Environment

Environment

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…

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…

Does the Northwest need electric trains?

It would be a seismic shift for the region: Electrify a main line rail corridor with renewable energy. Make the line so competitive it can…

The downsides of a (low-carbon) diet

Diets are hard, but sometimes necessary. Olympia is currently debating whether or not to put the state of Washington on the environmental equivalent of the…

The problem with low snowpack? It’s not about the water

One thing this winter is good for, beyond early cherry blossoms and giving hope to those folks who plant palm trees, is that it can…

Seabird numbers: a surprising trend

Some dive while others cry as they fly above choppy waters in search of food in the pouring rain. It's a day for the annual…

Field Notes from Olympia: The ever elusive ‘public good’

As an English professor who studies rhetoric, I have always been interested in the symbolic structure of language and in the concept of language as…

Guest Opinion: Where should Port draw line on oil?

What is really going on with that Port of Seattle lease with Foss Maritime? Port Commissioners have been getting an earful from environmental leaders upset…

Guest Opinion: Transportation bill neuters WA’s climate change response for next 16 years

For several years, negotiations have stalled in the Washington state Senate on a transportation package that would fund necessary investment in Washington’s roads, bridges, ferries…

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…

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…

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…

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…