Environment

Environment

The U.S. used to ship about 7 million tons of plastic trash to China a year, where much of it was recycled into raw materials. Then came the Chinese crackdown of 2018. CREDIT: Olivia Sun/NPR

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products. But last year the Chinese government dropped a bombshell on the world recycling business: They cut back almost all imports of trash. And now a lot of that plastic gets shipped to other countries that don’t have the capacity to recycle it or dispose of it safely. Continue Reading Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn’t Want It?

Read More »
Colstrip power plant in Montana - Flicker-Creative Commons

Clean Electricity Rule To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Plants Moves Closer To Passage In Washington

Electric utilities in Washington would have to phase out all coal power, and eventually, natural gas-fired generation under a measure passed by the state Senate last week. The 100 percent clean electricity mandate is a priority of Gov. Jay Inslee and environmental groups, but Republican critics decried it as a big rate increase in the making. Continue Reading Clean Electricity Rule To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Plants Moves Closer To Passage In Washington

Read More »
File photo. Glacier Peak volcano Washington's central Cascades. CREDIT: Walter Siegmund/Wikimedia/Creative Commons BY-SA 3.

Congress Passes Big Public Lands Protection Bill. Washington’s Methow And Yakima Valleys Benefit

The Natural Resource Management Act includes a little of everything — meant to satisfy public land interests all over the country.
The land-conservation measures have received a lot of attention. But there are other provisions in the bill concerning the Northwest, among them wildfire risk, research and air quality resources, hunting on public lands, water management for the Yakima Valley. Continue Reading Congress Passes Big Public Lands Protection Bill. Washington’s Methow And Yakima Valleys Benefit

Read More »