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KNKX: Environment Stories

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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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@KPLU

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English

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Federal Fisheries Bill Has Advanced, Despite Opposition From Scientists, Chefs and Seafood Producers

12/14/2017
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Legislation is moving through the U.S. House that would weaken how fisheries are managed. That has several groups calling foul, including scientists, seafood producers and chefs, many of them in the Northwest. Two bills, H.R. 200 and H.R.3588 , would revise and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act , which was first passed in 1976 to prevent overfishing and rebuild over-fished stocks. It did so by establishing regional management councils that can set...

Duration: 00:01:42


Head Of Washington State Ferries Has Plans To Electrify The Fleet

12/13/2017
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A new state initiative called Maritime Blue is pushing for more sustainability in the sector. A 20-member advisory council appointed by Governor Jay Inslee is developing innovation strategies, with the help of consultants from Norway. That has the head of the Washington State Ferries system dreaming big about how to electrify the fleet.

Duration: 00:01:21


Cities, Counties To Pool Resources As They Brace For Climate Change Impacts

12/11/2017
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Flooding, wildfires, heat waves , air pollution : No one expects these anticipated impacts of climate change to respect city and county borders. That's why local leaders plan to begin pooling resources and ideas next year as they brace for a potentially harsher future in the Puget Sound region.

Duration: 00:01:09


GOP Lawmakers Proposing Immediate Ban On Atlantic Salmon Net Pens In Washington

12/6/2017
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Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation that aims to immediately ban all farming of Atlantic salmon in net pens in Washington waters. If passed, the ban would take effect as soon as it is signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Duration: 00:01:25


Environmental Justice: Seattle’s Beacon Hill Addressing Air And Noise Pollution

12/1/2017
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Community leaders in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood have a two-year environmental justice grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to address health issues from air and noise pollution. They’re holding a meeting Saturday at the Centilia Cultural Center on the campus of El Centro de la Raza.

Duration: 00:01:25


Stormwater Scorecard Shows Less Than Half Of Puget Sound Cities And Counties In Compliance

12/1/2017
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New regulations under the Clean Water Act mean 81 cities and counties around Puget Sound have to update their development codes to reduce storm water runoff. A scorecard from two environmental groups shows fewer than half are in compliance .

Duration: 00:01:33


Protesters Camped Outside Starbucks Headquarters Demand Fully Recyclable Cups

11/29/2017
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A group of protestors is camping outside of Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, demanding a fully recyclable paper cup for its coffee beverages. They plan to be there all week. Bellingham-based Stand.earth started camping out Monday.

Duration: 00:01:18


Save Money, Energy And Emissions By Reducing Your Food Waste

11/24/2017
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The average American household tosses out at least a quarter of its food – and that increases over the holidays. In the wake of Thanksgiving, King County wants to remind people why it’s not just better for their pocketbooks to waste less food.

Duration: 00:01:56


Sen. Cantwell Opposing National Park Visitor Fee Hike, Says It Will Harm Outdoor Economy

11/21/2017
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The public comment period ends next month on a federal proposal to nearly triple visitor fees to the nation’s most popular national parks. Those include Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks where visitors would pay $70 in peak months (up from $25) starting this May. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell convened a group of outdoor enthusiasts to make a case against the plan. Among the panel of speakers at Cantwell’s rally was Michelle Piñon, who introduced herself as a daughter of...

Duration: 00:02:03


Wash. State Ag Officials Considering Options After Biggest Catch of Gypsy Moths In 22 Years

11/20/2017
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Gypsy moths are back in Washington State – with a vengeance. Officials at the Washington State Department of Agriculture say they’re evaluating options after the agency’s annual trapping program caught 117 of the invasive species this summer – the highest number in more than 20 years. It’s normal for Agriculture technicians to find one or two gypsy moths in those triangular cardboard traps you sometimes see on trees. “But one day we started having catches of like, eight, six, 14 in a trap,...

Duration: 00:01:18


VW Settlement Provides $112.7M For Cleaner Transportation In Washington

11/17/2017
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Washington’s Department of Ecology has a plan to spend nearly $113 million on cleaner transportation technologies. The money is part of the state’s settlement with Volkswagen after the German car manufacturer was caught installing illegal software on many of its diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

Duration: 00:01:27


Takeaways From 'Return To The Salish Sea'

11/16/2017
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Over the past three months, KNKX has hosted a series of weekly interviews about the iconic waterway that includes Puget Sound and extends into British Columbia. Return to the Salish Sea took listeners to locations all around the shores of this shared ecosystem to hear from people who are deeply connected to it and concerned about its future.

Duration: 00:05:50


Local Author On Federal Climate Change Report Cites Urgency In Emissions Reductions

11/14/2017
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The federal government’s latest special report on climate change directly contradicts the Trump administration’s policies. Hundreds of pages long, the report outlines the latest science and states that humans are the main cause of planetary warming.

Duration: 00:01:25


Cooke Aquaculture Sued Over Net Pen Collapse

11/14/2017
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A local wild-salmon advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The Wild Fish Conservancy says the Canadian company must be held responsible for the collapse of its net pen in Deepwater Bay off Cyprus Island this summer.

Duration: 00:01:32


UW Climate Change Study Shows Effect On Mount Rainier Wildflowers

11/13/2017
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If you trek to Mount Rainier National Park every summer to catch the spectacular display of wildflowers, take note: In the future, some flower species may bloom earlier while others could disappear altogether, according to a study from the University of Washington.

Duration: 00:01:32


Wash. Among States At UN Climate Conference In Germany

11/13/2017
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is in Bonn, Germany, this week for the United Nations latest conference on climate change. He’s part of a panel of local leaders talking about sub-national strategies for meeting commitments made in the Paris agreement, even after the U.S. withdrawal.

Duration: 00:01:17


Return To The Salish Sea: SeaDoc Society Senior Scientist Joe Gaydos

11/13/2017
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The Salish Sea is home to more than three thousand species. Among them are 253 fish, 172 birds, 38 mammals and two reptiles.

Duration: 00:08:14


Conservation Voters Say Big Spending Paid Off In Two Local Races

11/8/2017
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Environmental groups are declaring victory in two key races after initial ballot returns. The Washington Conservation Voters say their record spending is paying off, as the community came together to counteract the influence of spending by big oil interests.

Duration: 00:01:22


Return To The Salish Sea: Tom Wooten, Chairman, Samish Indian Nation

11/6/2017
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The culture of the Samish Indian Nation aligns closely with the Salish Sea. Its headquarters are on Fidalgo Island, near Anacortes, and its people are scattered throughout the area, on both sides of the border between the U.S. and Canada. Historically, they lived on five islands in the central Salish Sea: Fidalgo, Guemes, Lopez, San Juan, and Samish.

Duration: 00:06:00


UW Symposium Explores Ethics Of Geoengineering Climate

11/2/2017
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It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are getting closer to making it possible to geoengineer the climate. A symposium at the University of Washington Thursday and Friday is exploring the ethics of this possible future. One team is developing a way to cool the atmosphere by brightening clouds.

Duration: 00:01:24

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