Environment

Environment

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

Coyotes everywhere: Vashon Island’s experience

A coyote slipped into the darkened field, just as everyone had expected. People at last summer's three-day Vashon Island sheepdog trials had found two sheep…

Guest Opinion: Will Seattle take a stand on, or a cut of the Arctic drilling action?

Not long ago, Seattle’s business, environmental, labor, education and multicultural leaders, led by the Chamber of Commerce, crafted a “Shared Regional Vision of Sustainable Prosperity”.…

GOP senators offer options on energy and carbon reductions

Some state senators want to tweak Initiative 937 to encourage new efforts at reducing carbon emissions in Washington. The proposed change to the 2006 voter-approved…

Should oil trains’ schedules be public knowledge?

Should the public know when oil trains come through and what type of oil they are carrying? That question was debated Tuesday at a Washington…

Environmentalists hope Port reconsiders oil-related lease

The day after a coalition of state and national environmental organizations vowed to stop Seattle from becoming the home port for Shell's Arctic drilling rigs,…

Looking to a nuclear future in Washington

A Kennewick legislator wants to nurture nuclear energy in Washington for the long run with a trio of bills -- legislation whose effects would likely be…

Job killer? Or creator? Inslee carbon plan launches debate

Will Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to trim carbon emissions in Washington kill or create jobs? That answer flip-flopped back and forth at a Tuesday House…

Climate change: How to recruit the insurance industry for the battle

Who said this? “It would seem that the only plausible explanation for the rise in weather-related catastrophes is climate change.” It may surprise you to…

Harsh response to measure some see as an ‘ag-gag’ bill

A bill to create the crime of interfering with agricultural production generally got slammed Tuesday in a Washington House Public Safety Committee hearing. Rep. Joe…

Energy’s Holy Grail? You can find it at Redmond’s Helion Energy

The glass ampule of water is the length of your little finger, only narrower. That single gram of deuterium-laced water has the potential to create…

Methane hydrates release large plumes of greenhouse gas off Washington’s coast

It was big news: One of the largest potential contributors to global warming and ocean acidification is potential no longer, and hasn’t been for decades.…

Turbulence ahead for Inslee’s climate plan

Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon emissions cap-and-trade plan is now in play in the Legislature. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, introduced…

Oil train safety draws quick attention in Olympia

Two competing oil-train safety bills have come into quick play in the Washington Senate. A Republican measure, proposed by Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, received…

Seattle’s Birdman of climate change

George Divoky seems like the last person who should spend 40 consecutive summers on a barren sandspit off Alaska’s northern tip, alone except for a…