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Video: Giant Great White Shark Frolics With Divers

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"What some don't realize is that sometimes sharks seek touch," Ocean Ramsey said after the unforgettable encounter in Oahu. She and her team swam beside a 20-foot-long shark they say is Deep Blue.

Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate

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Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets.

Federal Plan Could Reclassify Hanford Nuclear Waste — And Leave it in the Ground

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A new proposal from the Trump administration could dramatically change the way the government cleans up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

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Scientists Puzzled By High Cancer Rate Among West Coast Sea Lions

For almost 30 years, scientists have struggled to understand why so many sea lions get cancer. If they can, they also might answer some of the biggest questions about why humans do, too.

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A New Tactic In The War Against Plastic Waste

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic wash into the oceans. The biggest sources are in Asia. In the Philippines, one man is going head-to-head with multinational corporations to stop the plastic tide.

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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

She discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When the golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.

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Hundreds Of Jellyfish Wash Up On Oregon's North Coast

Moon jellyfish as far as the eye could see washed up on Cannon Beach earlier this week.

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Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, California

A federal grant for basic infrastructure projects is stalled. There is concern that, if fire survivors don't see evidence that recovery has begun, they could give up hope and leave the region.

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Could Zoning Change Shield Bend From Wildfire?

The idea is to put a fire-resistant buffer between one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities and the pine forest routinely burning around it.

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Republicans Praise, Democrats Grill Andrew Wheeler In EPA Chief Confirmation Hearing

Wheeler has been serving as acting EPA administrator since Scott Pruitt stepped down amid ethics scandals in July. Prior to his work at the EPA, Wheeler worked as a lobbyist for the coal industry.

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Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon

Fish traps were banned on the Columbia River more than 80 year ago, but some say it’s time to bring them back as a way for fishermen to catch more hatchery salmon while protecting wild fish.

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Federal Hanford Cleanup Watchdog Put To Sleep By Government Shutdown

There are several agencies and a group of stakeholders who watch over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But the ongoing partial government shutdown is blocking some of that important oversight.

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Shutdown Cancels Federal Wildfire Training In Oregon, Washington

From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest.

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Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Umatilla's Owl Man Is Bringing Burrowing Owls Back From The Brink

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A decommissioned chemical weapons depot and a lone biologist might be the last hope for a population of burrowing owls.

Could Zoning Change Shield Bend From Wildfire?

OPB

The idea is to put a fire-resistant buffer between one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities and the pine forest routinely burning around it.

Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon

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Fish traps were banned on the Columbia River more than 80 year ago, but some say it’s time to bring them back as a way for fishermen to catch more hatchery salmon while protecting wild fish.


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