Sustainable Life

Bringing native species back to where they once roamed

Rewilding activists from around the country to converge in Portland for national conference

Cascadia Times hosts coming out party

Longtime Northwest environmental magazine returning to its roots as print journal

E-scooter sequel returning to Portland streets this spring

Portland Bureau of Transportation says the test drive will last one year and will gather feedback.

Kate Brown's husband cleans up trash, sends bill to Trump

After trip to Mt. Hood Sno-Park, Dan Little sends bill for $28 to President Donald Trump

Mountain bikes at Lake Oswego park? Some residents say no

Lake Oswego Parks Board to tour Farr Property and discuss future of trails, bike park at meeting.

Clogged sewer line spills into Southwest Portland creek

The unnamed creek in Dickinson Park & Woods will be unsafe for 72 hours, says Environmental Services

State's solar trade group gets new leader

Angelea Crowley-Koch moves over from her post at Oregon Environmental Council.

State charts path to save energy for low-income residents

Ten-year plan aims to reduce carbon emissions via energy-efficiency measurs, and aid those facing 'energy affordability gap'


Bamboo Sushi brings its certified-sustainable seafood to a warm, modern space in downtown Lake Oswego

Mount Hood snowpack below normal for second straight year

Uptick later in season could help water supply, hydrologists remain optimistic

City laying groundwork for Clean Energy Fund

Officials working closely with initiative organizers who got the measure passed.

Restoration efforts continue at Sandy River Delta

Sandy River Watershed Council plans for impact of dogs, climate change at natural recreation area

Poop to Power won't include food scraps

City sewage plant loses money-making opportunity when Metro drops talks with Waste Management Inc.

Oregon off-road vehicle trail system derailed by lawsuit

Central Oregon LandWatch prevails in lawsuit against Ochoco National Forest-proposed trail system

Invasive pests may be lurking in your Christmas tree

Oregon Department of Forestry: Don't throw old trees in yards or forests where elongate hemlock scale could hatch

Finding a middle ground

Two sides of conflict collaborate on proposed riverrule changes in Wilsonville area

EARTHTALK: Toilet paper tubes

Dear EarthTalk: Does the Scott brand's 'tube-free' toilet paper really save much paper or is it just another form of…

A natural Portland presence

Nature Conservancy chapter turns new local headquarters into Conservation Center dedicated to stewardship

Trump signs law that culls sea lions to protect salmon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will apply for a new permit to kill California sea lions.

Don't forget the salmon this holiday season

Watershed council will take your Christmas tree and put it in the Willamette River for fish habitat.

1,000 gallons of sewage flow into Willamette River

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services warns public to avoid water near SW Macadam Avenue.

Several dozen Cully residents will get energy-efficient…

Verde and city Bureau of Planning and Sustainability score money to support a community energy plan for low-income residents…

Governor's proposed budget earmarks $7.5M for Willamette…

If Brown's budget is approved, it would be the most significant step to date in permanently re-opening the locks

There's jobs to be had in clean energy

Business groups promoting cap and trade bill cites more than 50,000 jobs in the sector in Oregon

Deal reached to protect Devil's Staircase, other Oregon…

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Portland, struck a deal with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, to protect wild areas and do forest thinning…

Heading to the coast? Whale Watching Week starts Dec. 27

Oregon Whale Watching Week is a yearly tradition, and volunteers can help you spot them at 24 sites.

Apple pledges $8.7M for Prineville water system

Water will be collected in the aquifer to meet data centers' thirsty demand for agua.

How much wiggle room will polluters get if Oregon taxes…

Political fight has turned to which industries should be sheltered from new state taxes and how much protection they really…

Baseball stadium at Terminal 2 could face battle because…

Build it (on industrial lands) and they might never come; business interests could oppose a possible zone change required to…

Some say the trail will end in ice

City of Tualatin gets an Ice Age trail desigation from National Parks Service

Columbia County OKs more oil shipments through port

Lease amendment with Global Partners drew scrutiny from residents and elected leaders over safety

Metro scraps deal for food waste

Rotting food would have been converted into biogas, and cash for the Portland sewer bureau

Forest Grove sees 'record' tree removal permits issued

A 1958 sweetgum tree on Hawthorne Street was the latest to fall. Permits are required in some, not all, cases.

Garbage up in Oregon but recycling and composting are too

Statewide waste recovery improved slightly in 2017, according to new report by the Department of Environmental Quality.

New license plate helps Smokey Bear prevent forest fires

The new 'Drive With Smokey' Oregon plate will coincide with Smokey Bear's 75th anniversary.

