After Western Wildfires, Residents Return To Rubble

August 18, 2015
Dean and Betty Elliott look over the remains of their charred house. The Canyon Creek Fire destroyed their home of 53 years. (Amanda Peacher/OPB)

Around 30 wildfires are burning in Oregon and Washington, which means suppression resources are stretched thin across the region.

A Big Week In Energy For The Obama Administration

August 18, 2015
On May 6, 2015, two ships sit moored at Seattle's Terminal 5, including the Shell support vessel Aiviq, where Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The Obama administration is granting victories to both environmentalists and oil and gas companies this week.

Mosquitoes Now A Year-Round Problem In Southern California

August 17, 2015
California is seeing an increasing variety in its mosquito population. Invasive Aedes aegypti, pictured above, and Aedes albopictus mosquitos may have arrived through global trade or travel. (sanofi-pasteur/ Flickr)

Is there a connection between climate change and increasing mosquito populations? A public radio project is trying to find out.

‘Bert The Tree’ Headed For The Chipper

August 14, 2015
Students gather under "Bert" in support of keeping the bluff oak on the University of Florida campus. (Facebook)

The tree has become the focus of a debate over plans to build a new engineering building at the University of Florida.

Mine Spill Price Tag Rises, Raises New Concern About Colorado’s Abandoned Mines

August 13, 2015
A sign is posted near the Animas River on Aug. 11 in Durango, Colorado. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King mine into the Animas last week. (Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)

Among those currently feeling the punch are rafting companies and Navajo farmers.

Caribbean Tourism Officials Scramble To Cope With Unwanted Visitor

August 12, 2015
Piles of sargassum, a seaweed found in the Caribbean, are accumulating and rotting on beaches in the region, creating a smell that turns off tourists. (Henrique Pinto/Flickr)

Seaweed has piled up 10 feet high on beaches, attracts sand fleas and smells rotten.

Phoenix Hopes To Become Hub Of Waste Innovation

August 11, 2015
Phoenix's future waste innovation hub will be located near its recycling facility. (City of Phoenix)

City leaders aim to reduce trash fated to landfills by 40 percent over the next five years.

Turns Out Bees Are Like Us: Eating Poorly, Not Sleeping Well And Overworked

August 11, 2015
Honeybees face stresses that are weakening the population. (unstoppabledrew/Flickr)

Honeybees face stresses as they’re carted across the country and exposed to chemicals and pesticides.

The Buzz About The ‘Other’ Bees

August 11, 2015
Maryann Frazier, a researcher at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, checks on one of her experimental honeybee hives. Frazier is testing the effects of pesticides on honeybee colonies.(Lou Blouin)

U.S. honeybee populations are in a major decline, and researchers are looking to other bee species to help restore balance in colonies.

Why Put A Grizzly Bear To Death?

August 11, 2015
A grizzly sow and yearling walk near Daisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park. (yellowstonenps/Flickr)

A grizzly bear could be euthanized after a hiker was found dead in Yellowstone National Park.

EPA Mine Spill Spreads Along Southwestern Waterway

August 10, 2015
Colorado's Animas River, pictured here, is near unrecognizable now as its waters have turned yellow as a result of an accidental mine spill over the weekend, also impacting New Mexico's San Juan River. (scott1346/Flickr)

An EPA-supervised cleanup crew inadvertently leaked 3 million gallons of orange-colored toxic wastewater.

‘The Blob’ Takes Over The West Coast

August 7, 2015
Charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show three-month precipitation (left) and temperature (right) outlooks, and the effects of "The Blob" on the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. (NOAA)

Named for its abnormal shape and expansion pattern, “the blob” is a patch of unusually warm water spreading across the Pacific.

Wood Poaching Case Targets Vendor Of Top Guitar Maker

August 6, 2015
Former maple merchant Troy Dana holds a quilted maple-topped electric guitar he built himself. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

One of the most prominent guitar manufacturers in the country may have unknowingly purchased poached wood.

The Giant Catfish Of Virginia

August 5, 2015
A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist holds up one of several 30-pound Blue Catfish netted in a matter of minutes in the middle of the Potomac. The species was introduced decades ago for sport, but is now considered an invasive species. (Jonathan Wilson/WAMU)

Blue catfish were introduced to local waterways decades ago for sport, but are now considered an invasive species.

Hunter Defends Big Game Hunting

August 5, 2015
Cecil the lion is pictured in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in 2010. (Daughter#3/Flickr)

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist sparked global outrage. Today, we get a hunter’s perspective.

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