climate change

EarthFix Reports
7:04 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Under New EPA Rules, Washington To Face Deepest Mandatory Cuts In CO2 Emissions

Washington has one of the lowest CO2 emissions levels from electricity generation in the country, since it's home to only one coal-burning power plant. Under new EPA rules, Washington is on the hook to cut those emissions by more than any other state.
Michael Werner

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:02 pm

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.

The average of all the individual state-level cuts will be CO2 emissions from power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels.

"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. Jay Inslee told EarthFix.

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EarthFix Reports
7:23 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Regulators Discuss The Future Of Coal-Fired Power In The West

This image of the coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Mont., was made in the 1980s by Montana native David T. Hanson. It was part of an exhibit at Modern Museum of Art in New York.
David T. Hanson http://www.davidthanson.net/

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:34 pm

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.

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.

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Climate Change
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Washington Will Be Affected By New EPA Emissions Regulations

Dragline at the Centralia's open-pit coal mine.
From Wikipedia

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.

Emissions Reduction
10:45 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Federal Rules On CO2 Emissions To Bolster Action In The Northwest

The TransAlta Centralia Generation Plant has been burning coal since 1971. It is Washington's only coal-fired power plant. It was on track to be shuttered before the EPA's new rules came out calling for such plants to curb emissions 30 percent.
Pamela Gerber, 2009

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:57 am

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.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
3:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Can Nuclear Power Ease Climate Disruptions?

The Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash., produces nuclear energy.
Flickr Photo/Nuclear Regulatory Commission (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher 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.

Climate Change
3:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Boeing Focuses On Fuel Efficiency In Light Of Coming Climate Rules

A leading plane manufacturer invests in ETS Aviation, which helps airlines respond to regulatory pressure over carbon emissions
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing is buying a software company that it says will make planes more fuel efficient.

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Columbia River
8:09 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Scientists Discover California Brown Pelicans Nesting In The Northwest

California brown pelicans with red bill pouches, indicating they are in breeding condition, have been seen building nests on an island in the Columbia River. It's much farther north than their breeding grounds in Southern California and Mexico.
Courtesy of Bird Research Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:02 pm

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.

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. He noted that a similar pelican species has also been moving north and expanding its breeding range on the East Coast, which suggests it could be linked to climate change.

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C02 Reductions
12:59 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Chinese Goverment Moves To Curb Air Pollution

Downtown Tianjin, China.
Flickr Photo/Francisco Anzola (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to energy expert Mikkal Herberg about  China's proposed crack down on air pollution.

EarthFix Reports
9:22 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Study: Glacial Collapse In Antarctica 'Unstoppable'

Flickr Photo/goneforawander

New research from the University of Washington and other institutions provides detailed predictions for the collapse of an ice shelf in West Antarctica.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:53 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The Forgotten History Of Climate-Change Science

It has been a full century since the engine driving climate change was first discovered. It's been more than a half-century since the risks entered the realm of public policy.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:01 am

It's a fine mess we've gotten ourselves into. Last week the National Climate Assessment report was released detailing the toll climate change is already taking on the United States in terms of droughts, floods, heat waves and changes in agriculture.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C'

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, died at the age of 83, leaving a lasting legacy for tribal rights and the Northwest environment.
Flickr Photo/Ecotrust

A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and  big storms due to climate change; Nisqually Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Week In Review Extra

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Climate Change
9:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Putting A Price On Carbon

An off-shore oil rig.
Flickr Photo/tsuda

Steve Scher talks to Mikkal Herberg, a former oil industry strategist, about the global costs of climate change to developed and developing countries.

Environment
5:59 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Climate Change Could Mean Good News, Bad News For Seattle-Area Gardeners

John Mullen gets his soil ready for spring at a Seattle P-Patch. Climate science experts say he shouldn't start planting pineapples anytime soon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Washington farmers can expect longer growing seasons, drier summers and increased risk of disease and pest outbreaks, according to some of the predictions in the National Climate Assessment released Tuesday.

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National Climate Assessment
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Floods, Insects, Torrential Downpours: Here's What To Expect from Northwest Climate Change

Flickr Photo/Clark Maxwell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher speaks with Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, about the findings of the National Climate Assessment. The report, which was released Tuesday, is an extensive study on how climate change is affecting the United States. Snover was one of 300 experts consulted in the creation of the assessment.

Climate Change
7:07 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Governor Signs Executive Order To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:53 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that calls for a new cap-and-market program to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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