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A coal mine operation in Wyoming. CREDIT: KATIE CAMPBELL/KCTS9

Northwest Utility PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

Environmental groups have been pressing PacifiCorp for years to close more of its coal plants sooner and speed up its transition to renewable energy. But leaders in states like Wyoming, where the utility’s coal plants are stationed, say the company would be hurting local economies and betraying their trust by closing coal plants early. Continue Reading Northwest Utility PacifiCorp Releases Plan To Cut Coal Power And Add Renewables

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Land managers are using a masticator to help thin a dense forest outside Cle Elum, Washington. The masticator chews up the forest fuels with spinning metal teeth. It takes out whole trees at a time. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt/NWPB

In Central Washington, Forest Equipment Chews Through Fuel To Reduce Threat Of ‘The Next Paradise’

Connecting different projects – like these large-scale fuels management ones – with efforts by homeowners down below helps make the landscape more resilient. It’s part of a larger effort to help central Washington avoid the fate of towns like Paradise, California, which was devastated by the Camp Fire in 2018.
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OSU masters student Katherine Lasdin separates the innards of a donated rockfish at the Port of Newport, Oregon, for later analysis to see if it ingested microplastics. CREDIT: TOM BANSE/N3

Don’t Want Plastic With Your Seafood? Neither Do Otters And Orcas In Northwest Waters

Plastics in the ocean food chain has become a hot topic for local scientists, for similar reasons city and state policy makers and activists are debating plastic bag bans and how to reduce plastic straw and bottled water usage. All are concerned that the world’s oceans are awash in plastic trash and fibers. Continue Reading Don’t Want Plastic With Your Seafood? Neither Do Otters And Orcas In Northwest Waters

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