climate change http://kuow.org en Climate Change Means More Massive Wildfires Ahead, Gov. Inslee Says http://kuow.org/post/climate-change-means-more-massive-wildfires-ahead-gov-inslee-says <p>Fighting this summer’s wildfires in eastern Washington has cost the state more than $50 million, and Governor Jay Inslee said the state can expect even more expensive fires in years ahead.</p><p>The ongoing fires are the “tip of the iceberg," Inslee said, because warmer climate likely means more fires. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:39:35 +0000 John Ryan 39108 at http://kuow.org Climate Change Means More Massive Wildfires Ahead, Gov. Inslee Says Independent Commission To Probe Oso Landslide http://kuow.org/post/independent-commission-probe-oso-landslide <p>An independent commission will delve into the deadliest landslide in Washington history. The commission will seek statewide lessons from the Oso landslide, land use in the Oso area before the slide, and the emergency response in the days and weeks afterward.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:21:46 +0000 John Ryan 38985 at http://kuow.org Independent Commission To Probe Oso Landslide Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful http://kuow.org/post/endangered-species-listing-wolverine-looking-doubtful <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614TB_Wolverine_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely.</span><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:01 +0000 Tom Banse 38481 at http://kuow.org Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions http://kuow.org/post/new-polling-shows-support-northwest-limits-greenhouse-gas-emissions The survey was conducted for EarthFix by the independent and nonpartisan firm, DHM Research. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:26:30 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 38051 at http://kuow.org New Polling Shows Support In Northwest For Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice http://kuow.org/post/study-shows-penguins-endangered-waning-antarctic-ice Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.<p>HAL CASWELL: Thank you.<p>WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?<p>CASWELL: The Emperor penguin is affected by changes in the sea ice conditions. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 37681 at http://kuow.org Here's Why The Great Barrier Reef Matters To You, In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/heres-why-great-barrier-reef-matters-you-seattle <p>David Hyde talks with author Iain McCalman about his new book, “The Reef — A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change.” Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:55:05 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 37341 at http://kuow.org Here's Why The Great Barrier Reef Matters To You, In Seattle How A Melting Glacier Can Mean Lower Sea Levels (For A While) http://kuow.org/post/how-melting-glacier-can-mean-lower-sea-levels-while <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://riskybusiness.org/report/overview/executive-summary">new<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://riskybusiness.org/report/overview/executive-summary">report funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg</a> says climate change is bad for business, with up to $100 billion in coastal real estate underwater by 2050.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report projects Seattle's sea level to rise as much as three feet by the end of this century. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat’s not because nearby Alaskan glaciers are melting, however.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Taken by themselves, those melting Alaskan glaciers could actually cause sea level to drop in the short term. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Radke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">talks with Climate Central scientist Ben Strauss about how that works.</span> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:12:09 +0000 Bill Radke 37067 at http://kuow.org Under New EPA Rules, Washington To Face Deepest Mandatory Cuts In CO2 Emissions http://kuow.org/post/under-new-epa-rules-washington-face-deepest-mandatory-cuts-co2-emissions SEATTLE -- Under the new rules released by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, each state has a specific percentage by which it has to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.<p>The average of all the individual state-level cuts will be CO2 emissions from power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels.<p>"It’s a goal that we can, should and will meet, in part because we’ve already taken early action in our state," Washington Gov. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:04:40 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 36254 at http://kuow.org Under New EPA Rules, Washington To Face Deepest Mandatory Cuts In CO2 Emissions Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West http://kuow.org/post/regulators-discuss-future-coal-fired-power-west SEATTLE -- The Obama administration’s new rules to cut carbon emissions fueled energy sector leaders' conversations about the future of coal in the West during their gathering here this week.<p>The Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners on Wednesday wrapped up its conference -- a gathering of the people who decide where the region's power comes from and how to regulate it.<p>Now that the Environmental Protection Agency is <a href="http://earthfix.info/energy/article/federal-rules-on-co2-emissions-could-mean-less-tal/" title="">proposing that states cut CO2 emissions from power plan Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:23:23 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 35835 at http://kuow.org Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West How Washington Will Be Affected By New EPA Emissions Regulations http://kuow.org/post/how-washington-will-be-affected-new-epa-emissions-regulations <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW environment reporter Ashley Ahearn about the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules requiring states to cut carbon emissions and how they will affect Washington state. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:26:48 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Posey Gruener 35660 at http://kuow.org How Washington Will Be Affected By New EPA Emissions Regulations Federal Rules On CO2 Emissions To Bolster Action In The Northwest http://kuow.org/post/federal-rules-co2-emissions-bolster-action-northwest SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules requiring states to cut carbon emissions from power plants are likely to change the energy landscape in Northwest states, even though they have far fewer coal-fired power plants than most of the U.S.<p>The new rules bolster the role of the states in curbing carbon pollution -- something the governors of Oregon and Washington embraced, as the are already working on carbon-reduction strategies of their own. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 35631 at http://kuow.org Federal Rules On CO2 Emissions To Bolster Action In The Northwest Can Nuclear Power Ease Climate Disruptions? http://kuow.org/post/can-nuclear-power-ease-climate-disruptions <p>Steve Scher&nbsp;talks with Armond Cohen, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Clean Air Task Force. The group works on global commercialization of nuclear power and clean coal technology. Tue, 27 May 2014 22:29:21 +0000 Steve Scher 35292 at http://kuow.org Can Nuclear Power Ease Climate Disruptions? Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules http://kuow.org/post/boeing-focuses-fuel-efficiency-light-coming-climate-rules <p>Boeing is buying a software company that it says will make planes more fuel efficient. Tue, 27 May 2014 22:11:58 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 35267 at http://kuow.org Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules Scientists Discover California Brown Pelicans Nesting In The Northwest http://kuow.org/post/scientists-discover-california-brown-pelicans-nesting-northwest California brown pelicans usually nest and hatch chicks in Southern California and Mexico. But in the past two years, scientists have seen them building nests much farther north on an island in the Columbia River.<p>The unusual nesting behavior follows a northward shift in the birds’ migratory patterns over the past three decades, according to Oregon State University seabird ecologist Dan Roby. Tue, 27 May 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Cassandra Profita 35258 at http://kuow.org Scientists Discover California Brown Pelicans Nesting In The Northwest Chinese Goverment Moves To Curb Air Pollution http://kuow.org/post/chinese-goverment-moves-curb-air-pollution <p>Steve Scher talks to energy expert&nbsp;Mikkal&nbsp;Herberg about &nbsp;China's proposed crack down on air pollution. Thu, 22 May 2014 19:59:35 +0000 Steve Scher 35075 at http://kuow.org Chinese Goverment Moves To Curb Air Pollution