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6 environmental issues to watch in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Should Washington businesses and consumers pay to offset their impact on the global climate? Should the state keep water in streams to preserve…

Offshore oil, gas drilling is headed to the Pacific Northwest

The Trump administration announced a new plan last week that would allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the ocean off the West Coast for…

Could slower ships help the orcas?

To the human eye, big ships cruising along the west side of San Juan Island this summer might have looked like they were traveling in…

Does wildfire create home sweet home for bees?

About 100 yards down a steep shrubby slope, there’s a low post supporting a green and blue plastic jug. It’s straight out of a psychedelic Tupperware party.…

Trump halts effort to bring back Washington grizzlies

The Trump administration is suspending efforts to bolster the grizzly bear population in Washington's North Cascades. That would leave this part of the mountain range…

On a beautiful and remote NW beach: Trash

The story of a piece of litter doesn’t end at your curbside. Every year, millions of tons of trash find their way down storm drains…

How urban sprawl shapes the critters that crawl our city

A band of raccoons scamper over a downed tree. A coyote sneaks a drink from a mossy pool. The black and white photos that flash…

Is the Northwest’s approach to wolves destined to fail?

The long hunt finally paid off on the night of Aug. 6 for two employees of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. They’d spent…

State water project could get boost from Congress

A pair of Washington lawmakers are trying to fast-track the construction of new dams and reservoirs. Their bill would also push forward a long-sought water…

Orcas get more competition for salmon

It’s been a long haul, but West Coast seal and sea lion populations have recovered over the past 40 years. All those extra predators may…

Seattleites conquer Mount Everest. Well, at least its poop problem

Everyone poops — even climbers on the world’s tallest mountain. All that human waste has caused a lot of problems for local villagers near Mount Everest’s…

Hungry and disappearing: Is the orcas’ future already here?

Every day this summer, Jeanne Hyde scanned the waters off the west side of San Juan Island, hoping that the killer whales would show up.…

West’s future looks gloomy in new Climate Change report

This story originally appeared on High Country News. The complexity of climate change means it’s hard to trace simple lines from cause to effect in…

Fire burns under a Superfund site in Washington

It’s not a Dumpster fire, but could be something far more serious: A fire may be smoldering under a landfill-turned-Superfund cleanup site in southeastern Washington. This…

First a fee increase, is privatization of the parks next?

A proposal to nearly triple the entrance fees at 17 of America’s most popular national parks — including Olympic and Mount Rainier in Washington —…

A legal fight begins over proposed coal export in Longview

Backers of a coal export terminal proposed in Southwest Washington are suing state regulators over their denial of a key permit needed to build the project.…

Coming to Washington ski slopes: Fake snow

This winter, skiers and snowboarders will see something new at Crystal Mountain — a robust $5 million snowmaking system designed to fight warmer winters in…

A coal mine could be revived in King County

The Pacific Northwest was once a coal mining powerhouse. In the late 1800s, the area around Oregon’s Coos Bay had over 70 coal mines. Later, Washington’s…

Sally Jewell on what’s at stake in Trump’s Interior Department

This story originally appeared on High Country News. Sally Jewell was Interior secretary under President Barack Obama from April 2013 until his term ended in…

A local cautionary tale for shrinking national monuments

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted a report to President Trump recommending reducing the size of six national monuments, including Utah’s Bears Ears. He…

On climate, western governors pick up where Trump left off

This story originally appeared on High Country News. The governors of California and Washington traveled to New York City last week to send a strong,…

Can copper, gold save towns near Mount St. Helens?

This story originally appeared on KUOW/EarthFix. Mining operations almost always touch off environmental opposition. So, when there’s talk of an open-pit mine in the shadow of…

Can we save the orcas with … mud?

If we want more of our iconic but endangered black-and-white Puget Sound orcas, we might want to start by providing more mud. The same is…

Your fleece is contaminating our oysters

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Sarah Dudas doesn’t mind shucking an oyster or a clam in the name of science. But sit down with her…

Lessons about Seattle from the Cooper’s hawk

To visit the Queen of Seattle one must first step over empty beer bottles and condom wrappers before skidding down a dirt slope and traipsing…