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'Re-Pressurizing' Volcanco
8:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Magma Rising Beneath Mount St. Helens, But No Eruption Imminent

File photo of Mount St. Helens

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:22 pm

Scientists monitoring Mount St. Helens confirmed Wednesday that magma is on the rise and "re-pressurizing" the volcano in southwest Washington.

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Food Safety
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Europe Finds American Apples Distasteful

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David Hyde speaks with Sonya Lunder, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, about the European Union's ban of diphenylamine. The post-harvest pesticide dip is applied to most non-organic American apples.

EarthFix Reports
7:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies

A pteropod showing partially dissolved shell after exposure to elevated CO2 conditions in the lab.
Credit Courtesy of Nina Bednarsek

Tiny, delicate marine snails called pteropods are a key part of the marine food web. New research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought because of ocean acidification.

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EarthFix Reports
7:20 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

An osprey soars with a fish in its talons. Research by the U.S. Geological Survey says osprey are among the species harmed by contaminants in the lower Columbia River.
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The U.S. Geological Survey has found high levels of toxic substances in the Columbia River everywhere from sediments to resident fish to osprey eggs.

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Climate Change
7:07 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Governor Signs Executive Order To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:53 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that calls for a new cap-and-market program to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Environmental Agenda
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Plan To Address Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee.
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David Hyde talks with Grist writer David Roberts about Washington Governor Jay Inslee's efforts to combat climate change in the state.

EarthFix Reports
9:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Residents Voice Fear And Concern Over Grays Harbor Oil Terminals

Westway's Grays Harbor Terminal is located in the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash. According to Westway, the port is the only Pacific Coast deep water port north of San Francisco.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

HOQUIAM, Wash. — More than 100 people gathered at the local high school Thursday night with questions and concerns about proposals to build train-to-ship oil terminals in their community.

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Climate Change
9:16 am
Fri April 25, 2014

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell Meets With Washington Tribes To Discuss Federal Issues

Tribal leader Billy Frank, Jr. spoke at a meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Tribal leaders in the Puget Sound area gathered on Bainbridge Island Thursday for a summit about top issues in Indian Country. They were joined with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to discuss federal priorities.

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Environment
7:15 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Tribes Optimistic About Returning Salmon To Upper Columbia Basin

File photo. An aerial view of Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, the border between Oregon and Idaho.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:32 pm

Hydropower dams built without fish ladders have blocked migratory fish from the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake Rivers for decades.

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Great East Japan Earthquake
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Possible New Japanese Tsunami Debris Investigated At Long Beach

Park rangers are investigating the origin of this skiff found near Long Beach, Wash., on Wednesday morning.
Washington State Parks

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:48 pm

State park rangers on Washington's Long Beach peninsula are investigating a new possible case of Japanese tsunami debris.

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EarthFix Reports
3:28 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Industry Ponders How To Pay For Electric Car Charging Without Stimulus Money

Will putting solar panels on top of electric car charging stations make them more cost-effective?
Credit Courtesy of Drive Oregon

Over the past four years, the federal government has picked up the tab for 20,000 electric car charging stations installed across the country.

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EarthFix Reports
2:04 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

The yellow helicopter belonging to Steve Owen of Pacific Air Research was at the center of an investigation into alleged overspray during an aerial herbicide application onto forestland in Curry County.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Agriculture

Steve Owen should not have been ferrying gallons of herbicides by helicopter over homes near Gold Beach, Ore.

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Utilities
8:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Cost $61 Million

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

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EarthFix Reports
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon

A honeybee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating a die-off southwest of Portland in Sherwood.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.

Observers reported thousands of dead honeybees on a busy stretch of Highway 99W on Sunday.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washington State Senator: Oil Trains 'Going To Be With Us For A While'

File photo of a crude oil train.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam.

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