Environment

Environment

Attention: the public octopus sex act has been cancelled

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means one thing: It’s time to show a little love for one of our most enigmatic local creatures from the…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

Should Washington get tougher on oil shipping?

Citing increasing use of what they call risky practices when boats haul oil across Puget Sound, environmentalists are making a bid for a new law…

Developers target state agency behind climate change fight

Washington’s plan to fight climate change relies heavily on a little-known state agency with a handful of employees that is under attack in the 2016…

Greens on the defensive as legislative session gets underway

OLYMPIA – Stung by the defeat last year of their efforts to pass legislation to fight climate change, environmentalists this year are back on their…

Climate scientists take their message to the slopes

Spirits were high at Mount Baker Ski Area last Saturday as skiers and snowboarders trickled in to the resort’s White Salmon Lodge after a day…

With coal on the wane, Longview may turn to oil exports

Monday’s announcement of yet another bankruptcy in the coal business elicited cheers from climate activists seeking to halt coal export terminals along the Washington coast.…

In 2015, region’s orcas pulled back from the brink – but will it last?

As we begin 2016, the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) is happy to report that the "State of the Pods" – our region’s endangered Southern…

Best of 2015: Devilish dealing in Washington’s wilderness expansion

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Best of 2015: In drought, conflict emerges between fish and man

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?

This story originally appeared in High Country News. By now you may have seen November’s big biotech news: The Food and Drug Administration has approved…

“Environmental company” racks up biggest pollution fines of the year

The first image on the website for Emerald Services is a stream fringed by grass and trees. The Tacoma-based recycler of used oils, solvents, and other toxic…

The Northwest’s coming clashes over fossil fuel exports

Big Energy’s rush to the Pacific will hit some serious roadblocks next month, kicking off a year that will be full of big-time politics over…

Overrated and important: Key questions of climate conference COP21

Can something be simultaneously overrated and imperative to our future? This is the question as global leaders converge on Paris for COP21, a United Nations…

Cantwell measure allows more irrigation in return for fish, land protections

Getting U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's bill through committee was definitely a milestone — but whether it marked progress forward toward a more rational and cooperative…

5 ways climate change will impact our health

When it comes to climate change, scientific models suggest that the Pacific Northwest will get off relatively easy. Some have even suggested that the region…

To save the orcas, do we need to demolish dams?

The show is over -- at least it’s almost over. SeaWorld has announced that next year, it will phase out its killer whale performances in…

Kids in court: The climate’s best hope?

When the Declaration of Independence was forged by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness were enshrined as “unalienable.” If…

Fecal matter pollution in public water: The case of Snydar Farm

The Snydar Farm had a real problem with “raw manure," that mix of feces and urine produced by livestock. Namely, the farm’s cows were creating a…

Ballot initiative puts “extinction economy” in the crosshairs

The macabre side of this story is straight out of a Stephen King novel: Poachers slaughter endangered wildlife, often hacking off tusks, horns or skin…

In the face of timber development, one more chance to save a remarkable seabird

The seabird at the center of the state's 21st century timber wars manages an astonishing feat during breeding season. The marbled murrelet, its plumage a…

What will it take to clean up a poisoned river?

This is the second of a two-part series about color, chemistry, and how global commerce and weak federal regulations have led to the poisoning of…

Dangerous colors and the poisoning of the Spokane River

In March, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology to set limits on the…

Can we really ‘restore’ the Duwamish, Seattle’s industrial river?

An osprey glides above the river, while down on the water, a crane lifts piles of scrap metal from a barge, a conveyor takes gypsum…

Attention: the public octopus sex act has been cancelled

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means one thing: It’s time to show a little love for one of our most enigmatic local creatures from the…