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Climate Change
5:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Climate Change Means For Seattle's Waterfront

Over half of of Harbor Island would be under water in a regular high tide event in 2050.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

On Monday the Seattle City Council announced a new plan to take action on climate change. As global temperatures rise, so does sea level, and some reports predict that by the year 2050 key parts of Seattle could be underwater at high tide.

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Carbon Tax
5:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Taxing Carbon To Pay For Transportation Infrastructure

Keeping up with transportation infrastructure isn’t cheap. The Washington State Transportation Commission estimates that in the next 20 years around $200 billion needs to be put towards the maintenance of roads, ferries and more.

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Ocean Acidification
4:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gregoire Announces 3.3 Million To Tackle Ocean Acidification

A new report released by Gov. Gregoire calls for more research on the local causes of ocean acidification.
Credit Pessimist / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification. At a public ceremony today she announced major funding for the execution of some of the report’s recommendations.

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Northwest News
6:13 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution

Close up of a storm drain.
Photo Credit: Ashley Ahearn

Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.  Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality.

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Fire Interferes With Salmon Spawning
6:09 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

Photo of Johns Creek.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County two weeks ago has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs.

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Washington Wildfires
6:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Proposed Coal Terminal
5:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Governmental Agencies To Jointly Review Longview Coal Terminal

Governmental agencies announced Tuesday plans to conduct a joint environmental review of a proposed coal export facility near Longview, Wash.

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Coal Export
6:17 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Northwest Tribes Say "No Short Cuts" For Coal Export Projects

Photo of coal truck.
Photo Credit: Nathan Bevier/Wiki Commons

At a convention today Thursday, tribes from around the Northwest released a joint statement calling for a full environmental analysis of five proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.

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Wolf Pack Kill Order
6:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

First Kill Order Issued For An Entire Wash. Wolf Pack

The Wash. Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a kill order for a wolf pack in the northeastern part of the state.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a kill order for an entire wolf pack in the northeastern part of the state. There are between eight and 11 wolves in the Wedge Pack. Government officials and ranchers in Stevens County believe the pack is to blame for two more injured calves this week.

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Tribe Opposes Coal Export Facility
6:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lummi Tribe Announces Opposition To Coal Export Facility Near Bellingham

The Lummi Tribal reservation lies to the North of Bellingham, very close to the proposed site of a large coal export terminal. On Friday the tribe is expected to announce their opposition to the facility.

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