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Features and news about environmental issues affecting the Puget Sound region and the Pacific Northwest.

Features and news about environmental issues affecting the Puget Sound region and the Pacific Northwest.
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Tacoma, WA

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Features and news about environmental issues affecting the Puget Sound region and the Pacific Northwest.

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'Hot Water Reports' use government's own data to highlight unsafe conditions for fish

8/19/2019
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When salmon and steelhead don't get the cold water they need, it costs them more energy to survive. Their reproductive success can be diminished and they become more vulnerable to disease.

Duration:00:01:22

Seattle City Council to discuss mayor’s proposed tax on oil-powered home heat

8/15/2019
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Seattle is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050. Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a new tax on oil-powered residential heat to encourage a switch to cleaner electric sources. The city council takes up that proposal in committee Friday.

Duration:00:01:14

Revised federal rules could affect 10 species awaiting endangered status — and likely more

8/14/2019
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Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act could significantly impair future efforts to protect vulnerable species and their habitats in the state. That’s according to wildlife officials who have been poring over hundreds of pages that came with publication of the revised law on Monday.

Duration:00:01:43

Canoe Journey 2019 marked by 'hope, healing, happiness and hospitality'

7/29/2019
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Five days of inter-tribal festivities wrapped up over the weekend as the 2019 Paddle to Lummi came to an end. This year, nearly 100 canoes made their way to the shores of the Lummi Nation’s Stommish Grounds near Bellingham, for a celebration of unity and common causes.

Duration:00:01:37

Members of Lummi Nation will sue to 'repatriate' captive orca from Miami Seaquarium

7/26/2019
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UPDATE: 10:45 p.m.: This story and its headline have been updated to clarify that the lawsuit will be filed by two individual members of the Lummi Nation, not the tribal goverment. Native American tribes and first nations from around the region are celebrating their annual canoe journey this weekend. Along with songs, stories and dancing, their five-day gathering at the Lummi Nation, near Bellingham, will include the announcement of a lawsuit from two members of the Lummi Nation to...

Duration:00:01:25

State accepting public comment on central waterfront cleanup plan in Bellingham

7/17/2019
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It’s been more than a dozen years since the Georgia Pacific pulp mill on Bellingham’s waterfront shut down and the local port district took ownership of 137 heavily polluted acres. Residents recently got a chance to tour the central waterfront parcel and learn about a new cleanup plan that they hope will ultimately lead to revitalization.

Duration:00:02:19

Washington AG Bob Ferguson sues U.S. Navy over Growler noise

7/9/2019
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A citizens’ fight against jet noise from the U.S. Navy’s expanding fleet of Growler jets on Whidbey Island is getting help from the state’s top lawyer. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against the Navy , calling its environmental impact statement and review process inadequate. Ferguson is asking the court to undo a formal " record of decision " the Navy made public in March, allowing it to move ahead with nearly 100,000 Growler takeoffs and landings per year, for the next 30...

Duration:00:01:33

Northwest seismologists see lessons learned from California quakes

7/9/2019
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Seismologists in the Pacific Northwest have been getting a lot of calls in recent days after a major earthquake rattled remote Southern California over the Fourth of July weekend. No one was killed, but the event raised many questions.

Duration:00:01:20

Southern Resident orcas seen off Washington coast after unprecedented absence since May

7/5/2019
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Whale scientists have spotted several Southern Resident orcas off the west side of San Juan Island, in Haro Strait. The sighting comes after an unprecedented absence that had many worried.

Duration:00:01:12

Mine proposal near U.S.-Canadian border raises concerns on both sides

7/5/2019
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A proposed exploratory mine near the U.S.-Canadian border is raising concerns in both countries. The development involves a major salmon producing river for Puget Sound.

Duration:00:01:03

Climate change will cost Washington $24 billion in ‘high tide tax,’ report says

6/20/2019
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A new study from a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group takes a look at the near-term costs of projected sea level rise due to climate change. Washington faces the highest cost on the West Coast for impacts to shorelines.

Duration:00:01:28

Canadian government re-approves controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

6/18/2019
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VANCOUVER, B.C.— As expected, the Canadian government has approved — again — the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. If built, it could see a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea.

Duration:00:01:08

King County deploys ‘Connect’ app in costly fight against noxious weeds

6/17/2019
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King County has a new mobile app that aims to make it easier for residents to reach local government services. As officials unveil the app this week, they’re highlighting its use in the fight against noxious weeds , for which it has so far been most fully developed. King County has 17 specialists who work to stop the spread of new invasive species and poisonous plants that spread quickly, such as giant hogweed, tansy ragwort or poison hemlock. King County's program tracks dozens of weeds in...

Duration:00:01:17

Local nonprofit encourages less carbon pollution, more trees for cities and towns

6/13/2019
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Carbon credits that protect forests have been around for more than 20 years. Companies that want or need to reduce their carbon footprint can purchase offsets, and that money is invested to preserve or plant trees. Trees inhale carbon dioxide, so they help offset climate-warming pollution produced when we burn fossil fuels. But the forests that have generally benefited from carbon credits are in rural areas and in faraway countries that offer the largest stands of trees.

Duration:00:01:17

'Deceptive solution' or bridge fuel? Fight over half-built LNG project continues in Tacoma.

5/22/2019
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Puget Sound Energy CEO Kimberly Harris wasn’t surprised to receive a call from Gov. Jay Inslee the afternoon of May 8. But she was surprised to hear what he had to say.

Duration:00:07:08

Seattle director's passion for saving Bristol Bay from mining inspires his film, 'The Wild'

5/20/2019
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Bristol Bay, Alaska, provides more than half of the world’s sockeye salmon. And every summer, hundreds of commercial fishermen from the Puget Sound region join Alaskan locals to reap the benefits of its pristine salmon habitat.

Duration:00:08:13

Washington's 100% clean electricity law touted as nation’s strongest — but how will it work?

5/14/2019
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Washington state now has the strongest clean electricity law in the nation. That's how many environmentalists describe new regulations that force utilities to get off coal by 2025 and to be 100 percent free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

Duration:00:07:05

Orca recovery bills signed by Gov. Inslee bring big wins for salmon habitat, environment

5/9/2019
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“For as the orca go, so go we.” Those were words from Gov. Jay Inslee as he signed five bills that aim to help keep endangered Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. All are based on recommendations from the orca recovery task force he convened last year.

Duration:00:01:38

National parks group sues U.S. Navy in pursuit of information on Growler jet training

5/7/2019
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A national parks organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy last week, related to jet training at Air Station Whidbey Island. The nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association sued the Navy to get more information about the exercises, which are planned for one of the quietest places in the lower 48.

Duration:00:01:13

Forterra invests $1 million to help Hamilton residents relocate flood-plagued town

5/2/2019
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A town on the Skagit River that’s plagued with chronic flooding is one step closer to moving out of the flood plain. That’s thanks to a $1 million investment from the conservation group, Forterra.

Duration:00:01:20