environment http://kuow.org en Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide http://kuow.org/post/scientists-draw-lessons-oso-landslide <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, who was part of a team of scientists studying the aftermath of the Oso mudslide in order to help other communities prepare for future disasters. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:15:32 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38737 at http://kuow.org Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide How To Listen For A Spotted Bat http://kuow.org/post/how-listen-spotted-bat Moses Coulee is a bat-lovers paradise. Washington is home to 15 species of these flying mammals and you can find 14 of them in this deep ravine about 45 minutes north of Ephrata.<p>And one of those species is the most rare type of bat in the state: the <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A08A" title="spotted bat">spotted bat</a>.<p>There’s one thing especially cool about this bat: people can hear its echolocation. <em>(Audio courtesy of Neal Hedges.)</em><p>“Listen real carefully and above the crickets you should hear another very insect-like call. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:51:51 +0000 Courtney Flatt 38624 at http://kuow.org How To Listen For A Spotted Bat As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://kuow.org/post/polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 38589 at http://kuow.org Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships http://kuow.org/post/ag-secretary-oregon-tout-conservation-partnerships PORTLAND -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met Thursday with Oregon conservation leaders to discuss a new effort to get farmers and conservation groups working together.<p>The Regional Conservation Partnership Program was created by the Farm Bill that passed this year in Congress. Lawmakers set aside $1.2 billion for the program. Partnerships around the country are competing for a share of the money for initiatives that protect soil, water quality, and wildlife habitat.<p>Vilsack met with reporters after the meeting. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:42:46 +0000 Alexi Horowitz 38486 at http://kuow.org Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires http://kuow.org/post/northwest-crews-continue-battle-many-large-fires <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714CL_wildfireupdate_web_5.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The next few days will be critical for crews battling more than a dozen wildfires in the Northwest. Forecasters have issued a Red Flag Warning for a large swath of eastern Oregon and Washington.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 38485 at http://kuow.org Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful http://kuow.org/post/endangered-species-listing-wolverine-looking-doubtful <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614TB_Wolverine_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely.</span><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:01 +0000 Tom Banse 38481 at http://kuow.org Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition http://kuow.org/post/oregon-nickel-mine-proposal-runs-stiff-opposition ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.<p>The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:59:17 +0000 Liam Moriarty 38419 at http://kuow.org Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon http://kuow.org/post/wildfire-destroys-homes-burns-more-2000-acres-south-central-oregon SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. -- The Moccasin Hill wildfire has burned about 2,500 acres and destroyed up to 20 homes, forcing residents to seek shelter while waiting for federal aid to arrive.<p>Red Cross volunteers set up in the community center to help the victims.<p>Whistler’s Trading Post, one of a few stores in town, extended its hours and expanded its operations, serving food, taking in horses and providing overnight shelter for displaced residents.<p>“They had to evacuate their homes and had nowhere to go,” said Shannon Thompson, one of the owners. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:29:24 +0000 Devan Schwartz 38342 at http://kuow.org Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon Feds Phase Out Bee-Harming Pesticides In Northwest Wildlife Refuges http://kuow.org/post/federal-wildlife-agency-phases-out-bee-harming-pesticides-northwest-refuges The U.S. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:28:53 +0000 editor 38341 at http://kuow.org Feds Phase Out Bee-Harming Pesticides In Northwest Wildlife Refuges Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires http://kuow.org/post/weekend-lightning-could-lead-sleeper-fires <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414CL_sleeperfires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Wildfires continue to rage around the Northwest. and f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">orecasters say weather conditions are ripe for more fires to develop in the coming days.&#160;</span><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38262 at http://kuow.org Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires What's Killing Clams? Solve This Low Tide Mystery http://kuow.org/post/whats-killing-clams-solve-low-tide-mystery <p>One of the lowest tides of the year this weekend revealed a "crime scene" at the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:16:35 +0000 Joshua McNichols 38188 at http://kuow.org What's Killing Clams? Solve This Low Tide Mystery Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts http://kuow.org/post/hot-weather-complicates-fire-fighting-efforts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114CL_vradenburg_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle&#160;<a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/">The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington</a>. &#160;<p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:46:44 +0000 Chris Lehman 38182 at http://kuow.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts Lottery Winner Fined For Illegal Land Clearing On San Juan Island http://kuow.org/post/lottery-winner-fined-illegal-land-clearing-san-juan-island <p>Washington state officials have fined a Virginia man $79,000 for illegal clearing of a San Juan Island shoreline.</p><p>It’s trouble Dave Honeywell of Fredericksburg, Virginia, wouldn’t have gotten into if he hadn’t just won the lottery. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:15:25 +0000 John Ryan 38024 at http://kuow.org Lottery Winner Fined For Illegal Land Clearing On San Juan Island Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations http://kuow.org/post/oregon-shuts-down-sewage-disposal-company-after-numerous-violations Oregon environmental regulators <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/deq/docs/071014dispViolationsNR.pdf" title="">suspended the license of a waste disposal service this week</a> after the company committed numerous state and federal laws.<p>Among its transgressions, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: cutting a hole in a pipe leading to a publicly owned water treatment plant in Longview, Washington, and illegally dumping the sewage into it at night. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:47 +0000 Tony Schick 38052 at http://kuow.org Oregon Shuts Down Sewage Disposal Company After Numerous Violations New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions http://kuow.org/post/new-polling-shows-support-northwest-limits-greenhouse-gas-emissions The survey was conducted for EarthFix by the independent and nonpartisan firm, DHM Research. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:30 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 38051 at http://kuow.org New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions