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11:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Making The U.S. More Energy Efficient, One Building At A Time

A new, highly efficient rooftop heating and cooling unit could reduce a commercial building's energy costs by an average of 41 percent.

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7:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Spread Of Stink Bugs Alarms Growers, Scientists

Brown marmorated stink bug on an olive branch in the Willamette Valley. The malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest farmers and gardeners.

A malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest farmers and gardeners. The name of this insect is a mouthful: the brown marmorated stink bug.

Researchers say the population really seems to have taken off this year. With the approach of winter, these stink bugs are leaving the fields and may just crawl into your home.

"A little bit like sweaty socks"

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6:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

New Report: Puget Sound Still In 'Critical Condition' But Don't Unplug Life Support Yet

Orcas surface in the waters of Puget Sound against the backdrop of Seattle. Washington's urbanized inland sea remains plagued with pollution and other challenges -- including a declining resident orca population -- according to a new report.

SEATTLE -- The state agency that's leading the cleanup of Puget Sound has released its latest annual report on the health of Puget Sound.

Last year Puget Sound Partnership referred to the Sound as a patient in “critical condition.” This year things don’t look much better.

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6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

New ‘Vanishing Ice’ Exhibit Reveals A Changing Climate Through The Art of the Arctic

Orcas surface in the waters of Puget Sound against the backdrop of Seattle. Washington's urbanized inland sea remains plagued with pollution and other challenges -- including a declining resident orca population -- according to a new report.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The polar regions of the world have long been a source of awe and wonder.

But that inspiration often comes second hand. Most of us won’t see these places up close with our own eyes.

Instead we rely on photographers, filmmakers, painters and writers who journey to far flung frozen lands to capture their extreme nature and raw beauty.

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3:51 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

First 'Farm To School' Census

October is National Farm to School Month. This year, the USDA conducted the first 'Farm To School' Census.

As October winds down, so does this year’s National Farm To School Month. In 2010 Congress passed the resolution formally recognizing the annual celebration.

The USDA describes the ‘movement’ on their website:

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7:45 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Two Umatilla Wolf Pups Inadvertently Trapped

Wildlife biologists fitted a pair of young wolves from the Umatilla River pack with GPS collars after the animals were inadvertently trapped Oct. 26 in a forested area east of Weston.

The pups, born in April, were on private land when caught in separate foot-hold traps by a licensed trapper who intended to trap coyotes, according to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said the trapper followed regulations and immediately reported the situation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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7:20 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Inslee: Ellensburg Area Stream Restoration Good for Salmon and Farms

Governor Jay Inslee signs his name to some of the pipe that will put water back in Manastash Creek near Ellensburg, Wash.

A dried-out 3-mile-stretch of creek in central Washington will soon swell again with water. It’s part of a project near Ellensburg to pipe irrigation water from the Yakima River to keep water in the creek for salmon and steelhead.

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9:46 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Hundreds Attend First State Hearing On Vancouver Oil Terminal

Brooks Berndt, a pastor at the United Church of Christ in Vancouver, Wash., spoke at a rally protesting a controversial oil terminal proposal Tuesday.

A one-year time clock is ticking in the state permitting process for a controversial oil terminal proposed in Vancouver, Wash.

On Tuesday, the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council held its first scoping hearing for the Tesoro-Savage terminal at the Port of Vancouver. About 300 people stood in line to get into the hearing; most of them wore red shirts in protest.

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6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Another Fiery Tesla Makes Headlines

A Tesla Model S spotted in Portland with a license plate that reads, "GAS LOL." Tesla Motors has made headlines with two fiery car crashes which has dropped company shares.

Saw my first Tesla Model S in person last night. Its license plate boasted, ‘GAS LOL.’ Gas may be a funny concept to Tesla car owners, but they might not be laughing about some recent news. The electric vehicle company, like the shiny rock star it is, just can’t stay out of the limelight.

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4:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Oregon And Washington Governors Agree To New Controls On Carbon Emissions

Smoke stacks during a night scene in Tacoma, Wash. The governors of California, Washington and Oregon and the premier of British Columbia announced on Oct. 28, 2013 their plan to align strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The governors of Oregon and Washington agreed Monday to add new controls on carbon emissions as part of a West Coast strategy to address climate change.

Govs. John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington joined Gov. Jerry Brown of California and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark in announcing a shared set of goals for reducing carbon emissions in the region and responding to climate change.

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