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Podcast: A Nickel-Mining Invasive Plant, Ports’ Decreasing Air Pollution, And More

Nov. 2, 2012 | EarthFix
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  • Suzanne Vautier pulls an alyssum plant growing on the banks of the Ilinois River. The species escaped the fields where it was planted. Starting in 2002, a company planted this variety of alyssum as part of a nickel mining venture. credit: Amelia Templeton
Suzanne Vautier pulls an alyssum plant growing on the banks of the Ilinois River. The species escaped the fields where it was planted. Starting in 2002, a company planted this variety of alyssum as part of a nickel mining venture. | credit: Amelia Templeton | rollover image for more

Scientists introduced a harmful invasive wildflower to sensitive Oregon habitat in a mining experiment. This week on the podcast, host Ashley Ahearn turns to EarthFix’s Amelia Templeton for a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting on the invasive yellow tuft allysum plant and an effort to get rid of it.

We’ve also got stories about decreasing air emissions at Northwest ports, climate change and salmon, hunting rights on the ballot in Idaho and more environmental news from around the Pacific Northwest.



Podcast Extras

Listen to Aaron Kunz’s conversation with Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter about House Joint Resolution 2 which proposes adding hunting, fishing and trapping to a list of rights preserved in Idaho’s Constitution.

Ashley Ahearn’s story How Northwest Ports Are Curbing Their Emissions includes additional graphics and links to recent studies.

See photos from Amelia Templeton’s story on Port Orford, Ore., where the Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future.

Amelia also produced a piece about the invasive Yellow Tuft Alyssum in Oregon’s Illinois Valley for Oregon Field Guide (video below) and a web feature which includes additional graphics and documents.



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