Ashley Ahearn

Oil Train Concerns in the Pacific Northwest

Plans are underway to build several port terminals in the Pacific Northwest that would transfer North Dakota oil from trains onto ships bound for West Coast refineries, but the recent oil train disaster in Quebec may put the brakes on the proposed projects.

Another Coal Port Bites The Dust

Developers are trying to build port facilities in the Pacific Northwest to ship Powder Ridge Basin coal to Asia, but half of the proposed projects have been canceled. Most recently, Kinder Morgan dumped its plans to build a facility at the Port of St. Helen’s on the Columbia River in Oregon.

Voices of Coal

In order to market coal to Asia, the western US coal industry wants to build export facilities in Oregon and Washington. The planned ports have divided local communities. EarthFix, a public radio collaborative based out of Washington State, has been following the debate with their project, Voices of Coal.

Road Salt Report

Every year the nation uses more than 20 million tons of salt to clear snow and ice from winter roads. While it may make the roads safer, scientists say salt may have the opposite effect on drinking water and wildlife. Living on Earth’s Ashley Ahearn reports.

A Look Back at the Birth of the Clean Water Act

When rivers were on fire and fish were washing up dead by the thousands Americans came together to demand "swimmable" "fishable" waterways for all. 1972 marks the creation of the Act that changed the way water pollution is managed in America.

Skin Color and Vitamin D

Dark-skinned African Americans are twice as likely to be vitamin-D deficient as white Americans, and that may have major health repercussions.

Wave Glider

A new robotic vehicle hits the waves to gather data that could unlock some important secrets of the ocean.

The Joshua Tree At Risk

Air pollution from the L.A. basin is getting into the soil in Joshua Tree National Park, changing the ecosystem from the ground up - with some fiery results.

Turning Toward the Sun

An increasing number of homeowners are finding that solar heating makes economic sense, if they can afford the installation costs.

Lead and Violent Crime

New research shows that even at low levels, lead exposure in early development affects areas of the brain responsible for rational thought, and could play a part in violent criminal behavior. In a prospective study conducted over the past three decades,

Wave Glider

A new robotic vehicle hits the waves to gather data that could unlock some important secrets of the ocean.