EARTHTALK: How green is coffee?

Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I'm wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I'm…

Free workshop reveals groundwater mysteries

The workshopruns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at McKinstry Co., 16790 N.E. Mason St.

WSU research points to new ways to produce resin

'This could result in robust pine tree genotypes that can compete with classical oil-based chemistry for the production of…

Cyber-open house gathers ideas for Coast Bike Route…

The Oregon Coast Bike Route is a popular route extending the length of the Oregon Coast. The public's ideas and comments…

Forest Service closes bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs

Bathhouse will be closed and rebuilt because of structural deterioration, vandalism

E-scooter supporters roll into City Hall rally (with cookies and…

Bird reminds city that it would like to bring its electric scooters back to Portland, but few riders bother to show up.

Combating climate change, comfortably

Tillamook Row is not just multifamily housing with free electricity - it's a way forward

Free 'first day' hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

State tells community members to 'go take a hike' for free on the first day of the new year.

Farm, environmental groups call for 'mega-dairy' moratorium

Coalition wants pause to cover any dairy with more than 2,500 cows, or dairies with at least 700 cows that do not provide the animals with seasonal…

EWind Solutions' latest FDA grant

Half mill could help electricity generating drone startup's lofty ambitions to take on Google.

EARTHTALK: Avoiding synthetics in our food

Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them?- -Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC

TriMet using hawks to stop poop from 10,000 crows

The regional transit agency spends $1.5 million a year cleaning up the transit mall in Portland.

State upholds approval of Grand Ronde fishing platform

Department of State Lands said concerns raised by the other tribes and PGE deserve consideration.

Winter could put state highways on a low-salt diet

ODOT, cities expect to use more salt this year if snow and ice become a big problem; study found use of salt did not attract wildlife to roadways.

Varoom! Commission revs up highway toll plan

Federal agency must sign off on proposal to toll traffic on sections of I-5 and I-205 through Portland

Sacked: Lake Oswego bans single-use plastic bags

Ordinance includes a 10-cent pass-through fee to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags

More wildfires, droughts and extreme weather in store for Oregon

Climate change is already impacting nearly every aspect of life in Oregon, from respiratory health to the state's agriculture and fisheries,…

Audit flags problems with Portland's environmental agency

The audit reports 36 percent of the city's green streets are outside the areas with the highest risk of sewer backups and overflows.

New Electric Avenue planned for Eastport Plaza

PGE plans to install up to six new Electric Avenues across the region to help boost electrified vehicle use.

Six hospitalized after possible 'toxic exposure' at Intel

Twice in the past week, first responders have been called to the company's Ronler Acres campus.

EARTHTALK: Leaf blowers

Dear EarthTalk: When will those gasoline-driven leaf blowers that gardeners use be outlawed? The noise and toxic fumes they emit can't be good for…

Oil company's request draws new concerns over oil spills

Citing concern from community and key stakeholders, Port of Columbia County says workshop needed

Volunteers restore river habitat near Damascus

Removal of ivy and other invasive species will open room next spring for a planting

Lily, beloved elephant, dies

Oregon Zoo officials believe the young elephant developed a fast-acting virus on Thursday and died Friday.

A monarch movement at Mary S. Young?

West Linn-area groups, residents and students team up to create pollinator garden near dog park

Extreme weather experienced here in 2015 will become routine,…

Federal study warns of failure to take action on climate change, and suggests communities plan to be more resilient.

ODFW OK'd to kill 93 sea lions a year at Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says California sea lions are eating too many salmonids.

Steel Bridge a 'chokepoint' for 40-minute ferry service

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants to fund Susan Bladholm's Frog Ferry boat to Vancouver, Washington.

EPA plans formal meeting with Willamette River polluters to…

Dec. 4 gathering in Portland comes nearly two years after EPA issued its $1 billion Portland Harbor cleanup plan, and nine months after it sent…

EARTHTALK: The future of plastics

Dear EarthTalk: Considering all the well-publicized problems with plastic in our oceans, do you think that plastic has any kind of future? - Lea…

More anhydrous ammonia, a 'colorless gas with pungent,…

A Midwest company will use the Rivergate Terminal to export the fertilizer component to Asian markets.

ODFW OK'd to kill 93 sea lions a year at Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says California sea lions are eating too many salmonids.

So long, e-scooters, but maybe not for long

Portland's pilot project with battery-powered scooters ends, but a second project may be in store for 2019.

