Environment

Environment

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…

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…