environment

Student Activism
3:05 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Students Urge Washington Schools To Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels

Steve Scher talks to Alex Lenferna, a graduate student at the University of Washington and leader of Divest UW, about his group's efforts to persuade the university to remove fossil fuels from its stock profile.

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.

EarthFix Reports
7:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'They Need To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

The columns of the front entrance of Whatcom Middle School are just visible over the top of two portable classrooms the district placed on a lot across the street.
EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Teacher Billie Lane’s portable is a world apart from other classrooms at her school.

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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.

Remembrances
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

'From Fighter To Conciliator': Friend Remembers Billy Frank, Jr.

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, Hank Adams, a tribal advocate, and Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe confer in Olympia in January.
Northwest News Network/Taylor Winkel

Bill Radke talks with University of Colorado-Boulder law professor Charles Wilkinson, author of "Messages From Frank's Landing," about his friend and colleague, Billy Frank, Jr.

Obituary
8:19 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tribal Treaty Rights Champion Billy Frank Jr. Dead At Age 83

Billy Frank Jr. at the Elwha Dam removal ceremony in 2011.
Katie Campbell KCTS

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:56 am

 Billy Frank Jr., a legendary champion of tribal treaty rights and Northwest salmon restoration, died Monday. He was 83 years old.

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Real Estate
8:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Landslide Risk Could Be Noted On King County Property Titles

King County's current landslide hazard areas map, last updated in the 1990s.
Credit King County

King County is seeking federal funding for an updated map of landslide hazards, and is considering the possibility of using this map to provide the public information about buildings at risk.

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Environmental Review
3:31 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

King County To Revise Map Of Landslide-Prone Areas

This historical photo shows the 1996 Perkins Lane landslide in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.
Credit Courtesy Washington State Department of Ecology

Marcie Sillman talks to John Starbard, director of King County's Department of Permitting and Environmental Review, about the county’s effort to map out areas that might be prone to landslides and earthquakes.

Radioactive Waste Tanks
8:11 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Time Ticking On 40-Day Negotiations Over Cleanup Of Hanford Tanks

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 3:14 pm

The clock is ticking on the 40-day, 40-night compromise deadline between Washington state and the federal government for cleaning up Hanford’s leaking radioactive waste tanks.

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Night Sky Viewing
3:41 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Washington Cities Take On Light Pollution

Flickr Photo/Jason Taellious (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to John Barentine, project manager of The International Dark Sky Association, about excessive light in the night sky and two Washington cities, Tumwater and Olympia, that are trying to limit light pollution.

Workplace Safety
1:48 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Feds Urge Tighter Refinery Regulations After Fatal Tesoro Blast

Chemical Safety Board investigators inspect wreckage at the Tesoro-Anacortes refinery in 2010.
Chemical Safety Board

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is calling for 60 improvements in the design, operation and regulation of the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes and of refineries nationwide.

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'Re-Pressurizing' Volcanco
8:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Magma Rising Beneath Mount St. Helens, But No Eruption Imminent

File photo of Mount St. Helens

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:22 pm

Scientists monitoring Mount St. Helens confirmed Wednesday that magma is on the rise and "re-pressurizing" the volcano in southwest Washington.

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Food Safety
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Europe Finds American Apples Distasteful

Credit Flickr Photo/Ron (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Sonya Lunder, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, about the European Union's ban of diphenylamine. The post-harvest pesticide dip is applied to most non-organic American apples.

EarthFix Reports
7:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies

A pteropod showing partially dissolved shell after exposure to elevated CO2 conditions in the lab.
Credit Courtesy of Nina Bednarsek

Tiny, delicate marine snails called pteropods are a key part of the marine food web. New research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought because of ocean acidification.

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