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Willamette Among Most Endangered Rivers 
Our biggest local river has, once again, made American Rivers’ list of the country’s 10 most endangered rivers. The Oregonian breaks down what that means: https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2019/04/as-fish-species-dwindle-willamette-named-one-of-the-most-endangered-rivers-in-the-country.html

Crude Oil Trains Increasing in Portland 
Over the years, crude oil train accidents have destroyed habitats, leveled communities, and killed people. At the same time, operators in the industry have been negligent in preparing for accidents. It comes as unsettling news then, to regulators as well as the public, that such trains have only become more common in Portland. The Oregonian lays out the situation: https://expo.oregonlive.com/news/g66l-2019/04/877e9ecf591571/crude-oil-trains-increasingly-travel-through-portland-alarming-regulators.html

The Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime Shipping 
When comparing the environmental costs of getting products to the consumer, the devil is in the details. Any way you slice it, modern transportation is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas production. Of course, transportation is involved whether the product comes on a delivery truck to your home, or you have to drive to the store to get it. BuzzFeed strives to untangle the facts and get some actionable answers: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/environmental-impact-of-amazon-prime

Dry Summers and Protecting Your Home From Fires 
The forested beauty of the Pacific Northwest is legendary. With the drier, hotter summers climate change promises, those woodlands, and our neighborhoods, are becoming ever-increasing fire hazards. With the help of experts, the Oregonian has compiled a list of precautions homeowners should undertake to minimize their exposure: https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2019/04/with-dry-oregon-summer-expected-nows-the-time-to-protect-your-home-from-fires.html

Climate Change: And the Rich Get Richer 
Of course, the real motivation behind climate science denial has been obvious since the beginning – monied interests putting the preservation of their cash cows first. Now the Smithsonian gives a more complete picture of what that looks like: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-has-worsened-income-inequality-over-last-50-years-180972021/