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Tigard Begins Fanno Creek Restoration 
Making things better for development usually means making them worse for nature. Problem is, those doing the development usually expect nature to keep providing its services, no matter how they subvert it resources. A case in point is Fanno Creek in Tigard. Now the city and the agency which straightened the creek’s channel, Clean Water Services, nee Unified Sewerage Agency of Washington County, are working to restore the waterway’s meandering nature. The Oregonian reports: http://www.oregonlive.com/tigard/index.ssf/2015/10/tigard_begins_effort_to_restor.html#incart_river

Oregon Asbestos Rules Under Scrutiny 
If you recall from last month, the Oregonian made a project of getting to the bottom of Oregon’s lax asbestos handling laws. The issue is developing some interest and responses, and the Oregonian has an update, if you’d like to stay informed: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/10/oregon_examines_tougher_asbest.html#incart_river

Jordan Cove LNG Project Gets FERC Approval 
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has cleared the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal project on environmental grounds. Final agency approval for the controversial project is pending, but FERC tends to like energy projects. The Oregonian has the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/09/jordan_cove_lng_terminal_gets.html#incart_river

Ocean Plastic at Crisis Levels 
Even Fortune Magazine finds the situation appalling: http://fortune.com/2015/10/01/ocean-plastic-pollution/

Runaway Coral Bleaching
NOAA has issued a statement to the effect that massive portions of the world’s coral reefs are under threat of bleaching and wasting. The BBC provides coverage: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34473371

Sunscreen Ingredient Toxic to Coral 
On the heels of NOAA’s announcement, international research teams have come to the conclusion that an ingredient in sunscreen is adversely affecting coral in areas like Hawaii and the Caribbean. Reuters has details: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/20/us-usa-coral-sunscreen-idUSKCN0SE2VE20151020

Plankton Poo Provides Carbon Capture 
Defining and quantifying environmental carbon capture mechanisms has been an elusive goal for climate scientists. Now, researchers are honing in on the details regarding one of the biggest carbon-sinks on the planet: yes, plankton poo. Reuters reports: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/us-planktonpoo-climate-idUSKCN0SK1NJ20151026