Growing “Dead Zone” Off Oregon Coast Worries Scientists and Fisherman Alike

Growing “Dead Zone” Off Oregon Coast Worries Scientists and Fisherman Alike

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A growing hypoxic “dead zone” off the coast of Oregon has environmentalists and experts worried about the future of marine life in the region. Low-oxygen levels in a 7,700-square-mile stretch of the ocean are now suffocating sea life, leaving a trail of death along the ocean floor. Experts say that growing dead zones are a […]

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Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

Bootleg Fire Sparks Fire Tornadoes, Sends Smoke Clouds to East Coast

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]

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Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

Pacific Northwest Heatwave Threatens Infrastructure, Lives

In case you're wondering why we're canceling service for the day, here's what the heat is doing to our power cables. pic.twitter.com/EqbKUgCJ3K — Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) June 27, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest took a hit from the record-breaking heatwave sweeping the region. Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a […]

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Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

Oregon Tribes Push for Beaver Protections to Save Wetlands

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After centuries of overhunting, beavers may receive new protections in the Beaver State. Two bills have been introduced to the Oregon Legislative Assembly that would ban the killing of beavers on federally managed public land and exclude beavers from being classified as predatory animals.  Experts hope that protected beaver populations will improve the health of their entire […]

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Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Building Fire-Resistant Green Space

Earlier this fall, when the Almeda Fire tore through southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Greenway became a tunnel of flames. As Next City reports, restored native ecosystems “burned at a much lower intensity, making [the fire] less destructive, less dangerous to fight, and slower to spread into adjacent neighborhoods.” 

Why This Matters: Because of climate change, fires are becoming bigger and more intense, as this year devastatingly showed.

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The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

The Case Against Indiscriminate Forest Clearing in the PNW

After a devastating wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service proposed a plan to remove existing restrictions on cutting down large trees on public lands east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington. However, recently published research suggests that cutting down these big trees will greatly decrease the amount of carbon stored […]

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