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Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she is confident that Oregon and other progressive states can still meet the Paris climate goals for the U.S. — despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the international accord.

The Democratic governor told the City Club of Portland that Oregon will join a coalition of states led by California, Washington and New York working to reduce carbon emissions.

Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon.

While the fire might be out, the crash still hangs over the town.

After the crash, the city, the fire department and the school district created an intergovernmental agreement to negotiate with Union Pacific, the rail company responsible for the derailment.

Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns says the agreement is almost final.

“We’re really almost about to tie it up," she said.

The United States is stepping away from the Paris Climate Agreement, but the consequences of climate change will be more difficult to leave behind. Take ocean acidification, a major emerging threat to West Coast fisheries.

Researchers at Oregon State University have recorded some of the highest levels of ocean acidification in the world – and they exist right off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

Portland Wants All Renewable Energy By 2050

Jun 1, 2017

Portland leaders say all of the city’s energy will come from renewable sources by the year 2050.

The City Council established this goal to move away from fossil fuels at Thursday’s meeting — just a few hours after President Donald Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

An 86-mile bike and walking trail between the Portland metro area and the Oregon Coast is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has given the Salmonberry Trail project $30,000 to look at the economics and health benefits of turning the old Port of Tillamook Bay rail line into a trail.

The Oregon Legislature gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill that puts permanent limits on suction dredge mining.

The practice has been controversial because of noise and concerns about harm to fish habitat and water quality.

Suction dredge, or placer mining, is a kind of motorized in-stream mineral extraction. Picture a lawnmower motor floating top of a pontoon in a river. The motor powers a large vacuum hose, which is used by a swimming miner to suck up sediment in the search for gold.

Leaders of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project unveiled their vision Wednesday for redeveloping a former paper mill that's blocking up-close views of one of the biggest waterfalls in the country.

The plans include creating public access to Willamette Falls along a riverwalk that winds through the skeleton of the old Blue Heron paper mill.

“No fear” might be an OK slogan for a bumper sticker, but it’s a terrible idea for a salmon.

Salmon are starting to lose their sense of smell and their fear of predators, according to research from federal and university scientists in Seattle.

Their preliminary work, presented in May at a symposium on ocean acidification at the University of Washington, documents yet another way carbon dioxide emissions are messing with the world's oceans.

Terrestrial is KUOW's new podcast on the environment. Each episode explores the choices we make in a world we have changed. You can hear all our episodes and subscribe here, or join our facebook group and talk this stuff out with your fellow listeners.

My husband and I have been grappling with this question – in part because we wonder if it’s the right choice for the environment.

Portland's Bike-Powered Mill Delivers A Low-Carbon Beer

May 26, 2017

Portland's Baerlic Brewing has teamed up with the Oregon Environmental Council to brew a low-carbon beer using a bike mill to grind the malt for its “Bike Crush Saison.”

The beer, scheduled to be released June 15, will be made with locally grown hops from Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn. It will only be distributed within a mile of the brewery by bike or hybrid vehicle.

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