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.
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.
A round up some of the green features for this year’s Super Bowl festivities.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Northwest coal proposals crawl through approval processes, a plan to export coal through a B.C. terminal is also getting scrutiny.
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.
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.
An environmental activist's five-year prison sentence draw more media attention for the reading list than the hard time involved.
The figure often cited by the rail industry and proponents of oil by rail is not inaccurate, but there's more to the story.
The largest dam removal in U.S. history just got even cooler. Check out the latest video from the wilds of Olympic National Park.
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