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August 21, 2014

Coal export facility gets British Columbia port's approval

by Steve Law
The port authority in Vancouver, British Columbia, has approved a coal export facility using coal extracted from the United States. Peter Xotta, vice president of planning and operations for the…
August 20, 2014

Wyden: Congress can pass wildfire, O&C bills this year

by Peter Wong
But Senate must reconcile differences with House. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to resolve two issues affecting federal forests before the end of the current Congress. One is a shift in how the…
August 20, 2014

Portland hotter during the summer because of urban heat island…

by Steve Law
Portland’s summertime weather is considerably warmer because of the “urban heat island effect” — and more so than most other large U.S. cities — according to a new study by Climate Central. Only…
August 18, 2014

Agency buys land to prevent flooding, new homes near wetlands

by Ellen Spitaleri
The sight of rushing water in a stream can be lovely, but when that same water is rushing through your basement or eroding the banks under your house and deck — that’s another story entirely.…
August 18, 2014

Coal export project gets thumbs down from state

by Steve Law
For the first time, a government agency has rejected a permit sought for one of the coal export facilities proposed in the Northwest. The Oregon Department of State Lands announced Monday that…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE, COURTESY OF XERCES SOCIETY  - The island marble butterfly, one of the rarest of all butterflies in the U.S., may get protection under the Endangered Species Act.
August 18, 2014

Portland group may help save endangered butterfly

by Steve Law
The island marble butterfly may get protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, thanks to a new settlement agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Xerces Society for…
Photo Credit: COURTESY WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER - Paddlers stop for a rest and chat on a Paddle Oregon tour of the Willamette River
August 15, 2014

Paddlers take to Willamette River next week

by Steve Law
More than 150 people will set off by canoe and kayak on the Willamette River Monday for the 14th annual Paddle Oregon trip. Paddlers will journey from Corvallis to Canby, a 98-mile trip over…
August 15, 2014

Army Corps must reveal documents from its review of coal…

by Steve Law
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release more than 300 pages of documents pertaining to its review of the Morrow Pacific coal export project to Columbia…
August 14, 2014

Local company devises way to butcher animals on site

by Jennifer Anderson
Local chefs, meat lovers and any one else interested in the art of butchery can now visit a "mobile processing unit" built by Portland meat distributor Nicky USA. The U.S. Department of…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY ADAM MILLS ELLIOTT, COURTESY OF 350 OREGON - Portland Rising Tide, 350PDX and other climate activist groups organized this protest on the Columbia River near Vancouver against fossil fuel extraction and exports during the 2013 Summer Heat campaign. 350 Oregon is now lobbying governments and other groups to sell off their fossil fuel stocks.
August 14, 2014

Activists push fossil fuels divestment

by Kate Stringer
Three-hundred-fifty is a number most can agree upon: the amount of carbon dioxide in parts per million that’s safely acceptable in the atmosphere to prevent severe climate change. But with the…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Fishermen stake their claim below Willamette Falls in Oregon City. The Riverwalk project could bring environmental restoration to the falls area and nearby uplands.
Aug 14, 2014

Restoring nature at Oregon icon

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Willamette Falls is headed for a makeover, aiding endangered fish in the Willamette River. The $30 million Riverwalk project led by Metro, designed to spur redevelopment of the abandoned Blue…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Friends of Overlook Bluff is raising matching money to preserve this massive oak tree in North Portland. The project is typical of the regions patchwork approach to preserving open space.
Aug 14, 2014

Infinity Loop could link key open spaces

by Paul Koberstein
In July, Metro offered a challenge grant for the purchase of a majestic oak tree on Overlook Bluff, a North Portland landmark that somehow escaped the developer’s ax. The grant would protect 0.8…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Bryan Farris uses a motion-detecting sprinkler to keep a stray peacock away from his new passive house.
Aug 14, 2014

Saying bye-bye to extreme temperatures

by Anthony Roberts
Bryan and Stephanie Farris learned a few things about extreme weather conditions while living abroad for work. In Jakarta, Indonesia, the mercury rarely dipped below 75 degrees, and monsoons…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sam Weiss explains the Portland Shower invention to Calvin Rasmussen during a PDX Tech Meet Up at Mercy Corps. The shower can recycle water, reducing water and heating bills.
Aug 14, 2014

Contest inspires PSU inventors

by Jennifer Anderson
There are three stages of taking a shower — rinse, lather, relax — the Portland Shower team has discovered. “We did a seven-day shower diary challenge with quite a few people,” says Sarah…
Aug 13, 2014

Landowners challenge state protections for pesticide applicators

by Steve Law
Seventeen property owners in the Gold Beach area filed a lawsuit in Curry County Circuit Court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of state liability protections for those applying…
Aug 13, 2014

State panel set to fund projects

by Peter Wong
Dock improvements would ease coal, oil shipments. The Oregon Transportation Commission is set to approve $42 million in state bonds for 37 nonhighway projects, including three proposed to ease…
Aug 13, 2014

Lewis & Clark deemed fifth-best "Cool School"

by Steve Law
Lewis & Clark College snared a No. 5 ranking on the Sierra Club’s latest list of “Cool Schools,” which ranks four-year colleges and universities by a variety of environmental measures. The…
Aug 12, 2014

Wetlands and Wellies fundraiser coming Sunday

by Steve Law
The Wetlands Conservancy hosts its annual “Wetlands and Wellies” fundraiser this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Sherwood. This year’s event features seasonal small plates of goodies prepared by more…
Aug 12, 2014

EPA to update Portlanders about Superfund cleanup of harbor

by Steve Law
A project manager for the Superfund cleanup in the Portland Harbor will provide updates on the longrunning saga at a community meeting in North Portland. Kristine Koch, remedial project manager…
Photo Credit: PHOTO  COURTESY OF PORTLAND ECO-FILM FESTIVAL - Protesters in Texas try to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Aug 11, 2014

Portland EcoFilm Festival shows story of Keystone XL protesters

by Steve Law
The Portland EcoFilm Festival will air “Above All Else,” a portrait of East Texas landowners and activists who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline is a $7…