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Carbon Emission Study
4:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington Governor Pushes For Carbon Emission Study

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:47 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants an independent work group to figure out how the state can meet lower greenhouse gas emission standards set in 2008.

The Democratic governor testified Tuesday before a House committee in Olympia. He said the state of Washington has not yet developed specific plans for its citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.

“We have given them a goal. We have given them a promise. We have not given them the tools to do the job.”

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Climate Change
4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Governor Inslee: "No Immediate Plans" For A Price On Carbon Emissions

Governor Jay Inslee made one of his first public appearances since his inauguration at a breakfast for the Capitol Land Trust in Olympia on Tuesday. Several hundred people gathered for the conservation group’s annual breakfast.

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Secretary of Interior
6:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Obama Taps 'Climate Expert' CEO Of REI To Head Interior

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama introducing Sally Jewell of REI.
Credit Photo courtesy Whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama has nominated the head of retail chain REI to lead the U.S. Interior Department. Fifty-six-year-old Sally Jewell is the chief executive at REI in Kent, Washington, and a resident of Seattle.

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Converting Carbon Dioxide
4:52 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Seattle Firm Seeks To Commercialize Carbon Dioxide Conversion To Methanol

EPA

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:04 pm

A small engineering firm in Seattle says it has developed a system to capture carbon dioxide going up power plant smokestacks and convert it to methanol. The solvent is also known as wood alcohol and as an Indy race car fuel.

Brett Scott is chief counsel for Emission Resource Group. He says having a viable method to refine CO2 into methanol could make it worthwhile for fossil fuel burners to capture the greenhouse gas.

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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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Wolverine Status
6:17 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Wolverines Under Consideration For Endangered Species Status

A wolverine seen on Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.
Credit Photo by Jeffrey C. Lewis / Wikimedia Commons

Should wolverines be listed as an endangered species? That will be the question before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 18th. This hardy member of the weasel family is actually making a comeback in the U.S., but perhaps not for long. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Northwest News
2:46 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Why You Might Be Able To 'Smell' Snow Coming

Jenni Wade

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:30 pm

Snow is expected east of the Cascades this week. But some people say they don't need forecasters to tell them that -- they claim to be able to "smell" when snow coming. Enough people in the Northwest say this, but is there a scientific explanation?

Laura Munson is a writer living in northwest Montana. She swears she can tell when it's going to snow -- even if people don't believe her.

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Warmer Winters
4:39 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Study: Climate Changes Hurts Winter Tourism

In years with less snow, roughly one-third fewer skiers visited resorts in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Goleh / Wikimedia Commons

Warmer winters caused by climate change could make it more difficult to operate ski resorts in the Northwest. That’s according to a new study.

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Wind, Rain In Northwest
5:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

High Winds, Heavy Rain Pummel The Northwest

A vehicle speeds through a flooded intersection in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

High winds and heavy rain are pummeling the Northwest Monday. Downed trees and floodwaters have closed countless roads, making the evening commute a difficult one. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went to check out a creek near his home.

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Landslide Risk
5:32 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Forecast For High Risk Of Landslides Coming True

File photo of a mudslide along an Amtrak line in Washington state in February 2011.
Credit WSDOT

Oregon's Department of Geology put all of western Oregon on notice for increased potential of landslides Monday. Across the Columbia River, state geologists in Washington reclassified Pacific and Clark counties to "high hazard" for landslides.

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