Police investigate 20 birds found dead near Hillsboro

Oregon State Police are investigating after nearly two dozen birds were found dead in a field.

Mirror Lake Trailhead opens in new home

Mount Hood area residents, officials celebrate relocation, reopening of popular hiking spot

Study: NW forests will weather climate change better than others…

Doug firs in Western Oregon and Washington are less vulnerable to fire and drought for next three decades, until conditions worsen.

Lack of ferry means trouble in river city, backers say

Oregon Transportation Commissioners hear first report on Frog Ferry concept on Friday, Nov. 16.

Happy America Recycles Day, Oregon - but you're failing to meet…

Recycling rate has been down in all parts of the state in recent years, though, surprisingly, it may have gone up a bit in 2017

Portland votes to restrict use of plastic straws, stirrers

City Council is poised to adopt a 'by request' policy for restaurants, bars - even schools and hospitals - before patrons can get a plastic straw…

Can a river ferry relieve traffic? Proposal hopes for green light

Ambitious plan to move hundreds between Vancouver and Portland encouraged by local and state leaders

ODFW: Someone may be feeding coyotes that attacked 2 kids

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife not planning on tracking or trapping beasts in SW Portland.

National Parks backing Willamette Falls as National Heritage Area

Next step is to write legislation that will be introduced to U.S. Congress in 2019

Polar bears, chimpanzees and rhinos: Your time has come

Ten years after voters approved a $125-million construction bond, the Oregon Zoo has entered a final round of projects.

E-scooter company fined for pilot program rules violations

City says Skip didn't put enough scooters in East Portland during local test run

Energy Trust seeks partners to devise innovative solar programs…

The nonprofit is offering grants to community groups and those working in affordable housing

Waste Management retains landfill contract for Portland garbage

Metro will ink renewed contracts to haul much of region's garbage, by truck, to Eastern Oregon landfill.

Two Oregon companies fined for mishandling hazardous waste

Department of Environmental Quality issues about $120,000 in combined penalties to Patheon Development Services and Univar USA

Tracking down beaver dams

The Wetlands Conservancy, a statewide group based in Tualatin, pinpoints them on its preserves, to help monitor where they help water quality and…

EARTHTALK: Fall colors

New England's beautiful fall foliage may shift north of the Canadian border due to climate change.

City Council considers plastic straw ban on Wednesday

Portland may need to 'stop sucking' if a proposal to limit use of plastic straws is passed.

EcoTip: Hot water

How to cut your carbon emissions and reduce your water-heating bill, from the Center for Earth Leadership

Caring for our river

Molalla River Watch has had a busy spring and summer as it looks to new projects in the future

Cheers erupt as results show clean energy fund tax passing by…

Portland will have a Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund through a 1 percent retail gross receipts tax on large corporations.

Paper instead of plastic

Portland lab owned by Swedish company BillerudKorsnÍs creates paper replacements for plastic packaging

EARTHTALK:Floating plastic islands

Dear EarthTalk: What are we doing about getting rid of all the plastic floating in the ocean and forming giant gyres far from land?- Jake Johnson,…

Four governors join Brown's call to retain federal air and water…

Five legislatures would have to approve adopting federal standards pre-Trump into their respective state laws. 

Pioneers in sustainability take a bow

Jeanne and Dick Roy retire as leaders of earth-friendly living; they have led or helped lead local organizations and initiatives for the past 25 years

Portland developer building affordable homes from recycled…

Prototype model of shipping container house shows what will soon be for sale in St. Helens

EARTHTALK: Is hand sanitizer counterproductive?

Dear EarthTalk: A friend recently told me that when her family stopped using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes all the time, they stopped…

Land protection program purchases Corbett property

The district purchased the blueberry, raspberry and blackberry farm on Sept. 20. The land is along approximately 100-feet of an unnamed tributary to…

Researchers say NW dodged trouble from algae on quake debris

International study led by OSU found dozens of new algal species threatened to take root after riding ocean from Japan to Oregon and Washington.

Armentrout takes new job as BPA's VP of Enviroment, Fish and…

New exec comes to BPA from the U.S. Forest Service in Montrose, Colorado, where he's served as a forest supervisor.

Federal grants boost local sustainable projects

Companies in Marion County, Portland and across the region use the USDA money to boost or expand their businesses.

Zoo butterfly lab busy with 'egg-citing' season

When the weather grows warmer, the zoo and its conservation partners release butterfly pupae along the Oregon Coast.

Forest service seeks public input on rivers plan

Community asked to help define values of nine scenic streams in Mt. Hood National Forest


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