environment

Northwest Shellfish
6:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ocean Acidification Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Oyster's being harvested.
Credit Photo Credit: Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia Commons

Governor Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification.

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Ocean Acidification
4:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gregoire Announces 3.3 Million To Tackle Ocean Acidification

A new report released by Gov. Gregoire calls for more research on the local causes of ocean acidification.
Credit Pessimist / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification. At a public ceremony today she announced major funding for the execution of some of the report’s recommendations.

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Timber Sales Halted
4:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Judge Halts Logging In Oregon State Forests

A preliminary injunction has halted timber sales in three state forests that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet.
Credit Gus Van Vliet / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting 11 timber sales in Oregon’s state forests. The state is being sued by three conservation groups who say the logging projects imperil a federally protected seabird.

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Hanford Management
4:47 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Management Change For Hanford Treatment Plant

Kevin Smith is set to become the new Manager of the Office of River Protection.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy

A Hanford watchdog group is concerned with what it calls a “revolving door” for top managers at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

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Juniper Lumber
6:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

How Creating a Market For Juniper Could Help Oregon’s High Desert

Juniper growing in a desert.
Credit Photo courtesy Creative Commons

You can stroll into any Home Depot in the northwest and walk out with a load of pine, fir, cedar, or maple lumber.

Ask for juniper, and you’ll probably get a blank look. But that may change. Juniper trees have overpopulated in eastern Oregon, and scientist say they are sucking the high desert dry.

A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Klamath Water Rights
6:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement

A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that farmers, tribes, and power company PacifiCorp are getting behind an extension.

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Nuclear Energy
6:09 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho LINE Commission Delays Recommendation

An Idaho task force is delaying its release of a draft proposal on ways to strengthen the state’s nuclear energy industry. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz was at the task force meeting Friday in Moscow and has the latest.

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Public Range Land
6:05 am
Thu November 15, 2012

OSU Professor Proposes Rangeland Reserves

An Oregon State University professor is calling on federal managers to reduce livestock grazing on public range land. He says the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Leaky Tank At Hanford
6:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Workers empty a radioactive waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Washington River Protection Solutions

Some of the decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current managers. A new report out this week examined why a double-hulled tank of radioactive waste recently sprung a leak in its inner shell. That has raised the possibility of having to pump out the waste from the tank.

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Idaho Wolf Trapping
7:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Idaho Opens Wolf Trapping Season

Photo of a wolf.
Credit Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The gray wolf remains on state endangered species lists in Oregon and Washington. But in Idaho, the state opens wolf trapping season Thursday Nov. 15. In fact, Idaho plans to offer more tags than last year.

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