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Shell to Abandon Arctic Drilling 
Disappointing results, and not massive protests, appear behind Shell Oil’s intent to abandon plans for oil extraction in the arctic. Al Jazeera America expands: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/9/28/shell-says-it-will-cease-alaska-arctic-drilling.html

How Oregon Asbestos Rules Got Watered-Down 
The Oregonian details how the construction industry pressured the State of Oregon to ease rules intended to contain asbestos contamination, to the detriment of many Oregonians’ lungs: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/09/construction_industry_persuade.html#incart_river

Diesel a Problem Beyond Just Cheating Manufacturers 
While the Volkswagen Group’s pollution test cheating has been big in the news, a less publicized hazard has come to light: the long-chain hydrocarbons emitted by diesel engines. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34347873

Bats a Key to Battling Pests Without Pesticides 
The world’s embattled bats are facing a range of threats. Hazards from deadly fungi to habitat loss to wind turbines have caused bat populations to plummet. At the same time, researchers are beginning to realize that bats provide indispensable pest-control services to farmers and the general populace. The BBC draws from several sources to report on the situation: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34246501
As the Smithsonian details, some researchers are attempting to put a dollar value on the benefits of bats, with hopes of sparking conservation efforts: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-reduce-pesticide-use-save-bats-180956720/

Oregon Suffering Ongoing Deforestation 
While logging has long been reduced from the clearly unsustainable levels of the 1980s, Oregon is still being deforested at a disturbing rate. The Oregonian has the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/09/oregon_lost_500000_acres_of_fo.html#incart_most_shared-environment

Eucalyptus May Spell Hope for Bees 
The Times of Israel has a rather optimistic article on the benefits to bees of eucalyptus trees. The article suggests the trees might be helpful in the U.S. Well, maybe, but the eucalyptus is non-native and the bees studied are European honey bees, also non-native, here. Still, it is an interesting possibility: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-adopted-eucalyptus-trees-are-the-bees-knees/

7th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up 10/3 
Kate Ross at the Willamette Riverkeeper writes to tell us that the river clean up is scheduled for this Saturday. In Salem, they plan to launch from Wallace and focus on cleaning around Minto-Brown Park and Mill Creek. Local paddler Andrew Hansen is leading the effort and you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salem-wallace-marine-park-byob-on-water-tickets-18544766897

Mason Bee Workshop 
Long-time member Stephanie Hazen wrote to inform us of a workshop for better understanding and helping one of our native bees, the mason bee, (not Masonic-Temple-member bees). Included will be a slide show on mason bees and their development, display of mason bee habitat, and demonstration of how to clean mite-infested bee cocoons. The event is free, and will be held at the Fresh Start Community Room at 3020 Center Street N.E. from 9 a.m. to noon. It is asked that you pre-register, either at the Marion County Extension Office, or by calling 503.588.5301 

Seabirds At High Risk from Plastic Waste 
Plastic waste, from large floating chunks to almost microscopic bits on the seafloor, are fouling oceans at a prodigious rate. The BBC explores the devastating effect this is having on seabirds: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34108017

Oregon Researchers Use Kitchen Tech to Save Sagebrush Steppe 
Here in Oregon, at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, scientists are fighting to save the Great Basin’s sagebrush steppe. Their tools? Pasta machines, doughnut makers, and the like. The Oregonian covers the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/08/how_a_donut_maker_pasta_machin.html#incart_most_shared-environment

Trash: A Bigger Problem Than the EPA Thought 
A recent study calls into question the methods used by the EPA to estimate the trash going into landfills. The researchers report that much more methane-producing waste is ending up in such places. Ars Technica has the details: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/09/us-puts-more-trash-in-landfills-than-the-epa-knew-about/

Exxon Knew About, Covered-up Climate Change 
As early as 1977, Exxon scientists were advising the company that greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels were threatening the planet’s climate. Frontline reports: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/environment/investigation-finds-exxon-ignored-its-own-early-climate-change-warnings/

Cypress Hope for Wildfire Containment 
Ongoing drought has made the Western U. S. a tinderbox in recent summers. Research from Europe may hold some hope for helping contain the ravaging blazes that have become commonplace. The BBC has more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34116491

Lake Powell in Photographs 
Reuters provides stunning images which bring home the effects of drought on Utah’s Lake Powell: http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/earthprints-lake-powell