Sustainable Life

Dam removal aids Gresham natural area

Removal of 4 Brigman Creek dams improves Johnson Creek water quality, habitat.

Foresters hunt invasive beetles, bores at Rooster Rock

At Rooster Rock State Park, traps laid for Emerald Ash Borer other European and Asian species.

Lawmakers begin cap and trade discussions

The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan…

For OIT students, green means go (solar)

'Green Zero Design' created by students calls for the installation of 500 solar panels across West Linn's parks

Nuclear plant on Columbia River temporarily shuts down

It's the third unplanned closure for the Columbia Generating Station in the past year and a half.

Reedie studies using bacteria to break down plastic often…

PET takes decades to break down, making it a stubborn component of litter in our oceans, roadsides and riverbanks.

Cycle the Well Field

Check out the Portland area's alternative water supply in a guided bicycle tour.

Volunteers get down and dirty in Portland cemetery

Volunteers spend their Saturday cleaning Lone Fir Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

Article links health, air pollution problems in The Dalles…

Investigation raises questions about the operations of AmeriTies at its plant in the Columbia Gorge community.

Ecotip: Plant a Garden

Center for Earth Leadership explains why growing your own food helps the environment, and your body.


Many suburbs have barriers to new construction that planners say are akin to 'poison pills'

DEQ suggests tighter rules for asbestos

Agency proposes requiring asbestos surveys when working with the hazardous substance in residential properties with four or…

EARTHTALK:Greener Guitars

Dear EarthTalk: I'm in the market for a new acoustic guitar and I'm wondering what are my options if I care about its impact…

VW settlement money to help replace polluting school buses

DEQ says it will replace more than 450 older buses with Oregon's share of the national settlement with the German automaker,…

Hawaii volcano's gas gas gas probably won't reach NW

Meteorologists don't think we'll see a Mount St. Helens-like pillar of steam and ash drifting into the Pacific jet stream.

The Water's Fine at PDX

Video short on Human Access Project is being shown at the mini-theater at Portland International Airport, along with a dozen…

Biketown design winners ready to pedal their art

Five new bike designs representing neighborhoods and history will be among the classic orange Biketown bikes this summer.

Want to celebrate Memorial Day early? How about cleaning up…

Saturday, May 12, is Historical Cemetery Cleanup day, and projects are scheduled are the state.

Massive fossil fuel export plant proposed in Kalama faces…

Ruling requires authorities to evaluate carbon emissions impact associated with a major methanol refinery and export…

EARTHTALK: Man-Made Earthquakes, Another Negative Legacy of…

Dear EarthTalk: Is there proof that fracking for oil and natural gas can by itself cause earthquakes?-James Mitchell,…

Enviros team with people of color to push city business tax…

Low-income communities would benefit from job training and other projects funded by Portland Clean Energy Fund

Willamette River gets its own poster

New art work conjures images from artists hired by the U.S. Works Progress Administration during President Franklin…

EARTHTALK: Green Apparel, Not Just A Color Choice

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the apparel industry has a huge carbon footprint and environmental impact. What are…

Guidebook provides hiking ideas in area once marred by…

Compiled by volunteers with the Sierra Club, book charts 50 best hikes in Tillamook and Clatsop state forests.

Scientists to study local threat from diesel exhaust

EPA grants money to state for two-year study into known lethal air pollutant.

Neighbors tend to support fracking until it grows too common

Opposition grows when more wells are drilled in the vicinity, OSU-led study finds.

Industry pioneers reusable beer bottles

Refillables lower costs, impacts of recycling by cleaning and reusing existing bottles.

City council agrees to end costly development fees for…

City commissioners agree to make a temporary waiver of system development charges permament, if the units aren't rented out…

Axelrod signs on with Climate Mayors

'Trump has basically abandoned the Paris Agreement, but the rest of the country is saying, 'No.''

Portland home energy scores not so hot

'Energy hog' older homes push down ratings in city's new energy-saving mandate.

Portland campaign to tax large corporations to address…

Signature-gathering can begin after a local judge rules the Portland Clean Energy Fund initiative, opposed by business, is…

350.PDX targets Chase for supporting Coos Bay LNG project

Activists will stage protest outside bank's downtown Portland offices and is calling on supporters to take money out of…

Company makes old polystyrene new again

A company in Tigard has created a way to recycle polystyrene into more polystyrene. A very small amount of polystyrene is…

ODFW gives up on trapping Willamette sea lions

State: Relocation of Willamette Falls sea lions to Oregon Coast not enough to protect local fish runs

EARTHTALK:Is Biodegradable Plastic The Answer To Our…

Dear EarthTalk: What are suitable materials for making biodegradable plastic besides corn and sugarcane? Is pineapple or…

Beaverton gets EPA grant for site cleanup

Gas station, still in operation, sits on future site of Public Safety Center at Allen and Hall boulevards. The $400,000 also…

DEQ offering new emissions testing option

Car-related businesses partnering with DEQ to test vehicles at their locations.

