Environment

Environment

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Seattle quake: Waiting on big one

The earthquake in Nepal is a jolting reminder of our own vulnerabilities. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the 6.5 earthquake that rocked Seattle at 8:29…

Shapeshifter Seattle: You call this eco-friendly?

It’s a gorgeous spring day and riding the ferry Puyallup from Bainbridge to Seattle is a bit like being trapped in a pretty postcard. I’m…

Lawmakers strike compromise on oil trains

Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil…

Earth Days to come: Will Americans stay so happy about the environment?

What better place to celebrate Earth Day’s 45th birthday than Seattle, where Sen. Gaylord Nelson first broached the idea in a September 1969 speech? And where…

Macklemore and Sounders “BreakUp4Good” at Goodwill

The Goodwill on Westlake Avenue is a bit trendier than the others, with a sleek, spare sign that resembles the storefront of Urban Outfitters or…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Pacific trade fight makes for local discomfort

This week, local fair trade advocates are lobbying members of Congress, who are home on a spring recess. Last week, the activists had cause for celebration…

Guest Opinion: Why fish hatcheries remain essential

Daniel Jack Chasan’s recent attack on salmon and steelhead hatcheries failed to provide a view of their importance to the 20 treaty Indian tribes in…

Saving Maury Island may hold lessons for oil train fight

We in Washington state do not put up with litter. Remember those signs along I-5, warning any driver who might dare toss a Big Mac…

Owls bring out the cuckoo in bird lovers

It once roosted in a thicket the size of a two-car garage, amidst wetlands and diked agricultural fields near Stanwood. The brush was so thick,…

Guest Opinion: Dirty fuel exports darken NW’s Earth Day

Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However,…

Hatcheries flow on despite the evidence they harm salmon recovery

Second of two parts (Part 1: Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won't die) So, why are hatcheries still an issue? Because, decades after they…

Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won’t die

If you found yourself recently in Marblemount, say, or North Bend, it might have been a good idea to visit the cold waters of the Cascade River…

How warmer waters will affect our swimming creatures

Scientists nicknamed it “the blob” last summer. Since then the mass of water penetrating the North Pacific has become persistent in waters from Alaska to…

Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Opinions on a bill to tweak alternative power requirements for utilities followed the stereotypes Tuesday. Utilities and business lobbyists loved it. Environmentalists hated it. They…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…

Protestors not giving up on foiling Shell’s Seattle moorage plans

The issue has all the elements of dramatic cinema: a beautiful coastal city, Arctic drilling, business leaders anxious to compete in the global maritime industry…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…