environment

Urban Birds
6:25 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Study Finds Urban Stresses Cause Birds To Abandon Eggs

An American Kestrel.
Credit Boise State University

A bird of prey can get so stressed out by city noise, it will abandon its nest – with eggs still in it. That's according to a new study by researchers at Boise State University. The study suggests human disturbances affect the American kestrel more than previously thought. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Glass Recycling
7:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Idaho Couple Takes Glass Recycling Into Their Own Hands

In Coeur d’Alene, residents can recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum. A new non-profit is chipping away at what they see as a problem: the city doesn’t recycle glass. Spokane Public Radio’s Paige Browning reports.

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Cheatgrass Invasion
7:18 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Study: Cheatgrass Severity Affected By Grazing

A new study out of Oregon State University suggests that overgrazing could be helping an invasive grass to flourish. That differs from previous studies that have found grazing can better manage that plant -- cheatgrass -- which threatens rangeland habitat. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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No New Wind Turbines
9:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

No New Wind Farm Construction In PNW This Year

You may have seen wind turbines springing up all over the Pacific Northwest in the past decade. So far this year, the region’s wind industry has faced a different story. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Cleaning Oil from Trains
9:04 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How To Clean Up A Crude Oil Spill From Trains

Pacific Northwest refineries have been getting their crude oil for years from tankers and pipelines. Last September, trains began shipping crude oil into the region by rail. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt explains what that means for emergency crews.

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Water Fluoridation
6:40 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Portland Prepares For Fluoride Vote 

Oregon citizens will soon vote on water fluoridation.
Credit Michael Clapp / Oregon Public Broadcasting

This month, voters will decide whether to approve a plan to fluoridate Portland's water. Supporters say Portland children - especially in low-income families - suffer aggravated dental problems because the city has chosen not to add fluoride. Opponents say water fluoridation is the wrong way to address a public health problem. And so a battle that has played out before at the state level is now going on in Portland. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Honey Bees
5:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:10 pm

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

"I was doing great until about five weeks ago," he says. "Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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Wolf Delisting
6:48 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Reaction Is Mixed To Federal Government Blanket Delisting Of Gray Wolf

A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. A news report suggests the federal government is preparing to remove legal protection under the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in most of the lower 48 states.
Credit Oregon State University

A plan by the federal government to end protection for gray wolves received mixed reactions from environmental groups to ranchers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz obtained a copy of that draft report and explains what it means for the Northwest.

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Wolf Protection
7:11 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal Government May Seek Blanket Delisting Of Gray Wolf

A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. A news report suggests the federal government is preparing to remove legal protection under the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in most of the lower 48 states.
Credit Oregon State University

The federal government is preparing to stop protecting gray wolves in the lower 48 states, according to a draft document. The plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.


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Green Energy Credit
6:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Idaho Power Seeks to End Excess Green Energy Credit Payouts

Idaho Power addresses public about it's application to change procedure for net metering customers.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

If you use solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own power, you can sell the electricity you don’t use back to your utility. But one Northwest power company wants to stop sending checks to customers who are big energy producers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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