Environment

Environment

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…

In Portland, mysterious odors, unresponsive regulators

This story is a production of OPB/EarthFix. Find more about Portland's toxic air problem here. Adam Bartell felt like a crackpot for complaining about air…

City environmental efforts: Got justice?

Communities of color in Seattle could have more reason to celebrate the local environment in years to come. That’s the hope, at least, behind new…

Court orders feds to clean up World War II era nuclear site

The news slipped into the vacuum of Friday happy hour. Late on March 11, a U.S. District judge quietly issued a novella-length ruling, which may reshape the way…

The most threatened waterway in Washington?

In a grove of cedars where sword fern erupts from mossy ground, you hear the textured rush of flowing water. Look out between cedar trunks,…

Coal exports stopped by Lummi Nation fishing rights?

Environmental reviews of a coal-export terminal that would be the largest in the nation were summarily suspended on April 1 — but it was no…

The mission to save Snoqualmie River

Under towering black cotton woods on the banks of the Snoqualmie River near the historic Carnation Dairy, a restoration crew surveys the scene. One of…

New report: West Coast waters face double threat

It’s been called global warming’s evil twin. Scientists have pegged it as the culprit behind low shellfish harvests, and some researchers warn that it will…

Senate Republicans kneecap toxic-waste help for public

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans scored a little-noticed but significant victory this week against grassroots environmental and community groups, zeroing out funding for the groups to…

After mass die-offs and gloomy reports, new hope for bees in Seattle

The queen is buzzing and vibrating. First she'll need to find a suitable nesting spot, then store and collect pollen. She's come to the right…

How the region is looking to GoGreen

Climate change will force new strategies from citizens groups, government and business. This year's GoGreen conference, which takes place Wednesday in Seattle, will offer the…

How Inslee can change the script on climate issues

Governor Inslee came into office determined to make climate a priority. Instead he has faced a series of tough losses and retreats. The Republican state…

Toxic cleanups, water projects face state budget cuts

Cleaning up toxic waste. Protecting Puget Sound. Dealing with polluted rainwater runoff.  All hang in the balance as the Democratic-dominated House and Republican-controlled Senate face…

Clean water proves an elusive goal around Puget Sound

A blue heron wades on the shores of Seattle's Ship Canal in the pounding rain. Head lowered, eyes focused, it's ready to snag a fish.…

Protip for Sagebrush rebels: This land was never yours

The “Sagebrush Rebellion” militants who seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January repeatedly called for the “return” of federal lands to the…

The high cost of cheap gasoline

Swooning gas prices are a boon for consumers but they’re creating a huge shortfall in state tax collections used to clean up hazardous waste dumps,…

How a mega disaster caught the Northwest unprepared

One of the strangest things about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 is that you could live here and not even know that…

Attention: the public octopus sex act has been cancelled

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which means one thing: It’s time to show a little love for one of our most enigmatic local creatures from the…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

Should Washington get tougher on oil shipping?

Citing increasing use of what they call risky practices when boats haul oil across Puget Sound, environmentalists are making a bid for a new law…

Developers target state agency behind climate change fight

Washington’s plan to fight climate change relies heavily on a little-known state agency with a handful of employees that is under attack in the 2016…

Greens on the defensive as legislative session gets underway

OLYMPIA – Stung by the defeat last year of their efforts to pass legislation to fight climate change, environmentalists this year are back on their…