Environment

Future of clean trucks, buses facing key agency vote in November

BY: - October 22, 2021

A future with electric garbage trucks and school buses and less polluting freight trucks is up for a vote in November by the state Environmental Quality Commission.  The commission is considering two new rules for manufacturing cleaner and zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and vans sold in the state. Vehicles that would be covered […]

Asian giant hornet on apple

Oregon entomologists brace for the arrival of ‘murder hornets’ 

BY: - October 21, 2021

This summer a pair of Oregon entomologists traipsed through the woods in northern Washington on the hunt.  They were looking for a dangerous predator: Asian giant hornets. Native to south and east Asia, they’ve earned the name “murder hornets” for their ability to decimate a honey bee hive in an hour or two. They can […]

Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints

BY: - October 21, 2021

A report released Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal after the largest natural disaster in state history. The transportation department and the contractors it hired to remove tens of thousands of damaged trees from along 120 miles of state highways in the Santiam Canyon and McKenzie […]

Oregon State professor lands grant to clean up wood burning stoves

BY: - October 20, 2021

In the leadup to winter, researchers at Oregon State University are teaming up with the Nez Perce tribe and local manufacturers to develop a cleaner way to burn wood in stoves.  They have received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to research and develop a cheap device that can be put into a […]

The Oregon Coast

Oregon says drop, cover and hold on in an earthquake. Some specialists disagree.

BY: - October 20, 2021

Seismic experts agree that one day the state will be smacked by a massive earthquake off the coast that will cause widespread damage. They also agree that Oregonians need to prepare. But they disagree on what the state should advise. On Thursday, the state holds its annual Great Oregon ShakeOut drill aimed at raising awareness […]

Plan for one of Oregon’s largest chicken farms draws criticism; hearing set

BY: - October 20, 2021

Eric Simon got into chicken farming 20 years ago after a career as an electronics technician because, he said, he was poor. With his wife and two young kids, he moved 30 miles from Corvallis to rural Brownsville and bought a house on 40 acres on the edge of town. He built barns and then […]

A view from King's Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest.

Conservation work in Oregon forests gets federal boost

BY: - October 18, 2021

Two state agencies have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work on a state plan for protecting endangered species and species that could become endangered in the next 70 years in Oregon’s northwest forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife share the grant, which will be […]

COMMENTARY

Oregon shows how workers can be protected when they face extreme heat, smoke

BY: - October 15, 2021

As a result of climate change, the United States experienced a particularly dangerous and hot summer this year. New record highs were set all over the country and the Pacific Northwest was particularly hard hit. As of September 2021, according to the National Weather Service, the state of Oregon had a record 88 days over […]

COMMENTARY
Oregon air quality monitoring

Oregon’s climate efforts need robust push from governor, state commission

BY: - October 13, 2021

In any given year, some Oregonians thrive while others struggle. Lately though, no one is untouched by society-wide crises, one after the next, breaking on us like waves in a relentless tide. People all express similar feelings: overwhelmed, tired, and at a loss. The global pandemic continues to disrupt our lives. The dangerous heating of the […]

Smokey haze settles over a field

Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels

BY: - October 11, 2021

Klamath Falls had as many elevated pollution days as cities like Phoenix, Cincinnati and San Antonio in 2020, according to a new report.  The non-profit Environment America, part of the left-leaning Public Interest Network, used EPA air quality data taken from monitors in every state. Despite fewer Americans using cars every day or undertaking major […]

Sunset on Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon

Tribes in Oregon want bigger role in setting state’s water strategy

BY: - October 8, 2021

Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes want a bigger role in the state’s planning for the next century of water management in Oregon as fisheries continue to dwindle. They are asking Gov. Kate Brown to create a new task force for tribes to work directly with state agencies on critical waters. Oregon officials are developing what […]

Oregon farms get $280,000 in federal grants to switch to solar energy

BY: - October 6, 2021

When Josh Cohen bought his farm in the Rogue Valley 16 years ago, he expected to power his irrigation system, greenhouse and coolers with solar energy. But the equipment was costly, and he hesitated to strap himself with a big loan. Now he’ll achieve his goal with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]