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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. Full Story »

A New Western Outlaw: The Bee Rustler

A close up view of a GRub honey beehive.

by Ryan Haas

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.

Popular Wristbands Could Record Chemical Exposure

In an OSU experiment, rubber wristbands absorbed almost 50 chemical compounds, including pesticides, caffeine and pollution.

by Ryan Haas

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.

Calif. Company Wants Geothermal Energy To Help Power Cars

File photo of the Salton Sea. Geothermal energy producer Simbol Materials plans to extract lithium below the lake for sale to battery makers.

by Ryan Haas

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 Plays Critical Role In Water Discussion

Scientist believe that changes to the climate will lead to hotter and drier summers with less summer rainfall. That could mean significant changes for the Northwest.

by Aaron Kunz

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.

Port Of Portland: We’ll Pass On Crude Oil By Rail … For Now

The Port of Portland says it might consider an oil train project one day – but not until safety concerns have been addressed.

by Cassandra Profita

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.

A Coal Shipping Terminal Strikes Out In A Major League City

An aerial view of the Port of Oakland.

by David Steves

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.

Study: More Coal, More Oil Means More Trains

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.

by Courtney Flatt

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.

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing Pacific Starfish Die-offs?

Scientists in Washington state are conducting lab-based infectiousnesss experiments to understand how the epidemic is spreading.

by Katie Campbell

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.

Urban Goat Herd Gets A New, Temporary Home

Belmont Goats check out the snow at their current home. Thanks to Portland Development Commission, the herd will move to another Southeast Portland neighborhood, Lents, an urban renewal area.

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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

Moving More Deer

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

by Courtney Flatt

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

3 Ways The Super Bowl Will Be Green

MetLife Stadium, this year's Super Bowl site produced 195 tons of food waste for composting last year. Composting is part of what organizers hope will be the greenest games ever.

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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

Climate Data Sonification

Cellist and University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford worked with a geology professor to put climate data to music.

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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.

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

A hatchery worker brings in a fish that is ready to be spawned. Hatchery fish are raised in captivity before being released to Northwest rivers.

by Ashley Ahearn

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.

How Do You Squeeze Gardens Into Cityscapes? Think Vertical

by Sarah Strunin

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.

How To Cook A Geoduck

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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.

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

by Cassandra Profita

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.

How Many Rail Cars Carrying Hazardous Materials Get Inspected?

by Tony Schick

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.

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

by David Steves

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.

Climbing The Weeping Wall

by Courtney Flatt

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.

Single Wolf Documented Near Mount Hood

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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.

B.C. Terminal Considers Coal Proposal

by Toni Tabora-Roberts

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

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

by EarthFix

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.

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

by Tony Schick

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.

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

by David Steves

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

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