environment

Wildfire Season
6:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wildfire Season Looks Bad For Central Idaho, Easier In Southern Part Of The State

Where you are in Idaho will determine your wildfire risk this summer. Fire officials gave their predictions Tuesday on what fire seasons will be like around the state. If you’re in southern Idaho you shouldn’t see the type of catastrophic wildfires we had last year.

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Gray Wolves
7:19 am
Mon June 10, 2013

US Fish And Wildlife Propose To Delist Gray Wolf

A gray wolf in Idaho.
Credit EarthFix

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday it plans to stop protecting the gray wolf and put the states in charge of managing these predators. But the plan is already facing some tough opposition from wolf advocate groups that say it’s too early for this discussion. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Dam removal rally
7:18 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Advocates For Klamath Dams' Removal Rally In Portland

Groups from Southern Oregon and Northern California rallied outside Senator Ron Wyden’s office in Portland Thursday.

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Coos Bay Exports
5:56 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Environmental Groups File Appeal To Stop Coos Bay Export Plans

Environmental groups have gone to court again to stop the export of liquefied natural gas from the Port of Coos Bay.

Coos Waterkeeper, the Sierra Club and other groups filed a petition with Oregon’s Court of Appeals Tuesday. They’re asking the court to reverse a judge’s decision last month to allow the port to dredge a waterway deep enough for large vessels that could haul LNG and bulk commodities like coal.

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Secretary Jewell visits Northwest
7:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Interior Secretary Jewell Makes First Visit To Northwest

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made her first public stop in the Northwest in Portland today, six weeks into the job. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that local activists wanted to know how she will handle coal leases on federal land.

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Petition for Coal Study
5:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Anti-coal Export Groups File Legal Petition For Coal Study

The number of coal export terminals proposed for Oregon and Washington has dropped from six to three. But a dozen Northwest groups aren’t backing down from their call for a regional impact study of the coal projects.

The groups filed a legal petition Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They want the corps to study the environmental impacts of transporting coal by train and barge from mines in Montana and Wyoming to shipping terminals.

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Green Housing
6:44 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Super-Energy Efficient Homes Built To Inspire More Stringent Codes

A NEEA "Next Step Home" pilot home in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The homes of the future will come with remarkably low heating bills. At least that's the hope of a Portland-based non-profit showcasing 13 super energy efficient homes in four Northwest states. The question is, can you afford to buy one of these houses? Correspondent Tom Banse has this report.

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Oregon Forests
6:37 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Pew Poll Finds Support For Protecting O&C Forests

A majority of Oregon voters favor protections for the so called O and C forest lands in Western Oregon. That’s according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Ghost Nets
7:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ghost Fishing Nets Being Vanquished In Puget Sound

Fishing nets are designed to ensnare fish. But when those nets are lost or abandoned at sea, they don’t stop catching fish. Instead, they become ghost nets – floating death traps for the marine life that continue to get trapped in their mesh.

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Science Crowdfunding
6:40 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Crowdfunding Coal Science

Scientists hope to use crowdfunding to study the impact coal trains like this one could have on the Northwest.
Credit Katie Campbell

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.

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.

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