environment

Forest Health
6:18 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Northwest’s Eastside Forests Are Sick, Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Them

Karen Ripley, a manager with Washington's Department of Natural Resources, stands in in a dry pine and fir forest near Liberty, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100-percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem. Correspondent Anna King reports from the field with one of Washington’s top forest managers.

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Diving Ban
5:52 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Crater Lake National Park Bans Scuba Diving, Fearing Invasives

National park officials have abruptly closed Crater Lake to scuba divers. They say they need time to develop rules to keep invasive species out of the Southern Oregon lake. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

Scuba diving in Crater Lake is tricky. The lake sits on the Cascade crest at about 6,000 feet. So divers have to take precautions to handle the elevation. And then there’s the steep, rocky trail to the lake shore. Diver Walt Bolton says it’s worth the hike.

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Hanford's Nuclear Waste
4:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Questions Linger Over Piping Hanford’s Nuclear Waste To Treatment Plant

This week we heard that yet another top-level government engineer has serious concerns about the design and construction of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant.

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Idaho's Mustang Fire
4:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Mustang Fire Threatens Homes Along Highway 93

Two hundred fifty homes are threatened by the Mustang Complex Fire north of Salmon. The homes are along Highway 93 near Butcherknife Ridge. The Lemhi County Sheriff announced Wednesday morning that anyone who lives in the area should be prepared to evacuate if the fire moves closer.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chief Engineer Blasts Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Design and Construction

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

Another top-level engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has stepped forward airing serious concerns about the site’s massive waste treatment plant.

In a newly-released memo, the chief engineer charges there are serious problems with Bechtel National’s design and construction of the plant. And that the company should be taken off key portions of the project. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Algae Biofuels
6:09 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Biofuel Gets A Boost In The Northwest From Fat Algae

Margaret McCormick is the CEO of Matrix Genetics, a Seattle based biotech company that's genetically modifying algae to make better biofuel.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn EarthFix

Algae biofuels just got a boost. A small biotech company in Seattle announced Wednesday that they’ve secured enough funding to expand their research on how to cultivate blue-green algae to make fuel. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Carbon Emmissions
5:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oregon Researchers Find New Method To Reduce Carbon Emissions

University of Oregon researchers say they have found a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning plants by more than 90 percent. Their formula uses refrigeration to capture and control the dangerous chemicals pumped out of smoke stacks.

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The Salt
10:06 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Portland Company Aims To Tame Food Truck Trash

Portland-based GO Box, a service that provides and cleans reusable take-out boxes for local food trucks, hopes to keep some of the city's food waste from going in the dumpster.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:39 am

With nearly 700 food carts licensed last year, Portland, Ore., is arguable a leader in the mobile food revolution. Lucky residents can choose between Iraqi-Jewish sabich, yeasted Belgian liege waffles, or Indonesian rendang, all served out of a friendly window on the sidewalk. But all of these mobile meals come with a downside — namely, trash.

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Idaho Wildlife Summit
6:47 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Idaho Wildlife Summit Considered A Success

Attendees at a lecture during the Idaho Wildlife Summit.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

Idaho’s Fish and Game Department told stakeholders this weekend they are losing funding for valuable wildlife conservation programs. This weekend’s public summit was held to get some help from the people they serve. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Salmon Festival
6:43 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Sawtooth Salmon Festival Highlights Idaho's Protected Salmon

EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz with intern Annie Morrison, dressed up as Lonesome Larry.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival brought in many visitors to Stanley in central Idaho this weekend. That’s despite a nearby wildfire that’s brought in smoke to the area.

The festival coincides with the return of sockeye and chinook salmon to the Stanley area. So far 160 sockeye have arrived so far. That’s down from the hundreds that showed up last year.

Annie Morrison is an intern at Idaho Rivers United, which organized the event. She says festival goers got a chance to see salmon spawning.

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