Environment

Environment & Planning

Recorded on: Friday December 4th, 2015

Air Date: Monday December 7th, 2015

Seven times in the past two years, Oregon was the site of bee die-offs involving hundreds of thousands of bees. Each event was associated with the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are vital to a functional ecosystem — and food production.

KPLU

If you’re a resident killer whale, Puget Sound can be a busy, noisy place.  During the summer tourist season - when orcas come into the Sound regularly - they can be surrounded by more than 20 boats. New research out this week shows the speed of those boats is a critical factor in how much noise they make, underwater.
 

The cost of fighting wildfires has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. At the same time, close to two million acres of wildland have been developed each year.

One of the major drivers of that expense is protecting lives and property in fire-prone areas where people didn’t used to live.

Conventional wisdom says forests in the West are overstocked and need to be thinned to prevent “catastrophic” wildfires. But some researchers say focusing on reducing fuels downplays a greater and growing driver of wildfire: climate change.

A century of putting out wildfires has left many forests in the West much thicker than in the past. That buildup of fire fuel is widely seen as a disaster waiting to happen. 

And an innovative project in Ashland, Oregon is an example of an increasingly popular approach to dealing with that fire risk.

Lane Community College

The Global Climate Summit takes place in Paris this week. Lane Community College President Mary Spilde was invited to the White House earlier this month to take part in a meeting in advance of the conference.

Desmond O'Boyle

As world leaders gather in Paris at the Global Climate Summit this week environmental activists around the world held rallies and marches asking political leaders to develop a comprehensive plan addressing climate change.

Very Old Firewood Tells A Tale Of Flammable Forests

Nov 28, 2015
John Marshall

A photographer from Wenatchee (Washington) has made a revealing discovery at the scene of a remote and long-abandoned fire lookout. Who knew a pile of very old firewood could tell a story? Correspondent Tom Banse brings it to us.

Seafloor Samples Reveal Ghosts Of Blobs Past

Nov 27, 2015
Dan Ayres / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

A huge mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean is causing problems off the coast of Oregon and Washington. The so-called “blob” is being blamed for toxic algae blooms, which have caused marine mammal deaths and crabbing closures. New evidence shows this isn’t the first time the blob has appeared off the Northwest coast.

Friends of Trees

In a uniquely Pacific Northwest approach to charity, every University of Oregon touchdown this season will be converted to trees in the ground.

Wikipedia

Thanksgiving's the one day of the year that cranberries get a guaranteed spot at most tables across the U.S. But Oregon's south coast farmers are hoping to change that.

Tiffany Eckert

When a homeless camp is abandoned, someone has to go out and clean up the mess. For the last few days, crews with the City of Eugene did some 'housekeeping' in Mauri Jacobs Park on the Willamette River.

Ashley Ahearn / Earthfix

As sea levels rise and the global climate changes, international leaders gathering in Paris this month face increasing pressure to tackle the issue of “climate refugees”.

Some island nations are already looking to move their people to higher ground, even purchasing land elsewhere in preparation.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, one coastal tribe faces a similar choice.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Monday to remove wolves from the state list of endangered species.

Wikipedia

The fragile comeback of wolves to Oregon is deepening a cultural divide over how much protection they need.

Darryl Ivy

An Oregon company that sprayed pesticides with a suspended license now faces 180 thousand dollars in fines and a five-year license suspension. It’s the largest penalty for an aerial pesticide sprayer in Oregon.

Scientists have found dozens of poisoned dolphins, whales and sea lions off the West Coast this year. They tested positive for a toxin caused by a massive algae bloom.

Wolf
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remove gray wolves from the state endangered species list. The agency will make this recommendation at a meeting Next Monday in Salem.

Jes Burns / Earthfix

As cooler, wetter weather comes to the Northwest, wildfire season is rapidly coming to a close.
This year’s fires are leaving behind more than just charred forests. They’re setting the stage for what’s expected to be a fundamental shift in the landscape. Because of a changing climate, what grows back could permanently look very different than what was there before.

Winter Wreaths On Good Gardening

Nov 2, 2015

 

Hi, I'm Master Gardener John Fischer with KLCC's Good Gardening.  People have been bring conifer greens into their homes in winter to remind them that spring will come again for thousands of years.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Recorded on: Oct. 30th, 2015

Air Date: Nov. 2nd, 2015

The State of Oregon is on course to sell the Elliott State Forest, a tract of 93,000 acres in Coos and Douglas County.

Heavy Rain Expected This Halloween Weekend.

Oct 30, 2015
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The National Weather Service is predicting rain and a drop in temperatures this weekend in Oregon. The "Pineapple Express" weather pattern is a subtropical moisture pocket that follows the jet stream, and many times, ends up hitting the northwest. Clinton Rocky is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. He says snow isn't likely in the high country Friday or Saturday, but…

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

An invasive crayfish species has been found in drainage from the Willamette River. This is the first time Ringed crayfish have been discovered this far north. Rick Boatner is the invasive species coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Boatner: "It's at the upper end of the Willamette drainage and if they repeat what they've done down in Southern Oregon, in places like the Rogue, the Umpqua, they're going to quickly become the dominant crayfish species in that system and eventually, probably all the way down."

Lena Jackson

Lead and arsenic used decades ago in pesticides are still lingering in the topsoil of Pacific Northwest apple country. That poses a health risk for children who come in close contact with dirt -- in the backyards and playgrounds developed from former orchards.

Lena Jackson

Lead and arsenic used decades ago in pesticides are still lingering in the topsoil of Pacific Northwest apple country. That poses a health risk for children who come in close contact with dirt -- in the backyards and playgrounds developed from former orchards. In this second and final part  of our series, EarthFix reporters Courtney Flatt and Tony Schick traveled to some of those places to find out what’s being done to keep kids safe from contaminated soil.

It was a hot summer afternoon in Yakima when we ran into Jennifer Garcia. 

Tony Schick / Earthfix

For decades, apple growers in Central Washington sprayed their trees with a misty brew of lead and arsenic to keep pests away. The practice stopped in the mid-20th century. Since then, many of those orchards have been redeveloped -- some as housing subdivisions, schools, and daycare centers. Even though the orchards are long gone, those toxic chemicals remain in the soil.

Cutting-Edge Climate Law: Eugene Is Ground Zero

Oct 19, 2015

City Club of Eugene. Recorded on: October 16th, 2015

City Club of Eugene. Air Date: October 19th, 2015

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted final environmental approval for a gas pipeline and terminal on Oregon’s southern coast. Activists who oppose this project are holding trainings in Eugene through the weekend in preparation for a protest Monday in Salem.

The Great Oregon ShakeOut

On October 15th Oregonians will join the world’s largest earthquake drill. Over 40 million people worldwide are expected to participate in the Great Shake Out at 10:15 in the morning. Part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is located in Oregon; experts say it is due for an earthquake and tsunami similar to the 2011 one in Japan. Visit the Great ShakeOut website  for more information and to register.

Friends of Buford Park Mt. Pisgah

Conservation groups have acquired a 62-acre parcel near Mount Pisgah outside Eugene. The former gravel mine will be restored and protected as habitat for fish and wildlife.

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