 40 years old. Join us as we take a look back at the time of the creation of the Act in 1972, the water quality challenges we face today and the future of the Clean Water Act.
This week hear the sounds of Wyoming coal country, and find out how life there connects to life here in the Northwest. Host Ashley Ahearn explores the largest open pit mine in the world, visits with one rancher who's concerned about the effects of coal mining - and then heads to Bellingham, Washington to check out the proposed site of what could one day be the largest coal export terminal on the West coast.
There are now six new export terminals proposed to be built along the Northwest coast. The goal? To bring American coal to Asia, via train and ship. If these terminals are approved, that could mean more than 100 million tons of coal traveling by rail across Idaho, Washington and Oregon every year. Public health experts are raising concerns about what the additional coal train traffic could mean for human health.
A Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency study found that people living within 2 miles of a rail yard had a slightly higher risk for developing lung cancer. However, the results were not high enough to warrant further study.
A family doctor in Bend who helped create Central Oregon’s Newberry Volcano National Monument has raised concerns about the chemicals that would be injected underground as part of a proposed geothermal energy project near the volcano.
In a draft report, Oregon’s Public Health Division acknowledges that noise from wind turbine blades may cause health problems among nearby homeowners. But the agency does not intend to take action against the burgeoning wind power industry.