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Kevin Dunn, who fishes off the coasts of Oregon and Washington, holds a rockfish at a processing facility in Warrenton, Oregon. A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast as regulators in January 2020 are scheduled to reopen a large area off the coasts of Oregon and California to groundfish bottom trawling fishing less than two decades after authorities closed huge stretches of the Pacific Ocean due to the species' depletion. CREDIT: Gillian Flaccus/AP

West Coast Scores Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’ As Fishery Rebounds From The Brink

After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish — are making a comeback here, reinventing themselves as a sustainable industry less than two decades after authorities closed huge stretches of the Pacific Ocean because of the species’ depletion. Continue Reading West Coast Scores Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’ As Fishery Rebounds From The Brink

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Mica Dam in British Columbia is one of three Canadian projects built under the terms of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. CREDIT: DAR56 - TINYURL.COM/YC4K2DTJ

Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation Brings Out Crowd And Contention In Tri-Cities

The Columbia River Treaty is costing U.S. ratepayers and public utility districts too much. That was the broad sentiment at a sometimes-tense town hall Monday about ongoing treaty negotiations. At the Richland meeting Monday night, negotiating officials laid out the complicated back-and-forth between the U.S. and Canada. Continue Reading Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation Brings Out Crowd And Contention In Tri-Cities

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Towns living among forests have taken notice after recent deadly wildfires in Northern California, particularly after Paradise. But for the rural community of Foots Creek in Southern Oregon, wildfire has long been on their radar. CREDIT: April Ehrlich/JPR News

Across The West, Communities And Landowners Prepare For Their Own Paradise Wildfire Scenario

It’s been a little over a year since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, which impacted thousands of lives in Northern California. The disaster also alarmed people across the West, who are now asking themselves: Could a fire like that happen here? Continue Reading Across The West, Communities And Landowners Prepare For Their Own Paradise Wildfire Scenario

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A de Havilland Beaver floatplane converted to electric battery-powered propulsion prepares to land on the Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

It Flew! All-Electric Seaplane Completes Milestone First Flight Near Vancouver, British Columbia

A fully electric seaplane has made its first flight over the mouth of the Fraser River near Vancouver. The maiden flight represents a milestone in the long process of reducing the aviation industry’s emissions, noise and costs by electrifying short-to-medium distance commercial flying. Continue Reading It Flew! All-Electric Seaplane Completes Milestone First Flight Near Vancouver, British Columbia

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Environmental activists rally outside of New York Supreme Court in October in Manhattan, the first day of the trial accusing ExxonMobil of misleading shareholders about its climate change accounting. CREDIT: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Judge Rules In Favor Of Exxon In Climate Change Fraud Case

In a three-week trial, New York state prosecutors argued that the oil company had downplayed the financial risks it faces from possible climate regulation. Attorney General Letitia James said doing so made Exxon’s assets appear more secure than they really were, which in turn affected its share price and defrauded investors. Continue Reading Judge Rules In Favor Of Exxon In Climate Change Fraud Case

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