Earthfix http://kuow.org en Few Railcars Carrying Flammable Oil Get Inspected http://kuow.org/post/few-railcars-carrying-flammable-oil-get-inspected <p>As we researched <a href="http://kuow.org/post/oil-rail-companies-offer-little-information-about-shipments">a recent story about train shipments of oil</a>, we asked Washington and Oregon officials: How many of the trains coming through the Northwest are inspected?</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tony Schick 27012 at http://kuow.org Few Railcars Carrying Flammable Oil Get Inspected Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands http://kuow.org/post/hotter-summers-mean-more-health-risks-urban-heat-islands <p>PORTLAND &ndash; On hot summer days, 74-year-old HelenRuth Stephens doesn&#39;t dare leave her apartment. Not to get the mail or take out the trash.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:29:55 +0000 Cassandara Profita 21370 at http://kuow.org Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands Algal Blooms Becoming More Toxic With Warming Waters http://kuow.org/post/algal-blooms-becoming-more-toxic-warming-waters <p></p><p>SAMMAMISH, Wash. &mdash; A photograph displayed in Jacki and John Williford&rsquo;s home commemorates a camping trip that would go down in family history.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:50:51 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 21291 at http://kuow.org Algal Blooms Becoming More Toxic With Warming Waters How Farmworkers Experience A Warming Climate http://kuow.org/post/how-farmworkers-experience-warming-climate <p>HOOD RIVER, Ore. &mdash; For 20 years, Victor Gonzales has traveled the West picking crops. In the Northwest that means pears, cherries and apples.</p><p>Right now, he&rsquo;s working at a Hood River pear orchard. In the summer, temperatures here can reach 100 degrees. Gonzalez remembers one day when he&rsquo;d been working really hard, sweating more than normal.</p><p>Gonzales felt like he was going to pass out. He was shaky and very sleepy, he says through a translator. Instead of sleeping, he went to the farmworker housing unit and drank a lot of water and rested until he recovered.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:25:08 +0000 Courtney Flatt 21227 at http://kuow.org How Farmworkers Experience A Warming Climate Tracking An Alpine Frog That Chuckles And Beeps For Climate Change Research http://kuow.org/post/tracking-alpine-frog-chuckles-and-beeps-climate-change-research <p></p><p>Maureen Ryan scales rocky trails at 5,000 feet elevation as nimbly as the mountain goats that wandered through camp earlier this morning.</p><p>The researcher of amphibians leads her team of scientists down off a ridge line in the Seven Lakes Basin of Olympic National Park to her “lab,” you might call it. It’s a series of pothole wetlands cupped in the folds of these green, snow-studded mountains: a perfect habitat for Cascades frogs <a title="" href="http://amphibiaweb.org/"><u><font color="#0066cc">(<em>Rana cascadae</em>)</font></u></a>.</p><p>Ryan, a researcher with the University of Washington, is an expert on alpine amphibians. She’s also part of a group of scientists from around the region, coordinated by the <a title="" href="http://armi.usgs.gov/"><u><font color="#0066cc">Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative at the USGS</font></u></a>, who are trying to understand and project how the warming climate will affect these frogs’ ability to feed, mate, and ultimately, survive.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:01:37 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 18147 at http://kuow.org Tracking An Alpine Frog That Chuckles And Beeps For Climate Change Research Canada's Oil Train Disaster Sparks Northwest Concern http://kuow.org/post/canadas-oil-train-disaster-sparks-northwest-concern <p>The weekend’s <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/08/200130025/death-toll-rises-to-13-in-quebec-train-explosion" title=""><u><font color="#0066cc">deadly oil-train derailment and explosion</font></u></a> in the Canadian province of Quebec has raised concerns in the Pacific Northwest, where there are several proposals to increase the amount of oil transported into to the region by train.</p><p>By Monday afternoon the confirmed death toll had reached 13, with 50 people still missing after Saturday’s derailment of more than 70 tanker cars. They were filled with oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota — home of the largest oil boom in recent US history.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:31:04 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 16332 at http://kuow.org Canada's Oil Train Disaster Sparks Northwest Concern Environmental Update With Ashley Ahearn http://kuow.org/post/environmental-update-ashley-ahearn <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>From the Duwamish River cleanup efforts to coal terminals to chuckling frogs; David Hyde talks with KUOW and EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn about the latest in Northwest environmental news. Plus,&nbsp;Ahearn talks about EarthFix’s upcoming documentary, <a href="http://earthfix.kuow.org/energy/article/voices-of-coal/">"Voices of Coal: And EarthFix Multimedia Special."</a> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:28:15 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14724 at http://kuow.org Environmental Update With Ashley Ahearn In Largest Dam Removal In US History, Which Fish Get To Recolonize? http://kuow.org/post/largest-dam-removal-us-history-which-fish-get-recolonize <p>From where Mike McHenry stands he can see several gray, torpedo-shaped bodies moving slowly through the brown water of this side channel of the Elwha River, not too far from the site of the largest dam removal project in US history.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 14:25:15 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 12771 at http://kuow.org In Largest Dam Removal In US History, Which Fish Get To Recolonize? Elwha River: Recovery Proceeds Despite Sediment Setbacks http://kuow.org/post/elwha-river-recovery-proceeds-despite-sediment-setbacks <p>One of the two dams on the Elwha River has been completely removed and there are about 50 feet of the remaining Glines Canyon dam left. Already so much sediment has been released that it's clogged up and shut down one of the water treatment plants in nearby Port Angeles, temporarily halting the largest dam removal project in US history.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:12:45 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 12709 at http://kuow.org Elwha River: Recovery Proceeds Despite Sediment Setbacks