Environment

Environment

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

Shell departs as protesting council member detained

Law enforcement officers detained 24 activists — including Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien — early Monday morning as they tried to block the massive Shell…

Guest Opinion: Carbon initiative not a good deal for poor

The time has already passed when policies to address climate change could remain focused on the climate track without also addressing the social and racial…

Beyond “kayak-tivism”: 3 ways to actually halt offshore drilling in Alaska

It could’ve been worse. Looking back at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, few could be blamed for not seeing a bright side. As…

How global concerns came to have a role in Seattle’s anti-Shell protests

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission It may seem odd for a privileged city in the global North, one little-impacted by climate change, to be at…

Getting teens to care about climate change

Savannah Kinzer is a tenacious 18-year-old activist and my friend. We go to high school together at Seattle Academy where Savannah will occasionally be late…

Should Arctic drilling opponents take on Shell, or our own craving for crude?

Ok, admit it — you’re a little queasy about the recent “Paddle in Seattle” protests against Shell. It’s not that you questioned their cause: the…

What drought? Meteorologist Cliff Mass vs. nearly everyone

“The drought is unlike any we’ve ever experienced.” “Over 90 percent of Washington is abnormally dry, over half is in moderate drought, and nearly 25…

Podcast: Tony Angell’s “House of Owls”

Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely…

Summer camp: Good time for almost everyone?

No doubt the spring weather has many kids — and their parents — looking forward eagerly to summer camp. They probably envision warm days filled…

Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

March at Terminal 5 stays festive

Early Monday, some 500 to 600 protesters marched from Spokane Street under the West Seattle Bridge to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of…

What motivates the paddle in Seattle protests

Paddles raised to the sky, the fleet came to a halt beside the massive drilling rig, berthed at the Port of Seattle in preparation for…

City and Port politics maintain collision course over Shell

Washington is the only state in the country that elects its port commissioners. So when an audience member at Tuesday’s public port commissioner meeting — focused…

UW regents rethinking coal investments

Look at the politics of climate change, says Alex Lenferna, a fossil fuel divestment leader and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington, and what…

House Democrats put new wheels on Inslee carbon tax

Washington House Democrats unveiled a revised carbon emissions tax plan Monday -- a proposal that attempts to be more palatable to the fuel industry and…

Guest Opinion: Seattle and Alaska in another sibling fight

Inextricably linked and worlds apart, Alaska and Seattle are the siblings that need but don’t necessarily like each other. The ongoing flap over oil drilling in…

Guest Opinion: State needs to push for halibut protection

Washingtonians love halibut. Seafood is the regional cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, and halibut makes the top of the menu. Wild-caught Alaskan halibut fetches a…

Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Federal officials say they will decide in late 2017 whether and how to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's Northern Cascades. The 2017 target came up…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

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…

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…