As the world tries to move away from fossil fuels and as more and more millions of people own smartphones or drive hybrid vehicles, the demand for battery power is soaring. So is the demand for lithium, the fundamental element in modern battery technology.
The Yurok Tribe has lived along the Klamath River in Northern California for thousands of years, relying on the annual salmon run for food and revenue. But dams on the Klamath have created conditions for a deadly aquatic parasite that threatens to wipe out the vital Chinook salmon run.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, toxic air pollutants produced by combustion, are linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. Recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.
This week, Oregon voters will decide Measure 100, which would ban the buying and selling of various illegal animal products. There is widespread support for the measure, but concern that a lack of funding means it promises more than it could deliver.
Wildlife trafficking is a global problem and the US is not immune. In the Pacific Northwest, a small law enforcement and judicial team polices Washington and Oregon for wildlife infractions, but limited resources, budget woes and loose laws allow poachers to evade penalties.
Oregon's Woodburn High School is something of an anomaly in the state; it's more than 75 percent Latino in a state that's over 75 percent white. And now teachers and administrators are learning that getting students to graduate is only part of the equation they need to solve.
In Portland, Oregon, the Somali community is more mixed than in many other cities in the US. Careful not to leave one part of the culture out, the city now offers a program featuring two Somali languages.
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