environment

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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Environmental Agenda
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Plan To Address Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee.
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David Hyde talks with Grist writer David Roberts about Washington Governor Jay Inslee's efforts to combat climate change in the state.

EarthFix Reports
9:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Residents Voice Fear And Concern Over Grays Harbor Oil Terminals

Westway's Grays Harbor Terminal is located in the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash. According to Westway, the port is the only Pacific Coast deep water port north of San Francisco.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

HOQUIAM, Wash. — More than 100 people gathered at the local high school Thursday night with questions and concerns about proposals to build train-to-ship oil terminals in their community.

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Climate Change
9:16 am
Fri April 25, 2014

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell Meets With Washington Tribes To Discuss Federal Issues

Tribal leader Billy Frank, Jr. spoke at a meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Tribal leaders in the Puget Sound area gathered on Bainbridge Island Thursday for a summit about top issues in Indian Country. They were joined with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to discuss federal priorities.

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Environment
7:15 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Tribes Optimistic About Returning Salmon To Upper Columbia Basin

File photo. An aerial view of Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, the border between Oregon and Idaho.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:32 pm

Hydropower dams built without fish ladders have blocked migratory fish from the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake Rivers for decades.

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Great East Japan Earthquake
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Possible New Japanese Tsunami Debris Investigated At Long Beach

Park rangers are investigating the origin of this skiff found near Long Beach, Wash., on Wednesday morning.
Washington State Parks

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:48 pm

State park rangers on Washington's Long Beach peninsula are investigating a new possible case of Japanese tsunami debris.

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EarthFix Reports
3:28 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Industry Ponders How To Pay For Electric Car Charging Without Stimulus Money

Will putting solar panels on top of electric car charging stations make them more cost-effective?
Credit Courtesy of Drive Oregon

Over the past four years, the federal government has picked up the tab for 20,000 electric car charging stations installed across the country.

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EarthFix Reports
2:04 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon Pesticide Case Highlights Gaps In State Oversight

The yellow helicopter belonging to Steve Owen of Pacific Air Research was at the center of an investigation into alleged overspray during an aerial herbicide application onto forestland in Curry County.
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Agriculture

Steve Owen should not have been ferrying gallons of herbicides by helicopter over homes near Gold Beach, Ore.

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Utilities
8:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Cost $61 Million

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

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EarthFix Reports
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon

A honeybee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating a die-off southwest of Portland in Sherwood.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.

Observers reported thousands of dead honeybees on a busy stretch of Highway 99W on Sunday.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washington State Senator: Oil Trains 'Going To Be With Us For A While'

File photo of a crude oil train.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam.

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EarthFix Reports
4:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Climate Model Shows Asian Pollution Influences Global Weather

The Pacific storm track, seen here in a simulation by NOAA, affects weather and climate around the world.
Courtesy of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:43 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. — A new climate study says pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world.

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped develop a new type of climate model that was used to develop the study. It was published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

First Earth Day Organizer Offers Advice On Handling Eco-Complacency

Environmental activist Denis Hayes.
Credit Flickr Photo/cactusbones (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with environmental activist Denis Hayes about some Earth Day advice for people who have become eco-complacent. Hayes served as the national coordinator to organize the first Earth Day in 1970.

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Deadly Avalanche
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Northwest Sherpa Community Mourns For Everest Avalanche Victims

Mother of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, holds prayers beads in her hand and cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, on April 19, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

Marcie Sillman speaks with Mingma T. Sherpa, a Seattle-area resident who grew up in Khumjung, Nepal.

Mingma is also a member of the Northwest Sherpa Association. He talks about the deadly avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas, including his childhood friend.

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Environmental Marketing
9:16 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalist David Fenton: Stop Calling It 'Earth Day'

According to a campaign David Fenton worked on, Jesus would have driven a hybrid car.
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar (CC BY-NC)

David Fenton has a piece of advice on celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday: If you really want to help, stop calling it Earth Day.

He said the day is not about the earth. “The planet is going to be fine. It just will eject us, and unfortunately a lot of other species,” Fenton said. “The planet will recover. We just won’t be here. That’s what we need to explain to people.”

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