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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…

Rethinking Seattle: What if we could start over?

Consider our “natural” city. In the last 150 years, we have reshaped the local landscape on the greatest scale since a vast ice sheet moved into…

Carbon tax initiative looks like a nail-biter

In December, Yoram Bauman had a crisis of confidence. The economist and stand-up comedian, having led a successful effort to collect more than 350,000 signatures…

Pelicans are the Pacific Northwest’s newest climate refugees

This story originally appeared on OPB/EarthFix. American white pelicans are conspicuous birds. With their long orange bills and their nine-foot wingspan, they stand out, even…

Tree-planting robots could save Northwest forests

In the summer of 2015, Grant Canary, an entrepreneur with two startups under his belt who was looking for his next venture, was brainstorming ways…

Activists mount last stand against Asian trade agreement

The sing-song cadence of activist chants insinuate like a jingle. At the Showbox in Sodo on Friday, it was “hell no, TPP!” chanted to a beat,…

Salmon farming on the rise in Washington

Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait. It’s the route that they all swim on their way…

On the Columbia, broken promises for tribal housing

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Paul Lumley, like many Yakama Nation citizens, grew up fishing on the Columbia River, through which salmon…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…