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Environment
12:06 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level

A cyclist rides past buckled asphalt in Key West, Fla., after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Key West experienced widespread flooding with the storm surge.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 3:00 pm

Florida — especially South Florida — is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.

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Typhoon Haiyan
11:45 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Monster Storm Roars Into Philippines

Satellite photo of Typhoon Haiyan as it crosses the Philippines, 11/8/2013, at 12:30 a.m. EST. One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, weather officials say that Haiyan had sustained winds at 147 mph, with gusts of 170 mph when it made landfall.
NOAA Photo

Typhoon Haiyan is battering the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 199 mph. Meteorologists say that if initial estimates based on satellite images are borne out, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.

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Under The Sea
9:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound

Lion's mane jelly
Courtesy of Ann Dornfeld

Puget Sound, a spidery inlet of the Pacific Ocean, has often been derided as murky, toxic and so, so cold.

But Ann Dornfeld, KUOW’s education reporter, has come to love the Sound, where she photographs marine life. Her favorite marine invertebrate is a nudibranch. (Her favorite nudibranch is a Cockerell's dorid.)

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Coal In The Northwest
12:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Coal Dust From Trains Adds To Pollution, New Research Finds

Dan Jaffe, UW-Bothell professor, used crowdfunding to raise money to study how passing coal trains impact air quality. He issued conclusions from his research on Nov. 4, 2013.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

New research results suggest coal trains are contributing to the Northwest’s air pollution.

That’s according to the preliminary results of a University of Washington atmospheric and environmental scientist’s crowdfunded study.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Orca Population Declines As Puget Sound ‘Remains In Crisis’

Courtesy of NOAA/Candice Emmons

Citing worsening marine water quality and the declining orca population, Chinook salmon and herring, the state agency Puget Sound Partnership referred to the Puget Sound as a patient in “critical condition.”

“Puget Sound remains in crisis,” says a report released last week by the agency. “It is increasingly likely that we will not reach our legislatively established targets by 2020.”

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Environment
7:05 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Spread Of Stink Bugs Alarms Growers, Scientists

The brown marmorated stink bug is 1-2 centimeters in length.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 10:27 am

A malodorous invasive bug has gone from a worry to a certifiable nuisance for some Northwest farmers and gardeners. The name of this insect is a mouthful: the brown marmorated stink bug.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy Ambitious, But Lacking Legal Value

Steve Scher talks with David Roberts, energy and politics writer for Grist, about the ambitious new climate change agreement brokered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee along with the governors of California and Oregon and the Premier of British Columbia. However, the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has no legal value, leading critics to question its significance.

Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Environment
11:09 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Under Plan, Inslee Agrees To Higher Clean Fuel Standards For Washington

California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia will will announce a plan Monday to align carbon reduction efforts. Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee has long been a champion for clean energy.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

UPDATE: 10/29/2013, 12 p.m. PT: 

The leaders of three West Coast states – including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee – and the premier of British Columbia agreed on Monday in San Francisco to adopt and maintain low carbon fuel standards. Under the plan, Washington and Oregon commit to mirroring California and British Columbia’s existing clean fuel standards. 

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Health Research
10:37 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Insecticide Exposure Could Make You Fat, Washington Researchers Say

An old DDT insecticide poster. Researchers at Washington State University have linked DDT exposure to obesity generations later.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Krejci

Even if you haven’t been exposed to DDT in your lifetime, researchers say it could still have an effect on you – and your weight.

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Environment
8:02 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate Change May Worsen Green Lake's Algae Blooms

Marisa Burghdoff of Snohomish County tests an algae bloom at Lake Ketchum in the county's northwestern corner.
Washington State Department of Ecology Photo

If you’re a Green Lake regular, you may have noticed the public health alerts on placards around the lake, warning you not to tread where neon green algae blooms have blossomed.

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Weather
1:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Washington's Foggy Bottom: Yes, It's Worse Than Usual

Metal-sculpted flowers up to 40-feet tall frame the 605-foot Space Needle as it become obscured by fog on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle has been cloaked in a pea soup of fog this month, with fog horns sounding through the night near the Ballard Locks as boats strain to avoid each other.

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Transportation
11:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars

A mechanic repairs a bike at Calmera bike shop in Madrid in September. As car sales slump across Europe, bicycle sales in Spain are outpacing cars — a trend seen across much of the Continent.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 1:11 pm

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.

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Environment
7:21 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Putting The Spa in Spawn: Tribe Creates Refuge For Exhausted Fish

Joe Blodgett (right), with the Yakama Nation's steelhead rehabilitation center, lifts a fish out a tub where they're fed highly nutritious pellets.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:27 pm

The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.

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Animal Agriculture
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

Chickens in a mechanized hatchery in Monroe County, Ala.
Buyenlarge/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 7:41 am

Five years ago, a landmark report excoriated the animal agriculture industry's practices and laid out a road map for how it could do better. But in the years since, the problems are just as bad — and maybe even worse.

That's the conclusion of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This week, the center scolded the industry again with a review of how it has fared in the years since the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its original report.

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