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Alex Baumhardt

Alex Baumhardt

Alex Baumhardt has been a national radio producer focusing on education for American Public Media since 2017. She has reported from the Arctic to the Antarctic for national and international media, and from Minnesota and Oregon for The Washington Post.

Green renewable hydrogen needed urgently, leaders say, but industry faces challenges

By: - September 25, 2023

To meet emissions reduction targets and tackle climate change, Oregon will need to build a clean and renewable hydrogen industry as fast as possible, according to state leaders. But they face challenges that could take years to overcome. That was one of the takeaways from an industry conference last week in Portland that was sponsored […]

Assessment tests show little student improvement over last four years

By: - September 21, 2023

Most Oregon students have not regained ground in key subjects following the COVID pandemic, but steep declines in English language arts, math and science proficiency that occurred during the pandemic are beginning to level off, according to the latest results from statewide assessment tests.  Gov. Tina Kotek said in a news release that the latest […]

The Tillamook State Forest as seen from the summit of King's Mountain. Bare patches mark spots that have been clearcut. (Oregon Department of Forestry/Flickr)

NASA imagery shows scale, impact of logging in drinking watersheds on Oregon Coast

By: - September 19, 2023

Oregon’s coastal communities that rely on drinking water from forested rivers and creeks have lost substantial tree cover during the last 20 years, a recent NASA analysis found. That’s bad news for residents and the environment, the report indicates. Forests not only improve the quality of surface waters, but also the quantity. They prevent erosion, […]

Conservation groups call for an end to aging Umpqua River dam after emergency fish salvage

By: - September 18, 2023

For two days in early August, a dozen staff from the natural resources department of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians walked along the banks of the north Umpqua River, grabbing small, eel-like fish that were squirming in the mud.  They were trying to save the young Pacific lamprey left exposed by […]

Oregon youth join global climate strike, call on governor to declare emergency

By: - September 14, 2023

Young people across the state are organizing to demand that Gov. Tina Kotek declare an emergency over climate change, with protests and marches Friday in five Oregon cities as part of action across the country and worldwide. Youth from more than 20 environmental organizations are leading the action. They want local, state and federal officials […]

Eleven of the 16 youth plaintiffs in the Held v. Montana case pose for a photo after the fifth day of the trial on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Oregon lawsuit by youth over climate inaction not likely to be helped by judicial win in Montana

By: - September 11, 2023

Young activists in Oregon involved in a long-running lawsuit against the U.S. government over climate inaction won’t have their case helped by a recent win for Montana youth, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The 21 plaintiffs in Oregon suing the federal government for violating their constitutional right to life, liberty and property by allowing […]

Plan to protect vulnerable species in Western state forests moves forward

By: - September 7, 2023

A plan to protect threatened and endangered species in Oregon’s Western state forests by limiting some logging will move forward, despite a recent attempt to make last-minute changes that could have further delayed it.  The Oregon Board of Forestry decided Thursday not to vote on a controversial proposal from Chair Jim Kelly that would have […]

Some of the most powerful and consistent winds in the world are located off the southwest Oregon coast, according to the Oregon Department of Energy.

Federal officials will meet with Oregonians about controversial offshore wind energy projects

By: - September 7, 2023

Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management officials will meet with Oregonians concerned or curious about potential floating offshore wind energy projects following public and political outcry. Officials will host three in-person meetings in Gold Beach, Coos Bay and Brookings on Sept. 26, 27 and 28. The agency also doubled the public comment period from 30 […]

A drought in 2015 nearly emptied Detroit Lake, a reservoir between Bend and Salem. (David Reinert/Oregon State University)

Third of Oregon counties now in a drought emergency

By: - September 6, 2023

Twelve of 36 counties, covering half the land in Oregon, are in a state of emergency over drought, with local officials calling for help. Gov. Tina Kotek Wednesday declared the latest drought emergencies in Gilliam, Douglas and Lincoln counties, the 10th, and 12th such declarations of the year.  The declarations follow requests for drought aid […]

‘Very strong’ El Niño to bring warmer winter, with scorching ocean water for marine life

By: - September 6, 2023

A tropical weather system called El Niño is beginning its march up the coast of Oregon, bringing with it a warmer winter and inescapable heat for some marine life.  Oregonians on the coast could experience flooding from high tides and rising sea levels. In the mountains, areas hoping for snow are more likely to get […]

Oregon Fish and Wildlife approves killing of wolves in eastern Oregon, angering conservationists

By: - September 1, 2023

State fish and wildlife officials authorized the killing of six gray wolves in eastern Oregon during the past six weeks, bringing relief to ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves and heartache and anger to conservationists who see the killings as inhumane and ineffective.  The six wolves were caught with foothold traps and then shot […]

A building on the Burns Paiute Tribe's Jonesboro Ranch destroyed by debris from a June mudslide. (Burns Paiute Tribe)

Burns Paiute Tribe in southeast Oregon to receive federal disaster assistance for floods, mudslides

By: - September 1, 2023

The Burns Paiute Tribe is getting help digging out from heavy spring rains that caused flash flooding, mudslides and major damage to its Jonesboro ranch, a 6,380-acre property in eastern Oregon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced this week that the tribe would receive federal disaster assistance to help with recovery costs following […]