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How much coal dust escapes from trains and how could it affect human health? EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn takes a look in part one of our two-part series on coal dust. More at EarthFix.

EarthFix Photo Contest October 2012 - Outside This Summer in the PNW

As Fall descends upon us, we want to prolong the summer! Share shots of your outdoor summer adventures around the Pacific Northwest. This time, we’ll select two winners, one for each of these themes:

Northwest Vistas
Goofing Off in Nature

Winners get local chocolate and their winning photo on the cover of the EarthFix FB and G+ pages! Check out the rules below.

To inspire you, above are some fun samples from our Team. 


  1. Please post your own photos!
  2. Eligible photos were taken in the Pacific Northwest sometime this past summer.
  3. Post up to 3 photos.
  4. Include your name, location of photo and a brief caption or description.
  5. Deadline to submit Wednesday, October 10, 5pm Pacific.
  6. Winner will be announced Friday, October 12.

How to submit:

(via earthfixpix)

Reporter Ashley Ahearn gives OPB’s Think Out Loud the lowdown on proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest.

A raptor at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Aaron Kunz.

Been hearing about the ghost ship floating around western water, the first sign of debris from the Japanese tsunami?

This is an audio slideshow from Ashley Ahearn about problems with derelict vessels.

In the past few weeks, EarthFix has begun a regional project to document — using photos, video, mapping and audio –- what exporting American coal to China could mean for the people in the Northwest. The most exciting part of this project, for me, is getting in my car and following train tracks around Washington. First stop: Hoquiam, WA - one of the proposed sites for an export terminal along Washington’s coast. -Ashley Ahearn

Cassandra Profita interviews with Darren Epps, editor of Platts U.S. Coal newsletter, about proposed coal export terminals on the U.S. West Coast.

Last chance to submit to our “Signs of Spring in the Northwest contest! Here’s a submission from reader Michael Barton.

Submit photos on our EarthFix Pix tumblog or via

- Facebook
- Flickr group EarthFix Community and tagged “NWSpring”
- Twitter @EarthFixMedia
- Email

Include your name, location of photo and caption and please submit no more than 3 photos. Send us your spring photos by 4/2.


Finding a ladybug at Vanport Wetlands. By Michael Barton