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3:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador To Canada Asks For Partnership In Combatting Climate Change

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman speaks at Canada 2020 on June 2.
Flickr Photo/Canada 2020 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to columnist Vaughn Palmer about U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman's request for a partnership between the two countries in combating climate change. Plus, how the U.S. decision on coal-burning power plant affects the coal-port expansion and an update on the Victoria sewage plant.

EarthFix Reports
8:15 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Vancouver City Council Votes 5-2 To Oppose Northwest's Largest Oil Terminal

Hundreds turned out for a Vancouver City Council hearing on a resolution opposing the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal, proposed for the Port of Vancouver.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:00 am

Hundreds gathered at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center and stayed late into the night Monday for a Vancouver City Council hearing on a resolution opposing what would be the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail shipping facility.

More than 140 people signed up to testify at the hearing. At 11 p.m., more than four hours after the hearing began, the council voted to extend the meeting even later to take additional testimony.

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EarthFix Reports
8:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wyoming Governor Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead talks with Millennium Bulk Terminals general manager Bob Steward about the loading dock at the proposed coal export terminal site in Longview, Washington.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 6:02 pm

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- A controversial coal export terminal proposed for this Columbia River town has a big supporter from the state of Wyoming.

Its governor was in Longview Tuesday to tour the old aluminum smelter where the The Millennium Bulk coal export terminal would move up to 44 million tons a year of Wyoming coal off trains and onto ships bound for Asia.

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Big Cats
8:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Young-Adult Cougars Looking For A Home Of Their Own Can Cause Problems

File photo

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:54 pm

This time of year, young Northwest cougars are getting kicked out of the nest by their mother cats. That means many of these young adults are looking for their own home range.

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Environment
12:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Lamprey Fishing Blessing Ceremony Has Tribal Sovereignty Undertone

Lamprey pieces (center) sizzle between salmon in a traditional preparation, which was served to attendees at the "blessing ceremony."

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:13 am

For centuries, Native Americans from Boise to Wenatchee to the southern Oregon coast have harvested Pacific lamprey, colloquially called eels. The ugly-looking critter resembles an eel, but it is actually a primitive fish with a distinctive, toothy suction cup mouth.

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EarthFix Reports
12:53 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Can You Taste An Old Growth Forest In This Beer?

On a recent hike, brewer Dan Hynes pours samples of beer he made using yeast collected from an old growth forest near Portland.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:00 am

You can see some of the differences between an old growth forest and one that's been logged.

On a hike through an old growth forest near Portland, Matt Wagoner of the Forest Park Conservancy points out some of the most obvious ones: Older, taller, coniferous trees, dead trees both standing and fallen, and a wide variety of plants and animals living inside of and on top of that dead wood.

"One of the things that really defines old growth forests is biodiversity," Wagoner says.

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Climate Change
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Washington Will Be Affected By New EPA Emissions Regulations

Dragline at the Centralia's open-pit coal mine.
From Wikipedia

Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW environment reporter Ashley Ahearn about the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules requiring states to cut carbon emissions and how they will affect Washington state.

Emissions Reduction
10:45 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Federal Rules On CO2 Emissions To Bolster Action In The Northwest

The TransAlta Centralia Generation Plant has been burning coal since 1971. It is Washington's only coal-fired power plant. It was on track to be shuttered before the EPA's new rules came out calling for such plants to curb emissions 30 percent.
Pamela Gerber, 2009

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:57 am

SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules requiring states to cut carbon emissions from power plants are likely to change the energy landscape in Northwest states, even though they have far fewer coal-fired power plants than most of the U.S.

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Science
6:34 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Submerged Wave Energy Generator On Track For Deployment Near Astoria

Computer rendition of the wave energy generator to be placed on the Clatsop County, Oregon, sea floor late this summer.

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:58 am

An engineering company based in Salem, Oregon, says it is close to deploying the first submerged wave power generator on the West Coast. M3 Wave Energy Systems plans a temporary deployment late this summer in shallow water off the northern Oregon Coast.

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Flotsam
8:14 am
Fri May 30, 2014

New Wave of Suspected Tsunami Debris Washes Ashore

This skiff - suspected Japanese tsunami debris - was found Thursday near Moclips, Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 6:16 pm

A new wave of suspected debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is washing up on Northwest shores. The latest noteworthy object to arrive, a large skiff coated with sea life, was found Thursday near Moclips, Washington.

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EarthFix Reports
3:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Oso Highlights A Policy Challenge: Development Pressure Vs. Landslide Risk

Barbara Ingram stands in front of the site of a proposed development in her neighborhood. Snohomish County denied the permit for the development due to "slope stability and drainage issues" but the developer has reapplied.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Barbara Ingram furrows her brow as she peers into a patch of woods up the road from her house. Developers have had their eyes on this place, too.

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EarthFix Reports
3:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:00 pm

This is the first part of a two-part series on managing landslide risk. Read the second part of the serieshere.

GLACIER SPRINGS, Wash. — Canyon Creek comes plunging fast and steep down the Cascade Mountains near Mount Baker.

Since the March 22 Oso landslide killed 42 people, county governments in the Northwest have been thinking more about how to plan for and mitigate the risk of landslides.

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EarthFix Reports
7:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Rules Make It Easier To Log Damaged Federal Forestland

A 330,000-acre area of Oregon's Fremont-Winema National Forest has been infested by bark beetles. It's one of the areas now designated for restoration logging under new rules.
Courtesy of Fremont-Winema National Forest

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:16 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has eased rules for logging millions of acres of Northwest forestland considered to be at risk of catastrophic fire.

These are forests where insects and disease have damaged trees and other vegetation, creating fuel for wildfires. These forestlands now have a special designation that allows a streamlined process for logging on larger tracts.

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Baby Lambs
7:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Pneumonia Outbreaks Hitting Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep

File photo of Bighorn sheep in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:54 pm

Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains – a sort of lamb daycare.

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The Birds
7:53 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

File photo of a common raven

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:18 am

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperilled sage grouse.

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