As in George W. Bush's time, the Obama administration still seems to be telling the courts to just trust their work on protecting Columbia River salmon runs. What's a judge to do but listen, instead, to the science?READ MORE 2 COMMENTS
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It comes from none other than Washington Democratic Sen. Scoop Jackson. Republicans can't be the Party of No on the environment, certainly not in this state.READ MORE 10 COMMENTS
A stern metaphysical spine runs through this lovely land and its very particular people.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Mayor McGinn is one of the few who grasp that our plans for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and 520 are symptoms of a failure to contend with an underlying regional disease: growth for its own sake.READ MORE 34 COMMENTS
Notes on eco-architecture for the Center, and a new theme for a new century: green design.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Eying long-term boosts for water-quality protection, environmentalists seemed to have a straight shot to getting the legislature to hike a tax on petroleum products. Then, industry lobbying turned the tide.READ MORE 7 COMMENTS
Writer Anna Lappé, daughter of a famous author, has found her own voice on food and climate change.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
Columbus found Haiti a place of lush plants. Exploitation destroyed that, and the population. Now, there's a chance to help the people and the environment by putting Haitians to work restoring the natural heritage.READ MORE 3 COMMENTS
As local planners tackle projects such as the 520 bridge and Alaskan Way Viaduct, they shouldn't forsake attractive design, along the lines of the Roman aqueducts and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.READ MORE 25 COMMENTS
Seattle native Annie Leonard studies the life cycle of consumer products, from mines and oil wells to mountains of waste, and calls on citizens to take greater responsibility.READ MORE 18 COMMENTS
The state Department of Natural Resources is moving ahead with pilot projects on biomass energy — burning wood waste for power. The new version of burning wood could be an economic and climate winner.READ MORE 4 COMMENTS
Paying tribute to Stewart Udall and Liz Carpenter, who died this weekend. Both typified the best of the Kennedy-Johnson cabinets, and both gave all their lives to the public good.READ MORE COMMENT NOW
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The species is back in parts of the state. But can a recovering species return to the Olympic Peninsula?READ MORE 5 COMMENTS
The administration is trying to get out of plans for storing waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, at the same time as the president wants more nuclear plants to generate electricity. Attorney General Rob McKenna is dubious about this, and where it might leave Hanford.READ MORE 5 COMMENTS
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Water quality standards may drive up costs for everyone
New water quality standards proposed by the Department of Ecology may drive up the cost of doing business, or flushing a toilet.
DoE study predicts faster rate of global warming
A DoE sponsored study focused on arctic ice melt predicts that the summer ice will be gone in only 3 years. 84 years ahead of the previous model's predictions.
Hurricane Sandy victims still living in limbo
More than a year later, more than 30,000 New York and New Jersey residents, victims of 2012's Hurricane Sandy, remain displaced from their homes.
Obama to allow eagle casualties in wind industry
In a trade-off designed to help the wind industry, the Obama administration will legalize the deaths of eagles that unknowingly fly into wind turbines.
Air pollution in Shanghai literally off the charts
The Air Quality Index only goes up to 500- Shanghai's record polution stepped beyond that, and far beyond the WHO's recommended 20.
Canada unprepared for oil in shared waters
A Candian panel has warned that the country is dramatically unprepared for an oil spill off British Columbia, where there are proposals to export large amounts of fuel to Asia. And a spill in Haro Straits would head right toward Washington waters and the San Juan Islands.
Collectible compost bins
Only in Seattle would the public utilities company hand out compost bins. But they're collectible, so get yours soon.
Canadian polar bear population gone in 17 years
Climate change has affected the polar bear in a variety of ways, but they all seem to be culminating in its quick extinction. Estimates suggest that in about 17 years the polar bear population will collapse.
Elwha dam removal revives salmon run
Removing the Elwha dam was a success for fish. The river has seen its largest run in a long time, and with removal of a second dam scheduled, it is likely fish may find it even better in a few years.
Big problem with a little hut in the Methow
A cabin designed by a big-time architect has the small town of Mazama in an uproar.
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