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State senator puts Inslee's clean energy bill on fast track

1/17/2019
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Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing to get Washington state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045. And he's not alone. Dozens of environmental groups, labor organizations, local governments and clean energy businesses also support the idea.

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Canadian energy regulator issues draft recommendations for Trans Mountain Pipeline

1/14/2019
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Canada’s energy regulator has issued draft recommendations concerning the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and its impacts on marine life. The expansion would see a dramatic increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea and Puget Sound.

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State releases strategy to make maritime sector the nation's most sustainable

1/9/2019
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Just over a year ago, Gov. Jay Inslee launched his “Washington Maritime Blue” initiative. It aims to make the state’s seafaring sector the most sustainable in the nation, by boosting innovations and clean technology that help the environment and also grow jobs.

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Washington state approves updated oil-spill response plan for Canada’s Puget Sound Pipeline

1/8/2019
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When the Canadian government bought the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder-Morgan last year, it also bought a 69-mile-long spur that extends from the border with the U.S. and feeds Canadian crude to four Washington refineries. The change in ownership triggered a required update to the oil-spill response plan for the spur, which has been operating since the 1950s.

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Health database for endangered orcas could help struggling Southern Resident population

1/7/2019
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The population of critically endangered orca whales seems to have reached a tipping point. Just 74 Southern Residents are left in the wild, a number that will likely drop this year after news broke this week of two more starving orcas. A wildlife veterinarian on Orcas Island has one idea that could help: a comprehensive health database to enable intensive care to each and every member of the J, K and L pods.

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'Rights of nature' movement expands locally to help protect endangered orcas, Salish Sea

1/2/2019
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Environmental law in the U.S. regulates pollution, but often doesn’t protect the things we love. A movement to change that by securing so-called "rights of nature" is taking hold globally – and locally, too.

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Venture capitalist says 'deep technology' is the solution to climate change

12/31/2018
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What if we could radically improve human intelligence and treat mental disorders through neuroscience that connects our brains to the internet? It sounds like science fiction. But an entrepreneur from Los Angeles has a company working on it. He also wants to use technology to help solve climate change — and recently unveiled that vision during a talk in Seattle.

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High-rise buildings made of wood? Forterra hopes Washington state will lead the way

12/26/2018
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When you think of high-rise buildings, you probably don’t imagine wood as the weight-bearing material. But Washington recently approved a change in its building codes that will allow engineered mass timber in structures up to 18 stories tall. That’s three times as high as current code allows.

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A Refugee’s Special Power: Sophorn Sim Coaches Others Into Healthier Lives

12/22/2018
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This story originally aired on January 20, 2018. Feeling out of place takes on whole new dimension when you’re in a foreign country. Perhaps no one understands this more than new immigrants and refugees. And there’s a woman who meets lots of them here in the Seattle area. Sophorn Sim is an outreach worker for the environmental non-profit, ECOSS , connecting other refugees and new immigrants with resources and ways to live healthier lives. One place she’s done a lot of that lately is a...

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Study: Ocean acidification will interfere with crucial sense of smell in juvenile salmon

12/18/2018
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It’s long been known that shellfish and other marine life are sensitive to ocean acidification caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Some fish lose their sense of smell in acidic waters. There was a hope that salmon would not be affected. A new study shows otherwise.

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Target shooting in Tahuya State Forest upsets nearby residents; DNR struggles to relocate site

12/17/2018
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Representatives of the state Department of Natural Resources will be in Belfair on Monday evening. They’re meeting with members of the community to address concerns about an unregulated increase in target shooting in Tahuya State Forest.

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Gov. Inslee speaks at orca rally in Olympia after unveiling spendy recovery plan

12/12/2018
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People who love Puget Sound orcas and want to save them from extinction will rally in Olympia tomorrow. And Gov. Jay Inslee plans to join them, immediately after announcing his budget priorities for the coming year.

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Gov. Jay Inslee unveils ambitious legislative climate package

12/10/2018
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an ambitious package of legislation aimed at tackling climate change .

Duration:00:01:20

KNKX Connects: Grays Harbor oyster growers push for pesticide to control burrowing shrimp

11/30/2018
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GRAYS HARBOR, WASH. — An oyster shack tops the list of offerings in the local farm fresh guide here. No visit would be complete without exploring the shellfish industry. The region, together with Willapa Bay, produces 25 percent of all oysters in the country. But currently, growers are facing a big challenge.

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Statewide ban proposed for single-use plastic bags in Washington

11/29/2018
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A coalition of state legislators, environmental groups and retailers have proposed a sweeping ban on single-use plastic bags. If approved, Washington would join just two other states in the nation to impose the statewide restriction.

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Two weeks of testimony scheduled in oyster growers’ appeal for pesticide permit

11/27/2018
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Oyster growers on the Washington coast will have a chance to convince regulators to let them use a controversial pesticide to control native burrowing shrimp. The shrimp can infest oyster beds and turn them into quicksand. Members of the Willapa Bay Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association say they’ve lost hundreds of acres of tidelands to the problem.

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REI says its #OptOutside movement is growing

11/23/2018
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For the fourth year running, employees of Seattle-based REI have the day off on Black Friday. The co-op’s stores are all closed on the biggest retail day of the year – and its website won’t process any sales. REI says its #OptOutside movement is growing.

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DNR chief asks for $90 million; agency's request aims to help salmon, orcas

11/20/2018
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The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the Legislature for nearly $90 million dollars to protect and improve aquatic lands. DNR chief Hilary Franz says the package will support the work of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force.

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After Failure Of I-1631, Work Progresses On Clean Fuel Standard

11/19/2018
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It may seem like nothing is happening to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state, especially after the failure of the carbon-fee measure, Initiative 1631. But work is progressing on a regional " clean fuel standard ."

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Final Orca Recovery Recommendations Include Temporary Whale Watching Ban

11/16/2018
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Gov. Jay Inslee received a final report and recommendations from the Orca Recovery Task Force he appointed in May. The group suggests 36 action items to keep the Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. Among the most controversial is a temporary ban on whale watching of the endangered orcas, for three to five years.

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