Keely Chalmers, KGW News

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KGW News

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Keely:

Ridwell recycling service ordered to stop operating in unincorporated Washington, Clackamas Counties

The company picks up hard-to-recycle items for members around Portland. Local trash haulers argue it is skirting regulations their companies have to follow. → Read More

Climate change causing not only more landslides, but bigger and deadlier ones

"We're seeing an increase in the number of landslides and the sizes and the people killed," said Scott Burns, a professor of geology at Portland State University. → Read More

2021 was Portland's second-hottest year on record

In June, Portland broke its all-time record high temperature three days in a row, reaching 116 degrees. → Read More

'There's nothing here': Oregon's southernmost glacier has completely melted

There are about 200 glaciers in Oregon. According to Andrew Fountain, a glacier expert at PSU, they're all about a quarter smaller than they were in the 1980s. → Read More

Air quality expert says ditch cloth for N-95 masks

KGW asked Dr. Richard Corsi, an expert on indoor air quality, about the best ways to protect one another. Corsi recommended people ditch cloth masks. → Read More

Colorado winter wildfire a sign of what's to come as our climate warms, expert says

A winter wildfire is a rare event, but weather experts say as the climate warms and droughts become more common, they won't be all that rare in the future. → Read More

It has been one year since the first COVID vaccine was administered in Oregon

It has been one year since COVID-19 vaccines first became available in Oregon. Health officials are still urging people to get vaccinated and boosted. → Read More

Reducing logging can help curb climate change, Oregon researchers say

Oregon State University researchers published a study this week showing that preserving forests can protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change. → Read More

Conservation group sues U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for polluting river, killing salmon

Conservation group Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit last week. It claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dumping hot water and toxic oils into the river. → Read More

Microplastics found in Oregon's pristine waterways

New research shows fleece clothing might be breaking down into tiny microplastics in the laundry, which end up in the region's waterways. → Read More

OSU researchers' latest climate maps show hotter, drier summers in the PNW

Climatologists create climate maps every 10 years to show the normals of the climate across the country and experts say everywhere is heating up. → Read More

What will the Oregon coast look like in the future? King tides provide a glimpse

The extremely high tides happen every year. Scientists hope volunteers will help document them to help prepare for the future. → Read More

Researchers are studying the unprecedented die-offs and surges in Oregon's ocean life

Some important species off Oregon's coast have been dying off at an alarming rate. → Read More

Washington company makes paper out of straw

Columbia Pulp, a first-of-its kind company in the Pacific Northwest, is back in business taking what would be agricultural waste and turning it into paper products. → Read More

Study: Cascades to have low to no snowpack in 50 years

A new study led by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory suggests there might not be enough snow to ski on Mt. Hood in the coming decades. → Read More

OSU researchers develop innovative ways to protect wine grapes from wildfire smoke

Scientists agree wildfires will be bigger and happen more often due to climate change. → Read More

Oregon winery owned by Francis Ford Coppola damaged in fire

No one was injured in the fire and the cause is under investigation. → Read More

Bigger storms, fires due to changing climate will lead to more debris flows and slides

The bomb cyclone did some major damage in Northern California in areas burned by wildfires. And it gave us a glimpse what we're in store for as our climate changes. → Read More

Bad reputation has large conventions skipping Portland, tourism report says

A Travel Portland report said large conventions are choosing other cities because of Portland's poor reputation. → Read More

UO researcher to study trickle-down effect of melting Greenland glaciers

Climate change is making Greenland's glaciers melt faster. Researchers at the University of Oregon were recently awarded a $3 million grant to study the impacts. → Read More