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New report: Microplastics found in 100 percent of tested Oregon waterways, including Crater Lake

At 30 waterways tested across Oregon, microplastic contamination was found in every spot -- from the rivers that flow through our biggest urban centers to the state’s most remote and treasured waterways like Crater Lake.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Microplastics in Oregon

To better understand the scope of the microplastic problem in Oregon, Environment Oregon sampled 30 of Oregon’s most iconic rivers, lakes, and urban waterways. Here's our report with the findings.

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News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

New report: Oregon solar grew by 2,736% over past decade

Oregon ranks 19th in the nation for growth in solar power generation since 2011 according to a new report released today by Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021 documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps. 

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New report: Trouble in the Air: Oregon experienced elevated levels of polluted air in 2020

According to a new report from Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and OSPIRG Foundation, the Portland metro area suffered through 55 days of elevated air pollution in 2020. Eugene experienced 73, and Klamath Falls and Harney County both saw over 100.  Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

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