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Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in…

If you give a crap about the environment, pick it up

This story originally appeared in High Country News. When I’m 90, I’ll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of…

Washington river among the nation’s ‘most endangered’

It’s back. Actually, it never left. The Snohomish Public Utility District still has a plan to divert part of the South Fork Skykomish River above…

Carbon tax is down but don’t count it out

Could 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as…

The Northwest may get its own Keystone XL, But it’s XXL

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. You’ve heard of Keystone XL, the controversial pipeline rejected by the Obama administration but approved last month by President Trump.…

After VW’s pollution scam, goodbye to diesels?

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. The decision by automaker Volkswagen Group to cheat on diesel emissions tests means Oregon and Washington are in line…

Hunters and anglers find common ground: fighting for public land

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. Hunters, fishermen and environmental activists: it’s not often these groups are mentioned in the same breath. But recently they’re…

If Canada ups its oil shipping, should we worry?

Every week, a barge laden with a crude oil called dilbit makes the journey from Vancouver, B.C., to Tacoma, winding its way through the passages…

State is part of the problem on Puget Sound cleanup

President Donald Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But Gov. Jay Inslee himself is proposing a $29…

Tribes could lose big with EPA cuts

This story originally appeared on NWPR/EarthFix. There are nights when a phone call wakes Elizabeth Sanchey out of a dead sleep. At the other end,…

Another lost year for kids’ health in Olympia

OLYMPIA — In the wake of the lead-poisoning water scandal in Flint, Michigan, and with 10 Washington children a week being diagnosed with dangerously elevated…

It won’t be easy to save the marbled murrelet

It was a clever invitation: “Marbled Merlot Anyone? Come by my house for a glass of merlot (or cup of tea) to support meaningful conservation…

Hometown crowd peppers Ericksen with EPA, environment questions

At home in Whatcom County on Saturday, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen faced a host of environmental questions, including about his bicoastal role as a…

As Malheur recovers, wildlife refuges struggle

This story originally appeared in High Country News.  Alice Elshoff first saw Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1959. The 82-year-old, who lives in nearby Bend,…

Avoiding the truth about lead poisoning can hurt WA kids

Washington lags behind the nation in finding and dealing with kids exposed to excessive levels of lead. Lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways…

With land sparse in Puget Sound, a huge win for farmers

Call it a breakfast of champions for the bovine class: fermented grass silage, alfalfa, grain, soybeans, minerals and probiotics to maintain health. At this Puget…

Environmental prospects look iffy in Olympia

OLYMPIA — An abruptly canceled meeting, a moonlighting state senator and the nascent Trump administration all had something to do with killing several high-profile attempts…

Timber! ‘Silent Giant’ tree likely to come down

The “Silent Giant” might be silenced once and for all. On Jan. 25, a Seattle hearing examiner ruled against the group of neighbors known as…

Octopus sex act is cancelled, again

The Seattle Aquarium’s octopuses aren’t getting lucky this Valentine’s Day. For the second year in a row, the annual octopus mating event, or “blind date,”…

Washington could double down on clean energy

The sponsors of a successful 2006 clean energy initiative say they’re willing to start a new signature campaign if they don’t receive legislative approval of…

Trump’s attack on environmental regs could cause havoc

This article originally appeared in High Country News. With the stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump this week unleashed the biggest assault ever made…

Inside Inslee’s carbon tax: A gift for king coal

 OLYMPIA — For years, protecting the climate has been Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature issue. And his 2017 legislative agenda is keyed heavily to passing a…

Are we ready for oil spills in the Salish Sea?

On October 13, 2016 a 95-foot-long tug ran aground off the coast of Bella Bella, British Columbia, spilling an estimated 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel.…

They railed against environmental regs. Now they’ll lead the EPA.

Two of Washington state’s radical small-government lawmakers will soon be taking leading roles in shaping national environmental policy. To fill temporary positions with the Environmental…

The environmental battles brewing in Olympia

Should the state of Washington raise money for schools by taxing companies that contribute to climate change? That’s what Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating. Wrangling…