Environment

Environment

Fossil fuel exports in the NW: Down but not out

Environmentalists are celebrating the recent news that Peter Goldmark, Washington State's public lands commissioner, decided against leasing state-owned land in Longview for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s…

A new, safer way to monitor the warming oceans

As the Earth warms with climate change, more than 90 percent of that heat is stored in the ocean, so it’s important for scientists to…

State: Longview coal terminal not ready for prime time

This story was produced by OPB/EarthFix. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday he will deny a sublease request for the coal export…

Brutal year sets back orca recovery

This time last year, everyone was celebrating what seemed like a step toward recovery for the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW), which make their…

Oil tankers could doom Puget Sound’s orcas

Canada's recent approval for the construction of a pipeline in British Columbia could signal big changes for killer whales in the Puget Sound. Canadian Prime…

Google’s Northwest data centers will be powered by solar and wind

This story was produced by Northwest Public Radio/ EarthFix. Data centers that house YouTube videos and Gmail messages need power constantly. Google announced Tuesday that…

In Mexico, Murray joins united front against Trump

MEXICO CITY — Continuing his defiant tone following the presidential election, Mayor Ed Murray insisted that Seattle will continue to press forward on climate change…

The Northwest braces for its own Standing Rock

As the clash between police and protesters over the construction of a pipeline in North Dakota continues, tribal nations and environmentalists are gearing up to fight…

The quest to create a greener guitar

This article originally appeared on KCTS 9 and Earthfix. Steve McMinn ducks into the hollow of an old maple tree and tears a chunk of wood…

Trump is the new hero in Timber Country

This story originally appeared on OPB/EarthFix. In Riddle, a town of 1,200 people in the southwest corner of Oregon, neighborhoods end where stacks of sprinkler-soaked…

Science: It’s not just for lab geeks anymore

Asked to imagine a future career in science, most kids will probably envision white lab coats and beakers, or line upon line of computer code.…

How does a cougar end up on Vashon Island?

At first glance, it looks like just another sad missing pet sign, tacked beside the front-porch entrance to the Coffee Roasterie on Vashon Island. It's…

Washington’s salmon safer to eat under new water rules

This story first appeared on EarthFix. People who eat fish from Washington state waters will be protected by a combination of new federal and state…

Major coal train lawsuit settled by environmental groups, BNSF

After a week at trial and years of battles, the lawsuit brought on by a coalition of environmental groups against BNSF Railway was settled today,…

Stories from the Pacific’s drowning islands

In conversation with the novelist Aleksandar Hemon, Nigerian-American writer and photographer Teju Cole writes of transatlantic identity: ...Nigeria haunts me in terms of being a…

Taking down the Snake River dams: It’s back on the table

Originally published in Earthfix/Northwest Public Radio Starting Monday, people will get a chance to weigh-in on a controversial question: Should four dams come down on…

Environmentalists are struggling with carbon tax proposal

It's a rainy Saturday night. My teen and I are headed to a birthday bash where there will be live Latin music and refuge from…

Obama makes Puget Sound part of his legacy

We know Puget Sound’s sob stories all too well: the salmon are disappearing, the orcas are starving, it’s being flooded by gross dirty stormwater and…

A big bet on oil train safety in Vancouver

This story first appeared on EarthFix. The company behind the oil-by-rail terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver announced new safety measures Friday. It hopes…

To solve water pollution, Seattle turns to an old solution

The marshy gardens between the sidewalks and curbs in South Lake Union look like a landscaper’s attempt to bring some greenery back into an otherwise…

WSU: Hydropower dams contribute to climate change

This story was originally published by OPB/Earthfix. Hydroelectric power may not  be a carbon-free energy source after all. A new study from Washington State University finds…

Invader crabs from Europe threaten havoc in Puget Sound

This story first appeared on EarthFix. Emily Grason and Sean McDonald trudge through the mud of San Juan Island’s Westcott Bay on the hunt for something…

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…