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Oregon Has A New Plan To Protect Homes From Wildfire. Homebuilders Are Pushing Back

Monday, September 27, 2021

Industry groups and property owners are wary of mandating fire-resistant materials in new construction. There's also controversy over exactly where the new rules should be required.


Oregon Faces Opposition To Its Plan To Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Oregon lawmakers have passed a sweeping new plan to prevent more wildfires like last year. But some are pushing back against proposed mandates to keep homes from burning.


Residents Of Gates, Ore., Sue Pacific Power Over 2020 Wildfires

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

As wildfires rage in the West, one Oregon town is raising new questions about what caused last year's historic fires. Residents have filed lawsuits blaming the local utility for the devastation.


Natural Gas Companies Have Their Own Plans To Go Low-Carbon

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The companies face an existential threat as more governments and businesses move to tackle climate change. So a growing number have their own plans to decarbonize, by creating renewable gas.


Northwest Natural Gas Company's Plan For A Carbon Neutral Gas System

Monday, February 15, 2021

Natural gas companies face an existential threat as more governments and businesses move to tackle climate change. But a growing number have their own plans to decarbonize, by creating renewable gas.


Climate Justice Fund Counters 'Centuries Of Underinvestment'

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Portland, Oregon, will fund clean energy in communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. That's an idea that's part of President-elect Joe Biden's sweeping climate plan.


California's Landmark Electric Truck Rule Targets 'Diesel Death Zone'

Friday, June 26, 2020

In another first-in-the-nation move to address climate change, California will require automakers to sell more electric trucks. That could curb air pollution from the growing logistics industry.


California Regulators Set To Approve Nation's 1st Electric Truck Mandate

Thursday, June 25, 2020

In another move to address climate change, California wants automakers to sell more electric trucks. That includes electric big rigs, which are just starting to hit the road.


Trump Environmental Rollbacks Roll On Despite Pandemic. Opponents Cry Foul

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Trump administration is rushing to finalize some of its biggest environmental rollbacks ahead of November's election. Some affected groups say they're too distracted by the pandemic to engage.


Current Marine Heat Wave Reminds Scientists Of 'The Blob'

Monday, September 09, 2019

A marine heat wave off the West Coast is causing ocean temperatures to rise from Alaska to California. Scientists say it looks a lot like the warm water mass they nicknamed the blob five years ago.


Contentious Oregon Climate Plan Takes Lessons From California's Mistakes

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Oregon will be the second state to pass an economywide system to regulate carbon emissions. Critics say a similar program in California has not had much impact.


Oregon's Cap On Greenhouse Gas Emissions Opposed By Groups On Both Sides

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Oregon wants to reduce carbon emissions by adopting a cap-and-trade system, which would raise the cost of fossil fuels. But critics complain that the idea is poorly conceived.


Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate

Monday, February 04, 2019

The expanded program includes more types of containers and benefits from a cleaner mix of recyclable materials, which is easier to sell than the mishmash of waste that ends up in curbside bins.


Beyond Plastic Bans: Creating Products To Replace It

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Beyond straw bans, there's mounting pressure on companies to not use plastic packaging. That's creating a budding market for alternative products.


Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The new beer bottles can be refilled up to 40 times and are designed to be easily separated from the rest of the glass in the deposit system, ensuring that they get refilled instead of recycled.


How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

Monday, October 30, 2017

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.


Portland Tests Disaster Response for Massive Quake

Monday, August 22, 2016

Experts say that the West Coast is due for a massive earthquake. To prepare for this inevitable disaster, this summer officials across the Pacific Northwest simulated disaster responses.


Portland Air Pollution Mystery Solved With Tree Moss

Friday, May 13, 2016

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service found a way to use the city’s tree moss to test for air pollution.

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Monday, June 01, 2015

There's no good reason for a live, 8-foot sturgeon to be tied by the tail and tethered to the shore of the Columbia River, in the Pacific Northwest.

But this is how poachers steal the giant fish: They keep the sturgeon alive and hidden underwater while they look for black-market ...


Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Just when we thought craft beer couldn't get any zanier, we learn that Oregonians want to make it with treated wastewater.

Clean Water Services of Hillsboro says it has an advanced treatment process that can turn sewage into drinking water. The company, which runs four wastewater treatment plants in the ...