Environment

Environment

At these schools, the classroom is the outdoors

This story first appeared on EarthFix. When 3-year-old Charlie McGlynn-Wright was born, her parents felt pressured to immediately start looking for a preschool. Their search confirmed…

License to kill: How Washington may lose its right to wipe out salmon

So you're a salmon heading upstream this fall. It hasn't rained much for months. The water is low. You reach a culvert that takes the…

State unveils new rules to combat climate change

Between record-setting temperatures, shrinking snowpack, rampant wildfires, and acidifying waters, the threats of carbon pollution have become increasingly conspicuous since 2008, when the Washington State…

Rethinking Seattle: What if we could start over?

Consider our “natural” city. In the last 150 years, we have reshaped the local landscape on the greatest scale since a vast ice sheet moved into…

Carbon tax initiative looks like a nail-biter

In December, Yoram Bauman had a crisis of confidence. The economist and stand-up comedian, having led a successful effort to collect more than 350,000 signatures…

Pelicans are the Pacific Northwest’s newest climate refugees

This story originally appeared on OPB/EarthFix. American white pelicans are conspicuous birds. With their long orange bills and their nine-foot wingspan, they stand out, even…

Tree-planting robots could save Northwest forests

In the summer of 2015, Grant Canary, an entrepreneur with two startups under his belt who was looking for his next venture, was brainstorming ways…

Activists mount last stand against Asian trade agreement

The sing-song cadence of activist chants insinuate like a jingle. At the Showbox in Sodo on Friday, it was “hell no, TPP!” chanted to a beat,…

Salmon farming on the rise in Washington

Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait. It’s the route that they all swim on their way…

On the Columbia, broken promises for tribal housing

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Paul Lumley, like many Yakama Nation citizens, grew up fishing on the Columbia River, through which salmon…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…

Interns go door to door, preaching the gospel of recycling

This story is a product of KCTS/ EarthFix. If you live in an apartment complex in the greater Seattle area, you might open your door…

Oregon derailment was one of many for Union Pacific

This story originally appeared on OPB/EarthFix. After last month’s fiery oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge, federal regulators put the blame on Union…

How saving a little red fish led to an urban refuge

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/KCTS9. America has more than 560 wildlife refuges. Most of them are what you’d expect: remote, untrammeled places where humans…

Wildlife refuge renamed for Native American leader

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Top Northwest officials and a member of President Obama’s cabinet will gather Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife…

Orchards, wilderness, a mountain town: Who gets the water?

Beyond the water, green in the sunlight, Dragontail Peak rises from the shore of Colchuk Lake, its peak hidden in cloud, dark conifers on its…

How inspectors missed broken bolts that caused an oil train derailment

This story is a production of OPB/ EarthFix. On April 27, Steve Holm and three other inspectors drove right over a set of broken railroad…

New tech could restore some quiet to noisy oceans

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A…

The orcas are starving

Vancouver photographer Mark Malleson took this photograph of the Southern Resident killer whale known as J-34, or Doublestuf, breaching while he was in the interior…

Can oyster farms make Puget Sound a little more wild?

This is the last of a series of stories about Washington's oyster industry. The series starts here. Oysters were on the menu at the “Clean Oceans…

Explosive claims drive fight over proposed LNG terminal

In April, environmental activists helped cancel construction of the world’s largest methanol refinery, which was proposed for the Port of Tacoma. Now they’ve set their sights…

Ghost shrimp, oyster herpes and global warming’s evil twin

This is the third story in a series about Washington’s oyster industry. The series starts here. Driving down the coast on Highway 1 en route…

How the Columbia River Gorge was saved

Smoke billowed from the wreckage of a Union Pacific oil train only yards from the Columbia River last weekend, emphasizing a nightmare scenario drawn by…

The twisted logic of Ann Coulter and the Oregon ‘patriots’

With the end of the occupation of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by right-wing extremists, bird watchers are eagerly reclaiming their right to access…

Meet the Northwest’s environmental justice champions

There’s a movement afoot in Seattle. It’s a new breed of environmentalism, one that aims to put people who normally get left out of the…