Fossil Fuels http://nwpr.org en In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid? http://nwpr.org/post/worlds-sixth-extinction-are-humans-asteroid The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit. As one scientist put it: We're the asteroid.<p>Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the new book <em>The Sixth Extinction</em>. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:50:00 +0000 editor 41353 at http://nwpr.org In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid? Poll Finds Northwest Residents’ Support For Coal Dropping http://nwpr.org/post/poll-finds-northwest-residents-support-coal-dropping <p>A new survey finds support for coal export terminals has dropped over the past year among Northwest residents. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:24:27 +0000 Courtney Flatt 29613 at http://nwpr.org Climate Change Concerns Enter Into Coal Export Debate http://nwpr.org/post/climate-change-concerns-enter-coal-export-debate <p>There are now three coal export terminals under consideration in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>The prospect of exporting coal from Wyoming and Montana to be sold on the Asian market has many raising questions about the local and regional environmental impacts of moving that coal through the Northwest.</p><p>Ashley Ahearn reports on how that issue is playing into the debate over coal exports in Washington and Oregon.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:27:53 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 29533 at http://nwpr.org Climate Change Concerns Enter Into Coal Export Debate Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense http://nwpr.org/post/government-report-coal-companies-are-pocketing-millions-taxpayers-expense <p>The Federal government is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue from companies that mine coal on public lands. That’s according to a new report released by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:59:01 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 29193 at http://nwpr.org Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense Crowdfunding Coal Science http://nwpr.org/post/crowdfunding-coal-science <p>Crowdfunding and kickstarter campaigns have become popular online tools to raise money for fledgling businesses and independent projects. Scientists are starting to use these sites to fund research as well.</p><p>State and federal agencies have begun the environmental review process for the two largest coal export terminals on the West coast. Now there are some scientists who are asking the public to chip in for studies about the impacts of exporting coal. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:40:45 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27888 at http://nwpr.org Crowdfunding Coal Science Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels? http://nwpr.org/post/carbon-controversy-should-northwest-grow-markets-forest-biofuels <p>More than a dozen Northwest schools and hospitals have replaced old diesel heating systems with boilers that burn wood pellets. Advocates say that this wood fuel -- called forest biomass -- is an affordable local source of energy. And it can help rural communities cut back on their fossil fuel use.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:38:30 +0000 Amelia Templeton 26042 at http://nwpr.org Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels? Environmental Groups Diving For Coal Near Seattle Train Tracks http://nwpr.org/post/environmental-groups-diving-coal-near-seattle-train-tracks <p>The debate over exporting Wyoming and Montana coal through terminals on the Northwest coast has been heating up in recent months. Those who support exporting coal say the terminals will create thousands of jobs and tax revenue for the state. Opponents of coal exports have raised concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts of coal. Some of them are taking matters into their own hands. Ashley Ahearn reports.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:58:31 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 25066 at http://nwpr.org Environmental Groups Diving For Coal Near Seattle Train Tracks Kitzhaber, Inslee Push For Emissions Accounting For Coal Export Proposals http://nwpr.org/post/kitzhaber-inslee-push-emissions-accounting-coal-export-proposals <p>Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee continue to push for a tougher federal review of proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. Monday the governors sent a letter to the President’s top environmental advisors, asking them to consider the impact of coal exports on the climate. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:26:18 +0000 Amelia Templeton 24864 at http://nwpr.org Rock Doc: The Bridge Fuel http://nwpr.org/post/rock-doc-bridge-fuel <p></p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:02:04 +0000 Kirsten Peters 24724 at http://nwpr.org Rock Doc: The Bridge Fuel International Investors Back Out Of Coos Bay Coal Plans http://nwpr.org/post/international-investors-back-out-coos-bay-coal-plans <p>A coal export terminal proposed for Oregon’s South Coast has hit a setback. Two of the project’s investors have dropped out. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton explains. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:48:25 +0000 Amelia Templeton 24083 at http://nwpr.org