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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beloved urban goat herd in Portland has found a temporary new home in the city.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to relocate more of the endangered Columbian white-tailed deer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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