New natural area created near Tualatin River

Metro acquires 145-acre natural area along Tualatin River to protect clean water, support wildlife.

Fishing restriction gutted for Wilsonville dock

City opts to remove ban on fishing from Memorial Park dock, despite some concerns about conflicts with boaters

Watershed council to hold first fundraising dinner April 28

North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council to celebrate local waterways from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rose Villa Performing…

EARTHTALK: Avoiding BPA Exposure: Not So Easy Anymore

Dear EarthTalk: Why on earth would cans and other food storage containers contain toxic BPA that can make us sick? Is there any way to avoid it? -…

Solar Oregon to host solar-powered winery tour

Visitors will get the chance to taste wines created by solar power at local Oregon vineyards.

Oregonians are breathing in soot

The American Lung Association's State of the Air report reveals Oregon has a particle pollution problem.

Biketown riders rack up 520,000 trips on rented orange rides

Data: During past two years, 111,000 riders have traveled about 1.1 million miles. Average ride is about two miles.

Want to help track bumble bee population?

Citizens can join projec to monitor and help improve fate of Northwest bumble bees.

Hoping for Bigfoot in East Multnomah County

Guy Edwards shares his lifelong passion for researching and searching for Sasquatch

Mt. Hood National Forest supervisor promoted to deputy regional…

Lisa Northrop starts deputy regional forester post for Pacific Northwest Region.

EARTHTALK: Michael Bloomberg to the Rescue

Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist?-Jackie Miller, New York, NY

SolarWorld Americas to be acquired by rival company

The Hillsboro-based company reached a purchase agreement with larger SunPower.

Zoo elephant herd adds New Mexico transplant

Samson, who arrived in Portland this week from ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, will be isolated from the herd for several weeks as caregivers…

At Marylhurst College, it's Earth Week

Activities slated every day this week at the private college off Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

Zoo elephants get into swing of eating with a fire hose

A large bamboo feeder, made from fire hose sections woven into a large chain, was inspired by Oregon Zoo volunteers' creation of a similar feeder for…

Oregon wolf population continues to grow

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife released its 2017 Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report on Thursday

A landscape enhancement that's good for the ecosystem? Consider…

They can provide wildlife habitat, wind breaks and other advantages for your garden or yard.

EARTHTALK:Particle Board Blues: Could Your Furniture Be Making…

Dear EarthTalk: I recently read about the toxic dangers of particle board. I still am using the same laminate on particle board bedroom furniture…

Portland volunteer honored with forestry award

Mary Harrell manages the Friends of Trees' Portland office. She has been with Friends of Trees since 1996.

'The Soil Will Save Us' author to speak in Forest Grove

Kristin Ohlson is the featured speaker at the 'Knowledge Pub' event next Wednesday at the Forest Theater.

Oregon City School District donates trees to CCC

Clackamas Community College gets 119 plants to shade the headwaters of Newell Creek

Study puts regional landslides in spotlight

A new lidar-based landslide inventory maps show more than 7,000 past landslides - 10 times as many as research teams mapped after 1996-97 storms.

EARTHTALK: Can Light Pollution Really Cause Breast Cancer?

Dear EarthTalk: What is 'light pollution?' Is it really a factor in breast cancer?-Gudrun Smythe, Madison, Wisconsin

After China snub, solutions emerge to recycle plastics

Domestic markets are responding quickly to fill the vacuum for dealing with Oregon's curbside recyclables-for plastic but not paper.

Center for Earth Leadership morphs into new nonprofit

Project trains parents to lead sustainability initiatives in Oregon schools.

Endangered butterfly to get protected

Feds will add the rare island marble, found on only one Northwest island, to the Endangered Species list.

Offshore habitat protected from trawlers

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which met in Portland, expands conservation measures for ocean floor.

Governor signs Cleaner Air Oregon

The Cleaner Air Oregon bill will provide residents more information about the health risks of industrial air emissions.

Bringing bull trout back

Multiple agencies work together on habitat reintroduction project in Clackamas River

EcoFilm Festival returns to Portland

2018 lineup includes four films with an environmental flavor, scheduled around Earth Day weekend.

EARTHTALK: Want Better Sleep? Consider A Green Mattress

Dear EarthTalk: I'm in the market for a new mattress after two decades on 'old faithful' and I figure it's a good time to go green. What are the…

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my

Oregon State scientists detail how to re-establish threatened carnivore populations across the globe

EARTHTALK Risky Rainwear: Outdoor Gear Makers Scramble to…

Dear EarthTalk: Just when I finally purged my kitchen of non-stick cookware due to the risks posed by Teflon, I now learn that my rain jacket and…

Lake Oswego City Council adopts Climate Action Plan

By design, the six-page document focuses on specific action items and 'the art of the practical'

Oregon City author depicts environmental issues, solutions

Robert Bresky's fourth book deals with genocide, climate change, pollution

Economist reinforces Residential Infill Project

Analysis says plan should lead to more lower-cost housing, although some existing homes will continue to be torn down.

NW agriculture groups caught in trade skirmish crosshairs

'We expect all countries to resolve trade disputes in a way that doesn't harm businesses, farmers and consumers.'trade skirmish

Celebrate Earth Day in song

Center for Earth Leadership hosts annual event to honor the planet, in downtown Portland church.

'Long overdue' upgrades underway for Oxbow Park

Metro regional park plans new campsites, visitor center and play areas near Sandy River.

EARTHTALKReady For A New Solar Roof?

Dear EarthTalk: I need to get my roof replaced as a result of storm damage (thanks global warming!). Is Tesla's solar roof a good deal and do other…

City may raise garbage bills by 10 percent

China's strict new standards for accepting our mixed paper and plastics are driving up costs to handle our recyclables.

Oregon City receives $500 grant for Arbor Day

April 7 event seeks more participants to plant trees on the McLoughlin Promenade

Late-season snowfall delivers spring joy to ski resorts

Late-season snowfall delivers spring joy to Mount Hood ski resorts and visitors

Volunteers plant 'Gift Trees' to remember loved ones

Happy Valley Park one of many sites where Friends of Trees's memorial trees thrive

Where are the gorge pikas? Researchers will find them

Crucial species studied after habitat reduced in fire; Pika Watch has trained more than 1,000 volunteers to study pikas in the Cascades

'Green' event highlights sustainability

Tour of Moda Center links hundreds of businesses from across the Portland Metro region

Sea lions wreaking havoc on the river

Anglers want state and federal agencies to act before salmon and steelhead populations in the Willamette are decimated

First farm in Portland area obtains animal-welfare certification

Cattle and sheep at Naked Acres Farm in Beavercreek now certified grass-fed by AGW, the only 'highly meaningful' label according to Consumer Reports

EARTHTALK Endangered Species On The Ropes

Dear EarthTalk: Now Trump is going to allow the importing of elephant 'trophies' after all! Where do things stand overall now in the fight to protect…

Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast

There's been a baby boom for West Coast gray whales for about six years, and a greater number spotted earlier in the season heading north from Los…

Oregon's 'Tree City of the Year' is ready for Arbor Week

Recognition adds a special touch to Lake Oswego's celebration, which includes lots of events and an art contest

Forest visitors bring big bucks to nearby communities

New survey says locals, non-locals spend more than $90M annually at communities surrounding forests

Milwaukie names Lisa Gunion-Rinker volunteer of the year

Chair of Parks and Recreation Board set to be formally announced as winner Tuesday, April 3

New BottleDrop center added at Freddies in Burlingame

Customers can drop off cans and bottles to get their dimes back, at Fred Meyer store in Southwest Portland.

Students compete to turn inventions into prototypes in CleanTech…

Portland State University hosts annual competition among student inventors of products with environmental applications.

Columbia Slough 101

Watershed council invites public to learn more about the non-moving body of water near the Columbia River.

Picture-perfect platform reopens at Multnomah Falls

Falls fence removed, restoring access to viewing platform in the Columbia River Gorge.

Ivy pull planned this weekend at Waterboard Park

Oregon City Parks Foundation calling for volunteers to gather 8:30 a.m. this Saturday at Oregon City Armory

Booze ban approved for Sauvie Island summers

Alcohol ban takes effect between May 1 and Sept. 30 each year in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Groups prepare appeal of farmland rezone

Columbia Riverkeeper, 1,000 Friends of Oregon team up to appeal Columbia County approval of Port Westward expansion

Quake devastation will be far worse than scientists thought

State geologists analyze projected impacts of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, magnitude 9.0, and expect tens of thousands of casualties in the…

Heidgerken refuses Oregon City offer to buy falls site

Riverwalk developer wants to build hotel at location, but he owes $39,000 in water, sewer bills

Labor woes worry local nursery owners

Local nursery owners and horticulturalists hold their own despite lack of labor in Oregon.


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